Monday, 30 April 2018

New Release: I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to… 
Delaney Shaw: Who is this? 
The late night text is random, but "Bad Ass Athlete" sure seems to know who she is…
Delaney Shaw. Good girl. Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars. Curious. 
His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is. 
She knows she shouldn't, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine's Day?
One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret's out. 
Maverick Monroe. 
Bad boy. 
The most talented football player in the country. 
Just ask him. 
Too bad for him Delaney's sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak. 
But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. 
She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders. 
After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. 

She's best known for her angsty, heartfelt new adult college romances. A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero. She's also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any kind of book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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Book Excerpt: Shopping For A Billionaire's Baby by Julia Kent




Title: Shopping for a Billionaire's Baby
Series: Shopping for a Billionaire #13
Author: Julia Kent
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: April 24, 2018



Blurb


You know what's even better than marrying a billionaire? Having his baby.

We're ready. We've studied and planned, read all the birth and labor books, researched parenting classes, consulted our schedules, and it's time.

And by we I mean me.

Declan's just ready for the "have lots of sex" part. More than ready.

But there's just one problem: my husband and his brother have this little obsession with competition.

And by little, I mean stupid.

That's right.

We're not just about to try to bring a new human being into the world.

We have to do it better, Faster, Stronger.

Harder.

McCormick men don't just have babies.

They engage in competitive billionaire Babythons.

I thought the hardest part about getting pregnant would be dealing with my grandchild-crazed mother, who will go nuts shopping for a billionaire's baby.

Wrong.

Between conception issues, my mother's desire to talk to the baby through a hoo-haw cam, a childbirth class led by a drill sergeant and a father-in-law determined to sign the kid up for prep school before Declan even pulls out, my pregnancy has turned out to be one ordeal after the other.

But it's nothing -- nothing -- compared to the actual birth.

Shopping for a Billionaire's Baby is the newest book in Julia Kent's New York Times bestselling romantic comedy series and is a 400+ page full-length novel.







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“Just because other people can’t get their act together as parents doesn’t mean we can’t,” I explain. “There is no process that can’t be project managed into a well-oiled machine, babies included.”

Andrew snorts. “You really believe that.”

“A baby is like a disruptive new technology. But our first deliverable is still eight months to a year away. That leaves us plenty of time to update our practices and diversify into new areas. Find the best people, incentivize them, and keep them in their swim lanes.”

I’m getting major raised eyebrows here.

“Optimization protocols, testing, fine tuning, and putting together the right team is all it takes. Drill down to the essentials, find people who are the absolute best at what we need, and that’s it–we build a life based on optimal outcomes.”

“You sound like you’re making a robotic dog, Dec. Not a human.”

“This baby will have a hands-on father. Plenty of love. And with a mother like Shannon, how could we go wrong?” Mother. Calling Shannon a mother does something to my gut. A tug, hard and emotional, destabilizes me for a second.






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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down.



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New Release Book Review: Cheeky King by Nana Malone




Title: Cheeky King
Series: Royals Undercover #2
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2018



Blurb

What good is a King without his Queen?

Sebastian…

I never wanted the crown, but now it's mine.
Instead of my freedom–instead of her.
But even though she’s not mine to keep, I can’t seem to stay away.

Penny…

The moment he became king, I knew we were over.
Now I’ve returned home some kind of conquering hero.
If only they all knew that we'd both lost our hearts.
If only I could stay out of the royal bed.

What good is being cocky if you can’t get what you want?







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My Thoughts

Love is not the issue with Sebastian and Penny, the emotions and chemistry between them are palpable but due to lies and misunderstandings theirs is now a battle of wills.

I swear there were so many times when I wanted to bash their heads together! If one of them was blowing hot, the other was blowing cold, and vice versa. In the end I looked forward to their clashes. They weren’t always comfortable but they were definitely entertaining.

The suspense element kept its momentum until its conclusion. Cheeky King was a fitting final instalment in Sebastian and Penny’s story.  



