Friday, July 31, 2015

Written on my Heart by Cole Gibson

Happy Release Week!!!

Written on my Heart
by Cole Gibson

July 28, 2015

A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...

Some words last forever...

It's been six months since Ashlyn Daniels was kicked out of her home. Six months since she stood up to her abusive stepfather and got a busted rib-and seeing all her things set ablaze in a backyard bonfire-for her trouble. Never going back. She doesn't need trouble...especially if trouble is tattoo artist Lane Garrett, who's six-feet-plus of tattooed hotness and a complete ass.

Lane has spent the last decade fighting to support his family. To protect them. There's no room for romance, even with a fragile (yet amusingly feisty) stunner...even if she somehow manages to invade his world and his heart.

But while some secrets are as visible as ink on the skin, others must remain hidden at all costs...

Kathie's Review:

This author is new to me. From the blurb, I think I wanted to see the stepfather get what he deserved, so I read this. And it was really good. When I read that Cole Gibson lived through some of the situations in this book, well, it made me shudder for her. She's a strong woman, for sure and she brought that strength out in Ashlyn, too.

Ashlyn's life has been hard since she was ten...and got a stepfather. As a mother myself, I just don't see how a MOTHER can stand back and watch their child be hurt this way. She really needed Lane and his family, in her life. She needed to be loved for herself. 

For Lane's part, he needed to be loved the same. He was strong, and gentle, and protective. Just what Ashlyn needed.

The supporting cast, Hank (the puppy), Lane's daughter Harper and his sister Emily, were great and brought a lot to the book. On the other hand, Ashlyn's roommate needed something BAD to happen to her. Truly. 

This is a book where you can see the characters grow as you root for them. Some of the "bad guys" get what they should, too. I do like that.

I'd certainly read more from this author.

*Thank you, Entangled and Netgalley, for the opportunity to read this book.





At seventeen Cole found herself homeless with only a beat-up Volkswagen Jetta and a bag of Goodwill clothing to her name. The only things that got her through the nights she spent parked in truck stops and cornfields were the stacks of books she checked out from the library along with her trusty flashlight. Because of the reprieve these books gave her from her troubles, Cole vowed to become a writer so she could provide the same escape to readers who needed a break the reality of their own lives.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Haunting Desire by Julie Mulhern




A Haunting Desire

By Julie Mulhern

Release Date: 7/28/2015
Genre: Historical


New Orleans, 1902

A killer walks the streets of New Orleans, eviscerating men and leaving them in the streets, and for madam Trula Boudreaux, it's bad for business. Trula needs help but she’s not  prepared for Zeke Barnes, the charming would-be savior  who darkens her doorway—or the yearning he awakens. For while Trula knows well the delights of lust, she avoids love at all costs…

Investigating the killer was one thing, but Zeke can't help but be enchanted by the gorgeous mystery woman who runs an exclusive brothel. Caught between his duty to protect the city and his clear-as-day desire for Trula, Zeke sets about capturing Trula's heart—or at least a place in her bed. But with every moment Trula resists, Zeke falls into greater danger.

For his investigation into the haunted city and madam doesn't just risk his heart but both their lives.


Buy Links:  Goodreads * Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Entangled



Julie Mulhern always wanted to be a writer. She spent her childhood creating pen names and dreaming of exotic, mysterious, romantic places. To that end, she went to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia (because, when you’re from the Midwest, the South is both exotic and romantic). There she earned degrees in politics and French. She even spent a year living in Paris. But the Midwest beckoned and she returned home. Now she lives with her husband, two daughters and a dastardly dog. It might not be exotic or mysterious but it is romantic.

