Monday, 26 June 2017

Review: First Kiss, on the House by Judi Lynn


An infusion of romance is in the mix in the lush and charming town of Mill Pond, Indiana, where anything-and everything-can happen. As a schoolteacher, Miriam is used to being the one in charge. A born leader with a whip-smart sensibility and a pair of legs that can't be beat, she is adored by many but has never found her one true love. For the most part, that's fine: she has a fulfilling career, a big-hearted family, and a great social life with her best friend Daphne and her better half, Chef Tyne. But when a micro-brewery owner comes to Mill Pond in search of a new beginning, Miriam can't help but wonder whether fate has something else in store for her. . .

Joel is a single father whose divorce left him bruised, bitter, and solely focused on running his business. He doesn't have time to go out on dates, much less begin a new relationship. But when he meets Miriam, he's offered a glimpse into a life he never thought possible. Her warmth and wit are an alluring combination-and she hits it off with his daughter, too. Soon Joel finds himself fantasizing about spending a lifetime of "happy hours" with Miriam. But are each of these strong-willed singletons willing to give up their independence and give love a chance? All it takes is just one kiss to find out . .

Paperback
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  It will be released later this month.

This is the fourth story in a series.  I somehow missed the first and the third while reading the second.  That's ok, it is not required to read the other stories to enjoy this one.  While it would provide a little bit of background on the secondary characters, they are not the focus in this story so it does not impact.

What I liked about this story is that the characters were average looking.  They were not portrayed as the epitome of beauty as some of the previous characters in the last book I read.  This made them more relatable to the average "Joe" and could be appealing to those who get sick of people being portrayed as perfection.

While there are no real surprises found within the pages of this story, it was an entertaining read.  It was relatively "clean" for this genre although there is sexy time to be found within it.  For those who don't need the graphic details in their reads, this may be a good choice.

Altogether a good read.



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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Review: Blue Hollow Falls (Blue Hollow Falls #1) by Donna Kauffman


From her free-spirited mother, Sunny Goodwin learned the value of peace, love, and Jerry Garcia. The inheritance from the father she never knew? That’s a little more complicated...

Sunny never expected to find herself owning a centuries old silk mill in the shadow of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains . . . or becoming a half-sister to a ten-year-old named Bailey. Once the shock subsides, she plans to cash in and head back home. But the overgrown greenhouse she finds on the property calls out to the gardener in her, and she senses Bailey’s need for nurturing too...

And someone else is making it hard for Sunny to leave: Sawyer Hartwell, an Iraq War hero who wants to make the old mill a creative hub for the artisans of Blue Hollow Falls . . . and wants Sunny to share his vision, and his life. But sexy as this ex-soldier may be, she’s not sure she’s ready to give love a chance...


Kindle Edition, 368 pages

Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Zebra


Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected release is June 27th, 2017.

I will start by saying I really enjoyed this book however I am having difficulty putting in to words the reason why so this review may be a little short.  If I really have to choose something to say is that you could tell that this was the beginning of a series.  Kauffman took the time to lay the backdrop of the town and its people so that there will be numerous possibilities for the direction of the future installments.  I really liked the fact that she did this as opposed to just focusing on the romance aspect so that the reader becomes invested in what is to come.  my imagination is taking me to so many potential storylines that could lie ahead and makes me want to continue on with the series.

So without further ado, I will say I recommend this story to those who enjoy romance, small town life and complex family dynamics.  This story will appeal to a wide range of people.  I am glad I discovered this series at the beginning so I have something to look forward to in the future.


About the Author


USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series, DONNA KAUFFMAN has been gratified to see her books get rave reviews in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western Virginia, where she is presently applying her crafty DIY skills to decorating her new mountainside abode. Well, when she isn’t busy trying to keep the bears from hanging out in her flower and vegetable garden all day and night! With her new Brides of Blueberry Cove series, Donna’s been having a blast applying those same restoration and design skills to doing some fictional wedding planning. Of course, if that means haunting all those lovely antique shops and flea markets that are so plentiful in her new neck of the woods, well, it’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make. When she’s not finding ways to take her love of all things rustic and vintage and give them a fabulous seaside, coastal Maine wedding party twist, she loves to hear from readers!



