New Release: He’s So Fine (Lucky Harbor #11) by Jill Shalvis *Review, Excerpt and 2 Giveaways*


He’s So Fine (Lucky Harbor #11)
by Jill Shalvis

A Contemporary Romance
From Grand Central Publishing
Released September 30, 2014



For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to “save” him. In fact, he’d like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He’s just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole’s heart, or will it be the end of Olivia’s days in little Lucky Harbor?


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We met Olivia in the previous Lucky Harbor installment, It’s in His Kiss, when she moved next door to Becca.

She was guarded and as soon as she stepped into the scene I was curious to know her story. Having two other Lucky Harbor bachelors that she could be paired with made for some interesting assumptions on my part. Would it be the mysterious Tanner or the laid-back Cole? Either way I knew it would be an interesting story since both men exhibited intriguing personalities.

Cole surprised me from the very beginning. I had thought of him as a more laid back member of the pack of bachelors who owned the their own boat chartering business. But leave it to Jill Shalvis to give him a sensitive heart and a caring nature. I loved him! He was funny, charming and when he cared he felt deeply. What’s not to love?!

Olivia was an great character in her own right. Although troubled about her past and preoccupied in guarding her secret, she cared for hew new-found friends and also had a great heart. Which was was led her to ‘meet’ Cole. Sure they had met in passing and she had admired him from afar, but it wasn’t until they ended up tangled in a mess of wet limbs that they truly took notice of one another.

I have to say that first scene alone was epic! I laughed out loud, snorting Diet Coke all over my tablet. Jill Shalvis always finds a way to make even the most complicated and embarrassing moments fun and memorable.

Do I even need to tell you about their chemistry? Pffft! As if the author would write it any different. These two shared some sizzling moments by just looking at each other or being in each other’s presence. So you can imagine how hot their encounters came to be when they gave into their physical attraction. And when their emotions came into play? Fantastic!

However, my favorite moments where those where they opened themselves to the other. Cole and Olivia were guarded and kept most people at bay, but the connection they had couldn’t be set aside. They were drawn to each other and whenever they interacted that connection strengthened and grew. It was a treat to see how, slowly but surely, they came to rely on each other for comfort. And it was just as frustrating and sad to see how they tried so hard to keep their feelings at bay.

I also enjoyed seeing Sam, Becca and Tanner again in addition to meeting Cole’s family. Each of these characters added something to the story or helped to reveal another side of the main characters that we had not gotten to see. Especially Cole’s. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Lucky Harbor story if Lucille weren’t there keeping tabs on everybody. Once again I enjoyed her presence and the light moments she brought to the story.

All in all, a sweet yet hot little read. Another great addition to the Lucky Harbor series–I can’t wait for Tanner’s story now!

*I received a copy this title through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.



“Dry off,” Cole said, and stepped back from Olivia.

She nodded but didn’t move.

“Olivia?” he asked.

Her face was a mask of misery. “M­m­my arms won’t w­w­work.”

Shit. He quickly and gently pushed her back down to the bench, sat at her side, and began to pile blankets over the top of them both.

“W­what are you d­doing?”

“Sharing my body heat,” he said.

“I c­c­can’t feel any h­h­heat.”

“You will.” Beneath the blankets, he reached for the towel she still had wrapped around her. “Don’t freak,” he warned. “I’m just going to remove the wet towel and pull you into me.”

She opened her mouth, but using her sluggishness to his benefit, Cole quicklystripped the towel away from her, wrapping his arms around her, pulling her into him as two things happened simultaneously. One, she squeaked. Probably trying to formulate her next threat.

And two—holy shit—he realized she was completely, totally, one hundred percent naked beneath the layer of blankets.

And pissed. “Y­y­your pants!” she gasped. “Th­th­they’re c­c­cold!”

“Sorry, but I’m trying to do the right thing here,” he said through clenched teeth. Jesus. He couldn’t see a thing below her neck, but he could sure as hell feel her. His hands were on her hip and low on her back, respectively, not touching anything he shouldn’t be, but damn she was soft, and at the feel of her, his brain clicked off. Just completely flatlined.



About the Author


New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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New Release: Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie *Review and Giveaway*


Home is Where You Are
by Tessa Marie

A Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Released September 30th 2014



Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.






WOW! It’s been a long time that I’ve read a YA novel that I’ve loved from beginning to end.

From the moment the story began, I was captivated. I loved Dean’s voice and as soon as I learned his story my heart went out to win. He was a fighter, determined to make it on his own with a great head on his shoulders and an even bigger heart.

Anna was a great character also. She was smart, motivated to make into an Ivy league college and so very lonely. After her father’s death, her mother and brother have become strangers and she finds herself immerse in her volunteer job–striving for a goal her father once told her she could reach.

I loved this story so much!

It was an emotional story about struggles, broken families and all that struggle entails. I loved how it showed how similar Anna and Dean are regardless of their social status. They yearned to belong, to be loved and to lead a normal life.

