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Monday, October 31, 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Second Sentence Saturday: Merry "Chris" Mas

SECOND SENTENCE SATURDAY is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jess of From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab the novel/novella your currently reading or previously read
  • Open to the first page of Chapter 1 or its Prologue
  • Share the SECOND sentence from that page
  • Share the novel/novella's title & its author, so that other participants can add that novel to their TBR Lists if they want

MY Second Sentence Saturday :

"Merry "Chris" Mas" [The Love Play Matchmaking Service Series, Book 1] by Clare Dargin - [Amazon Book Link]

Warm air filled with a mixture of scented candles and acrid hair dye greeted his nose.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Sweet Southern Bad Boy by Michele Summers | Spreading the Word & Halloween Weekend Novel Giveaway

Check out Michele Summers' "Sweet Southern Bad Boy," which is the THIRD novel in her Harmony Homecomings Series!!

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"Sweet Southern Bad Boy"
[Harmony Homecomings Series, Book 3] by Michele Summers

Author's Book Description :
    Katie McKnight loves her job. Not really. But Katie works for her dad and this job means everything to him. Which is why she's scouting for the perfect house to film a mini-series…and that house happens to be in Harmony, NC. Now if only Katie can convince the grouchy, disheveled but totally hunky owner his home is perfect for the next teen craze, she’ll be in business.

    Bestselling author, Vance Kerner has lost his mind along with his loafers and the notes to his next novel, under all the dirty dishes in his kitchen. Since babysitting his brother’s three kids, one dog and a cat, Vance hasn’t found a moments peace. So when California Katie knocks on his door, Vance doesn’t stop to ask questions. He simply yanks her inside and puts her in charge.

    Katie agrees to babysit, if Vance allows her film crew access to his property. Vance agrees to Katie’s terms (sort of) because he'll agree to anything for the time and peace he needs to write. Almost.

    But having Katie underfoot is anything but peaceful. And Vance is finding less and less time to write and more and more time to watch Katie weave a lovely spell on all the Kerners...especially him.

    Can these two opposites find a common ground and the love they both deserve?

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About the Author :

Michele Summers writes smart romances with spunky heroines, witty heroes and wacky characters, along with a satisfying happily ever after. She’s won numerous awards for her writing, and Sweet Southern Bad Boy, her third book in the Harmony Homecomings series, will be releasing this December.

When not writing, Michele loves her career as an interior designer and works with clients in NC and Miami where she lived for over 20 years. These days she stays busy herding her two active teenagers and practicing her "quiet cheer” while watching their heart attack-inducing tennis matches.

Presently she resides in NC where she grew up with her family, but still misses sunny South Florida, swaying palm trees and wearing open-toed shoes…everyday!

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Not So New In Town

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Second Sentence Saturday: Not So New In Town | Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2016

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Made the Grade: Dragon Falls Series, Book 1 & Dragon Septs Series, Book 11

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 330; Kindle Edition - File Size: 2347 KB; Audible – Unabridged | Expected Release Date: July 28, 2015 | Publisher: Grand Central Publishing : Forever | Obtained: NetGalley

"Dragon Fall" [Dragon Falls Series, Book 1] & [Dragon Septs Series, Book 11] by Katie MacAlister (aka Katie Maxwell)

Author's Book Description : The first book in New York Times bestselling author Katie MacAlister’s sexy, steamy Dragon Falls series.


For Aoife Dakar, seeing is believing-and she’s seen some extraordinary things. It’s too bad no one else believes that she witnessed a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair. Returning to the scene for proof, Aoife encounters a wise-cracking demon dog-and a gloriously naked man who can shift into a dragon and kiss like a god. Now thrust into a fantastical world that’s both exhilarating and terrifying, Aoife is about to learn just how hot a dragon’s fire burns.