Thursday, 22 June 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway: A Life No Less Than Perfect by Angela K Parker

A Life No Less Than Perfect
By Angela K Parker
Blurb:
The lone survivor of a tragic car accident, Elona has since been a recluse, with the exception of her parents.  Though her memory is fogged, she is finally in a place where she can begin to piece together her life again.  She felt that moving miles away from home would help her do that.  She thought she was prepared for anything...until she met him.
Michael is a young man with a rough past, a past that’s left him pained and broken.  He shoulders the guilt of his former circumstances.  He’s accepted that he will never find someone deserving.  Then he lays eyes on her and his whole life suddenly changes.
Will Elona be able to love, after she’s lost so much?
Can Michael move past the pain enshrouding him?
To get through tragedy they must feel the pain, but getting through the pain will be tragic.

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 Snippet #1:
I place my hands flat on the table.  I lean forward and look into her eyes so she can feel the effects of what I’m about to say.  “I assure you El, I am not going anywhere unless you are by my side.” I stress the next couple words.  “I have never been as intrigued by anyone as I am by you.”  I ease back into the booth.  “So, I’ll ask you the same question.  Are you planning on sticking around?”

Snippet #2:
Growing up everyone has a dream and expectations.  Most know what they want to be, what they want to have and what type of person they want to be with.  Once upon a time, I thought I knew those things too.  Turns out, what we think we want and our reality are two totally different things.  What we expect and what actually happens are rarely ever the same thing.  So here goes...this is my story, or at least what I can remember…..

Snippet #3:
“I love the way you say my name El.  I hope I’m not being too forward, but I have to tell you that you are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.  Since the first moment I laid eyes on you, I could hardly think of anything else.  I tried to grill Jess about you last night, but she wasn’t giving anything away.  She told me to ask you myself.”  He laughed.  His laugh, it was like a summer breeze.  I instantly knew that I would want to hear more of it and I would do whatever it took to get it out of him.  I wanted to be the one to make him laugh.  We start to walk.  “So here we are.  I’ll start with an easy question.  Where are you from El?”

About The Author:
Angela K. Parker is a country girl with a big heart.  She grew up in Greeleyville, SC where she graduated from C.E. Murray High School.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Finance from Limestone College in Gaffney, SC.  Her passions include reading, writing, music and she loves spending time with her family.  When she’s not engaged in any of the above, she’s knitting or catching up on the latest movies.  She’s always had a very active imagination.  Now she’s putting it to good use.
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Book Blitz: Blood LAws by Lexi C. Foss

