Wednesday, July 31, 2013

VBT ~ Review & Giveaway: Kiss the Bride (A Tallwood Novella) by Jody Wallace (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


Herman Edward Heckley knows all about drywall, concrete, and nail guns. So what's he doing fighting off taffeta in a bridal salon? He’s maid of honor for his best friend, Caroline Oakenfeld, in her wedding to a pencil-necked geek. But the closer he gets to the ceremony, the more he wonders if he's been missing out all this time.

Caroline has been missing out, and she knows it. She’s been in love with Heck forever, but frittering her life away until Heck wises up isn’t part of her life plan. She’s agreed to marry her boyfriend so she can move on with her life. But the closer she gets to the ceremony, the more she realizes she has to resolve her feelings for Heck.

For better or for worse.

Book Details:

Kiss the Bride
By Jody Wallace

Genre:
Contemporary Romance

ISBN: 9781622662203
ASIN: B00DTDGJ3C
Number of pages: 140
Date of Publication: June 29, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

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Saph's Review:

Imagine that your best friend is getting married and she asked you, yes, YOU, to be the Maid of Honor!  How awesome would that be?!  Except there's one problem.....You.Are.A.Guy.

This exactly how Kiss the Bride begins.  Herman Edward Heckley III (Heck) is now Maid/Man of Honor in his best friend Caroline Ann Oakenfield's (Caro) wedding.  She's marrying a man that Heck can't stand and her family isn't to fond of either.  Little does anyone know the reason Caro is marrying the "pencil-necked geek."  And Heck better figure it out before it's too late for everyone involved.

Kiss the Bride is short novella that isn't lacking anything.  The characters are very likable.  It's easy to relate to them and it pulls from very realistic scenarios.  There are times when men and women just can't communicate anything properly.  Kind of like the tv show "Three's Company" ~ half of the show focused on misunderstandings between the 2 female and 1 male lead, and don't get me started on the landlords.

As Caro's wedding day gets closer both Caro and Heck have some serious soul searching to do in order to get to their Happily Ever After.  What a wild ride it is, too.  Even as Heck begins to realize his feelings, he still proceeds with doing the Maid of Honor duties for Caro's wedding, while she is questioning herself at the same time.  The bachelorette party, complete with Officer Sexy, had me in stitches. 

This is a quick and easy read that is entertaining and has depth to the characters.  The secondary characters were written pretty well and certainly knew all along that Heck and Caro has feelings for each other.  Caro knew but Heck didn't provide any indications that he thought of her as anything other than a platonic friend. 

I enjoyed every bit of this novel and am glad that I had the privilege to read and review "Kiss the Bride" for Jody Wallace.

ARC Review Copy Courtesy Of:  The publisher, Entangled: Ever After, via NetGalley, at no cost in exchange for an honest review.


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About the Author:


Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time because there was always something new to learn and ended up with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. She currently lives in Tennessee with her family: 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 cats. One of her many alter egos is "The Grammar Wench", which should give you an indication of her character. She is a terrible packrat and likes to amass vintage clothing, books, Asian-inspired kitchenware, gnomes, and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot.

Ms. Wallace's approach to writing is to tell as many outlandish lies as she can get her readers to swallow. Her dream is to be moderately well-paid for this service. She is active in RWA and occasionally conducts writing workshops. Among topics she's been known to cover are training sessions for contest judges (she coordinated her local RWA chapter contest for many years), point of view, dialogue punctuation and creativity enhancement.

Her headshots were taken by Cindy Sarlo Photography of Dixon, TN.

Website: http://www.jodywallace.com/

Blog: http://blog.jodywallace.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jodywallace

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Matchpoint (The Matchmaker Series, Book Two) by Elise Sax (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)



Lovably troublesome Gladie Burger runs into sizzling danger and a fiery love triangle in the second installment of Elise Sax’s hilarious and sexy Matchmaker romance series.

“Elise Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out.”—New York Times bestselling author Christie Craig

Since joining the family matchmaking business run by her eccentric Grandma Zelda, Gladie is always looking for love. But when an unbearable toothache knocks her out of commission and into the dentist’s chair, she prays only for relief. No such luck. Emerging from an anesthetic haze, Gladie awakes to find that not only is her tooth still throbbing, but her dentist is dead—and the lead suspect in the murder, office receptionist Belinda, just so happens to be Gladie’s first real client. Now it’s up to Gladie to find Belinda a man and keep her from being locked up behind bars.