Kostya has no time for a human woman with endless questions, no matter how gorgeous or tempting she is. He must break the curse that has splintered the dragon clans before more of his kind die. But his powerful attraction to Aoife runs much deeper than the physical-and there may be more to her than even his sharp dragon eyes can see. To survive the coming battle for the fate of his race, he needs a mate of true heart and soul…

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, two years ago Aoife witnessed her date (the same one who had just "given" her a "magical ring") get slayed and than reincarnated ... which in turn sent her into an insane asylum. Now officially out as being "cured," she goes back to the fair where her life changed just too ultimately get thrown back into the "magical" world again. While knowing that she was never insane in the first place is great, dealing with talking demon dog, a brooding dragon shifter, and ending a dragon war might be more than she's able to handle...

Though it wasn't quite what I expected, I found this standalone series romance novel to be one hilarious dramedy that seemed never-ending. Constant action from one moment to the next with only one slow moment at the beginning. It was a very enticing read.

Ultimately, Jim made this novel. Yet Aoife's sass, pizzazz, unvulgar commentary, and how she charmed Kostya is what entertained me the most. Aoife and Kostya are one fated pair that seemed to be resistant of the match in the beginning. But it was because of their resistance that made you want to root for their relationship even more, especially since fate is never wrong. πŸ˜† πŸ˜‚

I recommend this novel to those who are fans of Ms. MacAlister, fans of the Aisling Grey Series, and/or those looking for a unique paranormal shifter romance.

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Amazon (Kindle) USD : You Slay Me (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Fire Me Up (Book 2) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Light My Fire (Book 3) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Holy Smokes (Book 4) | Amazon (Audible) USD : Death's Excellent Vacation (Book 4.5) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Playing With Fire (Book 5) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Up In Smoke (Book 6) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Me and My Shadow (Book 7) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Love in the Time of Dragons (Book 8) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons (Book 9) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Sparks Fly (Book 10) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Dragon Storm (Book 12) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : Dragon Soul (Book 13)

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Dragon Fall (Dragon Fall Series #1)
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Dragon Fall (Dragon Fall Series #1)
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Author's Novel Extras : Dragon Fall (Book 1) - Overview & Excerpt

Author's Series Extras : Dragon Handbook - Overview | Dragon Storm (Book 2) - Overview | Dragon Soul (Book 3) - Overview & Excerpt

Happy Dragon Soul day, my cherubs of delight! I hope you enjoy Rowan and Sophea as much as I did. :)

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Book Teaser(s) :
"I don't know whether to be more disturbed by the fact that you think a dog can talk or that you can stand there, stark naked, without so much as a stapler as a weapon, and hold me prisoner." I adopted a quite reasonable, conversational tone, the sort intended to calm deranged people and keep them from committing acts of violence. I tried very hard not to notice just how nice the naked Kostya felt against me, the unyielding planes of his body being softened by my curves. It was a wonderful demonstration of how men and women fit together, but now was not the time to dwell on that subject.
His eyes were black, I noticed as he scowled down at me. Not dark brown but black, as black as his pupils, but a shiny black, one that glittered with little specks of silver. Unfortunately, at that moment, the glitter took the form of ire. "What the hell are you talking about?" he demanded to know. "What stapler?"
"There's no stapler," I said, finding myself suddenly blighted with several conflicting desires, ranging from the urge to grab his head and kiss him to laughing at the crazy situation, stomping on his toes, kneeing him in the naked noogies, and running away.
He looked even more irritated. ~ within Chapter 5
"For a man who doesn't want me, you sure end up kissing me a lot," I snapped, casting yet another glance at my feet before looking around the room. There was no fire to be seen, and only the faintest black smudge on the floor were the little pools of flames had been. "But I'm going to let your overbearing arrogance---"
"I am not arrogant."
"---and self-centered egotism---"
"I am a wyvern! The welfare of my sept falls on my shoulders."
"---go, because this fire thing just freaks the bejebus out of me. Wait a minute---dragon fire? That's a thing? A real thing?"
"Dragons control their fire, yes," he said, looking impatient.
"I object to that," I said, pointing at his face. "You can't give me that impatient, 'How did you not know that dragons have fire, let alone control it' look when that's so out of the bounds of normalcy that it never even struck me as possible. Well, to be true, the same can be said about dragons, but still! You didn't tell me that the whole fire-breathing dragon thing was real."
"You are an odd woman," he said thoughtfully.
"Odd good, or odd bad?" ~ within Chapter 6
"What's that mean?" I heard myself ask, even though I was blind and bemused.
The hard thing I hit shifted beneath me and groaned. "You don't speak Latin?"
I waited a minute until the wavy blackness that seemed to swim around me faded, and I could see. I rolled off Kostya and glared at him as best I could. "I'm a half-Senegalese, half-Irish woman who was born in America and raised in Sweden. Do you think I speak Latin?"
"I see no obstacle to you knowing it." ~ within Chapter 17

