Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Eyes On You by Laura Kaye - Review, Excerpt, and Trailer

   

From New York Times Bestselling author Laura Kaye, comes EYES ON YOU, a new novella in her Blasphemy Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

   

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Author:  Laura Kaye
Publication Date:  18 July 2017
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Series: Blasphemy, book 3 
Genre:  Contemporary Erotic Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
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Book Description:

She wants to explore her true desires, and he wants to watch… When a sexy stranger asks Wolf Henrikson to rescue her from a bad date, he never expected to want the woman for himself. But their playful conversation turns into a scorching one-night stand that reveals the shy beauty gets off on the idea of being seen, even if she’s a little scared of it, too. And Wolf loves to watch.

In the wake of discovering her fiancé’s infidelity, florist Olivia Foster never expected to find someone who not only understood her wildest, darkest fantasies, but would bring them to life. As Wolf introduces her to his world at the play club, Blasphemy, Liv finds herself tempted to explore submission and exhibitionism with the hard-bodied Dom even as she’s scared to trust again.

But Wolf is a master of getting what he wants—and he’s got his eyes set on her…

 
     


My Review:

It's always funny to me that with the books I love the most I never know how to truly review them.  I suppose it's this strange conundrum of wanting to boast about them with out gushing so much you turn away from the sappiness of it all and the desire to tell you everything while still telling you very little so I don't spoil it, which is especially challenging when the review is on a novella length book  So here I sit staring at my computer screen thinking about how much I loved Eyes On You, how much I adored Wolf and Olivia, how much Blasphemy is one of my favorite Erotic Romance series and yet not being able to put those thoughts down in review form. 

However, here we are and here we go...

Olivia is on the worst date of her life with no escape in sight until she bumps into 'the hottest man Liv had ever seen." when returning grudgingly from a much needed escape to the bathroom.  I loved Olivia.  I loved her humor, her wit, her desire to be who she is deep down, to not let others perceptions of what they believe is right or wrong stop her from being who she is. 

Wolf, oh sweet Wolf.  He may be one of my favorite Master's so far, Quinton from Mastering Her Senses has top honors, but Wolf is right there.  I loved his care, his sweetness, his strength, (physically and emotionally) and well lets just be honest here, his sexiness.  Things happen fast for he and Olivia but Laura writes these feelings so honestly that they are believable.  You know that this couple is meant to be.  I love that Wolf doesn't struggle not put his feelings right out on the table, that he goes all in and he has no problem waiting (thankfully not long) for Olivia to recognize (or at least admit) to having the same feelings and desires.  

My favorite part about this book is that the story revolves around how Olivia had been shamed of her desires and ultimately ashamed of them, but how she came to realize that what she wants for herself isn't anything to be ashamed of and how Wolf helps her find peace with herself and what she craves for herself.  Through his acceptance of her, which is exactly what he needs as well, she finds the peace that has eluded her for years and with peace, love and happiness.  I love the idea that we can all be who we are meant to be when we just accept who we are, when we accept that voice in our souls that has been tying to tell us what we need.  This is a story that is about more than an erotic moment. It is one of the reasons I love the Blasphemy series so much,  each book is about discovering who you are, being open to who you are, being accepting of who you are, who others are and not in terms of BDSM but in terms of YOU and your happiness! 

Laura Kaye always knows how to give me the book I want and when I need it most.  Her stories are beautiful stories of love and acceptance, plus a whole lot of sexy moments that make me swoon and humor to make me smile even when I want to be grumpy.  After reading Eyes On You I also can not wait for Master Alex's story, his is going to be quite the emotional roller coaster I think!  If you are looking for a sweet story, with a well done side of BDSM look no further than Eyes On You.  As always with the 1,001 Dark Nights novellas this is one you can pick up with out having read any other the others in the series, you won't be lost at all, you'll just b using that one click finger for the rest as soon as you're done.  


