Cover Reveal – Dark Master, Shana Vanterpool

June 14, 2017 By

 
 
Title: Dark Master
Series: Dark Masters Series #1
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: Erotic BDSM Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2017 
 
 
 
 
 
Master was dark, dark, dark.

His touch.
His love.
His anger.
And soon, so was I.

Miya Reemond fell in love without knowing who Jaxon Damon really was. When she finds out that he’s a dominant in the alluring and dangerous world of BDSM, she wants nothing more than to be his submissive. Clouded by lust and obsession, she falls head first into the intoxicating and erotic lifestyle. She soon learns that love isn’t easy, especially when it relies on her submission. Jax doesn’t know or do love, he only understands pain. Miya immediately turns his world upside down. She wants his heart, his good. But there isn’t any good left in him to give her.

Love doesn’t exist in his world.
She’s never had it.
Will they embrace the darkness, or will it swallow them both?

Book one in the Dark Masters Series is an erotic and sordid look into the tempting world of sexual dominance, submission, and love.

**This is an erotic BDSM romance. Not intended for readers under 18. Contains dark sexual content and a taboo romance.**
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cover Reveal – Havoc, Alexis Noelle

June 5, 2017 By

 
 
Title: Havoc
Series: Deathstalkers MC #7
Author: Alexis Noelle
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: August 21, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
CHRISSY
As a social worker, I’ve seen my fair share of broken families, bad relationships, and worlds of regret.
Because of that the last thing, I’ll ever do is let down my guard, or open up my heart.
As for men, bring ’em on.
I love a good man in my bed, but I’m not looking for forever or happily ever after. 
That’s not my style.
Please me, and leave. 
These are my rules. 
There’s no bending or breaking them. 
Even when he pulls out all the stops,
I’m not budging.
They’re set in stone.
Or should I say, “Rock?”

ROCK
I’m chiseling away at that hard exterior, one pebble at a time.
I don’t negotiate, I don’t share, and 
I sure as hell don’t wait my turn.
Despite her smart mouth and fiery ways,
I still want her. 
But this “friends with benefits” deal of hers is bullshit.
I don’t play that way.
At least, I don’t plan to anymore.
I will own every ounce of her.
That body.
That mind.
That heart.
It will all be mine.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, and three kids. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She love being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Ashley believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She want her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Release Blitz & *Giveaway* – Fighting for Your Touch, Nikki Ash

June 3, 2017 By

Title: Fighting For Your Touch
Series: The Fighting Series Book 3
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance
(can be standalone)
Release Date: June 3, 2017


 

 


 

Country Gals Book Blog – “I was glued from the first page and couldn’t put the book down. This was another great love story.”

 

S-n-M Book Blog – “I absolutely couldn’t put this down! I was torn between wanting to know how it all unfolded and never wanting it to end.”

 

Author J.L. Baldwin – “I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good, strong, heroine and a shattered man she is just itching to piece back together.”

 

Caleb

As a teenager I learned firsthand how untrustworthy and cruel a woman could be. She destroyed me from the inside out and took everything from me. The first chance I got, I ran, and have been running from my past ever since.

Until I met Hayley.
She’s a complete game changer.
She’s everything I never thought a woman could be.
She’s honest and sincere and completely selfless,
And by some miracle she’s fighting for me.
I’m learning if I want to keep her, I’m going to need to find the courage to fight for us instead of finding the strength to run.



Nikki Ash resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book. 
Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. – Pam Allyn
While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!

 

 


 

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Blog Tour, 6 Heart and 5 Heart Reviews & *Giveaway* – A Worthy Man, Jaime Reese

May 9, 2017 By

Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography

A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them.


Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.


* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K

Jaime Reese is one of my favorite authors and her Men of Halfway House is one of my favorite series’. This series is full of emotion, angst, love, sexiness and friendship. A Worthy Man is the next book in the series. It’s a second chance romance between two young men who found each other in a world full of hate, ugliness and disrespect. It’s a forever kind of love. A once in a lifetime love. Until one dark night changes their lives. Vann pays for his crime and after ten years, he’s back out into the world. Drayton hasn’t seen Vann in ten years. But he never forgot him. He never stopped loving him. Vann isn’t the same man he was ten years ago. Prison changed him, but he thought about Dray every day and the thought of seeing him again, touching him again… Vann is placed in Halfway House with Matt and J. Drayton saw to every little detail. Made sure everything was perfect for him. He knows the transition is going to be hard, but he hasn’t given up on Vann yet and he’s not about to start now. Drayton has made a name for himself after his life changed forever. He’s rich, famous and powerful. And now that Vann is back in his life, he’s whole again. Obstacles are going to get in the their way. The past is going to come back to haunt them. But, will Vann finally realize they are stronger together? Will he see that he’s worthy of Dray’s love? I loved this story! These two men have tortured souls, but their love is so strong. It’s stronger than anything that tries to stop them. They are whole when they are together. Yin and Yang. Dray and Vann’s story is one of my all-time favorite romance stories. Ever. A Worthy Man gave me all the feels: I cried, laughed, got hot and bothered, swooned, got mad and got more hot and bothered! I loved seeing all the Halfway House friends and family. Yay!

“We sound like a couple of saps.”

“I don’t mind being a little sticky when you’re around.”

“Okay, so we’re horny saps.”

“You have a library of special words.”

“It’s easy where you’re concerned. Because you’re amazing.”

“I know I’m hot. You keep telling me that so it’s hard to forget.”

“That was accidentally romantic.”

“I was going for intentionally romantic.”

Sandra's Review

5 Stars

A Worthy Man is the fifth book in one of my favorite M/M series’. Jaime somehow makes each book better and better. More emotional. More inspiring. More raw. More everything. Even though this is part of a series, each one can be read as a standalone. If you read A Mended Man then you might remember Drayton. It was a small introduction but I just knew his story would be worth the wait. And I was so right!!!
It’s been ten years since Vann has seen the only man he has ever loved. Being locked away behind bars has not been easy but being away from his Dray has been hell. This is his second chance at a life with him and he hopes to God that Dray will give him that chance. He knew he was worthy of his love but if there could still be a friendship, he would take it. He would take anything to be in his life. What Vann didn’t know was that Dray never gave up on him or them. He knew Vann didn’t deserve to be locked away for ten years. It shouldn’t even had been in there for one day. They can’t change the past but he sure as hell was going to show Vann that they deserve their future. Together. First, he needed to prove to Vann that he is worthy. That they are equal. That Dray wouldn’t be where he was without Vann’s support. Even if he didn’t realize he was giving it.
Vann has a lot of break through to get his life back. To make his life better than it was even before that night that took him away from his only constant. Drayton. He has be in isolation for so long that sensory overload can break him down. He has to find his happy place. He also needs to believe in his skills. He is a hard worker but doesn’t think his talents are anything special. But after years of being worthless, stupid, waste of space then you start to believe it. It’s hard for him to believe Dray’s special words but he trusts and loves the man something fierce. Can Drayton prove to Vann that he is worth everything to him and more?
I loved that this isn’t just about Vann’s Journey after ten year of imprisonment. Drayton has his own set of emotions to go through as well. His own insecurities. It’s wonderful to see them grow over just a few months. To be upfront for this ride was amazing. The story flows perfectly. The characters are raw, strong, sexy, and talented.
Overall…Their story is beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring, sexy, and moving. I am not sure if there is going to be more to this series but I am hopeful. It was great to see what the rest of men of the halfway house are up to now but there is one character I want to know more about. Him and his stuffed bunny.
Quotes:
“Sometimes, you just need one person to make you feel like you fit in this world.”
“You…me…we’re a team. Got it?”
“But I’m not the same anymore. I’m working on trying to put myself back together again, but I don’t think I’ll ever be that guy you fell in love with.”
“Next time, lead the conversation with your reasoning.”
“Then I don’t get to see this pushy, dominant side of you I’ve missed.”
“I think you gave me another gray hair.”

“C’mon,” Drayton said, tugging Vann by the hand. After breakfast and a countertop quickie, they had immediately returned to the bedroom and had been hibernating there since. He had no objection to spending all day in bed, but he had a surprise for Vann and couldn’t stand waiting any longer. “I want to show you the rest of the house.”

“But I like the bedroom.”

Drayton chuckled, pulling him up with more force. “We can come back after.”

“Fine,” Vann grumbled, finally sitting up on the bed with a dramatic pout.

“You’re cute when you don’t get your way.”

