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Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Feasted On: Phoenix Rising Series, Book 1

Format: Paperback | Pages: 342 | Release Date: February 28, 2012 | Publisher: Brava Books | Obtained: Cynthia Eden's Twitter Giveaway

"Fever" [Phoenix Rising Series, Book 1] by Joan Swan

My Book Summary : A case of mistaken identity couldn't come at the worst time for Alyssa, especially when it causes her to be taken hostage by a prisoner, Teague, in the middle of his abdomen ultrasound. Now she's on the run, not willingly (especially at first), with Teague and involved in his floundering plan on gaining his freedom while getting custody of his daughter back. Throughout the experience, Alyssa will find out how much and what she's willing to handle, along with finding out that not everything in life is really, what it seems.

Teague has been in prison for a crime he didn't commit. After three years, his plan to escape has finally here and his hostage (who's also his leverage in getting his daughter back) isn't anything like he thought she would be. She's strong, bullheaded, and very determined in everything she does. Throughout the "hostage" situation, they go through a lot together. Therefore, not long after he finds out who Alyssa really is, they get on friendlier terms with each other.

In addition, Alyssa decides that she needs to help Teague become a free man, just more legally then he had planned. In doing so their lives take massive turns, they both have to decide what they most want in their lives, and what they are willing to do (and/or give up) to make those dreams come true.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! This riveting and enticing novel will keep you on your toes while wishing for the romance relationship between the main characters and Teague's main goals to all work out for the best. I could not believe some of the twists that happened in this book, but it has government conspiracy out the wazoo! The characters in this novel are very dynamic, diverse, sizzling and soo much more!

However, I will say at the beginning of the novel (like Taz and sometimes Teague) I was annoyed with how Alyssa handled herself or some of the reactions she had to her situation. Yet even as I say that, it really appealed to be that she was portrayed as such a strong heroine. Alyssa never backed down from anything that came at her throughout this whole book, which was very admiring.

Than the only other thing, that I wish could have been more developed was the things Tara did. Are they going to prosecute her? Was it really an accident? Did the warehouse fire make her do some of the things she did, like Suzanna?

I hope that my unanswered questions will be answered in the second novel in this series, "Blaze," or at least in some book down the line. Since in my opinion I don't think it was an accident. Nevertheless, until the author tells us ... who really knows the truth? =0/

Anyway ....

All in all, I REALLY liked this novel and I have high hopes for this series! I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read contemporary romance novels with a slight paranormal feel to it.

I hope you'll like it as much as I did!!

Book Teaser(s) :
"Shhh." Creek silenced her with a wave of his hand.
"The San Quentin inmates subdued guards and reportedly escaped the facility with a woman whose identity remains undisclosed. It is unclear at this time whether that woman was a hostage of an accomplice."
"Accomplice?" Alyssa sat straight up and swung her legs over the side of the bed. "You've got to be kidding me. Why would they . . . ? How could they . . . ?" ~ within Chapter 8
"You don't strike me as a random cruising kind of guy," Alyssa said. "Why are we here?"
"What kind of guy do I strike you as after our whole fifty-six hours together?"
"Like a guy who has secrets."
"That's not news, not is it?"
He turned into the parking lot, his attention scanning each row as he drove. ~ within Chapter 13
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Joan, then please check out her website.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Somebody to Love

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Somebody to Love" by Kristan Higgins
    Expected Publication Released Date: April 24, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father’s wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she’s not thrilled...even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

      Having to fend for herself for the first time in her life, Parker signs on as a florist’s assistant and starts to find out who she really is. Maybe James isn’t the glib lawyer she always thought he was. And maybe the house isn’t the only thing that needs a little TLC...

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Just One of the Guys | The Next Best Thing | All I Ever Wanted | Until There Was You

    Sunday, March 25, 2012

    Feasted On: An Accidental Birthright by Maisey Yates

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 322 KB | Release Date: April 2011 | Publisher: Harlequin Presents | Obtained: Amazon.com / Carrie Ann Ryan's Giveaway

    "An Accidental Birthright" by Maisey Yates

    My Book Summary : Alison has always wanted to be a mother. Over the years, she has planned her life so she could get pregnant and become the best possible mother there could be. However, never in her plans did she ever want a husband or plan on having a father for her child, assuming she could be enough for the baby.

    Now she is currently pregnant with her first child, and it should be the happiest time in her life. And it was, up until the clinic she went to called to tell her that they mixed up the samples that she chose with another person’s accidentally. Therefore, Alison has a big problem on her hands. She chose her donor specifically because as she is a non-affected carrier of Cystic Fibrosis, she wanted to have a father who didn't have that genetic flaw so there wasn't the possibility that her child could get the disease like her sister had. With those thoughts in mind, she goes to find the father of her child so she can be certain everything will be okay and finds out the shock of her life ...

    ... the father of her child, Maximo (Max), is the Prince of Turan and her baby will be a royal heir!!

    Where for Max, after recently dealing with a devastating loss of his wife a few years ago, this is an unexpected second chance at the child he was working for before his wife died. There is no way he is willing to let Alison go. Therefore, the only conclusion is for them to get married! The big question is can they make it work, especially since neither planned on marrying anyone anytime soon...

    My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This novel is the perfect complement to anyone looking for an easy read that will entice you enough to wish you were Alison!! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, from how unique the plot was to the budding romance and deep respect that you read from Max & Alison!! They were just the type of couple that held your attention enough to wish there was more to the story!! And that was my only problem with this story .... I could not get enough of it! =0)

    I recommend it to anyone who's a romantic at heart!

    - On a side note -
    I really hope that doctor of Max's got fired, since she was a real bitch! Plus, I am really curious as to what happened between Alison and her new in-laws. Mostly I want to know how their relationship is now as it was really rocky throughout the book. =0/

    Check out Maisey's answers to my above side note!!

    Author's Novel Extras : Behind the Scenes of An Accidental Birthright | Maximo's Trading Card

    Book Teaser(s) :
    It wasn't a demanding kiss. It was a slow seduction of her body, her mind, her senses. She'd never been kissed like this, with this level of skill and sensuality.
    She'd kissed men before. Mostly back in college when she'd bothered with the pretense of casual dating. But never had a kiss made her feel so hollow, so desirous for more, as if she was in need of something only this man possessed. ~ within Chapter 3
    "I promised I wouldn't force you, Alison, but I didn't say I wouldn't seduce you."
    Her stomach flipped, and as her nausea was starting to fade already there was no way she could place the blame on her pregnancy. "Well, that isn't...it's not...you won't be able to."
    He leaned in, his lips just a breath away from hers. "What did I tell you about issuing challenges?"
    "I..." She couldn't tear her eyes away from his mouth, couldn't stop herself from leaning in just slightly... ~ within Chapter 7
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Maisey, then please check out her website.

