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Release Blitz & Review: TALES FROM CUSHMAN ROW by Suanne Laqueur

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Tales From Cushman Row

Suanne Laqueur

Release Date: December 12, 2017

My Review:

If you have read An Exaltation of Larks and A Charm of Finches, then you know how addictive Suanne Laqueur’s writing is, just as you know how addictive her characters are. WIth this novella, she gives you a series of glimpses into Jav and Stef, as well as other characters you’ve come to adore (hey, Roman!).

The other thing Laqueru gives you is some context. She discusses scenes left on the cutting room floor, scenes she couldn’t make work in the book, and shows you glimpses into her writing and editing process. I think that’s my favorite part of the book.

As for the stories themselves, Laqueur tells you straight up that there is a lot of sex in this slender tome, and she is right. But it’s great esx. It’s HOT sex. It’s Jav and Stef, and they are glorious.

Don’t read this until you’ve read Larks and Finches. Then treat yourself to a check-in of sorts with Jav and Stef, and enjoy these moments with them.

Synopsis

“Come here, you moron.”

For fans of the Venery series, author Suanne Laqueur offers a compendium of love scenes—unpublished chapters, character sketches and assorted reflections about Javier Landes and Steffen Finch. A treat to skim through, skip around and linger over at leisure. Like caviar.

For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like. Contains adults in adult situations using adult language and a f**k-ton of gratuitous boning. No socks required. Batteries sold separately.

“Why do I like when you call me a moron,” Jav said.

Stef smiled. “Because the moron in me recognizes the moron in you.”

“Namoronste?”

“Exactly.”

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A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur went from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her work has been described as Therapy Fiction, Emotionally Intelligent Romance and Contemporary Train Wreck. Whatever you want to call it, her goal is to write stories that appeal to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Suanne Laqueur’sAn Exaltation of Larks won the Grand Prize in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Book Awards. Her debut novel The Man I Love and its follow-up, Give Me Your Answer True, won gold medals in the 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Both were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Kindle Book Awards, and Laqueur was named a gold medal Debut Author with Feathered Quill Book Reviews.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater, and taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children. Visit her at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com. All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.

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Blog Tour & Review: THE BRITISH KNIGHT by Louise Bay

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The British Knight, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Louise Bay is available NOW!!!

 

My Review:

Sometimes you just need a big fat change in your life in order to figure out what – and who – you want to be.

Violet finds herself in such a position when, jobless and moorless, she agrees to move from New York to London to work as an assistant to a barrister who turns out to be the deliciously hot and oh-so-closed off Alexander.

The two lock horns immediately, yet even as Alexander knows he should be more offended by Violet’s standing up to him, he secretly admires her for doing so. He’s also wildly attracted to her, as she is to him. Violet recognizes in Alexander a kindred soul of sorts: he, too, is in a life he enjoys on the surface but perhaps does not fulfill him as he thinks.

Louise Bay puts her couple through its paces as she brings them together. Alex and Violet have to earn each other, and, more importantly, they need to understand themselves. Each feels a certain amount of emotional constipation, whether because they feel unworthy or unable. I loved how Bay wrote Violet’s and Alexander’s scenes of self-discovery.

I also love how she wrote their sexy times. Strap on those vibrators, girls, because this book is scorching hot. Alexander is a truly Hot Hero, and you will fall in love with him.

 

 

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The British Knight by Louise Bay
Release Date: December 5th
Genre: Contemporary Romance

When I’m offered the chance to leave New York to live in London for three months, I can’t pack my suitcase fast enough.

As soon as I touch down I’m obsessing over red telephone boxes, palaces and all the black cabs.

But my favorite place is the tube. It’s wall-to-wall hot British men in suits.

When I’m offered a temporary job working for a barrister, I say, sign me up.

On my first commute into work, it’s a total accident when I lose my balance and fall against the most handsome Brit alive. He’s as charming as James Bond and as suave as Mr. Darcy. I want to lick tea from his hard abs and listen to his accent all night long.

Turns out Mr. Handsome is my new boss. And his attitude isn’t as hot as his gorgeous face, broad shoulders and tight ass. He’s brooding, short-tempered and the most arrogant man I’ve ever met.

As we’re fighting, out of nowhere he kisses me. And I’m pretty sure I see fireworks over Big Ben and hear God Save the Queen.

