Sunday, June 26, 2016

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 6/26/16


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

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For Review...






For Review Consideration...


Thanks go to...


Forever
Avon Impulse
Avon
Entangled Publishing (Indulgence)
Ballantine Books (Random House)



It's the week of LOTS of books because of the iTunes lawsuit settlement.  I had money to spend at Amazon and iTunes.  Here's the loot.

From iTunes...




From Amazon...








Picked up FREE...









For Review Consideration...


Hottest Mess (S.I.N., #2)



Thanks goes to...


Bantam



KindleUnlimited...


Keeping My Pack (My Pack, #2)


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 and link us up!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Be My Hero (Forbidden Men, #3) by Linda Kage ~ Review

Source:  Received book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.


Once upon a time, there was this pampered rich girl who was kind of full of herself. She really only cared about appearances and hiding all her dark, ugly secrets under the guise of an opinionated snob. But then Eva Mercer got pregnant, shot by a psycho, and kicked out of the only home she knew. Now she’s broke, unemployed, and has to start anew with a newborn to raise. But how?

On the other side of town, sexy, tattooed orphan, Patrick Ryan, can’t get a break. He’s out on parole for defending the last damsel in distress while trying to help her support her child, but all he wants is to find his one true love. He knows this woman by scent, smile, and laugh, but he’s never actually met her. He doesn’t even know her name. He just knows she’s the key to fixing everything.

One kind of hero can save you from physical harm. Another can rescue you from a different kind of doom. To reach their dreams, Eva and Pick can save each other. But first, they must open their hearts and learn how to trust.






Review...


I love this series.  It's one of the best New Adult series' out there.  The characters are all real and clearly with issues.  Nothing is average or packaged.  Each story has it's own flavor but the cast of characters that fill the books are some of the best people I know.  Yes, I feel like I know them.

I've read these books out of order and I'm trying to catch-up on the ones I missed along the way.  I know Pick.  He's this charmer with the biggest heart know to the male race.  I have wondered about him as I've read others stories so I was excited to get his story.  

Eva is this strong, opinionated women that I, frankly, didn't like very much.  She's getting in the way of one of my very favorite males in this series, Mason.  So she had a long way to go to earn my affection.  While I never really loved her, I did come to understand her and feel for her.  And I saw what Pick sees in her.  

This one is emotional.  There's just no getting around the idea that a pregnancy with a mom that has nothing and nowhere to go is gonna pull on my heart strings.  But then you add the issues from Eva's past and a twist I didn't see coming and you get some serious tears.  And that doesn't even include another scare that sends Pick racing into the night.  I was wanting to crawl inside this book and so some major damage with my mama claws.  

One of the things that I love about this series and this author is that no book feels like you've read it before in another setting.  Just so genuine and real, these books will addict you. 

When you just need something real, pick up a book from this series.   


                         

Friday, June 24, 2016

June Indulgence Release Week

June Indulgence Release Week Blast


The weather is heating up, and so is your eReader, with these three new Indulgence releases! I am thrilled to share all of the details about sexy new romances from Diane Alberts, Jenny Holiday, and Miranda Liasson. Read on and grab your copy today!


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The Prince’s Bride by Diane Alberts

Alicia Forkes went to a trendy club looking for a way to forget her troubles, and she found that in the arms of the gorgeous man who swept her off of her feet…and into one of the hottest encounters she’d ever had in her life. Awesome sex with a stranger is now something she can check off her bucket list. Except he isn’t exactly a stranger. He’s the guy who broke her heart when they were teens, an experience she doesn’t plan on repeating. Prince Leo can’t believe he’s finally found the woman he’s loved for years, and she wants nothing to do with him. When she shows up at his office, she looks anything but princess-like. In fact, she’s cursing him to hell and back. She may not be Cinderella, but he’s determined to prove he’s the prince for her––even if it means letting her go.

