Friday, February 28, 2014

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly


Waking Up Married
by Mira Lyn Kelly

Her first thought: "Who are you?"

It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she's in a stranger's penthouse having woken up with something else as well - a funny, arrogant, sexy...husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible - been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter...no, Connor Reed and she's gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor's shocking bombshell?

"I don't want a divorce."


The title sums it up, WAKING UP MARRIED, and this is a trope that I love reading when it's done well. No worries here, as Ms. Kelly did a fabulous job of setting up the situation and then following through with the aftermath. 

Megan's first thought upon waking up with a stranger is that she and Carter? Connor? need a divorce, like NOW.

But CONNOR has other ideas. He thinks that Megan is exactly what he was looking for. He wants a family, but he doesn't want love. He wants affection and fidelity. But love? Well, that just brings heartache. Surely it's better to have someone that you can count on, but not someone who is going to hurt your heart.

There was a twist later on that hurt my heart. Well done, Ms. Kelly!

Since this is a Harlequin, we all know how it's going to end up, that's why we read these books. But what a road these two had to follow. There is sweet, hot loving...and then that dose of drama to mess with your mind and to get your heart rate up. Again, well done!




*Thank you, NetGalley and Harlequin KISS, for the opportunity to read Waking UP Married

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The night that changed everything!

Waitress Darcy Penn is the smart, sensible type—flirting with the extremely cute guy in the bar just isn't her usual style. As for ending up in his hotel room? Definitely not! Sneaking out while he's in the bathroom to avoid the post-sex awkwardness? Much more like it….

If Darcy had stuck around, Jeff Norton could have told her about their "epic latex fail." So he shouldn't be quite so shocked when months later, Darcy turns up at his classy L.A. office and throws up in his wastepaper basket. She's got a bad case of morning sickness, and she's here to find out what he's going to do about it!

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

TEMPTED BY THE SOLDIER by Nicolette Day



Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Nicolette Day
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Pages: 169
Language: English
Format: Ebook


When one touch isn’t enough, why resist?

Road trips are supposed to be fun. Or, at least, full of hot sex. For photographer Lilly Grayson, the fifteen-hour drive to her friend’s wedding with Nate Jennings will be neither. Not that Nate isn’t sexy—the man is six-foot-three-inches of mouth-watering Marine. But Lilly’s been there, done that…and he walked away. Now it’s time for a little payback. The kind that’ll make a man desperate for a taste of what he can’t have.

And Nate wants a taste—so badly that he can barely keep his hands on the wheel. But the scars and ghosts of his last tour still haunt him. He can’t give into temptation, not this time. Lilly deserves a whole man—one who can love her the way she deserves to be loved, even if she doesn’t believe it can happen. And that can’t be Nate. Not when he’s leaving again in two weeks, and this time, he’s not sure he’ll return…


ABOUT NICOLLETE DAY:

A mom by day and a romance writer by night, Nicolette Day harbors a weakness for black and white mochas and books that steam up her Kindle screen. She grew up in a one stoplight town where she once upon a time she only dreamed of becoming a writer. Now she lives in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights. If you love young adult romance, check out Nicolette’s alter ego, TaraFuller!



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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BEATLESS by Amber L. Johnson - Playlist



Do you like playlists for books? Well, Lori at FicWishes has put all the links together for 
Amber L. Johnson's BEATLESS


Please check it out!!!


FicWishes: Blog Tour - BEATLESS by Amber L. Johnson - Playlis...: Synopsis Mallory Durham has been left behind and it is making her feel less like an adult and more like an afterthought. Divorce, sickn...





Why, yes, I do love this book!


Wowza...what a kiss it was!


Thank you for reading...I just needed to fangirl...just a bit!


Hearts Under Siege & Risking It All For Her Boss Blog Tour Stop

Welcome to the Hearts Under Siege

&

Risking It All For Her Boss 

Blog Tour Stop



by: Natalie J. Damschroder
Release Date: 2/24/14
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Will the truth bring them together?

