Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 2/19/17


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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Thanks go to...

Jove
Berkley
Entangled Teen
Harper Voyager
Avon Books
Avon Impulse


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, February 18, 2017

Under Pressure by Lori Foster ~ Review

Source:  Received ARC from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

He can protect anything except his heart

Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job — working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her.

What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who’d believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather? Beyond Leese’s ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honour. He’s the last person she expects to trust — and the first who’s ever made her feel safe. And he’s the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough...







I love the idea of this series so much!  Former MMA fighters turned bodyguards?  Yes please!  And I really loved Leese and Catalina's story.

Between the secrets and vile creatures posing as human being after Cat, this book has a lot to keep you turning the pages.  It's the kind of book where you're sure about at least one bad guy and think you know the rest but a twist here or there has you wondering.  It's also the kind of book where a sexy guy is protecting an innocent women with some close quarters to hide in.  Hehe.

I loved both lead characters.  Leese grew up poor and has worked hard to get where he is.  He was born with a protective gene and he's not going to take advantage of the situation.  Cat is born to tease him.  She grew up rich but with a heavy side of issues.  Part of that was that she doesn't fit in high society.  She's much happier drawing and teaching art.  And she wants Leese.  She tries very hard to convince him that he is not taking advantage of her.  Yeah, he didn't buy it.  Let the teasing begin!

These two are adorable together and I so enjoyed their tango.  One of the things I really like about paranormal stories is the high amount of protectiveness that is usually woven into it.  This one has that same vibe.  Don't get me wrong, Cat can take care of herself.  She's a strong women who's managed on her own for a while.  But when you need help with protection, you need Leese.

I'm excited for more books to come in this series.  We met Justice in this book and his story is next.  I'm excited to see what it takes to get to this big guy!

When you want a book that's more than just a sexy story, then you want a book like this one.  Sexy, fast-paced and teasing, this book will definitely have you staying up late!



                               


Friday, February 17, 2017

The Will by Kristen Ashley ~ Review

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The Will (Magdalene #1) by Kristen Ashley


Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant.

While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia. There was nothing disguised about Jake. Including the fact he made a habit of making very bad decisions about who to give his love.

But for Josephine and Jake, there was one person who adored them. One person who knew how to lead them to happiness. And one person who was intent on doing it.

Even if she had to do it as her final wish on this earth.



Kristen Ashley is one of my favorite authors. Her books are almost always a guaranteed hit for me, and I get in the mood to binge them often--whether it's to re-read or read for the first time (because I'm still catching up on her books...she has so many!). Earlier this month I was on a KA kick and ended up re-reading The Will, so I figured it was high time to give this book a review. Because, y'all. This book is spectacular!

One of the best things about The Will is the characters. They're all great, deep, and fleshed out. I loved them and felt with them and wanted to spend loads of time in their world. I was so invested in their lives and all that went on, both the good and the not so good. Josie and Jake and Conner and Amber and Ethan and the entire cast in Magdalene had 100% of my attention, and I enjoyed every second spent in their world.

Stemming off of that, I also loved the relationships. ALL OF THEM. Not just the romantic one between Josie and Jake--which, by the way, was fantastic. But the relationships within the family warmed my heart. All the love and support, and the growth from Josie being a friend to being part of the unit. Then there was just the general awesomeness of their friends in town--Mickey and Alyssa and Junior and so on. It warmed my heart and I loved it all.

Another great thing about The Will was that it pulled me in right away. This doesn't ALWAYS happen with KA books, because while I love how she writes long it can sometimes mean starting the story takes a little to get really into, but this particular book was one that had me right away. My attention was immediately snared, and then I got tugged further and further into the world with the flip of every page, and it was amazing. In general I'm a fan of Kristen Ashley's writing, but with The Will it just really hit the spot, you know? It gave me all kinds of feelings and had me so caught up in these characters and the stories and it was amazing.

And last, but never ever least, there was of course the romance, which I mentioned briefly above. Josie and Jake had a beautiful love story. It was full of sweet moments and hard moments and sexy moments and important moments and just...loads of moments that I was SO on board for. Jake and Josie are definitely one of my favorite KA couples (and there are MANY to choose from, so that's saying a lot).

Overall, The Will is a spectacular story full of love and moments that warmed my heart. The romance, characters, and their story never fail to pull me in--making this one of my favorite (and most re-read) Kristen Ashley books. If you're looking for adult contemporary romance and want to try some KA, this would be a lovely place to start!


5 stars - A spectacular love story that warmed my heart!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Royally Matched by Emma Chase ~ Excerpt

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Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.
 
He’s not handling it well. Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, 

Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday—and when the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own: 

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition. 

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart. 

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye. 

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit…and her naughty sense of humor. 

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight. 

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.