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His Heart’s Revenge by Jenny Holiday

Twenty years ago, I was too smart and too poor to be cool. Now I’m laughing my way to the bank—the bank I’m CEO of. Nothing can touch me. Except maybe him. We met at summer camp. We made out under the stars. Then he stabbed me in the back. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But I’m gonna go with hot. Alexander Evangelista is a millionaire with all the trappings: houses all over the world and hot guys lined up whenever he’s in need of some no-strings-attached company. He's on his way to world domination. A CEO in his own right, Cary Bell is competing for a major client with his boyhood crush. He’s never forgiven himself for betraying Alex. But with his professional reputation on the line, he’s going to have to find his inner cutthroat if he wants his new company to succeed. Alex isn’t about to let his nemesis steal a client out from under him. It’s time to break Cary’s company—and his heart.
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A Man of Honor - Miranda Liasso - Entangled Publishing - Indulge

A Man of Honor by Miranda Liasson

Former Army Captain and venture capitalist Preston Guthrie has always had a thing for Cat Kingston, but he never felt like he could date his best friend’s sister. Plus, he’s a wrong-side-of-the-tracks guy and she’s a white-picket-fence kind of woman. Yet when they met again just before he was deployed, sparks flew. A fire ignited. And the heat was hot. For the first time, he thought a relationship with her might be possible…until an injury in the war changed everything… Journalist Cat Kingston had a rough couple of years, surviving a broken engagement and the loss of her job. But connecting with Preston last fall seemed right. They shared steamy Skype sessions while he was overseas—until he was wounded, and cut her off without explanation. Now he’s back in town to be the Best Man for her sister’s wedding…and she wants answers. Preston’s struggling with a leg wound, but the war scarred him on the inside, too. When Cat pays him a surprise visit and her brother catches them in a compromising position, Preston tells him they’re dating. He’s not sure how he can spend the entire wedding week fake-dating her when the chemistry between them feels anything but…


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Swoon Thursday ~ 6/23/16


Who doesn't LOVE a good swoon?!  We love them for sure!  Check out our swoon below and then add to the fun.

Post anything that made you swoon, past or present read.  Include the cover, blurb and links.  Please no spoilers.



A new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the Spellbound Falls novels...

Jane Abbott knows that she's nobody special, so instead of looking for romance she's hunting partridge in the Maine woods when a plane crashes into a nearby pond. Diving in to save the pilot, Jane instinctively gives him air by way of a lifesaving kiss, and leads him to safety through a barrage of gunfire.

The handsome stranger returns the favor by kidnapping her.

Clearly no ordinary man, and insisting Jane's life is in danger, Mark spirits his stubborn guardian angel to an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean. Only then does she discover that the mysterious Mark is actually Prince Markov Lakeland.

Soon to be crowned king of the young country of Shelikova, can Mark persuade Jane that she has what it takes to be his queen?




Available July 5, 2016 from Jove


Swoon...


Mark couldn't help it.  With the skill of a pouncing tiger he set his lips over hers--only to taste chocolate.  She'd found the M&M's, he realized, not caring if he caught her cold.  Using one hand to pull her closer when he felt her shudder.  Mark used his other hand to shift her head and deepen his kiss--barely stifling a groan when her tongue shyly touched his.  (Page 74)

This book surprised me.  I was struggling to find anything that I wanted to read.  Everything I picked up was just meh and I put if right back down.  So I thought, pick up something that you aren't sure you want to read and give it a try.  And I read it straight through.  Review coming. 


That's our swoon this week!  What about you?  Leave us a comment & a link.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review. 


The Boudreaux Series. Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

Simon Danbury, an internationally sought after motivational speaker, helps women from all walks of life with love, self-esteem, dating and career building skills. Handsome, witty and wealthy, Simon seemingly has everything a man could want. But appearances can be deceiving. While Simon may have the answers for millions of women all over the world, when it comes to his own love life, he’s a giant, sexy mess. Divorced, and convinced that he’ll never love again, the very last thing he expects is one Charly Boudreaux.