Brady Fitzpatrick has spent a decade burying the pain of a broken heart while working for SIEGE, an information-gathering spy agency. That it kept him away from his family as well as his best friend Molly has been an unfortunate side effect. But when his brother, also an agent, is killed during a foreign op, Brady is drawn into a web of intrigue that threatens the lives of everyone he loves…
Molly Byrnes has loved Brady forever. As his best friend and a de facto member of the Fitzpatrick family, she holds them together in their crushing grief. But as a member SIEGE’s ground team, she doesn't buy the official line about Brady’s brother’s “accidental” death and launches her own investigation—only to uncover a shocking secret that she and Brady must get to the bottom of before their target finds them.
Tangled emotions land them in bed together, opening Brady’s eyes to the incredible, fearless woman who’s been there for him all his life. But after a lifetime of disappointment, how can Molly trust the possibility of a future with him…or if they can count on any future at all?

Natalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance, with an emphasis on romantic adventure. Her 11 novels, 7 novellas, and 15 short stories have been published by Avid Press, Echelon Press, and Amber Quill Press. She currently publishes romantic adventure with Carina Press and urban fantasy romance with Entangled Publishing. Her paranormal romance series, The Soul Series, is self-published.
Natalie grew up in Massachusetts, and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she’s not writing, she does freelance editing and works part time as a chiropractic assistant. She and her husband have two daughters they’ve dubbed “the anti-teenagers,” one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.)

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Email:  nujii@aol.com
Twitter: @NJDamschroder







by: Sharron McClellan
Release Date: 2/24/24
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Big Risk. Big Reward. No Regrets.

When High Risk Securities (HRS) agent, Eva Torres, botches an undercover job by failing to rescue both of the kidnap victims she was sent to retrieve, Quinn Blackwood—her former lover and the man who broke her heart—pulls her and one of the victims out of harm’s way. As a penalty for her sins, she’s offered the dull job of escorting a former bio-chemical warfare scientist to Washington D.C. to reunite with his daughter. Much to her displeasure, the job of monitoring her assignment is given to Quinn.

Quinn isn’t thrilled with the situation either. He taught Eva everything he knew about secrets, sex, and lies—but the biggest lie of all was the one he’d told himself: that his missions for HRS were more important than anything, including his relationship with Eva. Because now that they’re working together again, the urge to put his hands on her, to feel her beneath him, is killing him.

Things only get worse when their current operation goes wrong, and the scientist they’re guarding is kidnapped mid-air. Now, Eva and Quinn have to work together to find him before he is forced to create a monstrous weapon that could destroy entire cities. A hard task made more difficult when they find themselves fighting both the enemy and their building desire for each other. Can they work together for the sake of the mission without reigniting the passion between them—or will passion be the salvation of them all?


Sharron McClellan: I always planned to be a writer of some sort. However, when I went to college, I took journalism and creative writing and sadly, the teacher’s sucked the love of writing out of me. So I turned to my next love–science. At first, I wanted to be a marine biologist, but there was the whole shark issue. Frankly, they freak me out.

Instead, I discovered the joys of playing in the dirt-a profession more commonly known as archaeology. For years, I focused on excavating ancient sites that included projectile points, burn pits and the occasional burial.

My focus returned to writing when I took a position during the archaeological off-season and ended up answering phones for Princess cruise line AKA The Love Boat. Which, when you consider I write romance, is somewhat ironic. It was during that time that I took to reading romance. It wasn’t long before I fell in love with the genre and returned to my first love-writing.
Five years later, I sold to Silhouette.Five years after that, I landed at Entangled Publishing–Huzzah!
Today, I live in San Diego, also known as the City of Perfect Weather. I have an awesome husband who supports my passion for the written word in every way possible.   We both love to travel so don’t be surprised to find locales I’ve visited appearing in my books and pictures popping up on the website. It’s a big world—both in my head and out there!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A March Bride by Rachel Hauck

A March Bride



A Year of Weddings #4


by 
Susanna has found her true prince, and their happily ever after is just around the corner. But when Nate asks her to give up something precious to her, Susanna can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign that their love is not meant to be.
Susanna Truitt (Once Upon A Prince) is three weeks from royalty. She’ll soon marry King Nathaniel II of Brighton Kingdom. But when the government insists she renounce her American citizenship before the wedding, coupled with the lack of involvement by family and friends, her heart begins to doubt whether this marriage is God’s plan for her.

