Thursday, July 19, 2018

Perfect Mate & Lone Wolf by Jennifer Ashley ~ Review


Cormac has been moving from one Shiftertown to the next in search of a mate. Now he's in southern Nevada, where a beautiful, unmated bear Shifter greets him...with a shotgun in her hands.

Nell is a hot-tempered mother of two cubs, and she doesn't take kindly to new Shifters showing up in town without her consent - even one with a sexy smile and brilliant blue eyes. But when her sons are endangered and she desperately needs help protecting them, Cormac proves he's worthy of her trust as well as her desire.






Ellison's story

Ellison Rowe, a Lupine Shifter, makes it his goal to protect Maria, once held captive by ferals, from male Shifters looking for mates. He likes Maria's resilience and fire, but she's been broken, and Ellison wants more than anything to heal her. When a new danger threatens Shiftertown's cubs, Maria partners with Ellison to stop a cold-blooded criminal.






Definitely love these novellas in this series.  It's so fun to see some of the secondary characters get their story!

Perfect Mate

Hehe...so this book is adorable.  Okay, yeah, a bear story is going to be fun but I loved this one.  Enter one very strong female bear.  She has two grown cubs but since shifters live much longer than humans, she's still very much mate material.  And she is mate material.  Her mate from years ago is gone.  And that whole part of her history is critical for this story.  And it's sweet.  But, Nell is one angry bear.  

Cormac shows up looking for his mate working on Nell's kitchen without her permission.  Yeah, that didn't go over well at all.  He's looking for Nell.  She's mad.  Yeah, it's got great banter.  But Cormac has his reasons and he's not giving up without a whole lot of fight.

Mixed within this is a danger to this Shiftertown.  Some messes don't stay cleaned up and one has come calling.  It's making things dangerous.  Nothing like dangerous to make shifters protective.

Good story.  Great shifter romance.

Lone Wolf

Poor Ellison.  Every time a sexy female shows up around Shiftertown, he too late to mate claim her.  Always late to the game.  This time, he feels the need to protect the fiery waitress at the Shifter bar from a very rude human.  His timing might be perfect.

Maria was rescued from really horrible shifter down in Mexico a few books back.  She was there against her will and has the emotional scars from it.  Ellison is the perfect shifter to sweet talk her.  Yeah, he may sound like he's from Texas but he's really from Colorado.  But he's taken on all things Texas and has the southern charm down pat.

Maria is more feisty then I expected and I was glad.  I really enjoyed her strong personality.  I loved how she stood up to the dominate shifters and the sweet talking Ellison.  Adorable

Another good story.  More great shifter romance.


                                 

Swoon Thursday ~ 7/19/18


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Light Unfolding: A Reverse Harem Science Fiction Romance (Wings of Artemis,#8)Time may be cruel, and space unforgiving, but their love is forever.

Hurled across time and space, Waverly Sandler lives in unexpected exile on a planet doomed to be destroyed. A nurse and caretaker, she finds herself going through the motions waiting for an inevitable end she cannot change and missing the four parts of her soul she left behind—in the future—whenever. The last thing she expected was salvation in the eleventh hour, or a wild journey through the time warping effects of the black hole, but their reunion is only the next step in an ever spiraling journey.

With Ari, Jackson, Rohan, and Canyon willing to break every rule, they will rely on Waverly to light their path.



Swoon...


"You don't have to be your best self with me. I want all of you, Waverly. Even if you feel like being unreasonable. Even if you bite my head off for no reason. Even if you just want to be left alone. I want all of it. That's real life, right? I get to look in your eyes. I never expected this. I want all of it."

This was such a great ending to Waverly and her guys' story. My heart!


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Naked Truth by Vi Keeland ~ Sneak Peek

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“May I get you something to drink while you wait for the rest of your party?” the waiter asked.
I would normally wait to see what the client did and follow his lead on alcohol. But tonight was not the norm.

I rubbed at my stiff neck. “I’ll take a vodka cranberry, please.”

I hoped it would help calm my nerves and release some of the tension in my jaw before I gave myself a full-blown headache. Taking out my phone, I started to scroll through emails to distract myself while waiting for my drink and dinner companion.

My head whipped up at the sound of Gray’s voice behind me. “Sorry I’m late.”

My heart unexpectedly fluttered, and I fought against the feeling of excitement. “Are you really? Because I get the sense you don’t have any manners after the way you interrupted me a million times today.”

He completely ignored my attitude as he took the seat across from me. “Traffic is a bitch getting downtown at this time. Next time we’ll have dinner at my place.”

“There won’t be a next time.”

Gray’s mouth curved into a smug smile as he snagged my gaze. “Sure there will. There’ll be plenty of next times. And eventually you’ll stop pretending you don’t enjoy my company.”

I hated that my body reacted to him. Right from the very start, we’d had a crazy chemistry between us that was difficult to dull.