~ Happy Reading ~ 




Excerpt:


Wolf Henrikson watched the sexy stranger flee her table like it was the Titanic and the bathroom was the last available lifeboat. And he couldn’t say that he blamed her. He hadn’t been trying to eavesdrop on the couple’s conversation; it was only that every time the man spoke to anyone from the restaurant’s staff, he shouted like he wanted to make the scene he was in fact making.

What the hell was the cute brunette doing with such an a**hole anyway? The few times he’d looked around to see if his dinner companion had arrived, he’d noticed the woman sitting not too far away—and she’d made him do a double take every time. Between her glossy chocolate waves, the bright red paint on her bow-tie lips, and the vintage-style red dress with the plunging neckline and the full knee-length skirt, she had the sex appeal of a pinup girl. He couldn’t help wondering if she wore garters and thigh-highs beneath that skirt.

Wolf almost regretted that he no longer had any reason to stay at the bar because the scene playing out at the nearby table was like a train wreck he couldn’t stop watching. And, oh, he did enjoy watching. People were just so fucking interesting, even when they were off their damn rockers.

But the prospective submissive he’d been planning to meet—in public, at her request—had just called to let him know she’d gotten cold feet. He respected the honesty. The BDSM lifestyle wasn’t for everyone, and it wasn’t something he recommended anyone explore frivolously. But the change in plans left him at loose ends.

Actually, that feeling was a constant presence in his blood these days. Restlessness. Boredom. 

Dissatisfaction without really being able to pinpoint why.

In anticipation of the meeting, he’d only had water, but he dropped a few dollars on the bar anyway, then pushed off the stool and made for the restrooms at the back. Blasphemy would be hopping soon, and even though he wasn’t scheduled to work a shift, he could no doubt find a willing partner to play with there. Though he was one of the twelve Master Dominants and a one-twelfth owner of the city’s most exclusive BDSM club, Wolf’s particular kink didn’t require all the equipment and special rooms that some did. Really, voyeurism and exhibitionism could be enjoyed anywhere. Which was kinda the point.

As long as he could watch, or knew others were watching, or was with someone who got off on being watched, he was all kinds of good.

Or, at least, he used to be.

    

       




About Laura Kaye: New York Times and USA Today bestseller Laura Kaye is the author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day. Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Maryland Romance Writers, and she is past president of the RWA-Contemporary Romance Writers.    

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Kiss My Boots by Harper Sloan - Release Day Review

    



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Author: Harper Slaon
Publication Date:  18 July 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series:  Coming Home, book 2
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Book Description:



In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

The only place Tate Montgomery ever truly felt at home growing up was during the long, sweltering summer months he spent at his Gram and Paw’s farm in Pine Oak, Texas. Now, Tate has returned to his childhood sanctuary seeking a fresh start—but if he’s being entirely honest, he’s not just back for the wranglers and Stetsons. During those summers, Quinn was a friend-turned-young-love who Tate lost when life threw him a curveball and he cut all ties to his past; but all it takes is one glance at the raven-haired beauty he did his best to forget for him to realize just how much he’s been missing….

   


My Review:

I was so excited to get my hands on this book.  I adored the first in the series, Lost Rider.  It was the book that brought me out of a huge contemporary romance book funk, heck I wasn't even in a contemporary romance genre funk truth be told it was all books.  I had lost my love for reading them and Lost Rider gave me back that joy, so you can well imagine how anxious I had been for Kiss My Boots and I can say I was not disappointed.  Did Kiss My Boots make me lose my mind like Lost Rider did, not quite and I will tell you why in a little bit, but it is still going to end up being one of my favorite reads this year.  

What happens to the girl who has hardened her heart after years of having it broken when the first boy to break it returns to town?  Quinn Davis is a powerful heroine and yet she is also one of the most broken and fragile heroines I have seen in a while.  She has spent years trying to just get through each day with a heart that no longer knows how to function.  Her mother abandoned her family, her father was a terrible man, a beloved brother runs from home to save himself, and the one boy who could give her hope up and leaves her with out an explanation or a glance back.  So how does the girl who is now a bad ass, spirited, quirky, sessy, (sexy and sassy together, no...yea, didn't work for me either, ha) and broken woman survive the return of her one true love?  

