Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Review: The Sweetheart Kiss (Brash & Brazen #3) by Cheryl Ann Smith


Jess Lucas works hard at the all-female PI firm Brash & Brazen, and after a brush with death, she's determined to play hard too-preferably with a certain detective on the Ann Arbor police force... Jess was stuck at a frenemy's wedding, playing bridesmaid in a mustard-yellow monstrosity, when chaos erupted. First the bride's ex tried to stop the wedding. Then someone really put a damper on the big day by sending a bullet through a stained glass window and into one of the groomsmen. At least her ugly dress came in handy to stop the bleeding . . .

While the poor guy is rushed to the ER, Jess gets grilled by a gorgeous cop who's not thrilled to learn she's part PI and part pit bull. But he has to admit she's highly observant . . . and he observes that she's pretty hot, too.

The thing is, Jess was walking up the same aisle as the victim, and Sam suspects she was the real target. It's more than professional duty that makes him want to protect her-if he doesn't arrest her first for interfering in his investigation . . .

Paperback
Expected publication: May 9th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is May 9th, 2017.

This is book three of the Brash & Brazen series.  I have followed the series from the very beginning and have had a good time with the series.  I do believe that it would be possible to read this as a stand alone however you may miss some of the background of some of the secondary characters as a result.

This story read very fast to me.  I sat down and had it finished in an afternoon and it was the exact distraction that I expected it to be.  A stubborn headstrong character with Jess, and a sexy brooding cop with Sam, an humongous slobbery dog = the perfect mix of drama, romance & comedy.

As with the first two stories in the series, the mystery was a little bit far fetched, but it didn't really matter.  What mattered was the fun that happened along the way and I enjoyed it.  This is a great light series for those looking for a little romance with a little bit of kicking butt attached.

I thought this would be the last story in the series however I believe I read somewhere that there will be another.  I am not sure who it will feature since we have already read about the three friends and there was no fourth girl on the team.  Maybe Summer's sister?  It doesn't matter, I will keep my eyes open for it and will indulge when it is released.



About the Author


A fan of historical romance fiction, author Cheryl Ann Smith combines a love of history and all things English to create stories that link both passions.

She lives in Michigan with her family, two cats and a very hairy dog. She enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling, when she has the time, and hopes to make her first visit to England in the very near future.


Book Blitz & Giveaway: Something New by Skylar Hill

Something New
by
Skylar Hill
Blurb:
James McGowan is a legend. The renowned tattoo artist has a face to die for, a body to kill for, and a way with ink that’s unmatched.
He’s back in his hometown for the first time in years, finally ready to open Exile Ink, the tattoo studio of his dreams. When he sees a friend with a new piece—a watercolor tattoo done with such skill even he’s impressed—James has to meet the artist.

Cam Ellison hasn’t had an easy life. Orphaned just after her eighteenth birthday, she’s done everything she can to keep her and her little sister going. Even if it means working under a tyrannical boss who doesn’t appreciate her tattooing style. After all, a paycheck is a paycheck.

When James sets up an appointment as “Jay,” Cam has no idea she’s about to meet a man whose tattooing she’s admired for years. She never imagined he’d want a tattoo designed by her, or that when they’re face to face, sparks don’t just fly, they sizzle. After a steamy session in one of the private tattoo rooms, it’s impossible to deny the pull between them.

James is a man who knows what he wants, and he’s all in, but Cam’s got a lot to lose.

Is she willing to risk everything—her heart and her career—on the man behind the ink?

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Snippet:
 “See something you like?”


There’s a rumble in his voice, the promise of something Cam didn’t even know how to want, that lit her nerves up like a sparkler. She could feel every inch of her skin, her nipples hardened against her bra, the texture of the lace doing nothing to alleviate the sensation.


Hell yes, she saw something she liked. She saw everything she liked. Lydia wasn’t joking when she referred to him as a lumberjack. James was one hundred percent pure, Grade-A Mountain Man. He had the kind of muscle that doesn’t come from a gym—but from chopping firewood and hauling trees through the snow. Her glance couldn’t help but linger on his chest hair as he tossed his shirt on the bench behind him, the dark smattering that narrowed into a trail, its end hidden by the low-slung jeans that did nothing to hide his beautifully cut hipbones. 


She wanted to melt right there. But she couldn’t. She wasn’t some tattoo groupie and this was her chance. To add a piece for James McGowan to her portfolio was priceless, and just as valuable was the feeling—unusual for her—of pride and confidence because he’d chosen her; he recognized her ability.



