Sunday, August 18, 2019

Stacking OUR Shelves ~ 8/18/19


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...



Well MetBringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1)



Thanks goes to ...


Berkley
Avon
St. Martin's Press




For Review...


Well MetBringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women, #1)



Won...


King of Fools (The Shadow Game, #2)



Thanks go to...


Berkley
Amanda Foody



Bought...


Quiet Man (Dream Man, #4.5)


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, August 17, 2019

The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata ~ Review

The Best ThingSource: KindleUnlimited.

The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata


Some things are easily forgiven. Other things… not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: she was done.

Done thinking about him.

Done worrying about him.

Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.





Mariana Zapata is one of the few authors that is not only an auto-buy for me, but also an auto-read. The day a book by her is released, I am ALL OVER IT. This was true with The Best Thing. So it's safe to say my expectations were high, along with my anticipation. And while The Best Thing was very good and I did enjoy it...I have to admit that it's not my favorite MZ.

There is a whole heck of a lot to gush about. The biggest for me was the shy, gentle giant of a hero, Jonah. I can't get over how much of a sweetheart he was. Though Lenny's perception of him in the beginning of the book pointed him toward being an asshole, that is the farthest from how he actually is once we get to know him. He's kind and caring and sweet and I am head over heels. He's also a big rugby player who's incredibly shy, so that was cute.

I was also a fan of Lenny. She's strong, independent, and confident. And she's realistic. And fair. And honestly just a really commendable person. I got a kick out of her family, too. They're funny and loyal and I was never bored when they were around.

Well, I wasn't bored in this book at all. In fact, I flew right through reading it in the time I had. Not out of the ordinary for me with a book by Mariana Zapata. Her books tend to be well written to the point where even when things are moving slowly (her slow burns are to die for), I'm still super into the characters and their story. I will say that with The Best Thing, she did something that hasn't happened for me in...gosh, I don't even know how long: She made me cry. I rarely cry reading books, and if I hear a book made people cry I either scoff (because I know it's not going to get ME) or I run (because I fear it might get me and I am not here for that). But this one got me and I'm not even mad that it did. It was so freaking GOOD.

But as I said in the beginning of this review, this isn't my favorite MZ. So now I'll explain the two main reasons why:

1. The second chance aspect of the romance. As a whole, the romance wormed its way into my heart. I adore Jonah and Lenny as a couple. They're so cuuuute. But they were second chance. And as a trope, this one is pretty hard sell for me. Partly because it requires the couple having been together before and breaking up--which means they are apart and with other people in that time and I HATE that. This wasn't an issue with The Best Thing, though, so no worries there. The other part of my dilemma with second chance romances, however, is that it requires the couple to have a history outside of the current story being told. And in order for the current story to be told we either have to have flashbacks to catch us up, or we kind of get thrown in with little memories to give us the lay of the land but not much else. I'm not a fan of either of these options. (The Best Thing went with the latter, if you're curious.) So that took a tad bit away from the story for me.

2. While I was very invested in Lenny and Jonah and Grandpa Gus and Peter and this whole book, I wasn't as into it as I would have liked. I was reading it and enjoying it and my heart was happy, but I wasn't complete and total trash for this book. Which I feel weird criticizing, but there are books I've been like that for. Some MZ books even (Kulti and Wait For It, to drop some names). This one just wasn't. Which doesn't mean it was a bad book, it just was not up there with those favs.

2.5. This is a little aside that didn't quite fit in either of the two categories but I still want to mention: I wasn't entirely sold on the whole missed connection thing Lenny and Jonah had going on. He broke his phone, didn't check his email, whatever. She missed what he tried to contact her. There were explanations for everything, and the characters themselves admit that their excuses are weak, so it's not like this is a huge plot whole of a big deal, but as I said--I wasn't entirely sold.

Overall, The Best Thing isn't quite the perfect read, but it made my heart so happy. The romance was sweet, I adore the love interest, and the family dynamics were so beautiful. I felt so many feels for this book, and I loved it. While not Mariana Zapata's best, it's for sure worth a read!


4 stars - A sweet read that made my heart so happy!


Friday, August 16, 2019

Shayn by Kate Rudolph ~ Teasers & Giveaway


Shayn
Kate Rudolph, Starr Huntress
Publication date: August 13th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Shayn NaZade is looking for answers…
A Detyen father and Oscavian mother have left Shayn wondering whether he and his brothers will be forced to pay the Denya Price. Unamted Detyens die on their thirtieth birthdays, but will that hold true for someone with Oscavian blood? His question brings him to Oscavia where he finds his mate… and a whole lot of trouble.
Naomi’s a psychic, but she didn’t see this one coming…
Orphaned as a child and raised by scientists, Naomi’s mind is opened to all the secrets of the universe. But she can’t see the lies and betrayals standing right in front of her, and when experiments to control her powers take a dark turn she knows she’ll have to run. It’s just her luck that her instincts push her towards a charming blue alien.
A dangerous escape, a daring rescue, and scorching heat send Shayn and Naomi tumbling together as the denya bond ties them ever closer. But when the forces against them get too close, that bond will be tested to the breaking point.
Read Shayn today for fated mates, a heart-melting hero, and adventures that are out of this world!
Shayn is the seventh book in the Mated to the Alien series about a race of aliens doomed to die if they don’t meet their fated mates. The series can be read in any order and there are no cliffhangers!