“Cute enough to stay in bed?” He waggled his eyebrows and petted the bed. “It’s really soft.”

Drayton leaned in and gave Vann a chaste kiss, jerking back quickly to avoid his grasp.

Vann’s laughter filled the room. “Damn. You’re still super-fast.” He reluctantly stood and stretched his arms over his head.

Drayton’s lips parted, enjoying the flex of muscles.

“Like what you see?” Vann asked, delivering a cocky grin as he seductively licked his lower lip. “Let’s get back in bed—”

Drayton threw his head back and laughed. “You’re still persistent as hell. C’mon. I want to show you something.”

“I want to show you something too.”

“This is important.” Drayton crossed his arms. “We can skim the other rooms but there’s one that’s special. It’s…yours.”

Vann sobered. “You’ve given me enough to cover every event for the rest of my life and then some. I don’t want—”

“It’s also for me. I’ll watch you while you use the room.”

“Hmm.” Vann pursed his lips. “Okay, you’ve got my attention.”

After a little more bargaining, Drayton finally lured Vann out of the bedroom and down the hallway. He opened the door to his office and stepped inside. “This is the room I’m usually in when I’m here.”

“Not anymore.”

He chuckled as they exited the office. They walked down the hall to the room he’d had converted into a gym.

“Damn, this is nice.” Vann checked the different weight options and looked at each of the machines.

“You’ve got everything here for all types of routines. And if you don’t like the view, you’ve got a TV.”

“The view’s beautiful.”

“Whatever we need to change out or add, we’ve still got space. I do a lot of thinking while I’m on the treadmill, so we’re not getting rid of that.”

Vann chuckled. “Okay.” He walked over to Drayton and leaned in for a slow kiss.

“Mmm. What was that for?”

“Is this the room I’ll use while you watch me? I promise I’ll make you sweat too.”

Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

 

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Cover Reveal – Fighting For Your Touch, Nikki Ash

May 6, 2017 By

Title: Fighting For Your Touch
Series: The Fighting Series Book 3
Author: Nikki Ash
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance
(can be standalone)
Release Date: June 3, 2017
Caleb

As a teenager I learned firsthand how untrustworthy and cruel a woman could be. She destroyed me from the inside out and took everything from me. The first chance I got, I ran, and have been running from my past ever since.

Until I met Hayley.
She’s a complete game changer.
She’s everything I never thought a woman could be.
She’s honest and sincere and completely selfless,
And by some miracle she’s fighting for me.
I’m learning if I want to keep her, I’m going to need to find the courage to fight for us instead of finding the strength to run.

Nikki Ash resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single 
Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book. 
Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. – Pam Allyn
While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!

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Release Blitz, 6 Heart & 5 Heart Reviews & Excerpt – A Worthy Man, Jaime Reese

May 2, 2017 By

 
 
Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography

 
 
 
A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them. 


Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.


* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K

 

Jaime Reese is one of my favorite authors and her Men of Halfway House is one of my favorite series’. This series is full of emotion, angst, love, sexiness and friendship. A Worthy Man is the next book in the series. It’s a second chance romance between two young men who found each other in a world full of hate, ugliness and disrespect. It’s a forever kind of love. A once in a lifetime love. Until one dark night changes their lives. Vann pays for his crime and after ten years, he’s back out into the world. Drayton hasn’t seen Vann in ten years. But he never forgot him. He never stopped loving him. Vann isn’t the same man he was ten years ago. Prison changed him, but he thought about Dray every day and the thought of seeing him again, touching him again… Vann is placed in Halfway House with Matt and J. Drayton saw to every little detail. Made sure everything was perfect for him. He knows the transition is going to be hard, but he hasn’t given up on Vann yet and he’s not about to start now. Drayton has made a name for himself after his life changed forever. He’s rich, famous and powerful. And now that Vann is back in his life, he’s whole again. Obstacles are going to get in the their way. The past is going to come back to haunt them. But, will Vann finally realize they are stronger together? Will he see that he’s worthy of Dray’s love? I loved this story! These two men have tortured souls, but their love is so strong. It’s stronger than anything that tries to stop them. They are whole when they are together. Yin and Yang. Dray and Vann’s story is one of my all-time favorite romance stories. Ever. A Worthy Man gave me all the feels: I cried, laughed, got hot and bothered, swooned, got mad and got more hot and bothered! I loved seeing all the Halfway House friends and family. Yay!

