Thursday, December 14, 2017

Entangled Publishing’s 25 Days of Holiday Steals

Entangled Publishing is celebrating the holidays with 25 Days of Holiday Steals.  Every day they’re spotlighting a special steal of a deal from December 1st through December 25th.  So be sure to check back each day to see what special offer is up for grabs!


Today’s Steal Is...
Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey is just 99¢!
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His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation...
Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She’s the fuel for every song he’s ever written—each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she’s always needed...
Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks—or rather storms—into Jasmine’s life. Sarge’s return shouldn’t affect her this way. He’s her best friend’s much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.
But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Book Tour for Operation Green Card by GB Gordon (Review & GIVEAWAY)


A modern day twist on the fake marriage theme is what readers will find in this charming m/m romance that touches on serious issues to invest readers even more in one couple’s journey to HEA.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Operation Green Card by G.B. Gordon, along with my impressions of it, then discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this twenty-first installment in the Bluewater Bay series make sure to leave a comment below for the chance to win a $10 Riptide Publishing GC too!

Arkady Izmaylov is a family man. He’s also gay. In Russia. His sister Natalya has been telling him to get out for years, but it’s only after an attack in the street that he finally concedes and says yes to her desperate plan of him marrying a stranger for a green card.
Jason Cooley was taught from birth that he’s no good to anyone. Then the military taught him he was good enough to save other lives, but that purpose got amputated along with his leg. He’s now working security at Wolf’s Landing and sending monthly checks to his ex for their daughter’s education. When Natalya asks him to marry her brother, Jason knows right away he’ll do it more for the mission than the money she’s offering. But when he actually meets Arkady, his mission turns complicated.
Jason quickly discovers he’s not as straight as he thought. He’s also the man of Arkady’s dreams. Arkady must convince Jason that he’s worth loving, and that Arkady won’t disappear from his life like everyone else. Because Arkady has always wanted a family of his own, and he’s not letting go of this one.


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Welcome to Bluewater Bay! This quiet little logging town on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula has been stagnating for decades, on the verge of ghost town status. Until a television crew moves in to film Wolf’s Landing, a soon-to-be cult hit based on the wildly successful shifter novels penned by local author Hunter Easton.
Wolf’s Landing’s success spawns everything from merchandise to movie talks, and Bluewater Bay explodes into a mecca for fans and tourists alike. The locals still aren’t quite sure what to make of all this—the town is rejuvenated, but at what cost? And the Hollywood-based production crew is out of their element in this small, mossy seaside locale. Needless to say, sparks fly.
This collaborative story world is brought to you by eleven award-winning, best-selling LGBTQ romance authors: L.A. WittL.B. GreggZ.A. Maxfield,  Heidi BelleauRachel HaimowitzAnne TeninoAmy LaneSE JakesG.B. GordonJaime Samms and Ally Blue. Each contemporary novel stands alone, but all are built around the town and the people of Bluewater Bay and the Wolf’s Landing media empire.
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

From the first page to the last readers will find this a charming and quick read of insta-love that deals with heavy issues of homophobia and the dangers of living life as a homosexual.  It’s a story of unexpected love too in this romance based on a lie with a modern spin on the theme of fake marriages.

Jason Cooley once had a career he loved in the military.  Being a soldier defined him and gave him worth.  With the loss of his leg though he’s left feeling lost and bitter.  The only bright spot he now sees is his daughter and wanting to make life better for her becomes a driving force in making his own life better. To do that he needs more money which makes the idea of marrying a stranger desirous.  While the money is helpful, it’s the unexpected emotional connection to another person who’s gone through something traumatic that becomes vital and ultimately leads to HEA.  Jason’s a quiet character, readers don’t get deep insight into him other than through his inner dialogues and the perceptions of other characters.  I wish more time had been spent getting to know him, but even with that bare bones knowledge I still found myself rooting for him.