I wasn’t looking for the fairytale but I might have found my knight in shining armor. The problem is he lives an ocean away.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

Excerpt:

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My workout this morning had been punishing. The harder I worked, the harder I worked out. I was a big believer in that if I wasn’t physically fit, I couldn’t perform as well in my job. And I was willing to do whatever I had to do to be the best barrister I could be. As a result, I’d been up since five, worked out until six thirty, and then had a conference call with Dubai at seven. I hated days when I was late into the office, but this morning couldn’t be helped. My commute had been . . . unusual. The woman I’d knocked into while getting off the tube had been beautiful, and I couldn’t keep the image of her gazing up at me in the middle of Lincoln’s Inn Fields out of my brain. I needed to focus. And perhaps get laid when I got the time. But it wouldn’t be tonight. I’d be working. I had hundreds of witness statements to go through and my opening statement to draft.

In three days, I’d be in court, and that was my sole focus. There was no time to be wasted on fantasizing about women.

As I trawled through my emails, trying to pick out the important ones from the hundreds littering my inbox, someone knocked at my door. I resisted the temptation to growl. I hated being interrupted—I needed a sign for the door.

“Come in,” I barked.

The door swung open, and I could tell by the footsteps that the head clerk had swooped in. “Mr. Knightley.”

“Craig.” I didn’t take my focus off my laptop screen. Craig was an avuncular and charming man in his mid-fifties. He’d been in the business since he was fifteen and had clerked my father. If anyone could interrupt me, he could. And he knew it. Over the years, I’d tried to get him to call me Alex, but he insisted all the clerks and admin staff call the barristers by their surnames. The bar could be a very old-fashioned place.

“I want to introduce you to your new assistant, Violet King.”

I paused, my fingers hovering over my keyboard. I knew nothing of this and would never have agreed to it—I worked alone. Slowly, I turned to find Craig in front of my desk, his eyebrows raised in expectation.

“My what?” I asked. A figure moved in beside him and I slid my gaze to the right. I found myself staring straight at the beautiful woman who’d invaded my thoughts since I’d arrived in chambers. What was going on? I looked away from her, sure that Craig would see my attraction to her if my eyes lingered over her for more than a split second.
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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Duke of Manhattan, Hollywood Scandal, Park Avenue Prince, King of Wall Street, The Empire State Series, Indigo Nights and Hopeful.

Ruined by bonk-busters and sexy mini-series of the eighties Louise loves all things sexy and romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

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Review & Giveaway: ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS EVE (A Maiden Lane Novella) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Once Upon a Christmas Eve (A Maiden Lane Novella)

by Elizabeth Hoyt

Published by Forever (Grand Central)
92 pages
Genre: romance; historical romance
4 / 5

My Review:

Elizabeth Hoyt is readily recognized as a must-read historical romance author. If you are new to her or perhaps aren’t sure if you’d like historical romance, this breezy, surprisingly sweet (and HOT) novella is a pretty fabulous introduction to Hoyt’s writing.

The premise is simple: Adam, the Viscount d’Arque, hates Christmas. All of that forced cheer and phony emotional pretension disgusts him. There is another, deeper reason behind his dislike, and it gives some depth to him. His opposite, in nearly every way, is Lady Sarah, a young woman who enjoys the spirit of Christmas and despises rogues like Adam. When the two are forced to spend the holidays together, Things Happen.

Hoyt puts you in the spirit with her teasing the romance between these two. Their banter is purposeful and witty, and you can see how each starts to rethink their preconceived notions of the other. Even with its slight length, Hoyt includes a couple of pretty spicy sexy times.

Veteran fans or new-to-her readers of Elizabeth Hoyt will enjoy this toasty Christmas novella.

Blurb:

A heartwarming stand-alone novella from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt!
Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, really rather loathes Christmas. The banal cheerfulness. The asinine party games. And, worst of all, the obligatory trip to the countryside. His grandmother, however, loves the holidayand Adam loves his grandmother, so he’ll brave the fiercest snowstorm to please her. But when their carriage wheel snaps, they’re forced to seek shelter at the home of the most maddening, infuriating, and utterly beguiling woman he’s ever met . . .
Sarah St. John really rather loathes rakes. The self-satisfied smirks. The sly predatory gazes. Oh, and the constant witty banter rife with double meaning. But in the spirit of the season, she’ll welcome this admittedly handsome viscount into her home. But as the snowstorm rages, the Yule log crackles, and the tension rises, Sarah and Adam find themselves locked in a fiery, passionate kiss. If love is the true meaning of Christmas, it’s the one gift this mismatched pair can’t wait to unwrap.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York TimesUSA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince.

Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was fortunate to be able to travel extensively as a child, visiting St. Andrews, Scotland; Germany; France; and Belgium. She spent a year in Oxford, England and was a summer exchange student to Kawasaki, Japan.

Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when her youngest was entering Kindergarten, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job.

Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job.

But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel (The Raven Prince) and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories. Since then Elizabeth has written over twenty books to critical acclaim including three contemporaries under the pen name Julia Harper.

Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the ever faithful Mr. Hoyt.

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Review: HOLIDAY FOR HIRE by Laurelin Paige & Kayti McGee

Holiday for Hire

by Laurelin Paige & Kayti McGee

Published by Paige Press LLC
98 pages
Genre: romance
3.5 / 5

My Review:

Just in time for the holidays, Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee team up to bring us this Christmas romance featuring Jane, a character you first met in Miss Match when Andy, a matchmaker, had fixed Jane up with Blake, a hot business executive looking for a wife. The problem is that Andy wanted Blake for herself, so she foiled Jane’s chances. And now Andy has gone and invited Jane to her and Blake’s wedding. The nerve!

Jane refuses to go alone, so she sets out to hire a date. Given that she is not a woman who understandss compromise, you know that this will be tougher than Jane anticipates. She finds Ian Brooks, a guy she would NEVER date, yet who suits her purposes … or he will, once she’s Henry Higgins-ed him up.

What might surprise you about this novella is the time Paige and McGee devote to Jane’s inner workings. They know that in order for this story to resonate, Jane has to confront the parts of herself that she chooses to ignore. She has spent most of her life convincing herself that she’s fine – really, she’s fine – and her practical approach to finding a mate is how one should pursue finding a husband. Ian unsettles those foundations, forcing her to admit the flaws in how she has approached life.

What might not surprise you is that there is a deliciously hot sexy time interlude. You know to expect this sort of thing from Paige and McGee, and they do not disappoint in the least. Ian may be uncultured, but he knows how to deliver the holly jollies.

My only complaint about this book is its resolution. It feels rushed, which I know is partly due to this being a novella. But you get teh sense that there are elements to Ian and Jane’s story that were needed in order for this to feel complete. Nonetheless, Holiday for Hire is fun and hot, and it will give you The Feels.

Blurb:

After Jane Osborne is unceremoniously dumped by a rich man, and then invited to his Christmas Eve wedding, she decides to hire a date from Craigslist and pass him off as an upgrade.

Fake-boyfriend for hire Ian Brooks ends up being a delightful surprise—and a mysterious stranger she’s definitely met before.

Could he be her Christmas wish come true?

 

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Review: THE PLAN (Off-Limits Romance #4) by Ella James

The Plan (Off-Limits Romance #4)

by Ella James

Published by HEA Press, LLC
412 pages
Genre: romance
4.5 / 5

My Review:

When you read the blurb for this book, you might think that it’s a romantic comedy. Whiel there are moments of humor in it, this is far from a romcom. There is too much angst, and you will shed too many tears. You also will squeeze your thighs together in delightful need.

Gabe and Marley were married when they were young, and now, twelve years after their divorce, they find themselves reunited in a way: she’s renting an apartment in the same house where he lives. Their reunion, however, is far from joyful. Each holds resentments toward the other, although these largely are borne of misunderstandings.

Marley knows one thing: she wants to have a baby. And since Gabe is all brawny virility – not to mention wicked hot – why not grab onto his DNA and make this baby? First, though, she needs to convince Gabe, and he is more than a little reluctant. What Marley needs is a plan, even if it isn’t necessarily fool-proof.

Ella James infuses this book with depth and poignancy. There is more to both Gabe and Marley than you might expect. For instance, Marley struggles with some ambivalence toward her mother, and I really enjoyed the scenes in which she tries to navigate her way through those struggles. They felt real, as does Gabe’s grief over some struggles he faces.

The sexy times have the perfect amount of detail, and they will leave you gasping and panting. James refers several times to Gabe’s manliness and size, so you will have no trouble picturing him when he’s rocking the headboard. And you will thank her for every one of those tidbits. Gabe gives new meaning to the phrase “best-laid plans.”