Blood Laws
By Lexi C. Foss
Blurb
The lines between illusion and reality blur as a dark romance brews between two unlikely soulmates…
Stas isn’t your average human. She can bend others to her will, a psychic talent she’s kept hidden since the brutal murder of her parents.
Issac isn’t human at all. He’s an immortal masquerading as one of New York City’s most eligible bachelors while secretly seeking revenge against a former ally.
A fateful meeting ends in a seductive proposition. As their lives intertwine, secrets are exposed and passion ignites. It’s a bond built to last a lifetime, if they’re willing to risk everything to protect it.
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Excerpt One:
“I’m curious. How old were you when you realized you could bend others to your will?”
She forced herself to reply. “What?”
“Oh come now, Astasiya, feigning ignorance doesn’t suit you. Order me to do something instead. I dare you.”
A violent tremor shook her, rendering her speechless. For years she had kept a lid on her abilities, playing it off whenever the occasional demand slipped. It was easy to laugh off coincidences with normal people, but there was nothing normal about this man. He would see right through any charade she threw up as was evident by his blatant dare.
“I thought it might be coincidence with the hysterical woman.” He pushed off the wall, his steps casual as he sauntered towards her. “Persuasion is a very rare gift, after all.” He stopped just in front of her to tuck a stray blonde strand behind her ear. “But that reporter was all you.”
She forced herself to swallow, mouth dry. “How long have you been watching me?”
“Long enough.” His intimate gaze stroked over her, touching on all the places that could make a woman squirm. “It’s customary for one in my position to kill you on sight. Fortunately for you, darling, I’m not an admirer of our archaic laws.”
Excerpt Two:
His little complication was playing with fire. He welcomed the challenge and the change in air between them. It was starting to feel a little melancholy during their walk down memory lane. Now they were back on track. “Are you trying to deal with me, Miss Davenport?”
Fierce green eyes met his, provoking all manner of inappropriate thoughts. Like what they would look like in the throes of passion. “No, I’m giving you my terms.”
He nearly laughed. No woman ever gave him terms for a date. 
“I will give you two answers.” He tucked a soft strand behind her ear and let his fingers drift down her neck. “And I will consider defining Ichorian more clearly for you.” By showing, not telling.
She licked her lips and shook her head. “Three answers and you define Ichorian now.”
He moved into her personal space, gripping her hip with one hand to hold her in place when she tried to move away. Their foolish conversation had already gone on longer than he intended. “We leave at seven.” He bent so their mouths were a hairsbreadth apart. “And I will only answer your three questions after the gala, not before or during.”
Excerpt Three:
“What are you doing here, Astasiya?”
She tried to turn to face him, but he held her in place. He wouldn’t hurt her. She was sure of it. But he sounded furious.
“Answer me.”
Right. Time to improvise. “Well, most people come to clubs to dance.” Even as she said it, she knew it was an absurd excuse. She was here looking for him and he knew it.
“I don’t see you dancing.”
“That’s because I’m being manhandled.” Asshole.
“This is not a game.” The low rumble in his voice made her squirm. That tone was meant for the bedroom. It required compliance and submission, and at the same time seduced. A man of his experience would know what he wanted and how he wanted it. He would be nothing like her previous experiences.
He bit her ear to bring her back to the present. What would that mouth feel like on other parts of her body? He seemed to enjoy nibbling. Her nipples tightened at the prospect of him focusing his attentions there. “Who told you to come here?”
“Why do you care?” Her voice was a little higher than she intended. He evoked a response from her unlike any other. Not that her limited experiences was much of a comparison.
“Because whoever sent you here was trying to get you killed.” 

Author Bio
Lexi C. Foss is a writer lost in the IT world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their furry children. When not writing, she’s busy crossing items off her travel bucket list. Many of the places she’s visited can be seen in her writing, including the mythical world of Hydria which is based on Hydra in the Greek islands. She’s quirky, consumes way too much coffee, and loves to swim. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit her website at www.LexiCFoss.com.
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Book Blitz: End Game by Lisa Swallow

End Game: A Gamer Romance
by Lisa Swallow
Blurb
He’s my knight in shining armour, but not the romantic kind a girl dreams about. This one invaded my online world and threw everything into chaos.
My sorcerer can kick his ass in the game, but real life kicks mine. Gaining experience points online is easier than in reality, and when I play, I know where my quests lead. In the real world, the storylines confuse me, and I don’t know which direction I’m heading in.
In the game, I’m in control.
Or I was until he arrived.
This guy never shares anything about himself, and I only know him as 'Thorsday'. My Aussie gaming nemesis can't be a blond haired, blue-eyed god in reality.
Can he?
There’s something about this enigmatic man that intrigues me, and the more we play together, the bigger my desire to meet him. And I know he feels the same.
The problem is, if I allow my game world to merge with reality, I could die standing in the fire.
Romance meets LitRPG in this romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lisa Swallow. If you think geek heroes can't be hot... think again!
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Only $0.99! Release Price!
Author Bio:
Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK but moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.
Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.
Lisa studied English at the University of Leeds and has worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia.
She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university where she found inspiration for some of her book locations. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave under Tilly’s supervision.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review: The Salt House by Lisa Duffy

In the tradition of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Genova, this gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of tragedy.

In the coastal town of Alden, Maine, Hope and Jack Kelly have settled down to a life of wedded bliss. They have a beautiful family, a growing lobster business, and the Salt House—the dilapidated oceanfront cottage they’re renovating into their dream home. But tragedy strikes when their young daughter doesn’t wake up from her afternoon nap, taking her last breath without making a sound.

A year later, each member of the Kelly family navigates the world on their own private island of grief. Hope spends hours staring at her daughter’s ashes, unable to let go. Jack works to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to avoid his crumbling marriage. Their daughters, Jess and Kat, struggle to come to terms with the loss of their younger sister while watching their parents fall apart.

When Jack’s old rival, Ryland Finn, threatens his fishing territory, he ignites emotions that propel the Kelly family toward circumstances that will either tear them apart—or be the path to their family’s future. 


Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Touchstone 
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary/Adult Fiction

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

This book captivated me. It was absolutely stunning. I fell in love with it after only a few pages. Honestly, I don't even know where to begin writing about it.

The Salt House was told through the point of view of each member of the Kelly family. The reader got inside the head of Hope and Jack (the parents) and Jess and Kat (the children) one year after the tragic death of the youngest member of the family. Each one of them was dealing with their grief in a different way and the family as a whole was struggling to keep things together.

This book was ultimately about loss and grief and figuring out how to move forward and carry on. Each member of the family had a story and a way of dealing with their sadness. Not all of them were healthy and there were many conflicts because of it. As the reader, I felt so many different emotions as I made my way through the story. From Kat's confusion and Jess' crush to the marital struggles of Hope and Jack, I was feeling it all. It is a sign of a great story when I feel the characters so deeply.

The setting of this book also deserves mention. The town of Alden, Maine and the Salt House were front and centre in the telling of this remarkable story. I could picture them both so clearly that I could almost feel the salt air on my skin. Duffy did such a wonderful job describing them that I wished I were there.

I would not hesitate in recommending this book to readers. With a moving plot and beautiful setting it is sure to satisfy any book worms literary craving!




About the Author
Lisa Duffy is the author of The Salt House, her debut novel. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her short fiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and can be found in The Drum Literary Magazine, So to Speak, Breakwater Review, Let the Bucket Down, and elsewhere. Lisa is the founding editor of ROAR, a literary magazine supporting women in the arts. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and three children.   


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Group Hug Event: It Series by Nicki Elson

For the first time ever, all three books in THE IT SERIES by Nicki Elson are priced at only 99c each!
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The It Series is a sassy & sexy new collection of novels about young urban professionals who push love to the sidelines only to discover it's all that matters.
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WHEN IT HITS YOU  
Electronic. That’s how my love life was supposed to stay. Just me and my B.O.B.s (battery-operated boyfriends, if you don’t know). I didn’t expect to get partnered at work with the Adonis in Ralph Lauren. And I certainly never thought he’d turn out to be anything but an arrogant jerk.
Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. The twenty-six-year-old financial analyst is more than fulfilled by her career, friends, and a ready supply of double-A batteries. Her relationship with Hayden King is purely professional—and that’s how she intends to keep it. But accidental kisses in Dallas, all-nighters in Chicago, and hot tub confessions in Baltimore mess with her head and shake her resistance. Especially when he turns his charms full on her.
Why is it that whenever you’re not looking for love, that’s exactly when it hits you? ~Lyssa
"A quirky light-hearted romance written in a strong voice. A fun read from beginning to end." ~The Jaded Kat

WHEN IT HOOKS YOU  
Three dates. It was only supposed to be three dates—he was only meant to be a fling. I didn’t want to feel all of this for him. And I certainly hadn’t counted on him keeping such a deal-breaking secret from me.
Till death is too long for Trish Cerise. The twenty-seven year old receptionist is tired of men asking for her forever when she just wants to keep things light and fun. World-traveling businessman Adam Helms steps off the elevator and into her life with his own reasons for keeping relationships at a safe distance. Together, they’re destined for the most glorious short-term romance in history…until they break their own rules and Trish learns something about Adam she wishes she never knew.
I know a future with him is impossible, but how do you break away from such an intense, consuming, heart-crushing love when it hooks you?~Trish
"A refreshing contemporary romance. The twists and turns make this a page turner." ~Keep Calm and Novel On

WHEN IT HOLDS YOU
Virtual. That’s where she was supposed to stay—only in my online gaming world. I never intended to meet up with her in real life. And I sure as hell hadn’t counted on her being who she is.
Cliff Walsh has dozens of hot, smart, and willing paramours in his video games. Who needs to look further? The twenty-eight year old attorney is done getting his heart smashed by real-life women who fit his perfect-mate checklist. From now on, he vows to keep his romances digital-only…until a certain redheaded gamer twists all his preconceptions and touches a place in his heart he didn’t know existed.
I always thought I knew what love would look like, but sometimes you don’t recognize it until the moment when it holds you. ~Cliff "I can relate to these characters on an emotional level that has me up and down and turning the pages as fast as I can."
~Avonna at The Romance Reviews