Tessa Marie did an amazing job in bringing forth the different aspects that these two teenagers struggled with. Be it family relations, surviving on the streets or making amends with their pasts–every little moment was brought to the page to impart the most impact unto the reader. I laughed with Dean, cried with Anna and rejoiced when they finally made it through.

I don’t think I can say enough about this story without giving too much away. So all I will say is that it was worth every minute I spent reading it. I hope you give it a chance too!

All in all, a heartwarming story about overcoming obstacles in life and finding that one person who makes all the heartache life throws at you easier to bear.

*I received a copy of this title from the author in exchange of my honest opinion.


About the Author


Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.


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New Release: Sweeter Than Sin (Secrets & Shadows, #2) by Shiloh Walker *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Sweeter Than Sin (Secrets & Shadows, #2)
by Shiloh Walker

A Romantic Suspense
From St. Martin’s
Released September 30, 2014




It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn’t make it any easier—especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed.


Nothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam’s ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can’t ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer’s quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body—until he realizes he’ll risk anything if she’ll give him her heart…in Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker.


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“I think right now the one thing you need to do is sleep, darlin’.” He nuzzled her neck, pressing his lips where it curved into her shoulder. “It’s late and you never look like you sleep as well as you should. Tomorrow is soon enough for you to worry about how somebody else’s tragedy has to ruin your life.”

“It’s already ruined mine.” Slowly, she turned around and lifted her hands, curling them in the soft, worn material of his shirt, pressing her head against his chest. The smell of him flooded her head. Warm man, something spicy—the soap he wore or aftershave—she liked it. Rubbing her cheek against him, she murmured, “It’s ruined my life for years and I’m tired of it. I don’t want to let it ruin my life anymore. That’s why I’m trying to figure out what to do next.”

“I already told you. Sleep.” He rubbed his lips against hers and then said quietly, a thread of steel in his voice, “Tomorrow, we find answers. For now, though…”

He slid his hands down her back, cupped them around her hips. He boosted her up and when she twined her legs around him, it was a sweet, sweet bliss. “Maybe the answer to that is think about you. You’ve lived your life day by day, always thinking about keeping your secrets. We need to figure out how you can reclaim your life, but you can’t do that in the dead of night. So for now…think about you. What you need.”

He dipped his head and caught her lower lip between his, bit her lightly.

“What do you need?”

A slow shudder wracked her body and he decided he liked it. As he lifted his head to peer down into her eyes, she stared up at him, her eyes cloudy and heated. “Are you suggesting that maybe the answer to this lies in getting naked?”


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Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched with Deeper than Need, followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.

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New Release: Confetti, Cake & Confessions by K.C. Wells *Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Confetti, Cake & Confessions
by K.C. Wells

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Island Tales Press
Released September 29th 2014



Tony Porter and Marc Powell had lived in the same house for the past eight years, since their single parents moved in together. When Tony’s mother Marie and Marc’s father Dennis decide to tie the knot

at last, it should be an occasion of great joy for everyone. Except all Marc can think about is having to spend the next two weeks with the young man he’s been in love with since he was sixteen.

Tony feels so torn about Marc coming home from college. He keeps telling himself that it’s wrong to feel this way about him. After all, in two weeks’ time they’ll be related. So when the two young men are thrown together to prepare for the wedding, tensions rise and discoveries are made.

It’s going to be a very long two weeks, and a wedding that no one will ever forget.


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Marc silently pushed back his duvet and stood on his bed to stretch up to the window. He concentrated on the horizon as he’d done so many times in the past, trying to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower that he knew might be visible this time of year. He’d only seen a shooting star once, when he was about fourteen, and it had been an amazing sight. Dad had taken him outside after midnight and made him wait patiently until at last he’d spotted the streak of light across the night sky, so fast he’d almost missed it. Every year after that he’d watched for them, but the weather was usually against him.

Marc pressed his forehead against the bottom of the window pane and focused on the sky. Light pollution made it difficult, but he did his best to block out the orange street lights with his hands. He gazed at the stars, awed by the vastness of the display before him. It was moments like this that made it easy to believe in God, albeit a God who didn’t condemn two people of the same sex for being in love. Marc didn’t think that the God he believed in would turn his back on people who loved each other.

God is love, isn’t that what we’re taught?

He raised his eyes heavenward. .

God, please, take away this ache in my heart. Make it easier to be around Tony, just while I’m here. He paused, unsure of whether or not to give voice to his innermost desires. Then he reasoned that God probably knew what he was thinking anyway, so what harm could it do?

God, if it’s possible, let Tony love me, the way I love him.

He wanted a sign, some clue that God had heard him. Except he knew God didn’t work like that.

And then he caught his breath as a shooting star flashed across the sky, followed by another.

Marc stared, his throat tight. My God, the timing. Then he shook himself.