I sighed. “What are you doing, Gray? Why did you come to my firm?”

He lifted the cloth napkin in front of him and laid it across his lap. “Isn’t that obvious? I need new legal representation.”

“At my firm? And you’d prefer that representation come from an associate instead of my boss’s boss—the head of our securities division? Or even from Pittman, who would gladly hold your hand and provide you whatever legal advice you need from his fifty-plus years of experience?”

“Loyalty is important to me. I want someone I can trust with my business.”

“And you’ve decided that’s me? An associate with five years experience who just got off probation with the Bar Association for violating attorney-client privilege?”
The waiter arrived with my drink. “Here you go, ma’am.” He turned to Gray. “May I get you something to drink? Or would you like to wait until the last of your party joins you this evening?”

“It’s just the two of us. I’ll have a Macallan, neat, please.”

“Coming right up.” The waiter walked around to the other side of the table and started to remove the third place setting.

I put my hand out, stopping him. “We actually do have another party coming, so you can leave that.”

“Very well.” He nodded.

Gray waited until the waiter was out of earshot. “I didn’t invite anyone else to dinner.”

I sipped my drink and offered a saccharine-sweet fake smile. “I did. Figured an important client like you should have more than one attorney to answer his questions.”

Just as I set down my glass, I saw the other man I was waiting for enter the restaurant. He scanned the room, looking for me, so I held up my hand and waved.

“Perfect timing. There’s Oliver now.”

Gray glanced at the man heading toward us and back to me. Instead of being pissed off, the jerk was amused. “That’s cute. You invited a chaperone because you don’t trust yourself with me.”   


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Sweet Love at Bayside by Addison Cole ~ Release & Giveaway


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Sweet Love at Bayside
Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers #1
Addison Cole
Releasing July 18, 2018


As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the rebellious half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.

Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.




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Sweet Passions at Bayside
Sweet with Heat: Bayside Summers #2
Addison Cole
Releasing July 18, 2018


When Emery Andrews’s best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who’s as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.

After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean’s ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he’ll have to bide his time.

When Emery finds a man in her kitchen the first morning she’s there, Dean doesn’t hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what’s right before her eyes–although that guy she’s got a date with might be a problem.

Sweet with Heat books are the sweet editions of the Love in Bloom steamy romance novels by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. Sweet with Heat books convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.






Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.    



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Waiting On Wednesday ~ 7/18/18


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!


Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not DatingMost men can’t handle Hazel. With the energy of a toddler and the mouth of a sailor, they’re often too timid to recognize her heart of gold. New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Roomies, Beautiful Bastard) tells the story of two people who are definitely not dating, no matter how often they end up in bed together.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them...right?


Releases September 4th, 2018!

Why am I waiting? This sounds like it's going to be fun, and maybe a bit cute? Plus, it's about time I read some Christina Lauren!


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!


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole ~ Happy Release Day & Excerpt



Reminiscent of the beloved novels by Mary Kubica and Jodi Picoult comes a chilling portrayal of a son’s addiction and its harrowing effects on both him and his mother from New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole. SAVING BECK is now available! Check out the excerpt below, and pick up your copy of SAVING BECK today!


 


SAVING BECK Synopsis:

There comes a time when offering your life for your child’s doesn’t work, when you realize that it’ll never be enough.

The cold needle in his warm vein was a welcome comfort to my son at first. But then it became the monster that kept us apart.

Heroin lied, and my son believed. It took him to a world where the last year didn’t happen, to a place where his father was still alive. What Beck didn’t understand was that it couldn’t bring his father back from the dead. It couldn’t take away his pain, not permanently.

You think it can’t happen to you, that your kids, your family, will never be in this situation. I thought that too. But you’re wrong.

Step into our world, and see for yourself. Watch my golden boy become a slave to this raging epidemic. Watch me try and save him.

Drug addiction comes with a price. Trust me, you’re not equipped to pay it.

Don’t miss this heart wrenching, evocative, yet hopeful novel—it will leave you forever changed.

 

