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New Release! Hold Me Until Forever (Grayson Brothers #3) by Christina Phillips *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Hold Me Until Forever (Grayson Brothers #3)
by Christina Phillips

A Contemporary Romance
From Entangled–Brazen
Released January 4th 2016

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She’s the only one he wants…and the one he can never have…

Ella Clark has been in love with Alex Grayson forever. She’s tired of being invisible—or worse, being treated like his kid sister. If she can just get him to drop his iron-fisted control for two seconds, she’ll prove she knows exactly how to blow his mind.

Alex has been fighting his attraction to Ella since her should-have-been-innocent sweet sixteen kiss burned down his world. He’s damaged, and there’s no way he’ll ever drag her into his screwed up life. Until she offers him something he’s always craved—steamy, no-strings sex inside his exclusive BDSM club. Where she’ll be safe from the darkness that haunts him.

Except there’s nothing safe about being with Ella, and the more she gives, the harder it is to let her go. If he stays, he risks everything, but how can he walk away from the only woman he’s ever needed?

 

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Review

4 stars

After reading Hold Me Until Morning, the previous book in the series, I was expectantly anticipating Alex’s story. With his broodiness and quiet intensity, I thought it would be awesome to see him unraveling over a woman. Thankfully, Christina Phillips delivered in that front much as I expected. Alex’s story was packed-full of intense emotions–these mostly coming from Alex and his determination to stay away from Ella.

I found Ella to be a great character to get to know. She was fun and quirky and gave as good as she got even at times when her vulnerability came unto the surface. She cared a great deal for Alex and his family, yet I admired her determination to step away from the family business and follow her dream. Of course, it was her decision to leave Grayson’s that ultimately brought her and Alex together so it was a win-win in all counts.

I enjoyed the way the author went about bringing Alex and Ella’s connection to the page while still allowing me to get to know the characters as individuals. I loved getting to see Alex fight his feelings and attractions to Ella just as much as I enjoyed Ella goading Alex along the way. Needless to say that their chemistry was intense. I enjoyed the back and forth, the lustful glances and the exploration of their attraction. It sure made for a more interesting read to see how Alex, slowly but surely, gave in completely to his attraction–especially after he spent so many years trying to keep it at bay.

Keep in mind that although this is the third book in the series and the characters from the previous books make appearances in this book, Alex and Ella’s story can be read as a stand alone.

All in all, a friends to lovers story that was years in the making and ultimately inevitable. 😉

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Excerpt

(Ella’s just told Alex that she’s leaving Grayson’s, and Alex has gone round to her apartment to try and talk her out of it…)

Guilt twisted through her again. Before he’d taken her into Grayson’s she’d been floundering, her self-confidence still in bad shape after her mom’s asshole boyfriend had cornered her when she’d been fourteen. Her succession of part-time and casual jobs was nothing to brag about, and the only constant in her life had been her volunteer work at the Wildlife Retreat.

“I’m not leaving you in the shit. There’s plenty of time to find a replacement for me.”

He gave her a smoldering look. Oh, for fuck’s sake… “No one could take your place.”

If only he were talking about her as a woman and not his indispensable work colleague.

“Hate to say it, but you’ll probably be surprised.”

He didn’t immediately deny it, which stung more than it should.

“You plan on staying in touch?”

She couldn’t tell by his tone of voice whether he gave a damn one way or the other. So much for no one being able to take her place. Looked like he was already over it.

Don’t you dare say it. Heat flooded through her, but the words spilled out anyhow. “I might come visit you in your club one night.”

At least it wiped that infuriating, unreadable expression from his face. He stared at her as though she’d just grown a pair of horns.

“I don’t think so.”

It was the note of finality in his voice that really pissed her off—as if he thought she was joking and he didn’t find it funny.

“Why not? I think I’d really get off on a night at your club.” Take that. If only she didn’t look so rough. It was hard trying to act like a sophisticated woman of the world when she was barefoot and Alex could’ve stepped off the cover of GQ.

“Didn’t know you were into that scene.”

“There’s a lot you don’t know about me.” Including the fact I sleep in one of your old shirts. At least he hadn’t recognized it. Then again, it was about three years old. He’d left it here when the brothers had helped her move in, and somehow she kept forgetting to give it back to him.

Accidentally on purpose.

“I would’ve known about this.”

Was he laughing at her? He didn’t look as if he was, but it was hard to tell what he was thinking.

Whatever. She wasn’t backing down.

“I might not be hardcore, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to experiment now and then.”

“Define what you mean by ‘experimenting.’”

He damn well was laughing at her. What’s the kinkiest thing I’ve read lately? “Ménages.” That’d shut him up. Or turn him on.

“You enjoy having sex with two men at the same time?”

She glared at him. “You find it so hard to believe that two men would want me?”

“That’s not what I find hard to believe.”

