Saturday, February 24, 2018

How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper (audiobook)

Title:  How to Date Your Dragon
Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: A-
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Mystic Bayou #1
Main Characters: Jillian and Bael
Release Date: January 2018 (audiobook)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Anthropologist Jillian Ramsay's career has taken a turn south.

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations. Mermaids and gator shifters swim in the bayou. Spirit bottles light the front porches after twilight. Dragons light the fires under crayfish pots.

Jillian's first assignment for the League could be her last. Mystic Bayou is wary of outsiders, and she has difficulty getting locals to talk to her. And she can't get the get gruff town sheriff, Bael Boone, off of her back or out of her mind. Bael is the finest male specimen she's seen in a long time, even though he might not be human. Soon their flirtation is hotter than a dragon's breath, which Bael just might turn out to be....


My Review:
Overall: 4.25
Performance: 4.0
Story: 4.25

Ooh, I am going to like this new series. Dragon shifters for the win! Jillian and Bael were awesome...so much fun and entertaining. I love that Jillian is human, but doing all she can to help the paranormal world. The story of how that happened was AWESOME!

In fact there was a TON of awesome in this book. Bael and his hoard. This little town and the mysterious events happening there. Even the fact that this little town is such a great place for ALL paranormals. They accept everyone.

The romance happened a tiny bit fast for me. I was not expecting the sex to just happen like that...it felt a little out of the blue. But other than that, this first story was perfection. I loved it.

And I loved that there is both a male and female narrator on this one!

I loved it and cannot wait for more to come. Zed next? Maybe? PLEASE...

Friday, February 23, 2018

Cover Reveal: When Love Comes Back by Christi Snow


Let's get right to it...
THE COVER!

When Love Comes Back
Cover Designer: Amanda Matthews (AMDesignStudios)
Cover Photographer: CJC Photography
Cover Model: Mike Ryann

When Love Comes Back Story Blurb:

He was her biggest mistake.

She was his biggest regret.

Once upon a time Felicia Parks and Gage Winston were each other’s everything. But one drunken night, Gage ruined it all and broke Felicia’s heart.

That was a long time ago and they’ve both moved on, never expecting to see one another again.

But as the new wing commander at the local Air Force base, Gage finds something on this assignment that he never expected...his first love.

The problem...she’s in love with someone else.

Fate can be a lover’s best friend, but karma can be a vengeful enemy....

And a dangerous obsession threatens it all.

Release Date: March 23, 2018



Be sure to go check out my author blog where I have an exclusive excerpt from the book. 
I don't think you'll be disappointed.



Thursday, February 22, 2018

Promo Post: Entangled's Scorched Line...




His For the Week by Alice Gaines

About the Book:

Sex columnist Désirée “Rae” Knight is in a bind—and not the kind she usually likes. Her newest assignment, and possible big break, is an article for her magazine on the sex resort that just opened. The only problem is it’s couples only. Although she writes about having red-hot sex, she’s been single longer than she’d like to admit. Enter her coffee shop crush, who she’s been secretly ogling every morning. Trouble is, he doesn’t know she exists.

When Nate Winslow recognizes the shy, quiet woman at Sufficient Grounds as the author of the sex columns that fuel his fantasies, he’s surprised. And the last thing he expects is an invitation to join her at a sex resort. But his answer is hell yes!

Rae and Nate have enough chemistry in the bedroom to set the sheets ablaze. When Rae insists they limit their relationship to sex only, Nate agrees since he’s burned out on love. But the more they push each other’s boundaries, the more they realize one week won’t be enough.





About Alice:

USA Today bestselling author, Alice Gaines is the author of several full-length books and dozens of shorter works. She lives in Oakland, California with her pet corn snake, Casper. While Alice isn’t writing or reading, you’ll find her pottering in her garden or cooking something in her kitchen. She’s passionate about her church and funky soul band, Tower of Power, not necessarily in that order. Alice loves to hear from readers. E-mail her at authoralicegaines@gmail.com. If you visit her website at http;//www.alicegaines.blogspot.com and sign up for her newsletter you’ll be entered to win her hand-knitted and crocheted projects.

