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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: Resisting the Musician by Ally Blake | Review & Novels/Guitar Pick Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Ally Blake, with a review of her latest novel "Resisting the Musician," which is the 1st book in the Head Over Heels Series!!

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- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 762 KB | Expected Release Date: July 28, 2014 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Indulgence | Obtained: Sizzling PR

"Resisting the Musician" [Head Over Heels Series, Book 1] by Ally Blake

Author's Book Description : A secret. A song. A seductive blonde.

Bridal shoe company owner Lori Hanover is in way over her head. First, her designer sister has fallen head over heels for the rock star fiancĂ© of a client – talk about bad PR! Now her business is falling apart. Lori’s only hope in saving her company is making the world believe it was true love, even if she’s not so sure herself. Her best bet? A song. For this she turns to the most frustrating musical recluse in America, Dash Mills, a man who could pass for Thor’s sexier brother. And even though this former rock superstar agrees to help, it comes at a price...

When Lori agrees to Dash’s terms, he thinks she’s the one in for a challenge. But the more time he spends with this spitfire bombshell, the more tempted he is to play her—in more ways than one. But Dash left behind the rock and roll life for a reason. And seductive as Lori may be, if she drags him back into that world, this time he won’t forgive himself...or her.

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From the outside, the guys in the rock band The Rift seem have it all; hit records, loads of cash, and mad sex appeal.

But one thing none of them has is a good woman to come home to. That is until a song, a recipe, and a camera send the bad boys of rock falling head over heels.


My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! This is a novel full of misconception! As both Dash and Lori are stilling dealing with major issues from their pasts, when they meet they place the misconceptions they have on each other. Yet, as they get to know one another throughout their "music lessons," they work through those misconceptions and loose their hearts to each other in the process.

A very intense novel because of how Dash and Lori are portrayed as being, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked them as characters. Apart they've found lives and passions that they have grown accustomed too, and love. While being together they learn that no matter how much they've achieved thus far in their lives, there was something always missing and until their lives were thrown together, they weren't aware of what or whom they were missing.

However, I will say that at times I found this novel to be a struggle to get through. Yet, I'm not really sure of why it was a struggle just that I felt the dialog dragging here and there.

Nevertheless, I did like how this novel starts out for this series. I know it could have gone in many directions with its serious storylines but I liked how Ms. Blake worked through its intensity and quick twists with a sarcastic humor and spicy romance that was hard to ignore.

I recommend this novel and series to anyone who enjoys intense contemporary romances!!

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Author's Novel Extras : Pinterest: "Resisting the Musician" coming soon... | Resisting the Musician - Overview & Excerpt


Authors' Series Extras : Head Over Heels Series Facebook Page


Book Teaser(s) :
She frowned down at her skirt, flicking frantic fingers at the smears of slobber. “Those dogs of yours are brats.”
“Nah,” he drawled. “They’re adorable. Ask ’em.”
“Jagger and Bowie, though, seriously?” she said, walking backward along the porch in the hopes he’d hurry up.
“You’ve got something against my mates Mick and Dave?” he asked, his long slow strides still catching up quick enough.
“You actually know them?” Okay, so she didn’t get time to listen to music nowadays unless Mack played some song in the car his daughters liked, but come on, the Stones? Paint It Black had practically been her theme song in high school.
“Never met ’em.” His smile started in his eyes and ended in her toes.
Hating the fact that her cheeks warmed at having fallen for his pretense, she said, “Then why not Sonny and Cher? The Captain and Tennille? Kenny and Dolly?”
“The dogs are both male for one thing,” he said, then shut her up with a press of his hands at her waist as he spun her about and gave her a little shove toward the front door, leaving palm-shaped burns through the diaphanous layers of her frilly top when he let her go. ~ within Chapter 3
She pursed her lips and took a long deep breath in and out. Her version of chilling, he expected. While he felt anything but chilled by the glossy pink pout, the light gleaming off the curves of her long legs, the way her dress kept threatening to fall from over the rise of her shoulder.
Little Dash came to the party. “Down boy,” Big Dash muttered.
Lori’s gaze searched for his huskies, who were once again off somewhere else and of no help to him at all.
“Coming?” he asked, voice like he’d taken a hit to the windpipe. ~ within Chapter 4
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Ally, then please check out her website.



Book Excerpt :

His rumpled T-shirt lifted at his belly to reveal a happy trail and the fact that the top two buttons of his jeans had been left undone, as if he’d rolled out of bed, tugged them on, and headed off into the wilderness.
Also leaving her with the pretty sound impression that he wore nothing underneath.
When Callie had mentioned meeting Jake’s illusive reclusive ex-band-mate a few weeks before, Lori had briefly imagined an overweight, overly-tattooed guy who reeked of bourbon and past glory.
Instead, she’d found Thor.



About the Author :

Australian writer Ally Blake is a redhead, a footy fan, a devotee of the language of Aaron Sorkin; she is addicted to stationery and M&Ms and weak in the face of Italians and fire-fighters and a firm believer in love, luck, and fairies. She is also a best-selling author with more than twenty-five fun, flirty romance novels under her belt with over three million copies of her books sold worldwide. For Ally's take on life, writing, and other fancy stuff, head to www.allyblake.com.