Author Bio:
Kate Rudolph is an ex-derby girl who lives in Indiana. She loves writing about kick butt heroines and the steamy heroes who love them. She's been devouring romance novels since she was too young to be reading them and had to hide her books so no one would take them away. She couldn't imagine a better job in this world than writing romances and sharing them with her fellow readers.
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Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster ~ Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway


About The Book

Title: Call Her Mine
Author: Melissa Foster
Release Date: August 13, 2019
Series: Harmony Pointe, #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance

Summary

Ben Dalton has always been honest, except where his heart is concerned. He’s been in love with his best friend—saucy, smart-mouthed Aurelia Stark—forever. But Ben’s a planner, and timing has never been on his side. When he finally decides to make his move, Aurelia beats him to the punch with a move of her own—to a different town.

Aurelia loves her new life in the charming town of Harmony Pointe. She has a great apartment and her very own bookstore, and best of all, the sinfully hot, commitment-phobic friend she’s crushed on for years is no longer just around the corner. Maybe she’ll finally be able to leave her unrequited love behind and move on.

But when a baby is left on Ben’s front porch—a baby that is presumably his—Aurelia is there for him. Neither one knows the first thing about babies, but how hard can it be? Ben and Aurelia are catapulted into a world of love, laughter, and tracking down the baby mama, and it might even add up to a very happily ever after… just not one either of them expects.


Author Biography

Melissa Foster is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than eighty books, including The Real Thing and Only for You (from her Sugar Lake series). Melissa and her books have been featured in USA TodayHagerstown magazine, The Patriot, and more. Her novel River of Love has been optioned for film by Passionflix. Melissa also writes sweet romance under the name Addison Cole. When Melissa isn’t writing up a storm, she’s living her own happily ever after with her husband and a gaggle of grown children. For more news, information about her books, and to chat with her, visit Melissa at www.MelissaFoster.com.







Melissa Foster Author Interview

1) ”If a woman can’t find love in the quaint town of Harmony Pointe, it’s sure to find them…” —this is the tagline for your newest series Harmony Pointe. Tell us a bit about the town and these women who are finding love.

I love writing about close-knit small towns, where gossip is ripe, and embarrassing tales of youthful rascals abound. Harmony Pointe is nestled between Sweetwater and Port Hudson, New York, not far from the city. It offers grand views of mountains as far as the eye could see. Cobblestone streets, brick-front eclectic shops, and old-fashioned street lights add to the small town’s charm. Readers who are familiar with my Sugar Lake series will recognize Harmony Pointe as Derek Grant’s hometown.

2) What was the idea that sparked the beginning of the series? 


I have been itching to write Ben Dalton and Aurelia Stark’s story since I first read about them in WILD BOYS AFTER DARK: LOGAN and BAD BOYS AFTER DARK: MICK (Billionaires After Dark series) and THE REAL THING (Sugar Lake series). Harmony Pointe is a Sugar Lake spin-off, and in the Sugar Lake series several of Ben’s siblings find love. It was finally Ben’s turn.

3) For longtime fans, can you tell us what this series has in common with your previous books? How is the series different from what you have written before?


Avid readers of my Love in Bloom series will have met Ben and Aurelia in several previous books and series. Their story is filled with humor and sexy times, and this one wallops the reader with an ugly-cry worthy punch. This family is very female centric, which is different than most of my other series. The exception is the Montgomerys, cousins to the Daltons, in which the males are also outnumbered. #GirlPower (Bradens & Mongtomerys series).

4) Why was it important that Ben and Aurelia launched this series in Call Her Mine?

Ben and Aurelia were too loud for me to ignore! They were finally ready to share.

5) There are friends-to-lovers romances and then there is Ben and Aurelia who are closer-than-close. Seriously, these two just about live in each other’s heads. What takes them so long to realize that they belong together?

Have you ever had a friend who you love so much that you can’t imagine life without them? I have. It instills a certain level of fear—what if you risk that friendship, lay your feelings on the line, and the other person doesn’t feel the same? True friends, the ones who “get” you, who accept you at your worst, bitchiest states, and at your best, are hard to come by. Risking the friendship is terrifying. I think this was the case for Ben and Aurelia—Plus there’s Ben and his damn planning...
That man made me crazy.
I love him so hard!

