Thursday, July 31, 2014

Resisting the Musician by Ally Blake

Resisting the Musician
(a Head Over Heels Novel)
by Ally Blake

Entangled: Indulgence
Pub Date   Jul 28 2014

Bridal shoe company owner Lori Hanover is in way over her head. First, her designer sister has fallen head over heels for the rock star fiancĂ© of a client - talk about bad PR! Now her business is falling apart. Lori's only hope in saving her company is making the world believe it was true love, even if she's not so sure herself. Her best bet? A song. For this she turns to the most frustrating musical recluse in America, Dash Mills, a man who could pass for Thor’s sexier brother. And even though this former rock superstar agrees to help, it comes at a price…

When Lori agrees to Dash’s terms, he thinks she's the one in for a challenge. But the more time he spends with this spitfire bombshell, the more tempted he is to play her—in more ways than one. But Dash left behind the rock and roll life for a reason. And seductive as Lori may be, if she drags him back into that world, this time he won't forgive himself...or her.

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Kathie's Review:

This was fun! Just the description of Dash, "Thor's sexier brother" was enough to pull me in. And it was enough to pull Lori in, too. Even if she did ruin at least one pair of high fashion shoes getting from her car to his porch.

Both Lori and Dash have issues. And the issues were reasonable ones, not far-fetched. It was enjoyable reading how they got past them, to find that HEA. I also enjoyed reading about the shoe designs and the process of learning the guitar.

The supporting cast of her sister, his best friend, his mentor, and his DOGS made for a lovely afternoon of reading pleasure. I will certainly be making a point to read more by Ally Blake.

Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled, for the opportunity to read Resisting the Musician

Australian writer Ally Blake is a redhead, a footy fan, a devotee of the language of Aaron Sorkin; she is addicted to stationery and M&Ms and weak in the face of Italians and fire-fighters and a firm believer in love, luck, and fairies. She is also a best-selling author with more than twenty-five fun, flirty romance novels under her belt with over three million copies of her books sold worldwide. For Ally's take on life, writing, and other fancy stuff, head to


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His rumpled T-shirt lifted at his belly to reveal a happy trail and the fact that the top two buttons of his jeans had been left undone, as if he’d rolled out of bed, tugged them on, and headed off into the wilderness.

Also leaving her with the pretty sound impression that he wore nothing underneath.

When Callie had mentioned meeting Jake’s illusive reclusive ex-band-mate a few weeks before, Lori had briefly imagined an overweight, overly-tattooed guy who reeked of bourbon and past glory.

Instead, she’d found Thor.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Tycoon's Convenient Bride and Baby by Shoshanna Evers

 The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride...andBaby

by Shoshanna Evers

After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother’s will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come.

Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution—he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby—and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay.

Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real?

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About Shoshanna:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories, including The Man Who Holds the Whip (part of the bestselling MAKE ME anthology),Overheated, The Enslaved Trilogy, and The Pulse Trilogy (from Simon & Schuster Pocket Star).

Her work has been featured in Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and Best Bondage Erotica 2013, the Penguin/Berkley Heat anthology Agony/Ecstasy, and numerous erotic BDSM novellas including Chastity Belt and Punishing the Art Thief from Ellora's Cave Publishing.

The non-fiction anthology Shoshanna Evers edited and contributed to, How To Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authors, is a #1 Bestseller in the Authorship, Erotica Writing Reference, and Romance Writing categories.

Shoshanna is a New York native who now lives with her family and two big dogs in Northern Idaho. She welcomes emails from readers and writers, and loves to interact on Twitter and Facebook.

