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Dear readers,

Spring is officially here! Or well, it isn't here in Montana for another two months but...yeah, Spring. I'm so sick of snow and mud. Which means I'll be starting Spring Cleaning both here and in the real world. So I'm up for audiobook suggestions, just leave a comment on the latest post if you have one.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently accepting promotional invitations (blog tours, cover reveals, etc.) for May and into July. I am booked for reviews until mid May. Please drop me an email for those events.

♥ -- Rhi

Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Reading [04/18-04/20] :: Why you should always read this post...

Things I have done this week... in no particular order...

• Enjoyed a semi-drunken evening playing Last Night On Earth - The Zombie Game with friends.
• Sat in an IHOP and debated snapping photos of the ravens flying around outside to show author P.T. Michelle.
• Spent an hour at the pediatrician's office trying to get my kid to give a urine sample.
• Felt ridiculously sad that I can't afford to give Espionage Cosmetics all of my friggin' money for their Ice and Fire and Paranormal collections.
• Finally found and purchased a bottle of Angry Orchard Iceman and Muse, because seriously, who doesn't like apple wine?
• Cursed at the snow coming down outside. Twice.
• Sent out the three seriously awesome goodie packs from the Spring Fling Blog Hop -- wanna know who won? The winners are up here.

Cover Reveal: HARD TO HOLD ONTO by Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye is thrilled to share with you the cover to her next Hard Ink book, Hard to Hold On To which releases on August 19, 2014! Check it out:


Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves--which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. 
Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.  
As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

Pre-Order at Amazon | Amazon.ca | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blog Tour: MARKED BY HADES by Reese Monroe [+ giveaway!]



Marked By Hades
Reese Monroe

Tagline:  One choice away from eternity…

Blurb:  For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…
Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…
As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity.


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Author Bio:  Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.
Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular site New Adult Alley and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over thirty novels in the exciting new category.
Connect with Reese on Twitter, through Facebook or her website. Reese also writes as Lynn Rush and you can find her alter ego here.



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Marked by Fate prize pack including: a Marked By Fate necklace, $10 Starbucks gift card and a $10 iTunes gift card (if the winner is intl a $25 Amazon gift card will be substituted for the prize pack)
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: The Seduction Game by Emma Shortt

The Seduction Game by Emma Shortt
Contemporary Romance, Category Romance, Geek
Ebook $2.99 (174 pages, INDULGENCE)
When millionaire bad boy, Will Thornton, tries to buy computer-geek Kate Kelly’s building out from under her, she refuses to sell. Will might be uber rich, and super successful but she won’t be bullied. Trouble is, she didn’t expect Will to look like one of her fantasy heroes, or to make her heart beat a little too fast. She’s prepared to wait him out, but it'll take every ounce of her self-control to win this game.
With millions of dollars on the line, Will is positive he can make Kate sell. He’s played the game better than anybody and charming is his middle name. Problem is, the snarky, geeky, computer-wiz is nothing like he imagined—impossibly cute and a match for him in every way.
The game is on but can two such radically different people come out winners in the game of seduction?

Author Site: website

Beauty is the Geek (3 stars)

Talk about a big case of opposites attracting. A millionaire with a successful property development business and a loner geek with a computer upgrading business squaring off over the sale of her property. He's slick, handsome and a bit under-developed as a character and she's a strange mix of stiff spined and gutless. Not gonna lie... I had a very difficult time liking these characters. When Will wasn't thinking about how tiny Kate is, she's thinking about how she's not going to sell... not because she grew up in the building—she didn't—or because she can't relocate her business—she could—but because of reasons.

THE SEDUCTION GAME was one of those stories where I liked it in theory but wound up not digging it in actuality. It shows both my age and my true geek card that the basic jist of plot reminded me of the 80's flick, Batteries Not Included, which won it a lot of points. I liked the whole idea of Kate resisting selling her building to a big developer. What didn't really work for me was the threadbare character development.

While Kate is fairly well developed as a character, the big reason she holds back on selling never feels valid, as if she's being stubborn for the sake of it. Meanwhile, Will is so under-developed beyond his business and a reference comparing him to actor Nathan Fillion, I never quite bought him as a romantic hero. I almost felt like he looked down on Kate (which might have a lot to do with constant references to how tiny she is) both socially and physically. Without a lot of back knowledge on his past, he just never seemed more than a caricature. I could get their physical attraction to a point but an emotional connection seemed contrived. Ultimately, while it wasn't an unlikable story, it just never quite had the warmth I was expecting where the geek gets the girl... or in this case, the guy.

Having read both Indulgence titles and Shortt's WAKING UP DEAD, I think my lukewarm reception of the book has more to do with the genre than anything. Contemporary category romances can be hit or miss with me as a reader and as a geek, I have high expectations of a geek romance. That said, if you are a geek you'll enjoy the pop culture references and the nice change of pace from it being the hero who is a geek. Two thumbs up for representation! Not a geek? If you like CEO millionaire types you might enjoy TSG a lot.



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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