His quick-fire response took her breath away. Trust Alex to compliment and insult her in one easy comment.

She cleared her throat, which kind of ruined the worldly aura she was going for, but it was better than choking on her own words. “So, does your club cater for that kind of thing?”

What was she saying? She’d die if he called her bluff.

He didn’t answer right away. His eyes were all dark and smoky and it was suddenly hard to breathe properly. He seemed to be considering her question, which sent prickles of alarmed excitement over her bare skin.

Excalibur caters for almost anything,” he said.

 

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About the Author

Christina Phillips

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing paranormal, historical and contemporary romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She’s addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. Christina is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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MC Romance New Release! Rebel Love (Dirty Sinners MC #1) by Jodi Linton *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Revenge, passion and heart stopping action all come together in Jodi Linton’s scorchingly hot, REBEL LOVE, the first book in the Original Sinners Motorcycle Club series. Fans of Sarah Castille’s Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series and Katie Ashley’s Vicious Cycle will love this brand new series.

Rebel Love (Dirty Sinners MC #1)
by Jodi Linton

An MC Conteporary Romance
From Entagled–Ignite
Releasing January 4th 2016

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She wants revenge…

The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club is Em Connors’s only family, but she’s ready to risk everything–both her club and her life–for vengeance. Ten months ago, she was brutally attacked and her lover gunned down by a rival gang member. Now, she’s using her position as the Dirty Sinners president to track down the truth and exact her revenge.

He’ll risk it all…

With his partner murdered by a local motorcycle gang, Houston police officer Cade Jackson jumps at the chance to go back undercover and bring down the woman the department calls the Motorcycle Princess. But the sexy-as-hell leader awakens a hunger in Cade. Dark desires run deep–and he intends on teaching Em exactly how dirty he can be. But when his cover is blown, Cade must choose to uphold the law or protect the woman he’s grown to love…by going rogue.

 

 

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Review

3-stars

What interested me about this story was the concept. I’ve read my fair share of MC Romances and I thought having a female club president would make for a fascinating story.

However, within a couple of pages into the story I found my interest waning when it came to the heroine. Em tried too hard and failed to impressed me. I wanted to see a badass chick with a softer side, but it became clear it was all pretense on her part–at least in regards to her degree of badassness.

I do have to say that enjoyed the hell out of Cade though. He was rough, hard-edged and everything I expected him to be and more. He was authentic in his duplicity–badass biker/cop. It worried me at first, but ultimately I came to understand how he could compartmentalize those two sides of his personality.

In any case, the chemistry between these two was potent and the author didn’t miss a beat in bringing it to the page. Within the first chapter alone you could see the sparks that flared between Em and Cade–they were intense and all-encompassing. The connection between Em and Cade was slow in coming, but made itself known which I came to appreciate a lot. I just wished I could have connected with Em fully, simply because I think it would have increased my enjoyment of this story.

As the first in a series, Rebel Love worked well in regards to establishing the world of The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club. The author not only introduced its members, but also set the stage for other upcoming books in the series.

All in all, a good start to a series and a sexy hot little read to make it all worthwhile.

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

 

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Excerpt

He patted the motorcycle seat. “Hop on.”

“I’m nobody’s bitch. Especially some outlaw arrogant biker I just hired,” she warned. “What makes you so special that you can skip out on work?”
He chuckled despite himself. “Between you and me, I think the boss lady is sort of sweet on me.”

She stared at the bike seat, not even attempting to make a move.

Waving his ignorance flag, Cade hunched over the handlebars. “You want me to say I’m sorry? That I shouldn’t have kissed you yesterday? Not going to happen, Em. I’m not that good of a man.” He smiled. “One ride, and then I might consider kissing you again.”

“Clingy much?” she ground out.

“Got a rebellious streak, babe.” He slowly slid a glance down her body, knowing his needy feelings to own the heartbreaker biker chick were entirely stupid. But, shit, they were so damn powerful. Risky, even. “When I see something I want, nothing stops me from getting it.”

“You’re awfully confident for a mechanic, aren’t you? Let me remind you about something. Mechanics are a dime a dozen, so if you want to hit the road, you’d be doing us both a favor.” She shifted her weight, hip cocked in a prissy stance. “Hell, I’ll even buy your gas if that means you’ll ride off into the sunset. Like right now.”

She knew exactly the right buttons to push to piss him off. That kiss yesterday had been anything but forced. Yet if he called her bluff, went all Hulk on her, Em would run. Turn her cute button-shaped nose up at him and haul her sexy ass back inside. It probably made sense to apologize and try to get in her good graces, but Cade had never taken the easy route. And gaining Em Connors’s trust would be no different, since he wasn’t about to burn the man code and turn into some Hallmark greeting card guy. Instead he winked and revved the throttle on his bike. “Princess, I can tell you’re dying to know if I can handle this horsepower between my legs.”