Blurb:

You’ve heard this story before. Woman feels her biological clock ticking and gets someone to knock her up.
Not for love, for baby.
Crazy, right?
That’s what I thought.
Then I found out my fiancé had a vasectomy. The life I thought I had? Nope. Suddenly I’m 33, and I don’t even have a kissing buddy.
When my mom’s health takes a turn and I wind up back in my hometown of Fate, Alabama, I tell myself to leave things up to…well, you know.
Then I see Gabriel McKellan. He’s Fate’s most famous son, a bestselling author who is beautiful, complicated, and living just below me. In addition to his plus-sized brain, Gabe’s well-endowed in other ways, and great in bed to boot. I would know. He’s my ex husband.
When I suggest The Plan, I don’t imagine that he’ll take the bait. It’s been ten years, and we don’t work. But Fate has other plans for both of us.

About the Author:

Ella James is the USA Today and Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of twenty teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella is an Alabama native who makes her home near Boulder, Colorado, with her writer husband, three young children, and hyperactive dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking the foothills, taking nature photos for her Instagram account, and swilling vanilla cream soda.

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Interested in the foreign rights for one of Ella’s books? Contact her agent, Rebecca Friedman, at rebecca@rfliterary.com.

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Review: RUN AWAY WITH ME (Come Back to Me #3) by Mila Gray

Run Away with Me (Come Back to Me #3)

by Mila Gray

Published by Simon Pulse
369 pages
Genre:
3 / 5

My Review:

The day that fourteen-year-old Jake finally gets up the nerve to kiss his best friend Emerson, something horrible happens, and seven years pass before he sees her again.

During that time, Jake has gone across the country to Boston College, where he is a hockey star who signed to play in the NHL. Emerson, meanwhile, has hardened, her dreams withering up like dried leaves. Seeing Jake again when they’re both twenty-one shocks her. For one thing, she can’t believe that he’s back on Bainbridge Island again. And for another, that electric recognition of him remains a powerful force.

Mila Gray treads familiar territory in this friends-to-lovers romance: the damaged girl, a friendship nearly ruined over misunderstandings and miscommunication, and penances paid. There are occasional moments of humor, mostly provided by a rowdy group of bachelor party-goers and a coworker of Emerson’s. One of the subplots is dispensed with rather tidily, whereas another one will tug at your heart. Gray also addresses something somewhat atypical for a YA romance, weaving it well, making you think about some real-life issues.

There are a few spots where the story hits some slow-pacing bumps, but otherwise, this is a pretty decent YA book. Gray includes a couple of scenes with sexual intimacy, but they are quite PG, so most teens shouldn’t feel uncomfortable.

Blurb:

Two friends fall into a passionate romance, but first they must confront a painful past, or else lose out on the one thing they’ve been searching for in this heartrending novel from the author of Come Back to Me and Stay with Me.

Emerson Lowe and popular ice-hockey player Jake McCallister have been best friends since third grade but as their friendship starts to morph into something more a terrible event occurs that heralds the end of innocence for both of them.

Within a week, Jake’s living on the other side of the country and Emerson is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life in a small town determined to paint her as a liar.

Seven years later, Emerson is still living on the beautiful Pacific West island of Bainbridge, helping run her family’s business. The last thing she needs is Jake turning up, bringing with him old memories and opening up old wounds. But Jake—even better looking than Emerson remembers—seems determined to revive their friendship no matter how much Emerson tries to push him away.

Forced to work alongside him for the summer Emerson can’t help but fall for Jake, and soon they’re in the midst of a passionate romance that neither of them wants to end.

But both Emerson and Jake know that if they’re to have any kind of future they must first confront the past—a past that most people want to stay buried.

About the Author:

Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson, author of Hunting LilaLosing LilaThe SoundFated and Out of Control.

Originally from London she has lived in Bali for the last four years with her husband and daughter.

As well as writing young adult fiction under the name Sarah Alderson and adult fiction under the name Mila Gray, she also writes screenplays.

You can find out more at www.milagray.com and on facebook: www.facebook.com/sarahjalderson

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Review: CUFFED (Everyday Heroes Book 1) by K. Bromberg

Cuffed (Everyday Heroes Book 1)

by K. Bromberg

Published by JKB Publishing
395 pages
Genre: romance; women’s fiction
5 / 5

My Review:

When you read a book by Kristy Bromberg, you know that you will experience a lot of heat, a lot of love, a lot of angst, and some relatable, real-life moments that do not flinch.

