Monday, April 7, 2014

BOOK REVIEW ~ TALK DIRTY TO ME BY DAKOTA CASSIDY




Title: Talk Dirty To Me (Plum Orchard, Book One)
Author: Dakota Cassidy
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Expected Release Date: April 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
eBook, 400 pages


ARC provided by NetGalley








Book Blurb


Notorious mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best—make that only—friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business…if she meets a few conditions:

She's got to live in Landon's mansion.

With her gorgeous ex-fiancé, Caine Donovan.

Who could also inherit the business.

Which is a phone sex empire.

Wait, what?

Landon's will lays it out: whoever gets the most new clients becomes the owner of Call Girls. Dixie has always been in it to win it, especially when it comes to Caine, who's made it clear he's not going down easy. (Oh, mercy.) Can Dixie really talk dirty and prove that she's cleaned up her act? Game on!




Book Review 


I am so happy I decided to pick up Cassidy's newest book in her upcoming series. Talk Dirty To Me was like a huge glass of iced tea on a hot, summer day. It has a little bit of everything I relish in a book--a sexy leading man, a sassy heroine who is hiding her vulnerable heart, southern humor that has me giggling aloud (and sometimes inappropriately), and moments that have me sobbing and resembling Tammy Faye Baker...that is, if I wore mascara and shellacked a ton of make-up over my face.


The small town of Plum Orchard is getting ready to have their feathers ruffled. Or at least have the snooty ladies of the town gasping in outrage. And it's not enough that their southern sensibilities have been compromised by "housing" a phone-sex company in their quaint corner of the world....Oh, no...Dixie Davis, former resident and queen-of-mean, has returned after leaving Plum Orchard years ago in the likes that still has tongues wagging.

Dixie returns to Plum Orchard after the death of her best friend, Landon. Her life is in tatters--a failed business with an empty bank account. Her past behavior has also made some of the people wary of this new-and nicer version of Dixie Davis. There are those who are just waiting for the other shoe to drop and the old Dixie to show her ugly side. But Dixie is determined to make a life change and make up for past mistakes.

That is, IF the residents will let her.

Caine Donovan is one person who is not swayed by Dixie's change of heart. Years ago, he believed Dixie loved him. But it was all a big fat lie. Now he is stuck living with a woman he wants to hate, but ends up falling back under Dixie's spell. And he's determined not to make the same mistake twice.

Emmeline has been cut by Dixie's sharp tongue one too many times in the past. But as mediator to Landon's will, she is stuck with the job of making sure Dixie and Caine adhere's to the stipulations of the will. They (Dixie and Caine) must reside in Landon's mansion while competing for clients in the phone sex biz.

What happens is hilarious, unexpected, and knocks those prissy southern belles on their as---er, derriere.
Be prepared to go through a gamut of emotions when you read Cassidy's tantalizing southern tale of redemption, passion, and friendships--It's a keeper.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

BOOK REVIEW ~ HER BEST LAID PLANS BY CARA MCKENNA




Title: Her Best Laid Plans
Author: Cara McKenna
Publisher: Cosmo Red Hot Reads
Expected Release Date: April 15, 2014
Genre: Romance, Women's Fiction
eBook format


ARC provided by NetGalley







Book Blurb


Experience Ireland—the dramatic beauty, the warm hospitality...and the smoking-hot local guys!

Imagine nursing a pint in a cozy, authentic country pub, far from Cork City’s busy pulse. Getting here took you a plane, bus, taxi, and...erm, bicycle. But just as you’re resigning yourself to drinking beside gray-haired farmers, you see him—a man with the looks and charm to soothe any heartbroken girl.

He’s your bartender. Your really, really gorgeous bartender.

For American Jamie Webb—recently dumped and housesitting for two weeks—Connor Kelleher is like a six-course feast after a 23-year starvation diet. But it’s gotta be casual. She’s just begun re-routing her life after an extended, man-related detour. Still, a sexy romp (or twenty!) with Sexy McBartender?

But what about when Jamie's best-laid plans for no future plans with any man begin to change?