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Feasted On: Crown Prince, Pregnant Bride by Kate Hardy

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 256; Kindle Edition - File Size: 299 KB | Expected Release Date: August 1, 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin : Romance | Obtained: NetGalley

"Crown Prince, Pregnant Bride" by Kate Hardy

Authors' Book Description : A royal surprise!

One look into the stranger's dark, mysterious eyes and Indigo Moran knows she's made a mistake in taking his picture. But who does he think he is? A prince? That night Indigo discovers that's exactly who he is: Crown Prince Lorenzo Torelli of Melvante.

To Lorenzo, duty lies with his country—he can't offer Indigo forever. The trouble is...once he's kissed her, one unforgettable night will never be enough. And now Indigo's little secret is about to turn his carefully ordered world upside down!

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!!! Another Cinderella-esque novel shoots for the stars and soars!! Indigo and Lorenzo meet while staying at a mutual friends' house, during their time there they get to know each other, agree to a short "mad" affair together while staying there, and unknowingly fall in love. Yet, because of Indigo's past and a big mistake she made, Indigo doesn't feel worthy of carrying on their relationship after their agree end date. Therefore, Lorenzo sets out to prove that while it wont be easy where Indigo belongs is to be with him. Luckily, fate agrees with Lorenzo too...

Ever since I read the Author's Book Description I have wanted to read it, so I'm lucky that it met my expectations so much that I completed it in one day! The buildup to this novel, about how they get to know one another, I believe was my favorite part because those chapters prove how alike they are while wrapping you into their romance. In truth, the only trouble I had deal with at times was Indigo's stubborn streak.

Nevertheless, I just couldn't get enough of Lorenzo and Indigo together. Their easy banter and common backgrounds were just the icing of why I liked them as a couple. Plus, I feel for Lorenzo too. Who wouldn't wish to have a man fight so hard to prove that you’re thinking wrong, so he would be able to keep you in his life? I definitely would want a man like Lorenzo! =0)

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes contemporary fairy-tale romances!

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Author's Novel Extras : Crown Prince, Pregnant Bride - Overview & Excerpt

Book Teaser(s) :
'Would you sit for me?'
He blinked. 'Sit for you?'
'So I can draw you.'
He'd already worked that out. 'Why?'
She spread her hands. 'Because you look like an angel.'
Heat spread through him. Was this her way of telling him that she was attracted to him? Did she feel the same weird pull that he did? 'An angel?' He knew he was parroting what she said, but he didn't care if he sounded dim. He needed to find out where this was going.
'Or a medieval prince.'
That was rather closer to home. Though he thought her ignorance about his identity was totally genuine. ~ within Chapter 2

For more information on this book and/or any other books by Kate, then please check out her website.

Disappointmentville: Seattle Wolf Pack Series, Book 3

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1125 KB | Expected Release Date: July 28, 2014 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Covet | Obtained: Entangled Publishing

"So I Married a Werewolf" [Seattle Wolf Pack Series, Book 3] by Kristin Miller

Author's Book Description : Carter Griffin, enforcing officer for the Seattle Wolf Pack, has a problem. He's been offered the promotion of his dreams...if he can find a wife to prove he's over his playboy ways. But Carter's already walked the matrimonial road and bought the stinkin' T-shirt. Besides, a werewolf only gets one fated mate. Been there, done that.

All werewolf dog trainer Faith Hamilton wants to do is earn enough green stuff to put her younger brother through college. Okay, okay, so she also totally wants Carter, her sexy next-door neighbor, to look at her as more than a friend. It's too bad size 12 and plain isn't his type. At all.

The two friends strike a deal to help one another out. They must face a variety of challenges from a psycho ex-girlfriend to a Yorkie with a shoe fetish...and that pesky problem of only having one-fated mate in a lifetime. Will a relationship ruin their friendship…or spark a love neither anticipated?

My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. This quirky werewolf romance was so cute I couldn't help but root for Carter & Faith. I thoroughly enjoyed their easy banter, learning about Luminaries, and reading about their love story. It was sweet.

Yet, because of just how sweet it was, it dragged a lot towards the end. In addition, even though I liked how their relationship played out, the intensity of this novel is more hyped then it needs to be, as I kept "waiting for the next shoe to drop" (like Faith getting attacked or something) which never happened. It left me a bit disappointed to see that the ending (while good) wrapped up a bit to perfectly for me.

Therefore, I recommend this novel to those who are fans of this series and/or Ms. Miller.