 

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About Jodi Linton

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Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and the upcoming The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club with Entangled Publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she is not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river. Join the Pink Pistol Readers! Jodi Linton’s official Street Team for insider scoops on all her upcoming books.

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Guest Post: 12 Days of Christmas with Authors Cindy Kirk, Tracy Brogan, and Jamie Beck *Excerpts and Giveaway*

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On the tenth day of Christmas LeAnn’s Book Reviews gave to me…three excerpts from holiday novels and an Amazon giftcard giveaway. Read on for some Christmas cheer with romantic snippets from authors Cindy Kirk, Tracy Brogan and Jamie Beck.

Happy Holidays!

 

Excerpts

Christmas in Good Hope by Cindy Kirk

“You’re an amazing woman, Ami Bloom.”

“You’re right.” Her bright smile flashed. “I am.”

He laughed.

Her laughter soon mingled with his.

Then their eyes met. The laughter died in his throat and his heart became a swift, hard beat.

He reached out for her and felt her arms encircle his neck. She was so lovely. Did she have any idea the power she had over him?

The feel of her soft curves had Beck forgetting his resolve to keep it all business between them. Just this once he would stop thinking and open himself to the moment, to her. He shifted, gathered her closer still, and kissed her temple.

When she gave a pleasure-filled sigh and lifted her face, he lowered his mouth to hers and found it as soft and sweet as he’d imagined.

The kiss started out gentle and tender but quickly morphed into something more, something that felt … life altering. When her fingers slid into his hair and she began to kiss him back with equal enthusiasm, Beck knew he was in over his head.

Jingle Bell Harbor by Tracy Brogan

He cupped my face with both hands and traced one thumb over my bottom lip, a soft, slow motion as he stared at my mouth for an eternity. And then, at last, he leaned in and kissed me. Warm, delicious perfection. Pressure and insistence in just the right measure. I’d told Drew he’d been my first real kiss at fourteen. Now I realized I hadn’t truly had my first real kiss, because this was it. I felt it from my lips all the way down to my toes and past every detour in between.

I wound my hand around the back of his neck, needing him closer, and closer still. I hadn’t underestimated just how soft that hair of his was, but I had, remarkably, underestimated my body’s instantaneous reaction to his touch. It was electric. I gave myself up to the moment. I’d earned it, this indulgence. Because I was on vacation, and Drew Hampton just might have superpowers after all.

Arms tangling, heads tilting, pressure building. The kiss ended far too soon, but we stayed close, forehead to forehead. Breathy. Sizzling. Anticipating.

“I’ve waited a very long time for a chance to do that again,” he said, his breath a caress against my cheek.

I tugged off my scarf in a hasty motion. “In that case, we should make up for lost time,” I said. And then I kissed him again. And again, and again.

Accidentally Hers by Jamie Beck

“I like you. I like you a lot.”

Heat shot up her arm and spread throughout her chest as his thumb brushed against the backof her hand. When she panicked and tried to pull away, he gripped her hand tighter. “Grey?”

He was staring at her as his other hand brushed back her hair. His touch set off a spark ofenergy that pulsed throughout the room. They both held their breath for a second, eyes locked on each other.

“Screw it,” he muttered before pulling her into a powerful kiss—one she felt down to her toes the instant his hot mouth claimed hers. A low rumble resonated in his chest as he tried to get closer to her despite their awkward positions in the chairs.

For several exhilarating seconds, she allowed herself to be swept away by the taste and smellof him. By the commanding way his tongue tangoed with hers. By the rising temperature in the room and shivery sensations overwhelming her entire body as he buried his hands in her hair.

Kissing Grey was every bit as hot as she’d imagined, and that heat shot straight through her abdomen and in between her legs.

One of his hands ran down her neck and back, pulling her closer. His chest heaved. Low sounds rumbled deep in the back of his throat as he got carried away and took her right along for the ride, crushing her to him.

Weeks and weeks of pent-up desire burst forth, causing her resolve to falter. She dug her hands into his thick, wavy hair, kissing him as she’d done so many times in her dreams. Then danger signs flashed in her mind, causing her to exert gentle pressure against his chest. “Wait.”

He kept his forehead pressed to hers, allowing his breathing to slow down. He held her there, cupping her neck, his thumbs gently rubbing her jaw. “Sorry. That wasn’t planned . . . or particularly gentle.”

 

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by Tracy Brogan

As assistant buyer for the world’s second-largest Christmas store, Kelsey Parker feels like a holiday harlot. She’s contractually obligated to promote the yuletide season. All. Year. Long. And it’s taking a toll on her spirit. But when her clueless, self-absorbed boyfriend goes on their long-anticipated romantic vacation—without her!—Kelsey is beyond disappointed to find herself tromping through the Bell Harbor snow instead of lounging on a tropical beach.