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“Are you a virgin?” I ask.
            “Well . . . yes.”
            “Then why are you complaining? You qualify.”
            Sarah’s eyes flash with annoyance. “Because I’m more than my hymen, Henry! To base the value of an accomplished, intelligent woman on a flimsy piece of skin is degrading. How would you feel if your worth rested on your foreskin?”
            I think it over. And then I grin. “I’d be all right with that, actually. I’ve heard it was an impressive foreskin—all the nurses were fawning over it. It’s probably being showcased in a museum right now.”
            She stares at me for a beat, then she laughs out loud—a rich, throaty, sensual sound.
            “You’re a terrible human being.”
            “I know.” I shake my head at the calamity of it all.
            “And you’re an even worse feminist.”
            “Agreed. That’s something I need to work on. You’ll help me, won’t you? We should spend as much time together as possible—every minute of the day and night. I’m hoping you’ll rub off on me.”
            Sarah pushes my shoulder. “You’re just hoping I’ll rub you off.”
            Now it’s my turn to laugh. Because she’s not even a little bit wrong.
            “But there’s never been anyone? Really?”
            Sarah shrugs. “Penny and I were tutored at home when we were young . . . but in year ten, there was this one boy.”
            I rub my hands together. “Here we go—tell me everything. I want all the sick, lurid details. Was he a footballer? Captain of the team, the most popular boy in school?”
            “He was captain of the chess team.”
            I cover my eyes with my hand.
            “His name was Davey. He wore these adorable tweed jackets and bow ties, he had blond hair and was a bit pale because of the asthma. He had the same glasses as me and he had a different pair of argyle socks for every day of the year.”
            “I am so disappointed in you right now.”
            “He was nice,” she chides. “You leave my Davey alone.”
            I shake my head. “So what happened to old Davey boy?”
            “I was alone in the library one day and he came up and started to ask me to the spring social. And I was so excited and nervous I could barely breathe. And then before he could finish the question, I . . .”
            I don’t realize I’m leaning toward her until she stops talking and I almost fall over.
            “You . . . what?”
            Sarah hides behind her hands.
            “I threw up on him.”
            And I try not to laugh. I swear I try . . . but I’m only human. So I end up laughing so hard the car shakes and I can’t speak for several minutes.
            “Christ almighty.”
            “And I’d had fish and chips for lunch.” Sarah’s laughing too. “It was awful.”
            “Oh you poor thing.” I shake my head, still chuckling. “And poor Davey.”
            “Yes.” She wipes under her eyes with her finger. “Poor Davey. He never came near me again after that.”
            “Coward—he didn’t deserve you. I would’ve swam through a whole lake of puke to take a girl like you to the social.”
            She smiles so brightly at me, her cheeks maroon and round like two shiny apples.
            “I think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.”

            I wiggle my eyebrows. “I’m all about the compliments.”


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Excerpt Reveal ~ Flow & Grip by Kennedy Ryan

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"I can't stop thinking about this book...One of my favorite reads this year. Maybe ever. Kennedy Ryan took some of the most complex issues of our time and made them poetic, insightful, and deliciously sexy...5 massive, gripping stars!" - USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Adriana Locke

Keep reading for an EXCERPT of Grip by Kennedy Ryan FLOW releases on February 25 and will be totally FREE! GRIP releases on March 2nd straight to #KindleUnlimited!

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GRIP Synopsis:

Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.

I know.

I’ve been doing it for years.

I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.

And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.

Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.

All that’s left is friendship and work.

He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.

I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.

It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.

And it remembers all the things I want to forget.
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FLOW  (The GRIP Prequel) – Releasing FREE a few days before GRIP!

In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.

Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.

But when they first meet, she's a college student finding her way in the world,

and he's an artist determined to make his way in it.

From completely different worlds,

all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.

It's a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?


FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.


GRIP is the full-length conclusion of their story.

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EXCERPT:


I wanted to keep this pain locked away, private. Until now. Until Grip. His eyes rest on my face. I feel his compassion, and it weighs so much I want out from under it. I turn my head to escape the honesty between us for a few seconds. Just for a reprieve. As soon as I look over the side, I realize my mistake.

“Oh, God. We’re so high.”

Breath charges up my throat, panic pushing out the last few minutes of peace. My heart jackhammers. Blood rushes to my head, and the world spins. I grip my head to make it stop.

“Hey, hey.” Grip scoots closer, eliminating the distance between us. “Put your head down as far as you can.”

The safety bar keeps me from putting my head between my knees, but I don’t think it would help anyway. Nothing helps. It’s irrational. I know I’m safe, but fear mocks me and makes me its bitch. I hate it, but I can’t stop it.

“My mom used to tell me to recite things,” Grip says from above me. “Like to distract myself when I was scared. To give me something else to focus on.”

It only makes me more anxious that I have nothing I can recite. Fear jumbles all my thoughts together, so discombobulated that I can’t even assemble the digits of my phone number.

“I can’t think of anything.”

“Okay. Hold up.” He rubs my back in soothing strokes that don’t soothe. “I’ll do it. Just listen to my voice. Focus on what I’m saying.”