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Author's Series Extras : Emerging from the writing cave | Early taste of Seattle Wolf Pack #2! | Seattle Wolf Pack #2 has a title! | COVER REVEAL for FOUR WEDDINGS AND A WEREWOLF

Book Teaser(s) :
“I think they dropped off the wrong animal,” he said. “That’s a rat!”
“No, it’s a teacup. They’re supposed to be this small.” Laughing, Faith fought to control the black-and-white ball of fur. “This guy doesn’t seem to want to be held.”
Gently, she set the dog down. It scurried to Carter’s side like its fur was on fire, and latched onto the tip of his boot. It pumped furiously, its petite backside doing an erratic version of the Humpty Dance.
What the hell?” Carter gave the dog a little shake. “Run all the way over here for a quick hump?”
The puppy wouldn’t shake off.
“Looks like he likes you,” Faith said. “Must be those rugged good looks you were talking about.”
“Shut.” Carter wiggled his foot around. “Up.” ~ within Chapter 6

For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Kristin, then please check out her website.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Made the Grade: Women Behind the Badge Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1143 KB | Release Date: July 18, 2014 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Kym Roberts

"Handled By Officer" [Women Behind the Badge Series, Book 1] by Kym Roberts

Author's Book Description : Recruit officer Kiley Gibbons has walked in her twin sister’s shadow her entire life—born two minutes after, she’s five inches shorter with curls gone wild and the exact opposite of her outgoing, athletic sister. But that’s exactly why she’s the one woman who caught Walt Raynham’s eye, and threatens his future in the tactical unit.

Officer Raynham is everything Kiley needs to distract her from the daily grind at the police academy, too bad his drop dead gorgeous body is wearing the uniform of her boss. And when the academy is finally behind her, Kiley must find the strength to walk away from the man she shouldn’t touch.

But when her friend’s death leaves Kiley with two children to raise and a custody battle she just might lose, there’s only one man strong enough to step in and fill the role of her fiancĂ©. Now Kiley’s not sure she wants to resist the temptation Walt causes, and he’s not so sure a family would be such a bad thing. Together, they discover love and an engagement of convenience could be unstoppable force for happily ever-after...until a killer has another idea that may cost them everything they didn’t want.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This novel spans over a period of about three years. It starts out at the academy which is where Kiley and Walt meet, then evolves to how they can deal with their undeniable lust for each other and everything they strive for in their futures too. Yet when tragedy strikes them both and life throws them together for good, will they find that they'll be able to make everything work out for the best or will someone and circumstance come between them?

Through out this novel you can tell that Kiley and Walt are meant for each other. They have an instantaneous connection that is hard for them to resist. While even though their timing is off for a few years fate brings them together in the end.

In truth, I'm surprised at how this novel was laid out. It's not laid out in a bad way, but because of how it's spaced at times I wasn't sure, really, where this novel would lead. Nevertheless, I liked how once they finally come together in the end because once they do it turns into a whorl-wind type of romance for them, while they are in the middle of one major crisis after another.

The only thing that was hard for me to understand was the last chapter. I mean I got the meaning of it by the last few sentences and liked the symbolism, but the way that chapter begins it made me think something completely different which in turn made me a little confused at first.

Overall, though, I really liked this novel and thought it made a good beginning to what seems to be an exciting series.

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysterious contemporary romances!

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Author's Novel Extras : Pinterest: Handled By Officer

Book Teaser(s) :
“Recruit Gibbons?”
“Yes, sir!” Her breath hit his cheeks as she yelled with more force than he’d expected.
Walt denied the smile tugging at his mouth. “This is a private conversation between the two of us. Is that understood?”
“Ye—” Her voice faltered. Her eyes focused, perused his entire face as she tried to decide how to answer his question.
He lowered his voice even further. “I called you forward so that your entire squad couldn’t hear us. Okay?”
She nodded, her expression lost in uncertainty.
“Good.” He tried to remain focused on her eyes, but when she bit her lip with apprehension, he couldn’t help but let his gaze stray to the pink, delicate mouth he wanted to devour.
She cleared her throat and forcefully swallowed, bringing Walt back to the present. “No matter what Sgt. McCain says, do not cut your hair,” he ordered.
“But—”
Walt didn’t let her finish. “It’s a test of your personal strength. Don’t buckle. Is that understood?”
“Yes ... yes, sir,” she stammered as she looked for his lack of sincerity.
Walt made sure all she saw was the serious expression of an officer looking out for her best interest.
“Thank you, sir.” ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Kym, then please check out her website.



About the Author :

Three career paths resonated for Kym during her early childhood: a detective, an investigative reporter, and...a nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny.

In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement—even if she had to duct tape rolls of coins to her waist to meet the weight requirements to be hired.

Kym followed her dream and became a detective that fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband drug her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head.




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blog Tour - Feasted On: Accidentally Married on Purpose by Rachel Harris | Interview, Review, & Novels/Gift Card Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Rachel Harris, who I interviewed about her novel "Accidentally Married on Purpose," which is the 3rd book in her Love & Games Series!!

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My Q&A with Rachel Harris :

Jess : Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Rachel : I’m an author/homeschool mama who gets through each day with Diet Mountain Dew and laughing at myself. Also, I spend a good portion of my day making up random songs like my Ode to a Blueberry Muffin..., which sort of goes back to the laughing at myself part of my story :)

I’m blessed to call myself an author and I have the most incredible support team behind me—my husband is my rock, my parents live next door and offer plenty of babysitting, my street team is the most incredible group of people I’ve ever met, and I’ve befriended the most talented authors I’m grateful to now call friends.

Since I like all the things, I write YA, NA, and Adult fun and flirty romance about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Reading is my addiction, chocolate is right up there, and I adore talking with readers :)

Jess : Please describe your heroine, from "Accidentally Married on Purpose," in one to two sentences.

