Thursday, May 24, 2018

Swoon Thursday ~ 5/24/18


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.


Queen Takes King (Their Vampire Queen, #2)How many Blood will come to the vampire queen's call... and will they be able to protect her from the king?

For the first time in her adult life, Shara has plenty of money thanks to the Isador legacy--and she's not alone. Daire and Rik are devoted lovers, but they know other Blood are coming. Blood who may challenge Rik for the coveted alpha spot at her back.

As her power grows, so does her hunger. But without fangs, she fears she'll never be the queen her Blood expect. More Blood means power struggles and complications, and she has no idea how to keep everyone happy. Worse, her dreams are quickly becoming something to fear.

Moving to establish her permanent nest, she can't stop dreaming of the king. A massive monster. Chained in darkness. Lost to madness. He roars with fury in her dreams, demanding his release.

But is he the key to unraveling her own mysterious past--or the most dangerous threat of all?



Swoon...


I turned to Guillaume, my grim, silent knight. He shocked me by weeping me into a fiery kiss, his tongue twined with mine. He pulled me up against him and then twisted to the side over his arm, like an old fashioned dip. 
"Shit, G," Daire finally said. "You've been holding out on us."

I haven't finished this one yet, but I will say that as of right now G is my favorite of the Blood. <3



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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Three Day Fiancee by Marissa Clarke ~ Review


Helicopter pilot Taylor Blankenship’s time schedule is maxed out. Between his job, his one-hundred and fifty pound slobbering mess of a dog, and his matchmaking grandmother, he has no time for anyone or anything-especially a woman. If only there were a way to get Grams to back down.

The job of New York City dog walker suits Caitlin Ramos perfectly while she preps for her CPA exam—steady, scheduled, and requiring very little human interaction; a huge seller since she’s still on the mend from a toxic relationship. Men suck. Especially her bossy hot client with the Saint Bernard that thinks it’s a lap dog. No way will she go for his plan to pretend they’re engaged to get his grandmother off his case. Down, boy.

Offered a bargain she can’t refuse, Caitlin finds herself playing the part of fiancée to Taylor. Fortunately, it’s only for three days. All she has to do is fake a relationship with Mr. Bossy Pants in front of his entire family, survive a fierce game of truth or dare with an unscrupulous pair of octogenarians, endure a one-on-one round of Twister with Taylor, and not lose her heart to a guy who turns out to be a lot more than she’d bargained for.










I love, LOVE  pretending stories!  It's my very favorite trope.  So when I saw this one, I had grabby hands to get it!

This book added a couple more things I really enjoy in a book, laughter and a dog.  Beau may be a Saint Bernard but he believes he's a lap dog.  And he believes in slobbery kisses.  I loved him.  And, of course, he loves Caitlin.  She's one the few that can handle him.  Must be love. 

Poor Caitlin.  She's having the worst morning as she tries to get to Beau's apartment for his morning walk.  Of course, when she arrives to find his owner chasing him around the apartment in nothing but a bath towel, things look up.  Hehe.  

While it doesn't really seem like it could happen, that's what I loved about it.  I loved the pure fiction of it.  The sudden attraction with steamy chemistry that just won't be denied.  I loved the forced kiss in front of his family.  I loved the silly Grandma that loves to play games, including truth or dare.  I loved the happy at the end.  It's a big part of why I read.  To get lost in another's story, one that's better than what I've got going on at the moment.  And this story does that.

Fast.  I read this in an evening.  Didn't want to put it down and I was giggling all the way through it.

Fun.  The silliness was adorable and endearing. 

Sexy.  These two are combustible.

Pick this one up to enjoy an evening!






                                             

Waiting On Wednesday ~ 5/23/18


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!


Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice, and his attraction to her, but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?



Coming July 31st from Avon Books

Why?  That cover drew my attention at first, that's for sure.  But the blurb sealed the deal.  Waiting.



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, May 22, 2018

Stuck In Books Featured Releases & Giveaway




From Balzer + Bray...