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

What was I thinking?: Miss Hopeful by Laura Fletcher

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon: Paperback - Pages: 126; Kindle Edition - File Size: 2187 KB | Expected Release Date: September 2, 2016 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon / Laura Fletcher

"Miss Hopeful" by Laura Fletcher

What was I thinking? : As stated above I was told about this novel being FREE from Ms. Fletcher (the author) and got it through Amazon. I really like the book description and book's cover. Yet, while I didn't love this novel my goal is to always promote the book that I've read, if you don't like my review make sure to check out the extras posted to promote the novel underneath it. So, here we go...

Author's Book Description : Sandra Birmingham is twenty-two years old and has always dreamed of escaping her vigorous and mundane life in Rhode Island. She listed herself in a catalog as a mail-order bride and is hoping a handsome and righteous man is going to ask her for her hand in marriage.

Samuel James Edgerton the older kind, handsome and loving father had been married once and takes care of his sick seven-year-old daughter, Betsy. When Samuel’s father passed away, he was left with no choice but to look for a loyal wife to accompany him and to help care for his daughter. When Samuel first lays his eyes on Sandra, he knew there was much much more about her than the naked eye could see.

They both agree to enter into an arrangement, and soon Sandra finds herself falling in love with Samuel. However, has Samuel really truly gotten over his ex-wife? He has never reconciled his feelings for his past lover but soon finds himself in a situation that he thought he had always wanted. As Betsy’s condition worsens, Samuel and Sandra find themselves hopelessly relying deeply upon each other. What happens next will shock even Samuel himself.

My Book Review : 1 out of 5 stars. A young woman from Rhode Island places an ad for herself as a mail order bride and gets a proposal from a man living in the Montana Territory who wants her to look after his sick daughter. Overtime they form a dear relationship but by then people from their pasts come back and might end up pulling them apart for good...

I LOVED the cover. Yet, I was never a fan of the writing, though the plot held promise. Even though I struggled through it, I was able to read up to 46% reasonably but after that, the writing I couldn't handle anymore and I didn't like the directions the plot was taking me. Therefore, from that point on I skimmed the rest of it, as I was still curious as to what would happen to Betsy.

This novel wasn't for me. So, I don't feel comfortable recommending it. Yet it could be for you if you can overlook the writing style.

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"You look so beautiful."
Betsy snorted, looking tired. "I don't believe ya.'" She slowly walked toward the bed, sat on top of it, and looked back at Sandra. "I'm dyin', I know that."
Sandra was taken aback with what Betsy had said. She drew a breath, stood up, and finally sat down beside Betsy. "Don't talk like that, Betsy," she kindly said, affected with the child's lack of hope. "Believe me when I tell you that you are so beautiful." ~ within Chapter 5 - titled 'Sandra'

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thank You for Following Me!!

Okay ... my goal was to create a Thank You video for following me on my social accts and for reaching 900 FOLLOWERS ON MY TWITTER ACCT. But once my kids joined in it got even sillier. *hehee* I hope you enjoy and THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Made the Grade: Bionic Outlaw's Baby by Zara Zenia

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 3039 KB | Release Date: September 17, 2016 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon

"Bionic Outlaw's Baby" by Zara Zenia

Author's Book Description : Elijah:
I thought that I knew it all.

Until they turned me into a machine and wanted to use me as a weapon.

I found love. But as usual, it was time for me to run.

Until she found me and told me the impossible.

That she was carrying my baby.

He worked for my dad.

But then he got fired because I loved him. He’s the only one I’ve ever been with.

But then I found out I’m carrying his baby. He doesn’t even know yet. I need to find him.