Nathaniel would do anything for his bride-to-be. But he knows his position requires that she give up a lot to be with him. Her life will never be her own — right down to her very identity. When she travels home to St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, right before the wedding, Nathaniel fears she won’t return. Gathering his courage, he devises a plan to win his bride all over again, and together they seek out a kingdom to treasure above all.







This is the fourth book in the A Year of Weddings series published by Zondervan - Fiction. Each of these novellas focus on a wedding and the trials and tribulations leading up to the event. These are nicely clean, but have some UST for our reading enjoyment. Kisses can be FUN!


This book is a short sequel to Once Upon a Prince. While I haven't read that one, Ms. Hauck gets all caught up on what happened previously. 

It's three weeks out from the royal wedding. Susanna has noticed her betrothed, King Nathaniel, is somewhat distant, and as she tells him, "weird." After having been jilted, she just knows that he's looking for a way out of the wedding.

That's not why he's weird, his government has decided that besides all the many things Susanna has had to change and give up, she must now renounce her American citizenship and swear an oath to her new country. 

A call from her mama back in Georgia is just full of disappointment. Her Granny is ill and can't come to the wedding. Her best friend, who is her matron of honor, is now on bed rest. And the list goes on.

This feels like the last straw to her. While she loves Nathaniel more than she can say, she needs some space. She needs to go home and see Granny and Grace. She needs to evaluate whether this really is the best plan for her. She needs to pray in  her own church.

Nathaniel is distraught. He loves his Georgia Girl. But he also knows that taking on the duties and the work that being the Crown Princess (to him as King), is almost more than any sane person would take on.

While all of these novellas are inspirational, this one is particularly so. I didn't read it as preaching, but just letting us know their thoughts on how to go forward as they asked God for help. 

When I thought the HEA was secure and I'd soon be reading "THE END" there was a twist in the story. I liked that very much. Really filled the whole thing out. Well done, Ms. Hauck!

I'll certainly check out more of her works.


*Thank you, NetGalley and Zondervan, for the opportunity to read A March Bride

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Under These Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan



Happy Release Week, Lissa Bryan!



Under These Restless Skies

by Lissa Bryan

Will Somers has always thought himself unlovable. When he encounters a creature of myth and magic, he seizes the chance to finally have a wife and family of his own. Emma is a selkie—one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea—bound to Will by the magic of her kind, and eager to learn about life on land. She has to learn to adapt quickly to human customs, because Will is headed for the court of Henry VIII, to serve as the king’s fool. It’s a glittering, dangerous world, where a careless word can lead to the scaffold and the smallest of gestures is loaded with political implications. Anne Boleyn is charmed by Emma’s naïveté and soothing selkie magic and wants Emma for her own fool. Can Will protect his newfound love from the dangers that lurk in every shadow? Circa regna tonat: around the throne, the thunder rolls.




Why can't all history be this interesting? Yes, I realize Under These Restless Skies by Lissa Bryan is fiction, but she's filled it with historical facts, and she's made it highly readable! She's done her research, and it shows.


Will Somers is taking a few minutes to walk on the beach, to think about how his life is changing as he heads off to the Court of Henry VIII to, hopefully, become his fool. Will juggles, jokes, and is made fun of because of his hunched back. He doesn't have a choice and it's a rather scary endeavor. Kings can say things like "off with his head" and it then happens. While he's thinking on his future, Will meets a Selkie. His grandmother had told him that they can make wonderful wives and mothers. Like any other man, Will wants that, but because of his deformity, he never thought it was possible. Then the possibility is right there...she's so beautiful and she likes and accepts him, deformity and all. Quite the heady event for young Mr. Somers. Emma had wanted to learn about "land men" and she chooses Will to show her everything.