 

“We sound like a couple of saps.”

“I don’t mind being a little sticky when you’re around.”

“Okay, so we’re horny saps.”

 

“You have a library of special words.”

“It’s easy where you’re concerned. Because you’re amazing.”

 

“I know I’m hot. You keep telling me that so it’s hard to forget.”

 

“That was accidentally romantic.”

“I was going for intentionally romantic.”

Sandra's Review

5 Stars

A Worthy Man is the fifth book in one of my favorite M/M series’. Jaime somehow makes each book better and better. More emotional. More inspiring. More raw. More everything. Even though this is part of a series, each one can be read as a standalone. If you read A Mended Man then you might remember Drayton. It was a small introduction but I just knew his story would be worth the wait. And I was so right!!!
It’s been ten years since Vann has seen the only man he has ever loved. Being locked away behind bars has not been easy but being away from his Dray has been hell. This is his second chance at a life with him and he hopes to God that Dray will give him that chance. He knew he was worthy of his love but if there could still be a friendship, he would take it. He would take anything to be in his life. What Vann didn’t know was that Dray never gave up on him or them. He knew Vann didn’t deserve to be locked away for ten years. It shouldn’t even had been in there for one day. They can’t change the past but he sure as hell was going to show Vann that they deserve their future. Together. First, he needed to prove to Vann that he is worthy. That they are equal. That Dray wouldn’t be where he was without Vann’s support. Even if he didn’t realize he was giving it.
Vann has a lot of break through to get his life back. To make his life better than it was even before that night that took him away from his only constant. Drayton. He has be in isolation for so long that sensory overload can break him down. He has to find his happy place. He also needs to believe in his skills. He is a hard worker but doesn’t think his talents are anything special. But after years of being worthless, stupid, waste of space then you start to believe it. It’s hard for him to believe Dray’s special words but he trusts and loves the man something fierce. Can Drayton prove to Vann that he is worth everything to him and more?
I loved that this isn’t just about Vann’s Journey after ten year of imprisonment. Drayton has his own set of emotions to go through as well. His own insecurities. It’s wonderful to see them grow over just a few months. To be upfront for this ride was amazing. The story flows perfectly. The characters are raw, strong, sexy, and talented.
Overall…Their story is beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring, sexy, and moving. I am not sure if there is going to be more to this series but I am hopeful. It was great to see what the rest of men of the halfway house are up to now but there is one character I want to know more about. Him and his stuffed bunny.
Quotes:
“Sometimes, you just need one person to make you feel like you fit in this world.”
“You…me…we’re a team. Got it?”
“But I’m not the same anymore. I’m working on trying to put myself back together again, but I don’t think I’ll ever be that guy you fell in love with.”
“Next time, lead the conversation with your reasoning.”
“Then I don’t get to see this pushy, dominant side of you I’ve missed.”
“I think you gave me another gray hair.”
 
 
 
Vann grew silent again, rubbing his thumb along Drayton’s hand. “I’m tired of life kicking my ass all the time.”

“Then maybe it’s time you kicked back.”


“Um, I’m pretty sure that’s the kind of shit that would land me back in that hell.” He patted their clasped hands with his free one. “You’re supposed to be the smart one in this relationship.”


Drayton chuckled, thankful the teasing side of Vann was still present. “What I mean is…don’t let this shit hit its mark. You’re not this tough guy everyone thinks you are.”


“You’re supposed to tell me how badass I am and how you’ve been fantasizing about me every night.”


Drayton threw his head back and laughed.


“I missed hearing your laugh all those years,” Vann whispered.


He sighed as he tilted his head toward Vann. “I need you to listen to me. Okay?”


Vann nodded, staring at their clasped hands.


“You’ve got a good heart, and I’ve learned that’s both a strength and a weakness. It’s the reason you are the most caring man I know, but also the reason you feel this pain so much.”


“You’re getting better at this whole reading people thing.” Vann tilted his face toward him, his eyes pleading as if making an effort to absorb his message. “I’m not the same guy I used to be.”


“You’re still my Vann.” Drayton reached out, placing his palm against Vann’s chest. “In here.”