Charly doesn’t want to be at this seminar in the middle of nowhere, but her sister made her go. She’s the one who has her life together. Great career, amazing family, nice home, and loyal friends. So what if she doesn’t have a man? She doesn’t need one. If she’s learned anything in her almost thirty years, it’s that men are more trouble than they’re worth. And they have a nasty habit of breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces. So she’ll sit through all of Simon’s touchy feely crap and go home and get on with her life. Except Simon isn’t really spouting crap, and when he smiles at her, the butterflies are ridiculous.

Never mixing business with pleasure, Simon finds Charly, a bright spot in a universe that’s been dark for too long. But will he be able to resist her? And why would he want to?








Review...


Having read another book in this series, I was sure I would enjoy this one, too.  It's a sexy mix of hot chemistry and difficult situations that has you turning pages to find out how they will get themselves out of this or if they will.

This author does a good job of creating a great big cast of characters that support and are interwoven into each others stories.  I recognized a few from the previous book I had read but it isn't necessary to know them all.  Charly's family is just so wonderful that they are a joy to be around.  I loved how protective they were of her; how they took Simon out back to talk to him; and how Simon listened but didn't change a thing.

Which leads me to Simon.  I really enjoyed his British accent, his manners and his yummy passion.  He tends to push Charly up against a door and then pamper her with a bath afterwards.  Very enjoyable.  While he's the go to guy if you need to work through your trust issues, he isn't the best at his own love life.  Charm, knowledge and confidence have him leading seminars that help and rescue women but he's stayed away from most women personally since his divorce.  I liked that he had his own weakness despite being able to professionally help others.  It's kinda of like me struggling through homework, though I'm a teacher.  It happens.

I was glad Charly was never a push over and made Simon pay his dues.  He had some to pay too.  And I was glad that Charly had to work through her own issues.  I usually enjoy stories better if both characters aren't perfect.  It's more real.

This is a charming story with a few laughs and side of sexy times.



                        




Yesterday was RELEASE DAY plus Giveaway

Signs of Life Release Launch | JenHalliganPR.com 

 I'm thrilled to take part in the release launch for Selene Castrovilla's SIGNS OF LIFE (Rough Romance #2)! Check out the book's details and teaser, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!



Signs of Life by Selene Castrovilla | A Book and a Latte

Signs of Life (Rough Romance #2)
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication: June 21, 2016
The tables are turned with a vengeance in this tour de force love story. Nearly a year has gone by and now it’s Dorothy who is fragmented and lost, while Joey keeps the promise he had made her to better himself —even though she’s gone. Joey talks about what is happening in the present while Dorothy describes what happened before— in the moments and hours after the Glock dropped. This time the stakes are even higher, as Joey forces himself to move forward while Dorothy is frozen in place. But when he learns of a devastating decision, Joey races to find her before it is too late. Truth, consequence, repercussion and modern medicine collide as pieces converge in this psychological, thrilling story which begs the question: Can love really conquer all?