My dad wants me to get an abortion. Who would marry a single mom? What am I going to do?

Bionic Outlaw’s Baby is a sci-fi secret baby romance novel. There is NO cheating, NO cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happy ending!

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars! Elijah was a lifer in the Army, who grew up in foster care, so when a mission turns him up as dead he understands that no one will be out there really missing him. What surprises him is that he awakes to find that the doctors revived him, yet they did so in a way that irrevocably changed him into a bionic man. Though he really doesn’t mind the tests the doctors do on him and likes his living arrangement, for the most part, after a fellow “test subject” befriends him they learn that they are more like prisoners than anything else. Therefore, Elijah escapes the facility and while on the run for his life, he meets Dana forming his first “relationship” in a long time. Yet with him being on the run, they can’t share more than some “fun times” together. So, when their circumstances change will they be able to handle all that comes their way or not?

I really wish I had liked this novel more. It was good but I feel it was more of an erotica than a romance. Elijah’s transformation is very interesting to read about, especially about how he dealt with his new abilities. Together Dana and Elijah have a lust-filled relationship that grows into more because of the situations they unwittingly get into. Though it wasn’t what I expected I’m glad I stuck with it as I really enjoyed its ending.

I recommend this to those looking for a Science Fiction-ish “baby daddy” erotica.

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Book Teaser(s) :
"Are you trying to seduce your baby momma?"
"Is it working?" ~ within Chapter 17 - titled 'Dana'
I wondered if she knew how much power she had over me. The Organization could hunt me down and eventually kill me, but this girl could break me instantly with the lightest touch. ~ within Chapter 22 - titled 'Elijah'

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Made the Grade: The Sheikh's American Daughter by Kate Goldman

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 444 KB | Release Date: September 8, 2016 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon

"The Sheikh's American Daughter" by Kate Goldman

Author's Book Description : Olivia is a normal twenty-three-year-old girl from Atlanta. Her life dramatically changes when her mother dies and leaves a will stating that Olivia’s father is alive and she should go find him in Lebanon. When she arrives in Lebanon, she’s surprised to find out that her father is a wealthy sheikh. It angers her to see him living such a good life, and yet she and her mother struggled to make ends meet. Before she can return to the United States, she gets entangled in a crazy situation when she meets the green-eyed, impossibly handsome, tall and muscular Sheikh Joseph Boutros. He comes to her father’s house to choose a bride among his daughters but decides that he wants to marry Olivia instead. Can Olivia unravel the mystery of her birth and fight her emerging feelings for a man who doesn’t take “no” for an answer?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! Not long after her mother passed away Olivia learns, from her mother's will, that her birth father is alive and from Lebanon. So, because of the encouragement in the will to meet her father, Olivia flies there and not only meets her father but learns that she is really the illegitimate daughter of a Sheikh. She stays with her "new family" to get to know her father more but while she's there she captures the interest of a would-be handsome suitor who won't take no for an answer. Will he be able to win her over before it's all too late?

This quirky novel won me over wholeheartedly because of Olivia. Though she didn't know she was "royalty," she ruled this novel and made sure she stuck to her own code of ethics. Then you throw in Joseph's determination and charm ... and you get a reader who reads the novel in three and a half hours. πŸ˜†

I enjoyed the push-and-pull relationship that Olivia has with Joseph. I liked how he won her over even when she never really gave in. I was charmed.

The only way I could have liked this more was if the editing was a little better laid out or the sentence structure didn't seem to repeat itself. In addition, though I really enjoy its ending I wished it was either Olivia or Joseph who came up with how their future was going to go instead of his mother as it felt a bit too "wrapped up" for me.

Nevertheless, I recommend this novel to those looking for an amusing contemporary romance!!