Website:  * Twitter @juliekmulhernFacebook



Excerpt

“You’re still here, Mr. Barnes.” Apparently he meant to continue plaguing her. He showed no sign of leaving. She wanted him gone, yet she was glad he’d stayed. Her lips pursed. She was annoyed and wasn’t precisely sure with whom.
“You keep late hours, Miss Boudreaux.”
She wandered about the room, too bothered by him to be still. Instead, she collected empty glasses and lined them up on the narrow table used for the bar.
“Nothing to say?” Zeke’s voice mocked her.
“It’s early. On the weekends, we stay busy ‘til dawn.”
“Well then, I imagine you still have plenty of energy.”
His eyes skimmed her body, lingering on her breasts. Her body tightened beneath his gaze and she silently cursed its betrayal. She yawned bigger than Diddy. “It’s a shame there’s nothing worth staying up for.”
He chuckled, a low sound from deep in his throat. Again her perfidious body responded. Heat pooled, tempting her to abandon the tenets that protected her. Worse, the accursed man raised an eyebrow and smiled as if he could detect her body’s yearnings from the comfort of his chair.
“Who are you and why are you here?” she asked. Real emotion colored her voice. Well, why not? His mere presence had bedeviled her all night. And now his eyes stripped the dress clean off of her. How dare he disturb her well-ordered existence? She had responsibilities. She didn’t need the distraction of a man who would leave her. She scanned the room. There were no more glasses for her to gather, so instead she collected ashtrays.
“I work for the government. I’m investigating the murders.” He’d deliberately misunderstood. “I think you know something about them.”
She paused, an ashtray filled with the soggy ends of Cuban cigars clutched in her hand. Could she hurl the dirty crystal fast enough to hit him with it? At the very least, a few cigar butts might mar the pristine whiteness of his shirt. She set the dirty ashtray down on a table with a resounding thunk. “I already told you, I don’t.”
He shook his head and a lock of his hair fell across his forehead. With a careless gesture, he brushed it aside.
Trula arranged the dirty ashtrays in a neat line so she didn’t have to look at him.
“I’d also like to know you better.”
Trula took a slow breath. “You seem to ignore answers you don’t like. I’m not available.”
“Ever?” Disbelief lurked in the gravel of his voice. That gravel—it was the sound of lust—dark and tempting and forbidden. Her heart leapt for her throat.
She squared her shoulders and stared straight into his eyes. “Never.”






Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crazy Over You by Wendy Sparrow

Happy Release Week!


Crazy Over You
by Wendy Sparrow

Released 7/28/15

She's on the sheriff's most wanted list.

Waking up with a naked woman holding a knife at his throat is just about the last thing Sheriff Travis Flynn expected. And the brother she's looking for? A murderer. And dead. Probably. But the real shock comes when she insists she's not a Lycan.

LeAnn Wilcox isn't looking for love...especially not from some wolf in sheriff's clothing. She operates on the other side of the law. Once she finds her brother-alive-she'll get out of the pack's territory and go back to her regular, normal, non-furry life of changing jobs and her name whenever her past closes in.

The cool, logical Sheriff has finally met his match, but LeAnn's life is at stake if she won't claim her place in the pack, especially once his control over the pack is challenged and her brother's fate is questioned.


Kathie's Review:

This is the third book in the Taming the Pack Series. It's also my first read by this author. Crazy Over You starts out with a very naked LeAnn hovering over Sheriff Travis Flynn while holding a knife to his throat. The humor is right out front when he can't decide if this is a dream or a nightmare. When he realizes she is nuts...but also his scent-mate...he still can't decide!

This book picks up immediately after the last one ended, and while I hadn't read those, I was quickly caught up in the fact there had been a pretty big battle, lycans died, and LeAnn's brother was thought to be the instigator of said battle and that is supposed to be dead. LeAnn knows her brother is a wolf as is the sheriff. She also knows she just isn't, although she does have some of the perks of being furry. Eyesight, hearing, sense of smell...which makes her one heck of a tracker...and a thief. 

While the pack is pretty sure that last battle is over, there are some loose ends coming up and making life difficult for all involved. Those loose ends also make some wolves dead and all the paw prints point to LeAnn. 

Travis is sure she is not guilty...mostly. And he really doesn't want his mate to be guilty, either.

There are trials and tribulations, interspersed with laugh out loud humor in this one. I did enjoy those aspects very much. I took several points off for the repetitive narrative. "She isn't good enough for him." "He isn't good enough for her." This is the book that finally made me decide to start highlighting the repetitions so that I can say: The author said THIS line THIS many times...sigh. There were several "cludgy" paragraphs, too. I kept wishing for my red pen as I forced my way through some of the verbose lines.

Now, knowing repetition is my pet peeve, you may not notice those things. And you might just focus on the FUNNY stuff that kept happening. And I quite agree that this is FUNNY. You should read it just for the laughs. Truly.


*Thank you, Entangled and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.









