Saturday, March 24, 2018

Book Tour for Hurts To Love You by Alisha Rai (Review & GIVEAWAY)

Opposites attract in this small town romance that sees past secrets coming to light along with past hurts when the town good girl falls for the town’s bad boy.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hurts To Love You by Alisha Rai, along with my impressions of it.  In honor of this third installment in the Forbidden Hearts series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a print copy of the first book in this series too!

Being bad never felt so good, in the third novel in Alisha Rai’s sexy Forbidden Hearts series!
Well-behaved women don’t lust after men who love to misbehave.
Heiress Evangeline Chandler knows how to keep a secret . . . like her life-long crush on the tattooed hottie who just happens to be her big brother’s friend. She’s a Chandler, after all, and Chandlers don’t hook up with the help. Then again, they also don’t disobey their fathers and quit their respectable jobs, so good-girl rules may no longer apply.
Gabriel Hunter hides the pain of his past behind a smile, but he can’t hide his sudden attraction to his friend’s sheltered little sister. Eve is far too sweet to accept anything less than forever and there’s no chance of a future between the son of a housekeeper and the town’s resident princess.
When a wedding party forces Eve and Gabe into tight quarters, keeping their hands off each other will be as hard as keeping their clothes on. The need that draws them together is stronger than the forces that should shove them apart . . . but their sparks may not survive the explosion when long-buried secrets are finally unearthed.


“No one knows.”
His tone was bleak, the words tripping over each other.
“No one will,” she whispered, though that wasn’t her place to promise. “I’ll keep it a secret.” His laugh was a harsh bark. “What am I supposed to do? Just trust you?”
“Yes.” The adrenaline in her blood spiked, and she leaned in closer, driven to comfort and consume him. “I’m very good at secrets.”
He shook his head. “You don’t—“
She had no idea what he was going to say, because she settled her lips over his. It was a ridiculous urge, born of panic and desperation and a deep-seated drive to calm him. Their lips fit together perfectly, and she moved them over his, tasting the faint hint of mint in his mouth.
Finally. Finally. Now she knew what kissing would feel like.
Like perfection.
He froze for a second, but then a growl came from deep in his chest. He tightened his hold on her, crushed her close, and kissed her back.




The family drama permeating the Forbidden Nights series comes to an end as family and friends come together at a wedding that has secrets from the past being revealed along with long-hidden feelings.  For a young woman trying to break free of her oppressive upbringing, to the older man dealing with his own secretive past, it’s an especially emotional time that takes readers on a rollercoaster ride.

Eve Chandler grew up with wealth, but behind the pristine facade was a young girl emotionally abused by a father who taught her that appearances are everything and that everything has a monetary value.  It made for a childhood full of self-doubts, loneliness, and a closing off of her emotions that affects her still today.  Courtesy of an overprotective brother she’s still struggling to break out of the shell her father encased her in and as the story progressed we saw a woman gaining strength and becoming more self-assured.  With her empowerment came an increasing sensuality to her feelings for Gabe.  What started out as a girlish crush grew to womanly needs that she was finally willing to go after wholeheartedly.  Eve was immensely likable and her evolution through this story was a highlight.  The actions of her father were truly reprehensible and seeing her finally overcome his abuse had me cheering. She’s a sweet heroine, caring, and not at all the proverbial rich bitch as she valued that small circle of people who she felt safe letting in and did all she could to make them happy.  She’s a memorable heroine who’s finally living life to the fullest which made her hard-fought HEA all the richer.

Gabe Hunter was always the boy looking in from the outside as the son of the housekeeper who got to ride the coattails of his mother’s rich employers. Despite hobnobbing with the rich he still knows his place in the world and is still resentful of it.  Carrying the life-altering secret that he does, along with the soul-crushing death of his best friend, has also made him closed off and leery of making connections for fear that the truth will come out.  Spending time with rich girl Eve is creating all sorts of chaos in his head, making him drink more and be more careless, but the attraction is starting to wear him down.  Being in close quarters, and with her growing inner strength, it’s a battle to keep her at arm’s length that he’s failing at.  Lots of push and pull on his part leads to lots of frustration for readers, as does the secret he carries which never felt that monumental to me.  When everything is finally revealed, pieces must be picked back up and feelings must be embraced in order to reach the somewhat rushed but satisfying conclusion.  Gabe’s a sexy and artistic player who’s hiding behind his own facade.  Wanting something and getting it are two very different things and Gabe’s constant pushing away of happiness frustrated me.  The emotional tug of war between him and Eve drives this story though and throughout their journey Eve grew while Gabe stagnated.  While I liked him, I never felt like I knew him completely.  He never fully opened up and because of that his HEA with Eve was slightly dimmed though still satisfying for all the empowerment it brought her.