6) When romance finally (finally!) is in the cards for these two, they have one very tiny situation that turns up—Ben’s previously unknown infant daughter. What was it like to create an insta-family for this pair? 

It was so frigging fun I wish I could do it again! I loved every second of writing this book. I was able to strip Ben and Aurelia down to their most raw selves and emotions, and then watch as they found their new footings together. It was glorious.

7) While it is unfair to ask if you have a favorite hero, we’d love to know what makes Ben so special to you. 

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes—arrogant, funny, introverted, brilliant, average, overly serious, etc. Ben is like the guy you see sitting at the end of a bar in a fine suit and think he’s probably taken, or at the least too refined to be fun. And then he opens his mouth and melts you, or makes you laugh, at every turn. He’s protective, but not in a bullying way. Don’t even get me started with that man holding a tiny baby, falling in love with her page after page. I’ve got goosebumps just thinking about it. 

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Call Her Mine Excerpt

“I’ve got to go.” She tried to pull away, but he dug his fingers into her knotted muscles, releasing tension and drawing a moan from her traitorous lungs.

“Don’t run off,” he coaxed. “I wasn’t kidding. You are my best friend. I trust you with my secrets, and I love who you are.”

Hope bubbled up inside her, and she closed her eyes, glad he couldn’t see her face. Had their time finally come? “Really?”

“Of course,” he said, and she heard the smile in his voice.

That made her feel all sorts of good, and the truth came easily. “I love who you are, too.”

He leaned his chin on her shoulder, his hard chest pressing against her back as he said, “I especially love who you are when you’re making me breakfast.”

“Ugh!” She pushed to her feet, but he snagged her wrist, giving her the puppy-dog eyes she’d never been able to resist. The ones that said, Please don’t leave me. “Ben,” she warned.

Relsy,” he pleaded.

“I am not making you breakfast. I have to go.” She yanked her hand away and said, “And I’m busy for the next few weeks. Actually, for a lifetime, so . . .” She shoved her feet into her red Converse sneakers and grabbed her purse.

“I seriously have to make my own breakfast?” Ben pushed to his feet and stretched, six-plus feet of hotness towering over her five-two frame. “But you make waffles better than I do.”

“I do a lot of things better than you. Don’t forget to call Aiden back.” Aiden was his business partner. He’d called Ben last night while they were watching a movie and Ben had made her laugh, causing tequila to come out of her nose, which had sent him into hysterics and rendered him unable to answer the call.

“That’s right.” He grabbed his phone from the table. “He was supposed to set up a meeting with our legal team.”

“For the hotel chain you’re buying?”

“Yeah. Hey, take my sweatshirt. It’s early. You’ll be cold.”

He pulled his sweatshirt over his head and tossed it to her, revealing a dusting of chest hair over muscular pecs and a treasure trail that disappeared beneath the waist of his low-slung jeans. His sweatshirt hit her in the chest and landed at her feet, reminding her she was staring.

Ben laughed. “Nice catch, Rels. Remind me not to pick you for my baseball team.”

“I don’t want to be on your team. You run the bases too slow,” she mumbled as she picked up his sweatshirt and tugged it over her head, inhaling his masculine scent. “I’m out of here.”

“How about cereal?” he asked with a wink. “I’ll make it.”

“Since when did you become so needy?”

A coy grin slid across his face. “I know that once you’re in my kitchen, there’s no holding back. You won’t let me eat crap when you can make something delicious.”

“Yeah, you should see me in the bedroom.” She felt her eyes bug out. She slammed her mouth closed, unable to believe what she’d said. She stormed through the hallway and out the door, followed by Ben’s laughter—and almost tripped over a basket. She leaned back, holding the door open, and hollered, “I think Willow left you muffins. There’s a basket on your porch.”

“Way to go, Willow,” he said as he strode down the hall. “Let’s see the goods.”

She realized she was staring at his bare chest again and snapped, “I’m taking the biggest muffin,” as if it was his fault he had great pecs and abs she wanted to lick, and bite, and—

Down, girl.

He cocked a grin and said, “Take as many as you’d like, but you’ll pay for them later.”

