Saturday, May 26, 2018

A Stuck in Books Giveaway




All We Have Left

A haunting and heart-wrenching story of two girls, two time periods, and the one event that changed their lives—and the world—forever.

Now:
Sixteen-year-old Jesse is used to living with the echoes of the past. Her older brother died in the September 11th attacks, and her dad has filled their home with anger and grief. When Jesse gets caught up with the wrong crowd, one momentary hate-fueled decision turns her life upside down. The only way to make amends is to face the past, starting Jesse on a journey that will reveal the truth about how her brother died.

Then:
In 2001, sixteen-year-old Alia is proud to be Muslim... it's being a teenager that she finds difficult. After being grounded for a stupid mistake, Alia is determined to show her parents that that they must respect her choices. She'll start by confronting her father at his office in downtown Manhattan, putting Alia in danger she never could have imagined. When the planes collide into the Twin Towers Alia is trapped inside one of the buildings. In the final hours she meets a boy who will change everything for her as the flames rage around them . . .

Interweaving stories past and present, full of heartbreak and hope, two girls come of age in an instant, learning that both hate and love have the power to reverberate into the future and beyond.


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Friday, May 25, 2018

Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Excerpt & Giveaway

Title: Dirty Exes
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Skyscape
Series: Liars, Inc., Book #1




Summary


Blaire has never quite gotten over Jessie Beckett, the ex–NFL star whose kisses were hot enough to ignite the entire Eastern Seaboard. When he chose work over her, Blaire was left brokenhearted. Why else would she have married a skeezy two-timer, just to divorce him less than a year later?


Now Blaire is getting even by becoming one half of Dirty Exes, a PI firm fully committed to humiliating cheating jerks. If only the new jerk she’s been hired to uncover wasn’t Jessie Beckett himself.


Exposing Jessie isn’t going to be easy, especially when she still daydreams about his sexy smile. Further complicating matters is Colin, Jessie’s best friend. He’s gorgeous, a little bit cunning, and willing to help Blaire get the inside scoop on Jessie—for a price.
Now caught between two men—one totally right and the other totally wrong—Blaire will need to decide just how much she’s willing to risk…and whom she’s willing to risk it for.






Available June 5th from Skyscape





Exclusive Excerpt:  Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

Jessie tilted his head. “You still with me?”

I felt my face flame red. “Yeah, sorry, stressful day at work and yeah, no need to bore you with the details. It was nice seeing you.” I jutted out the least sweaty of my two hands.

He took it, his grip was strong. Confident. I wondered if his lips would still feel hot against my tongue, if his hands still knew how to grip a woman’s hips like he was ready to snap and claim her against the nearest wall. I jerked back my hand.

“You look good.” He sucked in his bottom lip, and I followed the motion with my eyes like I’d never seen a mouth before. With a smile he added, “Really good.”

I perked up. He was just being nice—after all, I’d had way better days—but it still felt nice to get a compliment, and maybe he didn’t notice the hair and leggings. Was that seriously where I was at emotionally? An ex-flame I was half in love with says I look nice and suddenly the sun is shining and my heart starts hammering like he just dropped to his knees and begged me bear his children.

Righttt…

No wonder he didn’t invite me to go with him all of those years ago.

“…it would be nice to catch up.”

I blinked dumbly. I didn’t hear what he said.

“Yeah.” I smiled brightly. “That would be nice.”

“So”—his smile reached his eyes, making them crinkle as he rocked back on his heels—“am I going to have to beg for your number, or are you going to give it to me?”

I darted my gaze to his left hand out of habit. The last thing I wanted was to be a homewrecker, and in my line of work it was shocking how often married men hit on single, unsuspecting women.

No ring. Thank God.

In fact there was no mention of a relationship on the talk show last night either.

I wracked my brain to try to remember if he discussed a significant other. I spent the last year shutting out all social media except ones related to Dirty Exes. I didn’t even have a Facebook account with my real name. I figured the less I knew about my exes the better off I’d be. The last thing I needed was to hop on Facebook and see Jason in Mexico having the time of his life with his new cookie, or Jessie making out with some gorgeous model on a yacht.

“How do you want it?” Because that didn’t sound like a sexual innuendo. I was severely out of practice.

His eyes widened, as a rough exhale escaped between his teeth. “I’d say the normal way, you can either type it in with your … fingers…”—he tilted his head—“or I can memorize it.”

My eyebrows shot up. “That good of a memory, huh?”

“Black,” he whispered.

“What?”

“Your shirt.” He took a step forward. “On our first date, you were wearing a black T-shirt, black boots and jeans, and you had a stripe of purple through your hair.” He tugged a lock of my hair that had fallen from my bun and was resting against my cheek. I sucked in a breath. “I remember the important things.”

Good, because I was having a really hard time even remembering my birthday let alone my phone number.

Miracles do happen, however, because before I realized what I was doing, I was firing off my number, much to his amusement, if the wide smile on that gorgeous mouth was any indication.