Drew Hampton is considered quite a catch among the Bell Harbor bachelorettes, but when his high school dream girl, Kelsey Parker, shows up at his grandfather’s Christmas tree lot complaining about her love life, he decides it’s long past time to get her under the mistletoe himself.

As things heat up between the two, a surprise visitor arrives, making Kelsey an offer she can’t quite believe. Now she must decide what matters most, and she just may discover the key to her happiness.

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by Cindy Kirk

Amaryllis “Ami” Bloom’s cheerful smile greets everyone in Good Hope, Wisconsin. But her merry facade hides a dark secret she won’t ever forget. Still, she throws herself into celebrating Christmas—and convinces her handsome, and stubborn, new neighbor to join her.

Beckett Cross, however, is determined not to celebrate the holidays. He moved to Good Hope to leave behind reminders of how he’d had it all…and lost everything. But it’s hard to resist adorable Ami, the designated keeper of the small town’s holiday traditions, when she asks for help with the Twelve Nights celebrations. And Ami has a hard time resisting Beck’s soft Southern drawl and gentle eyes. Will a Christmas miracle give them a second chance at love and the hope to heal both of their hearts for good?

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by Jamie Beck

When ruggedly sexy backcountry guide Grey Lowell moves to Sterling Canyon, Colorado, after buying the ski-expedition company Backtrax, his plans don’t include romance. Still, it’s fun to look—especially across a crowded restaurant at a beauty he dubs “Bambi.” But all his plans change later that night when he’s injured by a drunk driver.

Physical therapist Avery Randall is shocked to learn that Grey’s the man her brother struck with his car, and even more stunned when he arrives at the clinic expecting her help. Despite her reservations and Grey’s silly new nickname for her, Avery agrees to work with him, and passion begins to simmer. Yet with his livelihood at stake, Grey must make tough decisions that could hurt Avery and her family. Before long, Avery’s loyalties are tested, and the choices she and Grey each make may cost them their chance at lasting love.

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ARC Review: Rebel Love by Jodi Linton

Revenge, passion and heart stopping action all come together in Jodi Linton’s scorchingly hot, REBEL LOVE, the first book in the Original Sinners Motorcycle Club series. Fans of Sarah Castille’s Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series and Katie Ashley’s Vicious Cycle will love this brand new series.

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Rebel Love
by Jodi Linton

An MC Conteporary Romance
From Entagled–Ignite
Releasing January 4th 2016

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She wants revenge…

The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club is Em Connors’s only family, but she’s ready to risk everything–both her club and her life–for vengeance. Ten months ago, she was brutally attacked and her lover gunned down by a rival gang member. Now, she’s using her position as the Dirty Sinners president to track down the truth and exact her revenge.

He’ll risk it all…

With his partner murdered by a local motorcycle gang, Houston police officer Cade Jackson jumps at the chance to go back undercover and bring down the woman the department calls the Motorcycle Princess. But the sexy-as-hell leader awakens a hunger in Cade. Dark desires run deep–and he intends on teaching Em exactly how dirty he can be. But when his cover is blown, Cade must choose to uphold the law or protect the woman he’s grown to love…by going rogue.

 

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“Sexy, suspenseful and thrilling. Jodi Linton’s gritty, MC world of the Dirty Sinners leaves you breathless with excitement and is one you won’t ever want to escape.”  Author Naima Simone

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Review

3-stars

What interested me about this story was the concept. I’ve read my fair share of MC Romances and I thought having a female club president would make for a fascinating story. However, within a couple of pages into the story I found my interest waning. Em tried too hard and failed to impressed me. I wanted to see a badass chick with a softer side, but it became clear it was all pretense on her part–at least in regards to her degree of badassness.

I do have to say that enjoyed the hell out of Cade though. He was rough, hard-edged and everything I expected him to be and more. He was authentic in his duplicity–badass biker/cop. It worried me at first, but ultimately I came to understand how he could compartmentalize those two sides of his personality.

In any case, the chemistry between these two was potent and the author didn’t miss a beat in bringing it to the page. Within the first chapter alone you could see the sparks that flared between these Em and Cade. The connection between Em and Cade was slow in coming, but made itself know. I just wished I could have connected with Em fully, simply because I think it would have increased my enjoyment of this story.

As the first in a series, Rebel Love worked well in regards to establishing the world of The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club. The author not only introduced its members, but also set the stage for other upcoming books in the series.

All in all, a good start to a series.

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

 

About Jodi Linton

Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and the upcoming The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club with Entangled Publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she is not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river. Join the Pink Pistol Readers! Jodi Linton’s official Street Team for insider scoops on all her upcoming books.