Such is the case with Cuffed.

On its surface, this is a second-chance romance between two people who knew – even at age eight – that they were meant to be together. A broken promise nearly ruins everything, though, so much so that even the passing of two decades does not minimize the hurt and pain that Emmy feels for Grant, not to mention lingering feelings of that long-buried love.

Grant must work to regain Emmy’s trust, and when Bromberg reveals the horrors behind that broken trust, your heart will rupture in agony. Not just for Emmy, but for Grant, too. Doing the right thing sometimes means that you have to suffer. Grant learns this lesson in a painful way, as does Emmy.

Twenty years after Grant broke her heart, Emmy is operating a skydiving business. When you think about that, you realize that skydiving is all about trust. You have to believe – completely and utterly – that you are safe. That you will not be hurt. That you will survive and you will thrive. Emmy needs to adapt this mindset to her life in general and to Grant in particular.

Kristy Bromberg tells a romance with deliciously hot sexy times that scorch every page. There is also great humor, particularly involving Grant’s two younger brothers. And ever present are those moments that feel so real, the moments Bromberg writes so extraordinarily well.

Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new series about three brothers, the job that calls them, and the women who challenge them.

“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”

Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again.

Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past.

But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it.

What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right?

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I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves.

That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up.

Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story.

I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.

About the Author:

New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, Kristy has sold over one million copies of her books across sixteen different countries and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. Her Driven trilogy (Driven, Fueled, and Crashed) is currently being adapted for film by Passionflix with the first movie slated to release in the summer of 2018.

She recently released a two book, sports romance series, The Player and The Catch. Cuffed is the first book in her new Everyday Heroes trilogy. This three-book series will be about three brothers who are emergency responders, the jobs that call to them, and the women who challenge them. The remaining standalones in the series are Combust (January 29th) and Cockpit (Spring 2018).

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Blog Tour, Excerpt, & Review: BODYGUARD by CD Reiss

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Bodyguard, the highly anticipated new standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is available NOW!

My Review:

If the angst of the Marriage Games / Separation Games duet and King of Code felt like too much to you, CD Reiss gives you a break in this book. Bodyguard does have its share of nervous agony, but the sense of emotional desolation that Reiss writes so well is missing here.

What replaces it is an undercurrent of suspense: will the stalker who has provoked and manipulated Emily keep wreaking havoc on her?

It helps that she has Carter Kincaid as her bodyguard. Carter quite literally shields Emily’s body with his own, and you will wish that you could trade places with her. He’s tall, big, strong, tough, and steady, even as he’s also tender and kind. He’s just so swoony that you won’t what to quit him when you turn the last page.

It could be easy to dismiss this as a simple romantic suspense novel, but in Reiss’s hands, it is so much more. There is a subplot regarding Emily’s wasted opportunities and what the realization of that does to her, and there is another subplot involving Carter’s family. Reiss wraps the former in a sort of melancholy and the latter in a loving sense of despair. I know that sounds strange, but trust me: Carter’s love for someone in his family is so intense that you can sense his hopelessness.

A word about the sexy times: they are delicious fun. They are steamy, succulent, and sizzling. Strap on your vibrators, girls, because Carter will fill you with NEED.

I enjoyed this book tremendously. My only quibble – and I know it sounds rather picky – is the denouement. The build-up is fierce and fraught, and then things happen that are talked about afterwards. You don’t see them as they occur, and I think you need that.

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Bodyguard by CD Reiss

Release Date: November 14th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn’t easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.

As a world-class dancer at the height of her career, Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve also attracted the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on getting her back.

Enter Carter Kincaid, a bodyguard so crushingly sexy he takes her breath away.

Carter’s the best in the business, and Emily is—professionally speaking—off-limits. But when it comes to stirring his desires, she’s making all the right moves. What’s happening between them is so hot it could get both of them burned. As Emily’s past gets closer, Carter is willing to break every rule of the job to save her. But letting Emily into his life also means letting her in on the secrets of his own past. For these two, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.

Excerpt:

“Are we going to have another ‘about last night’ conversation?” I asked.

“If you want to.”

What did I want to say? Everything. but mostly, I wanted to tell him how much I liked kissing him and how conflicted I was. I wanted to demand answers immediately and give him space at the same time.