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Book Teaser(s) :
"Thanks for the lift," she said as she opened the door.
"No need to thank me. As your man, that's the least I could do," Joseph replied. Olivia's eyes opened wide. He had just referred to himself as her man. He had sounded so sexy when he said it. Olivia felt butterflies in her stomach.
"You are not my man," she said to him. "And I am certainly not your woman!"
Joseph smiled at her. He leaned towards her. This time Olivia quickly moved backwards. She moved too quickly and with so much force, she fell out of the car. She let out a squeak as she fell out. She landed on her bottom.
Olivia could not believe that she had just fallen out of the car like that. She had tried to dodge his kiss and ended up on her bottom. Joseph jerked his head forward and looked a her. "Are you okay?" he asked her. Olivia burst into laughter. She could not help but laugh at herself. Joseph raised his eyebrows.
"You find this amusing?" he asked her. Olivia laughed for a few more seconds before she cleared her throat and tried to compose herself.
"I am surprised that you don't," she replied. ~ within Chapter 14
"The pair of you are so odd but adorable," she said with her hand on her heart. ~ within Chapter 27

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Idolizing In: Shifter Shield Series, Book 1

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 3582 KB | Release Date: June 15, 2016 | Publisher: Bathory Gate Press | Obtained: Amazon

"Under Her Skin" [Shifter Shield Series, Book 1] by Margo Bond Collins

Author's Book Description : She’s lucky he’s a charmer. He’s lucky she doesn’t bite. Much.

Lindi Parker works hard at being human, not an easy task for a snake shifter. She has no desire to search for others like her—until a new case changes everything. When Lindi learns that she she’s not the only shapeshifter in the world, she also realizes she might be next on a killer’s list.

In order to save herself and the abused children she works with, she will have to team up with Dr. Kade Nevala, a member of the shifter tribe responsible for eradicating weresnakes—and the most attractive man Lindi’s ever met. Even more terrifying, she’ll need to embrace her serpent side, a choice that has enormous consequences for Lindi, and for everyone around her.

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Even though she grew up in a loving home, being a weresnake with adoptive human parents, Lindi has always felt like she was missing something. Nevertheless, she grows up to develop her natural abilities to help out children suffering from violent crimes to be their councilor. During one of her on the job outings, she meets a little girl who is a shifter too who realizes what Lindi truly is, which brings Lindi to find out that there are more shifters out there than just her. Yet, when she gets more involved in the “shifter world” Lindi realizes that who she is, a weresnake, is something that most shifters fear and feel they should be killed immediately. Instead though Lindi travels a rocky path between learning about her new life, assisting the shifter world to find an actual child killer who has access to her own case files, and falling into an unintentional relationship with someone who is suppose to be her “sworn enemy.” Will she be able to embrace a life she may not be ready for? And if she can, will she be able to “win over” the shifter world in order to stay alive for good or at least long enough to help out?

It’s been a long time since I read a novel written entirely in the first person POV, and I liked it. I was enraptured with this novel from the beginning from learning about how Lindi grew up with her adoptive family to how she copes with learning her new skills about her snake-half after finding out about the shifter world. In addition, I enjoyed Lindi’s feistiness as well as how her snake abilities helped her assess life and the people around her.

However, through this multilayered plot what hooked me even more was the brewing relationship between Lindi and Dr. Kade. As their were-animals are sworn enemies, finding that Kade happens to be Lindi biggest ally is intriguing in more ways than one. Then add in their combative attraction seems to set the pages on fire and me wanting to read more about this dynamic duo.

This novel is written in a way that while the biggest plot seems to wrap up by the end, what will happen to Lindi afterwards isn’t completely said. Therefore, I feel that the Shifter Shield Series will follow Lindi quite a bit (and I’m very happy because of that).

I HIGHLY recommend this novel and series to those looking for a unique paranormal shifter romance!!

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My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Taming the Country Star

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Maybe I was a monster, but I could be sure to help rather than hurt. ~ within Chapter 14
"How many of these people will want me dead?" I whispered.
"Doesn't matter. Council meetings are always peaceful. Everyone here has proven their ability to maintain control." Kade shrugged. "They may want to kill you, but they won't actually do it."
How reassuring. ~ within Chapter 15

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Feasted On: Wild Operatives Series, Book 2

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 540 KB | Release Date: July 30, 2015 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Amazon

"Let Us Prey" [Wild Operatives Series, Book 2] by Vivienne Savage (aka A. Payne, N. D. Taylor, & Dominique Kristine)

Author's Book Description : Leigh Denton has made her share of mistakes, but the judgmental residents of Quickdraw, Texas will never allow her to forget. Drugs and a history of criminal activity checker her traumatic past.

