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Dear readers,

Hi Rhireaders! Yay for summer finally being here. Longer hours of daylight for reading and gorgeous days for doing it outside. I'm pretty swamped offline right now and in my reading. That means good news if you're looking for reviews 'cause I'll have a lot coming this summer.

Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? I am currently accepting promo requests for July and August. I am closed for review requests until August due to overwhelming demand. Followers and friends please drop me an email as needed.


♥ -- Rhi


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Spotlight: DRAWN by Chris Ledbetter [+ #giveaway!]


Drawn
Release Date: 06/08/15
Evernight Teen
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer

Summary from Goodreads:
Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.

To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.

If he fails… they both die.



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About the Author
Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly "walked-on" to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He's worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.

He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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Release Day: DARKNESS BRUTAL by Rachel A. Marks [+ #Giveaway!]



ABOUT THE BOOK

DARKNESS BRUTAL
The Dark Cycle, Book 1
Author: Rachel A. Marks
Release Date: July 1st, 2015
Publisher: Skyscape

SYNOPSIS:

Aidan O’Linn’s childhood ended the night he saw a demon kill his mother and mark his sister, Ava, with Darkness. Since then, every three years the demons have returned to try to claim her. Living in the gritty, forgotten corners of Los Angeles, Aidan has managed to protect his sister, but he knows that even his powers to fight demons and speak dead languages won’t keep her safe for much longer.

In desperation, Aidan seeks out the help of Sid, the enigmatic leader of a group of teens who run LA Paranormal, an Internet reality show that fights demons and ghosts. In their company, Aidan believes he’s finally found a haven for Ava. But when he meets Kara, a broken girl who can spin a hypnotic web of passionate energy, he awakens powers he didn’t know he had―and unleashes a new era of war between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness.

With the fate of humanity in his hands, can Aidan keep the Darkness at bay and accept his brilliant, terrifying destiny?

BOOK LINKS: Amazon | Goodreads


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel A. Marks is a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory.

Check out www.RachelAnneMarks.com for a sample chapter!
Check out @RachelAnneMarks to chat with the author!

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Winner will get $25 Amazon gift card, $10 Starbucks card, and 2 8x10 pieces of author Rachel A. Marks artwork, winner's choice.
(Open to US only | Must be 13+ To Enter)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Release Day: THE PERFECT BARGAIN by Jessa McAdams [#Giveaway!]


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THE PERFECT BARGAIN
How to Marry a Highlander # 1
By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
Entangled: Lovestruck


American lass seeks brawny Scot...

As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there's an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend...and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What's the worst that could happen?


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Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming. Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia London news, please visit http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/julialondon



Release Day: HARD TO LET GO by Laura Kaye [Excerpt + Giveaway!]

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Laura Kaye's HARD TO LET GO! HARD TO LET GO is the 4th novel in Laura's Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance. Grab your copy of this sexy, suspenseful book today!!

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EXCERPT:

Taking a deep breath, Beckett knocked on the door.
No answer.
He turned the knob, and the door opened.
“Go away,” came a strained voice.