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New Release Spotlight! The Wedding Pearls by Carolyn Brown *Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway*

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The Wedding Pearls
by Carolyn Brown

A Contemproary Romance
From Montlake Romance
Released December 15th 2015

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Tessa Wilson’s life is all over the map. She may be clumsy, but this time she’s stumbled into a pickle by choice, not by accident. She’s agreed to take a month-long trip around Texas jammed into a ’59 Cadillac with a drama-loving teenager, two elderly spitfires, and—oh, yes—her biological mama who gave her away at birth. And the ride gets even crazier when hot-as-sin cowboy Branch Thomas crosses into her lane. They don’t call him the sexiest man in the Lone Star State for nothin’.

As the miles pass and sparks fly between Tessa and Branch, her grandmother starts dropping hints about family wedding traditions. And as Tessa discovers the power of her budding friendships and the unbreakable strength of her newfound family of strong Texas women, she wonders if she’s also on the road to the biggest adventure of all: true love.

 

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Branch drove up to the ticket window and handed the girl inside the little building a bill. She made change and gave him a free drink voucher. “It’s Friday, freebie night,” she said.

“Well, thank you. Does that include a beer?”

“If you are twenty-one, but I doubt if y’all will get carded,” she said.

“Ouch!” Tessa grinned.

“Well, y’all are thirty or more, ain’t you?” the girl asked.

“Thank you, honey, for that compliment. We’re both actually lookin’ sixty right in the eye,” Branch said seriously, and then drove on to let the car behind them pull up.

“Speak for yourself, cowboy. I’m almost seventy,” she teased.

“I’ve always been drawn to older women.” He found a place to park, hit the button to put the top down, and rolled the window down to within six inches of the bottom. Then he detached the speaker from the pole and hung it on the glass.

Tessa watched every movement. “Looks like you’ve done this before.”

“Few times. There used to be one of these theaters in the town where my grandparents lived, but it closed down years ago. I’ll go to the concession stand before the show starts so we don’t miss anything. Popcorn, beer, soft pretzel with or without melted cheese and jalapeños, or a pickle or soft drink? Name your favorites and I’ll go get them.”

“Cold beer and a soft pretzel with no cheese,” she said.

“Because you don’t like cheese or because you’re afraid you’ll make a mess?” he asked.

“The latter,” she answered honestly.

“Then I will get it with cheese and feed you,” he said.

Watching him swagger from the car to the concession stand sent her desire button spiraling to the top of the scale. But then she noticed people pointing at the car and at the sexy cowboy and her pulse jacked on up. She was sitting in a vintage car and Branch was handsome enough to make any holy woman’s granny panties sneak down around her ankles, and both were all hers that night. Then her phone rang.

She unfastened the seat belt and fished around in the dark until she found the thing. “Hello, Mama.”

“Where are you? It sounds like you are outside,” Sophie said.

“I’m at a drive-in theater in Quitaque, Texas, on a pseudodate with Branch Thomas,” she said. “He’s gone to the concession stand so talk fast.”

“Date? What are you talking about? Date?” Sophie’s voice was high-pitched and shrill.

“Don’t worry, I’m not going to run away with him tonight, but I did shave my legs,” she said.

 

About the Author

Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, as well as a RITA finalist. She has written several beloved and popular romance titles, ranging from historical to contemporary to cowboy-themed. She and her husband live in Davis, Oklahoma. They have three grown children, and enough grandchildren to keep them young.

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New Release Tour! Game Winner (New York Kings #6) by Collette West *Review and Giveaway*

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Game Winner (New York Kings #6)
by Collette West

A Contemporary Romance
Released December 4th 2015

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Playing center field for the New York Kings, Jake Woodbury has one of the most prestigious jobs in all of sports. To the world, he’s the good-looking, soft-spoken minister’s son who’s survived celebrity without a hint of scandal. But, inside, he’s reeling from a secret that seems destined to haunt him forever.

Scarlett Moore is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, famous for singing about her celebrity ex-boyfriends. The CEO of her record label has carefully honed her provocative image since she was fifteen. Sex sells, and Scarlett’s well aware that it takes more than talent to stay on top.

One thing is clear: She’s the last thing Jake needs. And he’s the do-gooder jock she should avoid at all costs. But when the game begins, all bets are off.

 

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Review

4 stars

What I enjoyed the most about this story was how Colette West brought Scarlett and Jake together. At a glance these two are complete opposites–Scarlett’s wild child reputation vs. Scott’s well known clean-cut preacher’s son presence. This disparity is personalities was what made things so great between these two. Add to that the intense chemistry they shared and you’ve got yourself one intriguing story.

I found myself immediately invested in Scarlett and Scott’s relationship because I truly wanted to see how they would manage not only their celebrity statuses but also their different beliefs. I appreciated the fact that the author allowed me the chance to get to know Scarlett and Scott and what drove them in life. As I got to know them better I came to understand where they each were coming from which allowed me to see how well they complemented each other.