Tate Montgomery left everything good, left his heart in Pine Oak, Texas. He left not because he wanted to but because he had no choice.  It was either his heart or her 'safety' and as always Quinn Davis won.  She may never understand why he did what he did, she may never be able to forgive him for it either but with the threat gone he no longer has reason left to stay away.  

I knew going in that this would be an explosive relationship, how could it not be with a woman as independent and set in her ways as Quinn.  It's easy to see why Tate Montgomery so easily fell in love with her and why years later he can't stay away, why he knows he has to come and try to win her heart back.  Tate and Quinn are going to have you falling head over heels in love with them both as a couple and individually.  I loved that this is ultimately a story about fighting for those you love.  Did Tate go about that in the best way, nah...but what's a boy to do when he is placed in the awful position  Tate found himself in.  No, I'm not going to spoil it and tell you what that position is because I don't want to spoil the story, but it was harsh.  The anger that Quinn felt, the betrayal was absolutely believable and I loved that she didn't give in to Tate right away. That she fought him, knowing if she opened up her heart to him again he could completely destroy her.  She gave him hell and he deserved every lick of it and thankfully he took it respectfully and gracefully.  When these two finally decide to try again, swoon, it is everything.  Harper Sloan knows how to open up our hearts to her characters, she knows how to give us every ounce of passion, rage, lust, sadness, anger...she will give you all the feels.

Now, why didn't I give it a full on 5 stars after talking about how much I loved it?  Well for me it was because the story felt very similar in its basics as the Lost Rider.  It is a story about a boy who left a broken girl behind for unknown reasons and then returns years later trying/needing to make amends and win her back.  Does that make me unsatisfied with either Lost Rider or Kiss My Boots, heck no.  I still would tell everyone that wants an amazing romance and heartfelt story to pick these books up.  I just wanted a little something different, ultimately it didn't take anything away from the beauty or feeling behind Kiss My Boots so take that little bit of 'frustration' on my part with a grain of salt.  

If you are looking for a heart melting romance and a reason to go out and grab yourself a pair of Wranglers, Ropers and a fabulous Stetson then look no further.  This series will go out as one of my all-time favorites and I think that you will fall as deeply in love with these characters as I did.  Clay's story is on its way and it is going to be one heck of a doozy I think, so let's Cowboy Up readers, we are in for quite the ride!  

~ HAPPY READING ~         


 



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Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

His Hand Me Down Countess by Sorcha Mowbray - Cover Reveal

Today we are sharing the cover and pre-order links for 

HIS HAND-ME-DOWN COUNTESS

the first book in the Lustful Lords series by Sorcha Mowbray. 

This book is a historical romance title from Jack's House Publishing, and it will be releasing on September 20th

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Book Description:

His brother's untimely death leaves him with an Earldom and a fiancée. Too bad he wants neither of them... 

 Theodora Lawton has no need of a husband. As an independent woman, she wants to own property, make investments and be the master of her destiny. Unfortunately, her father signed her life away in a marriage contract to the future Earl of Stonemere. But then the cad upped and died, leaving her fate in the hands of his brother, one of the renowned Lustful Lords. Achilles Denton, the Earl of Stonemere, is far more prepared to be a soldier than a peer. Deeply scarred by his last tour of duty, he knows he will never be a proper, upstanding pillar of the empire. Balanced on the edge of madness, he finds respite by keeping a tight rein on his life, both in and out of the bedroom. His brother’s death has left him with responsibilities he never wanted and isn’t prepared to handle in the respectable manner expected of a peer. Further complicating his new life is an unwanted fiancée who comes with his equally unwanted title. Saddled with a hand-me-down countess, he soon discovers the woman is a force unto herself. As he grapples with the burden of his new responsibilities, he discovers someone wants him dead. The question is, can he stay alive long enough to figure out who’s trying to kill him while he tries to tame his headstrong wife?  


 

 
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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Beard in Mind by Penny Reid - Pre-Order Alert



★ ★ ★ PREORDER ALERT! ★ ★ ★

Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is coming August 1st and is now available for Pre-Order!  