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Made the Grade: Million-Dollar Love-Child by Sarah Morgan

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 168 KB | Release Date: November 2006 | Publisher: Harlequin Presents | Obtained: Amazon.com / Carrie Ann Ryan's Giveaway

    "Million-Dollar Love-Child" by Sarah Morgan

    My Book Summary : Kimberley has had to deal with some struggles in her past but having to go to Luciano (Luc) for help is one of the biggest struggles she has ever had to deal with, yet. When she meets with Luc she has to inform him of their son, whom she's there because of the danger he recently came into. However, things get even more complicated when Luc tells her he flat out doesn't believe her and thinks she just another gold digger. Nevertheless, after Kimberley tells him she's willing to do anything to get the money she's asking for. Luc is finally willing to make an offer, her in his bed for as long as he wants, and with no other choice, she agrees. What will happen once their passion ignites again? Will they be able to walk away from each other like they plan or will their lives change for the better?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Wow! Luc is the most possessive, arrogant, and domineering hero that I have ever read about thus far from all the books I've read. I'm not completely sure if that's a good thing or not. However, he does have a few redeemable qualities that are shown to you within the last few chapters of this novel.

    I did enjoy reading about the sexual tension between the main characters. Since that is the main thing that you read about between this couple. However, this novel does have a decent plot and I didn't completely except some of the twists that were thrown at me which made me very intrigued as to what the ending would hold.

    Check out this novel ... you might be as surprised as I was.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Christmas Marriage Rescue | The Midwife's Christmas Miracle

    Book Teaser(s) :
    She agreed to this.
    For the sum of five million dollars and to protect her child, she'd agreed to it and she just wanted to get the next two weeks over with as quickly as possible and get home.
    She wanted to be with her son. She missed him dreadfully.
    And she was afraid. Desperately afraid that she might turn back into the helpless, needy woman Luc had seduced all those years before. ~ within Chapter 5
    'Because tonight I'm more interested in your mind than your body. We're going to talk, meu amorzinho, and I'm going to find out everything there is to know about you.'
    That soft mouth, the same mouth that had taken him to paradise and back, curved into a wry smile. 'And what about you, Luc? Are you going to talk too? Or am I going to be the one doing all the giving? Perhaps I want to know everything there is to know about you too.'
    Luc gave a brief frown but recovered himself in time. If she wanted him to talk too, then he could do that. ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Sarah, then please check out her website.

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Idolizing In: The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club by J. C. Isabella

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 423 KB | Release Date: 2012 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon.com / Carrie Ann Ryan's Giveaway

    "The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club" by J. C. Isabella

    My Book Summary : When Chloe was a little girl she had a crush on Zack, and with a few friends of hers who also liked Zack, they created 'The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club.' They would spy on him and follow him around. Somehow the girls' activities were done with Zack none the wiser. However, when Zack was a young man he would pull pranks on Chloe, and when Chloe was in fifth grade it was the last straw for her when he stole the pink streamers off her bike. Therefore, she vowed that she hated him from that point on and had nothing to do with the club. Yet when Chloe left the club her friend, Lana, took it over.

    Now as a freshman in college, Lana has taken the club from high school to college and Chloe thinks it's high time to put an end to it. Especially since some of the things the girls in the club want to know is really an evasion of privacy. Another reason Chloe wants it to stop is because recently her mother decided to marry Zack's father so they'll be living together soon which will be hard enough without having the fear that he'll find out about the club any moment to worry about.

    Even though Chloe and Zack both go to the same college, during spring break they finally have to deal with each other on a permanent basis since they help there parents move into their new house. Soon they find that they have more in common with each other then they ever thought, and become friends or at least they try to be for their parents' sake. Then they find out that their might be more behind their dislike for each other then they originally thought, more like they don't really dislike each other at all. They really like one another. However, with the new family relationships between them and the "hidden" club Chloe has to deal with, how can any romantic relationship between them ever work out for the best?

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! I LOVED the characters in this novel!!! Chloe and Zack are quite a pair about keeping false fronts about their feelings to each other for everyone else while their true feelings are quite different!! Plus, I loved the fact that they went, pretty much, their whole lives in love with each other and only now taping into those feelings. *sigh* It is a fun story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading!! From them finding out the truth of one another, to getting used to their new living arrangements, to dealing with their new jealousies and old secrets .... I just could not get enough to this book or this pair!!

    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys young romances in the YA genre!! Especially ones that deal with old crushes, quirky friends, and guys that want to play games in more ways then one.

    Author's Novel Extras : Buy Your Own 'The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club' Pin | The Unofficial Zack Warren Interview (it has spoilers)

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    “Is it just me, or do things here seem a bit, uh, bizarre?” Chloe asked as I stopped the van to let a man and his goat cross. He was walking him on a leash like a dog, and he was the only sign of life. I didn’t see anyone else around.
    “I was thinking more along the lines of the Twilight Zone.” I slid closer to her, keeping my foot firmly on the break. She glanced up, curious. I pushed down the lock on her door, and then resumed my position at the wheel with a good amount of space between us, but I left my arm draped behind her on the seat.
    “Why did you do that?”
    “It seemed like a good idea.” I laughed, maybe a little nervously at her questioning look. I hoped my actions weren’t so obvious.
    “Am I hallucinating?” She pointed out the front window. ~ within Chapter 6
    “Mind if I join you?”
    “It’s your social life at stake if you do.”
    “Nah, Lana can’t touch me. I made her queen, remember that.” He dug into a sub from the cafeteria, hunching over the grass so nothing landed on his crisp baseball uniform.
    “Why are you so dressed up?”
    “Lost a bet. Have to wear this for the next three days.” He sucked down half a coke before speaking again. “Listen, this thing with you and Lana, it creeps me out.”
    I froze. “What thing?”
    “Dude, I’m not in the dark anymore.”
    “I’m not sure if I follow.”
    “The club, Baker. I know.”
    I’m so dead. “Excuse me, but, oh shit.” ~ within Chapter 17
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by J. C., then please check out her website.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Blog Tour - Feasted On: Omegas In Love by Annie Nicholas | Interview, Review, & Giveaway

    Today I'm turning my blog over to Annie Nicholas, who I interviewed about her latest novel "Omegas In Love," which is the 4th book in The Vanguards Series!!

    ALSO -- Be sure to comment on this post to be able to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from March 19 - 30, 2012]

    My Q&A with Annie Nicholas :

    Jess : Why did you choose to pursue this career path?