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 Snippets
WHEN IT HITS YOU – First Kiss
“Do you really, truly, honestly believe an electronic device can replace having a man in your life?” He watched her with the same intensity she remembered from Indiana, the look she hadn’t been able to decipher when they’d been boiling corn at the farm. Now she thought she might understand where it came from.
“Afraid you might be replaceable?” she asked.
“I would be if I thought it was in any way possible—which it’s not.”
“I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on that.” She looked down at her bottle, swirling it. “Do you want the rest of this? I’m not in a mood to drink tonight.”
Hayden shrugged and took the bottle, tilting it for a long pull before he set it next to the empty near his feet. When he straightened, his mouth flattened into a perfect straight line. He leaned back and turned his face toward her, resting his head against the half wall. His thick eyebrows lowered over his darkened blue eyes that glinted in the firelight. “Can I ask you something else?”
The tender earnestness in his voice inspired her to join him in reclining against the wall, mirroring him as she rested her head and tilted her face toward him. “When have I ever stopped you?”
“This little friend of yours…can it do this?” He lifted his arm and traced his fingertips down the side of her face before cupping her jaw. He kept his thumb at her cheekbone, lightly stroking.
If she hadn’t promised to maintain eye contact, she’d have shoved not only her eyes, but also everything else she had away from him. Alcohol had obviously inspired his open show of affection, but she was still sober and couldn’t as easily explain away the electrified thrill that ran through her at his touch.
He dropped his thumb to her mouth and tickled back and forth over her lower lip, daring her to hold strong. “Can it do this?” His mouth moved to hers, pressing against her lips in the slightest of kisses and pulling back just long enough for her to reluctantly acknowledge that she wanted him back on her.

WHEN IT HOOKS YOU – First Kiss
She started at his touch and tilted her head to look at him. As soon as her eyes locked on his, he dropped his arm and shifted his gaze away from her to look across the wide deck toward the lake. The brilliant blue in the east had darkened to midnight. She turned her whole body to be front-to-front with him. Touching her hand to the side of his face, she brought his focus back to her. She was done waiting for him to make a move.
“I know you said it was best to not get physical,” she said, noting the faint press of new stubble against her palm. “But I hope kisses don’t count because I’m going to kiss you, Mr. Helms. If that goes well, I don’t plan to stop until your face turns purple and you’re gasping for air.”
He didn’t move or say anything to dissuade her, but a terrified flash raced across his eyes—now made coppery under the scorched heavens. Trish plastered her mouth against his. She’d take away his fear. She’d pull him up to the surface of his melancholy sea and breathe lightness into him.

WHEN IT HOLDS YOU – First Kiss
“So you’re actually a redhead, huh?” Cliff asked.
“I am tonight.” She prowled closer and pressed against him, holding two fingers to his lips. The tips of her long purple fingernails tickled against the bottom of his nose. “I’d rather not talk.”
She gave the side of his neck a tentative lick and then touched kisses up his throat and over his face until her mouth was against his. She dropped her hands to run along the sides of his hips, caressing and groping.
His mind sped. His heart galloped. The cool confidence he’d mustered before her arrival evaporated. He wasn’t sure he could do this. He didn’t know this woman at all and now she was feasting on him. He’d much rather have talked with her for a little while before jumping right into it.
Channeling his inner alpha, he forced himself to return the kiss. He slid his hands over the slick fabric of her cape to the small of her back and pulled her close. She was significantly shorter than him, even in the spiked heels. Her body felt so soft against his. Her lips tasted like strawberries.
I can do this.
He did know this woman. It was Claire, the willful strategist with whom he’d been rampaging the kingdomside. He noticed that though she’d been aggressive in her advance, she kept the kiss to lips only, almost as if waiting for him to take it to the next level. He liked this small show of submission.
I can totally do this.
Author Bio:
Nicki writes spicy fiction with a sweet and dreamy center. She does other stuff too - like obsess over reality TV. Writing fiction wasn't something Nicki set out to do; it just sort of happened when she realized writing reports was by far her favorite part of her investment consulting position. She traded stock allocation and diversification for story arcs and dialogue and now weaves her creative writing time in with the other activities of her busy life with her family in the Chicago suburbs.

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