Book Description:

All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.

She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.







Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Can't Hardly Breathe by Gena Showalter - Waiting on Wednesday

   

From New York Times Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes the next standalone romance in the Original Heartbreakers Series

CAN’T HARDLY BREATHE!

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Book Description: 

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with an irresistible Original Heartbreakers story about a woman who’s never felt desired and the man who wants her more than air to breathe…

Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis’s past is full of memories she’d rather forget. But there’s one she can’t seem to shake—her longstanding crush on former Army Ranger Daniel Porter.  Now that the sexy bad boy has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out...but his every heated glance makes her want to join him instead.

Daniel returned to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma to care for his ailing father and burn off a little steam with no strings attached. Though he craves the curvy Dorothea night and day, he’s as marred by his past as she is by hers. The more he desires her, the more he fears losing her.

But every sizzling encounter leaves him desperate for more, and soon Daniel must make a choice: take a chance on love or walk away forever.


     

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About Gena Showalter: Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series.  In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hours…hours!  Her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfan    

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Wicked Grind by J. Kenner - Release Day Review and Excerpt

     

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Author: J. Kenner
Publication Date:  11 July 2017
Publisher: Ever After Romance
Series:  Wicked, book 1, Standalone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 4 stars
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Book Description:

Sometimes it feels so damn good to be bad

Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.

Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.

Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.

But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?

All Wicked novels are stand alones


      

My Review:

I was really excited to learn that J. Kenner would be expanding the Stark World to bring in the stories of some of my favorite side or secondary characters from previous books and when I sat the synopsis for Wicked Grind I knew this needed to to the top of my TBR pile.  I love the idea of not only this being a second chance romance but that the female lead is looking to be her true self, to find that inner goddess of hers and let it shine through.  

Both Wyatt and Kelsey have spent their youth and young adult years fighting to live up to other peoples expectations while still trying to find and be themselves.  Wyatt, luckily has an easier time of this with a supportive family, but always in the back of his mind it is that same family that keeps him from creating his own future.  He comes from a family of wealth and power and while having that at your back might be nice, knowing that your hard work, that your passion, is valued for yourself and not your last name is where, for Wyatt, true happiness and contentment in life lies.  Kelsey on the other side comes from a family where mental abuse was the name of the game.  Learning to value herself was hampered by the words of a man who took his own failings and insecure feelings out on his daughter and to top it all off the one time Kelsey decides to break the cycle and live her life on her own terms tragedy happens, ultimately scaring (an scarring) her back onto the '(VERY) straight and narrow'

I really enjoyed this couples chemistry.  I appreciated the slow burn that it was, that every other chapter wasn't a sex scene.  That we really got to know who these two were both from flashbacks and 'real time' interactions.  These are two characters that had a fast paced love 'affair' in their youth but are now completely different people than they had been.  I liked that while there was the obvious attraction they took their time to relearn each other.  Did I sometimes wonder when the heck we were going to get to the 'romance'? Definitely, but thankfully there is enough angst and back story to keep the reader invested in this two.  The main thing that keeps me from giving 5 stars to this book is the end.  Once you hit about 70% you start to wonder how in the heck the author can possibly have enough time to finish everything she needs to and the fact is that she didn't.  The end (ugh) ended up being rushed.  It's almost as if the author was so invested in the story that she forgot that she was writing a standalone instead of a series and then suddenly remembered, said 'well crap' and just threw the end out there.  Now, that sounds worse than it really is.  You get the whole story, you leave satisfied knowing that this story is complete, it just happens rather quickly.  Everything up to the last 20% or so is a slow (but lovely) story so you're in this take it easy kind of mood and then BOOM, we're done, haha.  Like I said though, you won't feel like the story was complete you'll just have one of those sit back and say whaaaa, moments and it certainly won't keep you from wanting to come back to the Stark World again and again.  In fact, I am really REALLY hopeful that we will get Griffin's story.  I feel completely in love with him and absolutely want him to get his HEA.