Bio:
Skylar Hill writes steamy romance about once-in-a-lifetime love.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her very own lumberjack/soulmate. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking one of the trails around her beautiful city, or drinking chai lattes in a cafe and eating way too many cinnamon rolls. She has several tattoos…but in places only her husband gets to see!

With a Skylar Hill book expect a touch of angst, a bit of sweetness, and a lot of steaminess. While you'll find plenty of the delicious drama you love, you'll NEVER find a hero or heroine cheating and every book--series or standalone--ends with a HEA or HFN....guaranteed!


Book Blitz: Exiled Dragons Complete Series Box Set by Sarah J. Stone

Exiled Dragons Complete Series Box Set (Books 1 - 5)

by Sarah J. Stone


Blurb:

Complete Box Set of Exiled Dragons, a collection of 5 titles that have all the romance, action, and drama to leave you hooked.


As you read Exiled Dragons, you’ll travel to the Mourne Mountains of Ireland and experience the touching stories of 5 dragons and their quest to be with the ones they love.


Book 1 – Betrayed by a Dragon

Book 2 – Saved by a Dragon

Book 3 – Loved by a Dragon

Book 4 – Desired by a Dragon

Book 5 – Touched by a Dragon


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Snippet #1

Amy fought to keep her mouth from overriding what she felt.  Her instinct was to say something sarcastic, something to deflect from the intensity of the moment.  Instead, she said nothing.  She didn’t know what to say.  Love at first sight wasn’t something she had ever believed in.  Still, she couldn’t deny the strong pull she felt toward him.  She told herself that it was just the heat of the moment – an effect of the situation and the close quarters.

“I don’t know,” was all she managed.

“I do,” he replied, leaning in to kiss her.

Flames shot to life within her.  An almost involuntary moan escaped her lips, vibrating against his lips as they quickly lost themselves in one another.  Her hand drifted to his chest, feeling his racing heartbeat thump heavily against her palm.  She knew that hers would only match it in speed as her excitement grew and their kiss grew more heated.  Amy decided she wasn’t going to fight it.  Regardless of what it did, or didn’t, mean, it felt amazing.

Snippet #2

The loud wail of dismay that emanated from the dragon leader’s core seemed to shake the clouds around them as he once again turned and attempted to catch Aaron between his mighty jaws. Aiden’s long neck swung heavily into Aaron’s side, pushing him downward toward The Circle, but they were still well above the horizon and Aaron wasn’t about to let that happen. Whirling around, he swung his tail forcefully, sending it thudding into Aiden’s side before jetting forward further out over the water.

Aiden’s growl filled the sky behind him as he continued in pursuit, chasing him across the water as Aaron climbed ever so gradually higher into the air again. As they continued to climb, Aaron became aware of other dragons in the air. He could see the emblems that were routinely stamped into their scales, a rite of passage for anyone who joined their ranks. He hadn’t anticipated Aiden playing dirty if he brought him out here alone.

Snippet #3

His hand roamed down her lean legs.  They were smooth and delicate, but he knew that, as a dragon, they possessed a power greater than their diminutive size.  The thought of it only made him want her more as he began kissing his way upward across her calf and along her inner thigh as she moaned beneath him.

Their passion carried them away as they became entangled within one another, their bodies taking over while the stars came out and the moon reappeared from behind the clouds.  Kara panted beneath him, begging him for more as he continued to tease her with his mouth and his hands.  He wanted her in the worst way, his urges primal, his inner dragon begging for release.


Bio:

Coffee addict. Nature lover. Voracious reader. That is Sarah J. Stone in a nutshell!


Born and raised in the mountain town of Aspen, Colorado – Sarah spent her childhood exploring the great outdoors. She often got into trouble by wandering too far but always had a large family around to keep a watchful eye.


The majority of her career was spent at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where Sarah travelled the world helping address rural health issues. During this time books became the one constant in her life, so much so, she started to create her own worlds. What was once a pastime evolved into a full-time job and these days Sarah can be found sitting by the fireplace writing her next paranormal adventure.


She adds sugar to her coffee and shifters to her literature.


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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Release Blast & Giveaway: Caught Looking by Jody Holford


Sometimes loving enough means letting go…


CAUGHT LOOKING
Jody Holford
Releasing April 25, 2017


Sometimes loving enough means letting go…

Major league baseball player, Ryan Walker, takes a mandatory leave of absence to escape the paparazzi and the false drug charges against him. All he wants is a little peace of mind out in the middle of nowhere.