Beckett poked his head through the opening. Kat sat in a ball in the corner, her legs pulled up to her chest, her arms hugging herself tight.
“Aw, Jesus, Beckett. Really?” Her face was splotchy and her eyes watery, though he didn’t see any tears.
Ten-to-one she was going through some adrenaline letdown right now, too. Which no doubt made it all worse. That shit could fuck you up even when you were used to how it left you feeling drained and shaky, by how all the stress you’d suppressed during the height of the crisis boomeranged twice over after the fact.
He came into the room, closed the door, and turned the lock for good measure. And then he crossed to Kat, scooped his arms under her knees and behind her back and lifted her up against him.
She smacked his chest. “Put me down.”
“No.” He moved to the edge of the bed.
“I don’t need this right now, Beckett. Put me down.”
“Yes, you do,” he said, sitting on the edge of the mattress. He pulled her face in against his throat and smoothed her hair back from her cheek. She trembled against him, just the littlest bit, her skin hot to the touch. He pressed a kiss to her forehead and hugged her tighter. “You did good, kid.”
Every one of her muscles went tight. Her hand fisted in his shirt. And her breath caught as she buried her face against his neck and shoulder.
Then Kat burst out crying.
And it was like being torn apart and put back together, all at once. He hated her pain, but he adored that she wasn’t hiding herself from him, and that she was letting him be there for her.
He didn’t shush her, or try to talk her down, or encourage her to dry her eyes. To be sure, her tears were like daggers in his heart—they hurt like fucking hell. But the only way she was going to feel better was to let this shit out. Ironic realization for him—he did actually see that. But just because you could see what was good for others didn’t mean you had the first goddamned idea how to apply those principles in your own life. And that was a problem for another time anyway.
What mattered right now was Kat. What mattered … was Kat.
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About HARD TO LET GO:

Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.
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  Praise for HARD TO LET GO:


“Kaye wraps up her bestselling series with this action-packed story, highlighting her talent for alpha military heroes, hot romance, and an ensemble cast of characters who are unique and engaging. A super sexy, high-octane romantic suspense novel that concludes the popular Hard Ink series in a completely satisfying way.” ~Kirkus Reviews


“TOP PICK! Kaye brings her Hard Ink series to a spectacular conclusion that successfully wraps up the overarching mystery and brings closure to her compelling characters. Kaye really nails it with this awesome book and series!” ~RT Book Reviews


“HARD TO LET GO will blow you away! Anyone who has been following Laura Kaye’s fantastic Hard Ink series will expect something great for the last book in the series, and to say HARD TO LET GO does not disappoint would be the understatement of the year! Ms. Kaye writes sex scenes like it’s nobody’s business, and the blistering chemistry between Kat and Becket will leave you panting and begging for more! If you expected world-class action in HARD TO LET GO, think again and multiply that by ten! HARD TO LET GO has to be the most explosive conclusion to a series ever! Do not miss it at any cost!”~Fresh Fiction


Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

"TOP PICK! If you're looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you." ~RT Book Reviews Magazine

  And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

Hard as It gets

HARD AS IT GETS

Hard as You Can

HARD AS YOU CAN

Hard To Hold On To

HARD TO HOLD ON TO

Hard To Come By Cover

HARD TO COME BY

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HARD TO BE GOOD

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  About Laura Kaye:

Author Photo Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.        

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Release Day: DEEP DOMINATION by Lili Valente [#Giveaway!]

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Deep Domination
Bought by the Billionaire, book 2
Lili Valente
Release Date: June 30, 2015

DeepDomination

WARNING: This is one deep, dark, hard-spanking, dirty-talking read. Are you ready?

Hannah is in too deep, falling steadily under Jackson's erotic control. It doesn't matter that he's her captor and tormentor. She lives for the nights when he draws her deeper into his world, teaching her the thrill of submission.

  Pain and pleasure. Love and hate. Him and her.

  Jackson is falling--remembering why he couldn't get enough of the woman who destroyed him--but so is she. Soon, he'll reach Hannah's hard limit and her obedient façade will fall away, exposing the monster he's hunted across three continents.

  But soon a shocking revelation interrupts their dark and twisted game and Jackson is left wondering who is the true monster.

  * *CLIFFHANGER ALERT: Deep Domination ends in a cliffhanger. It is the 2nd in the Bought by the Billionaire serial romance series. For maximum enjoyment the series should be read in order.* *

Check out my reviews for DEEP DOMINATION and DARK DOMINATION.