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The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride...and Baby
by Shoshanna Evers
Copyright 2014 Shoshanna Evers
Entangled Indulgence Publishing, All Rights Reserved

“I know you love that little girl, Lauren. And I know you love your brother enough to not want his daughter to leave this family. Joe wanted us to take care of her. He said so in his will.”
“He didn’t mean us, together,” she said. “In fact, I’m pretty sure Joe would freak out if he thought you were making a move on me. He’s been warning me away from you since you guys were roommates in college.”
Mack waved his hand as if to clear away her concerns. “I’m not making a move on you. This is business. And Joe would understand that extraordinary circumstances warrant unusual solutions.”
“But we’re not married, Mack.”
“It’s just a piece of paper,” he said, shrugging. “We can go down to the courthouse this very afternoon and make it official. It won’t be a real marriage, of course. It would be in name only.”
“It wouldn’t be a marriage in name only, Mack,” she said. “Don’t you see? If we’re living together to raise Callie, it’ll be…it’ll feel very real. At least to me.”
He leaned in so close she had to tilt her head up to keep looking into his eyes. “Is that a problem? We’ve known each other for a long time. I think we could take care of Callie together, at least until Joe and Marisol return. We don’t need to really be in love to get a piece of paper that says we’re man and wife.”
Hmm. What he said made sense. They didn’t need to be in love to get married, not really. Love. It would be so amazing to find a man who’d love her, who’d want to stay with her forever. Not someone like her ex-boyfriend Steve who had waited until his sister had a baby to realize he wanted his own children, something she could never give him. Or any man.
Could this be her only chance to get married?
“For as long as I’ve known you,” she said, “you’ve always said you’d never settle down. Ever.”
“I never thought this would happen, either. Things change. I have a penthouse in Manhattan—plenty of room for you and Callie to move in. We only need to be married until her parents come back. Then we’ll have to be legally separated for a year before we can divorce.”
Divorce? “How do you know about that?”
He laughed. “Thomas schooled me on the legalities of marriage when Joe and Marisol got together, and what it would mean for our joint assets. But it shouldn’t be a big deal,” he said, “unless you have some boyfriend I don’t know about waiting in the wings, wanting to marry you, instead?”
She blushed. Damn him, he always made her blush. “No. But—what about Callie?”
“We’ll share joint custody, of course.” Mack smiled at her as if that solved everything.
“No.” Lauren shook her head resolutely, tearing her eyes away from his handsome face. “This is crazy. People don’t do this kind of thing anymore.”
“What kind of thing?” he asked, amusement creeping into his voice.
Why did he have to be so good-looking?
“A…a marriage of convenience.”
“Stop thinking of it as a real marriage,” Mack said. “Joe was my best friend. I have an obligation to do what he would have wanted me to do. So just marry me and help me raise Callie, like your brother wanted.”
He tilted her chin up, forcing her to look in his chocolate-colored eyes. “Please,” he said softly. “Marry me, Lauren. For Callie’s sake. Put up with me for one year.”
“Everything’s just business with you, Mack.”
Mack’s lips curved into a small smile. “It sounds like you don’t want to miss out on the other benefits of matrimony.”
“Other…benefits?” The words came out breathlessly as images from her dream of him ran through her mind.
He ran one large hand down her cheek, smoothing her hair behind her ear. The light touch tickled her senses, lighting a fire deep within her. “You know,” he murmured. “Benefits.”
“I can’t…I can’t think of any benefits.” Her skin tingled where his hand lingered. His mouth, mere inches from her lips, became the focus of her world.

“I can.”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne


Only with You 
(The Best Mistake #1)
by Lauren Layne 

Forever (Grand Central Publishing)

Pub Date   Jul 29 2014
Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . .

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

Kathie's Review:

Sophie is the wild child of the family. She can always be counted on to be self-depreciating just to take the heat off someone else. She's the one that breaks the ice in any situation and smooths things over. Usually with some flippant remark that makes everyone around her groan or roll their eyes.

When she finds herself stuck in an elevator in Vegas, dressed like a hooker, with Gray, this hot, sexy guy...and the lights go out, there's lots of smoothing needed! She's a bit freaked to be in the dark, in a small box...and he's appalled to be in there with a prostitute. But she's not...and his judgmental remarks, while they weren't shouted, make her rethink her goals in life.

When her "perfect" sister brings HIM to a family dinner, he's the one that looks like a deer in headlights. His shock that a prostitute is the sister of his perfect (although somewhat boring) girlfriend takes him aback. Sophie quickly sets Gray straight, but he's still shocked. When it comes out that Sophie has quit another job the family suggests that she might work for him. 

Gray needs to learn to say no, but he has issues with that. And while Sophie thinks that is a bad idea, she really doesn't have any other options so she runs with the scheme. And she's good at it. And she makes him NUTS.