    Annie : In all honesty, I think this career chose me. I’ve always loved to read. Where most children were told to stop watching TV and play outside, I was told to put down the book. LOL It never occurred to me to try writing until a few years ago. I was ill, house bound, and bored to death with nothing left to read so I entertained myself with a my own story.

    Jess : What books did you enjoy reading while growing up?

    Annie : I loved the Narnia series and was so excited when they came out in movies. (Probably more than my kids)

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

    Annie : The least would be Tane, a Nosferatu vampire, from my Angler series. I would probably end up being dinner. LOL

    But I would love to be invited to Pia’s parents' house for dinner. She is my succubus from Confessions of a Succubus series due to be released in fall. Her family is outrageous and Pia is playful and so much fun.

    Jess : If you had to describe Katrina & Tyler (from "Omegas In Love") in one word, what would it be?

    Annie : Devoted.

    Jess : What sparked the idea for your Vanguards Series?

    Annie : A long-ass drive to Canada and my home town, where I grew up a nerd, inspired this series. All the books I’d read were about alpha shifters, confident and dominant. What if I’d been placed in a pack? What happens to weaker shifters? My omegas were born. Sometimes a woman just needs to root for the underdog.

    Jess : Which usually comes first for you, the character(s) story or the idea for the novel?

    Annie : The character makes the story. Each person reacts differently in a situation so once I know who I’m writing about I start tossing conflicts at them and see how they react. This is where the stories begin.

    Jess : In regards to your most recent novel, "Omegas In Love," if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

    Annie : Not a thing.

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

    Annie : I have seven books published. Two novels in The Angler series and four novellas with The Vanguards, then a stand alone novella titled "Irresistible."

    My favorite book is "Catch" because its action packed, I made sure you could never guess what will happen next, and it all tied in well together.

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

    Annie : I’m in the process of editing the next Vanguards novella, "The Sigma," releasing August 2012. And also will begin edits on a new series titled "Confessions of a Succubus," the first novel releasing this fall. Very exciting stuff. There are a few super secret projects I’m working on as well for this year.

    About the Author :

    Annie Nicholas hibernates in the rural, green mountains of Vermont, where she dreams of different worlds, heroes, and heroines. When spring arrives the stories pour from her, in hopes to share them with the masses one day.

    Mother, daughter, wife are some of the hats she happily wears while trudging after her cubs through the hills and dales. The four seasons an inspiration and muse.

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 182 KB | Expected Release Date: March 19, 2012 | Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc. | Obtained: Goddess Fish Promotions

    "Omegas In Love" [The Vanguards Series, Book 4] by Annie Nicholas

    My Book Summary : Tyler & Katrina have been together for just over a year and since things are going so well, Tyler plans to pop the question soon. However, on the day he plans to do so Katrina's past, and her previous pack from China, comes back to haunt them and kidnap her. She left that pack years ago because of the abuse that was going on, and doesn't want to go back. Yet when she tries to escape, she finds that she can't seem to reach her wolf. Scared of her previous Alpha and lost as to what to do, Katrina has to wait it out in hopes that Tyler will be able to rescue her.

    Tyler knew Katrina had a bad past and pack, but he never really knew the details until now. In addition, even though he isn't one of the fighters in his pack, he is determined to bring Katrina back to him. But can he do so before it's too late and at what cost to himself or his pack?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! This is a quick read that is action-packed with HOT sex scenes, pack support, werewolf fights (some clever and some brutal), treachery! This book threw me for a loop with how many storylines it had in it while being a short story and being oh-so-good!! I LOVED IT!! Along with the characters, that I always enjoyed and liked getting brief updates about!

    My only problem was I wish it were longer. Not because the plot needed it, but just because I didn't want the book to end!!

    I recommend this to anyone who has read the previous stories in the Vanguards Series and/or to anyone who likes reading action-packed (in more ways than one) paranormal romances!!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 2

    Author's Series Extras : Daedalus' Trading Card | Eric's Trading Card | Robert's Trading Card | Tyler's Trading Card

    Book Teaser(s) :
    “I can’t stay here. I’m going with you.” The doors opened and they rode to the lobby.
    Eric leaned against the wall, his head hung low and his shoulders bent. “There’s going to be fighting.”
    “I know.” He couldn’t meet his gaze. The sting of the comment too sharp on his battered soul. Over the past two years, Eric had matured from super geek to ultra alpha. Tyler gazed down at his own slight frame. Nothing had changed. Why did Katrina want him?
    “You haven’t trained much, Tyler. I don’t want to rescue the girls and lose you in the process. Let me, Robert, and Esther go.”
    All those chances to learn to fight and he’d blown them off, always thinking that there’d be other options besides violence. Now, all he wanted to do was tear Chen’s head off with his bare hands. ~ within Chapter 4
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Annie, then please check out her website.

    Book Excerpt :

    Katrina attempted to transform into her wolf-beast form as Chen’s guard dragged her through the panicked human crowd. Her beast didn’t respond. Sharp claws of fear tore into her heart. What was wrong?
    Her beast used to cower like this in the past when faced with Chen, but they’d grown so much since escaping to America. It only took one moment in her old alpha’s presence and they’d lost all they had gained. No, please no, she needed to connect with her beast and fight.
    She looked at her true mate a last time as he stood in his red tinged magnificent form against Chen and his pack mates. Their gazes met and she reached for him, hoping one day he might forgive her secrets.
    If only the past would have remained buried. No one knew of her life in China--she wanted the depravity forgotten. Her best friend, Sugar, had once told her to build a wall around the haunting memories, and she had. Now, Chen, her worst nightmare, showed up here, halfway around the world.
    What did an alpha of a large shifter clan want with the lowest of daughters of her birth pack? She’d been nothing but garbage to him. There must be other females with the same pure shifter blood as her. Chen could mate and torture one of them. What made her so special?
    She struggled in the guard’s arms, twisting and turning until she sank her flat, human teeth into his neck.
    With a cry, he pulled her off by yanking on her long hair, then slapped her across the face hard enough to rattle her thoughts. Such hits had been common in her youth but it had been years since anyone had laid an unkind hand on her. Limp, she wasn’t difficult for him to carry and take away from Chinatown. The place where she’d met a misfit pack of omega shifters. The place she’d felt most at home. The place where Tyler had kissed her for the first time.

    Giveaways!! :
    • A copy of one of the books in her backlist to one commenter at EVERY stop

    • An autographed copy of each of the first three Vanguards books and a $10 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble for one randomly drawn commenter during the tour

    To Enter : Please leave a comment on this post, with a valid email address included at the end of it.

    Soo .... COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT on this post!! And you could WIN!! =0)

    ALSO -- Be sure to follow the tour around the other blog sites! Commenting on the other stops on the tour will also increase your chance of winning!