This is their journey as they learn about each other, as they learn to avoid the undertow that is Court, and they find out what friendship, love, and family really means.

Ms. Bryan puts us right in the middle of Court. Henry is working to annul his marriage to Katharine, his wife of twenty years, so that he can marry Anne Boleyn. The intrigues, the pomp, the circumstance, the back stabbing, the hate...and the love that is Court comes alive here. 

I am sincerely grateful that I live in the present time. What Henry, and others in positions of power, did was appalling. I am not ashamed to say that I cried buckets at some points while reading. I was always rooting for Emma, with her calming Selkie powers, as she discovered what land men were really like. I was grateful that she and Will had each other to find comfort with. They also had Jack, a little monkey, to brighten their days. He had some great scenes.

While those that know about this time frame will anticipate the historical events, I think they will also enjoy how this "it could have been" is expertly interwoven with the historical facts.

I loved this, and I'm starting a campaign to have MORE of Will and Emma. There are few places Ms. Bryan could take us if she wishes to write more. I sincerely hope she does!


*Thank you, NetGalley and TWCS, for the opportunity to read Under These Restless Skies




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Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete's foot ... though only in her head. Real life isn't so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

Her first novel, Ghostwriter, is available through The Writer's Coffee Shop (which is the least expensive option), AmazoniTunes, and Kobo. Her second novel, The End of All Things, was released on January 24, 2013, and is available through TWCSAmazon, and iTunes.
She also has a short story in the Romantic Interludes anthology, available from TWCSAmazon and iTunes.
Her third novel, Under These Restless Skies, is scheduled for release in spring of 2014. See the trailer here.


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Beatless by Amber L. Johnson


BEATLESS
by Amber L. Johnson

Mallory Durham has been left behind and it is making her feel less like an adult and more like an afterthought.

Divorce, sickness, educational aspirations being shattered, and her Aunt Sam moving into her home, have made Mal's life nearly unrecognizable to her.

When Tucker Scott re-enters her life along with his band, will they offer what she needs to once again find her voice and self confidence or will it strip her of it even more?

Told through the dual voices of Mallory as she navigates her new world, and Aunt Sam's letters to her niece, Beatless tells the story of two women at very different points in their life, fighting the same battles; proving that no matter what age a person is, there are always lessons to be learned.


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Kathie's Review:

I had the honor of helping edit BEATLESS. I had to keep stopping and remembering that I was working...as I just kept reading as fast as I could. This journey tugged at my heart, had me reaching for tissues, and had me ranting in emails "OH GOSH, what's going to HAPPEN NEXT?" and I have to admit to loving every second.

Amber pulls me right into her characters' lives. I feel like I know them and when the book was over, I missed them. One of the great things about books is that we can revisit them often, and I can assure you that I plan to read about Mal, Tucker, and Sam again and again. Because that's the kind of book this is. 

With a child who has taken drama for the last several years, Mal's adventure via the play read right. Now I hope that my drama student can find a Tucker for herself. I appreciated that this wasn't a high school scene, those have been done too many times. It was great to read about young people figuring LIFE out.

The letters from Sam were full of good advice. Mal needed her to point out some life lessons and I'm glad we got to read about them right along with her.

This is a book that's going on my BEST BOOKS EVER shelf. And I hope you enjoy it, too.



Excerpt

The Scott house was less than five miles from mine, but it could have been in a completely different world. The neighborhood was older, clearly didn’t have a Homeowners Association, and the houses themselves looked like they were in dire need of repair. His was a brown ranch that had an exposed basement, which I quickly learned was where he had all his musical instruments set up. It was a sweet deal because he’d soundproofed the room with egg crates, the whole back wall was filled with band posters, and there were a few guitars mounted to the studs above his keyboard.
He seated himself in front of it, turning on the power and shuffling the sheet music that had accumulated there. “What’s your vocal register?”
“I don’t have one anymore, remember?”
“We can change that.” Light notes plinked out from beneath his fingertips and he swiveled in his seat to regard me carefully. “I know you’ve got it in you. You have to believe it too or it won’t work.”
“I don’t want to sing in front of you.” The thought alone was making me want to vomit. What if I was as terrible as I imagined? I’d only been singing along to the radio in my room, but it was breathy and sparse, and honestly, it hurt a little if I went too high.
His eyes softened and he patted the seat next to him. “Then sing with me.”