“I feel as if I take one step forward then get kicked ten steps backward.” Vann softly thumped the back of his head against the wall, another tic that seemed to linger after all these years.


“You’re a fighter.”


“That’s what Four Finger Fred said.”


“Who?”


“Never mind,” Vann mumbled.


“You’re not a quitter, so don’t you dare start now. You always find a way to make things work.” Drayton quieted, hoping to convey every ounce of love he felt for the man staring back at him. “That relentless fighter, he’s the guy I fell in love with when I was a kid and he’s the guy who had the strength to pull through the last ten years. And he’s the guy staring back at me right now. Who I love. Back then, now, and always.”


“You’re a romantic fucker,” he said with a weak chuckle. Vann ghosted his fingers along Drayton’s jaw, his focus following his fingers as they traveled down his neck. Drayton’s chest tightened when Vann looked up and gave him a lopsided grin—one that bore a hint of youthful innocence Drayton hadn’t seen in so long. “I’m supposed to be the strong one, standing guard while you change the world. Now…I just feel so fucking lost.”


Drayton leaned in and pressed a kiss to Vann’s lips. “You and me, we’re a team. Don’t ever forget that. I’ll stand guard for you until you find your footing again.”


Vann wrapped his arms around Drayton’s shoulders and held him close. “Thank you.”


He slid his arms around Vann and sighed. He stroked the back of Vann’s hair and hoped his message had been received, and that his words had enough power to cast out the evil demons trying to imprison Vann’s spirit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – Target, LP Dover

April 8, 2017 By

Title – Target: A Circle of Justice Novel
Author – LP Dover
Genre – Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date – April 4, 2017
Cover Designed By – Mae I Design and Photography


An assassin . . . that’s what I am.

I’m Wade Chandler by day and a killer at night. I get the job done no matter the cost. Not only do I hunt people for the FBI, but I’m also the owner of Chandler Enterprises, one of the top companies in the southeast.

When Brina Carmichael – daughter of the former president – wants my business advice, it’s hard to resist her long legs and seductive smile. One thing leads to another and now I’m in too deep.

I can’t let her know what I am, but I’ve never wanted a woman the way I want her.

However, harboring secrets comes at a price and I have a feeling she’s keeping some of her own. Especially, when my next mission leads me straight to her. Turns out she’s not who I thought she was. 

4 Stars
Target is the second book in the Circle of Justice series but it can be read as a standalone. If you did read Trigger than you would have met Wade Chandler. I liked him in Trigger so I was happy that he was getting his own book. He lives a double life and that is always interesting…
Wade Chandler is a trained assassin and also the owner of one of the largest investment companies in the country. The only people that know about his double life are in the Circle of Justice. This makes it hard to let anyone in. It’s too difficult to lie to someone day in and day out about who he truly is. A killer. A man with a list of targets. But when the President of the United States becomes a target to someone on the other side he has to mix business with pleasure. He knew Brina Carmichael when they were kids. She is a former first daughter and now her brother is the President. They are not kids anymore. He wants her. And when she needs his assistance with her business, he can not say no. She is not only gorgeous but she is business smart. It’s a lethal combination for him. But when she discovers her family is in danger, can he protect what he really is from the woman that is breaking down the walls around his heart?
I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that for the story. But I will talk about the characters. I liked Brina Carmichael because she is more than a socialite former first daughter. She is a hard-working business owner. Sister. Aunt. Daughter. Friend. And can take care of herself. I knew I was going to like Wade after meeting him in Trigger. He is a serious business man but he is also funny and sexy. He also shows his tender side with Brina. It is an all around badass with heart. Together, they are sexy, complicated, and fun. But I only gave the book four stars because even though I saw a connection with these two I didn’t feel it deep enough. I wanted more.
Overall…I really enjoyed the book. It was a great addition to the series. The characters are likable and lickable. It has suspense, sexy times, and laughs. I am looking forward to the next book.
Quotes:
“I do have an agenda, sunshine. And hopefully, one of these days, you’ll figure it out.”
“You’ll have to catch me first.”
“I’ll give you more,” he growled, sliding down my body. “But first,” he gently turned me around, “I want to explore.”

