Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RELEASE WEEK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Surrender by Lisa Renee Jones


A New release by Lisa Renee Jones! The final installment in the Careless Whisper Series.

What It's About:

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones returns with the third book in the sexy, suspenseful Careless Whispers series.

Passion burns fiercely hot between Ella Ferguson and Kayden Wilkens, the man who held secrets and lies in his hands, and then allowed them to fall into hers. But even though he has become her anchor–helping her recover from amnesia after finding her unconscious in an alley, and allowing her into his secret world–all is not what it seems. Kayden still has secrets, and pieces of Ella’s past are still shrouded in the darkness of her mind, while the powerful man who hunts her will not stop until she is his. In this final, explosive novel in the Careless Whispers series, Ella discovers that while her life with Kayden didn’t begin in that dark alley…it could easily end there.



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REVIEW AND THOUGHTS:


This is book 3 in the Careless Whispers Series, and I was not warned that this series must be read in order.  So, I read this as a stand alone. There’s a lot I didn’t understand in the beginning (the characters and what in the world was going on). Therefore, it took a while for me to get into this book. That tainted my experience a bit.

In Surrender our heroine, Ella, is struggling to regain memory and she does. It’s fast-paced action suspense with hot sexy times. The author is a wonderful writer, great at characters, and certainly has created an intriguing word. Ella is involved with two mafia stepbrothers: Niccolo and Neuville and must figure out how and why. There’s also a possible connection to the CIA and a butterfly necklace which factors into everything. She has to figure out all the pieces of the puzzle with time ticking.

Overall, Surrender was a captivating romantic suspense. I’d recommend read the first two in the series before this one. I’m going back to pick those up and fill in the gaps.

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  Lisa Renee Jones Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series, which is now in development for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. I’m thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara’s whole story - her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality.
In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.
Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Relase day & Giveaway: Resignation Letter by T A Moorman





A new book by  T. A. Moorman...



What it's about?
The first in a serial series of non-fiction short stories of a life that has seen too much heartbreak.

Loving someone isn't easy. Accepting the one you love may not love you back is even more difficult. Step into a world where more nightmares live than dreams.

Sometimes, real life has even more drama than the most popular of Soap Operas.

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About The Author:
When you become a Mom, you begin to put yourself last, and your combat boots begin to collect dust. Going to your child's PTA meetings in full Gothic, especially industrial, regalia is pretty much frowned upon. Especially by your own children, and your teens would die of a heart attack. But, one should not have to completely stop being themselves, uniqueness is greatness. So all of that darkness is put into words in her books, her first title Witch Wars, and designs in her jewelry sold in her Etsy shop, GothicMomsDarkCharms.

A mother of five beautiful children, but by far more than just that. T. A. Moorman is an artist, a violinist, a seamstress, a crafter, a writer, a blogger, a reviewer, a dark confidant and a darkly dangerous, fiercely protective friend.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

REVIEW: THIRST BY JACQUELYN FRANK


A NEW SERIES BY JACQUELYN FRANK!

WHAT THE BOOK'S ABOUT:

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

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MY REVIEW:

I think the world of this author and the worlds she creates. I was thrilled to see a new series coming out (The Energy Vampires) and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I was fortunate enough to be able to get an ARC. Sadly, this one was just okay for me. On the up side there was melt-the-page heat between the hero/Heroine which the cover does seem to advertise, although perhaps not as hawt as the cover. This aspect of the story came through as seems to be the strength of this author’s writing. The plotline wasn’t unique with the heroine a cop working a murder that looks to be done by a vampire (or sycophant as the gone-bad vamps are referred to in the novel) and the hero who is a vampire who hunts or polices the “bad” vampires.
I had issues with conflicting characterization points for both characters. Rafe was initially made out to be a womanizing rebel, but then when he interacts with the heroine he is over-the-top polite and not at all the bad boy I expected. Maybe this was the author's attempt at having him be an antiquated guy of a different era? For the heroine she’s a cop but doesn’t come off jaded or as tough as I’d expect for a NYC Homicide detective.  On the technical side there significant use of passive phrasing.

This story has echoes of Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series in it, although the method of inhaling essences was intriguing.


Was it a fun read? Yes. Was it like Frank’s other series? No. Would I recommend this: Yes to someone who has not read a lot of other vampire PNR series.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Midwinters Giveaway Hop



Happy Holidays! We probably should talk books, but there will be enough blogs to hop to that may do this for you. I thought I'd share a few fun memes that I've seen this year because we all need a good smile.






Here's to having a great 2017!