I can’t afford to think like that. I need to stop torturing myself.

He got back into bed and curled up on his side, letting the gentle sound of Tony’s breathing lull him into a warm, comforting sleep.


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Born and raised in the north-west of England, K.C.Wells always loved writing. Words were important. Full stop. However, when childhood gave way to adulthood, the writing ceased, as life got in the way.

K.C. discovered erotic fiction in 2009, where the purchase of a ménage storyline led to the startling discovery that reading about men in love was damn hot. In 2012, arriving at a really low point in life led to the desperate need to do something creative. An even bigger discovery waited in the wings – writing about men in love was even hotter…

K.C. now writes full-time and is loving every minute of her new career.

The laptop still has no idea of what hit it… it only knows that it wants a rest, please. And it now has to get used to the idea that where K.C goes, it goes.

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Tour: The Edge of You by Theresa DaLayne *Review and Giveaway*


The Edge of You
by Theresa DaLayne

A New Adult Romance
From Bloomsbury Spark
Released September 25th 2014


He left home to escape. She made a new life out of guilt. Neither one expected to find love—but not even the Arctic can cool this steamy romance.

Maya knows she’s doing the right thing by moving to Alaska with her parents, but that doesn’t mean she has to be happy about it. Forced to give up a scholarship to a prestigious art school, she relocates to a Podunk town with one college the size of her high school cafeteria, all to help hold her family together after the death of her little sister. But a fresh start can only do so much.

Jake doesn’t like handouts and he certainly doesn’t need any distractions. Working on a salmon boat in Kodiak, Alaska is the only way to pay for his mother’s surgery back in the lower forty-eight. Juggling college courses and constant worry about his mother’s health, Jake couldn’t imagine anything else fitting into his life. That is, until he meets Maya, the sexy Californian artist who tints his world in technicolor.

But when Maya’s family starts to crumble and Jake’s mom takes a turn for the worse, will they drag each other down, or can they find what they were missing all along?

In this new adult romance, Theresa DaLayne paints a swoon-worthy story about life under the midnight sun, following your heart, and learning to live on the edge.


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4 stars

Maya leaves everything she knows behind in California to move with her parents to Kodiak, Alaska. Weighted down with guilt over the death of her sister, she wants to provide support to her mother and prevent her family from crumbling any further. But life is different in the quiet town of Kodiak and things are not looking as good as she had hoped, so she enrolls in the local community college in hopes of finding a purpose among the uncertainty of her family life.

Jake is a student at the community college who also works as crew on a fishing boat. His goal is to gather enough money to take care of his mother who is sick back in the mainland. He doesn’t have time to pursue a relationship but there seems to be something about the new girl that draws him in and weakens his resolve.

This was a sweet story. I found the characters to be intriguing, especially Jake. He was a hard worker who felt deeply. His loyalty was a thing of beauty. He gave of himself without regards to his own needs and wants and I admired the hell out him for that.

Maya wasn’t so bad herself. She did get on my nerves in the beginning because she kept complaining about the town and what she left behind without making attempts to change her situation. Thankfully, she took the reins of her life and decided to make do with what she had and where she was.

I admit that the story dragged in places, especially in the beginning with Maya’s whining and Jake having to deal with her mother’s problem. However, once they met the story moved along nicely. There were funny moments mixed with honest emotional ones. This was not an angsty read, but it did have plenty of emotions thrown into the mix.

I liked that the characters had an initial connection and that it was developed throughout the story. I do wish I had gotten to see it deepened a bit more before the end of the story, but as such it was okay. Since I had cheered these characters on from the very beginning, it was easy for me to accept their HEA, even if it was a bit too sudden and perfect.

All in all, a sweet story of new beginnings.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.


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Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while she’s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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Tour: Full Disclosure (Nice Guys, #2) by Kindle Alexander *Review, Trailer and Giveaway*

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Full Disclosure (Nice Guys #2)
by Kindle Alexander

An M/M Romance
Released September 16, 2014



Deputy United States Marshal Mitch Knox apprehends fugitives for a living. His calm, cool, collected attitude and devastatingly handsome good looks earn him a well-deserved bad boy reputation, both in the field and out. While away on an assignment, he blows off some steam at a notorious Dallas nightclub. Solving the case that has plagued him for months takes a sudden backseat to finding out all there is to know about the gorgeous, shy blond sitting alone at the bar.

Texas State Trooper Cody Turner is moving up the ranks, well on his way to his dream of being a Texas Ranger. While on a two-week mandatory vacation, he plans to relax and help out on his family’s farm. Mitch is the last distraction Cody needs, but the tatted up temptation that walks into the bar and steals his baseball cap is too hard to ignore.

As Mitch’s case gains nationwide attention, how will he convince the sexy state trooper that giving him a chance won’t jeopardize his life’s plan…especially when the evil he’s tracking brings the hate directly to his doorstep, threatening more than just their careers.