Book Review


I absolutely loved every minute of Her Best Laid Plans. I wanted to hop on a plane, take off to Ireland in search of my own sexy Irish bartender and drink some Guinness. But McKenna painted such a vivid story, I truly felt like I was in the Emerald Isle.

Jamie Webb had made plans with her friend to vacation together in Ireland. But Jamie finds herself alone, sitting at a local pub, slamming down some Guinness, when Donna has to cancel on her at the last minute. But Jamie is still determined to experience everything Ireland has to offer.

At one point in her life, Jamie had given everything up for her boyfriend. She moved across the US to live with him and helped put him through school. But two years later, she finds herself boyfriend-less. Never again will she give up her dreams, her plans, for a man. And right now, in Ireleand, she was, free, free, free!

But you know what the say about the best laid plans, right?

Connor, a very sexy, very charming, bartender, has Jamie itching to get her flirt on. His good looks, wicked accent and killer smile just about do her in. They chatter it up and Jamie not only likes what she sees, she loves what she hears. He is a reformed bad-boy, working his arse off to earn money to return to college. The chemistry between him and Jamie is thick with sexual tension. And McKenna expertly draws it out with humor, meaningful conversations, and the beautiful sites of Ireland.

I love how strong Jamie is, how determined she was to make it on her own. To not make the same mistakes she had in the past. Despite her growing feelings for Connor, she is very much an independent woman. And Connor, in his own right, is forthright with his feelings, yet understanding of Jamie's feelings. He knocked my kickers off with his sexy Irish charm.

Both would love a chance to see what could have been but are at different points in their own lives, the distance between them too vast. Will she choose to stay, or will she go back home to America?

McKenna has become a go-to author for me when I want to immerse myself in a sexy, romantic, story with memorable characters.

Monday, March 31, 2014

BOOK REVIEW ~ TWISTED BY EMMA CHASE





Title: Twisted
Author: Emma Chase
Expected Release Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor 
eBook, 272 pages

ARC provided by NetGalley







Book Blurb


There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I've always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone....

What I've come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.


Book Review

I fell in love with Emma Chase's writing with her first book, Tangled. It was told from Drew's POV and was the story of the very rich, and very man-whorish, Drew Evans and how he succumbed to Cupid's mighty arrow. He fell hard for Kate Brooks. Tangled was sexy, funny, and filled with angst.

Twisted is told from Kate's POV and picks up two years into their relationship. But things aren't as rosy as them seem. And it's all because of a HUGE mis-communication between Drew and Kate. Drew still has some insecurities and when Kate isn't upfront about meeting up with Bob (who is a woman), things quickly unravel between the two lovers. Both characters over-react, their emotions at an all-time high. And something that would have taken a few minutes to work out, if they had just stopped and TALKED, turns out to devastate the both of them. Of course, without the mis-communication, there would be no story. 

Twisted is everything I expected it to be: A highly entertaining read with sex appeal galore. Drew is still the charming ass as in Tangled. But the moment when he realizes that no matter what happened, he cannot live without Kate, and he falls to his knees? S-W-O-O-N. Despite his flaws, Drew is a great character to watch as he muddles his way through his mistakes.

Tangled wraps up with  Drew's POV , voicing his pearls of wisdom and what he has learned throughout the terrible debacle he and Kate suffered through. And it is his blunt honesty is what makes Drew such the funny, flawed, yet charismatic man we, the reader, love to read about.







Winner Announced ~ Uncovering You by Scarlett Edwards




Congratulations

Mary Preston is the winner of an ebook copy of Scarlett Edwards' book--Uncovering You.

I have emailed the winner for prize information. 

Thank you to all who stopped by and left a comment. 

Happy reading! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BLOG TOUR ~ UNCOVERING YOU -- PART ONE BY SCARLETT EDWARDS



First of all, I would like to take the time to apologize to both Scarlett Edwards and Lisa, from Tasty Tours. I have some issues with my computer and email and missed my scheduled post for this blog tour. There was a giveaway offered during this tour which my followers missed. I will be giving away an ebook copy of Scarlett's book to one random commentor from this post. Please include your email address so that I may contact you to send you your prize. I will select the winner on Monday, March 31, 2014. 