    Find Annie Nicholas :

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Jacked Up

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Jacked Up" [Fast Track Series, Book 6] by Erin McCarthy
    Expected Publication Released Date: June 5, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      She’s holding tight. He’s hanging loose.

      Eve Monroe is a stock-car PR pro who puts her career first—until an on-track wardrobe malfunction reveals more than the sexy smile of her race-car brother’s jack-man, Nolan Ford. The video’s become an internet sensation, and it’s Eve’s job to calm the sponsors and put a spin on the unexpected exposure. It may be purely a public relations job, but now that Eve’s seen what’s under Nolan’s crew suit, it’s gotten a little personal—and after a few dates she has Nolan pretty revved up. If only she’d learn to relax and enjoy it...

      And they both have the same drive.

      Nolan’s sure that the spontaneous birthday bash he’s throwing for Eve in Las Vegas should loosen her up. It does more than that. Somewhere between cocktails and a smoking-hot motel-room derby, Eve and Nolan wake up hitched, thanks to a post-sex-high detour to a Vegas chapel. A hangover marriage to a virtual stranger isn’t good for anyone’s image, so Eve plans to play the happy wife long enough to satisfy the press, and then quietly part ways. Now all she has to do is convince her new personal jack-man. But Nolan has plans of his own...

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Pregnancy Test | Flat-Out Sexy

    Teaser Tuesdays: The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club

  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

  • "The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club" by J. C. Isabella

    Book Teaser:
    “Each one of you is certifiable.” I glared at them, feeling the blood whooshing in my ears. This can’t be happening! “You’ve managed to keep this club a secret, but what happens if you loose a button?”
    Lana snorted. “We wont.” I tried a different approach. “What if Kyle finds them?”
    She shrugged, examining her purple nails. “I’ll keep them hidden.”
    “Like the club schedule he found?”
    “He didn’t know what it was for!” ~ within Chapter 1

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Disappointmentville: Pregnancy & Passion Series, Book 3

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 193; Kindle Edition - File Size: 431 KB | Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 | Publisher: Harlequin Desire | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Tempted by Her Innocent Kiss" [Pregnancy & Passion Series, Book 3] by Maya Banks

    My Book Summary : Ashley's dreams of being married to her perfect man who adores her goes up in flames when she finds out that he married her because her father told him it was the only way he'd agree to the merger of their businesses. Now at a loss as to what her life has become. Ashley decides she can try changing herself into the woman worthy enough for Devon. If only it didn't hurt too much in doing so ...

    ... But will Devon be able to love the new and approved Ashley or will he miss the woman she use to be??

    My Book Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. The Author's book description gave me high hopes in this book, but it just fell flat for me. I mean, I liked Ashley even if she was a bit scattered and Devon did mean well in his own way, and I do believe that things could have worked out really well between them if Ashley's father didn't make the ultimatum. Nevertheless, the book has a slow start and then once everything was out in the open I just wanted to give up on this book, yet I'm happy I stuck with it because the last two chapters are really well written and wraps up this story nicely.

    So, give this story a try ... you might find you like it more than I did.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Colters' Woman | Colters’ Wife

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "I have something special. It's a surprise."
    "Mmm, what kind of surprise?"
    "Umm, well, it was a gift from my girlfriends. They assured me no man alive would be able to resist me in it."
    "Oh well, remind me to thank them."
    She raised an eyebrow. ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Maya, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

    Feasted On: Shooting Stars by Allison Rushby

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Hardcover - Pages: 265; Paperback - Pages: 265; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1929 KB | Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 | Publisher: Walker Children's Books | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Shooting Stars" by Allison Rushby

    My Book Summary : Jo (also known as Zo Jo) decided to follow her father’s example and become a young paparazzo when she was 13-years-old. Now at 16 years of age it isn't her favorite thing to do but it is a way for her to earn a lot of money that she can save for photography school she'd like to attend. Also, during her time as pap she has honed in her skill using her height and looks to her advantage, which gets her into places that she wouldn't typically be able to get into. Because of her honed skills is the reason why she recently gets a request to go undercover to get shots of Ned Hartnett while he is at a "retreat" location to get help. However, even though the job would pay her enough money to get her into the school she wants, Jo soon finds it’s hard to take pictures of Ned because of how he is so nice to her at the retreat and at a previous time when they met when she was just starting out. In addition, she soon realizes there is more to the retreat situation then she was informed about the question is will the new information change her mind about what she's doing or does she need/want the money too badly?? Especially what will she do when she suddenly starts to have feelings for Ned and things start becoming more personal and less professional between them?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, this is an entertaining, fast-paced, fun, and dynamic novel!! It's about a 16-year-old paparazzo trying not to stay in the biz for her whole life yet she likes the money and a young star has a few issues of his own, but has always been nice to her, getting thrown into a situation that neither was prepared for. I really liked how the author handled the big twists this novel has in it!! I mean when Ned/Jake started getting suspicious about a pap being at the retreat center I pretty much cringed thinking, this novel wasn't going to turn out the way I wanted it too. However, I was satisfyingly surprised!! This novel came together better than I could have imagined!! Plus, it really helps that all of the characters in the book (not including Melissa) have truly redeemable qualities.

    I enjoyed this book and I think you will too! I recommend it to anyone who likes YA romance novels with entertainment themes!

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    It takes around a half hour drive in the minivan to get to the retreat. Brad and I spend most of the time in silence. I'm glad he simply points out landmarks, rather than quizzing me on why I'm headed to the loony bin.
    I gulp when the large black electronic gates click shut behind the minivan and we start down the long driveway that must lead to the retreat itself. Or I'm hoping it does. Either we're headed for the retreat, or I've just joined a cult. ~ within Chapter 4
    "You need to do something before you go insane."
    "Too late," I moan.
    "Seriously," Katrina continues, "I mean it. You need to get out of this room."
    "And do what?" I roll over to look at her."It's almost eight. Scary curfew time. No going out of the doors after that, or the bogeyman will come and get me. Or Brad will come and get me. Not sure what's worse, actually."
    Katrina laughs. "Me, either." ~ within Chapter 11
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Allison, then please check out her website.

    Friday, March 16, 2012

    Blog Tour - Made the Grade: Sixty Acres and a Bride by Regina Jennings | Review & Giveaway

    Today I'm turning my blog over to Regina Jennings, with a review of her debut novel "Sixty Acres and a Bride!!"

    ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from March 6 - 26, 2012 | Giveaway ends on March 26, 2012 | Regina's Facebook Author Chat Party is on March 27, 2012]

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 366; Kindle Edition - File Size: 751 KB | Expected Release Date: February 2012 | Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Obtained: LitFuse Publicity Group

    "Sixty Acres and a Bride" by Regina Jennings

    My Book Summary : After tragedy struck their family, Rosa and her mother-in-law, (now both widows) leave Mexico and move to Texas to live on their family's ranch. However, life in Texas is very different then what Rosa is used to, so she tries her best to fit in by following what her mother-in-law states as the correct etiquette for a woman, and by working her hardest in helping out in any way she can. Nevertheless, when they get into town they find out that they owe quite a lot of back taxes on their ranch and if they don't pay the fees within the next three months then they'll loose it all. Thankfully, they have family around to help them or they would be completely lost.

    One of those family members is Weston, her mother-in-law's nephew, who has had to deal with his own loss and struggles, but still feels responsible for taking care of everyone within his family. Even Rosa. But will their pasts get in the way of the budding friendship/relationship growing between them?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars, this is a sweet historical romance novel! It’s about a woman who is trying to find her place within the new town she lives in while making sure that her mother-in-law and herself are provided for and a man who is struggling with the tragedy from his past while trying to become the man he once was again. I think Rosa and Weston really worked well as a couple. Nonetheless, I LOVED a majority of the secondary characters, especially Uncle George & Aunt Mary with their motley crew of kids, the cowboys that work for Weston, and Eliza & Jake (Weston's sister and brother-in-law)! With that being said, I guess, I could never decide how I felt about Louise (Rosa's mother-in-law) and Molly (someone who has a crush on Weston and befriends Rosa), they were both good characters who seemed to be looking out for themselves mostly. In spite of this, during the time-period that this novel is set in that's how you had to live, by putting yourself first, so I suppose I can understand why they acted the way they did.

    My only problem with this novel was the indecision that Rosa kept having when Weston was involved. I mean I understand her reasoning. However, the way it stretched out and how she didn't believe what he was saying about his own feelings for parts of it, made me a bit mad at her and annoyed with her.

    Other then that though, I really enjoyed this novel and hope their will be another novel that involves some of the secondary characters since I truly loved them!!

    I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys inspirational historical romances!!

    Author's Novel Extras : Sixty Acres and a Bride Press Release | Q & A with Sixty Acres and a Bride Author Regina Jennings | Meet Rosa and Weston (as well as some other scenes/things from the novel)

    Author Book Interview(s) :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Oh yes, Weston told me an amusing story, but I forgot. Where did you meet?" Eliza raised her eyebrows.
    Rosa followed Louise's lead and took a seat. "When I went to help Uncle George and Aunt Mary for the sheep shearing."
    "Oh, you were the one at the sheep shearing!" Eliza's eyes danced with mischief. "I just wish I could have been there. Sounds like you made quite an impression."
    Rosa gasped. He'd told her about the old ewe? ~ within Chapter 10
    "It's not out of boredom I do this. It's out of desperation. I still don't think it's going to be enough. Mr. Bradford has been generous, but we're trying to make up for years of debt in one summer. Unless Louise knows something I don't---"
    "Speak of the devil."
    "What?!" Rosa looked to the gun in alarm. "Who is the devil?"
    "Coming over the crossing. See? It's Aunt Louise and Mr. Bradford." He pointed, glad for the opportunity to distract her. ~ within Chapter 15
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Regina, then please check out her website.

    About the Author :

    Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. Meet Regina here.

    Learn more about Regina by visiting her website, www.reginajennings.com.

    Giveaways!! :

    Celebrate with Regina by entering to win a Kindle Fire and coming to her Author Chat Party on March 27th!

    One fortunate winner will receive :
    • A Brand new Kindle Fire

    • "Sixty Acres and a Bride" by Regina Jennings

    To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends March 26, 2012! Winner will be announced at Regina's Author Chat Facebook Party on March 27th. Regina will be hosting an evening of chat, fun trivia and more! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and some beautiful silver jewelry!

    So grab your copy of "Sixty Acres and a Bride" and join Regina and friends on the evening of March 27th for an evening of fun.

    Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning! Hope to see you on the 27th!

    ALSO -- Be sure to check out LitFuse's other Blog Tour Stops for this novel!!

    Find Regina Jennings :

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Blog Tour - Made the Grade: The Reluctant Marquess by Maggi Andersen | Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway

    Today I'm turning my blog over to Maggi Andersen and she is talking about her favorite historical authors and how they've inspired her!!

    ALSO -- Be sure to comment on this post to be able to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from March 12 - 23, 2012]

    Favorite Historical Romance Writers & How They've Influenced My Writing :

    Hi Jessica, thanks for inviting me to your blog to talk about my favorite historical writers.

    Growing up I read the BrontĂ«’s ("Jane Eyre"), Jane Austen ("Pride and Prejudice") and all my mother’s books written by Georgette Heyer. I also read Victoria Holt for her Gothic romances, Daphne Du Maurier ("Rebecca") and Mary Stewart ("Touch Not The Cat") who was the first of the romantic suspense writers.

    I’d have to say that Heyer was the greatest influence. I immersed myself in the world she created, although I preferred her adventure romances to her comedies of manners.

    Heyer wrote her first novel, "The Black Moth," (a Georgian novel) when she was seventeen, in order to amuse her convalescent brother. It was published in 1921 to instant success and ninety-one years later it has never been out of print. Heyer created the new sub-genre of historical novel – ‘the Regency’ which was all about Society with a capital “S”. During the London Season, the Ton or ‘upper ten thousand’ as they were called, gathered at balls, routs and Almacks dances until they retired to their country estates for the shooting season.

    The mansions, the fashions and graceful interiors set against a backdrop of Georgian society and the Napoleonic Wars are wonderful fodder for a romance. Reading her novels, I learned more about creating good conflict. Heyer’s characters are always opposites. In my Georgian romance, "The Reluctant Marquess" – a marriage of convenience story – Charity is an innocent country girl and Robert the sophisticated man about town.

    Heyer’s character-driven novels are filled with physical tension, but the bedroom door remains firmly closed. In her era she had little choice. Writing now, I can throw open the bedchamber door, and it gives me the opportunity to reveal more about my characters.

    Currently, my favorite authors are Eloisa James, who writes witty prose, Mary Balogh who crafts a fine story, Gaelen Foley who creates compelling characters and Julia Quinn for her great dialogue. There are others, too many to name here.

    About the Author :

    Maggi Andersen is an Australian author. She lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales with her lawyer husband, their cat and the demanding wildlife. Maggi has two degrees, a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. Georgette Heyer, Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart were strong influences on her writing. She began her career when her children left the nest and writes in a variety of genres. Her historical romances are set in the Georgian, Regency and Victorian era.