Eager to rid herself of the empty socialite life, Frankie Vaughn moves to a rundown home in Minnesota that she inherited from her aunt. But Frankie is shocked at what she discovers inside: three young boys. When Ryan discovers that Frankie, his new neighbor, has taken on the three homeless kids as her own, he has a new hope for humanity.

Despite how easily and lovingly Ryan takes to Frankie and the boys, his past just might be the reason Frankie can't adopt the boys. Now, Ryan must choose between loving them or letting them go. Can he walk away from what he's been looking for all along?






As he edged near the property line, he caught sight of toned, shapely legs swinging from the branch of a tree. His neighbor was doing pull-ups. On a tree.
“What the hell are you doing?” Ryan said the words to himself, his finger sliding off of the trigger. Frankie hadn’t heard him. Her earbuds’ cord was connected to the iPod strapped to her arm. He repeated his question, louder, and she startled, dropping from the limb she’d been holding. Pulling her earphones out, she smiled and gave a surprised laugh. Lust curled tight in his stomach at the sound. Which pissed him off since he didn’t need more complications in his life.
“Hey. Didn’t see you there, neighbor.”
She wiped the sweat off her brow with the back of her hand. Strands of hair were escaping the ponytail sitting high on her head. She put her hands on her hips, gulping in air, still smiling. His eyes roamed over the tone and definition of her arms. Arms weren’t supposed to be a turn on. They were just something to have wrapped around you. Along with legs. But legs were a turn on. Still, he couldn’t take his eyes off of her arms. They led up to sleek shoulders and a graceful collarbone. When his eyes met hers, she was grinning and he knew he’d been caught looking.
“You’re doing pull-ups on a goddamn tree?”
“Um, it’s my tree,” she said, looking back and forth between him and the tree. Small as she was, the tree didn’t look like it could hold its own branches, never mind a person’s weight.
“Actually, it’s smack in the middle of our property line. So stay the hell off it and get a pull-up bar.”
She rested a hand on the bark and smiled at him with something like fire flashing in those blue eyes. Her breath was a bit uneven, but firm. “I’ve never shared a tree with anyone. It feels like a big step.”
He bit back a smile. “Funny. This tree needs to be cut down. It’s rotted.” He kicked at the trunk to show her what he meant.
“Don’t kick our tree,” she said, not even trying to hide her smirk.
“It’s not safe.” Jesus. She was hard to be irritated with. Which, oddly, only irritated him more.
“And as much as I appreciate your neighborly concern, Ryan, I can take care of myself. And our tree. See, my home gym isn’t quite set up yet so I’m using what’s available. If you want, we can work out a schedule for tree use.”
There was as much sarcasm in her stance as in her tone. This time, the grin spread before he could stop it.
“You’re feisty.”
“You’re a jerk.”
“Yeah. But it’s still not safe. I have an extra pull-up bar in my garage. You put it in the frame of a doorway. I’ll grab it and bring it over,” he said, hoping the gesture served as an apology.
Which he was man enough to admit she deserved from him.
Frankie’s eyes widened and she took a step back, wariness overshadowing her amusement.
“No thanks. I’m not ready for visitors.”
He arched an eyebrow. “I wasn’t planning on coming for tea.”
She gave a rough laugh. “I don’t need anything from you, Ryan. I’ll pick another tree. Or do push-ups.”
She backed away, the unease in her eyes fascinating the hell out of him. She didn’t want him over. And not because he was a jerk. She waved one perfectly shaped arm over her head as she went back to her house. He turned the weed trimmer back on, purposely turning his body in the other direction. He wasn’t going to stand around and watch her go, even across her yard. He’d never watch a woman leave again. Once was enough.
 






Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little bit of heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Review: The Shadow Sister (The Seven Sisters #3) by Lucinda Riley


Travel through the lush English countryside and explore the magnificent estates of the British aristocracy in this next spellbinding love story in The Seven Sisters series by #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley.

Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world.

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter—when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life...

As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Atria Books

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Atria via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! The expected publication date is April 25th, 2017.

Those who follow my reviews know that I am a huge fan of historical fiction as well as a fan of Lucinda Riley.  I have anxiously been waiting to get my hands on this book as I was introduced to this series early on with the first book.  It has been rather painful waiting for each release however once they arrive, it is always worth it.

As each story features one of the sisters, this installment of the series tells the story of Star after featuring Maia and Ally in the first two.  This time the story takes us to England's Lake District and London in the early 1900's.