Now she’s cleaned up her act and fighting to regain custody of her infant. Having a relationship isn’t part of her plan.

Ian MacArthur is an eagle shifter and Air Force veteran with a big heart. His work takes him around the world, but R&R brings him back home to a town where rising drug problems are taking over the community. Falling in love with a lost soul named Leigh wasn’t part of his plan.

Leigh needs to prove she can provide a steady home, driving financially secure Ian to lend his money and his name to help. There’s just one problem: Eagles mate for life and soaring to her rescue will cost more than he’s able to give.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! The novel starts around Ian, an Air Force veteran, coming home and meeting Leigh, a young mother that’s getting her life back together, who is also his mate. Yet, this multi-plot novel mostly focuses on its thriller aspect about cleaning up the town of Quickdraw from the thugs and drug dealers who plan to ruin the town. Will Ian be able to help Leigh out with what seems to be everything else falling apart around them?

Although this novel captivated me, with its unique characters and fast paced setting, it was not what I was expecting. Moving so fast through the storyline to keep you engaged though slow enough to make you feel like you hadn’t missed anything. This thrilling paranormal novel keeps its characters on their toes as they come together to help one another out while adding a little love into the mix.

I have a thing for bird shifters. Ian made me proud in his portrayal and the intensity of his “mate call” was very hot. Yet, even though when Ian first sees Leigh he recognizes her as his mate, it was the gradual way they went about getting into a relationship that made me really like them as a couple. Add in Betty and Sophia too, you get to see another sides to both Ian and Leigh that made me smile the whole way through this novel!

I recommend this to those looking for an inventive paranormal romantic thriller!

Purchase This Book and/or The Other Books From It's Series Here : Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : The Right to Bear Arms (Book 1) | Shop Your Indie/Local Bookstores (IndieBound - Paperback) USD : The Purr-Fect Soldier (Book 3) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : The Right to Bear Arms (Book 1) | Amazon (Kindle) USD : The Purr-Fect Soldier (Book 3) | Amazon (Audible) USD : The Right to Bear Arms (Book 1)

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Author's Novel Extras : Let Us Prey (Book 2) - Overview

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As he loped out of sight to inform the head of the house about my arrival, Ceres turned to me and punched me sharply in the shoulder.
"Fuck! What'd you do that for?"
She took my left hand and gestured to the plain titanium band. "Why wasn't I invited? Was it a private ceremony? Who is she... or he?" Her green eyes grew a little wider, as if all of the pieces had finally fallen together. "Oh, my God, who is he, Uncle Ian? When do I get to meet him? Did you finally get married since it's legal now?"
"I'm not gay."
"Oh... awkward." ~ within Chapter 9 - titled '~Ian~'

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Blog Tour - One More Taste by Melissa Cutler | Interview & Spreading the Word

Today I'm showing off Melissa Cutler's "One More Taste," which is her recently released novel, the SECOND novel in her One and Only Texas Series, and the novel I recently interviewed her about!

My Q&A with Melissa Cutler :

Jess : Please describe "One More Taste" in one sentence.

Melissa : When a brazen chef tries to prove her chops to her sexy new boss, they heat up a lot more than the kitchen.

Jess : What can readers expect from "One More Taste?"

Melissa : Readers can expect my signature combination of a book full of both humor and emotional resonance…with one seriously spicy romance woven throughout it.

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

Melissa : The characters from this series that I’d most like to invite to dinner are all those hot, sexy cowboy heroes (surprise, surprise!). Decker, Micah, Knox, and (from upcoming books) Paul and Gentry. Mmm….sexy cowboy heroes at my dinner table…now there’s a dream come true!

The character from the series that I’d least like to have over for dinner, and which readers of the series would probably agree with me, is Ty Briscoe, the villain of the first three stories.

Jess : Are there any differences and/or similarities between Emily from "One More Taste" and Carina from "The Mistletoe Effect?"