Rachel : Sherry Robicheaux is a wild child who is addicted to love, romance novels, and fairy tales, yet she’s given up on the HEA when it comes to her own love life. Determined to have one last fling before finding the solution to her heartache—a Mr. Boring and Dependable—she sets off to land herself a roadie...only to wake up hitched to a world famous country artist (oops).

Jess : Which of your characters would you most & least like to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

Rachel : I’d most like to invite Sherry over for dinner because she’s cracked me up since the first book in the series ("Taste the Heat") and kept me giggling in book two ("Seven Day Fiance"). I knew that once she got her turn it’d be a crazy ride. And I was right. What I love most about her, though, is her huge heart, and I think we’d get along great.

Least like to invite to dinner? I’d have to go with the annoying reporter Tammy Paxton who makes life a little complicated for Tyler in "Accidentally Married on Purpose." Though, without her interference, who knows what would’ve happened. Besides, I kind of think she made have some redeeming qualities. (Yup. I’m totally considering making her a future heroine!)

Jess : Is there any differences and/or similarities between Cane from your "Seven Day Fiance" novel and Tyler from your "Accidentally Married on Purpose" novel?

Rachel : The similarities are that they are both musicians, they both come from strong southern families, and they know how to treat a woman. As for differences, I think Tyler’s humor is more self-effacing and fun-loving, whereas Cane is a bit more sarcastic, and where Cane is all tatted-up muscles, Tyler is more tall and lanky. But they both stole my heart while writing. :)

Jess : What sparked the idea for "Accidentally Married on Purpose?"

Rachel : I wrote the synopsis for this book before I’d even written book one, so it was always in the back of my mind. I knew Sherry was the adventurous, put your heart out there, type of girl, and I wanted her to have a story that celebrated that. Also, this series is set in New Orleans, and my goal was always to showcase the unique awesomeness of my hometown. Mardi Gras and the music scene was definitely something I wanted to acknowledge, so what better way to do that than to combine them? Once I had those two elements in mind, the plot pretty much wrote itself, and I was a happy, giggling participant.

Jess : Out of all of the secondary characters within "Accidentally Married on Purpose," do you have one or two favorites so far? If so, who are they and can you tell us why?

Rachel : Definitely Charlie. He’s the number one person who comes up from readers and I’m happy to say that I plan to make him the hero in the first book of the spin-off series! I also really enjoyed writing the publicist, Arianne. Funny thing is, a girl on my street team won the chance to become a walk on character in my next book, and that was Arianne Cruz. While writing the book, I had so much fun with her that I told Arianne she might just become a future heroine, too! She’s pretty excited, as am I :)

Jess : How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?

Rachel : I have written three adult romances and four completed YA novels—I’m about halfway finished my fifth. Whichever book I just wrote is always the one I love the most. I’m still attached to the characters, in their worlds, so it probably comes as no shock that my two favorites are the ones releasing this year: "Accidentally Married on Purpose" (Adult) and "The Fine Art of Pretending" (Young Adult). But honestly? I think that is because the main characters, Sherry and Aly, are both the most like me.

In "Accidentally Married on Purpose," I got to live out my celebrity fantasy (uh, I may or may not have written NKOTB fan fic when I was a kid...), and I threw in my love affair with romance novels. I’m not lying when I said I pretty much smiled the entire time I wrote this book. And in "The Fine Art of Pretending," it was the same thing. The premise is based on a conversation I actually had in high school with my guy friends, and while Aly definitely became her own person, she is based a lot on my own experiences. Only I let my goober side fly a little more freely with her than I did in high school, I let her make some huge mistakes that I’d have rather avoided personally, and she can sing beautifully, whereas I can’t carry a tune in a bucket. :)

Jess : Do you have any other projects in the works? If so, can you share a little of your current work with us?

Rachel : Right now, I’m working on the second book in my new YA series that begins with "The Fine Art of Pretending," which releases this September. It involves rodeo this time, and I’m having a lot of fun with it. After that is my New Adult debut and I’m so excited to jump in to this story!! Then it’s back to another adult contemporary romance :)

Jess : Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Any specific reason why?

Rachel : I love seeing my paperbacks on the shelf, but to read, I honestly prefer ebooks. When I travel, I can bring so many more with me, and since I do the majority of my reading at night, it is a lot easier to read on my iPad and then crash rather than having to get up and turn off the light. But that is just pure laziness talking lol

Jess : If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Rachel : "Mama Brain"

Jess : What cartoon character best represents your personal philosophy?

Rachel : I think I’m a mix of Belle from Beauty and the Beast (books and her love of family) and Winnie the Pooh (silly, loves his friends, and a bit forgetful at times *grin*)

Jess : List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?

Rachel : Susan Mallery’s "Only His," "Full Measures" by Rebecca Yarros, and "All Lined Up" by Cora Carmack



About the Author :

Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!




- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1143 KB | Expected Release Date: July 14, 2014 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Bliss | Obtained: Sizzling PR

"Accidentally Married on Purpose" [Love & Games Series, Book 3] by Rachel Harris

Author's Book Description : One ring plus one wild night equals one crazy love

Sherry Robicheaux loves men. She loves love. And she loves an adventure. So when she meets a mysterious man while working backstage at a country music concert in Vegas, she’s all about what’s happened in Vegas staying there.