As if that weren’t enough distraction, two gorgeous men are vying for Gladie’s attention: Spencer, the playboy chief of police, and Holden, Gladie’s secretive, gorgeously muscled neighbor. Still, Gladie’s not complaining about having a helping hand or two when the case leads her to a dangerously bizarre cult. She may have met her match—and if she’s not careful, it could be her last.

Book Details:

Matchpoint
The Matchmaker Series, Book Two
Elise Sax

Genre: Comedic romantic mystery

Publisher: Ballantine (Random House)
Paperback Pages: 288

ISBN: 978-0-345-53224-4

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An Affair to Dismember
The Matchmaker Series, Book One
Elise Sax

Genre: Comedic romantic mystery

Publisher: Ballantine (Random House)

ISBN: 978-0345532220

Number of pages: 320
Word Count: About 80,000

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Book Description:

Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance.

Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family’s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. What’s more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.


When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor’s death was murder. It’s not too long before she’s in way over her head—with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she’s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued—either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?

Praise for An Affair to Dismember


“Elise Sax’s new Matchmaker series is off to a rousing start! . . . Sax gives the comic mystery genre a new spin. . . . A fun read sure to entertain.”—RT Book Reviews

“Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this new author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie.”—Booklist

“Elise Sax will win your heart.”—New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

“In the tradition of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, Elise Sax’s new novel is a funny, sexy ride.”—Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind

“What a fun book! It will leave readers begging for more.”—Kim Gruenenfelder, author of There’s Cake in My Future



About the Author:

Elise Sax worked as a journalist for fifteen years, mostly in Paris, France. She took a detour from journalism and became a private investigator before trying her hand at writing fiction. She lives in Southern California with her two sons. An Affair to Dismember, the first in the Matchmaker mystery series, is her first novel.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Book Blitz: The Sexy & The Undead (Sexy Witches Series, Book 1) by Charity Parkerson (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


A potion gone wrong, or right?

Single, unemployed, and in charge of her very own pet zombie, Ella Perry is cooking up trouble, and it's raining men. 

Ella has spent years searching for a cure for a zombie named Freddie. However, when an experimental concoction takes an unexpected turn, she gets a glimpse of the life she's been missing by hanging out with the undead. 

Zombies, Angels, and Pixies. Oh my! Don't miss out on the first book in the new "Sexy Witches" series by Bestselling Author Charity Parkerson.


Book Details:


The Sexy and The Undead
Sexy Witches Series Book One 
Charity Parkerson 

Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Publisher: Punk and Sissy Publications 
Date of Publication: May 1, 2013 

ISBN: 1484875001
ASIN: B00CLYIMD0

Number of pages: 156
Word Count: 25,769

Cover Artist: Designs by Charity

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/wYF7ZCfUhNo

Purchase Links:


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Excerpt:

“This place flipping sucks,” Tam said, using her whiniest voice.

She didn’t get to visit with her friend, Lena, very often since she lived amongst the humans, and Tam was stuck living in the Hall of the Gods. She was taking full advantage of the rare social call by laying all her problems on the Seer as thick as possible. “I mean, look around,” she added, gearing up for a full rant. “There’s not one man in this joint I’d be willing to sleep with.”

Lena’s bright pink hair, which stood out in a spike above her head, tilted from side to side as she did as Tam ordered. Her eyes widened, showing her confusion.

“Are you insane?”

Disbelief laced her words. Lifting one beautifully manicured finger, she pointed out a blond angel that was guarding a nearby door. “What about that one?” Before Tam could answer, Lena added, “or that one?”

Tam didn’t bother glancing in the redhead’s direction. She knew without looking that both men wore matching black kilts and nothing else. Their golden muscular bodies were a common sight in the Heavens.

“Bloody freaking hell, Lena. All these guys are three feet taller than me. What am I supposed to do with them, I ask you? Their,” she made a swirling gesture with her index finger, searching for the right term. “Pricks. Yes,” she said with a nod, deciding that she liked that word. “They are probably the size of my leg. I’d be killed.”

A snort of laughter escaped Lena, but she covered her mouth as if attempting to hold it in. Tam’s nerve endings lit up at the sound. Most people believe that chanting their belief in fairies will cause one to grow strong, but in truth laughter was the key to pixie power. A day with Lena was equivalent to a day at the spa for Tam. Not only was Lena the clumsiest immortal in all the realms, she was also a regular hoot.

