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6.30.2015

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


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

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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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6.29.2015

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

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Deep Domination
Bought by the Billionaire, book 2
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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






6.27.2015

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.*
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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.* * 

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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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6.26.2015

Review: Hunter of Her Heart by Kaylie Newell

Hunter of Her Heart (Wolfe Creek #2) by Kaylie Newell
Paranormal Romance, Category Romance, Werewolves
Ebook (173 pages, COVET)
To love a bad boy is to love the beast inside him...
Bad boy Zane Wolfe has always been wild and reckless. Even though he's hot for his high school sweetheart, Candi Brooks, settling down has never been in his plans. Beyond that, he's changing in strange ways-and begins to wonder if there's truth to the local folklore that claims his family is cursed to be werewolves...
There's never been a time when waitress Candi didn't have a serious weakness for Zane and his intense, dark sex appeal. She craves him. But after her life changes dramatically, and Zane won't commit, Candi's reached her limit. She can't wait forever...so she's taking her heart off the table before it gets good and broken.
Something mysterious is going on in Wolfe Creek, and danger stalks Candi. Zane will do anything he can to protect her. But the one person she needs protection from might just be him...

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A rough starter but with a good ending. (4 stars)

Every once in a while a read comes along that starts off not so hot where I almost give up on it. HUNTER OF HER HEART got off to a tough start. Zane wasn't very likable and Candi wasn't helping that by being a bit of a flake. I was bummed because I had enjoyed them in LONE WOLFE PROTECTOR and I always love seeing secondary characters get together later in a series. The first third of the book had me ready to call it but I decided to stick it out just a little bit longer. Which I'm glad I did because the story picked up quite a bit.

If you're like me and commitment-phobe heroes make you cringe I think you'll find yourself in the same boat I was in. I wanted to think that it was because of Zane's secret but it seemed more just his personality and that didn't work for me. Once Candi brings in a good reason for him to commit even then he gets all wishy-washy but the process slowly starts.

What ultimately saved this one from a lower rating was that once they started sorting their stuff out I liked Candi and Zane together. They felt more real than most paranormal romance couples are and that made me want them to find their HEA ending. While it was flawed enough I almost gave up on it, I also felt like the latter half of the story was good enough that most readers might like it.



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Weekend Reading [06/26-06/28] :: I'm drowning in my TBR pile... how about you?


Who's hot? *raises hand* Take that whatever way you will... we're finally getting some heat up in my neck of the woods. Since I love hot weather I'm happy as a clam. Now if only I could just lay about watching the butterflies and listening to an audiobook. No such luck, people need feeding and the yard needs work. What are you up to this weekend?

I have way too many books I need to have read and reviewed on Tuesday. I can't seem to get caught up this week. But I've got two sexy reads I'm focusing on over the weekend. Lili Valente's next chapter in her serial, DEEP DOMINATION, is today's read. If you read my review of the first chapter you'll see why I went against my usual tastes to give it a shot. Seriously dirty stuff guys... in a good way if you like smut. *wink* The rest of the weekend is devoted to HARD TO LET GO by Laura Kaye. I've already started and it's hard to put down. If you love her books be sure and drop in next week. I've got a release day event and my review goes up on Independence Day!

I'm doubtful I'll get my other two reads started but I've got The Undying Legion: Crown & Key and Angel Lover on the docket. If you don't read Tricia Skinner yet, holy crap you are missing out! Her Angel Assassins series is sexy and fantasticly solid urban fantasy at it's core. I liked the first Crown & Key book but didn't love it so I've been hesitant to start it in case I get bored with it and it stalls my reading even more. Which book would you read first if you were picking?

I suppose I should wrap this up since I need to get my rest day stretches in and I might be having company for dinner so I gotta hide the mess. Drop a comment and let me know what you'll be reading over the weekend and if you'll be celebrating Canada Day or Independence Day next week what kind of plans you've got. Have a great one! -- Rhi


Sale: ALIVE AT 5 by Linda Bond [Excerpt + #Giveaway!]


Come On A Thrilling Adventure Vacation in Alive at 5 by Linda Bond, Now On Sale for 99 cents!!!

Now on SALE! Read the book that is described as a mix of James Bond and Romancing the Stone! Spend part of your summer vacation on a adventure with a TV news reporter and a thrill-seeking undercover cop while they search for a murderer and face their greatest adventure of all, love.

Interested where the idea for Alive at 5 came from? Check out Linda’s blog post here!

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TV news reporter Samantha Steele is one panic attack away from losing her job. Future on the line and cameraman in tow, she follows her mentor on an exhilarating adventure vacation. When he dies while skydiving, her investigative instincts scream “murdered”, and lead her to gorgeous thrill-seeker Zack Hunter. Zack is an undercover police officer investigating his uncle’s death through the same adventure vacation company. Samantha is a thorn in his side the moment they meet. Not only is she investigating the same case, but the emotionally wounded loner doesn’t want another partner, especially one whose goal is to splash evidence all over the evening news. But Samantha’s persistence is quite a turn-on, and Zack’s overpowering desire makes it harder for him to push her away. When the killer turns his attention to Zack, Samantha might be the only one who can save him, forcing the anxiety-riddled correspondent to finally face her greatest fear.