I was a bit worried about cheating, as Gray is with Sophie's sister. But that was handled well and no cheating occurred. Whew! In fact, we meet the main characters for the second book in the series. Now they are going to have to work hard to find any HEA. We know because we get a peek at them at the end of this one.

A good start to a solid series. I'll be reading the next one, for sure.
Thank you, NetGalley and Forever Grand Central Publishing, for the opportunity to read Only With You

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Meeting His Match by Katee Robert

by Katee Robert

A satisfying category romance from Entangled’s brand new Lovestruck imprint…

When New York matchmaker Addison St. Claire is tasked with matching her best friend’s new brother-in-law, she almost refuses. But the sexy southern CEO turns out to be a challenge she can’t resist, because if anyone needs to meet his soul mate, it’s this man. And if matching him with someone else removes the temptation of being near him? Even better.

The last thing Caine McNeill needs is a matchmaker—especially a gorgeous redhead who spouts nonsense about soul mates, critiques what he drives and how he dresses, buys him a dog, and pesters him about a million little things he couldn’t care less about. It’s a crying shame he has to keep his hands off because chemistry like what’s flaring between them ought to be explored. Thoroughly.
And so the battle begins. Addison is determined to stick to her plan of setting him up on dates with other women, and Caine is equally determined to ignore these women and seduce her.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katee Robert, learned to tell stories at her grandpas knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back. Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way, as it often does, and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that shed like to write a book and try to get published.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Down Among the Dead Men by Claire Baxter

Down Among The Dead Men

Author: Claire Baxter
Release Date: July 14th, 2014
Genre: Romantic suspense

How far will she go to save the people she loves?
When Caitlyn ventures into the rough, tough world of the South Australian opal fields on a mission to find her estranged father she instead discovers a half-sister she knew nothing about and learns that her father is missing and suspected of a crime.
 Dale is a former city lawyer-turned-lapidary hiding out in Minagoona after death threats endanger him and his daughter. When Caitlyn approaches him for help finding her father, he’s reluctant, but attracted by her determination to right the wrongs dealt to her family. His sense of justice is very much like hers, but when his daughter’s life was threatened by men who wanted him to break the law for them, he fled to protect the child he loves.
Still the more Dale gets to know Caitlyn, the more he realizes he can’t let her go up against organized crime on her own—which is exactly what she proposes when she sets out to clear her father’s name. No matter what, he’ll do his damnedest to keep her safe—even if it means exposing himself and his daughter to the men who want to kill them…

Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction. Her short stories have been published in commercial women’s magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages, and nominated for the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award, the Booksellers’ Best Awards, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and the Cataromance Reviewers’ Choice Awards (winner, Best Harlequin Romance). Claire grew up in England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide’s beautiful beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.


July 14
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July 16
Interviewed at Review From Here
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July 17
Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
Guest blogging at Becky on Books…and Quilts
July 18
Book featured at Storeybook Reviews
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July 21
Book featured at Book Nook Nuts
July 22
Guest blogging at Ramblings from this Chick
July 23
Guest blogging at Theresa M. Cole
July 24
Interviewed at Literal Exposure
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July 25
Book featured at First Page to the Last
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Falling for the Pirate By Amber Lin


Falling for thePirate
By Amber Lin
Release Date: 7/21/14
Genre: Historical Romance

Vengeance is a dish best served in bed...
London, 1820
After the deaths of his parents and a dark, troubled childhood, Captain Nate Bowen vowed he would have his revenge. But he never expected to have the tool of his revenge dropped so neatly into his lap. Juliana Hargate is not only the daughter of his enemy, but is destitute, very much alone—and exquisitely desirable.
And now that Nate has saved her life, she's at his complete mercy...
Captive. All Juliana wanted was to clear her father's name. Instead, she's been struck with amnesia—unable to recall even her name—and imprisoned by a tall, imposing, and entirely unscrupulous pirate. A pirate whose eyes seem to look past her skirts and many petticoats, and whose touch sends delicious ripples of desire through her. With every passing day, she finds herself tempted to give him the very thing he's determined to take...

Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.
Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled.
Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.