Feeling encouraged, she grew even more outrageous. “Take that one, for example.” Tam nodded toward a dark-haired angel that stood a few inches taller than the rest. “Notice that his kilt falls to his shins instead of his knees,” she pointed out.

Lena nodded. “I did think that was odd, but then again, what isn’t here?”

It was Tam’s turn to snort. “Well, his is not a fashion statement. I heard that he tried wearing the standard uniform when he first arrived, but everyone got sick of seeing that huge one-eyed monster slapping his kneecaps every step that he took. Mistress Katrina finally made him wear a longer one.”

Lena openly gawked at the man in question. Leaning over in her chair, she tried to peek under his pleat before losing her balance and almost landing on her face.

Catching her stare, the man began to inch the plaid upward as if fully prepared to relieve Lena’s curiosity.

“Thomas!” Tam cried, admonishing the wicked angel.

With a wink in Lena’s direction, he turned away, but Lena didn’t look the least bit ashamed as she attempted to right herself.

“Too bad,” she sighed. “I’ve never seen a knee-slapping monster before. Why don’t you just leave?”

Wasn’t that the million-dollar question? Tam’s wings drooped, mimicking her inner deflation. “I want a normal man,” she confessed to Lena. “An ordinary man who won’t squash my twat,” she added miserably.

About the Author:


Charity Parkerson was born in Tennessee, where she still lives with her husband and two sons. She is the author of several books including fifteen Amazon bestsellers. 

Her “Sinners series” was voted one of the top ten best books by an Indie author in 2011- Paranormal Romance Reads Her book “The Danger with Sinners” was named “Best Book of 2012” by Paranormal Reads Reviews and was a finalist in the 2012 Australian Romance Reader’s Awards for Favorite Paranormal Romance. 

She was named as one of the top three Indie authors of 2012- EbookBuilders She is a member of The Paranormal Romance Guild, is a Goodreads moderator, a member of Coffee Time Romance, and co-host of The Melissa Craig and Charity Parkerson show. 

She won author of the week in August of 2011, and is a five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath.

Website: http://www.charityparkerson.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorCharityParkerson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4506281.Charity_Parkerson

Blog: http://charity-thesinners.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharityParkerson


Release Day & Spotlight: Play Me (Take A Chance, Book 3) by Diane Alberts (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


Even the best-laid plans can go awry. 

Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job.

Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.


Play Me 

Take a Chance Book 3
Diane Alberts 

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC 

Date of Publication: July 29, 2013 

ISBN: 9781622661923 
ASIN: B00DTDH8X2 

Number of pages: 120 

Cover design by L.J.Anderson

Purchase Links:

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Books in the Take a Chance Series: 

Try Me: Take a Chance Book 1 

Love Me: Take a Chance Book 2 

Play Me: Take a Chance Book 3


About the Author:

Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Her goal is to write so many fantastic books that even a non-romance book fan will know her name.

She also writes New Adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency. 




Thursday, July 25, 2013

VBT ~ Spotlight: One Hot Knight by Christy Gissendaner (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


Stupid curse!


Yves Sucat was a Crusader trapped in a canine body…until a beautiful twenty-first century dog groomer offered the missing link to break his spell. But Regina Patterson was no fluffy-headed female who would instantly melt at Yves' silvery seduction. The more time he spent with the tender-hearted blonde, the less he was able to keep his paws—hands!—off of her.

Regina was much more comfortable with dogs than men, and the stunningly handsome – stunningly male – knight who now shared her apartment was no exception. She’d hoped to find a man as loyal as the pooches she pampered day after day, but would Yves’s broken curse end with her own broken heart?

Book Details:

One Hot Knight!
Christy Gissendaner 

Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Publisher: Entangled Publishing 

Covet Imprint 

Date of Publication: 7/22/13 

ISBN: 9781622662340 

ASIN: B00DK43O7E


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About the Author:

Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand. 

She lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons and isalways hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!



Christy also writes historical romance as Robin Danner. Check her out at http://robindanner.webs.com

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: Breaking the Storm (Credence Curse, Book One) by Sedona Venez (Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)

THE CURSE

Stormy Credence was destined to succumb to the Credence family curse—they all did.

THE PASSION

When Stormy meets sexy band front man Knox Gunner, there’s no denying him. Willing to take a chance on love, Stormy breaks the most important Credence rule, no relationships—ever—a mistake that results in heartbreaking devastation.