Frankie Brooks knows what she wants in life: to become the world’s next great fashion editor. All she needs to do is get into the elite American Fashion Academy in New York City. If she gets in, her life plans will be going right on schedule. Anna Wintour, watch out.

But after Frankie messes up one too many times—hey, it’s hard keeping up with classwork and an acclaimed fashion blog—her parents come up with entirely different plans for her future: Military school. How is Frankie, the least athletic person in the world, who knows absolutely nothing about the military, going to survive a whole semester at the famed—and feared—Academy?

With students who seem to be totally uninterested in her, a course-load that’s even more difficult than at her old school, and the weird athletic War Games competition Frankie has to join—her life is way harder than it used to be. And no one, including her roommate Joni, seems to understand Frankie at all.

As she learns how to cope in about a million drills, a hundred different specialized classes, and is maybe even falling for super-hot and super-smart cadet Jack Wattson, can Frankie prove to everyone that being a fashionista doesn’t mean she can’t succeed?





From Author Laura Kaye...


Loving her is the biggest fight of his life…

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.

Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he’s become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it’s everything Kristina never dared hope for.

But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he’s finally ready to fight for everything.













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The Start of Something Good by Jennifer Probst ~ Teaser Reveal

Today we are sharing a teaser reveal for THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD by Jennifer Probst. This book kicks off a brand new series, Stay, and it releases on June 5th. Check out the pre-order links below to reserve your copy now.

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THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD (Stay, #1) by Jennifer Probst

Releasing June 5



Synopsis:

  An enriching story of family ties, broken hearts, and second chances from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst. When Ethan Bishop returns to the Hudson Valley, his body and spirit are a little worse for wear. As a former Special Forces paratrooper, he saw his fair share of conflict, and he came home with wounds, inside and out. At his sisters’ B & B and farm, he can keep all his pain at a safe distance. But quiet time isn’t easy when a fiery woman explodes into his life… It’s business—not pleasure—that brings Manhattan PR agent Mia Thrush reluctantly to the farm. Tightly wound and quick tempered, Mia clashes immediately with the brooding Ethan. Everything about him is irritating—from his lean muscles and piercing blue eyes to his scent of sweat and musk. But as the summer unfolds and temperatures rise, Ethan and Mia discover how much they have in common: their guarded histories, an uncontrollable desire, and a passion for the future that could heal two broken hearts. But will their pasts threaten their fragile chance at a brand-new future?

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:



  Jennifer Probst - Bio: Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again. She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

CONTACT LINKS:

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Teaser Tuesday ~ 5/22/18

This is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.



To participate you:
* Grab your current read
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
(Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



He can’t outrun himself…

Legionnaire Jamie Armstrong lives in the shadows. A medic haunted by his mistakes, he knows better than to hope for redemption. But his latest mission brings a threat he doesn’t see coming—an attraction as irresistible as it is dangerous. Hacker Samira Desta is a woman he swore to forget, but as a key witness to a deadly conspiracy, Samira is his to protect.

But the woman he rescues might be the one who saves him

After a year in hiding, Samira’s worst fears come true when her cover is blown and the unlikeliest of allies comes to her aid—the secretive Scot with whom she shared one unforgettable night. Hunted by lethal forces and losing the battle against their desire, Jamie and Samira make a desperate play to take the fight to their enemy—but those at greatest risk of ruin may be themselves…



Coming May 29th from Harlequin Books

Teaser...

"...It's not password-protected, then?"
"Looks like a swipe pattern," she said, pulling off a glove.  "Which is only effective if you wipe the screen after each use."  She flicked a fingertip in a Z shape and the screen lip up.  "You see?"
On, he did see.  Nothing sexier than a smart brain.  And the longer she used it for techie stuff, the less time for awkward after-the-morning-after conversations.  With luck, they'd get through the next few hours with no chance to even reference their...liaison.  Just so long as he didn't go kissing her again. (Page 92-93 of the ARC)

Awkward much?  Hehe.