Jessie tapped his temple. “Got it.”

“You sure?” I teased. “That’s a lot of digits.”

“Should I be concerned you just gave me the number to a pizza place?”

I laughed. A real laugh. It sounded so foreign I almost stopped. God, had it really been that long since I’d laughed with someone of the opposite sex? “Guess you’ll just have to find out.”

“Guess I will.”

He checked his watch, his lips thinned into a tight line. “I’m sorry, I’ve gotta run, but I’ll talk to you soon, alright?”

I nodded because I had a feeling if I actually said yes it would come out all breathy and needy.

I was still staring at him two blocks away.

Finally, he turned a corner.

And I was breathing normally again.

Good, because for a minute there I had a feeling I was going to have to stop by quick care and grab an inhaler.

Jessie-induced asthma: it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it was a real thing. The man was … impressive.

And nice.

He’d always been so nice. Opening doors, checking in when he was going to be late. The perfect man.

I mentally slapped myself.

Yeah, I needed that.

Stay strong.

And don’t get your hopes up that he wants anything other than a quick coffee date where he tells you all about his perfect celebrity life.



About the Author

Rachel Van Dyken is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and #1 New York Times bestselling author known for regency romances, contemporary romances, and her love of coffee and Swedish fish. Rachel’s also recently inked a deal for her Wingmen Inc. series—The Matchmaker’s Playbook and The Matchmaker’s Replacement—to be made into movies.

A fan of The Bachelor and the Seattle Seahawks (not necessarily in that order), Rachel lives in Idaho with her husband, a super cute toddler son who keeps her on her toes, and two boxers. Make sure you check out her site, www.RachelVanDykenauthor.com, and follow her on Twitter (@RachVD).

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Order of Protection by Lexi Blake ~ Pre-Order Available & Excerpt

 Order of Protection

A Courting Justice Novel
By Lexi Blake
Coming June 5, 2018





To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She’s soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She’s actually Taylor Winston-Hughes—born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.

When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win’s charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry.

Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can’t reject the case. This case could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he’s not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together.

As the case takes a wild turn and Win's entire life is upended, she must look to the people she's closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry must decide between making his case and saving the woman he loves…







Now available for pre-order!

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      If Henry gave her a minute, they would be back to polite. He wouldn’t find out if she could want him in an honest way. “Win, I’m an alcoholic. I’m divorced, and it wasn’t some thoughtful conscious uncoupling. It was nasty and ugly. I’m a lawyer who doesn’t give a shit if his clients are guilty or not as long as they have the money to pay me. I have gotten off people who probably went back out into the world to do terrible things, and I’ll probably do it again because I believe in this system. It’s imperfect, but it’s better than anything else. And I’m too old for you.”

She snorted, an oddly amusing sound. “I’m not some shrinking virgin. I’m twenty-nine, and I’ve been around the block a couple of times and with some men I wish I hadn’t ever gotten into the car with. How old are you? Forty?”
He winced. “Thirty-seven.”
Her lips curled up, and it was worth the blow to his ego. “Well, you don’t look a day over forty, and that’s a pretty nice age for a man. You think you don’t deserve such a young, hot chick?”
Thank god she was teasing him again. He’d hated the way her shoulders had slumped when she’d thought he’d rejected her. But still, he had to be honest. If he was going to do this, she would get the new Henry. “I think I could hurt a woman like you if I’m not careful.”
“Then be careful with me, Henry Garrison,” she said, moving closer to him. “And I’m a big girl. I can make my own decisions and live with them. I would like to spend the night with you. It doesn’t have to last beyond tomorrow. I’m not asking to be your girlfriend. I’m asking you to help me get through the night, to help me get that nightmare out of my head, so I can feel safe for the first time in months. It’s been a long time since I felt safe.”
That he could do. She moved in close, right between his legs, and he reached up and cupped her face, holding her still as he looked into her eyes. So much fucking innocence. He didn’t care what she’d been through. She was way too young for him, but she’d said yes and he wasn’t a saint. Not even close. “Be sure. I might want more than one night. I’m here for a few weeks. I could use this. I could use some time with you.”
It wouldn’t work long-term. When he finished up and got back to the city, he wouldn’t have time to spend with her, and she deserved that. He would be knee-deep in the sewer again. It wasn’t a place he would take her, but he could be what she needed here.
“I could use some time with you,” she replied. “You’re right about a few things. I haven’t ever been around a man like you. The men I’ve been with have been boys who cared more about their images than they did about pleasing me. I think it might be different with you. I know you’re trying to scare me off with all that ‘I screwed up my life’ stuff, but I get that. You can’t make me run, or I would run away from myself. Tell me if you can make me forget about everything except what you’re doing to my body because tonight that’s all I want.”
Oh, he could do that. He might not be able to feed her soul, but he could work her body all fucking night long.






NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

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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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