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4 stars
4.25 stars

We had met Mitch in Double Full as he investigated who was behind Colt’s accident. He came across as no-nonsense, funny and determined in doing the right thing. I grew curious about him and was glad to learn that his story would be told next.

In this story, Mitch continues to investigate his case but has grown disheartened at the lack of clues he’s found. It is at this time that he is assigned another case that will take him to Dallas, where he decides to visit Colt and Jace.  This leads him to visit a popular night club where he spots a handsome shy man he wants to make his.

Cody has been working hard to get his career on track. He has focused solely on that–dating minimally and spending time with his family. He has gotten lonely though and in trying to smother that loneliness he decides to visit Dallas during his next weekend off. It just so happens that he gets the promotion he’s been waiting for right before he is scheduled to leave. Happy and determined to make the most out of the weekend, he sets out to Dallas. Little does he know how that trip will be changing his life forever.

I have to admit that I had not read any of Kindle Alexander’s books until I read Double Full in preparation to starting this one. Sure, I’ve read great things about her writing but you know how it is when your TBR is overflowing with books and commitments. I was such a fool to have put off reading her books! I loved Double Full and couldn’t wait to start this one.

Kindle Alexander has a talent of bringing to the page complex individuals that are drawn to each other on a deeper level while still engaging the reader in a riveting and intriguing story line. I enjoy how she can move from the romance to the action and back again all the while keeping things alight with humor, sexual tension and emotions.

Full Disclosure is no different. On the one hand we have Mitch investigating a case that has not been easy to crack, dealing with policies and procedures that irritate him and trying to keep his wits about him. While on the other hand we have the romance that is blooming between Cody and Mitch, the obstacles that are placed in their path and the emotions that come along with a new-found connection.

I liked that Mitch lost some of his precious control when he met Cody. He had hinted at wanting something more in the relationship department but he dismissed the idea more than a couple of times. So to see him all tangled up in the feelings Cody brought out of him was a treat to read.

I also enjoyed seeing how Cody came to accept what was developing between him and Mitch. I understood perfectly where he was coming from, but I also saw how much he yearned to love and be loved. His loneliness ran deep and Mitch–with his relentless pursuit, flirty comments and honest confessions–helped to bring him out of it. Slowly but surely Cody relented and let Mitch in. And that was also a treat to read.

I don’t think I have to tell you how amazing the chemistry between these two truly was. Those first few moments they spent together after they met and those later on before all hell broke lose were packed-full of lust and sexual tension. It was hot to see them lose themselves to their attraction. I especially enjoyed the way the author kept things varied. Not one scene was the same, but they were all hot, hot, hot!

Keep in mind that although this is the second book in the Nice Guy series it can be read as a stand alone. Although Colt and Jace’s story is touched upon, you don’t need to have read Double Full to follow along. However, I do recommend reading it so you can understand what is it Mitch has longed for since he met them.

All in all, a hot intense read. Can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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About the Author

Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!

Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.

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Tour: Mine to Have (Mine #5) by Cynthia Eden *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Mine to Have (Mine #5)
by Cynthia Eden

A Romantic Suspense
Released September 15th 2014



New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden continues her sexy “Mine” romantic suspense series with…MINE TO HAVE.

Is he a hero…or the villain?

When Elizabeth Ward sees Saxon Black rushing into the backroom of The Blade—a low end bar in Miami—she isn’t sure if he’s there to save the day…or just to raise some hell. But she’s being held hostage, and he’s her best hope of survival. Within minutes, she’s away from the jerks with the guns and riding fast and hard on the back of Saxon’s motorcycle.

Death stalks them.

Saxon has been working undercover for far too long. When he finds sexy Elizabeth—with a gun to her head—he knows he will do anything to keep her safe. But once he gets her away from her abductors, the threat to her isn’t over. Someone has put a price on Elizabeth’s head, and if Saxon can’t keep her safe from the danger stalking her, then she’ll be dead.

Their lives are both on the line.

As their enemies close in, Elizabeth and Saxon must go on the run. And the longer they are together, the hotter their attraction for one another seems to burn. Saxon vows not to let anyone hurt her, no matter what he has to do, because he’s falling fast for Elizabeth. He’ll stop the killers on her trail, and then he’ll have her. Forever.



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4.5 stars

Even though I have not read her latest books, I count Cynthia Eden as one of my favorite authors–especially in the Romantic Suspense genre. What I like most about her writing is that she manages to bring in a sizzling romance to the page while still delivering a riveting suspense-filled story. I loved how she keeps a constant pace including all details necessary to move the story along but never overwhelming the reader with useless information.

With Mine to Have Cynthia Eden delivers once again!

This is Saxon’s story which I understand made an appearance in the previous book along with his brother Victor. His life as an undercover operative has taken a toll on him and he’s ready for it to end. But his plans are put on hold when Victor asks him for a favor.