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  EXCERPT: “Isn’t that Taps?” I asked finally, and my eyes were wet. I didn’t look up from Angel’s lap. 
“My mom used to sing it to me when I couldn’t sleep. It was the only lullaby she knew,” Angels said, defensively. 
“I’m not attacking your mother,” I told her. 
“I know.” 
“Why did your mother send you away?” I asked, because Angel’s song was so sad, and her voice was so broken. “She must’ve loved you.”
She shrugged and held me tight, her fingers afraid to let go of me. 
“She said I was better off going back to foster care. That should she couldn’t afford to live on her own, and her boyfriend hated me. She said she wanted me to have a shot at life, and she couldn’t give to that to me.”
“I’m sorry.” I patted her back with my free hand. It was a mindless motion and it didn’t help, but I tried.“How long were you in foster care?”
“A while,” she answered. “The state thought I was better taken care of there. I lost my virginity to a foster father. I don’t have a sweet story like yours and Elin’s.” 
Her voice was bitter now and she was so hurt and she was so used. 
I wanted to pick her up and shield her from the world. 
I told her that. 
She laughed, a hard sound. “Too late, King,” she said. 
“It’s never too late,” I argued. 
She was thoughtful now. 
“So why did you leave your home?” she asked. “If it’s never too late. Maybe you should go back?” 
“It’s complicated,” I answered. “I can’t go back.” 
“But why? Your mom is a good mom, right?” 
I paused. “Yeah. She is. But she’s got her own shit going on. There’s a lot to deal with, you know. When someone dies.” 
“Yeah, I bet,” she answered. “But she probably misses you.” 
I shrugged. “It’s hard to say.”
The silence swallowed us up, and we wallowed in it, stretching our legs and swimming in it. 
“I was thinking that when this is done,” and she gestured toward my crown royal bag that held our stash, “that we should give it up.” 
That hit me in the face and I stared at her. 
“Give it up?” 
The idea was ludicrous, because without H, I’d feel everything. I wouldn’t be able to escape and there was nothing I wanted less than to do that. But Angel was nodding and she was serious. 
“I think we should,” she said finally. “Look what it did to my mother. She gave up her own kid. You left a good life behind. For what? For this?” she swept her arm around gesturing to the rickety walls of the warehouse. “We’ve got to make good on ourselves, King.” 
I eyed her. 
“What’s your real name?” I asked, trying to change the subject. She scowled. 
“Don’t do that. This is serious.” 
“So is your name,” I answered. 
“My name is Angel now,” she answered. “And I want us to get clean. We’ll have to do it together so we can help each other. We’ll get each other through it, King.” 
I stared at her hard, and she was so solemn, so determined.
“You can’t be serious,” I said and I was shaky just thinking about it. 
“I am,” she nodded. “You don’t know it because you haven’t seen it, but when I’m sober, I can do anything, King. We could get a little house, and be roommates. Winston can have his own little bed. You can go to college and I’ll get a GED, and we’ll have a life, King. A real life.” 
I thought on that for a second. 
A real life. 
I studied the track marks in my arm, and I knew what I’d have to give up. 
“I don’t know if I can,” I said truthfully. “I don’t know if I’m strong enough.”
“Of course you are,” Angel said firmly. “You just don’t know that right now. But I do, King.” 
“My name isn’t really King,” I told her. She smiled and in this moment, she was pretty, even with her jagged extra-short hair. 
“I know,” she answered. “I’m not stupid. But you’re my King, and I like it that way.” 
“Do you want to know my real name?” I gave her the choice, but she squeezed my hand. 
“No. That was then, and this is now. You’re King and I’m Angel.” 
She fell asleep, so I was left awake alone. 
I held her tight because she was all I had, and her breathing was soft and quick. It was still chilly enough in here to see her breaths in the air, but I kept her warm with my body. 
She’s Angel and I’m King. 
I thought about that. 
Then I thought about a time when I was still Beck. 
I was another person, with the world on a string and all the promises it had to offer sat on my lap. 
Potential was a shiny thing and I’d been full of it then, so much so that I couldn’t see past the bright promises. 
But with those promises came curses. If I hadn’t gone to Notre Dame that day, if we hadn’t stayed so long, then it wouldn’t have been so late when we drove home. Elin wouldn’t have called to check on me, and I wouldn’t have answered. My dad wouldn’t be dead.
My life would still be shiny and bright. 
I would still be at home and my mom would be making me banana pancakes on Saturdays. 
I was sure she’s still making them now for Dev and Annabelle. Thoughts of them hurt my heart and I missed them. I hadn’t allowed that for weeks and weeks, but it was true. 
I missed them. 
Looking down at Angel’s face, I wondered what they’d think of her. 
But I already knew. 
They’d take one look and know she’s an addict too, and I’d be just another disappointment. One of many. 
No matter how much I missed my life, that was then. This was now. 
Angel stirred and moaned a little and I soothed her quietly, my hand on her shoulder. 
“Shhh,” I said into her ear. “It’s going to be all right.” 
“King, promise me we’ll quit,” she said, half asleep. “Promise me.” 
I didn’t want to. I wanted to. I didn’t want to. 
“Okay,” I finally said. “Okay.” 
She smiled and her lips were curved and pink in the night. She was happy now, I realized with a start. 
“Sing to me,” she said. “Make me feel safe.” 
I sang her mother’s lullaby and she closed her eyes to sleep.

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About Courtney Cole: Courtney Cole grew up in rural Kansas and now lives with her husband and kids in Florida, where she writes beneath palm trees and is still in love with the idea of magic and happily-ever-after. She is the author of Saving Beck.
        

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