Country music superstar Tyler Blue just wants a weekend of anonymity...though there’s something about the spunky waitress with the streaks of purple hair that tempts him like no other. Until the next morning, when they both wake up with fuzzy memories…and rings on their fingers.

Convincing Sherry to maintain the ruse for his public image isn’t the hardest part—it’s reminding himself that their time spent playing husband and wife in her small town of Magnolia Springs can’t last. Tyler’s first love will always be music—and the road is no place for a sweet downhome girl.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Infatuation is the name of the game. Since I am infatuated with this novel, while in it you read about how much Tyler and Sherry are infatuated with each other. They like each other so much that they "help each other" during their month together, in doing so they gain mutual respect for each other and an unyielding friendship. Yet, once their month is over everything is thrown into question, will they follow their desires or stick with their original plans?

I appreciated that this novel has a heroine who yearns for her own HEA. So much so, in fact, that she asks and is willing to have Tyler play it up for her during their month so she'll get to enjoy at least one HEA in her lifetime even if it's fake. It was sweet, especially because Tyler isn't the romantic type, yet was still willing to do it for her.

They make a fun sweet pairing that I was happy to read about. In addition, it was nice that even though this novel is a part of a series, it still is stand-alone enough that you don't feel left out or slowed down by the back-story. Yet, there was some info that was a bit unnecessary to have included, as it was never fleshed out more. But oh wells.

Overall, I recommend this novel to this who enjoys comedic contemporary romances!

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Author's Novel Extras : Pinterest: ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE (Bliss 3) -- Formerly "Crazy in Love" This is Sherry's story!! -- | Accidentally Married on Purpose - Overview & Excerpt | Wanna Help Release ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED ON PURPOSE?? | It’s LIVE!! Accidentally Married on Purpose is Out, Y’all! | Price Drop!! Seven Day Fiance is only 99 cents!


Author's Series Extras : Pinterest: Taste the Heat | Pinterest: Seven Day Fiance | Taste The Heat - Overview & Excerpt | Seven-Day Fiance - Overview & Excerpt | My Writing Process: Blog Tour Fun | Headed to New Orleans! #RT14 & Teaser Fun

Book Teaser(s) :
Sweet Thing,
Did I mention you look HOT today?
Well, you do.
Kick some hostess ass. See you tonight.
Tyler
P.S. Charlie says you’re our good luck charm ;)


Sherry spit the foaming toothpaste into the basin and rinsed her brush. Her eyes kept straying to the row of notes stuck on the mirror. For some reason, she hadn’t removed that first one, and when she awoke the next morning to its twin, she’d decided to leave them both. Now there were three. None of his short messages overstepped any boundaries; they were simple but flirtatious. And adorable as hell. ~ within Chapter 11
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Rachel, then please check out her website.



Book Excerpt :

Waking up face-first on the bathroom floor may not be cause for alarm for everyone, but for Sherry, it ranked right up there. Especially since she knew the second her eyes cracked open that it wasn’t her bathroom.
Fuzzy-edged memories pranced around her brain, just out of reach, as she hooked a hand on the toilet seat and pushed to a sitting position.
The world tilted.
As her stomach heaved, she dove for the porcelain throne, but nothing came up. Nothing other than slightly sharper memories. Ones that told of dancing, magical fountains, way too much alcohol, and some very, very sexy time between the sheets. The images pulsed like an old movie, blanking out too much for her liking, but a flush heated her skin at what she could recall.
Hot damn. She’d been right. A night with a roadie like Tyler would definitely keep her fantasies occupied for years to come. Shame she couldn’t remember more.
Resting her head on the cool surface, she surveyed the fancy digs with half-lidded eyes. It was a hell of a room, particularly on a roadie’s budget. Further proof that either Tyler was in tight with his boss, or Blue wasn’t nearly the egotist she’d pegged him to be. Too bad she hadn’t had a chance to meet him the other night.
“Tyler?” she called out again, wincing at the roughness of her voice. She sounded like an old lady who smoked a bazillion packs a day. Lovely. Grabbing hold of either side of the toilet, she wobbled first to her knees, and then her feet. The mirror was just a few feet away. Time to inspect the damage.
Eyes half closed, she fumbled forward and latched onto the counter to steady herself. Hangovers really didn’t suit her. She turned on the faucet, and as she waited for the plastic cup to fill with water, Sherry raised her eyes to her reflection.
“What the freaking hell?!?”
She was wearing a wedding veil.
A wedding veil was on her head. It was white. It had lace. And it was on her freaking head.
She didn’t have a single stitch of clothing on her body otherwise, but she did have that. “Hubba, hubba, wubba...what?”
She blinked hard, repeatedly, thinking her reflection would change. It didn’t. Cold water ran over her hand, and it didn’t wake her from the bizarre dream. The door behind her started to creak open, and Sherry jumped, snatching a towel off the floor.
When she saw a huge honking diamond on her finger, she ditched the towel and screamed instead.