Queen Takes King (Their Vampire Queen, #2)How many Blood will come to the vampire queen's call... and will they be able to protect her from the king?

For the first time in her adult life, Shara has plenty of money thanks to the Isador legacy--and she's not alone. Daire and Rik are devoted lovers, but they know other Blood are coming. Blood who may challenge Rik for the coveted alpha spot at her back.

As her power grows, so does her hunger. But without fangs, she fears she'll never be the queen her Blood expect. More Blood means power struggles and complications, and she has no idea how to keep everyone happy. Worse, her dreams are quickly becoming something to fear.

Moving to establish her permanent nest, she can't stop dreaming of the king. A massive monster. Chained in darkness. Lost to madness. He roars with fury in her dreams, demanding his release.

But is he the key to unraveling her own mysterious past--or the most dangerous threat of all?


Teaser...


"I had an accident with the knife." 
"On your neck?" I tried to keep my tone light and teasing, but his blood called me. My hands started to tremble, my pulse jumping frantically, like I was an addict going through the shakes.

"Guillaume helped."

I spent my Monday reading the first book in this series, Queen Takes Knights, and enjoyed the premise a whole lot -- so much that I had to dive right into this one. So far, I'm a fan of this one too. Maybe even more than book 1? Too soon to tell but it's great so far!!


Those are our teasers for this week! What do you think? Do you have a teaser to share? Leave us a comment and link us up!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Lead Me Home by A. L. Jackson ~ Review

 


Fourteen years ago, my life changed forever.

My sister disappeared. That day I was selfish. That day I chose myself over her. And that day, I lost everything.

Including Nikki Walters.

She's the girl I’ve loved my whole life. She’s gorgeous. Caring. Every single thing I’ve ever wanted but denied myself. She was my sister’s best friend, and I destroyed any chance of keeping her.

When her safety is threatened, I have a second chance to do the right thing. But as soon as she moves in, I want her in all the wrong ways.

All it takes is a brush of her hand, and I’m losing all control.

The fire between us is only burning hotter.

But neither of us saw what was coming.

And it just might be Nikki Walters who destroys me in the end.










I love Rex from Show Me the Way.  Love him hard.  Adore Kale from Follow Me Back.  He's perfection.  But the one I wondered about the most was Oliver, Ollie.  He's a broken man and I wasn't sure how he could get a happy.  But leave it to this author to craft him the best story of the lot.

You see Ollie can't forgive himself for a mistake he made when he was seventeen.  But it's wasn't his fault, what happened.  He just doesn't get that.  And he's sentenced himself to a life without Nikki.  He doesn't deserve her after what he did.  He thinks.  The thing is...well this says it best.

"Those mistakes weren't malicious.  They weren't cruel or intended to hurt.  They were mistakes me made as we tried to figure out who we were."

And the mistakes were innocent mistakes.  Ones that left deep scares that the whole group has lived with.  But Ollie the most.  And Ollie's been the hardest on himself.  But the truth is that Ollie is the best guy ever.  He cares deeply.  He protects.  He helps.  He's kind.  He's fierce.  And of course, he's sexy.  

This story unfolds as Ollie tries to resist Nikki and Nikki tries to protect her heart.  But no matter how much Ollie refuses to have Nikki as his girl, he will still protect her.  And she needs protecting.  As a series of events put her at risk, it's Ollie that insists she stay with him.  That does make the resisting thing hard. 

Lots of secrets and some twists make this story a bit of a suspense as you try to figure out what happened fourteen years ago and what's happening now.  I really enjoy something to go along with my romance so this was so very welcome.  And the author does a good job of weaving the tale.

And I so cheered for Ollie and Nikki.  They both deserve to have their happy and they deserve for it to be together.  They deserve the truth.  And one person deserves what they got.  Yeah, nothing more on that front.  

It's a great read that will have your emotions running wild and you heart helping you flip the pages faster.  Don't miss Ollie's story.