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Excerpt:
“I don’t really expect you to help me, just give me a cover.”

He groaned in a blast of disbelief. The irony of this situation was not lost on him. If he wanted to remain undercover for real, he had to provide her with a pretend cover. The woman did have balls, he had to admit. He forced a smile. “And if I don’t go along with your plan?”

“I walk right over to my detective friend and tell him my suspicions.” She stared boldly his way, hands on hips, legs slightly apart. “I’ll tell him that Maxwell was killed and you know all about it. That you’re here investigating the other suspicious deaths. I don’t know what agency you’re working for, but Stuart could find out in less than ten minutes, and I imagine you don’t want to blow your cover just yet. Am I right?”

His jaw dropped. “Blackmail? Really? Do you know the penalty for that if I really am a cop?”

She snorted. “Extortion, actually. Well?”

He snapped his jaw shut. He knew very well what would happen if the adventure vacation company knew his real identity, and what his bosses would do if they found out he was still investigating this case after they’d specifically pulled him off it.

Wow. She had him. He was impressed, and a little turned on. He ground his teeth. He would agree to her plan, only because he had no choice. He was determined to find and nail the son of a bitch who had killed his uncle.

“All right, fine,” he reluctantly said.

She might lose her job if she didn’t come back with her investigative story. But he would definitely lose his job if she exposed his undercover activities and his family’s private life on the news. So he would have to keep the nosy reporter under his thumb and under his control.

One way or another. 

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"What a Treat: Great Characters, a Clever Plot, and Extreme Adventures!"

“ALIVE AT 5 is extremely well written, fast paced, and what a joy it was to experience, even vicariously, skydiving, scuba diving, and swimming with sharks! Ms. Bond has crafted a superior romantic suspense, and Sam, Zach, and Sam's cameraman George make such a fine team, I dare hope it's the beginning of a series! No chance of dozing off while reading ALIVE AT 5!”



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6.24.2015

Release Day: THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN by Heather Lyons [Excerpt + #Giveaway!]

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Heather Lyons' THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN! THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN is an Adult Romantic Fairy Tale, full of adventure and fantasy and the third book in Heather’s The Collectors’ Society Series! Grab your copy today!

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The van door behind us slides shut. A click signals Marianne’s adherence to my wishes, and then we three descend upon the front door, the crunch of dead leaves and twigs beneath our feet cutting through the uneasy silence the gloom sunrise has brought. In a surprising show of gentlemanly manners, the A.D. moves to open the door. When the handle does not depress, a half smile curves his lips. “It’s locked. But no worries. I can have it picked open in no time.”
“There is no need.”
Darkish-blonde brows scrunch together. “But—”
“Stand to the side, please.”
When he fails to move at my thinly veiled order, Mary not so gently yanks our companion away.
The door before us is thick. The handle is ornate. It is a beautiful door, no doubt chosen specifically to adorn a building as fine as Bücherei. It takes me three strong, measured swings of my war hammer against the handle and its surrounding area to break it apart and permanently scar its beauty. Picking a lock is kind, respectful even. A picked lock can be relocked. I do not wish this door to close behind me. I do not wish to be respectful of Bücherei.
The time for genteel manners is gone.
The A.D. is in danger of catching flies with his mouth as he ogles the door’s remnants. For someone who professes to be so clever, he certainly underestimates ladies far too often.
Stale darkness, oppressive and opaque all at once, looms before us. I am unafraid, though. I am not even taken aback. I believe in the impossible, after all. I have seen, lived the impossible.
I step past the wreckage into the house.


About THE FORGOTTEN MOUNTAIN:

After years spent in Wonderland, Alice Reeve learned the impossible was quite possible after all. She thought she left such fantastical realities behind when she finally returned to England.

Now Alice has become a member of the clandestine Collectors’ Society, and the impossible has found her again in the form of an elusive villain set on erasing entire worlds. As she and the rest of the Society race to bring this mysterious murderer to justice, the fight becomes painfully personal.

Lives are being lost. Loved ones are shattered or irrevocably altered. Each step closer Alice gets to the shadowy man she hunts, the more secrets she unravels, only to reveal chilling truths. If she wants to win this war and save millions of lives, Alice must once more embrace the impossible and make the unimaginable, imaginable.

Sometimes, the rabbit hole leads to terrifying places.
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 Heather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.
          

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Review: The Perfect Bargain by Jessa McAdams

The Perfect Bargain (How to Marry a Highlander) by Jessa McAdams
Contemporary Romance, Category Romance
Ebook (176 pages, 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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Your first beach read of the summer! (3 stars)

After hearing about it and hearing about it, I happened to win an ARC of THE PERFECT BARGAIN and figured what the heck, I'd give it a read and review. From the start I was pretty nervous. I love a good read that feels like watching a romantic comedy but there's a fine line between stereotyping and taking it a step too far and TPB really stomps on that line in the first few chapters.