Melissa : While Emily and Carina are best friends, they have very different personalities. Carina is all about becoming a mom and not working too hard, which is a shift because she used to be a work-a-holic, which Emily still is. On the other hand, Carina is a rule follower, while Emily is more of a rebel. What they do have in common is that they love each other and their home of Briscoe Ranch Resort very much.

Jess : Out of all of the secondary characters within One and Only Texas Series, do you have one or two favorites so far? If so, who are they and can you tell us why?

Melissa : What a fun question. I tend to write books that have huge casts of characters, so there are lots of secondary characters to choose from. My current favorite is from next year’s release, "ONE WILD NIGHT," and it’s the heroine’s grandmother, Mama Lita, who clashes with Granny June at every turn because, while Granny June is the consummate matchmaker of the series, Mama Lita is a wild spirit who doesn’t believe a woman needs a man in her life.

Jess : June Briscoe is one of my favorite characters. She's appeared in all the books. How did you come up with her and her amazing personality (sneakiness, quirks and all)?

Melissa : She’s one of my favorite characters in the series, too. When I wrote her character’s first ever scene, in scene one of "THE MISTLETOE EFFECT," she seemed like an old, strict Italian mafia grandma with old world superstitions at first, which probably would have been fine, but I then wrote a draft that lightened her up and turned her into the scene’s comic relief…and I instantly fell in love with her! Hence, the Granny June we all know and love was born.

Jess : Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

Melissa : Growing up, my house wasn’t a pleasant one, and so I kept to myself in my bedroom as much as possible. In a huge way I’m grateful for the way my childhood played out, because my imagination flourished. The earliest I can remember writing stories and poems is age four. Writing them and reading books took me away to other times and places and let me live, for a little while, in magical places. Even then, I knew I was a writer, an identity that stayed with me in all the years since.

Jess : What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Melissa : What most characterizes my writing is a combination of humor and emotion weight. I’m really interested in real issues and the struggles that everyday people face in their lives, not just romantically, but with family and friends and their careers. My heroines tend to be quirky, smart, career-focused women and my heroes tend to be blue collar workers. In that way, Knox Briscoe, the hero of "ONE MORE TASTE," is unusual. I rarely write about wealthy men because they don’t tend to hold my interest, but what I love about Knox is how he rose to wealth from blue collar roots, which makes his relationship to his wealth and his family really complicated in the best, juiciest possible way for an author to explore.

Jess : What question(s) do you wish that someone would ask about "One More Taste," but no one has? Please write it out here, then answer it.

Melissa :
  1. Have you ever executed a revenge plot (like Knox does in the story)?
    • Mwahahaha! I’ll never tell! πŸ˜ƒ
  2. Has your car or house ever been haunted by a dead relative?
    • No, but I fully plan on returning to my high school to haunt it after I pass away like the ghosts at Hogwarts do in the Harry Potter series. [kids whispering to each other] “They say she never recovered from getting that C in Spanish her freshman year, and now she walks the halls begging for extra credit to raise her grade. Poor, tortured soul.”
Jess : If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Melissa : I can’t decide between these two: 1) controlling the weather, or 2) having the power to heal people with a touch. Either one would make the world a better place in significant ways.

Jess : What literary character is most like you?

Melissa : Depends on the day. You know how it goes—some days you’re George, while other days you’re Lenny. Captain Ahab pops up every so often. And Jack Reacher, sometimes. And then there are those days that we all have when we’re Frankenstein’s monster. Mostly, I aspire to be Olivia, the pig from the children’s picture book. Oh, if we could all be more like Olivia.

"One More Taste"
[One and Only Texas Series, Book 2] by Melissa Cutler

Author's Book Description :
    If you can’t take the heat...

    Chef Emily Ford has the talent and ambition to make it in the cutthroat culinary world—which is why she refuses to accept her demotion at the hands of Knox Briscoe, the new CEO of Briscoe Ranch Resort. He has grand plans that include bringing in a celebrity chef to helm an exciting new restaurant at the resort, but Emily has plans of her own—to do whatever it takes to change his mind…


    Cut out of the Briscoe fortune by an old feud that left his family in ruins, Knox grew up dreaming of revenge. Out-maneuvering his uncle for control of Briscoe Ranch is merely the first step in a grand plan that doesn’t include the brazen and beautiful Emily Ford…or the attraction that sizzles between them. With both their futures on the line, can they keep their desires on simmer—or are they headed from the frying pan straight into the fire?