In my dreams.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Nanny Rules by Melynda Price ~ Excerpt & Giveaway


The Nanny Rules
Melynda Price
Published by: Entangled: Brazen
Publication date: August 12th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance, Sports
Don’t touch the nanny. It’s one rule I’m most certainly going to break.
Since becoming a single father, I have two things that keep me sane—my daughter Lily and playing football for the NFL. But when my meddling sister hires a nanny without my knowledge, I’m not thrilled to come home and find the woman has taken over my house. Our instant attraction is one more complication I don’t need in my life.
But my daughter loves Amelia, and I will do anything for that tiny munchkin. Even if it means walking around with blue balls most of the time. Why does the nanny have to be so sweet—and drop dead gorgeous? She’s driving me crazy. Never in my life have I wanted a woman more.
I just need to make it through this season. I can do that. Hands free, of course. But then there’s that moment, and I know she’s thinking what I’m thinking and, well, yeah. Screw the rules…
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Excerpt

It’s not pain that has my heart pounding, and my nerve endings on fire. He lifts my leg higher, tipping me off balance. My arms shoot out behind me to brace against the cool granite, stretching my top tight across my breasts. His eyes are back on mine, checking to make sure I’m all right, but his pupils dilate when they land on my breasts. It’s the briefest hesitation, and had I blinked, I would have missed it.
“You okay?”
There’s concern in his rough, husky voice as his wandering gaze strays up my leg.
“Just pull it out.”
His eyes dart back to mine, sheepishly checking to see if I noticed his visual slip. I give him a pass because this whole situation is embarrassing enough. Brody Evans is touching my leg. Albeit, to extract glass from my foot, but my hormones aren’t particularly picky on the details. Nor, apparently, did they get the memo about him being my boss, because my pulse is racing, and I’m about to break a— “Ouch!”
I shoot him a scowl but then he holds up the piece of glass. “Sorry. Sometimes it’s better not to know when it’s coming.”




Author Bio:
Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her novels have finaled in and or won many awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers’ Choice, Write Touch, and New England Readers’ Choice.
What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.

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The Year I Left by Christine Brae ~ Spotlight & Giveaway

The Year I Left
by Christine Brae
Vesuvian Books; August 20, 2019
$17.95; 283 pages
ISBN: 978-1-944109-90-5


Carin Frost doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. A confident businesswoman, wife, and mother, she begins to resent everything about her life. Nothing makes sense. Nothing makes her feel. Maybe it’s the recent loss of her mother in a tragic accident. Or maybe she’s just losing her mind.

Enter Matias Torres. As their new business partnership thrives, so does their friendship—and his interest in her. Carin is determined to keep her distance, until a work assignment sends them to Southeast Asia where a storm is brewing on the island. In the midst of the chaos, Matias asks her to do something unimaginable, exhilarating, BOLD. Carin knows the consequences could be dire, but it may be the only way to save herself.

An honest look at love and marriage and the frailties of the human heart, this is a story of a woman’s loss of self and purpose and the journey she takes to find her way back.



Praise For Christine Brae

"A heart-wrenching tale of two people destined to be together.  Simon and Tessa are fantastically portrayed as star-crossed lovers whose lives are worlds apart.  Even those who are not fans of romance will enjoy the relationships, scenery, and beautiful prose of this book.  Five stars!"
--Kristi Elizabeth, San Francisco Book Review

"Eight Goodbyes...is a beautiful story of a woman's quest to open her heart and let love in.  It made me want to travel and fall in love all over again."

--Willow Aster, bestselling author

"Christine Brae gently reminds us that providence will have the last laugh in this sharply written tale of heart versus mind." 
--Tarryn Fisher,
New York Times and  USA Today bestselling author





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Swoon Thursday ~ 8/15/19


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.



They call him the Duke of Ruin.

To an undaunted wallflower, he's just the beast next door.


Wealthy and ruthless, Gabriel Duke clawed his way from the lowliest slums to the pinnacle of high society—and now he wants to get even.

Loyal and passionate, Lady Penelope Campion never met a lost or wounded creature she wouldn’t take into her home and her heart.

When her imposing—and attractive—new neighbor demands she clear out the rescued animals, Penny sets him a challenge. She will part with her precious charges, if he can find them loving homes.

Done, Gabriel says. How hard can it be to find homes for a few kittens?

And a two-legged dog.

And a foul-mouthed parrot.

And a goat, an otter, a hedgehog . . .

Easier said than done, for a cold-blooded bastard who wouldn’t know a loving home from a workhouse. Soon he’s covered in cat hair, knee-deep in adorable, and bewitched by a shyly pretty spinster who defies his every attempt to resist. Now she’s set her mind and heart on saving him.

Not if he ruins her first.

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Swoon...


She closed her eyes and melted against him, flattening her hands on his muscled arms. He brushed his lips to hers in a series of chaste, yet masterful kisses. He swept a hand up her spine and into her hair, where he twisted and gathered the tangled locks in his fist. Then he tugged sharply, tipping her face to his and sending electric sensation over her every nerve. (Kindle location 908 of the ARC)
LOVED this book. Funny and captivating. Just wanted to devour it.





The Best ThingSome things are easily forgiven. Other things… not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: she was done.

Done thinking about him.

Done worrying about him.

Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.



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Swoon...


"I would have been here in a wheelchair if I had known," he claimed, steadily, quietly. "On crutches. On my hands and knees, I would have been here."

I adore Jonah--the shy, gentle giant. 



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