Release Day Review and Giveaway! TRYING IT ALL by Christi Barth (Naked Men #4)

Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.

TRYING IT ALL
Naked Men #4
Christi Barth
Releasing May 16, 2017
Loveswept
Order. Attention to detail. Never leaving anything to chance. These are the qualities that make Riley Ness such a terrific federal agent . . . and a pain in the ass to everyone else. The only time Riley lets loose is when he’s hanging out with his closest pals. So when he’s thrown together with gorgeous, flighty Summer Sheridan, Riley’s brain tells him she’s a ticking time bomb—but his body doesn’t want to play by the rules.
Riley has to be the most irritating man Summer has ever met. The brooding hunk thinks he needs to teach her a few lessons about real life, while she’d rather show him how to enjoy it. But her BFF’s all but engaged to Riley’s best friend, and besides, their intense physical chemistry is all too real. Summer just needs Riley to try to meet her halfway and take a chance with the one thing that matters: his heart.

“Living forever’s only fun if you truly live.”

That jab stung. Because it was the same riff the guys threw at him, over and over again. “I live. I just follow the rules. Obey the speed limit. Turn off my phone before the plane starts to taxi.”

Summer tossed her cloud of hair back. Gave him a knowing look. No, a knowing smirk. “Oh, I get it now.”

“What?”

“You’re not uptight. You’re chicken.”

The woman had crossed a line. He’d gone through wilderness training and survival training. He’d climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Become a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He’d pushed himself to physical and mental limits most men wouldn’t be able to attain. Being sensible? In no fucking way was it comparable to being scared.

Riley’s long strides ate up the distance between them. Furious, he spat out, “You want me to try something risky?”

“Yes. Just once. But I don’t think you’ve got the balls,” she taunted.

Riley grabbed her face with both hands. Her lips parted in surprise. And he swooped right onto them.

Her lips were soft. So soft and pliable it almost deterred him. But then . . . they were so soft and pliable that he couldn’t possibly stop. Instead of holding her still, his hands curved to cup the back of her head, his thumbs caressing those impossibly high cheekbones that gave her the look of someone made to walk a runway.

Riley nipped at her wide bottom lip. Soothed it with a stroke of his tongue that savored the sweet, lingering tang of the orange cream cheese icing on the cinnamon rolls from brunch. He wanted to keep going. To nip and bite and lick down her neck, over the side of the breasts she flashed at him all day. To gobble down her sweetness and spice just like he had those rolls.

Her moan refocused him. This wasn’t just following through on a dare anymore. This was a real kiss. A real moment of pure, physical pleasure. So he dropped his hands to the small of her back and hauled Summer tight against him.

Thanks to her ridiculous—and ridiculously sexy—high heels, everything lined up right. The notch between her thighs ground right against his dick behind the suddenly too-tight fly of his shorts. Breasts plumped against his chest. Breasts he was pretty sure he could fit entirely into his mouth . . . since he might have pictured them a time or ten since meeting her in the spring. Tight nipples insistently poked at his pecs.

The kiss kept going. Ry slipped his tongue in as she let out a kittenish purr. God, it was the sexiest sound he’d ever heard. The soft, tiny mewl fired through his blood. Fired him up. His tongue tangled with hers. Like they were two swords, fencing for the win. Because there would damn sure be a winner. The way they were grappling at each other? It wasn’t just fun. It was about proving something.

Her mouth—made for kissing. And more. His tongue slid deep. Felt her wetness. And Riley couldn’t help imagining how all that warm wetness would feel locked around another part of his body. Summer’s hands came up to fist in his shirt. Shit—for a second, he worried she’d push him away. But then those fists pulled him even closer. One smooth calf twined around his. He wanted to walk her back ten steps to the nearest tree and just sink into her.

Which was crazy. Riley didn’t even like this woman. He’d kissed her to save his pride. To defend his honor. To get her off his back. And now he wanted to put Summer on hers, spread her thighs, and—

That was it. Riley let go. Let go of the sweet ass he didn’t even remember moving down to squeeze. Let go of those luscious lips. Yanked his head back and deliberately stepped out of the semicircle of her curved leg.

“You and I both know that was the riskiest damn thing I could possibly do today.” Riley looked at her still unfocused eyes, her kiss-swollen lips. Proof that she’d enjoyed it every bit as much as he had. “Oh, and you also know now that I’ve got the balls. I’ve got the whole package.”

 Yes! Summer’s book! I’ve been waiting for this one since book one, Wanting It All , when her bestie Chloe fell for Griffin. Fortunately, it did not at all disappoint.

Summer and Riley represented everything that is awesome about enemies-to-lovers stories. Their initial antagonism, mixed in with inexplicable attraction, confused with tow-curling kisses–just fantastic. The fact that he’s the (overly anal, it must be said) prepares-for-everything guy and she’s the woman who thinks getting a puppy is too much of a commitment and smacks of future plans? Just adds to the deliciousness of the story. Add in the fact that the rest of the Naked Men are around, poking their noses into Ry’s business from start to finish? Pretty much ensures the story’s awesomeness from start to finish.