Not having read the previous books in this series did make all the familial connections confusing, made it a bit harder to immerse myself in this final story. Despite that there was the bright spot of Eve who grew emotionally by leaps and bounds throughout this book.  She started off timid and full of self-doubts, scared to grab on to life for fear of being judged.  With each turn of the page though she practically jumped off the page in her drive to start living and her actions had me cheering.  Gabe wasn’t quite as endearing but his interactions with Eve did bring a smile to my face as she grew to give as good as she got around him.  Their connection also made for a sensual romance that was slowly built up to.  Surrounding this relatable main couple was a large cast of secondary characters whose stories were told earlier but are updated here.  For myself, who hasn’t read their HEAs, the glimpses of them here have me longing to go back to see where all the family drama began.  Readers who enjoy small town romances with a bit of familial secrets will find this a compelling series-ender that will have you reaching for the book that started it all while buckling up for the rocky ride ahead.

My rating for this is a B-/C+

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


Alisha Rai pens award-winning sexy contemporary romances and is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on The Washington Post's annual Best Books list. She spends most of her time dreaming up sexy heroes and heroines, traveling, and tweeting.



Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for Rock Legend by Tara Leigh (GIVEAWAY)

Fans of rock star romances will want to mark their calendars for this tale of second chances and finding fame set in the chaotic and sensual world of touring and playing music.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rock Legend by Tara Leigh, then start counting down the days until its July 17th release date. In honor of this second installment in the Nothing But Trouble series, and to make the wait a bit more bearable,  make sure to fill out the form below for US readers to have the chance to win a print copy of the first book in this series too!

Most people know me as the drummer for Nothing but Trouble. Depending who you ask, I’m also a playboy, a loner, the life of the party, a screw-up, or according to my fans, “The Sexiest Rock Star on the Planet.” Apparently, I’m a legend.
Am I surprised? Hell, no. It’s a reputation I’ve earned behind my drum kit and behind closed doors. No one thought foster kid Landon Cox would become famous. Infamous, maybe. Notorious, probably. But successful? Never. No one except Piper Hastings. But I had to make a choice: my woman or my career. I picked fame and fortune . . . and spent every damn day since pretending I don’t regret it.
Now fate’s dropped Piper back into my life. I want to believe it’s a second chance for me—for us. But while I can give her a few great nights, I can’t give Piper a future.
Because there’s a difference between a legend and a fairy tale...
Only one of them ends happily ever after.




Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for One Wild Night by A.L. Jackson & Rebecca Shea (GIVEAWAY)

Readers will find themselves drawn to this tale of opposites attracting under the harsh lights of fame in this romance of a one-night stand becoming so much more.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of One Wild Night by A.L. Jackson & Rebecca Shea, then count down the days until its April 16th release date.  In honor of this first installment in the Hollywood Chronicles series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win signed print copies of Fault Lines and Show Me the Way along with a $25 Amazon GC too!

Kaylee Rose Burton, kindergarten teacher, has never been a believer in fantasies.
Living in L.A. her entire life, she knows the glitz and glam of Hollywood is just an illusion.
That is until she stumbles head first into the arms of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor.
It was just another day for Paxton Myles on the red carpet until the blue-eyed beauty literally stumbles at his feet.
A single glimpse in her innocent eyes and he knows he has to have her.
After one night of unbridled passion, Kaylee slips away to live her quite life, but the paparazzi has other ideas.
When Kaylee’s world comes crashing down, can Paxton convince her that their one wild night could turn into forever?





A.L. Jackson and Rebecca Shea are bestselling authors residing in Arizona. After being writing partners for five years, it only made sense that they'd put their minds together to bring their readers something fun, flirty, and sexy.




Book Blast for Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye (Review)

Another collection of stories from the 1001 Dark Nights series hit bookshelves and it’s reason to celebrate!  It’s a heartbreaking tale of opposites attracting in this MC-fueled novella full of eroticism and suspense.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye, along with my impressions of it, then add this next installment in the Raven Riders series to your bookshelf!

Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.
But then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.
Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.
But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.