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USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

New release Book Review (& Excerpt): Without Apology by Aubrey Bondurant




Title: Without Apology
Series: The Without Series #1
Author: Aubrey Bondurant
Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance
Release Date: April 29, 2018



Blurb

He’s neat, always on time, and a professed workaholic. I’m messy, always running late, and looking for more from life than just my job.

Yet our mutual attraction is undeniable.

The last thing I expected after our first date was to have Simon show up at my office. The charming and funny guy I'd met was now gone, replaced by the cold and calculating man in an impeccable suit. While my professional future is now in his hands, I can’t stop thinking about how his hands would feel on my body.

Whatever had started between us can't possibly happen now, but that’s easier said than done. Because the more I try not to think of his sexy smirk or
delicious accent, the harder it is to stay away. And if our forbidden office kiss is any indication, his resolve is slipping too.

I've sworn I'd never fall for a man who puts his job first.
Too bad my heart isn't listening. 

***Without Apology is for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.*** 






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My Thoughts
Without Apology was a great read. It’s one of those books that is remarkably adult. There are no asinine issues or foolish miscommunications that drag on needlessly. What a breath of fresh air!

What we get is a wonderful story about Peyton Waters and Simon Granger who, after a chance meeting, click in more than just the physical sense. They genuinely like each other, they appreciate each other, they surprise each other but their romance seems to stop before it ever starts when they discover that Simon is only in town temporarily to oversee the sale of a company; the company Peyton works for and has a vested interest in.

What I liked about the characters is that both Simon and Peyton are level-headed. Now this might not sound like it makes for an exciting romance but I assure you it does. These adults did not ignore the challenges a relationship might bring, instead they worked through them, with the ultimate aim being how they could fit their lives and personalities together.

In among the weightier issues, there is plenty of passion and humour between Peyton and Simon. And if that’s not enough, secondary characters like Simon’s assistant Emma and Peyton’s sister, Jen add many laugh out loud moments with their unfiltered commentary.

The writing style makes Without Apology an easy, effortless read. I was entertained throughout and very much enjoyed going on the journey with these characters.

Apparently, Emma’s book is next in line in the Without series and I cannot wait.


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As I unloaded my full carry basket onto the belt, I couldn’t help noticing the man in front me who was wearing a charcoal gray suit. He was attractive, but what instantly perked up my ears was his British accent. That wasn’t something one often heard in this suburban town outside of Dallas, Texas.
He was talking to the elderly cashier, who I knew as Laverne, about lacking the identification necessary to buy the bottle of champagne she was holding in her hand.
“You have my word I’m over the legal drinking age, whatever that may be here in Texas.”
Laverne adjusted her thick glasses and shook her head. “Unless you have some sort of identification proving it, honey, I can’t sell it to you.”
He searched the inside pocket of his suit. “Unfortunately, my passport is back in my hotel room. Is there any chance you could give me the bottle now, and I could return tomorrow with my ID?”
Nice try, I thought, but then realized the words had inadvertently slipped out loud. When his ice-blue eyes focused on me, my body immediately responded. Because the eyes were only part of what made up his gorgeous face, now turned in my direction.
Damn, David Gandy had nothing on his younger version, for sure. The man’s mouth turned up in a slight smile towards me before he sighed at Laverne, seemingly recognizing that her cataracts and sour expression made any use of his charms a wasted effort.
Taking pity, I stepped up. “Hey, Laverne, how about I pay for the bottle? I have my ID if you need it.”
She hesitated and then glared when Brexy, my new mingled word for British and sexy, pulled out his wallet, probably to front me the money.
“You keep your wallet and your cash where it is, honey. What you two do in private ain’t none of my business, but don’t be doing it in front of me. Rules are rules.”
Brexy and I exchanged arched brows at Laverne’s suggestive way of putting it, but he stowed his wallet and said, “Understood. I promise to, uh, finish this transaction in private.”
Now he was smirking. The expression suited his handsome features very well. I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing out loud.
“Good.”
As Laverne scanned my items, she started chatting. “Making snickerdoodles with the girls tonight?” She directed the question towards me.
“Yes. Sure am.” I noticed the man’s gaze flick over to my left hand. Subtle he was not. Then again, neither was I. “My three nieces,” I offered, feeling like an idiot for needing to clarify that point.
“You don’t need her identification, I take it?” he inquired, making room for me to slide my credit card at the terminal in front of us.
Laverne tsked “I’ve known Peyton here for nearly the twenty-nine years she’s been on this earth, so I’m quite aware of her age without needing proper identification.” She handed me the receipt after bagging everything and added, “She’s also quite single.”
And with that, she was moving on to the next customer.
I shook my head over her use of the word ‘quite’ in front of single. Because ‘single’ wasn’t enough, she had to add the word ‘quite,’ making it sound as if I couldn’t possibly be more single.
Small towns. Gotta love ‘em.  