THE GAME

Stormy is put to the test one more time, when the one man that she never wanted to see again—‘Rock Star’ Knox Gunner comes blowing back into her life—back to claim what’s his—Stormy. This time he will stop at nothing to prove that she belongs to him in every sense of the word…

Are you ready for the cover???


Book Details:



Breaking the Storm 

Credence Curse, Book One 

Sedona Venez 

Genre: New Adult/Adult Paranormal Romance 

Publisher: One Wish Publishing 

Date of Publication: August 6, 2013



About the Author:


Sedona Venez writes New Adult and Adult fiction novels inspired by her love of music, tattoos and sexy musicians.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway: Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas (Presented by Entangled Publishing)

A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds…

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancé.

Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he's forced to move in with her to avoid the paparazzi. Their instant attraction makes for a sizzling "first date", but soon Jake’s fame gets in the way and Beth wants out. Too bad Jake's figured out just why her ex is so obsessed with her, and he's afraid he's not going to be able to give her up either.

Now it's up to Jake to convince this chef together they make the perfect recipe.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 432 KB
Print Length: 187 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (July 8, 2013)
Sold by: Macmillan
ASIN: B00CGFEICS
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Excerpt:

“My ex husband is my personal matchmaker. He takes great care to screen the guys before he passes my number out. They’re all within two years of my age, no jewelry, no piercings, no fake tans, no tattoos. Nonsmokers, clean-shaven with dark hair cropped short, shiny shoes, and a respectable Melbourne-based job. Oh, and they’re also close to their families and interested in a long-term relationship.”

Jake's eyebrows hiked upward.

“Brad gives my dates tips on where to take me, safe subjects to discuss and others to avoid, what wine to order with dinner, what music to play in the car.” She groaned. “There’s no magic, no spark. They’re so perfect it’s nauseating, and I always want to run in the other direction.”

She clutched the seat as Jake swerved out of the traffic and brought the van to an abrupt halt in a bus zone.

“There’s more. Say it.” Jake’s large hands covered hers. He’d unclipped his seat belt and leaned close, his muscular body looming over hers. With a hot man sharing her seat, the last thing she wanted to do was talk, but his hazel eyes were intense, daring her to answer.

“I want a husband and a family more than anything, but I’m a complete failure when it comes to dating.The sense of expectation makes me uncomfortable and I dread the end of the date from the moment we first meet.”

“Perhaps you’d enjoy dating someone other than your ex- husband?”

“I’ve been on lots of dates and they’ve all been disasters, so I must be the problem.”

“Brad’s your age, right?” She nodded. “And he has dark hair that’s cropped short? He lives in Melbourne, has a good job, doesn’t smoke. He’s close to his family; hell, he was even close to yours. Do I need to go on?”

“So all this time, I’ve been dating copies of Brad?” A gurgle of near-hysterical laughter climbed her throat and emerged as a rude noise. “That’s funny. Pathetic, but kind of funny too. No wonder I was miserable.”

Jake’s mouth swooped down on hers and dropped an urgent kiss that was over almost before it began. “Are you miserable now?”

She smiled at the certified rock god who was idolized by millions, yet didn’t tick more than a box or two on her list. Maybe it was time for a new list. Hmm: high-maintenance hair, strictly temporary, looks hot naked. She slid her fingers beneath the hem of Jake’s charcoal henley shirt, tracing his rock-hard abs. “Yep. Miserable and deprived.”

“Liar.”

Saph's Review:

Misunderstandings, humor, sarcasm, and tenderness abound in Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas.

Skyla's boss is the famous rock star Jake Olsen.  Jake is unimpressed with the amount of time Skyla's soon-to-be-husband, Brad seems to be spending with his ex-wife, Beth ~ especially since Brad and Skyla are due to be married very soon.  Why would Brad need to continue a relationship with Beth if: A) he was happy with Skyla; and B) unless he wasn't over Beth at all.  Feeling that this isn't fair to Skyla, Jake takes it upon himself to fly to Melbourne, Australia, to stay with Beth and try to prevent Brad from coming around.  

When Jake gets to Melbourne (without his security detail) and the press catches him next to a robe-clad Beth, the only reason he can think to tell them is that they are engaged.  So now, in order to keep the hounds at bay, he has to move in with Beth while they both deal with the charade that's been cooked up.