Arkady Izmaylov’s life is tough as a homosexual man in Russia under a regime where living your life openly means death.  His fears are palpable and it had me aching for him as he’s a good man caught in a terrifying situation.  With that danger getting ever closer he’s left with no choice but to leave his homeland. Though he doesn’t expect much when he meets Jason, it’s clear that they have a connection.  They’ve both experienced pain and loss and it’s caused them to withdraw but with each other they’re combustible.  Like Jason, Arkady’s far from an open book.  Though he was a bit more socialable, I still didn’t feel a deep connection to him and wish more time had been invested in his character.  I wish too that his transition to becoming Americanized had been depicted as it never seemed to be an issue and would’ve added authenticity to the story. Even without that, I still liked Arkady for the strength he gave to Jason when he needed it most.

This was a nice addition to the Bluewater Bay series and is a quick read that provides a bit of afternoon delight.  The premise is appealing and had a good balance of drama and romance.  I enjoyed seeing previous characters and these interactions gave a familial and heartwarming vibe that’s part of the reason why we read this series.  While I liked the main characters I wish we’d gotten deeper insight into them as I feel we merely scratched the surface.  Despite that small quibble this was still a pleasant journey to the place that keeps calling me back and it will be a sad day when this series ends.

My rating for this is a B-/C+

*I got this book from NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

G.B.Gordon worked as a packer, landscaper, waiter, and coach before going back to school to major in linguistics and, at 35, switch to less backbreaking monetary pursuits like translating, editing, and writing.
Having lived in various parts of the world, Gordon is now happily ensconced in suburban Ontario with the best of all husbands.


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Entangled Publishing’s 25 Days of Holiday Steals

Entangled Publishing is celebrating the holidays with 25 Days of Holiday Steals.  Every day they’re spotlighting a special steal of a deal from December 1st through December 25th.  So be sure to check back each day to see what special offer is up for grabs!


Today’s Steal Is...
The Movie Star's Red Hot Holiday Fling is FREE!
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One dare and he’ll lose his heart...
Determined to qualify for the fire department’s grueling physical, former marine Jessie Sullivan never gives up, despite the pins in her leg. The last thing she needs is a tall, incredibly hot action movie star sharing her gym…and who makes her want to trade in her reps for some sexy physical activity. Of the naked kind.
Blake Johnston is more than just a Big Screen Sex Machine, and he’s willing to prove it. Especially to a spirited and sexy ex-marine like Jessie. But when a harmless dare leads to sizzling fireworks, Jessie and Blake’s workout ends up generating some serious heat between the sheets. And it’s more than Jessie could have imagined. Much, much more. But flings don’t last forever.
And in two weeks, Jessie will have to say goodbye to her red-hot Christmas fantasy…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Book Blitz for Dare to Live by S.B. Alexander (GIVEAWAY)


Readers will find themselves drawn to this emotionally intense romance about living life to the fullest.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Dare to Live by S.B. Alexander, with its unforgettable lead characters, then add this romance to your bookshelf.  In honor of this fifth installment in the Maxwell series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Kindle Fire too!

Maybe opposites do attract.
Kody Maxwell’s life has been rooted in grief and death. He tasted love briefly until the girl he loved died suddenly. Determined not to experience that kind of pain again, Kody prefers being alone and writing music. His life goal is to sign with a big-name producer who will take his music to the next level. But lately, he’s been struggling with writer’s block until he encounters a beautiful nurse with the voice of an angel. She brings out feelings he hasn’t experienced in a long time, and that scares the crap out of him. Still, he knows he can’t let her get away. She may have just what he needs to get his juices flowing.
Motorcycle-riding Jessie Ryan loves the thrill of danger and the exhilarating desire for speed. She plays by her own set of rules. But when she discovers she carries the breast cancer gene on the same day she meets the most gorgeous man she’s ever laid eyes on, she isn’t prepared to face what the future may hold.
As Jessie and Kody begin to form a bond, they learn things about each other and themselves they didn’t see coming. Will they dare to live when fear threatens to stop them?