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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Made the Grade: The House of Trent Series, Book 2.5 & The Donovan Sisters Series, Book 3.5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 476 KB | Expected Release Date: April 1, 2014 | Publisher: Grand Central Publishing : Forever Yours | Obtained: NetGalley

"One Night with an Earl" [The House of Trent Series, Book 2.5 & The Donovan Sisters Series, Book 3.5] by Jennifer Haymore

Authors' Book Description : The Donovan Sisters Series, part of the series

A third erotic novella in the House of Trent series from bestselling author Jennifer Haymore.


Jennifer Haymore introduced sweet, but shy Lady Esme in "The Duchess Hunt," the first novel in her House of Trent Series. But what readers may not know is that proper young Lady Esme has a secret: the youngest sister of the Duke of Trent privately pens erotic stories!

Society would never allow Lady Esme to share her own work, so her friend Jennifer Haymore is here to help by presenting Lady Esme’s third sinfully sexy story.

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Beatrice Reece, Lady Fenwick, has retired from polite society. Everyone knows her late husband treated her abominably, and she simply cannot bear the whispers of the ton. But it's the night of London's premier masquerade ball-and Beatrice's one chance to revel in anonymity. She hopes no one will recognize her beneath her mask, not even the sinfully sexy stranger across the room who holds her captive in his gaze . . .

Andrew Sinclair would know beautiful Beatrice anywhere from the gentle sway of her hips, the richness of her hair, and the lushness of her body. When he asks her to dance, the attraction is instant and all-consuming. The only woman he's ever truly wanted is finally in his arms. But when the clock strikes twelve, will this one reckless night fade into the morning light?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! This was a cute Cinderella-esque historical romance!

Beatrice and Andrew (Drew) are a nice match up, so much so that you wish they could have gotten together sooner.

I recommend this novella to anyone who likes historical romances and/or to those who are a fan of the series’ this novel‘s attached too!

-- On a side note --
I really liked Beatrice's friend Jessica (not only because we share a name), she was just so sweet! =0)

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Author's Novel Extras : One Night with an Earl - Overview & Excerpt | One Night with an Earl (UK)

Author's House of Trent Series Extras : Pinterest: The House of Trent Book 3--The Scoundrel's Seduction | The Devil's Pearl - Overview & Excerpt | The Duchess Hunt - Overview & Excerpt | His for Christmas - Overview & Excerpt | The Rogue's Proposal - Overview & Excerpt | The Scoundrel's Seduction - Overview & Excerpt | The Rogue’s Proposal is out! | Announcement! | Happy New Year | Good News!

Author's Donovan Sisters Series Extras : Confessions of an Improper Bride - Overview & Excerpt | Once Upon a Wicked Night - Overview & Excerpt | Secrets of an Accidental Duchess - Overview & Excerpt | Pleasures of a Tempted Lady - Overview & Excerpt

Book Teaser(s) :
"There is no sense in your actions at all," Madame Lussier interrupted. "You nearly engage in sexual congress in front of six windows and a glass door, and yet the thought of seeking privacy shocks you? That is completely illogical. You know, my dear, it is perfectly acceptable to be carried away once in a while, especially by such a specimen of manhood." Madame Lussier waved at him dismissively. The she leaned forward, looking stern even through the ridiculousness of her mask. "But I must ask you, why would you refuse to go up to one of my rooms? You are clearly attracted to this man. As he is you. You are both consenting adults. Why not indulge in your baser desires for one short night?"
She looked at Beatrice, awaiting a response. Beatrice just stared at her, her lips open in shock. She had no idea how to respond, and Drew couldn't blame her. ~ within Chapter 4
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jennifer, then please check out her website.

Idolizing In: Since You've Been Gone by Anouska Knight

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 320; Kindle Edition - File Size: 453 KB | Expected Release Date: July 29, 2014 | Publisher: Harlequin : HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Since You've Been Gone" by Anouska Knight

Authors' Book Description : How do you learn to love again?

In one tragic moment, Holly Jefferson's life as she knew it changed forever. Now—to the external world, at least—she's finally getting back on her feet, running her bakery, Cake. But inside, she's still going through the motions befitting a twenty-seven-year-old widow.

Then she meets Ciaran Argyll. His privileged and charmed life feels a million miles from her own. However, there's more to Ciaran than the superficial world that surrounds him, and he, too, is wrestling with his own ghosts. Will Holly find the missing ingredient that allows her to live again—and embrace an unknown and unexpected tomorrow?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! WOW ... just, wow. Throughout reading this novel I expected to see it take many different turns, but I never expected to be so enraptured that I'd read through it so quickly and fall in love with it at the same time.

What can I say ....

I was riveted by this moving first person contemporary romance.

I swooned at how Ciaran got to know Holly while proving to her that her love for her husband may not be the only love she has to give. To outsiders they might seem like opposites, but together they force each other to relax and brake out of their comfort zones while enjoying the good things in life.

I could not get enough on this engaging cast of characters! I HIGHLY recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary romances. Especially ones with a comedic flare while dealing with multiple intense settings and themes.

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Author's Novel Extras : Pre-publication jitters... | Parents’ Evening Curveball | ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ is going Stateside!