All the words tried to jump forward, but when he stopped at a light, our eyes met in the rearview. The words landed in a tangle, unsaid.

He tapped the steering wheel when he turned it, using both hands for the first time since I’d gotten in.

“Hey,” I said.

“Yeah?” He briefly looked at me in the mirror.

“What happened to your hand?”

“Burn.” he brushed his left hand over the bandage at the top of his palm, right where you’d burn it if you were picking up a hot pot handle. He caught my eye in the rearview again.

I didn’t know if I believed him.

“What were you cooking?”

“Breakfast.”

“And you still went to get a Danish?”

He rubbed his upper lip with his left hand and tapped the wheel with the bandaged one.

“I burned my eggs.”

Right. Hot pot. Burned hand. Smoke-filled kitchen.

“You know what’s funny?” I said.

The Three Stooges.”

“I don’t know anything about you. You could live in your mother’s basement.”

“That’s just where I bury the bodies.”

Blatant avoidance. It had been cute before; now it was getting on my nerves.

“Are you married?”

“No!”

He could have been lying, buy lying liars always lied. There wasn’t a thing I could do about that except make sure I asked.

Something was wrong. We’d kissed twice, and twice he’d shut down. I should have been the one shutting down. I was the one with all the ex-boyfriend baggage. Why was I the one who was always so willing?

But there he was in the front seat, driving with both hands on the wheel, glancing at me once in a while to make sure I wasn’t choking on my tongue in the back seat. Discomfort radiated out of him.

Here I was with my hands in my lap thinking about ways to kiss him again.

He pulled into the little lot and wedged into a space. He turned off the car, popped his seat belt, and stared at the wheel for a split second too long. I was about to open the car door myself when he turned all the way around, arm over the back of his seat, bandaged hand on the back of the passenger side.

“Kissing you…” He stopped and looked at my lips so intensely I folded them back and bit them. “You’re dangerous. I can’t even see your lips, but I can taste them. I couldn’t brush the taste of you out of my mouth this morning. Right now. The honey. I can taste it but not enough. I want to kiss you again, and I can’t. I lose my shit around you. I can’t do it. My job is control. Do you understand what I’m saying?”

My jaw loosened, and I let my lips go.

“No, I don’t. I’ve met bodyguards before. You’re a stoic bunch, but you’re not all celibate. And if you think this is easy for me, you’re wrong. I’m afraid too. I’m afraid you’re going to get hurt because of me. last night…” I put my fingertips to my lips as if that would keep the choking sob from coming. I kept it back. “Last night he showed me he’s back, and if he’ll hurt me, he’ll hurt you.”

If I thought seats would be a barrier between us, I was wrong. He launched himself between them and placed his lips on mine. Our third kiss was unexpected, uncomfortable with him stretched between front and back. I wove my fingers in his hair, giving him my mouth, and taking his.

I wanted that kiss to tell him it was all right. He could lose control. He could bemore than a protector. He was as safe with me as I was with him. But I couldn’t without lying to both of us.

He yanked his lips away.

“Trust me.” He leaned his forehead against mine.

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Review: DEFIANT QUEEN (Mount Trilogy #2) by Meghan March

Defiant Queen (Mount Trilogy #2)

by Meghan March

Published by Red Dress Press
Genre: erotic romance
5 / 5

My Review:

If you have read any of Meghan March’s books – and if you haven’t, WHY HAVEN’T YOU? – then you know to expect a Hot Hero.

But then there is Lachlan Mount, who shows you that you don’t even know what a Hot Hero is. Thankfully, he is here to school you on that one.

The last time we saw Lachlan, in Ruthless King, he had slammed the door to Keira’s apartment, leaving her vulnerable. As he storms off, her believed-to-be-dead husband emerges and puts her at danger. The good news is that March doesn’t leave you dangling too long before she tells you what happened. The bad news is strictly for Lachlan and Keira: their feelings for each other are starting to become confusing, making them vulnerable. And one thing our ruthless king and defiant queen absolutely despise is vulnerability.

You learn more about Lachlan in this book. You’re in his head more, and March reveals his inner workings and thoughts. There is one scene that sent more than a tear or two from my eyes, a moment when Lachlan’s dreaded vulnerability for Keira is displayed in such a poignant way.