(Plus, for those who’ve been reading the series since the beginning, something FREAKING AWESOME happens with an earlier hero and heroine. I very nearly stood up and cheered at that point.)

The one odd aspect of this book, though, is that a lot of the scenes that get a lot of buildup in the narrative don’t actually end up happening on the page (a stressful Naked Men podcast first, a meet-the-parents moment, just to name two). It’s not a huge issue, but it did give the story a somewhat choppy feeling. At the same time, it kept the story moving along at a good clip, but…still felt a bit odd.

Overall, Trying it All was a fun and sexy read with two characters who both did their own share of work to get to their eventual HEA. The fact that they both realized their own issues, owned up to them, and put in equal effort going forward might make this one my favorite of the series (so far–Josh, you’re on notice!). It could work as a standalone, but really, do yourself a favor and read them all. You won’t be sorry!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


USA Today
 bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!)
or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the
world.

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Release Day and Giveaway! PLAYED by Vivian Lux (Reckless Falls #5)

PLAYED: A Small Town Billionaire Romance
Vivian Lux
(Reckless Falls, #5)
Publication date: May 16th 217
Genres: Adult, Romance

I was just about to ruin the biggest deal of my career when I ran into Charlie Kendall.

Literally. She hit me with her car.

The luckiest fender-bender in history helped make me even richer than I already am.

Seems like she’s my uptight wreck of a good luck charm. She just doesn’t know it. She’s too weighed down with a son to take care of and a mountain of stress on her shoulders.

She has no idea how to have fun.

But I’m ready to teach her.

I figured I’d only be in Reckless Falls until the deal closes and then split. I never stay in the same place for too long.

But all that changes when Charlie decides to take a chance for once.

She has no idea how sexy she is.

Or how badly I want to taste her again and again.

But I’m going to show her.

I’m ready to play her game.

And Jameson Tellar always plays to win.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This steamy billionaire romance is set in the world of Reckless Falls but can be read as a complete standalone!

Goodreads / Amazon

Other books in the world of Reckless Falls:

Excerpt:

Once inside, we stood in the entryway and I stared at the miles and miles of jangling slot machines with my mouth open. As Jameson said something to the front desk people, I watched as people just poured money into the machines. Dollar bill after dollar bill after twenty-dollar bill. I could pay my bills five times over with the amount of money that the people were pissing away.

It made my fists clench.

I turned, ready to tell Jameson that I didn’t want to do this after all, but when I looked at him I saw that his eyes were gleaming. “Wanna play?” he asked, taking my arm.

I swallowed. “I didn’t… I didn’t bring much cash,” I lied. I didn’t actually bring any at all. Didn’t have any at all.

“Here,” he said, reaching into his wallet and pulling out a twenty and pressed it into my hand.

I looked at where it lay in palm like I had never seen money before. “What do I do with it?” I asked.

“You know how to play cards?” he asked.

“Nope.” I shook my head. Embarrassment was starting to crawl in heated fingers across my cheeks. This was way out of my league. I had no clue, what was I thinking? This wasn’t my world. This wasn’t where I belonged. These weren’t my people. And Jameson, he was definitely on a different plane from me.

But I refused to be ashamed about it. “No,” I said, lifting my chin. “I don’t know how to play cards. I’m not a gambler.”

I expected him to be irritated, but Jameson just smiled. “Okay, then just stick it in the slot machines then,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to screw that up.”

I turned and walked over to the nearest one. “Just stick it in there?”

His eyes twinkled a little, and the corners of his mouth turned upward. “Yeah,” he said with a mischievous grin. “Just stick it in there.”

Suppressing a laugh at the middle school joke, I slid Jameson’s twenty-dollar bill into the slot machine. “Now what?”

He leaned over me. I could feel the way the heat was rising off his skin. The millimeter of space that separated us was electrically charged. “Well now, let’s see if you get lucky,” he said in that same low voice as before.

 

 

Author Bio:

Vivian Lux loves bad boys who are good men. She lives in Upstate New York with her adorable twin boys and model-hot husband. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading. If she isn’t reading, she’d like to be hiking but is more likely dealing with the mountain of laundry that piled up while she was writing and reading.

I love hearing from my readers! You can contact me at velvetfirepress@gmail.com

Sign up for my mailing list! Be the first to hear about new releases and limited time promotions!
http://eepurl.com/b6GnNT

Talk to me! http://www.facebook.com/vivianlux.romance

Facebook / Goodreads / Newsletter

 

GIVEAWAY!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

XBTBanner1

Release Day! SEX GOD by Marie Force (Second in the SEX MACHINE series)

Today we are celebrating the release of SEX GOD, a sizzling hot stand-alone contemporary romance title by Marie Force. Check out the purchase links for the book below. The previous book in this standalone series, Sex Machine, is just .99¢ for a limited time, so make sure you grab it while you can!