The nice thing is that if this is your first foray into a J.Kenner novel you will not be lost.  Yes, this is part of the Stark World and yes we have met some of these characters before (in fact we get an awesome moment with Stark himself) but you will not be lost at all.  There is no back story (other than Kelsey and Wyatt's, that you get in this book) that you need to know or will be missing out on.  This is truly a standalone.  If you are a fan of J. Kenners you are going to love getting back to this world and for your little peak at Stark, haha.  This is a great read for contemporary romance fans.  It is a fairly quick and easy read.  Yes there is angst but not over much, there is romance but it isn't going to take over the story.  This is a great read about growing up, growing strong, and growing into who you are meant to be and luckily finding love (twice) during the process!

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Excerpt:

She was driving him crazy. The way she held his eyes while she moved, so bold and flirtatious, as if she was just daring him to pull her into his arms and kiss her senseless. Daring him? No, strike that. She wasn’t just daring him, she was throwing down a goddamned gauntlet. But was she challenging him to claim her? Or was she goading him that he couldn’t have her? Damned if he knew. Right then, Wyatt was certain of only one thing—his body was tight, his cock was hard, and he wanted to be somewhere other than here. Someplace without other people. Someplace with a bed. It was the dancing that did it. Because Kelsey Draper and her dancing had always been his downfall. After all, that was what had started everything all those years ago. He’d seen her dancing to a bouncy pop song, her interpretation elevating the music and lyrics. He’d seen passion and precision, sensuality and seduction. She’d enchanted him. Cast a spell over him. He’d seen the magic in her, so much larger than the quiet, subdued girl he’d met before. The Kelsey he’d watched dancing had surprised him. She was vibrant. Alive. Unexpected. He’d fallen hard, and then she’d broken his heart. He wouldn’t make the same mistake again. He might want her—hell, he did want her. For his bed. For his show. But he damn sure wasn’t going to trust her. He’d already learned that lesson, and he really didn’t need a refresher course. As he watched, she dropped to the floor, then used one hand to rip open her shirt before letting it fall down her arms. She writhed on stage, her seductive movements making him ache inside, all the more when he imagined taking it further. Her wrists bound not with a tattered blouse, but with silk ropes. And not just her wrists, but her legs as well. Red ropes, the only color in an otherwise black and white image. Her body twisting, and the audience unsure if she was fighting the bonds or reveling in her own rising passion. She was exactly what he needed for the show. The complete package. Hell, he’d known that from the moment she’d walked into his studio. So why was he hesitating? Because he wanted her? Or was it because he wanted to punish her? Or maybe it was even more insidious than that. Maybe it came down to how much was riding on this show. It was his shot, after all. The apex of all his work and sacrifice. The chance to escape from under the black cloud his father had left hanging over him. The chance to prove himself to his family.  To live up to the goddamn Segel name. But that would only happen if the show was a success. So maybe that was why he was hesitating. Because the moment he committed was the moment the truth crept toward him on little cat paws, and it would either curl up and purr, or rip his heart out. On stage, Kelsey rose, then did some sort of pirouette, twirling as she pulled off one of those transparent, colored scarves that served as a barely-there skirt. Wyatt imagined his hands on her waist, the brush of her skin against his palms as she spun. He could imagine her heat. The way she shivered under his touch. So help him, he wanted that. Wanted to hear her sighs. Those little moans he remembered. Another scarf went flying, and he straightened so that he was no longer leaning against the pillar. Instead, he shifted his weight from foot to foot as he tried to tamp down the rising lust. The violent need. To not only have her, but to have her in his show. He wanted her, yes. But she was an indulgence he couldn’t justify. An indulgence and a risk, because he knew damn well that she’d run if things got too intense. And damn but his show was intense. That was the point, after all. He couldn’t take a chance on her, no matter how much he might want to. Couldn’t even bring her in only long enough to test her out. Not on such a tight schedule. Not when there was no way to ensure that she wouldn’t bolt. Kelsey was a risk he simply couldn’t take. He had to get it right. There was too much at stake for him to be wrong about her. The final scarf fluttered to the ground, and Wyatt’s pulse pounded in his throat as he moved closer, his mouth going dry as she reached for her bra, pulled it over her head, then tossed it aside. The music faded out, and the dim, colored stage lights made the flesh-colored G-string blend into her pale skin, enhancing the illusion that she now stood before the entire room not just topless, but one hundred percent, birthday-suit naked. She took a bow as the lights came up, and the men in the audience actually stood to applaud her. She’d blown away the competition, and even though Wyatt wanted to rush the stage and wrap his jacket around her, he couldn’t deny the swell of pride he felt for her victory.  