Neither Jake nor Beth counted on falling in love.  Their world's are completely different; Beth couldn't handle the constant publicity of her life, and Jake can't be rid of it, fully admitting that his main priority is his band.  

Oh and there's a reason that Jake is so obsessed with making sure Skyla is treated right and fawned over properly by Brad.  I won't divulge it here; although, I'm sure it's been spoken about in other reviews.

I really enjoyed the majority of Famously Engaged.  The chemistry between Jake and Beth is strong and vibrant.  The author writes them in a way that portrays them as unsure of what's going on but yet, completely comfortable with each other.  I love the bantering, sarcasm, and humor that is used in this novel.

One of my favorite quotes from the book:

Jake just arrives on Beth's doorstep in Australia ~

"Look, I appreciate you - and your hair - stopping by, but I've got plans for an early night and I'm afraid they don't include you" (Thomas, R., 2013, pg. 11).  **To catch the quote in the correct, humorous context you'll have to read the book.

Beth is an emotional character; her mother just passed away and her ex-husband, even though they are best friends who should have never been married, is driving her crazy.  She doesn't get a moment's peace from him and his mother hen ways.  She has a hard time being confined in her house due to the constant 

Jake is a rock star with an image that just doesn't fit his personality.  He is kind, caring, and has depth.  He may be photographed with many women on his arm, but usually that's the extent of the contact.  He's never felt a real emotional attachment to any woman until Beth.

The only part of the book that I felt the readers get slighted on involves Jake and Skyla.  The book starts out with the secret and does a sort-of lead into something that could have, and should have been a great revelation.  It does, however, fall pretty flat, leaving the reader feeling that the entire culmination of the secret was rushed and not thoroughly examined.  I realize the book isn't about Jake and Skyla but a little more development of that particular plot line would have made this, in my eyes, a perfect book!

Other than the one minor  issue, I found the novel to be a nice, easy read.  Famously Engaged kept me interested from start to finish.  I was able to emotionally connect with both characters at certain times and I'll admit that I actually teared up near the end before the Happily Ever After (HEA) took place.  A book that enables me to get emotionally involved means the author did her (in this case) job!

Advanced Reader's Copy Courtesy Of:  Entangled Publishing, via NetGalley, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

Saph's Rating:



About Robyn Thomas

Robyn is a cheesecake connoisseur, caffeine addict, and mother of two boys. Happily married, she lives in Melbourne, Australia. Writing romance helps her balance the effects of living in an all-male household. Robyn loves romantic comedies, art glass, cooking and browsing in quirky gift shops.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Persuasion Skills by Laurel Cremant (Presented by Reading Addiction Blog Tours)


Persuasion Skills - MEGA PROMO BLITZ
By Laurel Cremant
Erotic Contemporary Romance
Date Published: 7/5/2013


In the aftermath of a major health scare Pepper Holt’s makes the relief inspired decision to seize the day. Unfortunately most of her “seizing” involves a bit of Merlot and her best friends pants! After a shared night of passion she realizes that her feelings for Jax are a lot more complicated than she ever thought.

Jax has finally realized that his allergy to marriage has nothing to do with the institution itself, and everything to do with the women in his bed—specifically the one woman not in his bed. Pepper’s reaction to their one night together has him scrambling to regroup. So he does what he knows best—he disappears and he thinks. The plan?—convince Pepper into staying with him at a secluded cabin for one week. One week pretending to be a happily married couple to show her how great they could be together.

Excerpt:

