Monday, April 27, 2015

Release Day ~ Sweet by Tammara Webber


Join us in celebrating the release of SWEET by Tammara Webber! Check out the excerpt and teasers below!


SWEET (Contours of the Heart #3) by Tammara Webber
NA Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient. Now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:

Sweet.

Excerpt:
Boyce watched me, a lit cigarette in one hand and a koozied beer in the other. We hadn’t spoken since that kiss, other than his usual juvenile quips during biology—the ones that drove Mel and Mr. Quinn insane and made Landon smirk and shake his head and had me biting the inside of my cheek to suppress my smile.

At first, I’d been confused, then disappointed, and then angry. I’d worked my way to acceptance, like when I’d known I was drowning and there was nothing I could do. He’d merely gone back to being Boyce Wynn, who did what he wanted and who he wanted. And I’d gone back to being Pearl Frank—star student, social royalty, good girl.


But I couldn’t forget that kiss. The fixed glint of his eyes across the fire said that neither could he.









About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of EASY and BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart series - NA), as well BETWEEN THE LINES, WHERE YOU ARE, GOOD FOR YOU and HERE WITHOUT YOU (Between the Lines series - YA/NA).

I'm a hopeful romantic who adores novels with happy endings, because there are enough sad endings in real life. Before writing full-time, I was an undergraduate academic advisor, economics tutor, planetarium office manager, radiology call center rep, and the palest person to ever work at a tanning salon. I married my high school sweetheart, and I'm Mom to three adult kids and four very immature cats.

website:
tammarawebber.com
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Turtle Bay by Tiffany King ~ Review

Turtle BaySource: e-ARC provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Turtle Bay by Tiffany King


If you're a teenager in a small, rural area, how do you exist when your eccentric, free-spirited parents are the town freaks everyone laughs at?

For sixteen-year-old Rainbow Honeywell—or Rain, as she insists on being called—the answer was to become the queen of all pranks. She never wanted to be a troublemaker, but the label quickly stuck when everyone in Huntsville, Kansas, became a target. All she wanted was to deflect the negative attention off her parents, but Rain's plan backfired to the max, landing her in a heap of trouble with the local authorities and expelled from high school.

An unexpected inheritance offers Rain an opportunity for a new beginning when she and her family move across the country to the quaint beach community of Turtle Bay, Florida.

Determined to make the best of her second chance, Rain vows to walk the straight and narrow, hoping her parents will fly under the radar while she soaks up some fun in the sun, sandy beaches, and hot, tanned guys. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong new friends, and a late night party lands her back in the kind of trouble she had been hoping to avoid. As the newbie in town with a record, Rain takes the brunt of the punishment when an unforgiving judge chooses to make an example out of her and slaps her with enough community service hours to keep her busy until she is old and gray.

Facing the harsh reality of paying for the actions of others while atoning for her own past sins, Rain is paired up with Josh Shaw, a judgmental local lifeguard whose love for the beach and the environment is eclipsed only by his distaste for those who trash it. As far as Josh is concerned, Rain is guilty and got what she deserved, regardless of her side of the story. To make matters worse, a tropical storm sits in the Atlantic, threatening to wreak havoc on the small beach community.

Things slowly change as Rain begins to appreciate her surroundings through Josh's eyes, proving she is not the person he thinks she is. Their feelings for one another blossom as the tropical storm grows into a hurricane and bears down on Turtle Bay. With impending danger looming, the small beach community must come together in order to ride out the storm.




Review...


I love me some Tiffany King. I've read a few of her books so far, and I enjoyed them. This is the first contemporary book I picked up by her, and I am glad to say that this one gave me the happy feelings I've come to expect from a book by Tiffany King. This one is sweet and fun, and took no time at all to fly through.

Turtle Bay is about Rain and Josh. They're both good people. Kindhearted and responsible. Rain can be a bit rebellious, but honestly she'd a wonderful person. She has her reasons for acting out, and it's something she does work through in this novel. Josh actually started out kind of like a jerk when we first met him, but it doesn't take him too long to show his true colors so we could see he's super nice. I liked both Rain and Josh, and they get to wear that fun badge of honor book characters get when I think I'd actually be friends with them in real life.

The story is unique. It doesn't follow a regular path of drama. It's very character driven, and the growth of those characters is fantastic. There are, of course, HAPPENINGS, which were laid out interestingly enough so that I never got bored. The mixture of characters, plot, and writing all equaled a story I flew straight through. 

The romance was sweet. Josh and Rain are positively adorable together. They have the cutest teenage romance I was glad to see develop as they got to know each other, and as the story progressed. I especially liked that their romance was not laced with a bunch of on again/off again. Not only can that get exhausting, but I can't picture Josh and Rain like that. I enjoy them the way they are, and I love them together.