With every new thing he shared, Caine felt like a thin filament stretched between them, anchoring them together. The connection between them was growing, strengthening. He could feel it like he’d never felt anything before.
He was getting attached. To that feeling. To Emma herself.
It was what he’d always wanted. It was the thing he feared the most.
But right now, he had it. He had her. And he wanted her...
“Stand up, Emma.” The questions in her gaze quickly shifted to understanding, and she rose above him. His hands went to her waistband and quickly bared her. Caine pulled her until she stood with her feet on either side of him where he sat leaning against the front of the couch. “I want my mouth on you again.”
The moan that spilled out of her at the first swipe of his tongue went right to his cock. He unzipped his jeans and shoved them down his thighs. Then he held her open with his thumbs so that her clit was right where he wanted it to be. He sucked and flicked and nipped until she was thrusting against his face. He groaned his approval. Her hips became more frantic. “Caine,” she cried hoarsely, her knees going out such that she nearly collapsed into his lap, still shaking.
He took advantage and kissed her, wanting some part of him inside of her while her orgasm wrung every second of pleasure out of her.
“Jesus, your mouth should be illegal,” she said, chuffing out a breathless laugh.
“You say the nicest things,” he said, the playful words probably masking just how much he lapped up her praise. “Will you take me in you?”
She didn’t hesitate—she shifted to her knees. They both shucked their shirts. He pulled his last condom from his wallet and rolled it on.
She impaled herself on him, inch by soul-stealing inch. “You fill me up so good,” she said.
The echo of his earlier thought stretched a new filament of connection between them. “Ride me, Emma. Show me how you like it.”




It’s a quick read that packs an emotional punch to the gut in this novella that’s set in the world of the Raven Riders MC series.  Bringing together two lonely people over the holidays, with danger creeping ever closer, it’s an atmospheric read that lets the two main characters shine.  Balancing heart-wrenching reveals with erotic interludes and edge of your seat suspense, readers will be held captive while racing towards the immensely satisfying HEA.

Caine McKannon has been on the periphery of this series since it started, a quiet yet commanding presence that intrigued me.  With this novella he finally takes center stage in a story that pulls at the heartstrings.  Caine’s always had difficulties getting close to others due to a horrific childhood that had him doing many unspeakable deeds in order to survive after leaving the horrors of foster care behind.  He’s full of guilt over what he’s done and for what he couldn’t stop from happening and it makes for a heartbreaking past being revealed.  His painful past not only left it’s mark mentally, but physically as well by the numerous scars and burns left on his body that had me reaching for the tissues as he revealed them to Emma.  The early parts of this story had Caine holding back, not wanting to dirty up the near-perfect Emma, but as his walls came down he became more personable.  Being with Emma unburdened him and allowed a more carefree side to emerge that endeared him to me.  His story brought tears to my eyes, but his ending had me cheering for this unforgettable read.

Emma Kerry’s the proverbial good girl.  She’s a kindergarten teacher with a sunny and caring disposition who’s just what Caine needs and deserves.  As her favorite holiday comes closer, Emma finds herself in the center of increasingly dangerous events.  The first event seemed random, but it soon becomes clear that someone’s out to hurt her.  Lucky for her, Caine’s in the right place at the right time and becomes her hero in more ways than one.  From the moment she sees him she’s intrigued and sets out to discover the man hiding under layers of guilt and pain.  Her unconditional acceptance of all that he is saves him, while his strength and protectiveness saves her when her stalker is revealed and it makes for one heckuva epic romance.  Emma’s an immensely likable heroine, open and honest.  She listens without judgment and shows him the goodness he can’t see in scenes that are sweet and sentimental.  She’s no shrinking violet and has a level head on her shoulders that has her standing up for herself when it matters most.  She’s the quintessential heroine who had me cheering for her heartfelt words and deeds as she triumphantly stood by her man.

They say that good things come in small packages and that’s very true as this novella has lots to say as it leaves a large emotional impact.  Caine’s a tragic character because of his painful past, but is a hero too for all that he overcame and for his need to protect.  Emma’s a good match because of her strong will and unwavering belief in Caine’s goodness.  They’re a dynamic duo with a sweet and sexy connection that brought a tear to my eye.  Balanced with that are scorching interludes that were bdsm-lite but still had me blushing for their intensity.  Along with this intense romance came an exciting bit of mystery as readers were left guessing about who was out to get Emma.  While the villain was obvious to me, the reveal was set up in an exhilarating way that had my pulse pounding.  On a whole this quick read added up to an unforgettable snack that I gluttoned myself on and I recommend it highly to readers looking for a tale that perfectly balances romance and danger.

My rating for this is an A.

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


Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Raven Riders, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Book Review for Hard Work by Micah Persell

Meet the gigolos of Sin City: three fun-loving studs who are deadly serious about pleasuring their clients and protecting their hearts.
Victoria Hastings is poised at the edge of the promotion that will change her life and put her at the top at Precision Media Services. All she needs is to snag one more premier advertising client, and her successful future is in the bag. The only person who stands in her way is Georgiana Masterson, the top agent at an opposing firm.
Kipling “My Last Name Is the Only Thing Not for Sale” loves his job as a gigolo, but he also understands that this good run on fortune can’t last forever. He’s raising serious cash to start his own business—he’s not sure exactly what that will be, but it won’t conform with the Madison Avenue-style track his parents would appreciate.
When a business deal between them turns to more pleasure than either could have imagined, Victoria and Kip find themselves caught between living for now and positioning for the future—a future one of them will have to sacrifice to give love a chance.