SEX GOD
by Marie Force

A Standalone Contemporary Romance!


Book Blurb:

I inherited a life I never intended to live. I’ve upheld my responsibilities admirably. And I’ve taken care of my own needs privately…

I’m biding my time until I can get the hell out of here.

But I didn’t count on having unfinished business with one of my very best friends…

When a man has a certain “reputation” to uphold, there can be no unhappy customers left behind. Lauren is a loose end that won’t be tied up no matter how hard I try.

And I try hard. Really, really… hard.

Sex God is the much-anticipated follow-up to Sex Machine.

PURCHASE IT NOW!
Kindle | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google

PURCHASE IN PRINT FROM AMAZON | MARIE’S STORE


PURCHASE THE PREVIOUS BOOK IN THIS STANDALONE SERIES
ON SALE FOR JUST .99¢!

SEX MACHINE (A Standalone Contemporary Romance)

Kindle US | iBooks | Nook | Kobo | Google

Kindle CA | Kindle UK | Kindle AU

Print: Amazon | Marie’s Store | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Chapters Indigo | IndieBound

Audio: Audible US | Audible AU | Audible UK | Amazon | iTunes

 

—————————-

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
Join Marie’s mailing list for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @marieforce and on Instagram. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter | Goodreads

Join Marie’s Reader Groups

InkSlinger Blogger Final

New Release Review and Giveaway! FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN by Kristina Knight (Slippery Rock #1)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Famous in a Small Town
(Slippery Rock #1)
Kristina Knight
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 306 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Lifestyles of the small-town famous

Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn’t humiliating enough, on her way into town she’s rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn’t need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can’t be denied. And when disaster strikes, they’ll both be surprised by who’s still standing when the dust settles.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequiniBooksKobo

Review:

Such a good read!

It takes a while to figure out what exactly Savannah’s deal is–which is a bit frustrating at first, but once we have the whole story? It finally makes sense, and from that point on–all the feels. Seriously, there were tears. More than once. Between Savannah and her mom, Savannah and Collin, and Collin and his little sister Amanda, the relationships in this book just slay me. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next for the people of Slippery Rock–Levi, Savannah’s brother; Mara, Collin’s absent sister; James, the deputy sheriff; and Adam, their longtime friend who isn’t exactly left in a good spot at the end of this book…gah! How soon until book 2 comes out?

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the Author

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+Amazon

Other Harlequin Superromance Books by the Author

And coming July 2017, also in the Slippery Rock series…

Tour Giveaway

 1 winner will receive a Prize Pack with a signed copy of FIRST LOVE AGAIN, swag and other fun items
– Prize pack for US residents only, if international winner is pulled then they will receive a $25 gift card instead
 Ends May 23rd

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule

May 13th: Launch
May 14th:
Becky on Books
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Falling Leaves
May 15th:
It’s All About the Romance
Sylv.net
Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
May 16th:
Brooke Blogs
underneath the covers
Hearts & Scribbles
May 17th:
Author Kimber Li
Booklove
Nicole’s Book Musings
May 18th:
Granny Loves to Read
Deal Sharing Aunt
Thoughts of a Blonde
May 19th: Grand Finale

Grab Our Button!

Tour Grand Finale and Giveaway! THE FIREMAN’S SON by Tara Taylor Quinn (Where Secrets Are Safe #11)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
THE FIREMAN’S SON
By Tara Taylor Quinn

We hope you enjoyed the tour and getting a look at this author’s 80th release with Harlequin! If you missed any of the stops, go check them out…

Launch – Note from the Author

The Fireman’s Son is a story particularly close to my heart. I can tell you from firsthand knowledge that women suffer as Faye did more often than you’d ever expect. I can also say, unequivocally, that with love, kindness, and the right man, women like Faye do find pure joy again. Abuse is horrible. But that doesn’t mean the other side of abuse has to be. The world is filled with survivors. Women who know and value their strengths. Who reach out to other women who’ve been where they’ve been and are struggling to get where they are. Women who care.

Please, come on in to The Lemonade Stand. Join us. As a collective group, we’re going to make the world a beautiful, safe place. One heart at a time.

underneath the covers – Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE, Part 1

REESE BRISTOW WOULD not normally race to the scene of a small fire on the beach in the middle of the night. He was the newly appointed Santa Raquel Fire Chief. One truck of junior firefighters could handle the call half asleep.

Still, there he was, in jeans and a T-shirt, racing up the beach behind men in full gear carrying hoses he hoped they wouldn’t need to use.

deal sharing aunt – Guest Post

In The Fireman’s Son, one particular part came from a very particular place. Faye Walker is a paramedic. I’ve never been a paramedic. I couldn’t just become one. So I married one. Ha, ha, not really. I mean, I really did marry one, but not to write Faye’s story.