Book Teaser(s) :
"Holly, what are you wearing, darlin'?" A very sweaty, but dapper-looking Frank had appeared at my side as I'd been thinking of something to say to Mr. Argyll.
"You look beautiful, Hol, ignore him. Frank---shut up, man." Jesse had stopped dancing now, too. Ciaran Argyll hadn't moved. He was just standing there watching me, his approving eyes almost as brown as Jesse's. I looked down at my dress and felt the smile fall from my lips. With a sickening lurch, I realised that I was still wearing my bath towel.
Right on cue, of course, the ice maiden took her place at Ciaran's right arm, just as I started to hyperventilate. "Would you like me to take you to get those waxed?" She smiled sweetly.
A vicious intake of breath and I jolted back to life on my bed. ~ within Chapter 8
The happiness in the room was tangible, as if you could swing a butterfly net around and take some home with you.
Ciaran and I walked through the door and into the corridor together. Today had been a good day. I felt...happy. Full up. I was trying to think of something to say to him when Martha yelled from the other side of the closed door.
"Holly Jefferson! You've got food colouring on my baby!" ~ within Chapter 28
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Anouska, then please check out her website.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Made the Grade: Cowboys & Bride's Series, Book 4

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 352; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1054 KB | Expected Release Date: July 1, 2014 | Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca | Obtained: NetGalley

"How to Marry a Cowboy" [Cowboys & Bride's Series, Book 4] by Carolyn Brown

Authors' Book Description : This cowboy's met his match, and he's gonna put a ring on it

Rancher Mason Harper's two little girls want nothing more than a mama of their own. So when a pretty woman appears on his front porch in a tattered wedding dress, he can't help but wonder if it's fate.

Annie Rose Boudreau is in a downright hellish mess. She's just a few steps ahead of the lowlife ex who's been hot on her heels, but she's tired of running, and nannying Mason's two sweet girls may be just what she needs. As her days on the ranch fly by, and the nights with Mason get hotter, Annie Rose decides that she's going to stay... for a lifetime.

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! It was just soo sweet! I kept waiting for "the next boot to drop" or something major to happen to one of the main characters (Annie Rose & Mason) to add a bit more drama but it never happened, this was just a slow and steady contemporary romance that keeps you entertained the whole way through.

Annie Rose & Mason make a good team and couple. Personally, they are so connected and like the same things, I kept wondering what Mason would have done if he met Annie Rose before he married Holly ... which would he have stuck with? I kept thinking that, mostly because Annie Rose & Mason seem so perfect for each other I just can't imagine Holly & him working together well.

But anyways .... I liked the characters ... all of them. Especially Gabby & Lily, who are funny and rambunctious!

I recommend this novel to those who enjoy cowboy contemporary romances!

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My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Just a Cowboy and His Baby

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Teaser Tuesdays: Just a Cowboy and His Baby | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2013

Book Teaser(s) :
He pulled her into a big hay barn and pointed to the ladder leading up to the loft. "Best way to see a ranch is through the doors in a hayloft," he said.
She planted a foot on the bottom rung and scampered up the ladder, unhindered by the dress length. Coming back down would pose more of a problem and she'd have to be careful not to get tangled up in the flowing material around her ankles.
He followed her. "You do that like you've done it before."
"It ain't my first rodeo or my first hayloft," she said. ~ within Chapter 8
The title on the front of the third booklet said How to Be a Mommy. She sat down in her recliner and smiled as she opened it.
Number 1: First you got to get kids. You can't be a mommy without kids.
Number 2: Twins are the best kind of kids, because only kids like Damian are little shits. Lily said that Mama-Nanny, so if anyone gets in trouble for bad words, it's got to be her.
Number 3: Girl twins are better than boy twins. Two of Damian would make the angels and even God shudder.
Number 4: You got to love the kids to be a good mommy. We think that you love us almost as much as we love you, so you will make a good mommy.
Number 5: A good mommy would never put her girls in a schoolroom where Damian was or where his mommy was a teacher, neither one. We love you, Mama-Nanny. ~ within Chapter 17

For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Carolyn, then please check out her website.

Feasted On: Pleasing the Pirate by Sharon Cullen

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1407 KB | Expected Release Date: February 25, 2014 | Publisher: Random House Publishing : Loveswept | Obtained: NetGalley

"Pleasing the Pirate" by Sharon Cullen

Authors' Book Description : Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with a desire greater than plunder.

With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan.

The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: Bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. And he’s not about to let a tiny, whiskey-eyed woman get in his way, even if she is pointing a gun at him. When Phin learns that Mairi’s brother is the very man he seeks, he’s more than willing to use the lass as bait. But as the moment of capture draws near, Phin is surprised by his feelings for the courageous beauty who has him considering risking his life—for someone besides himself.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. Loosely based on fact this passionate historical romance is one that was hard not to enjoy! From the ravaged highlands comes Mairi, a woman who's life has been ripped apart by circumstance takes it upon herself to protect her way of life by any means necessary. Once Mairi and Phin meet, their worlds collide and everything they presumed about themselves is thrown into question. Yet together these two will be able to accomplish anything. If only they'll be able to keep trusting each other.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! It made me hope that Ms. Cullen writes a novel with Susan & Annabel next!

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes historical romances!