The smooth humming of an engine finally wove its way up the road as he continued to chop.
He glanced up from his task in time to see a slate grey SUV make its way up the gravel path that passed as the driveway to his cabin. Within a few seconds, he could see Pepper’s face peering at him through the front window.
The usual sense of peace that her presence always gave him rushed through, right before his skin tightened in a zing of awareness. Seeing her never failed to jumpstart his senses. Her features had changed very little since college, but she’d grown her afro out to a long mass of curls that stretched past her shoulders.
At that moment, the mouth he’d secretly lusted after for years was set in a firm line, and a blaze of anger shone in her steady gaze. Neither warning sign prevented a smile from spreading across his face as the car drew near.
She wore a white snow cap with earflaps, her curls spilling around her shoulders, and what looked like a heavy white winter coat. She looked like a ferocious bunny.
If looks could kill. He chuckled softly.
He swung the axe one last time and planted the blade firmly in the chopping block before walking leisurely to the top of the drive and waiting.
It wasn’t hard to keep the smile on his face as his gaze caught hers and held. He could practically feel the waves of rage rolling off of her as she pulled the car to an abrupt stop only inches from where he stood.
He merely winked at her and gave a cheerful wave. God, he loved hunting rabbits.
She stared at him for a searing moment before climbing out of the tall vehicle and dragging out a medium-sized piece of luggage. She snapped up its telescoping handle and marched the few steps it took to stand in front of him.
He let his gaze wander over her frame, taking in the rapid rise and fall of her chest, the tight grip she had on the luggage handle, and the clenching and unclenching of her free hand. Yet the only thing that caused his smile to dim was the hurt mingled with the outrage on her lovely face.
He let his gaze drift back to her clenching fist for a moment before looking at her face again. Staring into her eyes, he let loose a loud sigh as he widened his stance and shoved his hands into his coat pockets. This is going to hurt.
“Go ahead. Do it. You know you want to.”
He let the taunt hang in the air, waiting for her to speak, react, do anything.
She stared at him for a few seconds before her eyes swelled with unshed tears.
The sight caused a small ache in his chest. Nothing ever hurt as much as seeing Pepper cry.
The thought barely registered in his mind before she pulled back her clenched fist and slammed it squarely on his jaw.
His head jerked to the side with a snap.
“Fuck!”
He let loose a few more choice expletives. Trust Pepper to have a killer right hook.
The stars in his eyes cleared just in time for him to watch her turn and stomp toward the porch steps and up to the front door of the cabin.
“Feel better now?” he called out to her retreating back.
Her answering response was a decisively unladylike hand gesture over her shoulder before she entered the cabin and slammed the door behind her.
He rubbed his jaw for a few seconds before turning and walking to the car door. Peering inside, he glimpsed the keys still dangling from the ignition.
Reaching inside, he pocketed the keys before popping the hood of the SUV open.
“Well, let the games begin,” he muttered to himself as he walked to the front of the car and reached under the hood.
He barely winced in pain as a smile spread across his face while he reached into the belly of the car and yanked out a bundle of wires.

Author Bio:

Laurel is a romance author, who like most writers loves to read. Her first love (pun intended) has always been romance. From the sappy YA romance novel to the more risqué erotica novels, Laurel is a sucker for a good love story.

Laurel writes paranormal and contemporary romance and is a self proclaimed, out of the closet nerd. She admits that she can't seem to avoid adding a bit of "nerdology" or "geek-dom" to all of her books. Living in Miami, she also admits that she can't seem to avoid giving her heroines gorgeous shoes, "In Miami, we worship everything strappy, open toed and just plain hot!"


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This novel sounds fabulous!  Make sure to add to your To Be Read list :)  I know I will!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Blog Tour: A Vampire's Saving Embrace (Supernatural Desire Series, Book 1) by Darlene Kuncytes Presented by Bewitching Book Tours)


Abigail Montgomery was happy with her life. She was independent, strong, and had managed on her own for a very long time.

That was, until the dark, handsome Desmond LaGrange showed up at the bar where she worked. How could she know that this mysterious man would end up saving her from the evil that she didn't even know existed? And why was she so drawn to him? Why did he make her body heat with just a simple look?

Desmond LaGrange was fighting a past he was trying hard to forget. But when
he sees the beautiful Abby working behind the bar - something deep inside compels him to get closer.

The only question is why?

And when he saves her from danger - can he resist the strong pull between them to let her go when the time comes?

Or will the passion that she ignites in him be his end?

Book Details:

A Vampire’s Saving Embrace
Book One
Supernatural Desire Series
Darlene Kuncytes

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: ISBN-101483980836
ASIN: B00BHYJRCU

Number of pages: 168 Ebook 147 Paperback
Word Count: 64,000

Cover Artist: Linda Boulanger

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

Abigail Montgomery blew a stray strand of hair away from her face as she glared across the crowded bar - her eyes narrowed in frustration. 

“I swear to God, Abs - you’re going to scare Mr. Hottie away with those looks you keep shooting his way. You look like you could peel the paint right off of the walls for crying out loud!” Kat, her co-worker yelled at her over the noise – gracing her with her best no nonsense scowl. 

Abby gave Kat a disgusted grunt as her eyes stayed on the disturbingly handsome man sitting alone at the table on the other side of the bar. 