Excerpt from Signs of Life

Joey — Now I get to the church, and low and behold there’s a new message on its sign. The messages outside this church make my soul shudder. I try not to look at it, but then I always do. It’s like an accident on the side of the road. A really bad accident, where there’s nothing you can do to help—and there you are, staring. Helpless. I think of this sign like an especially bad therapy session. Like it’s a shrink bringing up shit—no, topics—you don’t want to think about. But this sign is even worse, because it’s not just about me. It’s about all of us—and there ain’t a thing I can do about it. I don’t know what’s up with this church always making people feel bad before they walk in—or maybe they’re trying to guilt you to come in and pray, to try and do something to ease the pain. Maybe religion’s just another drug. Tonight the sign says, “No good deed goes unpunished.” I said that once myself, to Doll. I didn’t even know where it came from, it just blurted out without my even thinking about it. It was like the words were divinely delivered into my throat for me to say. When it was too late to do anything about them. Typical God. Makes you wonder what's up with him, causing all this grief. Maybe he’s toying with us. But I still go to meetings and I still surrender. What else can I do? And anyway, I don’t have the the strength to fight anymore. Never thought I’d see that day. I salute ol’ Jesus still nailed up on that cross and head inside. Poor Jesus. If he had no chance, what’s gonna happen to the rest of us? Dorothy – Then The more we kissed the dreamier I felt, like that first time. At the museum, by the Monet paintings. When we floated among the water lilies. We just drifted right in with them. Now we were floating in the water below us, going with the current, carried by the tide. Nature, we could trust. But could we trust human nature? We were still holding hands, he was clutching me, so tight, but then he let go of one hand and touched my hair. It made me feel like when his dad touched me, and my entire body shook. I pushed him off of me and gasped, sucking in huge breaths and yet still unable to breathe. “Doll …” he tried to touch me again and I recoiled. I fell to my knees on the sidewalk, but I felt no physical pain. It occurred to me to pray but the last time I did that I got screwed. “What is it?” he asked. He was bent down beside me, but giving me distance too. I couldn’t answer, but it really didn’t matter because I didn’t know the answer. “Do you need me to get help?” My eyes were closed now as I concentrated on calming myself. Who needed God anyway? Joey had been right about him. Maybe I was my own God, maybe we were each our own gods, and that thought made me laugh. Then I was laughing and breathing, and I was okay. Which proved my thesis, right? I opened my eyes and looked at Joey, who was not getting the joke. “What the hell?” He looked like he was about to fit me for a straight jacket. “I guess … I guess I have a little PTSD. When you touched my hair, I flashed back to your dad touching me …” “I’m sorry. Okay, I’ll keep out of your hair.” He gave me a crooked grin. I smiled back. “For now.” “But … what was so funny?” “I surrendered to a higher power that turned out to be me.” He stared at me for a few beats. Then he said, “Whatever works for you.”


Selene Castrovilla

About Selene Castrovilla


Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats. Visit her website: www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.

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Waiting On Wednesday ~ 6/22/16


This is our version of Waiting on Wednesday but with more cuddles, books we can't wait to cuddle for various reasons.

What are we waiting on this week?  THIS!





TORN Synopsis:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in on Ivy, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.



Coming July 19, 2016

Why am I waiting?  Um...I adore this author and cannot wait to read anything she writes BUT this series in particular has my total attention.  The way Wicked ended??  OMG!  I so NEED this book.  And Val?  I need to know what's up with THAT.  I mean, she has my name and I want to smash her!  If you don't know what I mean, make sure and read Wicked soon.  (It's only 99¢ right now!)





Show Me How (Thatch, #2.5)

New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams delivers another heart-wrenching, emotional novel in her Thatch series…

After her first love was ripped from her grasp four years earlier, Charlie Easton was sure she would never be able to trust anyone with the shattered pieces of her heart again. That is, until Deacon Carver forces himself into her life, and makes those pieces swirl in chaos. But Charlie doesn't know how to let him in… until a stranger stumbles upon a notebook filled with her innermost secrets, and shows her how.

Deacon Carver is known for sleeping his way through the town of Thatch, as well as the surrounding cities—something he used to take pride in. But that persona has haunted Deacon ever since he decided to leave that life behind for the girl he wants more than anything: Charlie Easton.

But when another girl falls into Deacon's life, allowing him to be himself without judgment for his past, will their conversations hinder his relationship with Charlie … even if he's never seen her?


Coming August 23rd, 2016!

Why am I waiting? Because I'm addicted to Molly McAdams' books, and I feel like I've been waiting for this one for FOREEEVEEER. Plus, I loved the first two Thatch books. And I heart Molly McAdams. So yeah, I need this book in my hands, like...now. Yeah. Now. That'd be great. ;)


That's what we're waiting on this week! What do you think? What are you waiting on? Leave us a comment and link us up!