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

“Emotionally raw and gut wrenching! You feel sorry for the child for what he’s been through, and as secrets and questions unravel, you find yourself feeling so sad that such little things caused such a monumental life change for all of them. Really connectible characters who we hope can find the peace they all need.”

Brooke Blogs – Guest Post

Love is the most powerful force. I’ve always known this. I believe it still. Love will be the final victor – no matter what. It’s the best part of us. The deepest and strongest part of us. If we could all just let love work its magic, trust that which we can’t see, and be able to mute the world’s interferences and cerebral messages, mute the greed and jealousy and insecurities, love would deliver us to the happiness we all crave.

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads – Review

“This story was far by more the most intriguing story I have read, it deals with so much of what is going on in our society then normaly does in a book.Reese Bristow is in a conundrum now, the woman who broke his heart in college is now back and is his new EMT. There are more surprises in the book that, leave you speculating how this will unfold…”

Nicole’s Book Musings – Guest Post

Faye and Reese have to stay in shape to do their jobs. They have to pass physical fitness tests. And when they’re at the station, on call, they can’t get what they need by skating around the trucks. With them, I had to go back to the treadmill, the weights – the dreaded gym. It’s at the firehouse. So…I did what I had to do…I mentioned that they went there – and I left them at the door – skating off and coming back to get them when we were both done. That’s why you won’t find any scenes in this book written inside that gym. I apologize ahead of time…

Angels with Attitude Book Reviews – Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE, Part 2

“I thought you’d at least call,” she was saying. Making no sense at all. “I wouldn’t take the job until Brandt assured me that you’d seen my file and approved the employment…”

Last he’d heard, Faye Browning had been in her second year of a four-year nursing program at UC Berkeley.

He’d been at Southern Cal in LA.

“You did know, didn’t you?” Her voice trailed off.

His horror must have been showing.

Celticlady’s Reviews – Guest Post

We just passed tax time and my preparer once told me, everything in my life is deductible because it all goes into my books. She reads my books. And while I don’t deduct even close to ‘everything’, her statement stuck with me because she’s right. My life goes into my books.

Becky on Books – Review

“All three of the main characters here–Faye, Reese, and Elliott, Faye’s eight-year-old son–have been through so much before the story even begins. Watching them deal with the implications of the past, not to mention the new tension and drama that their present brings them, makes for a truly engrossing read. I literally couldn’t put this one down until I’d seen them get to their HEA!”

beck valley books – Excerpt

Book Excerpt – CHAPTER ONE, Part 3

SO…THAT WENT WELL. Faye’s sarcasm rang loud and clear in her mind as she trekked across the beach with her brand-new coworkers.

She was on a mission. Had a very clear plan. She’d considered every step in-depth prior to implementation. She’d allowed for every eventuality. Taken measures to ensure that nothing went wrong.

Kindle and Me – Review

“This story just breaks my heart! And I wanted a happily ever after for all of them! If you like real stories of families with abuse issues and children of those abused, shelters, fires, firemen, great counselors, second chances then this might be for you!”

Book Lover in Florida – Guest Post

In The Fireman’s Son, in a particularly difficult scene, Reese can’t take Faye inside. He has to head out to his own little paradise in his backyard. His piece of nature includes the beach and the ocean, but the physical effects to him are the same. It could be that as the author of the book, I took him out there because it was where I’d need to be. One could be a practical thinker and insist that that was the case. One might even be right. I don’t believe it, though. I think that nature is a natural healer, purposely there for all of us to draw upon.

Harlie’s Books – Review

“Overall, Ms. Quinn tackles a hard subject and hits it head on. She doesn’t sugarcoat it with her characters but let’s her characters speak for themselves. This series is fast becoming one of my all time favorites. Her stories in this series just keep getting better and better. I can’t wait to see in future books how Elliot is doing and how the Lemonade Stand is and the characters that surround it. Bravo, Ms. Quinn. You did it again.”

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways below, if you haven’t already…

Her Secret Life
(Where Secrets Are Safe #11)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Secrets are burning out of control

After she broke his heart in college, Faye Walker is the last person fire chief Reese Bristow ever expected to see again, especially as his new EMT. But that’s not Reese’s only surprise. Faye has an eight-year-old son, Elliott, whose counseling at The Lemonade Stand shelter is her first priority.

It’s nearly impossible to accept that she had a child with another man—and married that man—right after their breakup. Trusting Faye won’t be easy. Especially when she reveals a secret about the boy that might tear them apart for good.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequin

Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series
(Books released as of March 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)



About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

WebsiteGoodreadsAmazonFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramWattpad

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

Both Rafflecopter giveaways end November 30th, 2017

a Rafflecopter giveaway
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

A Conversation with Michele Summers, Author of SWEET SOUTHERN TROUBLE (with a giveaway!)

Welcome, Michele! What 5 things should readers know about you?