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Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale. These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts. Lili loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her via email at lili.valente.romance@gmail.com






Saturday, June 27, 2015

Review: Her Forbidden Highlander by Abby Niles

Her Forbidden Highlander by Abby Niles
Romance, Time Travel, Highlander
Ebook (84 pages, SELFPUBLISHED)
Have you ever wanted to trade places with the heroine in a romance novel?
Gabby Stone sure has.
Gabby has spent months obsessed with her new book boyfriend: the sinfully sexy highlander, Devlin McAlister. When she wakes up in a medieval castle, she believes she’s having an erotic dream and jumps right into the fantasy. But this is no dream. The impossible has happened and she is now starring as the heroine.
Making the choice between returning to her shambles of a life or shacking up with a muscular, kilted, highlander should be a no-brainer, but her new living situation comes with major strings attached.
A war between love and written word ensue. Can Gabby overcome an author’s vision to claim Devlin for her very own?
*DISCLAIMER--This was previously published under my other pen name, Esmerelda Bishop, which I no longer use. The older title was DEVLIN'S DESTINY. This is an updated version with a new cover and title.*
Author Site: website

A quick and pleasurably meta read. (5 stars)

What a terrific, unusual concept! A delightful read for every reader who ever kinda wished they could trade places with the heroine of their favorite romance novel.

While it's by no means perfect, I thought that HER FORBIDDEN HIGHLANDER was a great story. My only big complaint was that I wish it had been twice as long so I could have had more connection with Gabby before she finds herself thrust back in time living in her favorite book. Even still it was enjoyably escapist and not so brooding that it felt melodramatic. I've read many of Niles' previous books and if you know her work you know she can write a fantastic love scene and this is no exception.

If you love highlander romances and would love a brief but fun palate cleansing read that tweaks the genre a little I would definitely recommend picking it up. I spread it out over a few nights but it could easily be read in one sitting making it a perfect read for summer travel. Enjoy!



Notes: Review copy received via author.

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Review: Deep Domination by Lili Valente

Deep Domination (Bought by the Billionaire #2) by Lili Valente
Serial, Erotica
Release Date: June 30th, 2015
Ebook (126 pages, SELFPUBLISHED)
WARNING: This is one deep, dark, hard-spanking, dirty-talking read. Are you ready?
Hannah is in too deep, falling steadily under Jackson’s erotic control. It doesn’t matter that he’s her captor and tormentor. She lives for the nights when he draws her deeper into his world, teaching her the thrill of submission
Pain and pleasure. Love and hate. Him and her.
Jackson is falling—remembering why he couldn’t get enough of the woman who destroyed him—but so is she. Soon, he’ll reach Hannah’s hard limit and her obedient façade will fall away, exposing the monster he’s hunted across three continents.
But soon a shocking revelation interrupts their dark and twisted game and Jackson is left wondering who is the true monster.
* * Deep Domination is the 2nd in the Bought by the Billionaire romance series. For maximum enjoyment it should be read after book one.* * 

Author Site: website

Darker. Deeper. Delightful. (4 stars)

Dang! If you read my review for the previous installment in this serial you'll know it pushed my boundaries intensely but that I really enjoyed it. Love it even. But I had a much harder time with DEEP DOMINATION's sex this time around. Everyone has a thing or two that they just don't care for and spanking is high on my list of no-no's but I can often pass over it no biggie. But then there was some pretty hardcore deep throat action that while written very sensually was really uncomfortable for me to read. I was just cringing and holding my breath just to get through reading it. Neither are my cup of tea so I didn't dig the erotica part of the book as much this time around.

Hawke ramps up the vengeful hate-effing this time too. He's so hard to like and yet so easy to love. I burned through the entire book in one sitting anxiously dying for Hannah to just tell him he had the wrong sister already. The dark thoughts both have are deliciously dramatic and if you ever really want broken people to find healing together you're sure to find yourself wondering how these two will fare once the truth comes out. It could almost be terrible, however, Valente is a master at taking these dark things and polishing them just right so you can see the sparkle hiding under all the dirt. Readers who've enjoyed graphic

If you enjoyed DARK DOMINATION and are ready to face another, even better, cliff-hanger before the third installment buckle your safety belt and one-click DD. Then be on the lookout for book 3 next month!



Notes: ARC received via author.

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