Readers will find themselves charmed by this sexy older woman/younger man romance full of heart and soul.  From its immensely appealing hero who wears his heart on his sleeve to a heroine who’s not perfect, this story kept me turning the pages in breathless anticipation.  By the time I reached The End I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and was ready to start it all over again.

Victoria Hastings is a woman devoted to work.  After the death of her husband, and the traumatic events surrounding the last few months of their marriage, she’s weighed down by guilt and leery of becoming involved with anyone.  The loneliness has been eating at her though, needs she’s had since being married, that she no longer can ignore.  Seeing a sexy guy across a bar has her emboldened but discovering he’s a gigolo ends things before they start...until her caring and outspoken sister-in-law intervenes to hire him for a night with Victoria.  It’s an eye-opening night for both of them and she’s not near ready for things to end as it was a night of freedom for her, a night to be with someone strong who met all of her desires.  Not wanting to jeopardize the morality clause of a much sought-after business contract though has them agreeing to only 18 days of decadent delights which slowly takes a more romantic turn.  Through their time together Victoria comes to count on Kip’s support, his pride in her work, and before long they start looking more like a couple as hearts and minds intertwined with scorching interludes.  A misunderstanding on Victoria’s part though had her saying hurtful words that made me want to slug her, but when it mattered most she proved herself worthy of Kip’s love and support.  Victoria’s a bit uptight when we first meet her, seemingly content being celibate but her loneliness soon becomes apparent.  Her guilt over her husband’s death was understandable at first, but her long-term celibacy is pure self-punishment and I was happy to see her sister-in-law pushing her to get over it.  Kip being younger was also an issue for her at first but thankfully wasn’t something she dwelled on as so many other romances do.  On a whole Victoria was a strong-willed woman, who didn’t always think before she spoke, but who finally realized what was truly important in life.  Afraid to start over, to live instead of existing, she finally grabbed on to the love and support Kip was offering in a HEA that was well worth the emotional ups and downs it took to get there.

Kip Masterson’s a lost soul at the start of this story, a lost soul who hides his unhappiness behind a suave and sensual persona.  He has an unhappy home life courtesy of a bitter and domineering mother who cares only about appearances.  She uses her wealth to belittle her husband and it clouds Kip’s views on love and marriage.  Becoming a gigolo was partly an act of rebellion, but it also represents freedom from his mother’s domination.  He seems to enjoy his career choice but aspires to be more as he has plans to start a business of his own.  He’s become complacent though and fears taking that final step to starting a business.  The moment he meets Victoria is when everything changes.  He’s drawn to her and throughout their relationship the playboy facade fades away and readers discover a sweet and caring young man who can see a future with her in it.  Their time together was a chance for him to find himself as Victoria had complete faith in his ability and intelligence.  While his mother constantly tore him down, Victoria built him up.  Kip became the quintessential book boyfriend for me as his feelings for her had him wearing his heart on his sleeve.  He did many sweet and subtle deeds that charmed me and endeared him to me wholeheartedly.  His sweetness is balanced with his inherent sensuality that made for numerous scorching encounters between him and Victoria that took on a more emotional turn as the story progressed.  From the first page to the last I was fully invested in Kip and was rooting for his HEA every step of the way.

This was a delightful romance that put a modern twist on the Pretty Woman theme.  Kip’s a young man enjoying the carefree life of a gigolo who finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the older woman who helps him find himself while helping her move on from her painful past.  They find emotional support in each other and become a dynamic duo for their combustible connection that scorched up the pages.  While Kip was near-perfect in his words and deeds it was Victoria who frustrated me at times.  She lashed out a time or two in anger and it was hurtful to Kip, who was nothing but wonderful to her.  While she did make amends it still marred my overall view of her to where I think Kip should’ve made her grovel more for his forgiveness.  The stars of this story are clearly Kip and Victoria, with their flirty banter and crackling connection, and the ups and downs they experienced kept me captivated.  Alongside this appealing couple is the bold and colorful Cassidy who pushes Victoria to make amends and re-enter the land of the living.  As Victoria’s sister-in-law she was there for the heartache and has her own that she’s dealing with and that colors her own views of romance.  That doesn’t stop her from playing cheerleader in her attempts to get Kip and Victoria together and I’d love to see more of this exuberant character.  Readers looking for a bit of afternoon delight will get all that and more in this sexy and charming series starter that will leave you with a smile on your face!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for review in exchange for my honest opinion.