Hmmmm, okay, here goes:

  1. I’m very stubborn. Yep. Like a dog with a bone stubborn. I dig my heels in and won’t give an inch when I think I’m right. According to my kids, I always think I’m right. But in my stubborn defense, I will apologize if proven wrong. Not happily, but I do it anyway.

 

  1. I hate to be photographed. No, hate is probably too mild. I detest, loathe, abhor, (take your pick) being photographed. It literally pains me to pose for pictures. Not sure why, but it probably stems from my childhood, standing with my eight siblings for what felt like days while my dad fiddled with lights and cameras to take our family photos. An exercise in complete torture. Any pictures you might see of me have been taken under extreme duress. 😉

 

  1. I’m fascinated with power tools. Recently I gave my kitchen a facelift by painting my wood cabinets and tile backsplash, but it needed to be sanded before painting and I couldn’t possibly do it all by hand. After buying my first power tool, an electric sander, I was hooked. (Kitchen turned out fabulous, I might add!) Next up: Circular Saw!!!

 

  1. I’m basically a homebody even though I love to travel. But these days it takes a lot for me to pack my bags and head to parts unknown or otherwise. I enjoy spending time in my home and love it when both my kids are around for family dinners and hanging out. Don’t get me wrong, if someone offered me tickets to Paris or Florence, I’d blow this Popsicle stand, but not for long…because there’s no place like home.

 

  1. I love basketball. Let me restate that: I love college Specifically UNC basketball as in 2017 National Champions basketball!! I’ve been watching my Tarheels since way before Michael Jordan (GOAT) made his first jumper in high school. As a child, I used to shoot baskets with my two brothers, and we’d fight over which UNC player we were pretending to be. I taught my son how to shoot a free throw and used to beat him at the game Horse. (He was probably five at the time…I’m very competitive. Don’t judge.) I’ve seen more national championship games than I care to count. And probably know more college basketball stats than most coaches. And like a true Tarheel who bleeds Carolina blue, I’ve proudly passed this passion down to my son and daughter. It’s hard to live in North Carolina without catching the basketball fever. GO HEELS!

 

I’m with you on #2. Pictures are the worst!

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Mostly my imagination. Sweet Southern Trouble was the very first book I wrote and prior to writing it, I used to play around with different scenarios in my head, wondering if I had the nerve to actually write a book. At the time, my son talked football non-stop (still does) and I started asking him questions about different quarterbacks and coaches and he inspired me with his answers. Learning how hard these guys worked to play ball, I thought it would be funny to see how a big, tough football player would deal with a snack-sized kindergarten teacher. On the outside they appear as complete opposites, but they discover common ground as fierce competitors.

Love it! You never know where inspiration would come from 🙂

 

How long have you been writing and what or who inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing for about ten years. In the beginning, I wrote on the sly…late at night while everyone slept. No one person inspired me to start writing. I basically challenged myself to see if I could do it.

That works too—awesome!

 

What are you working on right now?

A fun new series set in Miami about a family of brothers, all professional athletes in different sports, all strong-willed, stubborn, and damaged in some way by the sins of their father. And all coming up against their biggest challenge: protecting their hearts from the women who butt heads and lock lips with them and who keep tempting them to fall hopelessly in love. Look for the Silver Starrs series in late 2017.

Sounds great! Can’t wait 🙂

 

What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte because who doesn’t love a strong woman who won’t compromise her beliefs or convictions? Not even for the only man she ever loved. I’ve read this book at least once a year, ever since I was fourteen and my older sister read it aloud to me, while sitting on the beach one summer. My first romance. This one never gets old.

I agree! Every time I read it again, I notice something new.

 

If you had to sell your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

What happens when a snack-sized, trash-talkin’ kindergarten teacher competes with a smokin’ hot, tough football coach? A real throw down!

Perfect!

 

Thanks for having me! These questions were lots of fun!

Thank you for coming, Michele! Good luck with SWEET SOUTHERN TROUBLE—I can’t wait to read it!

 

MICHELE SUMMERS writes about small-town life with a Southern flair, and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. Both professions feed her creative appetite and provide a daily dose of humor.

 

 

Title: Sweet Southern Trouble
Author: Michele Summers
Pub Date: May 2, 2017
ISBN: 9781402293641

 

An ambitious Southern belle

Marabelle Fairchild knows she’s a gal who can get things done. Feeling unappreciated at the exclusive private school where she’s a kindergarten aide and varsity tennis coach, Marabelle determines to score with the next big fundraiser. What she doesn’t expect? A smokin’ hot football coach to throw her off her game…

 

A reclusive NFL bachelor…

NFL coach Nick Frasier is Raleigh’s most eligible bachelor, but he wants to focus on his career…not his playboy status. He doesn’t need a smart-mouthed, pint-sized kindergarten teacher pestering him. So he cuts Marabelle a deal—in exchange for Nick sponsoring a bachelor auction starring him and his gorgeous celebrity pals, Marabelle will pose as his fiancée to ward off unwanted advances.