I’m not going to tell you too much of this book’s plot because you should enjoy every word as a fresh surprise. The one thing I will tell you is that March treats you to some scorching hot sexy times. Lachlan is just a tremendous Hot Hero. I can’t get enough of him.

As this is the second of a trilogy, go into it knowing that it ends with a SCREAM. And that scream will be yours when you realize you have to wait until Sinful Empire to have a resolution.

Every time I read one of Meghan March’s books, I am convinced it’s my new favorite. The same with this one. I know already that I will need more Lachlan Mount even when this series is finished.

Blurb:

I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.
I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?
They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.
But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.
I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.
I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.
But he has other plans . . .

Defiant Queen is the second book of the Mount Trilogy. Mount and Keira’s story concludes in Sinful Empire.

About the Author:

A USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels, Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure.  She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

Meghan is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

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Release Blitz, Giveaway, & Review: WISH YOU WERE MINE by Tara Sivec

Wish You Were Mine

by Tara Sivec

Published by Forever Yours
368 pages
Genre: romance; new adult
4 / 5

My Review:

When Cameron and Everett were growing up, the two, together with other BFF Aiden, had a tradition. On a day they designated to celebrate their birthdays, they each wrote down a wish on a star-shaped piece of paper and tucked the wishes away in boxes they hid in a tree house. It is a tradition they continued, even into college.

But now, five years after Everett left to join Doctors Without Borders and months after Aiden’s death, the bond that Cameron and Everett shared threatens to dissolve amidst acrimony, misunderstandings, and miscommunications.

Tara Sivec establishes two things straight from the start: Cameron has loved Everett ever since she can remember, and Everett has loved Cameron just as long. Not that either has shared that information with the other. She is terrified that he doesn’t feel the same way, and he is terrified that he doesn’t deserve her.

Now that Everett is back, he and Cameron need to heal their relationship. This proves particularly challenging because she is so full of bitterness and resentment over why she thinks Everett left that she does not want to hear anything he has to say. Everett, meanwhile, is so full of guilt and self-loathing that he is even more convinced that he does not deserve Cameron.

In other hands, this might feel contrived and forced. But as Tara Sivec writes it, it feels believable and poignant. Everett’s pain infuses every page, even the ones in which he does not directly appear. You want to grab Cameron and force her to see how pained and bereft he is, yet at the same time, you know that she, too, has some healing to do.

There are some searing sexy times in this book, but you have to be patient. Sivec doesn’t throw them in for the sake of hot headboard rocking. She builds and builds, making her characters earn those moments together. I actually got teary-eyed while reading a particularly beautiful first kiss.

My only quibble is a subplot involving some threatening notes Cameron receives related to a camp she runs for children of military veterans. It just sort of felt unnecessary.

This book is poignant and romantic, and you will love it.

Blurb:

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Story of Us and Fisher’s Light comes a new, standalone novel—a heartwrenching story about first loves and second chances that will make you fall in love all over again….
Five years. I would’ve stayed away longer if I hadn’t received the letter. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about her, haven’t missed her smile, haven’t wished that things were different.
The last time I saw my two best friends, I vowed to not stand in the way of their happiness, even if that meant I couldn’t be a part of their lives. Cameron James and her emerald-green eyes were too much of a temptation and I couldn’t stay and watch them together. Cameron deserved better than me. She deserved him.
But now that I am back, things are different. I’m not going to stand by and watch the woman I’ve always loved slip away again. I’m done living my life with regrets and I’m ready to tell her the truth. And I’ll do whatever it takes to show her that I always wished she was mine.

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About the Author:

Tara Sivec is a USA Today best-selling author, wife, mother, chauffeur, maid, short-order cook, baby-sitter, and sarcasm expert. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two children and looks forward to the day when they all three of them become adults and move out.

After working in the brokerage business for fourteen years, Tara decided to pick up a pen and write instead of shoving it in her eye out of boredom. Her novel Seduction and Snacks won first place in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 for Best Indie First Book and she was voted as Best Author in the Indie Romance Convention Reader’s Choice Awards for 2014.

In her spare time, Tara loves to dream about all of the baking she’ll do and naps she’ll take when she ever gets spare time.

Tara loves tackling new genres so there’s something for everyone! Currently, she has books in the following categories:

Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Erotic Romantic Suspense
Romantic Mystery/Comedy
Contemporary Romance
Psychological Thriller

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