Again, HUGE apologies. 


Available: March 27, 2014 





Book Blurb






When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what's waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.

Reality is much worse:

A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.

I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:

J.S.

Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:

Resist and die.

Or submit, and sign my life away.




Author Info


I’m Scarlett Edwards. I wrote my first book as a college sophomore. After six months of edits, it made its debut as Yours to Savor.

That was at the start of 2013. I’ve written more books since then. You can find them all here.

It’s funny how quickly life changes. I used to think I’d need a degree to get a “Real Job.” Then I wrote a few books, they got somewhat popular, and now I’m living the life as a full-time romance author.

Thanks to all my readers for making my dreams come true!



Author Links

Website / Facebook / Goodreads  



Book Excerpt


“Lilly.”

Oh God. It’s him. There’s no mistaking that rich, masculine treble.

What’s he doing down here?

“M-Mr. Stonehart,” I stutter, turning. I curse my inability to hide my surprise. He totally caught me off-guard. I have to look up to meet his eyes. Then up some more.

The face that I find is so striking it should belong to a Greek god.

He’s younger than I expected. Late thirties, maybe early forties.

That means he started his company when he was younger than me!

Dark scruff lines his angular cheeks. His jet-black hair is styled in long, natural waves. My fingers itch to run through it.

Totally inappropriate.

He has a prominent nose that might be too big on a less imposing man, but on him, it’s perfect.

In short, he’s a package of the purest masculinity I’ve ever seen.

And then there are his eyes. Oh my God. His eyes. They pierce into me like honing missiles. They are the deepest black I have ever seen. They would be frightening if they weren’t so beautiful. When the light reflects a certain way, you catch a glimpse of the purple underneath.

They are like midnight sapphires. His eyes reveal a cunning intellect. Those eyes do not miss a thing.
Add all that to his towering height, his wide shoulders, his confident-yet-at-ease posture… and Stonehart cuts an intimidating figure.

My gaze darts to his left hand before I can stop it. No ring. He’s unmarried.

He looks down at me, expectantly. His eyes narrow ever so slightly, and I feel like I’m being dissected, measured up, and tucked away in some small corner of his brain. I imagine this is what a gemstone feels like under the magnifying class of the most critical appraiser.

Stonehart clears his throat. I come to with a start, realizing I haven’t said anything in ages. I open my mouth, but the capacity for speech seems like a foreign concept to my brain. “I—”

Somebody bumps into me from behind. I stagger forward. I’m not used to these shoes, so my heel steps the wrong way. My ankle twists under me, and I start to fall.

I don’t fall far. The hand still on my elbow tightens, and Stonehart pulls me into him.

I plaster myself onto the solid steel wall the man has for a body. I catch a scent of his cologne. It’s a deep, musky smell with a hint of charred spruce that is all male. It scrambles my thoughts even more.

“Sorry!” a rushed voice calls out. From the corner of my eye, I see the postman giving a hurried, apologetic wave.

Although the sequence lasts less than a second, it feels like an eternity. Pressed up against him like that, I don’t want to move. I know that I couldn’t have made a worse first impression.

Stonehart eases me off him with a firm yet gentle grip. Our eyes meet. I flush the most vibrant red. His fingers graze my forehead as he brushes a lock of hair out of my face.

Any tenderness I may have imagined vanishes when Stonehart takes out his cell. He long dials a key and growls an order. “Steven. See the delivery boy leaving right now? Have his building pass revoked.”

I gape. Stonehart keeps speaking. “Wait. I thought of one better. Bar his company from accessing the building.” There’s a pause. “For how long? Indefinitely. FedEx can talk to me when they have an improved employee selection program in place.”

The phone call gives me just enough time to compose myself. My heart’s still beating out of my chest. But nobody has to know that.

I speak without thinking. “You’re going to restrict the entire company from serving this building because of that?”

Stonehart humors me with an answer. “A company’s employees are its most important asset. Their behavior reflects the organization as a whole. If FedEx decided that clown is good enough for them, it tells me they’re sloppy. I do not do business with sloppy organizations.”