 

What could possibly go wrong?

Buy Links:

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Chapters | iBooks | Indiebound

a Rafflecopter giveaway

New Release Review and Giveaway! BETTING THE BAD BOY by Stefanie London (Behind the Bar #3)

He’s an expert at breaking the rules…

BETTING THE BAD BOY
Behind the Bar #3
Stefanie London
Releasing May 8th, 2017
Entangled Lovestruck

Self-confessed perfectionist Paige Thomas isn’t used to failing. But when a critical error in romantic judgment sends all her big city career dreams crashing down, she scrambles to find a job—any job—to make ends meet.

 Noah Reid may as well have “trust issues” tattooed on his forehead. Being raised in the foster system didn’t give him a positive outlook on relationships, but now he’s looking after his best friend’s bar for one month, and he can’t do it
alone.

Things get steamy when Noah hires Paige, but she’s determined not to repeat her mistakes and she bets Noah that she can keep her hands to herself while they’re working together. Too bad for her, Noah is an expert at breaking the
rules…    

She held the blindfold while trying to ignore the flutter of excitement in her stomach. Her fingers toyed with the elasticated band meant to hold the mask in place.

“Both partners are going to get a turn at being blindfolded,” Libby said from the front of the room. “Between yourselves, pick who’s going to go first.”

Noah looked down at her, a smirk tugging at the corner of his lips. He ran a hand along his jaw, catching the reddish-gold bristles of his burgeoning beard. For a moment, Paige was totally captured with the idea of how the bristles might feel on her skin. Would they be smooth or rough? Would she shriek if he brushed them along her inner thigh?

“What do you say, new girl?” He cocked his head. “Would you rather do the blindfolding or be blindfolded?”

At that point she would have been happy to go all in— blindfolded, tied up, and held down.

Holy crap, would you listen to yourself? This is a work function, not a goddamn re-creation of Fifty Shades.

“Blindfolded,” she squeaked, thrusting the mask into his hands and spinning so quickly that she almost lost her footing.

“You know, I’ve never done this before.” His hand steadied her, the reassuring warmth of his touch seeping into her skin. Her bones felt like jelly.

“Blindfolded someone?” she asked, cringing at how shaky her voice sounded.

“Ah, no. I meant the taste test.” He chuckled as he slipped the mask over her eyes.

Heat rushed up to Paige’s cheeks. Of course he meant the taste test. What an idiot she was. Just because her brain was earning an R-rating tonight didn’t mean his was, too. She fought back a tremor as he brushed some loose hairs from her neck so he could adjust the strap on the mask.

Everything went dark, and Paige gripped the edge of the table for support.

Warm breath whispered over her ear, and she could tell he’d leaned in a little closer. The scent of coffee and faded cologne tempted her to turn her head toward the source.

“I’ve definitely blindfolded someone before, but it wasn’t for a taste test.”
Her breath hitched, and she was grateful that she’d had the presence of mind to hold on to something.

“Oh.”

He chuckled. “Yeah, that’s what she said.”

Holy. Freaking. Shit.

So cute!

I loved both Noah and Paige, and the bet motif was abso-freaking adorable. I can’t imagine why I haven’t read the other two books in this series–yes, it worked just fine as a standalone, but still–but you’d better believe I’m going to soon. I’m really going to enjoy watching Noah be all smug in his non-commitment-dom, knowing exactly what is coming in his future 🙂

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


Stefanie 
London is the USA Today bestselling author of over ten contemporary romances with humour, heat and heart. Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Originally from Australia, she now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and zombie movies.

 

New Release and Giveaway! CURSED by Jennifer Chance (Gowns & Crowns #5)

Synopsis:

When the prince she was supposed to marry falls for someone else, Edeena Saleri is done with Garronia’s courts, crowns, and family curses. She grabs her sisters and escapes to the nobility-free coast of South Carolina, USA.

Refuge isn’t anything like it’s supposed to be, however. The family’s island vacation home now borders a singles’ retreat, which Edeena’s sisters embrace all too eagerly. Worse, the private protection firm Edeena hires is run by the most infuriating man she’s ever met–a rough-hewn, dark-eyed, charismatic charmer named, of course, Prince. He’s not a royal and he’s nowhere near noble, so there’s no way he can break the family curse. And yet…

Vincent “Prince” Rallis has spent his whole life justifying his name. The son of hardworking immigrant parents, he’s hustled for every dime, finally building a personal security firm with the muscle and grit to live up to its promises. He’s used to keeping his cool, but when the high-strung, high-class Edeena shuts him down despite her obvious interest, pride demands he fight for her–even if he has to track her back to her glittering court to prove his point. Only once Prince arrives in the seaside kingdom of Garronia, he finds his troubles are just beginning.

Sometimes love in Garronia can be magic. And sometimes you’re just Cursed.