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Authors' Novel Extras : Pleasing the Pirate - Overview | So.......What Now? | COVER REVEAL!! | I’M STILL HERE!

Authors' Series Extras : The Notorious Lady Anne - Overview | Loving the Earl - Overview

Book Teaser(s) :
It seemed she'd stopped breathing. Hell, he'd stopped breathing.
"I wondered," he said.
"You wondered?" She sounded breathless.
"If you had freckles everywhere."
He lightly touched one just at the swell of her breasts, causing her chest to rise on a gasp.
"Yes."
He quirked a brow. "Yes?"
"Yes. They're every...where."
He bit back a groan.
"I hate them."
"I love them." Oh, how he loved them. ~ within Chapter 7
"You're a fool, Mairi mine."
"I know."
"This can come to no good."
The truth of that hit her hard, but she withstood the blow. "I know."
"I don't want you here because of some damn debt or bloody bargain you think you owe me."
"That's not why I'm here." Truth was, she hadn't even thought of their bargain on her way to his room.
"Good." ~ within Chapter 22

For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Sharon, then please check out her website.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Feasted On: Philadelphia Patriots Series, Book 5

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 1607 KB | Expected Release Date: June 29, 2014 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: NetGalley

"Payoff Pitch" [Philadelphia Patriots Series, Book 5] by V. K. Sykes (aka Vanessa Kelly & Randy Sykes)

Authors' Book Description : He’s a billionaire ballplayer...

Noah Cade, pitcher for the Philadelphia Patriots, has big problems. He’s recovering from a serious injury and he’s just been saddled with his sick aunt’s crazy dogs. Then there’s his dad, a wealthy oilman who wants Noah to retire from baseball and step into his shoes as CEO of the family corporation. All Noah wants is to pitch again and help his team win the World Series, but his family keeps dragging him in the opposite direction.

She’s a small town girl...

Teddy Quinn moved to the city to start a dog walking business for rich people, hoping the income will pay for law school and help her fight the oil corporations drilling the county where she grew up. When Noah Cade hires her as a full-time dog sitter for his high-energy pets, it seems like the answer to Teddy’s financial woes. But the boundaries get blurred when she starts falling for her boss, who uses all his formidable charm to lure her into his bed.

When Teddy discovers Noah’s father owns Baron Energy, she’s devastated. How can she work for—or love—a man whose family stands for everything she hates?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! Noah has had it tough lately trying hard to make a comeback from his TJ injury and with his father pushing him to get more involved in the family oil business, the last thing he wants to deal with are his aunts two rambunctious dogs. Yet, because of the dogs Teddy--a professional dog walker, a college student who wants to become a lawyer, and an environmental activist--comes into his life to change it for better. Will they be able to overcome their differences though? Especially when the differences feel insurmountable...

I found this plot to be very slow and steady the whole way through. It wasn’t a bad quality but, at times, it made me wish the pace picked up a bit. Nevertheless, I liked this novel. This novel’s characters are very engaging while the plot deals with some heavy-hitting topics that give the reader something to think about. In addition, I found that Edwina (Teddy) & Noah are opposites in terms of lifestyles but their personalities and spicy attraction are very similar, which makes them really think about each others concerns when something big happens to them throughout this novel.

Overall, I do recommend this novel. I mostly recommend it to those who are fans of the series but also to those who like contemporary sports romances, especially those that deal with a bit of activism too.

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Authors' Novel Extras : Payoff Pitch - Overview | Payoff Pitch - Excerpt | On The Road...With The Jaunty Quills! | Payoff Pitch Blog Tour: Day One!! | Payoff Pitch Now In Stores for Only 99 cents!! | Payoff Pitch Blog Tour Rolls On! | On The Road At The Jaunty Quills!

Authors' Series Extras : Play Hard - Overview | The Philadelphia Patriots 3 book box set - Overview | Hardball - Overview | Bigger Than Beckham - Overview | Curveball - Overview | Payoff Pitch - Overview | Hardball - Excerpt | Bigger Than Beckham - Excerpt | Curveball - Excerpt

Book Teaser(s) :
A pair of two-tone Furrarri 550 kennels sat side by side on the cart. Teddy had just glimpsed two black faces peering expectantly through the bars of the crates when suddenly a huge woof erupted from one of them.
"Ah, that would be Toby," Noah said with a chuckle. "He's always been the mouthy one."
"Well, he's the male---need I say more?" Teddy said sardonically.
Noah rolled his eyes as Teddy looked up at him, unable to resist a little grin. ~ within Chapter 6
"At the rate I'm going, I figure I'll be able to afford journalism school by the approximate age of forty-five."
Teddy could tell the girl was wildly exaggerating her financial woes. But like her, Rachel had sworn not to spend her life digging her way out from under a mountain of student debt. Both of them had witnessed friends succumb to the deadly combination of ruinous debt and the inability to find good-paying work after graduation. Working every day while taking part-time studies was a frustrating necessity, but Teddy had a plan and she was determined to stick to it.
She gave Rachel a wry smile. "I'm aiming for law school by thirty-nine, or bust."
Rachel laughed as she held up her cup in a toast. Teddy reciprocated. ~ within Chapter 7
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by V. K., then please check out her website.
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