Wendy Sparrow lives in the Pacific Northwest with two quirky kids and a wonderful, amazing, handsome, sexy husband who dotes on her and who did not write this bio. She's an autism advocate and was featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum. Wendy loves telling stories and has since she was a child--which is why she heard the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" so many times she could have written the screenplay at age five. She believes in the Oxford comma, the pursuit of cupcakes, and that every story deserves a happily ever after.

If she's not writing or wrangling kids, she's on Twitter-- @WendySparrow and she'll chat with anyone. Really.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Untouchable by Cindy Skaggs




Untouchable
Untouchable Series

by Cindy Skaggs
July 21, 2015

As the former wife of an infamous crime boss, Sofia Capri is untouchable. She exists outside of the law…and outside of the criminal world. When her son is kidnapped, Sofia's desperate to find him. She'll do anything. Lie. Cheat. Steal. Anything but trust. But it's a strikingly handsome FBI agent who's her only chance to get her baby back…

Something about Sofia's fiery beauty must be hitting all of his weak spots, because suddenly Mr. Law And Order Logan Stone finds himself bending the rules. When they’re implicated in the kidnapping, Logan and Sofia discover a horrifying reality—they have less than 72 hours to find the boy and clear their names.

Now the heat is turning up…and time is running out…for everyone.

Kathie's Review:

This is the author's first book. It's also the first in a series. 

I was drawn right into the suspense when Sofia's son was kidnapped and her house was blown up. The suspense/mystery/thriller aspect of the book were enough to keep me on edge. 

Logan was a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed his "by-the-book" mentality...while he also kept the context in mind. He was going to save that child, no matter what it took. He was strong, sexy, and a really good man.

Again, I was kept reading as the suspense built. My issues were with small things, but they just kept adding up. How old was Eli? He fed Sophia a sucked on cracker...he babbled...he rode with a man on a galloping horse! And then all he could talk about was "horse camp". His age appeared to change with the scene. 

Also, small things weren't shown or told to us. At a pivotal scene, Sofia is commanded to go to a church. How did she get this command? The bad guys didn't have her number, she only had a burner phone! Maybe it was the bat signal. Anyway, there were lots of little things that just didn't add up, and that brought my rating down quite a bit. 

BUT...again, the suspense kept me reading and I can see this author as one that I would read again as she brings out new books. As long as you can suspend disbelief over plot issues, you will enjoy this suspenseful romance. I look forward to more from Ms. Skaggs.


Thank you, Entangled and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book

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When they told her a woman could do anything, she thought they meant everything, and decided to give it a go. Cindy Skaggs holds an MA in Creative Writing from Regis University, is an MFA student at Pacific Lutheran University, works three jobs, is a single mom to two of the most active kids on the planet, pet owner, and child chauffeur extraordinaire.

When she's not writing, she's trying to prevent the neurotic dog from either chewing the furniture or eating whole sticks of butter (often still in the paper). She's beginning to think maybe she can't do it all. At least not all at once.

Cindy loves hearing from her readers. Contact her on her website: www.CSkaggs.com



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Baby's Got Bite by Candace Havens

Happy Release Day!!!


Baby's Got Bite
by Candace Havens

Entangled: Covet
Romance, Sci Fi & Fantasy
July 28, 2015

Some consequences bite...big time.

Bennett Langdon has a firm no-relationships policy. Still, it doesn't stop her from hooking up with a super-sexy bad boy at her best friend's wedding. After all, it's only one night-what harm could it do? Ten weeks later, a pregnant Bennett has her answer...

Linc Monahan can't believe it. This wasn't supposed to happen. He's a werewolf, and shouldn't be able to father a child with a human. Now Linc has to find some way to tell Bennett that not only do werewolves exist, but she's about to have a baby with one.

But when word of their surprise conception gets out, the fur hits the fan. There are people who don't want this baby to be born-even if it means killing. Now Bennett and Linc aren't just fighting each other...they're fighting for their lives.

Kathie's Review:

This is the second book in the Take it like a Vamp series. While the couple from the first book play a nice role in this one, I was quickly caught up in the story. 