For me, the most amazing thing about this book was how happy it made me feel. The whole thing gave me the most fond feelings. It was a comfortable read--you know, where I was calm and interested and just plain happy. Even now as I write this review, or whenever I think back on this book, I smile. And that is the best thing.

Overall, Turtle Bay is a wonderful novel that made gave me the happiest of feelings. The characters felt like friends, and their story is one I continue to look back on fondly. I highly enjoyed this book!


4 stars - A sweet, fun story perfect for when you need a smile :)

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 4/26/15



Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Make sure to checkout her post with links to all the other participates.

Click covers for Goodreads links


For Review...


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22249707-all-played-out?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b&search_version=servicehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25385319-five-days-until-you?ac=1
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18458117-21-stolen-kisses?ac=1https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22472103-sweet-ache?ac=1


For Review Consideration...


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23280208-if-you-only-knew?ac=1

Thanks go to...


William Morrow& Company
Monica Murphy
Bloombury Spark
Signet 
HQN Books


Pre-orders that arrived...


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22693253-asa


Picked up FREE...


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24180435-the-boys-of-winter-3-book-box-set-of-crave-release-and-rush?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b&search_version=service

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24495567-minehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17901220-keeper-of-the-lost-souls?ac=1







For Review...


A Million Miles AwayBone Deep

Crave (Undone, #1)Hunted (Sinners, #2)


For Review Consideration...


A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel


Thanks go to...


The Novl 
Spencer Hill Press
Jennifer Dawson
Month 9 Books
Penguin


Grabbed for FREE...


Him & Her Box Set (Him, #1-2)Soulfire (Nightwing, #1)




That's what we added to our shelves this week! What do you think? What did you add to your stacks? Leave us a comment!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Kentucky Derb-E Treat GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY
A Pocket Star EBook
Kentucky Derb-E Treat!

The Aspen Valley Series:

click covers for Goodreads links
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18048930-thrown?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b&search_version=servicehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18777545-jumped?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b&search_version=servicehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21468278-branded?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b&search_version=service



The Kentucky Derby is just one week away and we are giving away promo codes for the EBooks Thrown, Jumped, and Branded in Colette Auclair’s award-winning Aspen Valley series!

THROWN (December 2013; $5.99) is the first book in The Aspen Valley Series.  Professional horse trainer Amanda Vogel dreams of riding jumpers in the Olympics, but after seeing her best friend die in a riding accident, she’s so traumatized she can’t compete. Broke and desperate, she takes a summer job in Aspen teaching some big-shot widowed movie star’s spoiled daughters to ride—and braces herself for three miserable months. But the movie star is funny, down-to-earth, and gorgeous—and his spoiled daughters are just desperate for a mother figure. By Labor Day, she has to choose between capturing a gold medal…and the man who has captured her heart.

JUMPED (August 2014; $5.99), the second book in The Aspen Valley Series, is Colette Auclair’s steamy sequel to her “page-turning debut” (Library Journal), Thrown. A young woman in the equestrian fashion business finds herself head over heels for her ex-husband.  Thoroughly enjoying herself at her best friend Amanda’s wedding, Beth is shocked when she is seated next to her ex-husband, Finn, at the reception. Determined to not let this fluster her, Beth strikes up a conversation only to learn Finn isn’t the same man she walked away from. 

Relieved the reception is over, Beth is looking forward to a relaxing weekend against the beautiful backdrop of sunny Aspen at Amanda and Grady’s estate.  Little does she know Finn will be partaking in the weekend activities.  But just as Beth decides to keep as much distance between her and Finn as possible, Finn has a terrible accident and Beth is stuck being his bedside nurse.  Over the course of the weekend, Beth and Finn discover that the wounds of their failed marriage are not all that’s left. There are sparks…and hope. But just as they decide to give it another try, Finn confesses a huge secret that could destroy everything he’s fought to get back—Beth, their relationship, and another chance at love.  Will Beth turn away, or will she take a leap of faith and say “I do” once (again) and for all? 

BRANDED (December 2014; $5.99), the third book in The Aspen Valley Series, will take readers on a wild and dreamy ride through the beautiful valleys and mountains of Colorado.  Professional, polite, and pearl-wearing, dressage rider and resort consultant Cordy Sims is the last person anyone would expect to initiate a weekend of debauchery. And yet, that’s exactly what she does after meeting a handsome stranger at an Aspen resort. Agreeing that they’ll leave personal details at the door, they indulge in a memorable weekend of carnal recreation. On Sunday night, Cordy doesn’t want to leave this charming, seductive man, but she must play by her own rules. 