Elizabeth has no idea why she’s in the situation she’s in at the moment and having a stranger come to her rescue confuses her further. She doesn’t know who to trust, but is not like she’s going to miss her chance to escape her captors.

Soon Saxon and Elizabeth realize that the danger is once again upon them and they find themselves thrust into a situation where in order to survive they must learn to trust each other. Add to that the instant attraction that’s always present between them and you’ve got yourself an enticing sexy little read.

What I loved most about this story was Saxon. That man was the perfect example of a protective alpha-male that will put his life on the line for the woman he has fallen for. I admit it was hard for me to believe Saxon and Elizabeth’s sudden connection, but Cynthia Eden made it easy for me to understand how that could come to be. Taking into consideration that it’s not every day that you find yourself in this type of situation–relying on a stranger and having to put your life on their hands–and the way the author went about voicing their doubts and portraying the situation they found themselves in helped to convince me that Saxon and Elizabeth’s connection, although fast and unusual, was also real.

I appreciated the fact that although the villain was easily identifiable, Cynthia Eden added enough twists and turns into the story to keep me guessing as to what would happen next. I found myself tapping the hell out of my tablet, curious to know how they would get out of certain situations and what else would be thrown in their path.

Of course, I also tapped the hell out of my tablet during the sex scenes. Hell, I loved them so much that I highlighted them like a sex fiend. Yes, they were hot but they were also very telling. Saxon made no secret that he wanted Elizabeth but when they got together I loved seeing him lose some of his precious control. *sigh* The chemistry between these two and their sexual encounters alone deserved a couple of stars!

Keep in mind that although this is the fifth book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. Personally, I’ve only read the first book in the series and had no difficulty following the story along. Cynthia Eden gave enough background information to understand what had taken place prior to this book, which helped a lot.

All in all, a fast-paced riveting sexy little read with action packed moments and intriguing characters that shared amazing chemistry.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.



“You can let go now.” His voice was the deepest, darkest rumble she’d ever heard, and it actually took a few seconds for his words to sink in.

When they did, she was horrified. Her hands flew away from him and she shot off that motorcycle. A bad move, really, because her thighs were still shaking from the ride, and Elizabeth hit the ground.

Smooth move.

She pushed up fast, though, and staggered to her feet. Elizabeth tossed away her helmet and ran.

Unfortunately, she didn’t get far. A big, strong hand caught her shoulder and spun her around. In the next breath, her back was being pushed into the nearby brick wall, and Saxon had her hands pinned above her head. He held her easily, her wrists trapped in one of his hands.

“Didn’t we cover this?” he muttered, and his voice, if possible, had gone even deeper. “No screaming, no running—”

“No fighting,” she whispered back to him. “You said no…fighting. You never said I couldn’t run.”

He laughed then. A sound that was as deep as his voice and sent shivers racing over her body.

A man wasn’t supposed to laugh when a woman was terrified. She knew nothing about the guy except for the fact that she’d seen him shoot two men and beat the crap out of at least two more. And he’d said he…wanted her.

For an hour.

“Please, let me go.” Elizabeth wasn’t above begging, not then. She just wanted to survive that night. To get back to her apartment and pretend this whole terrible nightmare had never happened. “I won’t go to the police, I promise. I won’t tell them anything about you.”

His head came closer to hers. She couldn’t discern much about him in that moment, it was too dark, but she’d seen plenty in that terrible little room.

Saxon. He’d been huge, filling that doorway. He had to be at least six foot three, and his shoulders had been so wide, his arms heavy with muscles. He wore a faded t-shirt and loose jeans. He’d fought with a cold, vicious fury, and he hadn’t even broken a sweat when he’d taken down his enemies.

I thought Kurt was scary. He’s nothing compared to this guy.

“I don’t want to let you go.”

Those words terrified her. No, he terrified her. He leaned even closer. She could feel the light stir of his breath against her cheek. She had a flash of being tied in that chair and looking up—and into a pair of dark and deadly eyes.

And I asked him for help? A desperate woman would do anything. And she was desperate right then.


About the Author

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USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.

Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings. She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.

Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.

(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people). Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.

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Tour: Wet Paint (Transitions #2) by Will Parkinson *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Wet Paint (Transitions #2)
by Will Parkinson

An M/M Young Adult Contemporary Romance
From Harmony Ink Press–A DSP Imprint
Released September 18th 2014


Although Addy’s heart and body bear the scars from his life before he was adopted by the Deans, he’s ached for something he thought he would never find. Until he met Benny. He isn’t sure how anyone can care for someone as broken as he is, even though he wants it desperately.

High school senior Benny Peters has his whole life planned out for him, until a chaste kiss at summer camp opens a new world of possibilities. Determined to erase Addy’s insecurities, Benny works to take away his boyfriend’s pain and replace it with love.

When Addy’s past intrudes on their future, it’s going to take everything Benny can muster to show that no matter what – or who – they face, they belong together.