Sloane and Galen come out of their stereotypes a little bit but unfortunately no one else in the story does. Her friends were horrid. I absolutely hated them and their whole group dynamic felt contrived, I couldn't see how these women would be friends in any world where they weren't being written together by an author. The ex Sloane is getting over is even worse. Unfortunately, the plot hinges on the whole faking a relationship to get the friends to back off thing. I say unfortunately because I think another plot device to bring Galen and Sloane together would have worked just as well and not made me feel so disgusted with the stereotyping.

My beefs aside, I grew to like their relationship as it grew and seemed to wilt and, of course, lead to a happily ever after. TGalen and Sloane are a great example of people who are polar opposites both culturally and in personality yet somehow compliment one another and helped each other reach for more than what they've been content with. If you enjoy a really how-could-they-ever-work-they're-too-opposite romance I think you'll like them as much as I did.

While it wasn't a flawless read, I felt like TPB was still fun and enjoyable enough to recommend for a train ride or beach day.



Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

Spotlight: WICKED RIDE | WAKING THE DRAGON | BRAND OF THE PACK



Title: Wicked Ride
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Kindle 

“Non-stop action and a hero to die for!” —Alexandra Ivy

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!
Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner – only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day–or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.

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Title: Waking the Dragon
Author: Juliette Cross
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Kindle

The Gladium Province is on the verge of civil unrest as humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, clash once more. But amid disorder can also arise passion…

When the bodies of three human women are discovered in Morgon territory—with the DNA of several Morgon men on the victims—it’s just a matter of time before civil unrest hits the Province. But for ambitious reporter Moira Cade, it’s more than just a story, and it may mean risking her own life.

Descending into the dark underworld of Morgon society, Moira is paired with Kol Moonring, Captain of the Morgon Guard, for her protection. Fiercely independent, Moira bristles at his dominance, and defies his will at every turn. Yet resistance proves futile when passion flares between them, awakening powerful emotions within both, body and soul. But as the killings continue, can their fiery newfound bond survive an even greater evil—one that threatens all of humanity, Morgonkind, and Moira’s very soul?…

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION
Waking the Dragon is available for pre-order at  Amazon, B&N,  Kobo and Google Play


Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

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Title: Brand of the Pack
Author: Tera Shanley
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: Kindle

The last of her kind

As the last of the Silver Wolves, and the only female with the ability to produce werewolf offspring, Morgan Carter is a wanted woman. Male suitors from all packs vie for her, and threaten the safety of her young niece, Lana. But there is only one man Morgan wants . . .

The last of his control

Greyson Crawford has been through hell and back for Morgan. And he’d do it again. But until she learns to trust him, and lets him claim her as his own, he can’t fully protect her. When a force more powerful than either have known threatens to tear them apart, can Greyson convince Morgan to accept him as her mate once and for all, before it’s too late?

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION
Brand of the Pack is available for pre-order at  Amazon, B&N,  Kobo and Google Play

Hybrid author, Tera Shanley, is the twisted mind behind the zombie-rific Dead Rapture series. Schooled in weaponry and with an alpha male of her own, the dystopian romance genre was a natural draw. She has several books published through Omnific Publishing/Simon & Schuster and Lyrical Press/Kensington. A happy inhabitant of cozy, small town Texas, she spends her days chasing around her rambunctious family, spending time outdoors, reading, and typing up the stories her characters demand she write.

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Spotlight: MYTH AND MAGIC by Mae Clair


Title: Myth and Magic
Author: Mae Clair
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Format: Kindle

AS CHILDREN THEY PLAYED GAMES OF MYTH AND MAGIC…

Veronica Kent fell in love with Caith Breckwood when they were children. As a teenager, she was certain he was the man she was destined to marry. But a traumatic event from Caith’s past led him to fear a future together. He left Veronica, hoping to save her from a terrible fate. Twelve years later, Caith, now a P.I., is hired to investigate bizarre incidents at the secluded retreat Veronica manages. Returning to his hometown, Caith is forced to face his nightmares—and his feelings for the woman he’s always loved.

THEN ONE DAY THE MONSTERS BECAME REAL.

After the callous way Caith broke her heart, Veronica isn’t thrilled to see him again. But strange occurrences have taken a dangerous toll on business at Stone Willow Lodge. Forced to work together, Veronica discovers it isn’t ghostly apparitions that frighten her, but her passion for a man she has never forgotten. Or forgiven. Can two people with a tarnished past unearth a magical future?



PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

Myth and Magic is available for pre-order at Amazon, B&N, Kobo and Google Play


About the author:

Mae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back. Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.


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Follow the Tour
June 15
Book featured at 3 Partners in Shopping
June 16
Book featured at A Little Bit of R&R
June 17
Interviewed at C.A. Milson
June 18
Guest blogging at Gothic Moms
June 19
Interviewed at The ToiBox of Words
June 22
Guest blogging at Mythical Books
June 23
Interviewed at Review From Here
June 24
Book featured at RhiReading
June 25
Interviewed at Shameless Book Club
June 26
Book featured at The Dark Phantom
June 29
Book reviewed at Literary Addicts
June 30
Guest blogging at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
July 1
Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
July 2
Book featured at The Literary Nook
July 3
Interviewed at Toot’s Book Reviews



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