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Aubrey Bondurant is a working mom who loves to write, read and travel. 

She describes her writing style as: "Adult Contemporary Erotic Romantic Comedy," which is just another way of saying she likes her characters funny, her bedroom scenes hot, and her romances with a happy ending. 

When Aubrey isn't working her day job, or spending time with her family, she's on her laptop typing away on her next story. She only wishes there were more hours of the day!

She's a former member of the US Marine Corps and passionate about veteran charities and giving back to the community. She loves a big drooly dog, a fantastic margarita, and football. 



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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Cover Reveal: Tattered by Devney Perry




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Lark Series Book 1

By Devney Perry

Release Day – June 19



 
  
  Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour. 

 So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again. 

Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself. 

 But for their daughter.


     

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She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. 
After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. 
She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. 

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New Release Book Review: Love On Hold by Mia Miller

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We both put love on hold until now. How long will love wait for us? 
Three-forty-five in the morning: unknown number calling. 
Send the stranger on their way and go back to sleep, right? Except – his gruff voice made me think twice. 
I was a small girl with big dreams. I juggled college, charity, and a job while dodging an annoying ex. Getting to know a guy? That was way down on my list. So I had every intention of ignoring sexy Joel Thomas when he woke me up. 
But he wouldn’t let me. 
When did texting and calling turn into feelings? 
We kept our identities a secret and didn’t see each other. 
Yet, we fell in love. Will our chemistry stand the test of reality?


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Love, On Hold is a solid debut from Mia Miller. The book could have veered onto much darker paths but I appreciated that the author kept the tone light and upbeat for the most part.

This is Leonie and Joel’s story. Leonie is driven, focused on the future and likes when everything goes to plan. Joel has spent years observing his domineering father’s numerous relationships which is why he runs from anything resembling a relationship. Joel is not part of Leonie’s plan. Leonie might be the person Joel doesn’t want to run away from.

This felt like a coming of age story. Even having lived through significant traumatic life events, there’s a naiveté to Leonie and Joel that fits their age group; they had moments of great clarity mixed in with moments of foolishness.

I enjoyed the writing but I did feel the pacing was somewhat off. For the first half, communication between Leonie and Joel occurs via text messaging and phone calls. I thought these barriers kept them from getting to know one another. We get the banter and sexual innuendos but I was missing that deeper connection. When they do meet, the opportunity to delve deeper is set aside for more dramatic plot lines that I felt took the focus away from Leonie and Joel.

I enjoyed the addition of Amaya (Leonie’s nutty BFF) and Levi (Joel’s housemate). I would be interested in reading more about Levi, who I thought was quite an interesting character.  

I look forward to reading future books by Mia Miller. There was a teaser for her upcoming book Truly Yours which definitely piqued my interest.


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A lover of all things romance since forever, Mia tries to find a little bit of a love story even in zombie movies. 
She likes her book boyfriends Alpha and her novels naughty. 
Nowadays Mia can be constantly found typing away, with her Dogo Argentino at her feet. Mia brings to her readers books in the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genre.


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New Release: A NORDIC KING by Karina Halle

A Nordic King  by  Karina Halle   Publication Date: September 21, 2018   Genre: Contemporary Romance S...