Scarlett and Scott shared some great candid moments as well as some tempestuos exchanges. But the moments that stood out for me the most were the honest interactions where they let their guards down. Of course, their intimate moments were enjoyable as well. I especially enjoyed seeing Scott let go of his control and seeing that passionate side of his. It sure made for some steamy reading!

Although this is the sixth book in the New York Kings series it can be read as a stand alone. I’ve yet to read the previous books in the series and I had no problem following the story along. In any case, I became intrigued by the other couples and have added their books to my TBR.

All in all, a very enjoyable read.

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

 

About the Author

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Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette’s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of the New York Kings series which includes: NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER, GAME ON, PERFECT GAME, INSIDE GAME and GAME WINNER.

 

 

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New Release! A SEAL Forever (West Coast Navy SEALs #4) by Anne Elizabeth *Excerpt and Giveaway*

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A SEAL Forever (West Coast Navy SEALs #4)
by Anne Elizabeth

A Romantic Suspense
From Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released December 1st 2015

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Special Operator Declan Smith was a dedicated U.S. Navy SEAL, a known player, and daredevil who loved pushing the limits. But on his last mission, an IED leaves him injured and angry as hell—and it changes everything.

When a loud crash disturbs his neighbor, Maura Maxwell, she assumes the sailor next door is up to his usual bad behavior. But the man she finds covered in glass is far from the cocky ladies’ man she’d grown to tolerate. Lying before her is a man fighting to rediscover his place in the world—and he can’t do it alone.

 

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A Navy SEALs Fun Fact from Anne Elizabeth

Being in combat changes things. Anyone who has ‘boots on ground’ knows that, and so does the family—tread gently.

 

Excerpt

Master Chief Declan Swifton of SEAL Team Five rolled over the side of the Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boat and slid soundlessly into the Pacific Ocean. The RIB took off without even a comment from the operator, leaving Declan to sink farther into the drink.

The temperature cooled as he swam away from the surface. Fish skirted the edges of his thighs, small shimmers of movement against his skin. He scissor-kicked his way forward. The ocean currents caught him, dragging him in the direction they wanted to go, toward shore. He lay with his arms at his sides, frog-kicking only. Above him, he could see the afternoon sunlight glistening and frothy foam chasing away the glassy surface. Down here things were different…calmer. Peaceful, in a way few souls would understand, and yet he knew that even he would have to surface soon.

His lungs would start to ache and burn, his gut would begin to feel as if it would cave in, and that would force him to either head topside or drink in the salt water. But there was still time. This was the water in front of Imperial Beach and the apartment he lived in. He knew it very well.

Scanning the ocean floor, he gauged it would be about thirty seconds until he reached one of the many rocky sandbars out here. He’d have to pull up before then, or the force of the current would smack him against the side.

As his body began to complain, he used both arms and legs to draw himself upward. Breaking the surface, he opened his mouth and drew in air like a thirsty man would gulp water.

The waves bounced him like a buoy. The tide was coming in and the wind was picking up momentum. Looking at the sky to the east, he could see that there would most likely be a storm today. Over his should, to the west, he spied a wave coming his way large enough to take him to shore. It would reach him in about thirty seconds.

Dec took a long, slow breath and appreciated the sun dropping into the horizon. The colors were extraordinary; orange and gold dappled the horizon as the blazing ball of light attempted to sink before the moon lifted higher in the sky.

His hands flexed, cupping the water. It had been a hot day, and the sun’s rays had heated the top of the ocean, making the surface feel like a warm bath, loosening his muscles. Three months ago, he’d been in waters so frigid, with actual ice caps—the memory still made him cold. But here, the Pacific Ocean off California’s Imperial Beach, was a slice of heaven.

Coming in from the east were some nasty-looking cumulonimbus clouds. Seeing the lightning arc way off toward the distant desert, he decided it was time to go in, and right on cue, here came a perfect wave.

Swimming at top speed, Declan pushed his way through another changing current, one that sought to drag him into faster-moving waters. He went over a higher sandbar, having no intention of going to Mexico today, and increased the reach of his stroke. With single-mindedness he worked his way into the more placid surf as he homed in on a large stretch of beach.

The SEAL felt a few sea lions swimming around him, and one nosed him in the gut and another in his back a few times, assessing whether or not he’d play. Not this time, my friends. He continued swimming without engaging. If he stopped to play, he’d be out there for hours.

Switching to the breaststroke, his arms protested. His platoon had switched their training this month to desert-warfare techniques, and he’d been sweating his balls off in the heat. He managed to learn a thing or two, even now, after all of his years in the Teams. But it felt good to be back in the ocean, his element. He’d live in the deep blue like a Jules Verne character if he could.