Standing at the receptionist’s desk, I waited to hear the verdict. Would Wade see me or not? When I heard his answer, I breathed a sigh of relief. I didn’t want my stupidity to ruin my shop’s chances at success.
The receptionist smiled up at me. “You can go back now, Ms. Carmichael. His office is the last one on the right.”
“Thank you,” I replied with a smile of my own.
Pulse pounding in my ears, I walked down the hall to Wade’s office. I had a folder of my designs tucked under my arm. Hopefully, it’d be enough to persuade him. Taking a deep breath, I knocked on his door.
“Come in,” he called out, his voice making me shiver.
I hated how this man made me feel like that. It’d been over a week and I could still feel the way he touched every square inch of my body. I wasn’t a needy woman, but he made me want more. This is business, nothing more.
Head held high, I opened the door. Wade was at his desk, leaning back in his chair, all cool and confident, dressed in his expensive suit with his brown hair perfectly coifed. Definitely not a bundle of nerves, like I was. “Mr. Chandler, it’s good to see you again.”
His brows lifted. “Likewise. Although I’d probably believe it more if you hadn’t run out on me the last time.”
And there it was.
Biting my lip, I shut the door. I couldn’t tell if he was angry, or didn’t care. “Thought I’d save you the trouble,” I confessed. “We both had a little too much to drink that night. And let’s face it, it was either going to be me or you. And I prefer not to be the one left behind.”
“Neither do I,” he said in all seriousness. “So, what brings you here?”


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.


She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.


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Blog Tour, Review & *Giveaway* – All the Frogs in Manhattan, Carrie Aarons

March 9, 2017 By

 
 
Title: All the Frogs in Manhattan
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 5, 2017
Cover Design: Okay Creations, Inc
 
 
 
You know how Cinderella had the whole glass slipper, pumpkin carriage, fairy godmother thing?
 
Yeah…with foot-destroying stilettos, Uber, and my Twitter horoscope, my life is far from a happily ever after.

In fact, instead of Prince Charming, I end up dating every slimy, scaly, brainless frog in the kingdom of Manhattan. And by frog, I mean all of the stereotypical bad guys that Mom and Lifetime movies warned you about.
 
The meathead player.
The mommy’s boy.
The namedropper.
The cheapskate.
 
If they suck at relationships, I’ve probably kissed those cold, clammy lips in the hopes of finding love. Until one day, when one man with commitment issues offers to help me find the Romeo to my Juliet.

But what happens when the frog who was never supposed to turn into a prince kisses you at midnight? Ok fine, he propositioned me for some afternoon delight after brunch, but not everything can be straight out of a fairytale.
 
 
 

 
 
4 Stars
All the Frogs in Manhattan is a standalone novel. I have read a few of Carrie books and they are always a fun ride. This one wasn’t any different but it was a lighter and more flirty read. Gemma was looking for her prince on an island where she only attracted the frogs…
Gemma was a twenty-five year old independent woman working for a female lifestyle magazine. She had great friends, a decent apartment, and a job that was getting her closer to her dream job. But she was missing something. She wanted the fairytale. But all she was getting was one-date douchebags. She was getting frustrated especially seeing her friends getting hit with the love-bug one by one. Then she met him. Well…she fell into him. He saved her from the streets of Manhattan after yet another failed date. He was cute and that was it. She forgot about him until she saw him again a few days later. Then for some reason they agreed to become friends with benefits before they were even friends. He made her feel comfortable. She made him feel good. They were two consenting adults that wanted sex. That was all. She would still look for her prince while he got what he wanted. What could go wrong?
Everything. Ok. I am being dramatic but I can’t say anymore than that. I will say that I liked the story. It was fun, flirty, and sexy. I laughed about her dates. The poor girl. Really though, I liked Gemma but I loved Oliver. There is just something about nerdy sexy that just gets to me. He isn’t too cocky but he is confident. I loved that he could banter with Gemma, she is a kind of crazy that I enjoy. Together, they are honest with each other but at the same time they are confused about what is really happening. They did make me laugh, get hot and bothered and made me feel grateful for finding my prince years ago.
Overall…it’s a fast and fun read.
Quotes:
“Do you think it was the period that made you lose your balance?”
“You came here looking for one thing, take whatever it is you need.”
“Did I ever tell you you’re like a mirage in the desert? Thank fuck, Oliver. Get me away from these people before they wipe my brain and abduct me away to Pleasantville.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author of romance novels such as Red Card and On Thin Ice, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and can’t imagine a better or more maddening profession.