I can’t focus. I can’t stop the encroaching darkness, blurring my edges and knotting my interior. It’s never been this bad, and it would happen right in front of Grip.

“I’ll recite “Poetry” by Pablo Neruda. My favorite actually.” Grip’s voice is warm but disembodied as I press my eyes closed. “It feels like he was writing my life story. Like he knew there would be this kid who needed something bigger than himself, and he wrote this to guide that kid to a different path. This has always felt like more than a poem. It’s personal. It feels like my prophecy.”

The emotion, the honesty in his voice compels me to hazard a glance at him. In the faint light of the moon and the bright lights of the carnival, I see his face. Beautiful and bronzed, a sculpture of bold bones and full lips. His eyes are intent, never looking away from mine as he begins.

   His deep voice caresses Neruda’s sentiments of how poetry called him from the street and away from violence. Of how writing saved him from a certain fate and opened up a world he’d never imagined. And Grip’s right. The poem could have been written for him . . . could have foretold the story of a boy called, not from the streets of a Chilean city, but from the streets of Compton.

   Passion weaves between his words and conviction laces every line. He means these words. He loves these words. Amazingly, as he’s reciting a poem I’ve never heard before, someone else’s words illuminate Grip to me. I see him clearly. A man deeply committed to his craft and who views his gift as a miracle of circumstance. As cocky as he is, I see him humbled by the means to escape a path so many others never leave. And if the poem tells his story, his eyes are a confession, never straying from mine, holding mine in the moonlight, his voice liquid poured over something sweet. As he approaches the end, my fears are forgotten, but I’m still stuck on a Ferris wheel under a darkened sky, and nothing has ever been more fitting than the final words, in which the poet says he wheeled with the stars and his heart broke loose on the wind.

There are too few perfect moments in this life. Far too few of us get them, but I am privileged to have this one with this man. When he empties his chest of his heart and empties his body of his soul for me under a starry sky on a Ferris wheel. And I know. In this moment, I know that I’m lost to him. It has been a matter of days. It has been a string of moments. It has not been long enough to tell him, but in my heart, I know I am lost.

“Did that help?” he asks.

He searches through the dim light for my fear or my panic, but they aren’t there anymore. He leans closer, so close his breath whispers over my face. I don’t know when he realizes that fear has gone and that something else has come, but I see the change in his eyes.

I think he might be lost in me, too.

The inches between our lips disappear. At the first brush of his mouth on mine, I know this kiss will never end. It will live on in my memory for the rest of my life. His lips beg entry, a tentative touch that blazes through my defenses and hastens the rhythm of my heart. I clutch his arm, skin and muscle, satin over steel. A thousand textures collide. The hot silk of his mouth. The sharp, straight edge of his teeth. The firm curve of his lips. The taste of him. God, the taste of him makes me moan. He cups my face, fingers spearing into my hair. I press so close the heat of his body burns through the thin fabric of our shirts.

“Bris.” He says it against my lips before trailing kisses down my chin. His mouth opens over my neck, hot and wet, and I arch into him, the pleasure like a train in my veins. Rushing. Vaulting. Exploding.

“Oh, God.” I’m a panting mess. My hands venture under his shirt, desperate, nails scraping at his back. “Keep kissing me.”

He’s back at my lips, devouring, our tongues dueling, dancing. This kiss has a cadence, his head moving to the left and then right, on beat, a syncopation, a simultaneity of lips and tongues. His mouth slants over mine, hot and zealous, and I link my fingers behind his head, clinging, afraid this will end. Afraid to lose the enormity of this moment. At the top of the world, so close we could almost touch the sky and with only the stars watching, I found out what a kiss should be.


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Kennedy loves to write about herself in third person. She loves Diet Coke...though she's always trying to quit. She adores her husband...who she'll never quit. She loves her son, who is the most special boy on the planet. And she's devoted to supporting and serving families living with Autism.
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Swoon Thursday ~ 2/16/17


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.


Walk Through Fire (Chaos, #4)The flame never dies . . .

Millie Cross knows what it's like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn't be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie's chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can't ignore. And this time, she won't let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan "High" Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she's just a ghost of her former self. High's intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn't want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie's betrayal, he'll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .


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His Millie. 
His girl. 
The only woman he'd ever loved, the only woman he'd ever love. 
He'd take her tidy, washing out her wineglass at night, getting cats who matched her house. 
And he'd take her like this, cooking shit he probably did not want to eat and getting ticked as all hell doing it in a kitchen that was a disaster. 
He'd take her however she came. 
He'd take anything from her.

Have I mentioned that I love this book? Because I DO.


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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hard Justice by Lori Foster ~ Coming March 21st

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.


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HARD JUSTICE Synopsis:

Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…


   
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About Lori Foster: LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster. You can also sign up for her monthly newsletter at LoriFoster.com/Newsletter.  






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