“What about the other tenants in the building?” I ask. “Won’t that piss them off?”

When I hear myself and realize how improper my question is, my cheeks flame red again.

Stonehart’s eyes darken, as if he cannot believe I asked that question. I open my mouth to apologize for my imprudence, hating the way my professional skills have evaporated into thin air. I’m cut off by a short, barked laugh.

“Miss Ryder.” He sounds amused. “I believe that is the most direct and honest question anybody has dared ask me in weeks.” He takes my elbow again and leads me to the elevators. I have to take two quick steps to match one of his long strides.

“Yes,” he continues. “They will be ‘pissed off.’ But the perk of owning a building—” he hits the elevator call button, “—is that you get to make executive decisions.” He gives me an unreadable glance as the doors open. “That is, at the risk of being questioned by inexperienced interns.”

If that isn’t a loaded remark, I don’t know what is. I flush scarlet red for the third time since I’ve met him. I’ve never had a man throw me so off balance.

The elevator is packed, for which I’m infinitely thankful. The trip up will give me some time to properlycompose myself.

Gratitude turns to panic when the crowd files out, meek as mice, when Stonehart steps in. None of the people waiting in the lobby follow us.

The doors close. I’m alone in here with him. My heart’s beating as fast as a hummingbird’s wings.
He catches me staring. “Impressed?” he asks.

“They know you,” I manage.

His dark eyes flash with amusement. “Astute.”




Don't forget to leave me a comment -- Winner for an eBook copy of Uncovering You by Scarlett Edwards will be selected by Random.org on Monday, March 31, 2014.  Thank you! 

BOOK REVIEW ~ BLIND WOLF SERIES BY AUBREY ROSE


Title: Blind Wolf (The Complete 4 Book Paranormal Shifter Romance Boxed Set)
Author: Aubrey Rose
Publisher: Fido Publishing
Release Date: December 23, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Shifter Romance
eBook format

ARC provided by NetGalley



Book Blurb (Book One)~ Blind Wolf

Julia has never been on a date in her life. She's a curvy girl with no money, no education, and no way out of the town she works in as a library assistant... until Damien shows up. He's just like the prince charming Julia always imagined would sweep her off of her feet. There are just a few things standing in the way of true happiness: he's blind, he's dating someone, and he's WAY out of her league.Oh, and he's a werewolf. Damien lost his eyes two years ago in a wolf battle. Ever since then, the straggler pack of disabled wolves he leads has been searching for a place to call home. One house seems like the perfect choice, but Damien realizes too late that the person who lives there is the girl he met at the library. The human girl. Damien is torn between loyalty to his pack and raw lusting desire for the girl who haunts his dreams day and night. She's a human. How could she be his true mate?

Book Blurb (Book Two)~ Perfect Mate


Julia always thought that she was human. When the blind leader of a pack of straggling misfits claims her as his one true mate, she accepts that she is in love with Damien despite their radical differences. But after another shifter wolf attacks them, he points to her as he dies and utters words that will change Julia's life forever:  "...she's not what you think she is..."


Book Blurb (Book Three) ~Human Shifter


Julia and Damien are aching to start a family, but Julia's shifting ability has been suppressed for years. Despite the danger, she ventures out on a quest to find the werewitch who took away her ability to shift, so that she can get it back... and have a child with her one true mate.













Book Blurb (Book Four) ~ Alpha's Child


Julia just found out that she is pregnant with the alpha's child.
Damien's pack of misfit wolves has finally settled down into their territory.

Nothing could be better...until everything goes wrong.



















Book Review 

I really, really liked the premise of this story. A sexy, Alpha wolf (shifter) who was blind. I hadn't seen it done before, so my interest was definitely peaked before beginning this series.

Julia is the quintessential shy, plain, overweight heroine, who has never had a relationship with the opposite sex. She lives with her grandmother and works at the local college library, where she meets a good looking stranger, Damien. He is unlike the typical college jocks that frequent the library--he is simply stunning. Julia feels she has finally met her prince charming. When she discovers that a beautiful and thin woman is waiting on her sexy stranger, Julia realizes that he was never her prince to begin with.