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4 stars

We first met Addy in Pitch, where Benny and Taylor helped him cope with issues from his past. The author gives us a glimpse of how it all began with Addy and Benny and then picks up again when these two head off to camp to act as counselors.

When the story begins, we see that Addy has come a long way from the closed-off boy Benny and Taylor had first met, but as the story progressed we come to understand that he still has ways to go before he’s healed from all the events that marred his past.

Even though he’s in a relationship with Benny and they have made their their feelings known, Addy still feels like he isn’t enough for Benny and that he never will be whole. This feeling of worthlessness increases once they get to camp and encounter Liam.

A troubled young man who has had to deal with rejection throughout his life, Liam is the complete opposite of Addy. Where Addy’s ordeal has left him shy and withdrawn, Liam acts out. He flirts openly with Benny and speaks openly about sex. This is his way of dealing with his feelings of inadequacy and the very thing that has gotten him into trouble in the past.

As the story progresses we get to know more about Liam’s story. But while Benny offers his support to Liam to try to make him open up about his problems, Addy’s insecurities come to the surface. He feels threatened by Liam and as a result he retreats into himself.

Benny continues to be the smart and matured, all-around good guy. He offers his unconditional love and support to Addy, but when he notices Addy closing himself off he is clueless as to how to reach him. It isn’t until their relationship is threatened that they realize the importance of communicating their feelings before things get out of hand.

I liked the way the author went about handling the heavier issues of the story. Will Parkinson didn’t hold back when the time came to tell the more gruesome details of what Addy suffered through. I don’t think the story would have had the same impact in me as a reader if he had pulled back in that regard. By doing it this way, the author made sure that the reader understood the extent of Addy’s suffering, which only made me admire how far he had come along.

In regards to the romance, I have to say that it was sweet if a little idealistic. Personally, I don’t think young people are that open about their emotions or plan so far ahead. But in a way, I think it fit Benny and Addy perfectly. I did enjoy how deeply connected Addy and Benny had become and how that connection never wavered in its intensity. With every passing moment, they became closer as a couple while still growing as individuals.

I also enjoyed the secondary characters and what they added to the story. Having Taylor and Jackson interact with Benny and Addy was always a treat. Especially since I liked seeing how far Jackson and Taylor had come from the previous book.

All in all, a sweet yet intense coming-of-age story that will tug at your heart-strings and will leave you wishing everything in life could be as attainable as Benny and Addy’s HEA.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.



ADDY SAT in the car, worry creasing his brow. Not even an hour ago, he’d been so happy. Why was he so nervous now? His thoughts drifted back to his conversation with his dad. Would Benny still want him when he found out what had happened? Would he think Addy was too broken? Addy shivered. He tried to tell himself Benny would never be like that, but how could he know for sure?

“What’s up, little man? I can hear you thinking from over here.” Benny chuckled.

“Nothing, Benny. I’m okay.”

“Addy, c’mon. I can tell you’ve got something on your mind. I need to know what it is. I can’t help if you won’t let me.”

Addy took a deep breath. “I’m afraid,” he admitted. “Of what? Camp?” “No… of losing you.”

“I don’t understand. Why would you think you’d lose me?”

“Benny.” Addy sighed. “I need to tell you some stuff. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s really not going to be nice.”


About the Author

WILL PARKINSON believes that no matter what obstacles are thrown in the path of young love, it will always find a way to win in the end. He wants his characters to have their happily ever after, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to come easily.

None of this would have happened if he had followed the advice he was given many years ago. “What are you wasting your time on that for? It’s never going to amount to anything.” He believed it for the longest time, abandoning characters he’d created in his childhood.

He picked up his very first m/m story by a writer named Eden Winters, who was an absolute joy when they corresponded. She asked him if he wrote and he told her the story. Eden explained to Will that the voices in his head would never go away and how he needed to let them out. With that thought in mind, Will put e-pen to e-paper once more. It was truly a liberating experience and one he has no intention of giving up again.

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Tour: Backstrokes by Dylan Madrid *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*


by Dylan Madrid

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Bold Strokes Books
Released June 17th 2014



After almost being expelled from a prestigious Chicago music conservatory for a prank gone wrong, twenty-two-year-old pianist Crawford Paul returns home to Northern California for what he predicts will be another boring summer. Concerned his scholarship is now at risk, Crawford accepts the only job he can find: accompanying a glamorous seven-year-old named Isabella to a community swimming pool for lessons. There, Crawford is befriended by a nanny named Nina, an aspiring fashion designer who finds it difficult to hide her disdain for children.

When Crawford meets Armando Leon, a lifeguard and Isabella’s swimming instructor, he accepts Armando’s offer to help him overcome his fear of water by way of private swimming lessons. As friendship turns into a summer affair, their lust for one another turns to love. When Crawford receives a chance of a lifetime audition, he is torn between returning to Chicago or staying in California to start a new life with Armando. As the end of the summer inches closer, Crawford and Armando fear they will be separated forever.