On Monday, Cordy sits in a meeting at the ad agency that’s hired her as a freelancer, and her professional and personal worlds collide. Turns out agency owner Jack Cormier looks just as good in the boardroom as he did in the bedroom. Forced to work together, Cordy and Jack can’t ignore the chemistry that crackles between them, or the deeper feelings that have developed. But secrets and scars from their pasts may prove too formidable, even for a love that’s as powerful as it is unexpected. 

Praise for The Aspen Valley Series:

“The story portrays two convincingly flawed but likeable characters who find each other’s aults both provocative and exciting, as they try to decide whether a second chance at marriage is worth the risk.”
Publishers Weekly on Jumped

“Harris, the Brunswicks’ chef, is a clairvoyant Cupid, full of honest evaluations of people and their love lives. He adds a spark to the story as Auclair continues to build her cast of series characters and develop their varied personalities.”
—Library Journal on Jumped

In JUMPED, the author returns to the Aspen area with many of the same characters that were in her well–received debut novel, THROWN…Major and minor characters are interesting and likable, and the friendships add to the primary romance. There will be at least one more book in the series. Look for BRANDED to release in December. If you like horses, a tangled relationship, and a series that flows from one book to the next, check out these titles.”
—Romance Reviews Today on Jumped

“If you’re looking for a highly entertaining, fast-paced, horsey beach read, Jumped should fill the bill.”
—Horse Nation on Jumped

“There is enough tension among all the forces at play to keep the pages turning. Debut novelist Auclair is a 2012 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, winner of the 2011 Winter Rose Contest, and a finalist in the 2011 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest.  Recommended for most romance fans.”
—Library Journal on Thrown

“Romantic fiction with an equestrian theme gets a fun new twist in this novel which follows trainer Amanda Vogel… the star is single, handsome, and has the hots for Amanda. But both characters are carrying hefty loads of their own baggage, and as they navigate through various dramas and horse-related mishaps, the layers (both physical and psychological) start to come off. Thrown weaves horses into the story with a practiced tone, and the accuracy of equine knowledge and horse people adds to the plot. For a fun, entertaining read, be sure to pick up this debut novel by Colette Auclair.” 
Horse & Style on Thrown

Totally accurate, as far as HorseGirls go…Colette Auclair nails the horse stuff…whether it’s describing Amanda’s selection of appropriate mounts for Grady’s beginner daughters, or setting up a human cross-country course for the girls to play Olympics over, or accurately detailing an episode of colic (including the joy when the horse finally poops), or explaining the feeling of connecting with a once-in-a-lifetime horse…my favorite part about the book, aside from the discussions of how horse training prepares just about anyone for human training…is the humor…Aside from getting the horse stuff right, the characters are also well-developed…The story is quite a page-turner, so be prepared to be completely unable to stop–like a runaway horse except actually fun.  And the book does have one pretty detailed sex scene and multiple explicit make out sessions, so it’s not for kids. Bottom line: if you like romantic comedies, you’ll definitely enjoy Thrown.”
Horse Nation on Thrown


Colette Auclair has been a copywriter for more than twenty years.  She’s ridden and shown horses since she was ten and owns a lovely twenty-year-old Thoroughbred mare.  Thrown, her first novel, was a 2012 Golden Heart finalist in the single-title contemporary romance category.  It also won the 2011 Winter Rose Contest (Yellow Rose Romance Writers) and finaled in the 2011 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest (NE Ohio Romance Writers Assoc.)  Jumped is second and Branded is third in the Aspen Valley series.  Please visit coletteauclair.com.







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Wallbanger by Alice Clayton ~ Review

Source:  Purchased an audiobook.

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she's gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy's athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly...

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15858248-wallbanger

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B73MULGhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wallbanger-alice-clayton/1113773524



Review...

I listened to this one and the narrator was fine.

How does one explain this book?  It's a comedy for sure.  Full of sexual innuendo and spunky banter.  A little corny with a missing O (orgasm) and the falling pictures from the wallbanging but very amusing.

The characters are cute in a three's company kinda way.  I wasn't sure what to think of  Simon and his harem or Caroline's missing O.  But I liked them both.  They were adorable.

The secondary characters are cute too.  The two groups of friends that can't quite get the coupling right and the cat that falls in love through the wall.  Yep, lots of giggling and laughs in this.

This one feels like a sit-com with some romance thrown in the mix - a little.  It's the kind of book that's not serious and not real life at all but pure entertainment.  When you need to laugh, this is the book to pick up.