Playlist:
1. Incomplete- Switchfoot
2. The Queen and I - Gym Class Heroes
3. Love Somebody - Maroon 5
4. Stay the Night - Zedd
5. Collar Full - Panic! at the Disco
6. Miss Missing You - Fall Out Boy
7. I Lived - OneRepublic
8. Adel/Eurythmics mashup - Rolling in Sweet Dreams
9. Ellie Goulding/ Eminem mashup  - Love the Way You Burn
10. Imagine Dragons/ Coldplay mashup - Radioactive Paradise
11. Lorde/ Katy Perry mashup - Royals vs. Roar
Bonus track: Ke$ha/ Beatles mashup - Tik Tok Together
(mashups can be found on Youtube)

Dream Cast:




Amber L. Johnson is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.  




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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Much Ado About Jack by Christy English


Much Ado About Jack 

Shakespeare in Love #3


A sexy light-hearted Regency inspired by Much Ado About Nothing 


How to Become London's Most Notorious Widow:


1. Vow to NEVER remarry

2. Own a ship and become fabulously wealthy

3. Wear the latest risqué fashions in your signature color

4. Do NOT have a liaison at the Prince Regent's palace with a naval captain whose broad shoulders and green eyes make you forget Rule #1


Angelique Beauchamp, the widowed Countess of Devonshire, has been twice burned by love, and she is certain that no man will ever touch her heart again. But that doesn't mean she can't indulge a little—and it would be hard to find a more perfect dalliance than one with the dashing Captain James Montgomery.

After a brief torrid affair, James tries to forget Angelique and his undeniable thirst for more. The luscious lady was quite clear that their liaison was temporary. But for the first time, the lure of the sea isn't powerful enough to keep him away...



This is the third in the Shakespeare in Love Series by Christy English. I haven't read the others, and that didn't hinder my enjoyment at all. I was caught by that cover, you were, too weren't you? That uniform, and he wears it very well. This book appears to overlap with the second in the series, Love on a Midsummer Night (Shakespeare in Love #2) as the two main characters from that one are on the run in this one. 

You know how we read in these historicals about the widow who is "available" to the rakes of ton? Well, Angelique is THAT widow. She had a lackluster marriage to a lackluster man, gave him his heir and his spare...and then he died. And she decided to have some FUN. I thoroughly enjoyed this naughty widow. She knew she'd be talked about and she reveled in the fact. At one point she's glad she'll be the topic of conversation as she knows that will take the spotlight off her friend. Yep, she knows how to use gossip to suit the situation.

James was rather intrigued by the widow. He decided he wanted her and there was nothing that would stop him. I do like man who knows what he wants...and goes after it.

There were a few continuity issues that caught my attention, but as everyone who reads my blog knows, my big pet peeve is repetition. There was a lot of that here. We know that James had many women all over the world. He tells us that often and I didn't really care to hear how lucky he was with the women in his past. I'm also not sure why an author has to repeat stuff so many times. Their readers GET IT the first time they read back story. I finally had to tell myself to stop counting the repetitive stuff and just read the story.

I did enjoy how Angelique went to bat for Arabella. She worked at keeping her safe. I also liked how naughty she was. And why not? The men got to play, and she had the title and money to play the game, so, why not indeed!

You might wonder who Jack of the title is. That's a funny, snarky moment in the book and brought some chuckles. When royalty names you, you're stuck with it!

Once I stopped counting the repetition, I did enjoy the read, and I will be checking out more from this author.





*Thank you, NetGalley and Sourcebooks ~ Casablanca, for the opportunity to read Much Ado About Jack.

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