When she isn’t in a writing coma, Carrie is chasing her Great Dane/Lab puppy through the dog parks of New Jersey, or trying to make her husband binge watch the latest Netflix craze.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – Risk and Reward, Rachael Duncan

March 8, 2017 By

Title: Risk and Reward
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2017

Grass isn’t always greener…

DIVORCE.

I never dreamed this would become my reality. 
But it is.
After feeling neglected and alone for far too long, I end it,
Blindsiding my husband in the process. 
He’s hurt, torn, and confused, 
Never expecting me to leave.
His pain tears at my heart, begs me to stay.
And I almost do.
Almost. 

Moving on isn’t as easy as it seems.
The memories tap at my conscience,
Reminding me of what I’m missing,
What I used to have.
But, I walked away,
From the man I promised forever,
Possibly making the worst mistake of my life.

I’ve let go, given myself a promise of a new life, new hope.
But does the other side have more risk than reward?

4 Stars
Risk and Reward is a standalone novel. If you read Rachael’s book Calculated Risk then you might remember Charlotte and her husband Nate. I actually didn’t read that book (I somehow missed it) but after reading this book it makes me want to read it. Well…this isn’t about Marcus and Lydia. It’s about Charlotte and Nate’s marriage and impending divorce…

Charlotte isn’t happy. Over the last few years her marriage has shifted from feeling loved and wanted to lonely and ignored. She loves Nate but she can’t do this anymore. And when she says she wants a divorce, Nate is shocked. He didn’t see that coming. He knew he traveled a lot for work but he didn’t notice that his wife wasn’t getting what she needed. Affection. Attention. When it hits him he doesn’t want her to leave but it’s too late. Charlotte needs to discover herself again. She needs a fresh start. She has one year until she can file for divorce. One year to figure out what she really wants. She takes the risk…

It’s not easy for Charlotte to walk away. She moves out. She finds a job. She is feeling independent. But she is also confused. She doesn’t know what to do next. She falls into her life but still feels like something is missing. She has her friends to help support her during this time. She has also found a new friendship with someone she works with. She goes back and forth between feeling like she made the right decision in leaving Nate and feeling like she didn’t fight enough to stay. She took the risk but what are the rewards?

I thought this story was different. It wasn’t about instalove. It was about self-discovery, balance, love, friendship and taking risks. I was cheering for Charlotte and at times I was screaming at her. Not going lie, I liked the first half but I didn’t love it. But, during second half started to fall.

Overall…it’s a very enjoyable read that made me laugh, cringe, and tear up. It has a unique storyline with some great characters. I love this group of friends and am excited about the next book. I think that one with be full of cockiness and sass.

Quotes:

“Do all your friends give you goose bumps?”

“Ah, I forgot; I was your chef.”
His expression turns hard. “No, you were my world.”

“I don’t know why you’re still in denial. You two definitely have a thing going on.”
“If this thing involves me kicking him in the balls, then yes, we do.”

It’s easy to recognize the bad when you’re in the moment. All the good is erased and you’re blinded by the negative. Each fight, every moment of hurt starts as a small scab. If taken care of, it’ll heal. But the more you pick, the worse it gets until it festers and infects everything. Is that what I let happen to my marriage? What if I had tried to fix my initial hurt instead of internalizing and letting it fester?


Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn’t for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She’s the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.

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Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – Under the Peaches, Shana Vanterpool

March 4, 2017 By

 
 
Title: Under The Peaches
Series: Teaching Love #1
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017
 
 
 
 

Unwanted. A word eighteen-year-old Kaelyn Jefferies knows better than most. Given up at birth, she knows nothing of love. Now she navigates this world blind, worrying only about her present to survive. And sometimes when you’re the only guide you have, you don’t always do what’s best for yourself.After another confrontation with her bully, Kaelyn flees to her hiding spot to be alone and nurse her wounds. Instead, she finds Julian Ean, the gorgeous twenty-four-year-old calculus teacher the other girls whisper about, nursing a few of his own. Until that moment, Mr. Ean was simply a man she passed in the halls. Afterwards, he is impossible to ignore … to forget.