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 250; Kindle Edition - File Size: 334 KB | Expected Release Date: March 8, 2012 | Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing | Obtained: Goddess Fish Promotions

    "The Reluctant Marquess" by Maggi Andersen

    My Book Summary : After losing her parents in a carriage accident Charity travels to see her godfather, the Marquess of St Malin, whom is now her guardian. Only once she arrives to his country home she is informed that her godfather has passed away recently leaving his title and estate to his nephew, Robert. However, what was stated in her godfather's will was that Robert has to marry Charity to be able to fully inherit everything or it will all be passed onto someone else.

    Even though they find each other attractive, neither wants to marry the other. Charity has been raised around parents who love each other and doesn't want to marry anyone who doesn't love her. Robert is set in his ways, and tells her that if they marry, she can have a Season in London, and then after she produces an heir Charity will stay in one of the country homes. Because of Robert's demands, Charity really doesn't want to marry Robert but since she's broke what choice does she have?

    Therefore, once they marry they move to London and begin their life together. However, keeping to society's standards is harder than it looks and Charity tries to make her way through it all with little help from Robert. Will she succeed? Can she change Robert's feelings for her? Can they make turn their relationship into a loving one? Or will it all be for nothing?

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! This is an entertaining, fast-paced, charming story about two people who are both grieving losses in their families and are dealing with new life choices that they never expected to deal with. I really enjoyed reading about the struggle Charity finds herself in when it comes to conforming to society's standards without completely loosing herself in the process. Then to reading about the relationship between Charity and Robert made me not want to put down this novel!! I was a little worried about having to read about Robert's affairs, at first making me believe they might ruin this story for me, but I was pleasantly surprised with how well the story flows along and how well the affair was written in. Making it not completely an affair at all, especially in comparison to what was going on within the London society of that time.

    I especially enjoyed reading about the personal grow Charity and Robert had. Very well written!!

    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading historical romance novels!! ♥

    Author's Novel Extras : The Ideal Georgian Woman | The Elegance of the Georgian Interior

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    “I’ve come to ask for your help, Lady Charlesworth.”
    The older woman put a pale hand to her throat. “I don’t know that I could be of any help to you, my dear. But I’ll certainly try.”
    “Robert appears troubled. I’m at my wits’ end to understand why.”
    “Troubled?” Tears sparkled in Lady Charlesworth’s blue eyes, which were disturbingly like her son’s. Her obvious distress sent a shaft of guilt through Charity. “It might be because he has lost his uncle of whom he was inordinately fond.” ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Maggi, then please check out her website.

    Book Excerpt :

    “Nefarious dealings go on next door,” Robert commented almost to himself as he and Charity crossed the footpath to the front door.

    Charity’s eyes widened. “What sort of dealings?”

    He felt unsure whether to tell her and wished he hadn’t spoken. “A house of ill-repute,” he finally said.

    “Is that all?”

    He held the door open for her to enter the vestibule, annoyed that she wasn’t impressed or shocked by such a revelation. “They are said to charge barren couples quite a lot of money to assist them in their quest for a child. With the use of special beds.”

    “Oh.” Charity bit her lip. She put her head down and continued walking.

    Bemused, Robert wondered how an innocent comment could stir up a veritable nest of unspoken feelings. “It mainly serves as a brothel offering no end of delights,” he added striding to catch up with her. His somewhat callous remark was an endeavor to guide their conversation in a safer direction. But it only served to make him recall the night of passion they had shared. A glance in Charity’s direction confirmed she was thinking of something similar, for her footsteps had faltered, and her eyelid’s looked heavy as she flicked her bottom lip with her tongue. He suffered a strong urge to draw her into that dark corner and kiss her. He found himself seriously considering it, and far more. Raising her skirts and...

    He took her arm. “Charity?”


    A door opened at the end of the corridor and a servant poked his head out. “Please come in, Lord and Lady St Malin.”

    Robert took off his hat and held it somewhere near his groin. “Shall we go in, my dear?”

    Charity nodded her eyes a little vague.

    Giveaways!! :
    • A $10 Amazon Gift Card to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour

    To Enter : Please leave a comment on this post, with a valid email address included at the end of it.

    Soo .... COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT on this post!! And you could WIN!! =0)

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    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: The Werewolf's Wife

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "The Werewolf's Wife" [A Part of the Beautiful Creatures World] by Michele Hauf
    Expected Publication Released Date: March 20, 2012

    Author's Book Description:
      The legacy he must obey...
      The child she must save...
      The man who threatens to fulfill her every fantasy...
      and break her heart.

      Alpha wolf Ridge Addison left his wife in Las Vegas, vowing to put their one reckless night of passion behind him and return to his pack. Years later he needs a divorce so he can become pack leader. Yet he's never forgotten the sensuous witch whose life he saved...or the knee-buckling kisses he still craves.

      After they parted, Abigail tried banishing Ridge from her memory. Now her heart belongs only to her son. But when the boy is kidnapped, she knows she alone can't save him. Though Abigail's body still aches for Ridge, she's willing to give him his freedom in exchange for his help. But who will shield her heart from the only man she's ever let claim her, body and soul?

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Monsters Don't Do Christmas

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Teaser Tuesdays: The Reluctant Marquess

  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

  • "The Reluctant Marquess" by Maggi Andersen

    Book Teaser:
    “I shall receive an allowance? For gowns, and hats, and things a lady must have.”
    “Exactly,” he said with a smile, obviously quite pleased with himself. “I see we understand each other perfectly. So ... do you agree?”
    What was wrong with this man? Slowly, Charity released a heavy sigh. She could barely contemplate such a thing as this, and yet he acted as though he’d solved all the problems of the world with fashion accessories.
    She had hoped for a small stipend, but marriage! And to a complete stranger. She couldn’t!
    Not for all the gowns and hats on earth. ~ within Chapter 1

    Sunday, March 11, 2012

    Feasted On: Wetherby Brides Series, Book 3

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 398 KB | Release Date: February 2011 | Publisher: Night Shift Publishing | Obtained: Amazon.com

    "The Wary Widow" [Wetherby Brides Series, Book 3] by Jerrica Knight-Catania

    My Book Summary : Even though they don't have a lot in common Lord Andrew is very happy with his beautiful fiancée, Lady Elizabeth, and believes that she is definitely whom he was looking for in a wife. That was until the Season begins and Elizabeth shows up with her latest chaperone, her widowed young cousin, Chloe. Andrew becomes enamored with Chloe almost immediately and finds himself going out of his way to be near her, even though he is engaged to her cousin.