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Crawford always wanted to escape his home town and found piano to be his way out. Once he left for Chicago he never looked back–until he had no choice to but to return. The one thing he never expected was to find love and acceptance in the very town he vowed to escape.

I liked Crawford and his journey. I liked that he grew as a person as the story progressed. He came to accept himself and to recognize his worth. He discovered what it was to love unconditionally and how it felt to be needed.

Armando and the whole cast of secondary characters were great too. I liked how each of them helped Crawford in one way or another and how they all came together in the end.

I liked this story a lot, but sadly I didn’t love it–at least not as a romance. For me it is imperative that I see the main characters’ connection brought to the page. I want to ‘see’ them falling in love and be with them through that journey.

Although the writing was superb, the concept intriguing and the characters complex the romance aspect of the story was seriously lacking in development. I would have loved to see how deeply connected Crawford and Armando were before they said their I love you’s. I could see that they were attracted to each other and and enjoyed their few interactions but it wasn’t enough for me to be convinced about their relationship. I would have appreciated being shown more than being told about how close they had become.

That said, I do feel like this was a sweet, heartwarming story. It dealt with a lot of different aspects in life–loss, regret and learning to accept yourself were the ones that stayed with me long after I finished the story.

All in all, a coming-of-age story that was a bit idealistic, but sweet nonetheless.

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Crawford arrived five minutes past midnight. The temperature had dropped, a slight chill in the night air.

Armando was standing in the center of a circle of light, a white moonlike glow cast from a streetlamp outside of the pool building. He smiled when he saw Crawford and was still

smiling as they met in the ring of light.

“I didn’t think you’d come,” Armando said.

“Then you don’t know me very well,” Crawford told him.

“I’d like the chance to change that.”

“What do you have planned?”

“How daring are you?” Armando asked.

“Be careful,” Crawford said. “The last time I was dared to do something I was almost expelled from school.”

Armando smiled. “Have you always been this rebellious?”

Crawford laughed a little. “I’m actually not,” he said. “Until I spray painted a wall and got caught, I’d never done anything wrong or rebellious in my life.”

“I don’t want to be a bad influence on you.”

Crawford stepped forward. He kissed Armando’s neck and said, “Too late.”

Minutes later, they crawled through a hole in the fence near the pine trees. Except for moonlight and spill-off from streetlamps, the pool area was dark.

This place looks completely different at night. Creepy.

“You look scared,” Armando said.

“You know how I’m afraid of water?” he said. “I have a similar fear of dark places.”

“I won’t let anything happen to you. I promise.”

They stood together on the edge of the pool, staring down at the deep end at their feet. To Crawford’s surprise, Armando started to undress. Within seconds, he’d stripped down to nothing but a pair of boxers.

Crawford kicked off his shoes and peeled off his socks. He wiggled his toes against the cool concrete. He slipped off his jean jacket and then his T-shirt. All that remained were his favorite pair of khaki shorts.

“What are we going to do?” Armando asked.

Crawford was confused by the question. “About what?”he asked.

“Us. The end of summer,” said Armando. “It will be here before we know it. Everything worked out for you. I know you’ll be going back to school soon.”

Crawford nodded. “In five weeks.”

He could hear the hurt in Armando’s words. “That’s all we have left together?”


About the Author


Dylan Madrid is the bestselling author of the gay romance and suspense novels Mind Fields, Love in the Shadows, Backstrokes, and Star Dust Lullaby. A California native, Dylan grew up in the Bay Area. He opted to backpack through seven countries before heading to college and spent a year living in Europe, primarily on the Greek island of Ios. When he’s not dreaming about living on the Italian Riviera or running away to Belgium, Dylan teaches college courses in writing and the arts.

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Blog Tour: Love & Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol *Q&A, Review and Giveaway*

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Love & Punishment
by Susan Mac Nicol

An M/M Romance Thriller
From Boroughs Publishing Group
Released on August 29th 2014

On the search for a serial killer, Detective Anthony Parglietto and Flynn Parker learn that every man must make a choice: to kill, to live, to love.


Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.

Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him.

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How did you come up with the idea for this story?

The lead character, Anthony Parglietto has some very strong views on the subject of the crime fitting the punishment- views that I share. The whole argument of retributivism has also fascinated me, although it is a pretty gray area. I had an idea for a man who was supposed to promote justice and follow the law having these views and thought it would make an interesting, if controversial story. He would be conflicted, judged and perhaps even punished himself for any actions he took that didn’t fit society’s norms. So I mulled it over, decided I really wanted to write a romance-y thriller, and Love and Punishment was born.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I’ll see something on the television, hear someone say something on the tube and perhaps the germ of an idea will form. I also simply wake up with an idea, perhaps a left over remnant from a dream, and then that makes its way into my notebook for a future plot. I also see hunky men all the time doing my ‘research’ and think ‘Whoa, he would make a great policeman/hacker/Warlock’ and hey presto! I have the guy, now I just need the story. They aren’t usually far behind.