He had been in Echo’s every night for the past three that Abby had worked. Sitting at the same damn table - nursing a bourbon, and watching her. He never approached or spoke to her - he just watched her work - his oh, so sensuous, full lips set in a grim line - and it was beginning to un-nerve her. This man was beyond model perfect, and it made Abby feel utterly intimidated and completely lacking. Just what in the hell was this man’s problem? 

She took a deep, steadying breath and tore her eyes from him - trying to concentrate on something - anything other than his disturbing presence. She stooped down to grab a tray of clean glasses from beneath the bar, and unceremoniously dropped them with a resounding crash when she turned to find Mr. Gorgeous standing at the bar directly in front of her - his eyes locked on her face. 

“Easy there, pet,” he whispered - the smooth, silky timber of his voice causing her to shiver slightly. Damn, but the man was delicious, she thought sourly. 

He stood about six foot two and was unbelievably muscular – but not the steroid addled muscles of a body builder, she thought with a twinge – no… his muscles were real. Un-Godly real and painfully apparent beneath the very expensive shirt he wore. The man just reeked class and money. Cripes! 

His hair was jet black and cut short to where it just touched the collar of said shirt in sexy, messy spikes. And his eyes - oh Lord, his eyes were sea blue and framed by unbelievably long, thick lashes. It should be illegal for a man to have such beautiful eyelashes she thought with a grunt. Yet, he was completely and irrevocably all man. 

Abby felt a sudden surge of heat run through her as his eyes traveled over her face as he thoroughly appraised her - and she bit her bottom lip to stop her wayward thoughts. “Can I get you something?” she croaked out - immediately wincing at the tremor in her voice. Crap. 

He smiled, his perfect white teeth glistening slightly - his eyes capturing and holding hers. “That depends, my pet - on just what it is that you are offering.” The wicked smile that came to his face caused Abby’s cheeks to burn, and an unwelcome heat to spread through her stomach as her entire body began to tingle. 

Her hackles rose at the unwanted onslaught of it all and she glared. Abby did not like the effect this man was having on her in the least! 

“Do you want another drink?” she ground out - her emerald eyes snapping fire as her cheeks blazed red – damn, was it getting warm in here? She silently wondered - hating how awkward and unsure she felt under his close scrutiny. He was holding her gaze as if he were looking into her very soul - and it was making her beyond uncomfortable in a completely embarrassing way. The guy had her entire body trembling. 

“Actually…” 

“Oh, Christ Abby,” Kat said, squatting down and starting to pick up the broken pieces of glass from the floor. “Are you all right?” Abby looked down at the fiery red-head and grimaced. 

“Damn, Charlie is going to have my hide,” she whispered before glancing back up. She was startled to discover that Mr. Gorgeous was gone; and quickly searched the pulsating crowd on the dance floor - then the table where he had been seated for the past three days – but he was nowhere to be seen. 

Abby felt a sudden rush of something that she wasn’t sure was relief or disappointment. She shook the thought off and bent down to help Kat with the mess she’d made; and groaned softly when she noticed that her hands were shaking. Damn, just what in the hell was wrong with her? 

Abby was what most would call classically beautiful. She was 27, curvy in all the right places - five foot four inches tall with golden hair that hung to her shoulder blades in luminous waves; and deep emerald green eyes that took everyone who met her back instantly with their beauty. She was sweet and funny and seemed to put the people she met at ease immediately. Even though, she closed herself off from any outside activities. She always turned down the many dates she was asked on - preferring to keep her distance. 

Kat on the other hand was full bodied and boisterous. Her flaming red hair matched her flaming personality and wild ways. 

The two were complete opposites; but yet had quickly become best friends. Kat was Abby’s yin to her yang - the regulars at the bar calling them fire and ice. 

“I saw you talking to that gorgeous piece - please tell me he was hitting on you.” Kat said, laughing happily - her eyes gleaming mischievously as she waggled her eyebrows at her friend.

About the Author: 

Darlene Kuncytes was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. She has enjoyed writing ever since she can remember, and has always had a love for romance. 
"A Vampire's Saving Embrace" is her first novella, of what will hopefully be many more. She has always loved the supernatural with a touch of suspense - not to mention the allure of finding one's soul mate. 