    For Chloe's part, she's just as enamored by Andrew but she is still loath to give up mourning over her husband who passed away over a year ago and not long after they had married. In addition, she knows she would never do anything or would want to do anything to hurt her dear cousin who is her best friend. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop Andrew from trying. Therefore, with the help from his identical twin, Michael, he finds a way to spend time with Chloe without his betrothed none-the-wiser.

    Will his scheme work? Or will all four of them (Andrew, Chloe, Michael, & Elizabeth) get hurt in the process?

    My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This novel proves that no matter what you do, you have to go along with your heart. I LOVED all of the characters in this book, as well as, the plot!!! Andrew was like a sly fox but you couldn't help but root for him and his endeavors. While Chloe was still learning about who she was now since her husband and best friend passed away, not wanting to move on even though she knew she should, and always trying to be everyone else's needs/wants above her own. THEN add in both Chloe and Andrew's families and it seemed there was one hilarity or another to keep you entertained and hoping for more!!

    I recommend this to anyone who enjoys Regency romance novels!! Or to whoever has read the first two novels already in this series!

    Author's Series Extras : Wetherby Family Tree

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "So, do you really think we could pull off this kind of charade? What if she turns me down again?"
    "She only turned you down, I'm sure, when it could mean Elizabeth finding out. She'll never know this way. Elizabeth will simply think it's me that's taken a liking to her cousin."
    "And you will keep her occupied if I wish to spend time with Chloe?"
    "Chloe?" Michael's eyes widened in astonishment. "My God, man, when did you have time to get to be on a first name basis with the woman? Clearly, you don't really need my help." ~ within Chapter 11
    "I wasn't expecting you so early."
    Andrew smiled back, instantly cheered at the sound of her voice. "We don't have roosters in London and for that I am eternally grateful, or else I would never sleep past six again."
    Chloe laughed and then nodded toward the bunch of flowers.
    "Forget-me-nots," he offered as he held them out to her.
    "I know," she smiled. "They are my favorite. However did you know?" ~ within Chapter 18
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jerrica, then please check out her website.

    Saturday, March 10, 2012

    Feasted On: Kiss Me, I'm Irish by Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Shalvis, & Maureen Child

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 505; Kindle Edition - File Size: 785 KB; Audible Audio Edition - Version: Unabridged | Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 | Publisher: HQN Books | Obtained: NetGalley

    "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" by Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Shalvis, & Maureen Child

    "The Sins Of His Past" by Roxanne St. Claire

    Pages: 176

    My Story Summary : After participating in a stupid stunt, Deuce finds himself starting over again and coming back home to Rockingham, Massachusetts. As well as, finding out that the town and people he thought he knew have really changed. However, when he finds out what has happened (or going to be happening) to his family's bar he plans to step in thinking he can take it over before anything else changes. Nevertheless, in doing so he ends up altering Kendra's life all over again...

    My Story Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! I LOVED this couple--Kendra & Deuce--they really knew how to get on each other’s nerves, get the other to laugh/smile, and heat them up too. Plus, the secret that Kendra is keeping was one twist that I never really expected and I really enjoyed reading about how it all worked out!

    Yet, even though this was one, HOT and spicy read that kept me wanting to read more it was sweet/sad enough that it made me get teary eyed too during some parts. ♥

    Story Teaser :
    He'd dressed nicely for their day trip. She'd worn jeans and a sweater---not fully believing he'd follow up on his threats to take her to Fall River. But here he was...looking...
    "You going to stare at me for an hour or are we leaving?"
    Stare. She blinked. "You're imagining things. I'm just wondering what my restaurant supplier will think of you." She made a showing of hunting for her bag. ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Roxanne, then please check out her website.

    "Tangling with Ty" [South Village Singles, Book 2] by Jill Shalvis

    Pages: 161

    My Story Summary : Ty has brought himself up over the years and has turned into a brilliant architect who's currently doing the plans for Nicole's building. Because of his rough-and-tumble upbringings, he now lives and works wherever the drive takes him, meaning he isn't the settling down kind of guy.

    Nicole has been a brainiac all her life, and has no problem proving it. She's also a wonderful ER doctor, who puts more hours in at the hospital then she does at home or socializing with her friends. Over a year ago, Nicole and her girlfriends put in a pact that they were going to be single forever. However, one of her friends, Suzanne, has already broken it and gotten engaged, so now it's only Nicole and Taylor left in the pact.

    When Nicole & Ty meet, sparks instantly start flying and they both push each other's limits as to how far they are willing to go. Will they find that what they have been looking/waiting for all along is each other? Will Ty's wanderlust set in again having him move on without Nicole? Or will Nicole just decide to stick to her pact after all?

    My Story Review : 4 out of 5 stars! All you need is a little love and you'll get it here in this intensely steamy story about two stubborn people needing more out of life then they ask for. Nicole and Ty are sooo good together!! They are a perfect combo of being similar enough to each other to understand one another and be okay with their rough spots, and being different enough that they intrigue each other in a way that cannot be ignored.

    Very creative! I liked this one a lot! And even though it's a part of a series, it's written in a way that you can read it as a standalone novel too!

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Kissing Santa Claus | Time Out

    Story Teaser :
    Before he could attract her attention, she'd kicked off her shoes, then crossed her arms in front of her and whipped off her top.
    She wore a tiger-striped bra---did she have any idea how sexy her secret lingerie fetish was?---and then put her hands to the button on her pants. Oh, boy. "Nicole!" He was barely braced on the studs now, but he leaned over way farther than he should, knowing he had to make her see him or she'd be good and pissed by the time she was naked, and generally he liked his women soft and smiling and mewling with lust when they were naked. ~ within Chapter 6
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jill, then please check out her website.

    "Whatever Reilly Wants..." [Three-Way Wager Series, Book 2] by Maureen Child (aka Ann Carberry, Kathleen Kane, & Sarah Hart)

    Pages: 146

    My Story Summary : Connor and his brothers have been given $10,000 but instead of splitting the money between them they made a winner-takes-all bet, that whoever can make it three months without having sex will either split the money or get it all (depending on who's left standing). After one month passing and one brother out of the contest, Connor seems sure that he can make it. All he needs to do is stay away from all women!

    That doesn't mean he has to avoid his best friend, Emma, though since he's never had any feelings for her before so he shouldn't now .... Right? After Emma finds out about those "no feelings,” she gets so mad that she plans to do everything in her power to prove just how wrong Connor is!

    However, when planning the trap for him she never expected her heart would get involved during the process...

    My Story Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this story is very sweet and playful, about two friends finding out what was truly missing in their lives. I really liked the relationship between Connor and Emma, plus their flirty conversations and steamy sex scenes are hot enough to keep you interested! In addition, reading the banter between Connor and his brothers was funny too!!