Mr. Ean only wanted to help Kaelyn. Patch her up and show her she was worth so much more than she was giving herself. He didn’t mean to fall in love with a student. It’s wrong, he knows it, but he can’t help himself around her. Not when her pain feels like his.

Kaelyn didn’t mean to fall in love with a teacher. It’s wrong, she knows it, but after Mr. Ean shows her what a real smile feels like, there’s no going back after that …

Book one in the Teaching Love Series, comes a poignant coming-of-age novel showcasing the beauty of strength and the delicious lure of forbidden love by Shana Vanterpool.

4.5 Stars

Under the Peaches is the first book in the Teaching Love series. I have read every single one of Shana’s books and have loved each of them for different reasons. But they all do have a common thread. They are not roses and rainbows type of love stories. They are difficult and conflicting. You will either love or hate the characters. I do go back and forth between the two while reading their story but in the end…I understand them. I have only read a few teacher/student romances and this is one of them. It’s risky. It’s forbidden. And it’s dangerous. But in the end…will it be worth it?

Kaelyn has been fighting against bullies and rumors for the last few years. But she has felt unwanted since the day she was born. She is now eighteen and she still hasn’t felt loved, safe, or wanted even for one day. All she has felt from the many foster parents over the years is unwanted, hated, and not worth a damn except for their monthly paychecks from the state. Then, after getting hit again from the bully that loves to torment her, she goes to her special spot to be alone. Except this time, she isn’t alone. Mr. Ean, the young and very attractive math teacher is there. And in that moment they both feel a shift.

They know it’s forbidden but it feels so right. From the moment Julian saw her, he wanted to save her. He wanted to show her that she was worth more than she knew possible. He wanted her to stand up for herself and not blame herself for what others were doing to her. It was not her fault. But he also knew, it would be difficult. Where she saw herself as weak, he saw as strong. Where she felt ugly, he saw beauty. He just needed to prove to her that she could trust what he was saying. That he isn’t like the other men in her life. That he was the exception.

Kaelyn never felt this. Safe, loved, and wanted. She wasn’t sure if she could believe it or she was going to wake up in a dream. But it wasn’t easy. She had to be a secret. She was also dealing with so much more than just falling for a teacher. She had her bullies, foster parents, and her job. She wasn’t the type to look in the future but she knew she wanted him there. But she also knew she wouldn’t forgive herself if he lost everything because of her. Can they hide their true feelings and only show them in the shadows? Will she ever be able to take a compliment?

I loved that this wasn’t just a love story. It was also about bullying, self-doubt, and letting go. The characters are complicated, conflicted, frustrating at times, fun in others. They also have a deep connection to each other. Julian can feel when she is hurt and she can look at him and tell from one look that something is off. Not going lie…I wanted to slap Julian a few times. I also wanted to shake Kaelyn but after thinking about why, I knew they were just doing and saying what needed to be said. I also needed to remember that she is only eighteen. A mature eighteen but still eighteen. She is stronger than she thinks. That’s for sure.

Overall…I thought it was an great start to a series. Shana always delivers a story with complex characters that make you want to scream, laugh, and get hot and bothered with. I am excited to see what she has next for us!

Quotes:

“It’s my time. Let me decide how I want to use it. And it wouldn’t be a waste. It would be a privilege.”

“Any more questions, Mr. Ean?”
“Yes, actually. When it has to do with you I have a million.”

“I’m used to not having what I want.” I take my hand back and smile sadly.
“It’s an old game.”

 


 

“A beautiful romance. I cried. I laughed. I swooned (a lot!). I added Mr. Ean to my book boyfriend list for sure (*wink*)!” – Reader Review
“This book is the BOMB!!!
YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!” – Bookish_Affair
“This Book, this book!! Is there anything Shana Vanterpool can’t write??” – MillsyLovesBooks
“This book has easily been my favorite for this year. Shana has a way of bringing out the tears from me but also putting smiles and feeling happy for the characters.” -A Bibliophile’s World
 

 
 

In my current state, between ignoring and hanging on every word, I admit that’s what he is to me too. A shield between the hurt and me. I know exactly what he means. When I am around him, I forget to hurt, and it isn’t fair because he’s hurting too. But I can’t help it. No one warned me about him either.
“Julian.”
“It’s like,” he whispers. “Like and attraction doesn’t mean love.”
What did mean love?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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