After a one night stand at her best friend's wedding, Bennett turns up pregnant. She never knew her father and figures she really needs to tell Linc he's going to be a daddy. He's her bff's husband's bff...and second in command, and shouldn't have been able to get a human pregnant. Although she doesn't know that. In fact, she doesn't know about the supernatural stuff that is going on all around her. Stuff like said bff's hubs is a vampire...and her baby daddy is a werewolf.

It was an interesting scene when they were all there for the US and she found out her babe is a lot further along than she'd thought it could be. While she takes the news well, she's just a bit shell-shocked. Then she finds out that the reason she could even get pregnant is because she's not human...yes, that takes a bit of time to come to terms with, too!

Had to laugh when Linc hopes she's part mermaid...because they really like to party. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Lots of interesting twists, turns, and family reunions before their HEA.

There were a few timeline issues here. I kept getting lost as to how much time had actually passed. Also, there's a naked model...that he's alone with...that I kept wondering what the heck she was even doing in the chapter. She apparently got left, naked, in the dressing room, too! Yes, I was confused. (EDITING THIS REVIEW TO ADD: I spoke with the author and she says they CUT the part with the naked model! And fixed the timeline issues. WELL DONE!)

Those issues only took a bit of the appeal away as I read this. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Maybe there'll be one of those hard partying mermaids!


Thank you, Entangled and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book.




Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. She is also in the anthology Spirited, the proceeds of which help a literacy organization. Her books have received nominations for the RITA's, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation's leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Crashed by Sherilee Gray





 Crashed
by Sherilee Gray

She swore never to trust him again...

Fiery mechanic Alexandra Franco should have known better. Years ago, her best friends' older brother took her virginity and broke her heart-or rather, doused it with gasoline, lit a match, and then walked away. And Alex definitely should not have indulged in another hot night with him after the fact. He's not the same boy she fell for, and she sure as hell doesn't want anything to do with the wealthy, ruthless man he's become.

Walking away from Alex was the biggest mistake of Deacon West's life. She belongs with him, and if getting her back means playing dirty, so be it. If she'll grant him a three-month, no-strings affair, he won't sell the building Alex and his sisters use for their auto repair business. Hell, he'll even sign it over to them. But will Alex ever entrust her heart to him again, or are they destined to crash and burn?





Sherilee’s always had a big (some may say warped) imagination, and as a kid scared herself conjuring up horror stories full of ghosts and other terrifying creatures. As she got older the stories changed quite a bit, but they were always there. Still, she never dreamed of actually writing down any of those wonderful imaginary people or places. Not until many years later when her sister introduced her to the wondrous world of romance novels, and her very large book collection.

She’s pleased to say, she still has the big imagination and monsters in her stories… only now they’re chasing their happily ever after.

Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful NZ with her extremely supportive husband and their two children. When not writing or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.


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Giveaway: 
$25 Amazon Gift Card



Excerpt

In their teens, the local boys had dubbed Alex and Deacon’s sisters the Axle Alley Vipers. All three were beautiful, tough in their own way, and if you tried to get too close, tried to touch, they would take a bite out of you.
Jesus. Nothing had changed.
When he got to the parking garage below his building, he saw Martin had done his job. Deacon’s car was parked behind Alex’s metallic-purple Viper, caging her in. Her choice of car said more than he thought she realized. Playing up to that moniker, to what it meant, was
just another way to keep everyone at a distance, to protect herself.
She stood against the driver’s door, arms crossed, more pissed than he’d ever seen her. Her long, shiny brown hair was pulled up in a messy bun that was sexy as hell on her, and those dark, exotic eyes had landed and stayed on him as soon as the elevator doors had opened and he’d stepped out.
His cock twitched under that intense stare.
He allowed his gaze to travel over her. Did she have any idea how stunning she was? The woman could wear a potato sack and still make his dick hard. The intricate rose tattoo decorating the upper half of her right arm drew his eye. It covered a jagged scar you could only see under a certain light, and it moved as she shoved her hands in her pockets, flexing her finely honed bicep. “This your doing?” she asked.
He kept on walking toward her. She tensed as he came closer, but he didn’t stop until he was close enough to smell her vanilla scent, hear her subtle exhale as he leaned in. “You were in my parking spot.”
Fire flashed in her eyes. “Bullshit. What about the other ten free spots?”
He shrugged. “I like this one.”
She blew out a frustrated breath. “If you’re so damned attached to this one, let me out and you can have it back.”
He reached out, ran the tip of his finger along that scar. It curved around a rose petal, then joined a thorny stem. He felt her tremble. Jesus, he loved that, loved how easily he affected her. “Let’s stop playing games. This isn’t about a parking spot, and you know it.”
“I said no.” Her voice shook and her breathing quickened.




Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Drunk on You by Teri Anne Stanley

Happy Release Week!


By TERI ANNE STANLEY
Release Date: July 21, 2015


Book Synopsis:  Justin Morgan would happily drown the pain of his injured leg—and the guilt he brought back from Afghanistan—in bourbon. Except, there won’t be any booze if he doesn’t rescue his family’s century-old distillery from financial ruin. The problem? Allie McGrath—youngest daughter of the distillery’s co-owners, and the one woman he can’t have.

Allie has been in love with Justin since…well, she's always been in love with him. Now he's home, broken up over the death of her brother, and he needs help. She can fix the distillery—she’s sure of it—but no one’s taking her or her sweet new idea seriously. Convincing Justin is her only hope.

Allie is more tempting than Justin expected, threatening a promise he swore he’d never break. If he can’t keep their attraction under control, there’s a solid chance they’ll send the whole enterprise crumbling to the ground…if he doesn’t crash and burn first.


Author Bio:  Teri Anne Stanley began her writing career with scientific articles—followed by a three-ingredient recipe column, but wasn't allowed to write naked parts for them—so now she writes romance.

She's also worked as a fashion designer for female body builders and a sex therapist for rats. In her spare time, she’s a neuroscience research assistant. Along with a variety of offspring and dogs, she and Mr. Stanley live just outside of Sugartit, which is—honest to God—between Beaverlick and Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.


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Giveaway
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Untouchable by Cindy Skaggs

Happy Release Week!


Untouchable
Untouchable Series

by Cindy Skaggs
July 21, 2015

As the former wife of an infamous crime boss, Sofia Capri is untouchable. She exists outside of the law…and outside of the criminal world. When her son is kidnapped, Sofia's desperate to find him. She'll do anything. Lie. Cheat. Steal. Anything but trust. But it's a strikingly handsome FBI agent who's her only chance to get her baby back…

Something about Sofia's fiery beauty must be hitting all of his weak spots, because suddenly Mr. Law And Order Logan Stone finds himself bending the rules. When they’re implicated in the kidnapping, Logan and Sofia discover a horrifying reality—they have less than 72 hours to find the boy and clear their names.

Now the heat is turning up…and time is running out…for everyone.

Kathie's Review:

This is the author's first book. It's also the first in a series. 

I was drawn right into the suspense when Sofia's son was kidnapped and her house was blown up. The suspense/mystery/thriller aspect of the book were enough to keep me on edge. 

Logan was a great character and I thoroughly enjoyed his "by-the-book" mentality...while he also kept the context in mind. He was going to save that child, no matter what it took. He was strong, sexy, and a really good man.

Again, I was kept reading as the suspense built. My issues were with small things, but they just kept adding up. How old was Eli? He fed Sophia a sucked on cracker...he babbled...he rode with a man on a galloping horse! And then all he could talk about was "horse camp". His age appeared to change with the scene. 

Also, small things weren't shown or told to us. At a pivotal scene, Sofia is commanded to go to a church. How did she get this command? The bad guys didn't have her number, she only had a burner phone! Maybe it was the bat signal. Anyway, there were lots of little things that just didn't add up, and that brought my rating down quite a bit. 

BUT...again, the suspense kept me reading and I can see this author as one that I would read again as she brings out new books. As long as you can suspend disbelief over plot issues, you will enjoy this suspenseful romance. I look forward to more from Ms. Skaggs.

Thank you, Entangled and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read this book





When they told her a woman could do anything, she thought they meant everything, and decided to give it a go. Cindy Skaggs holds an MA in Creative Writing from Regis University, is an MFA student at Pacific Lutheran University, works three jobs, is a single mom to two of the most active kids on the planet, pet owner, and child chauffeur extraordinaire.

When she's not writing, she's trying to prevent the neurotic dog from either chewing the furniture or eating whole sticks of butter (often still in the paper). She's beginning to think maybe she can't do it all. At least not all at once.

Cindy loves hearing from her readers. Contact her on her website: www.CSkaggs.com