 

julie-j-kenner-author-photoJ.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit. JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck. Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages. In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rita Best First Books Finalists Blitz - Giveaway

 


Today I am helping share an incredible giveaway hosted by the 2017 'Best First Book' RITA Nominated Authors! 

They are giving away 2 prize packs! The grand prize winner will receive a paperback copy of each of the 6 nominated books. 

A second winner will receive an ebook copy of each of the titles. 

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ALTERATIONS by Stephanie Scott

Book Description:

If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family. When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can't imagine leaving Miami--and Ethan--for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan's awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app. As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.

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THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z by Natalie Blitt

Book Description: 

This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract. Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight. That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day. But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk. Epic Reads Impulse is a digital imprint with new releases each month.  

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BEFORE GOODBYE by Mimi Cross 

Book Description:

Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it’s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love—until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate’s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain. Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school’s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor’s guilt after his brother’s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again—but connecting with Cate, his sister’s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in. As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives…and, together, find a way to be whole again.

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ONCE AND FOR ALL: AN AMERICAN VALOR NOVEL by Cheryl Etchison

Book Description: 

  The Rangers of the 1st/75th fight hard, train hard and play hard. They are physically strong and mentally tough, disciplined and courageous. But all their military training hasn't prepared them for falling in love. Rule #1: Military and matrimony don't mix. 

 But if there's one person Staff Sergeant Danny MacGregor would break all his rules for, it's Bree--his first friend, first love, first everything. Maybe he likes playing the hero. Maybe he's trying to ease ten years of guilt. Either way, he'll do whatever he can to help her. Wish #1: A little bit of normal. Bree Dunbar has battled cancer, twice. What she wants most is a fresh start in a place where she can find a new job, and where people aren't constantly treating her like she's sick. By some miracle her wish is granted, but it comes with one major string attached-- the man who broke her heart ten years before. The rules for this marriage of convenience are simple: when she's ready to stand on her own two feet, she'll walk away and he'll let her go. Only, as they both know all too well, things don't always go according to plan...

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CLOSE TO YOU by Kara Isaac

Book Description: 

 A disgraced scholar running from her past and an entrepreneur chasing his future find themselves thrown together—and fall in love—on a Tolkien tour of New Zealand. Allison Shire (yes, like where the Hobbits live) is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happily ever after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree by guiding tours through the famous sites featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. By living life on the road and traveling New Zealand as a luxury tour guide, Allison manages to outrun the pain of her past she can’t face. Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him—for his biggest business competitor—and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. To make matters worse, the Iowa farm that has been in his family for generations is facing foreclosure. Determined to save his parents from financial ruin, he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan, even though he knows nothing about the stories. The one thing that stands between him and his goal is a know-it-all tour guide who can’t stand him and pegged him as a fake the moment he walked off the plane. When Allison leads the group through the famous sites of the Tolkien movies, she and Jackson start to see each other differently, and as they keep getting thrown together on the tour, they find themselves drawn to each other. Neither expected to fall in love again, but can they find a way beyond their regrets to take a chance on the one thing they’re not looking for?

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SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods

Book Description: 

  Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one zodiac-obsessed teen as she struggles to find the guy of her cosmic dreams.

As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love. But Wil must decide whether to trust her heart or her chart when she falls for a sensitive guitar player whose zodiac sign points to cosmic disaster. If Wil’s fate is truly written in the stars, then this summer is about to go supernova. . . .

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