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Release Day Launch & Givaway for Meet Me Halfway by Kim Carmody

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It's release day for Kim Carmody! 
More about  Meet Me Halfway:
  An ambitious journalist on a fast track to success. A round one draft pick determined to keep his personal life his own. And a documentary that proves sometimes opposites really do attract. 
Olivia Callahan is a woman on a mission. When she lands a career defining opportunity in the male-dominated world of sports journalism, she knows it’s make or break time. Olivia’s boss has given her the green light to produce her very own documentary, and she’s not going to let anything get in the way of perfection. After a few setbacks in college, Nate Sullivan is finally on his way to the big leagues as the newest recruit for the New York Warriors. Determined to put his somewhat colorful past behind him, Nate’s all about the straight and narrow as he sets out to prove he’s worthy of the first round draft pick that’s caused so much debate from fans and media. The last thing Nate wants is to delve into stories from his past. But when his new team directs him to set the record straight, he has no choice but to cooperate with the feisty, determined reporter who shows up on campus. Olivia is thrilled that Nate Sullivan is her man. His colorful background is just the thing to take her story from memorable to award winning. What neither of them expected is their attraction to one another, yet try as they might, determination gives way to temptation eventually. As Nate battles to protect his privacy and Olivia fights to produce the story of her career, they must decide what they’re willing to give up in order to gain each other.
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She lifted an eyebrow. “Did you just Netflix and chill me?”
“No. That would be unnecessary considering you’re already naked in my apartment.” I paused, a slow smile spreading across my face. “But if that’s what you want…”
Forty five minutes and another round between the sheets later, Liv was snuggled up against me, her eyes glued to the television.
“Man she’s a piece of work.”
Liv nodded, eyes lighting up. “She’s such a girl boss though. I love her.”
“You’re a girl boss.”
Liv gasped. “You think?”
I nodded, catching her chin between my fingers. “Yep. And it’s sexy as hell.”
She grinned. “That might be the nicest thing you’ve ever said to me.” Liv shook her head. “I still can’t believe you’ve never seen House of Cards. I’m almost jealous of you, you’ve got so much to look forward to.”
I had gathered that earlier, thanks to the filthy look she’d given me when I first mentioned that not only was I not up to speed on the series, I didn’t even know what it was about. 
She sighed, one nipple peeping out from under the sheet as she rolled onto her back, and I had to fight the urge to roll on top of her. I wasn’t kidding when I’d said she’d get plenty of exercise if she stayed. It was exactly like our first night together. No sooner than we’d finished one round, I was ready to take her again. I knew it was foolish not to be sound asleep, giving my body the rest it so desperately needed, but around Liv my dick just got other ideas. It was…needy.
Liv glanced at me. “What are you thinking?”
“That I want to fuck again.”
Her eyes widened.  “Really?”
I shrugged. “Pretty much.”
She rolled to her side, propping one arm under her head. Sadly it caused her nipple to go back into hiding. “I forgot how sexual guys are in their early twenties.”
I shrugged. “You should have seen me when I was sixteen.”
Liv laughed. “I can only imagine.”
“Not sure it would have been all that pleasurable for you though.” I cringed. “Pretty confident there was only ever one person coming back then.”
“Well don’t feel too bad, you’re certainly making up for it now.”
I looked away, not wanting her to see the satisfaction on my face.  Because truth be told, while I knew Liv enjoyed the sex we had—the multiple orgasms and the fact that she’d returned for round two were enough of a sign—the idea that she’d most likely slept with guys years older than me with plenty more experience on how to make a woman feel good left me with this irrational sense of frustration. Like I was automatically playing catch up in the race to…what? What did I want with Liv? Sure, no guy wanted to think they weren’t the best sex a woman had ever had, but the thought that I cared about more than just my own selfish pride kept niggling away in the back of my mind.
And while I was being so honest with myself, I might as well acknowledge how my insecurities extended to things other than sex. Like the fact that I’d painstakingly picked up after myself around the apartment every night before I crashed in the sad hope that I’d actually get her into my bed one day. Sure, an element of that was about leaving college, starting fresh, playing grown-up as we all used to joke about, but I couldn’t deny that a small part of me was doing this to show Liv I wasn’t just a college kid anymore.
“Earth to Na-ate.” She drummed her fingers into my shoulder and I blinked, looking over to her.
quote-3“Sorry.”
“Where’d you go?”
“Nowhere.” I flipped onto my side, facing her. “Say that again.”
She frowned. “Say what?”
“My name, say it like you just said it.”
She looked at me warily. “Na-ate.”
I groaned, throwing one arm over my face. Her voice was insane. I was pretty sure I could come just from the sound of my name on her lips. In fact I almost had that first night we were together, my fingers between her legs as she’s told me exactly what she’d wanted, her voice all raspy and breathless. I’d had to stop myself from rubbing up against the table ledge for fear of embarrassing myself.
“Is everything okay over there?”
I nodded from under my arm. “Your voice. It’s…hot.”
She giggled, and a second later her mouth was at my ear, breath warm as she crooned, “You like my voice, Nate Sullivan?”
I peeked out from under my arm to look at her. “I’ll give you my signing bonus if you’ll call every night and tell me to sleep well…in that voice.”
She fell back against the pillows, stretching her arms above her head. Aaand nipples.
“You can’t afford me.”
“Not yet, but think of me as a long term strategy. You’ll make millions.”

 

quote-1-2  About Kim Carmody: Kim Carmody lives in Australia with her husband, in a sunny little part of Melbourne that she never wants to leave. Except for frequent trips to New York, she is happy to leave at least once a year for those. She holds a Masters in Commerce Marketing and while she spent her younger years training to become a professional dancer, she somehow ended up working in the sports industry, where she met her now husband. Never a participant or spectator of sport growing up (she was too busy flitting around in a tutu), she has grown to appreciate, if not love many sports and eventually found herself writing about them too. As an avid book lover from the moment she was introduced to The Babysitters Club as a seven year-old, Kim never expected to be able to call herself an author, but is beyond excited that she now can. Meet Me Halfway is her second novel.
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