I will not divulge plot, it is worth it to discover it on your own.  What I will say is the Riley has a way of weaving two storylines, one present, one past, and making the reader invested in both.  In this case, the story of Flora had me hooked from the beginning with her strong character as well as the backdrop of a time long since past.  With Star, her story was filled with odd and interesting characters that made me laugh at times.  Also, I fell in love with the bookstore.  I could visualize how it looked and smelled and only wish I could recreate it in my house.  Perhaps someday.

If somebody were to ask me if this could be read as a stand alone, my answer would be maybe, but why would you want to?  There are subtle references to the previous stories, and Ally makes an appearance in this one as all three stories thus far have occurred at the same time.  I loved how Riley managed to make the parts overlap where required (I was wondering if we would see it and she delivered).  Most of all there is the underlying story/mystery of Pa Salt.  I may have mentioned this in my last review but I am dying to unravel his story as you just know there is something interesting there.  I believe I read somewhere that Lucinda Riley knows where this story is going.  I can only assume that it ends with PA Salt (no worries, no spoilers as it is still a mystery!) and I for one can't wait to find out.

Have I mentioned that it is absolutely killing me that I have to wait for the rest of the stories to be written and released?  Once I the series is completed I may have to start back at the beginning just so that I can experience the entire series at once.  Until then I wait until the next story which I believe is The Pearl Sister. 

Do not hesitate to pick this book up!  Start with the first one and work your way through the series.  You will see exactly what I mean!



About the Author


Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her novel Hothouse Flower was selected by the UK’s Richard and Judy Book Club in 2011 and her books have been translated into over thirty languages and sold over ten million copies worldwide. She is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author.

Lucinda’s novels include The Seven Sisters, a seven-book series telling the story of adopted sisters and based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation. The first three books, The Seven Sisters, The Storm Sister, and The Shadow Sister have all been No.1 bestsellers across Europe, and the rights to a multi-season TV series have already been optioned by a Hollywood production company. The fourth book, The Pearl Sister, will be available in November this year.

To read about Lucinda’s inspiration behind The Seven Sisters series, please visit www.thesevensistersseries.com

She is also releasing a number of stand-alone books such as The Olive Tree, a contemporary story based around a family holiday in Cyprus, which will be available in paperback from July. This follows the release of rewritten titles previously published under her maiden name of Lucinda Edmonds such as The Italian Girl and The Angel Tree.

Lucinda lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and West Cork, Ireland.

When not writing, travelling or running around after her children, she loves reading books that she hasn’t written with a glass or two of Provençal rosé!

Book Blitz: Salvage Him by Syndey Aaliyah Michelle

Salvage Him
by
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Series:  Highland Park Chronicles Book #1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Light BDSM
Publication Date: April 24, 2017

Blurb:
Anger and lies can lead to destruction, but passion and control can lead to love.

Harrison
I met my soul mate, but she's married to someone else.
Every fiber of my being screams she belongs to me.
He saved her, but he doesn't deserve her.
If I'm being honest, neither do I.

Brooklyn
I didn't know I was settling until he showed me what I was missing.
He promised to maintain control, but I pushed him and he destroyed us both.
Now I know what I need, but am I what he wants.

Harrison's anger and Brooklyn's lies push them both toward destruction. Can passion and control SALVAGE their love?

Salvage Him is a passionate romance with BDSM elements by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle. If you like a strong alpha male, scorching sex scenes and a connection that makes your heart and body quiver, then you'll love Sydney Aaliyah Michelle's latest stand alone HEA romance.

Pick up Salvage Him and read how Harrison and Brooklyn find each other today!
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  • Absolutely fell in love with Harrison and Brooklyn in this story. How could you not.
  • This was the first time I've ever seen this subject material (BDSM) covered in a somewhat realistic way.
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Excerpt #1:  
His arms flexed as he adjusted the armoire in the corner. He wiped his hands on his thin t-shirt. It rode up as he picked at something on the door. He ran his hand through his shaggy light brown hair. He stood back and rubbed the stubble on his chin.
I watched him as he reached out and caressed the wood.
I felt it on my cheek.
He leaned in and rested his forehead on the wood.
I leaned in too.
His beautiful lips whispered something to the wood.
I felt the wisp of air on my earlobe and shivered.
He made a fist as his forearms flexed and knocked twice.
"Come in," I whispered and gasped.  