She loves hearing from her fans- so be sure to drop her a line.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Virtual Book Tour: Sinfully Summer by Aimee Duffy (Presented by Shades of Rose Marketing)


Sun, Sea and Scandal

Notorious heiress Alexa Green has certainly been enjoying her most recent girls-holiday in Marbella. Just as we thought, she’s been knocking back the cocktails and showing off her fabulous bikini body on the beach… but rumour has it she’s also been spotted sneaking out of Enrique Castillo’s penthouse in the early hours of this morning – in nothing but her underwear! Our question is, doesn’t this fiercely private billionaire know what he’s letting himself in for?

He’s got the millions… and she knows how to spend them! So lie back on your sun lounger and get comfortable, because this summer fling is going to be a sizzler!

Excerpt from Sinfully Summer:

Adrenaline roared through her veins. This was her only chance. Pushing away from the wall, she rounded the lift, desperately seeking an escape. She barely noticed the plush furnishings, soft-looking leather sofas and floor to ceiling window which showcased the most spectacular view she’d ever seen. Instead she focused on the walls surrounding the elevator.

‘Are you lost?’

The heavily accented voice froze her to the spot. She darted a glance toward the sound. Dark brows furrowed over the richest coloured eyes she’d seen. His gaze swept over the length of her body, then up, lingering on her rear for a beat too long. Her skin tingled under his scrutiny.

Turning her whole body to face him, she slapped a hand on her hip. ‘Had a good enough look?’

His lips quirked in a sexy, lopsided grin. The jitters were back and Alexa swore the temperature in the room shot up ten degrees. Her gaze dropped to his broad shoulders, covered in a thin white t-shirt, then down to a well filled chest. She could see a dark pattern beneath the t-shirt. She longed to find out what kind of tattoo he had. Usually, tats didn’t do it for her. But on that body…

‘I could ask you the same thing.’

She snapped her attention back to his face. He stepped toward her, his jaw set, his eyes dancing with humour and something darker…something that made her blood heat and her mouth water.

Alexa raised her arm, palm out. ‘Hold it there, Mr. Any closer and I’ll scream.’

He paused by the sofa. Propping his hip against the cream leather, he folded his arms across his chest, causing the muscles to bulge. The moisture drained from her mouth and flooded in her belly.

‘No one’s here to hear you.’ He cocked a brow. ‘You seem to be forgetting where you are and,’ his gaze dipped down to her breasts causing the nipples to peak against the lacy fabric ‘how underdressed.’

Alexa thought this moment would have topped the blush scale. She planted her other hand on her hip and glared at him, unwilling to show any weakness. ‘I’m just leaving.’

She turned and strode back to the lift, keeping her back straight and trying not to wiggle her hips too much. The predatory sheen in his eyes made her body more jittery than the idea of sprinting around the lower floor in her underwear. She reached out to hit the button, but a large hand circled her wrist before she made it.

Alexa squeaked and darted back a step. He was so close, and his chest was right in her face. She could see the dark outline of the tattoo beneath the thin cotton. The outline of a burning sun, she thought, or something that looked like a sun. Her hands itched to lift the material and see for herself.

‘I’m up here.’

She snapped her gaze back up to his smirking face and took another step back. His lips kicked up at the corners and his eyes darkened. She swallowed against the urge to step closer, to feel his hard body pressed against hers. But she realised she was in little more than her bra and knickers in a stranger’s home. Unease skittered down her spine.

Alexa squared her shoulders, trying to quash the fear turning her heated blood into cold sludge. ‘I’m leaving now.’

‘After you explain what you’re doing in my home in your undergarments.’

Undergarments?’ Alexa pressed her lips together to keep a giggle at bay. ‘Seriously?’

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 495 KB
Print Length: 182 pages
Publisher: HarperImpulse (June 20, 2013)
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
ASIN: B00CYBIXCK
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About the Author:

All my life I’ve been dreaming up stories. My mum said when I was little I used to make all the My Little Pony figurines talk to each other, and even fall in love. Later, it was Barbie and Ken. In my teens, I played matchmaker with my friends at school.

When I wasn’t creating imaginary scenarios, I had my nose stuck in books, reading across genres and there was one thing I loved more than the escapism—the fact a story can touch me so deeply, like I was experiencing everything along with my characters. I knew from early on this was something I wanted to do for others.

Fast forward a few years, and the dream almost got lost in real life, but I still couldn’t shake it completely. Now I write sizzling romance with the hope of making my readers’ hearts race like they are falling in love for the first time.

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