Does music play any type of role in your writing?

I wrote Love and Punishment to the wonderful tones of Adam Levine from Maroon Five belting in my ears. He truly inspired me to keep writing, just so I could keep listening to him and ignore the rest of the world. I have used music and my favourite tunes in some of my books, so anyone reading my books knows my musical taste inside out. Noel Gallagher’s ‘High Flying Birds’ was featured in Cassandra by Starlight and of course, Sneaker Pimps’ ‘Small Town Witch’ features in Waiting for Rain in the pole dance scene, as well as in my book trailer. You can see the whole thing and the sexy dance performed by the brilliantly talented Andre Corey here: Susan Mac Nicol You Tube

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I used to be able to sit down and knock out 4000 words a day and finish a 120000 word book in a matter of a month. It was a golden time. And that was with a full time job too. Now I find I am more deliberate in my writing; that I think more about things, watch my grammar, my editing and try and give my editor a much more polished book than the one I sent over my very first time. This book was sent back to me with a myriad of corrections and took a lot of time to get into the market. I have to say I have learnt an incredible craft in writing for the published market, and my editor now claps her hands in glee after she’s read one, and tells me ‘minimal edits’ which is pure music to my ears. So the challenge for me in getting the book finished with the time I have now (my current job is a lot more hectic than any before and I am working 14 hour days) and keeping to my daily writing schedule of at least 3000 words a day.

What are your current projects?

My current project is working on Book 2 of my Men of London series. It’s called ‘Sight and Sinners’ and carries on with Taylor’s story where Book 1 left off. I’m hoping to have this finished in a couple of months, if not sooner. I’m also working on edits for the third book in my Starlight series, which is the final chapter in this whole story. I’ve also got plans to write a really epic story once I can slot it in, which I don’t want to say much about at the moment. It will be called ‘Living On Air’ and is about survivor’s guilt and the consequences of being the only person to survive a really horrific family event. It’s going to be very emotional, full of angst and relationship ups and downs and of course, romance and love-–and sex.



4 stars

Flynn is a reporter than suddenly finds himself in the path of a serial killer–the very one his lover is investigating. His partner, Anthony is determined to solve this case. But torn between his protectiveness towards Flynn and his duty to his job, Anthony is having a hard time keeping his composure.

I admit, I had a hard time getting into this story mainly because I’m not used to experiencing a suspense story from all characters involved. However, once I sorted them out in my head I was able to get into it without any problems.

I enjoyed how she interlaced the romance elements of the story with the suspense without taking away from either one. Flynn and Anthony’s relationship had already been established when the story began, but the author continued to build on that bond. She brought their connection to the page showing how deeply Flynn and Anthony felt for one another while still bringing in the physical aspect of their relationship. I enjoyed their rapport and how committed they were in making it through this difficult time in their lives.

Susan Mac Nicol did a wonderful job in keeping the intrigue going throughout the story, even after divulging who the Bow-Tie Killer (BTK) was. She kept adding twist and turns, keeping me guessing as to what was driving the BTK and on how every thing would come to play out in the end. I liked that she she didn’t pull any punches in giving the reader glimpses into the BTK’s thoughts–going into the nitty gritty of what drove him to kill and how completely screwed up his thought process was. He was a smart, conniving man who held no constraint in regards to the violence he inflicted. Kudos to the author for writing one hell of a villain!

I especially liked how everything came to a close. The resolution of the conflict was well written with an abundance of suspense and danger. I appreciated the fact that she went out of her way to show how every one involved came to be affected by the BTK’s actions and how she brought it all together in the end to bring closure to all those affected.

All in all, an intense psychological thriller that draws you in and keeps you riveted until the very end with a few steamy moments thrown into the mix to round it all up.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.





Their kiss grew in intensity and Anthony’s hands strayed over his backside, pulling Flynn onto his lap, their hardened cocks pressing against each other. Flynn pressed back, his hands impatiently tugging Anthony’s shirt out of his trousers. Anthony stopped his assault on his mouth to look at Flynn with darkened eyes.

“Hell, tesore mio, you taste so good.” His words tailed off as Flynn stroked his stomach, feeling the hardened muscles of his abdomen as he finished the job he’d started, unbuttoning the shirt completely and sliding his hands across his lover’s broad chest. Anthony groaned softly.

“So do you,” Flynn murmured against his mouth. He chuckled softly as Anthony’s fingers slid under his loose tee shirt and caressed his nipple, one of Flynn’s really needy erogenous spots, which caused him to take a deep breath at the sensations that touch was causing.


 Author Bio

Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. Currently, She lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family.

Sue is a PAN (Published Author’s Network) member of Romance Writers of America and a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. Also, she is a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the sub-genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected.

Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.


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