Alice’s Links:

Author Website: http://www.alicegaines.blogspot.com
Author Twitter: http://Twitter.com/AliceGaines
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alice.gaines.90

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The Test by Tawna Fenske

About the Book:

This is a test. A test of every life decision Lisa Michaels has ever made.

Lisa thought she’d gotten everything right: The nicest condo, the right career, the best hair, and a perfectly adequate sex life with her stockbroker fiancé. But when the fiancé ditches her at the altar, Lisa’s left questioning every decision she’s ever made. What if her instincts have been steering her wrong all along? And what if she tested that theory by spending one month doing the exact opposite of what she’d normally do?

A crazy-hot fling with a tattooed steelworker from the wrong side of the tracks seems like a good starting point...





About Tawna:

When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA-nominated, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”
Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, stepkids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.

Tawna’s Links:

Author Website: www.tawnafenske.com
Author Twitter: @TawnaFenske
Author Street Team/Facebook Group: Fenske’s Frisky Posse https://www.facebook.com/groups/678271329019151/




Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PROMO POST: Entangled's Embrace Week!




Leaving Everest by Megan Westfield

About the Book:

Twenty-year-old Emily Winslowe has had an adventurous upbringing. Daughter of a Himalayan mountain guide, she has climbed Mount Everest and other peaks most Americans only dream of. But for all her mountaineering prowess, she's lacking some key experiences. Namely, guys. Especially one guy in particular—Luke Norgay, her childhood best friend who she hasn't seen since he left for college in the United States two years ago.

Luke unexpectedly reappears as a guide just in time for the Everest climbing season. He's even more handsome than she remembers, and that something that had been building between them during their last season together is back in front of them, bigger than ever.

The problem is, there's a detail about Emily's past that Luke doesn't know. It's the reason she ended up in the Himalayas in the first place...and the reason she must make it to the summit of Mount Everest this year. It's also the reason she would never consider following him back to Washington after the climbing season ends.

But first, they'll have to survive the mountain.



About Megan:

Megan Westfield grew up in Washington State, attended college in Oregon, and lived in Virginia, California, and Rhode Island during her five years as a navy officer. She is now a permanent resident of San Diego, along with her husband and two young children. Aside from writing and her family, her great passions in life are reading, candy, and spending lots of time outside hiking, skiing, camping, climbing, running, and biking.

Connect with Megan Westfield and learn more about her upcoming books at www.meganwestfield.com.


Megan’s Links:

Author Website: www.meganwestfield.com     
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Straight Up Irish by Magan Vernon

About the Book:

I need a wife if I want to help save my family’s billion-dollar pub empire. There’s just one problem: I never plan on marrying. So, I need someone who understands that this is just another business deal. I don’t do commitments. And my brother’s executive assistant, Fallon Smith, fits that bill.

Fallon needs help with her grandmother’s expenses, and her pretending to be my fake wife is a way we can make that happen. She’s not my biggest fan, but we can help each other and then go our separate ways. That she’s beautiful and I enjoy spending time with her–doesn’t matter. When all of this is done, she’s heading home to America, and I’ve got a company to run.

A fake wedding and a whole lot of whiskey. What could go wrong?




About Magan:

Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amuck around her Texas ranch.


Magan’s Links:

Website: www.maganvernon.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/maganvernon

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/authormaganvernon

Twitter: www.twitter.com/maganvernon

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Cinderella and the Geek by Christina Phillips

About the Book:

From Christina Phillips a sexy, new romance with a hero you won’t forget…
I'm not looking for love or a Happily-Ever-After because I know how that ends. I just need to concentrate on my degree and look after myself. But there's something about my boss, Harry, I can't resist. It's crazy since he's so hot and smart it should be illegal.
And then, just like Cinderella, I have my night at the ball and a midnight kiss, and for a week all my sexy daydreams come true. That fake date changes my life in a way I could never imagine. It turns out, Harry wants me too.
But I’m off to pursue my dreams, and he’s taking his business to the next level. There’s no way this fairytale has a happy ending, but that doesn’t keep me from wishing for it.