Damien immediately senses that the woman helping him at the library could be his mate. But when he finds out she is human, he feels the Calling has gotten it wrong. Shifters were never mated with humans.
Damien needs to put the beautiful stranger out of his mind and focus his attention to finding a place for him and his pack to settle. And as Alpha to this small pack, he must also choose his mate.

Despite the promising premise of this book, I just could not get into the characters (Damien and Julia). Julia's constant pessimistic attitude towards herself was off-putting. I was hoping for a stronger character--one who not only accepts herself and what she thinks she lacks, but who would stand up for herself and believe she was capable of love. And the fact that Damien also suffers from low self-esteem just made it worse.

Another bothersome issue for me was the fact that I felt Damien only wanted to be with Julia because he was her mate. They had an instant connection, instant sex, instant relationship. It just didn't fly for me and made everything seemed rushed. The story itself is filled with lots of holes and could have been presented a lot better. Blind Wolf was a difficult-to-finish series plagued with difficult-to-like characters.

Monday, March 24, 2014

BOOK REVIEW ~ DASH OF PERIL BY LORI FOSTER



Title: Dash of Peril ( Love Undercover, Book Four)
Author: Lori Foster
Publisher: HQN
Expected Release Date: March 25, 2014

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense








ARC provided by NetGalley

Book Blurb


A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster...

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.

Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.


Book Review


Lori Foster is my go-to-author when I know I want something a little spicy, a little on the edge of your seat, and great characters that leave me a little breathless.

Dash Of Peril is the story of Dashiel Riske--brother to police detective Logan Riske. (Run The Risk, Book One in the Love Undercover series). Throughout the series we have gotten a peek or two of Dash's character. We know he is in the construction business (insert sexy constructor image here with faded jeans and a low-hung tool belt). And Foster, the pro that she is, has given us a tantalizing glimpse of him...until we are begging for more.

Dash has agreed to help out Lieutenant Margo Peterson in discovering who is behind the abduction of several women and drugging them to use in pornographic videos. But the criminals remain one step ahead of the police department and Margo takes matters into her own hands to find the sick men responsible.

I loved Margo's character. She is a tough-as-nails police lieutenant who comes across as a ambitious, hard-working, and candid. She IS those things, but she is so much more than the visible exterior she presents to the men who work for her.

When a car chase leads to a car crash,  followed by a shoot out, Margo is injured. Dash, who had been following her to make sure she got home safe has now been thrust into the madness.

And it is Dash who is able to see that there is so much more to this woman. He lets her be the kick-ass lieutenant she is and supports her strengths. But he is also there for her more vulnerable moments and understands that her vulnerability does not make her weak.

To Dash, Margo is all woman. And he is determined to win her heart.

What I loved about Dash Of Peril: Lori Foster shows the reader that just because a woman sometimes fantasizes about submission, it doesn't make her weak. And Dash is the kind of man who knows what Margo desires as well as what she needs. He doesn't "lose" his man-card when he steps aside to let Margo do her job. Their relationship is in no way intended to be a representation of a D/s relationship. For me, it was about understanding your partner. Understanding their wants, needs, and giving the other a safe place to let your hair down, so to speak. Being naked in front of your new lover is a vulnerable feeling. Baring your soul can be dramatically worse.

Another pleasing aspect of the book was when  two characters from Foster's earlier novels made a brief appearance. I literally swooned. I think I may have even shouted out a "YES!"  and done a little dance.

Cannon Colter, a secondary character,has street smarts and the innate ability to recognize trouble. And Yvette from his neighborhood is just that with a capitol "T". It is apparent that Yvette has a thing for him, but Cannon has his sights set on fighting with the big dogs in the MMA.  Their side-story in DoP is like a preview to Foster's upcoming series, Ultimate. Cannon's story, No Limits, will be the first.

Dash of Peril is a gratifying conclusion in the Love Undercover series and gives us loyal fans something to look forward to in August with Foster's new spin-off series.

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