Available at:  Amazon

Add Cursed  to your GOODREADS TBR stack!

Review:

A sweet romance!

Cursed has a slow start–there’s a lot of ominous grumbling about the “curse” which admittedly I might have just skimmed through, because I just wanted to get to the good stuff, which would explain why it seemed like they were making a big deal out of…well, not very much (for a cursed family, they sure seemed to be doing okay, honestly) but after about 40% or so things started to pick up. Vince and Edeena were very cute together–her determination to sacrifice herself for her sisters got to be a bit much at times, but every time Vince managed to get her out of her own head for a few minutes it was easy for the reader to forget all the drama as well. And the his big romantic gesture? Makes everything that came before it pale by comparison 🙂

Though it’s fifth in the Gowns & Crowns series, it’s almost a spin-off of the original four, and would work fine as a standalone. The H/h from the other books make appearances, but it’s not necessary to have read their books…yet ;)…to enjoy this one.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

About Jennifer Chance:

Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series as well as the contemporary romance modern royals Gowns & Crowns series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio. In addition to her work in romance, she is also Jenn Stark, urban fantasy author of the Immortal Vegas series, and Jennifer McGowan, YA author of the Elizabethan spy series The Maids of Honor. She is truly NOT trying to become 27 Jennifers, but it’s getting a little dicey.

Connect with Jennifer: Website | BookBub | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Tour Grand Finale and Giveaway! SEARCHING FOR SARAH by Julieann Dove (The Sarah Series #1)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Searching for Sarah
Julieann Dove

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out…

Launch – Message from the Author

Welcome lovely Readers! I’m tickled to be able to introduce everyone to the “Searching For Sarah” tour. I’ve been writing Sarah’s journey for some time, and it is with great pleasure that I can now curl back a page and present her story to you.

Christian Chick’s Thoughts – Excerpt

I looked at the imposing house and took a deep breath. I felt as if I were going on a job interview. It sort of was, I guess. However, this was a little more serious. If Sam Turner didn’t like me well enough to live in his house and pick up his daughter from preschool, I’d be looking for the nearest bridge to live under. Or I’d make nice and live the next two months in Robena’s room with catnip in my pockets.

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Excerpt

I stared out the window, trying not to focus on his cologne that seemed to be drifting by me with every gesture he made. It was hypnotizing to say the least. I’m such an aromatherapy connoisseur. His was warm, woodsy, and aromatic. It made me want to get drunk off it and swim around in it like a lazy river.

Reading Is My SuperPower – Review

“Searching for Sarah is a compelling start to this new series from Julieann Dove. Readers will be engaged from the beginning and – while they may question some of Sarah’s (and Sam’s) choices – they will be invested in finding out what happens between them. Well written with touches of humor and the right amount of sizzle, Sarah’s story is a great way to spend a weekend!”

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

He turned off the car and parked where he usually did. I opened the door and bent forward, running against the rain falling on my head. Suddenly, I felt Sam’s hand touch my back, guiding me toward the back door. I stopped, looked up, and closed my eyes. The rain felt like BB pellets smashing against my face as they picked up speed and weight. I let it pelt my head; water crawled through my scalp until it was soaked. My red gown grew heavy, and I loved every minute of it. It’d been a long time since I danced in the rain.

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review

“I also love a good romance. An undeniable attraction begins to smolder between Sarah and Sam and she has to come to terms with sacrificing some life-long romance dreams or choosing another potential suitor. . . . The characters feel refreshingly unique and the strands of emotion floating through the pages snagged different pieces of my heart.”

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Guest Post: Sarah & Sam

Funny, love sick, and a little unsure of herself when it comes to men, Sarah still searches to find Mr. Right, while living with Mr. Sam Turner. Crazy how you can share the same house with someone and never see them as anything but ‘not the one’!

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Sam texted me his address and told me to come by after lunch. Maybe he waited for me at breakfast, and figured he’d bait me out of my room one way or another. Who knows—maybe he wanted to fire me for not getting back to him on the whole “can we try this thing out.” And the workplace was neutral enough to do it here.

Hardcover Feedback – Review

“I liked Sarah as a main character, she was relatable and real. The story on the whole was very enjoyable. . . . I hope to read the next book whenever it releases, hopefully it’ll be soon.”

Brooke Blogs – Guest Post: Online Dating

Did you know that the reported busiest season for online dating is January 5th? Me, either. I guess it would be right up there with gym memberships. Everyone wanting to take their current situation to another level. And did you know that one third of all marriages have online dating sprinkled on them? Crazy, huh?

Booklove – Spotlight

Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt

“You know, no matter how many times I’ve put myself out there and gotten rejected, I’m still scared of falling.” I stared out my window and continued to talk. “I used to put all myself into each relationship, and the more I did, the harder I fell. So I began reserving myself a little bit more each time I got with someone new. I would hold back the butterflies, try to ignore the heart palpitations. Because it seemed the second I became invested, that was the moment I’d get the text, email, or note on my car windshield.” I wiped my eyes.