    Return to Brisoce Ranch Resort in the second book in Melissa Cutler's One and Only Texas series!

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About the Author :

Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world writing sexy contemporary romances and romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Mistletoe Effect

My Previous Mention(s) of this Author's Books/Characters : Best Book Couples -- Happy Valentine's Day 2015

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A knock sounded at the open door. Everyone turned, relieved at the distraction. A woman Knox would recognize anywhere filled the doorway, a folder clutched in her arms and a hard-set look of determination on her face. Chef Emily Ford.


“Ty told me about you. You’ve worked at this resort since right out of culinary school a decade ago. No internships, no stints as a sous chef at a celebrated restaurant, nothing remarkable, not even a chef competition show on TV. Your whole career, you’ve been here at Briscoe Ranch, laboring in obscurity. If you’re so talented, then why have you been holding yourself back?”

He watched the shift of her weight from one foot to the other, the extra squeeze she gave the folder in her hand. He’d hit a nerve. Good. Turnabout was fair play.

“I’m not holding myself back. All the years I’ve worked here, laboring in obscurity”—she said with a scoff—“I’ve had the freedom to cook what I want, every dish completely original instead of imitations of more prominent chefs or attempts to pander to critics’ fickle tastes. Over the last decade, I’ve risen from a graveyard-shift line cook in the room service kitchen to the executive catering chef, one of the principal roles at the resort.” She spun the folder onto his desk and speared a finger on it. “A few months ago, Ty agreed to my proposal to open a high-concept, signature restaurant at the resort. Subterranean, I’m going to call it. We were in the process of securing funding when you showed up and ruined everything.”

He took a step nearer to her, then another, stopping just short of arm’s length. This close, those freckles on her cheeks came into focus again, as did a faint, hairline scar along her jaw that curved to her chin. He refocused on her furious green eyes. “I did not take this opportunity away from you. Ty did. He was the one who contacted me, looking for investors. My presence here to execute my vision for the resort, as well as the timing of it, was at his invitation. If he let you believe your restaurant would be possible under this new vision, then he was stringing you along. He’s your enemy, not me.”

Emily blanched, but only for a split second before recovering her wits. “He wasn’t stringing me along. I’m sure he was grooming me for your takeover, knowing you’d want to step up the caliber of the resort’s dining options. He’s not my enemy. He’s the employer who gave me a chance. All I need is an open door and a budget and I will give you the restaurant of your vision.”

She’d been dead on about his sixth sense and the rush he got with each thrill of discovery. He felt that familiar rush right now while sparring with her. He couldn’t wait for her to leave so he could read her proposal. He should have eaten the damn soup. Now he’d never know what he’d missed. “You and I aren’t so different in our ambition, you know.”

She sniffed at that, feigning a nonchalance he saw right through. “You couldn’t be more wrong. I possess a patience that you clearly lack.”

Oh, this woman. She wouldn’t stop pushing his buttons. He felt heat rising on his neck. He had to stuff his hand in his pockets so he wouldn’t give in to the discomfort and tug his tie loose. Emily had no idea how much patience it had taken to wait for the right time to make his move against Ty Briscoe. Years of planning and strategy, years of positioning himself in the right business, with the right connections, silently closing in on his prey, waiting to pounce until the time was right—until the prey thought it was his idea and came to him, on the verge of bankruptcy and begging for a bailout.

“Prove it,” he heard himself say, not knowing exactly what he meant by the dare.

Her gaze was unflinching. “How?”

He had to think fast. “I’ll give you four weeks. If you can prove to me in that time that you’re as gifted a chef as you claim, then I’ll hand you the reins of the restaurant along with whatever budget you require for this . . . Subterranean.”

CREDIT: From ONE MORE TASTE by Melissa Cutler. Copyright © 2016 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin's Paperbacks.

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