About Christina:

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

Christina’s Links:

Author Website: http://christinaphillips.com/
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristinaPh_
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Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinaphillips.author/


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Smooth-Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Title: Smooth-Talking Cowboy 
Author: Maisey Yates
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Gold Valley #1
Main Characters: Olivia and Luke
Release Date: February 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.


Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.
My Review:
Ooh, this was a great start to this series. Olivia has just broken up with the guy she planned on marrying. She broke up with him in a ploy to get him to finally commit. He didn't fall for it and now she's floundering about how much she screwed up with him. 

Luke is practically an adopted brother to Olivia's ex. He and Olivia have always had a contentious relationship, but that is really just a cover for their sizzling chemistry. The more they fight, the more they are truly fighting their deep sexual attraction. It starts out as a ploy to attract Olivia's ex's attention, but things quickly develop into something else between them entirely. 

Honestly, it would be really easy for Olivia's character to be annoying. She is VERY uptight. One of twins...her sister got lost in her rebellion. It's honestly pretty heartbreaking...especially for Olivia. She was always put into the middle and she was the one held accountable, which meant she also lost her twin and the relationship between them. It's truly heartbreaking and I liked that Luke eventually comes to see that. I also really love that he challenges her limits. They're good together, even though no one can see it...including the two of them. 

I truly did enjoy this first book in the series. It was entertaining and definitely captured my attention. I didn't want to stop reading once I started. Olivia and Luke are incredibly hot together, but their romance was really sweet, too. It was just all-around a good contemporary romance read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Losing It by Christine D'Abo

Title: Losing It
Author: Christine D'Abo
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Ringside Romance #4
Main Characters: Finn and Justin
Release Date: February 2018
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Finn Miller doesn’t do social. He works his IT job from home as often as he can to avoid people. If it weren’t for his weekly training sessions at Ringside Gym, he might never leave his apartment. And he only does that because of Leo, the gym member he’s in love with. When Finn gets talked into attending a speed dating fundraiser at the gym, his greatest wish is to have the courage to try to say something—anything—to Leo.

Justin McCormick has spent most of his adult life being used, whether playing a corporate heavy, or acting as guard dog for his ward. So when he leaves Vancouver for a fresh start in Toronto, he doesn’t quite know what to do with himself.

The moment Justin sees Finn at a speed dating event, he knows there’s no way he’ll make it without a little help, so he offers to coach Finn on the art of conversation. What he doesn’t count on is his unexpected attraction to this shy boxer, or his fear that if Finn gets his way, Justin might lose out on his best chance at love.

My Review:
I really liked this book. Both these guys are emotionally stunted, but in different ways. For Finn, he's simply socially awkward and shy/reserved. He doesn't know how to talk to most people, although that's never an issue with Justin. Justin has never been in a situation where he could truly get attached to someone else. The one time he did, it came back and bit him on the butt...with Grady, who came to hate him, although they have a pseudo friendship now. But in the aftermath of that with Grady, Justin has pretty much lost everything. 

He's looking for a new place to be, to belong, but he doesn't expect to find Finn. Finn definitely doesn't expect Justin, either...mainly because Finn is totally engrossed with trying to catch another man's eye. And that's where these two find common ground. Justin is a people person. He sees Finn's social issues and offers to coach him through his awkwardness and a friendship develops.

I like stories where a friendship comes first...friends to lovers. There's just something about that kind of connection that works so much more than just a normal romance. And this book was no exception. I loved reading it. I especially loved watching Justin's depth develop more and more. He's the one who sacrifices his happiness and knowing where he came from mentally made that sacrifice so much more. This is a guy who's never had a real relationship...but he's willing to sacrifice for Finn's happiness. *happy sigh*

I truly just enjoyed everything about this story. It was a great one and definitely pushed all my happy romance buttons. I recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.