Excerpt #2
I placed a hand on his abs to push him away, but when I touched the immovable force, BAM, a chill hit me again, and I stopped breathing. He must have felt something too. He exhaled and looked down at our hands.
"Wow," he whispered and dropped my hand.
I held in a whimper from the immediate loss and turned back to my table. I could feel his presence behind me. Not physical, like when I fell into his arms, but no less powerful and consuming. I exhaled myself.
"Brooklyn," I said and reached for the handle of my suitcase.
"Brooklyn."
God, the way he said my name.
His tone pleaded for me to turn around.
"I really need to get set up here." I didn't recognize my own voice.
"Can I help?" He reached around and brushed his fingers over mine. Of course, I would have the book labeled bedroom in my hand. I would have giggled at the irony if the thought of him in a bedroom didn't cross my inappropriate mind.
His powerful aura, for lack of a better term, felt familiar. Not that I had been near him before, but I knew his type. He commanded everything around him. His being alone demanded your attention and devotion.
I shook the thought out of my head.
"I've got it covered," I said with more confidence than I felt.
He sighed.
The disappointment rolled off his body and engulfed me.
I’d disappointed him.
He was displeased with me.
I shook it off again. I had no allegiance to this man. We had never even met before.
Excerpt #2
"Spanking?"
She rolled her eyes and gave me an, oh, please look.
"Not an acceptable response. That's one."
"One what?" I asked.
"One spanking. I'll ask you again. Spanking?"
"Yes."
"Blood play."
"Hard limit." Her eyes grew wide.
I smirked.
She licked her lips.
I unbuttoned and unzipped my pants.
"Choking."
She hesitated but whispered, "Soft."
She responded to me choking her earlier. I wasn't sure if it were something she’d played around with before.
"Shibari?"
"Yes, but . . ." She stopped.
"Continue."
"No suspending me from the ceiling and leaving me for days." She shivered.
"Okay." I let my jeans fall to the ground.
Her eyes sparkled. She strained to watch.
I ran my hand over the bulge in my shorts and held in a groan.
"Anal," I said.
"Yes." No hesitation.
That's my girl.
"Humiliation," I said with a raised eyebrow.
"Soft." She drew out the word.
"What's your concern?" I kneeled on the bed.
"It's not important. We can discuss it later."
"I wouldn't have asked the question if I didn't want to know." I ran my hands up her legs.
Her eyes grew wet as she blinked to prevent her tears from falling.
Seeing her cry hit me in the gut. I laid down and cupped her cheek.
"What is it? Brooklyn. Tell me."
"Malcolm . . ." She blinked. "He used to call me names, and I liked it, but then his friends would do the same, and I didn't. I don't know." Her tears flowed.
"Maybe you're right. This isn't the time to do this." I laid a hand against her cheek.
"I'm sorry." She blinked.
"Brooklyn. You have nothing to be sorry for. I want to know you. Every part of you. Even the stuff you're ashamed and embarrassed about. All of it made you into this incredible, beautiful, sexy woman." I kissed her. Tasted her tears on my lips. I moved a hand down to her tits and unhooked the clasp on the front of her bra. Her tits were real and firm, her nipples hard. I took one in my mouth and pinched the other.
She whimpered.
I teased her with my teeth and my tongue.
Her moans told me she liked them both.
My hand traveled down her stomach and into her panties. I ran my fingers through her folds, her pussy wet and swollen from me touching her before.
She moaned and squirmed against my touch.
I pressed a finger inside her.
She squeezed her pussy around it.
I pushed in two.
She ground against my hand.
"Sir," she said against my mouth.
"Yes, my sweet sub."
She smiled a sweet grin, with a little mischievous gleam in her eye.
"Will you please fuck me now?"
I stopped.
The smile fell from her lips.
I removed her panties and climbed between her legs. I slid on a condom and laid down; our bodies flush against each other, my full weight on her. I reached up and clasped my hands with hers where they were cuffed together. I lifted her thighs over my hips, grabbed my cock, and pressed into her in one motion.
"Oh, fuck." We both growled. If I had any doubt this woman was made for me, the moment I entered her for the first time, confirmed it. I memorized everything about how it felt. Me, deep inside her, my cock squeezed in the most perfect way, and her eyes staring into mine.
AUTHOR BIO:
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader, tattoo lover, and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.
After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
She identifies the sci-fi action flick "The Matrix" as the best representation of her life in the past. She is now blessed to be awake and doing what she loves.
She can recite the entire script from the 80's teen comedy/drama "The Breakfast Club" and loves any and everything associated with the Avengers Movie, especially Tony Stark.
When it come to books, Sydney reads different genres, but some of her favorite writers are Stephen King, Alex J. Cavanaugh, J.A Huss, M. Never & Emily Bronte. Under the Dome, The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights are her favorite books.

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