EXCERPT:

My phone rang, startling both of us. Mrs. Shear let go of me as I fumbled for my phone in the pocket of my jeans. By the time I plucked it out, the ringing had stopped.
“I should call my dad back.” My dad hardly called when he was working unless he needed something. Maybe he wanted me to bring him lunch. I could go for something to eat. “It was great to see you.” I hiked my guitar over my shoulder.
Mrs. Shear gave me a quick kiss on the cheek. “Take care of yourself.”
Nodding, I hoofed it back to my truck, tapping my dad’s name on my phone. “What’s up?”
“I need you to get to the hospital.” His voice was sharp, but shaky. “I had to take your mother to the emergency room, and someone needs to sit with Raven.”
My hunger pangs turned to nausea as my heart stopped. “Is Mom okay? What happened?” The cemetery narrowed to a pinpoint.
“I’ll explain when you get here.” The phone went dead.
My dad was always the calm one in the family unless the situation involved my mom. I didn’t blame him. My brothers and I were the same when it came to our mom. She’d been so fragile after Karen had died, and rightfully so. She’d been the one to find her daughter dead on the garage floor.
My guitar bounced on my back as I sprinted the rest of the way to my truck. My mind scrambled, while my insides felt as if someone had taken a knife and carved a hole in my gut.
In a flash, I was driving through the streets of Ashford. Thankfully, the neighborhoods were quiet as I tried not to speed through stop signs. Within ten minutes, I was plowing through the emergency room doors like a bulldozer on steroids, trying to regulate my breathing, which was erratic—and not from running.
The minute I was inside, the scent of cleaning fluid knocked me back a step as I searched the room full of waiting patients. A little boy cried on his mother’s lap. Two people waited in line at the information counter. Doctors sped by with nurses at their sides.


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BUY THE OTHER INSTALLMENTS IN THE MAXWELL SERIES AT AMAZON:

DARE TO KISS (Book #1)  |  DARE TO DREAM (Book #2)  |  DARE TO LOVE (Book #3)  |  DARE TO DANCE (Book #4)

AUTHOR INFO:

S.B. Alexander is a bestselling romance author. Her books are filled with stories that tug at your heart, and are filled with romance, drama, action and suspense. As much as she loves to write, she also loves to read. Some of her favorite authors growing up were Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. She stills enjoy reading Stephen King. In fact, she loves most genres, although in the past three years she has gravitated toward the romance genre, which is when she started her journey to write her first book. Her motto: write what you love to read.
Aside from writing, she’s a huge sports fan, in particular, baseball. Since she hails from New England, she is a diehard Red Sox fan. She’s also a navy veteran and former math teacher, loves white powdered donuts, and handbags. Her husband calls her the bag lady. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing golf and hanging out with friends and family. 


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Book Tour for A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of rock star romances I was immediately drawn to the premise of this book and its romance between a young woman with self-esteem issues and a delightful young man carrying the weight of the world on him.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of A Cruel Kind of Beautiful by Michelle Hazen, along with my impressions of a close knit rock band’s rise to fame, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this first installment in the Sex, Love, and Rock & Roll series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $50 Amazon GC too!

If you can’t get to the Big O, can you get to the happily ever after?
Jera McKnight loves music, swoons for hot guys, but sucks at sex. Jacob Tate is her perfect storm: a pun-loving nude model with a heart as big as his record collection.
When a newspaper-delivery accident lands him in her living room, he’s almost tempting enough to make her forget she’s never been able to please a man—in bed or out of it. Sure, he laughs at her obscure jokes, and he’ll even accept a PG-rating if it means he gets time with her, but he’s also hiding something. And it has everything to do with the off-limits room in his apartment.
Jera pours all her confusion and longing into her drum kit, which pays off when her band lands the record deal of their dreams. Except just like Jacob, it might be too good to come without a catch.
She doesn’t know if her music is good enough to attract a better contract, or if she’s enough to tempt a man like Jacob to give up his secretseven if they could fix her problems between the sheets. But if this rocker girl is too afraid to bet on herself, she might just end up playing to an empty house.
Grab the first book in this addictive new series if you love snarky heroines, the backstage scoop about mouthwatering rock stars on the rise, and Kindle-melting sex scenes. Perfect for fans of the ragtag band families in Kylie Scott and Crystal Caswell's books.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a reader obsessed with rock star romances I found myself charmed by this character-driven romance set amidst the backdrop of a rock band’s early rise to fame.  Issues of self-esteem, accepting obligations, and all the expected ups-and-downs young rockers face in an attempt to not sacrifice their creativity for promised shots at fame abound in this compelling read.  With a romance that builds slowly and satisfyingly it all leads to an ending that had me cheering and hopeful for the next installment.