 

About the Author

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New York Times Best Seller Anne Elizabeth is an award winning author and comic creator. She has been awarded many times but her favorite achievement is winning the LA BANKS WARRIOR WOMAN Award. She has a BS in Business and a MS in Communications from Boston University and is a member of the Author’s Guild; Romance Writers of America; and a regular presenter at the RT BOOK LOVERS Convention. AE has published multicultural and romantic fiction with Atria/Simon & Schuster, Highland Press, and Sourcebooks graphic novels with Dynamite Entertainment, Sea Lion Books LLC, and Bravo Zulu Studios, LLC. and currently lives in the mountains above San Diego with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL. In her free time, she is also a serious Amelia Earhart who is always on the hunt for a new adventure. Most recently, she jumped from an airplane and flew a glider. Her motto is “Live boldly.”

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New Release! His to Take (Out of Uniform, #3.5) by Katee Robert *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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His to Take (Out of Uniform #3.5)
by Katee Robert

A Contemporary Romance
From Entangled–Brazen
Released December 7, 2015

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A game of truth or dare gets WAY out of hand in the sexiest way possible, in Katee Robert’s His to Take.

Fans of Samanthe Beck’s Private Practice or No Strings Attached by Nicolette Day, will devour the final installment of the Out of Uniform series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Katee Robert.

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent—something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…

See where it all began with book 1 of the Out of Uniform series, In Bed with Mr. Wrong.

 

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Review

4 stars

Erin Robinson left her hometown to pursue her Broadway dream, but when her mouth get her fired she returns under the pretense of spending the holidays with her family. With no idea of what step to take next in her life, Erin feels a little bit lost and a lot apprehensive. Especially when she runs to the only man who has always managed to push all her bottoms and ignite all her passion.

Warren Davis is a Marine questioning his next step in life after being injured in action. He’s had an on again off again friends with benefits relationship with Erin, but now he wants more. And what better way to get the girl that has driven him crazy through the years than with an interesting game of Truth and Dare?

With both Erin and Warren thinking about their next step in life, will these too finally step in the right direction together?

This was a fun steamy read. As with other books by this author, Katee Robert didn’t miss a beat in bringing Erin and Warren’s chemistry to the page until their passion and need for each other took center stage. I liked the ‘game’ aspect of this story, even though I’m not usually a fan of the ‘Dare’ trope in my romance. However, Katee Robert worked it in a way that was both fun and revealing. As Erin and Warren handed out and completed their challenges, their personalities made themselves known as well as what they wanted/needed from the other.

Unlike other novellas in this series, this one didn’t delve too deeply into the characters instead focusing in bringing forth their connection and physical attraction to one another. It was obvious how much Erin and Warren desired one another as well as how deeply they cared for each other. The underlying emotions that had brought them together through the years were subtle yet easily identifiable to the reader, which ultimately led me to become invested in their story.

This is the last book in the Out of Uniform series and it can be read as a stand alone.

All in all, a fun and steamy quick read, just right to cuddled up with this holiday season.

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

 

Excerpt

“You haven’t even heard what I’m proposing.”

“I don’t have to. I know you. And as great as an hour of hot sweaty sex would be, I’m not in the mood.”

That, more than anything else, confirmed there was something wrong. He tamped down the urge to ask what it was. They weren’t that kind of friends. Not yet. They were two people who’d hooked up a handful of times in the last six years. That was it.

That was what he was trying to change.

So he nudged her shoulder, hating that the winter made so many layers necessary. It was only his imagination making him think he could feel the heat of her body through her coat from that tiny touch. “Truth or dare, Freckles?”

Her jaw dropped. “You’re joking.”

“We haven’t done it in years.” Not since the night they met.

“Right. Because we’re grown-ass adults, and truth or dare is for kids.”

He watched the memories reflected in her hazel eyes. Truth or dare was how they’d gotten started in the first place. They’d been with a group of friends down at Mill Creek and someone had suggested the game. It had been a wild night of the kind of trouble only teenagers could get into, and it had culminated out in the middle of the creek where another of their friends dared Erin to kiss Warren.

And, holy fuck, had she kissed him.

 

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In Bed with Mr. Wrong (Out of Uniform, #1)
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His to Keep (Out of Uniform, #1.5)
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Falling for His Best Friend (Out of Uniform, #2)
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His Lover to Protect (Out of Uniform, #3)
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About the Author

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Happy Release Day for Tessa Bailey, Katee Robert, & Diane Alberts!

Authors Tessa Bailey, Katee Robert, & Diane Alberts are celebrating their new release from from Entangled’s
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by Tessa Bailey

His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation…

Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She’s the fuel for every song he’s ever written-each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band is on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she’s always needed…

Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks-or rather storms-into Jasmine’s life. Sarge’s return shouldn’t affect her this way. He’s her best friend’s much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.

But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it…

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hisHis to Take (Out of Uniform #3.5)
by Katee Robert

Truth or dare…

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent–something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…

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saySay You’re Mine (Shillings Agency #5)
by Diane Alberts

She’s a challenge he can’t afford to lose…

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin.

Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.

Lauren’s watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can—she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters…

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New Release Tour: Welcome to Forever (Hero’s Welcome #1) by Annie Rains *Review, Excerpt and Giveaway*

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Welcome to Forever (Hero’s Welcome #1)
by Annie Rains

A Contemporary Romance
From Loveswept
Releasing December 1, 2015

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If you love Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery, or Jill Shalvis, you won’t want to miss the Hero’s Welcome military romance series! Welcome to Forever introduces a small coastal town where America’s best and brightest risk everything for love.

In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.

As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.

 

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Review

3-5 stars

Kat Chandler is trying to move on in her life after the death of her Marine fiancee. Her first priority is to be the best principal for Seaside Elementary and prove wrong all those who think she too young or inexperienced to be the head of the school. Her first test appears on the first day of the school year when a student’s dad marches into her office to tell her how she should deal with his son. Nevermind that he’s the groundskeeper and the very man she was admiring earlier in the morning.

Micah Peterson is determined to do right by his son. After his son’s experience with bullies in his previous school, Micah has vowed to keep an eye out for any problems his son could experience because of his muscular dystrophy. Having to scold the principal the first day of school wasn’t on his plan of action, but then again, his plan didn’t include being attracted to the principal either.

I liked this story very much, especially because the characters and their story felt so real.

Micah and Kat are both trying to make the most of their situation and both have Ben’s best interest in heart. I enjoyed watching how thei tentative friendship developed into something more and how both opened themselves to the chance of something more. I especially enjoyed their candid conversations, their flirty banter and stolen moments. I liked together and looked forward to seeing their story move to the next step.

Although I understood perfectly well where each was coming from, I did find that the story dragged in places simply because they just could not move on. Those first moments, I overlooked easily since the author made every effort to show that both Micah and Kat were trying to work their issues out. My main problem came towards the end when their relationship was truly put to the test. In my opinion, Kat’s reaction to Micah’s deployment was extreme. I could understand why would react that way, but thought it a bit ridiculous that she hadn’t prepared herself for the possibility when he still had time to serve. It didn’t help that Micah was way too stubborn to give her the chance to apologize when she came to her senses.

All that said, I still think that Welcome to Forever was a sweet, romantic read with intriguing characters. All in all, a good start to a series.

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

 

Excerpt

“Have you thought about that kiss?” she asked, as he leaned in close to fasten her seatbelt. She couldn’t control what was coming out of her mouth. “Because I have. A little.” She started laughing again. Val had warned her that she was a horrible drunk, and evidently, it was true.

“What have you thought about it?” he asked, his voice low and bristly. Her buckle snapped into place with a loud click. He could step back now, but he didn’t.

And she didn’t want him to. What was the point of being drunk if you couldn’t say and do what you wanted, and then apologize for it in the morning? No one blamed a drunk, they blamed the drink. “I thought that I liked it. The kiss. It was amazing.” She held her breath as he lingered in front of her, his hand still resting on the seat’s buckle.

“I thought the same thing.”

“You did?” She swallowed thickly, as her heart rode up her throat.

His brow lifted. “You sound surprised.”

“I’m out of practice.” She nibbled on her lower lip, drawing his gaze there. Then his gaze flicked back to her ring. Just the thought squashed the flutterings in her chest, leaving a deep ache that vibrated with the alcohol. “He’s been gone for two years,” she said.

Micah’s brows pinched together softly.

Explaining about John in her state wasn’t a good idea, though. She might start crying, which she didn’t do in front of others anymore, and right now all she wanted to do was forget everything but their kiss. That she wanted to remember. “You could kiss me again,” she said softly.

His smile deepened and, damn, he smelled good.

Leaning in closer to her ear, his hot breath melted her as he whispered, “Kat, you’ve had too much to drink. I’m taking you home now.”

Before she could process what he’d said, he stepped back and shut the Jeep’s door, the sound as offensive as if someone had crashed cymbals in her ears. A moment later, he reappeared on the driver’s side and cranked the engine, another sound that made her wince.

She closed her eyes, unsure of what to do with her drunken emotions.

“If I kiss you again, I want to be one hundred percent sure it’s what you want. Not because my almost ex is walking up and you want to help me out. Not because you’ve had too much to drink and want to escape.”

She suddenly felt very tired, as the Jeep Cherokee headed out of the parking lot. “So, you are going to kiss me again?” she asked. Before she could hear his answer, though, her eyes closed and the sounds of the road and his voice, and the blood thundering in her head, blurred together. She remembered their kiss, the feel of his stubble roughly brushing against her cheek, and the way he had smelled like pine and fudge brownies.

No, wait. His eyes reminded her of fudge brownies. He didn’t smell like them.

Her eyes fluttered open. Yeah, she was definitely going to regret tonight in the morning.

 

About the Author

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Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors. Represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA).

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