    However, I didn't like how the plot flowed from being really good to Emma wanting everything to come to a halt. It was annoying and I wish it were written a little better. Nevertheless, that didn't stop me from liking this story.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Baby Bonanza

    Story Teaser :
    "Hey!" She braced her palms against his lower back, pushed herself up and shouted, "What the hell are you doing?"
    "I'm through wasting time, Em." He slapped his palm against her butt, and when she yelped, he grinned.
    "What are you, a caveman?"
    "Caveman, Marine...you tell me."
    "I will if you'll put me down."
    "Not a chance." ~ within Chapter 7
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Maureen, then please check out her website.

    My Book Review : For the full book I give it 4 out of 5 stars! If you’re looking for a fun novel that has a LOT of HOT Irish men in it then this is the book for you!! Even though one story had a slow point in it, I would still recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read some HOT sex scenes, with good storylines behind it, along with some funny parts!

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Giveaway Winner of My Captor, My Love & My Perfect Man by Leah Matheny

    Menina from All book love

    Congrats Menina!!! You just won paperback copies of "My Captor, My Love" & "My Perfect Man by Leah Matheny!! You should be receiving an email from me soon (please respond within 48 hours*).

    THANK YOU to everyone who participated!! Be sure to check out my current & upcoming blog tour stops that have giveaways of their own!! Here are a few to check out:
    "Beauty for Ashes" by Dorothy Love - Blog Tour & Giveaway will run from March 1 - 18, 2012
    "The Reluctant Marquess" by Maggi Andersen - Blog Tour & Giveaway will run from March 12 - 23, 2012

    Have a good day!!

    Take care, Jess

    * If winner doesn't respond back to the email in 48 hours than the prize will go to another contestant.

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    Blog Tour - Feasted On: Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love | Review & Giveaway

    Today I'm turning my blog over to Dorothy Love, with a review of her latest novel "Beauty for Ashes!!"

    ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from March 1 - 18, 2012 | Giveaway ends on March 20, 2012 | Dorothy's Facebook Author Chat Party is on March 20, 2012]

    - This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 325; Kindle Edition - File Size: 551 KB; Library Binding [Large Print] - Pages: 500 | Expected Release Date: March 2012 | Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Obtained: LitFuse Publicity Group

    "Beauty for Ashes" [A Hickory Ridge Romance, Book 2] by Dorothy Love

    My Book Summary : Ever since Caroline (Carrie) lost her husband during the Civil War she has been starting to think that there is no way she'll get to have what she truly wants in life, a family and a place to call her own. Nevertheless, she knows she doesn't want to just settle for anyone she can get. Even though everyone in Hickory Ridge believes Carrie and Nate (the bookstore owner) are perfect for each other, Carrie still has yet to set a wedding date. She just hopes God will help her make the right choices.

    Griffin (Griff) has always been a restless type of person, never interested in wanting to settle down, that is until recently. When he arrives in Hickory Ridge he doesn't plan on staying long, that is until he helps save Carrie from getting run down by a horse and gets an offer for a job that he can't refuse, and changes his mind to stay for a little while or at least until he can head out west.

    But one thing’s for sure, neither Griff nor Carrie ever expected the instant attraction that blossoms between them. Soon they have the whole town talking. Will they find that what they both have been looking for in life is within their grasp? Or does God have other plans for them both?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars, this is a charming inspirational romance novel!! It’s about the struggle a good majority of people had to deal with during the depression after the Civil War, as well as, a romance between two people who are looking for something of their own. I really loved the main characters in this novel, their easy relationship/friendship to their deep respect for each other really made this novel for me. Everyone else, however, had me loving them one minute and hating them the next. With that being said, though, I really liked the growth that Carrie had with her "new family" and how for the most part they all started working well together.

    I am definitely curious as to how the next book "Every Perfect Gift," which is Sophie's story, will turn out! Especially with the lead up that "Beauty for Ashes" gives about Rosaleen.

    I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading historical romances!!

    Author's Series Extras : Welcome to Hickory Ridge | Rural Life in the 1800′s | Meet Carrie and Griff | Carrie Daly’s Sunday Dinner Rolls | A Leap of Faith: BEAUTY FOR ASHES

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Teaser #1
    She made a tray for Mary and sent Caleb to deliver it.
    In a moment he was back. "Mama says anything made with lard makes her stomach hurt worse."
    "I'm sorry to hear that, but until I can churn some fresh butter, lard is all there is. This place is a disaster."
    "You were supposed to stay and help us. But you ran away."
    Carrie suppressed an angry retort. What good would it do to argue with an eleven-year-old? ~ within Chapter 19
    The fire had won. She screamed Griff's name.
    Caleb began to cry. In the flickering light he looked like an old man, hunched over and defeated. "It's my fault. We were pretendin' to smoke cheroots. Joe didn't mean to do it. He's just a dumb little kid."
    Carrie grabbed his shoulders and shook him. "Didn't you learn anything from the last time? Didn't I tell you both not to play with fire? Now Joe and Griff might be dead."
    Then she saw a dark shape moving through the thick smoke. ~ within Chapter 26
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Dorothy, then please check out her website.

    About the Author :

    Before returning to her writing roots in historical fiction, Dorothy Love published twelve novels for young adults. Her work has garnered numerous honors from the American Library Association, the Friends of American Writers, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library, and many others. The Hickory Ridge Novels mark her Christian fiction debut.

    For more about Dorothy visit her website, www.dorothylovebooks.com or friend her on Facebook.com/DorothyLoveBooks.

    Giveaways!! :

    Dorothy Love's Beauty for Ashes Kindle Fire and a Sapphire Ring Giveaway! Enter Today & RSVP for March 20th Facebook Author Chat Party!

    We're thrilled to announce the fun giveaway Dorothy is hosting! First, she'll be giving away a Kindle Fire (3/1-3/20), then on the evening of the 20th she's inviting everyone to her Facebook Author Page for a fun Author Chat party! Don't miss a minute of the fun!

    One beautiful winner will receive :
    • A Brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi

    • "Beauty for Ashes" by Dorothy Love

    • "Beyond All Measure" by Dorothy Love

    To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends March 20, 2012! Winner will be announced at Dorothy's Facebook Author Chat Party on March 20th. Come for an evening of chat, trivia, and a sneak peek at the next book in Dorothy's Hickory Ridge series - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books and a stunning sapphire ring!

    So grab your copy of "Beauty for Ashes" then join Dorothy and friends on the evening of March 20th for an evening of fun!

    Don't miss Dorothy's delightful giveaway and party. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning! Hope to see you on the 20th!

    ALSO -- Be sure to check out the other LitFuse Blog Tour Stops!!

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