Jera McKnight comes from musical genes as her father had his own brush with music fame before it all slipped away.  While she wants to forge her own musical path she still feels the pressure of trying to reach the heights he never did and with him as their band’s manager the pressure is ever-present.  While she’s finding some success in the music world, it’s her love life that’s suffering. After her most recent break-up where she was made to feel as though she were the problem and that her inability to orgasm led to him feeling emasculated, she’s sworn off relationships.  The moment she makes that decision though is the moment she meets a young man who tempts her beyond reason and has her struggling even more with her self-image in an attempt to feel worthy of him.  It’s a rocky road to romance that sometimes left me frustrated by her actions as she jumped to conclusions while assuming the worst.  She let her fears rule her in matters of the heart and became her own worst enemy as she put pressure on herself where none was needed.  She’s strong-willed in so many ways but when it comes to trust and love it’s clear she’s a bit leery.  Luckily for her, the man whose heart she’s been captivated by never gives up on her on their way to a sweet and sexy HFN romance.

Jacob Tate was once the star of the baseball team, the young man every girl wanted and the one every guy wanted to be.  The day his parents died though is the day everything changed, the day he discovered what his real priorities are, and became a responsible man despite his young age.  For him, life became all about his siblings and work, until the day he sent a newspaper through Jera’s window.  He’s instantly attracted to her but senses her hurt and proposes to move their relationship at a snail’s pace while they grow closer together and reveal mutual fears and insecurities.  Jacob’s the quintessential book boyfriend. He’s sweet, sexy, and unwaveringly supportive.  He’s devoted to his family and sacrifices much to see those he cares about happy.  He doesn’t like lies and asks for nothing more than the truth from Jera and her belief in his feelings for her and his dedication to their future.  He’s extremely understanding and never pushes Jera for more than she can give until the day she pushes him away which forces her to finally start judging others on their own merits.  Jacob’s a drool-worthy character, a delight with his words and deeds.  He was the highlight of this story and has been providing nightly fodder for my dreams since I finished reading this book.

This is more than just your average rock star romance.  It’s a tale full of heart and soul that gives ample time to Jacob and Jera and their fragile connection which pulled at my heartstrings and had me rooting for them from start to finish.  Jera’s tired of changing for others and just wants to be loved for herself, while Jacob is the quintessential caretaker who longs to see Jera have faith in him.  He thrives at taking care of others while she’s learned not to count on the men who have claimed to love her and it all leads to an intense relationship that was the driving force in this story.  Together they’re a delightful couple with a connection teeming with sexual tension that didn’t come to fruition until late in the story in a scene that was sweet and scorching.  Surrounding this larger-than-life main couple was a cast of equally memorable secondary characters who have me longing to see their stories told.  Jera’s bandmates are a quiet support to her, sexy and mysterious, and they’re a formidable band as they stick up for each other and their vision when temptations arise.  Danny’s the one in the band who fixes things, the one who keeps them steady, but he has his own disappointing past when it comes to love.  He too has been made to feel unworthy and his heartache is palpable when he lets his true feelings show. There’s an air of mystery to him and I look forward to his story being told next. Jax is the lead singer, cool and confident, and is quite happy in the spotlight. He’s popular with the ladies and seems happy to be playing the field.  Behind the bad boy rocker facade though lies a little boy with mommy issues.  He too has never felt good enough and used his talent to get attention as a child which is why he’s so desperate to get fame now.  For him, fame means love as that’s what his mother taught him long ago and his story has me equally intrigued.  All these characters, with all their imperfections and foibles, make for a memorable story that pulled me in from the very start.  I look forward to where life will take The Red Letters and recommend this book to fans of rock star romances looking for a bit of originality.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Michelle Hazen is a nomad with a writing problem. Years ago, she and her husband ducked out of the 9 to 5 world and moved into their truck. She wrote most of her books with solar power in odd places, including a bus in Thailand, a golf cart in a sandstorm, and a beach in Honduras. She’s currently addicted to The Walking Dead, hiking, and Tillamook cheese.


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