Angels With Attitude Book Reviews – Top Online Dating Movies

Must Love Dogs…okay, I admit, this is one of my go-to movies for writing bills, organizing my desk, and just to hear it play. I have a few movies that fit this category. But this one I like because of its easy flow.

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

Reason number forty-three why I could possibly still be single at the age of thirty-one. Sharing a wardrobe with Mable Watkins. She was four foot nine and seventy-eight years old, and for my entire middle school career, I got all her hand-me-downs. What can I say? I was raised by a single dad who had zero fashion sense, and a keen eye for a bargain. Cable-knit sweaters, solid-colored turtlenecks, and slacks—all in the color scheme of browns and grays.

Wishful Endings – Guest Post: Finding Mr. Right

Sarah Keller, the heroine in “Searching For Sarah” wanted to find Mr. Right as quickly as possible. She’s like my cousin…interested in getting out of town, and on with life at a pretty quick rate. There was no time for dating. But you know what they say about looking for something? You’ll find it the minute you’re not searching! Sort of what happens for Sarah. She bounced from one dead beat guy to another one. Then as fate would have it, she gets introduced to Sam. Disguised as nothing on Sarah’s radar as Mr. Right material, it’s easy for her to overlook this guy. But only for so long!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven’t already…

Searching for Sarah
(The Sarah Series #1)
Julieann Dove
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 333 pages
April 27th 2017

The first in a three book series called Searching for Sarah. Come meet Sarah and begin her journey….

Sarah Keller is convinced that her Mr. Right is stuck in traffic…in another country…on another planet. ‘Thirty-one and still single’ isn’t how she wants to be introduced by her dad. That’s why she’s on five dating websites, posing as anything from an avid gardener to a crazed thrill seeker.

Sam Turner is a single dad, workaholic, who owns his own company. Long-term relationships have never worked out for him. That’s why he needs a nanny.

When a mutual friend suggests Sarah take the job temporarily, everything changes for them both. Sarah begins falling for the man who meets almost none of her online criteria. And when strange things start happening—things that jeopardize the safety of Sarah, Sam is the last person she would imagine is hiding something.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & Noble

About the Author

Julieann Dove lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest

Other Books by the Author:

The Secret He KeepsA Reason to Stay
Waking Amy (Amy, #1)Leaving Amy (Amy, #2)Finding Amy (Amy, #3)

Tour Giveaway

– 1 winner will receive a signed copy of Waking Amy (US only)
– 1 winner will receive an ebook of Waking Amy (open internationally)
– Ends May 9th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

New Release Review and Giveaway! FRAUD by J.L. Berg


About FRAUD:

From USA Today Bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a sexy standalone about love, lies and every dirty little thing in between.

It wasn’t just a job.

It was my way back to the top.

After losing my position as a journalist for one of the biggest news publications in the world,
I knew I’d do anything to get it back.

Even if it meant breaking a few hearts to get there.

She was the hottest author in the country. Known only by a pen name, there wasn’t a person alive who wasn’t dying to discover her true identity.

And I’d figured it out.

Her real name was Kate O’Malley and not only did I plan on finding her, but I fully intended on learning every dirty secret she had and exploiting it for my own gain.

But I underestimated my prey.

I didn’t anticipate how her words would intoxicate me, or how the curves of her body would consume me.

I never meant to fall in love.

And now I had a choice to make.

Do I give up everything for the woman I set out to destroy, or walk away, making me the biggest fraud of all?

Add FRAUD to your to be read shelf on Goodreads!

JLBFraudBookCover6x9_BW_HIGH

Read FRAUD for free with Kindle Unlimited!

Review:

Loved!

I immediately felt a connection with Kate–I loved her inner voice especially, and wanted to be her new BFF and head Kate/Laura cheerleader–but Killian took a little more work. The first few chapters he narrated? I was not a fan. At all. But he slowly grew on me, and I have to admit the first-person POV probably helped out her a whole lot, and by the end even though I knew he’d made some huge, huge mistakes I really, really wanted him to be forgiven for them.

Ms. Berg has her work cut out wit Killian’s brother Liam, though, the upcoming hero of the next book–he’s a great guy personally–I loved him and Killian together, and he provides a much-needed butt kicking when necessary–but he’s got seriously loose morals and needs find something more–what’s the word I’m looking for here? Oh, yes, legal to do with his impressive skill set. She does an excellent job here, because yeah, I need to know what he’s been up to, but jeez, he’s gonna take some work.

He’s definitely no Killian. Or Kate, for that matter.

Of course, I may never look at cannoli the same again. Or chocolate chip ice cream. Or chocolate sauce…

Yikes. Must distract self by thinking about Liam’s book a bit more… 😉

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Newsletter

Enter to win!

Want to win a $25 Amazon gift card? Enter via the rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway