Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Release Blitz & Review - Wrecked - Jeannine Colette





Title: Wrecked
Author: Jeannine Colette
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2017



Blurb

Take one sexy bartender. Add a badass cop. A splash of
sweet, that's me. One sour, that's him... and serve over ice.



That’s how you’ll get to my current situation.



You know the girl - the one who commands the scene, bottle of liquor in hand,
pouring liquid fire into the willing throats of patrons as they let loose at
the local bar?



That's me.



I may be known as the town party girl, but in reality I'm this close to my
dream of opening my own bar - McConaugheys. Yes, it will be named after the
acclaimed actor. What can I say? I’m a sucker for that sexy Texan.



Everything was going as planned until the night I had a few drinks and accepted
a ride home from a friend. A misunderstanding leads to an arrest, and now I'm
at the mercy of the one man I can’t stand, and trust me, the feeling is
definitely mutual.



Adam Reingold is six-feet-tall and built like a stallion -- the man is the
epitome of male. He also happens to be the town narc and hates my guts. There’s
a story to our past and it's not a pretty one.



So, now, here I am, chained to him for the summer like a hardened criminal,
doing whatever he tells me to do. Problem is, I can’t help but look at him when
he’s not watching and wonder what our future could be like if things were
different.



There are so many reasons why he’s all wrong for me. Even more reasons why I
need to stay away from him.



It’s a cocktail of trouble. Best served shaken, not stirred.











OUR REVIEW:


This book had me entranced! I started this book on a Saturday morning and had it devoured by dinner time. What a page turner! Wrecked is a wonderful novel with some pretty amazing characters. This book has humor, romance, feisty women, alpha men, and some action. There is some scenes that can be a bit darker, but I think it was a nice balance to make this novel feel complete.

I love the plot of this book. Sexy bartender gets in trouble with the law and ends up at the mercy of a hot police officer? Sign me up! What is even better is that the author does an amazing job of taking this plot and elevating it to a whole new level. I love the added layers of the characters past along with some mystery about the current situation and the future. All in all, I loved this aspect of the book.

The characters were even better than I imagined. Leah is one badass woman. She is the type of woman that would make me think she could kick anyone’s butt. She also happens to be a sexy as sin bartender. I loved her character. She is such a strong female character with good morals. She also is very humorous. 

Then you have Adam. He is very uptight and takes the law very seriously, as one would expect from a police officer. He just so happens to be sexy as well. These two have a shared past and a lot of developing to do, which is done beautifully in this novel.

The minor characters in this book are just as great as the main characters. My favorite would have to be Leah’s Grandma. She is beyond funny. I can see where Leah got her humor from. Then you have Luke, Leah’s brother. He is just as funny as Leah. My only complaint would be that I wish we got to meet more of Adam’s friends. I guess we kind of did with a couple of the guys, but I felt this would have added another layer to the story. With that being said, it did not really take away from the story for me.

The heat in this book is flaming hot! These two characters start off hating each other. As a reader, I know that when a book starts off like this, sparks are going to fly. This author did not disappoint. You can literally feel the sexual tension melting the pages as you read. If you like a lot of steam in your book, this book is for you.

The author kept the pace of this book steady. She allowed layers to be peeled back for the readers so they would better understand the characters, but not get too much information too fast as to ruin the story. I loved the action aspect of this book. It was just enough to get your blood pumping, but not enough to overpower the book. The only compliant I have is I wish we got to read more from Adam’s point of view.

Overall, this is one flipping amazing book. I am so glad I got the chance to read it. I would recommend this book to others and cannot wait to read more from this author. This book has a little bit of everything for readers. I loved the feisty attitude and the hate to love relationships. I also loved the action and mystery. What a wonderful novel!


Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


Purchase Links

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Author Bio


Jeannine Colette is a television producer, writer, mother, and philanthropist.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She currently freelances in the television industry while attending to her children and pursuing her writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the two tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and the Hearing Health Foundation.


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Monday, 19 June 2017

Blog Tour - New Moon - Lisa Kessler


Title: New Moon
Series: The Moon Series
Author: Lisa Kessler
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: June 19, 2017



Sometimes Fate plays dirty...

Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side...

Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.








I didn’t take the elevator down. The stairs were more private. That asshole had pointed a goddamn gun at me. He’d cocked it. And still my wolf was howling, crying out for her mate. I wanted to scream. The farther I got from him, the worse my heart ached.


Maybe the wolf would mellow out in time. I’d run back to my place, pack, and hit the road for Reno without ever looking back.



That was probably Sebastian’s plan from the beginning. He was a master manipulator. I had to give him that.



I hustled past the valet to the self-parking lot in the shadows. Inside my car, I blew out a pent-up breath and put the key in the ignition. Before I could start the engine, a hand tapped on my window.



There was Sebastian, shirtless, his dark eyes locked on mine. “Wait.”



He didn’t yell. He didn’t need to for my keen ears to hear him. Without moving a muscle, I asked, “Why? Give me one good reason.”



He put his hands up and slowly knelt to my level. “I don’t have one.”



I glared at him through the glass. “You’ll have to do better than that.”



He clenched his teeth but didn’t break eye contact. “I want…damn it.” He looked toward the back of the car.



I pressed the button, lowering my window, his scent intoxicating me. “You pulled your gun on me.”



His gaze snapped to my face. “And you didn’t defend yourself.”



“If you wanted me dead, you wouldn’t make a bloody mess in a hotel room, and besides, you didn’t have a silencer on it.” I shook my head slowly. “You’re too good to be sloppy.”



“How do you…”



I rolled my eyes. “How do I what?”



“Understand me.” He searched my face—for what, I had no clue. His voice was barely a whisper. “I was trying to protect you.”



“By aiming a gun at me?” I clucked my tongue. “That’s not usually how it works.”



He struggled to bite back a smile, and butterflies fluttered in my stomach. When he wasn’t a deadly asshole, he was way too handsome. He lifted his head, and his dark hair fell into his face. The smile was gone. Hunger burned in his eyes.



“My father ordered a hit on the last woman I cared about, simply to remind me he had the power.”



My heart thumped in my chest. “What does that have to do with pointing a loaded gun at me?”



“I was too weak to tell you to leave, so I let the gun do it for me. You’re in danger if you keep digging into Nero. I was trying to keep you safe.”



A laugh escaped my lips before I could stop it. “You’re obviously much better at killing than protecting.”



He nodded slowly. “True.”



“None of this explains why you’re out here shirtless asking me not to drive away.”



“Because…” He shook his head, staring at the pavement. “It doesn’t make sense.” He straightened up and took a step back from my car.



Damn, even in the dim lighting his muscled torso distracted me, the shadows accentuating every curve and angle.



“Until you stabbed me, I was excellent at”—he held up his right hand, extending a finger for each point—“lying, determining a course of action, and distancing myself from the job at hand.”



“And now?” I raised a brow.



“Now…” He groaned, cursing under his breath. His gaze met mine. “I’m confused and indecisive. I fucking hate it, and it could get us both killed.”



“I’m not sure what you want from me, but I’m not going to apologize.”



“An apology isn’t what I want.” He ground his teeth, his voice a hoarse whisper. “I’ve shielded you from my father for years, but now…I want you, Isabelle. And that could cost you your life. I came to say I lied to my father today, not to you. I couldn’t let you drive away without knowing. You were never a pawn. Not to me.”








What a wonderful paranormal romance novel! I really enjoyed New Moon. The story is very well written with characters you want to invest in. I loved the mystery, action, and romance throughout the story. This is a standalone novel as I read it without never having read anything else by this author. With that being said, there are characters and events that I feel had their own book. While it did not take away from the book, it did make me want to go read those other books.

The plot of this story is one that caught my attention. Sebastian is a cold hearted killer. An assassin for his father. Isabelle is trying to save her wolf pack. When she meets Sebastian she plans to kill him, but something wicked happens instead. The main theme I feel is redemption and trust. Seriously an amazing plot written very well. I loved all the action and reluctance in this story.

The characters were written just as well as the plot. Sebastian is a wonderful character. He was raised to be the way he is. On one hand, he wants to follow orders, while on the other hand he wants to escape the situation that he is in. Then you have Isabelle. She has her own issues. She feels she cannot trust anyone. At points she cannot even trust herself. Both of these characters have a lot of self-reflection to do to see if they can become better than what they are or follow down the same path they have been following.

The heat in this book is palpable. While there is a lot of action and violence in this book, there is also plenty of moments where the author slows it down and shows us the budding attraction between the two main characters.  There seems to be an instant romance, but don’t let that deter you. Not everything is always as it seems. The author has a slow build up to bring the characters to where they need to be.

The writing style of this author is easy to read. The book is set in a modern day America, so it is easily understandable. The pace is steady with a lot of action and build up. The climax of the book is just what the story needs. Honestly, I could not find anything about this book I didn’t enjoy.

Overall, this was a wonderful paranormal shifter novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the action and romance included. I do plan to go and find more books by this author and hopefully get to read more about some of the minor characters and events mentioned in this book. I would recommend this book to others. Amazing job!



Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5




Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.


Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award



When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.






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REVIEW - New Moon - Lisa Kessler



TITLE - New Moon
AUTHOR - Lisa Kessler





BLURB:

Sometimes Fate plays dirty... 

Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side...

Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.


REVIEW:


What a wonderful paranormal romance novel! I really enjoyed New Moon. The story is very well written with characters you want to invest in. I loved the mystery, action, and romance throughout the story. This is a standalone novel as I read it without never having read anything else by this author. With that being said, there are characters and events that I feel had their own book. While it did not take away from the book, it did make me want to go read those other books.

The plot of this story is one that caught my attention. Sebastian is a cold hearted killer. An assassin for his father. Isabelle is trying to save her wolf pack. When she meets Sebastian she plans to kill him, but something wicked happens instead. The main theme I feel is redemption and trust. Seriously an amazing plot written very well. I loved all the action and reluctance in this story.

The characters were written just as well as the plot. Sebastian is a wonderful character. He was raised to be the way he is. On one hand, he wants to follow orders, while on the other hand he wants to escape the situation that he is in. Then you have Isabelle. She has her own issues. She feels she cannot trust anyone. At points she cannot even trust herself. Both of these characters have a lot of self-reflection to do to see if they can become better than what they are or follow down the same path they have been following.

The heat in this book is palpable. While there is a lot of action and violence in this book, there is also plenty of moments where the author slows it down and shows us the budding attraction between the two main characters.  There seems to be an instant romance, but don’t let that deter you. Not everything is always as it seems. The author has a slow build up to bring the characters to where they need to be.

The writing style of this author is easy to read. The book is set in a modern day America, so it is easily understandable. The pace is steady with a lot of action and build up. The climax of the book is just what the story needs. Honestly, I could not find anything about this book I didn’t enjoy.

Overall, this was a wonderful paranormal shifter novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the action and romance included. I do plan to go and find more books by this author and hopefully get to read more about some of the minor characters and events mentioned in this book. I would recommend this book to others. Amazing job!



Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5

Overall: 5/5




REVIEW - Lost Love - Kelly Elliott



TITLE - Lost Love 

AUTHOR - Kelly Elliott







BLURB:



Moving back home to my parents’ cattle ranch in Texas was the last thing I thought I’d be doing.

But, here I stand … in front of my high school girlfriend. A beautiful, confident woman has replaced the young girl I once knew and loved. Hell. I’m still in love with her.

Yep. Paxton Monroe was my first love and the one girl in town who now hated my guts. So much so, Paxton swore her revenge on me if it took her until the day she died. The last words she spoke to me were a vow to cut my dick off and shove it down my throat.

The fight between my heart, my head, and last, but certainly not least, my dick starts tonight. Because all I can think about is how I want to be buried so deep inside Paxton she won’t remember how I broke her heart, or how I left her when she needed me the most.

But who will win? My heart is too broken to listen to my head. And my dick, yeah it’s not listening to anything or anyone. Not until it gets what it wants and what it wants is Paxton Monroe.

Lost Love is book one in the Cowboys and Angels Series.
 



REVIEW:


"Second chance, 5 stars"

I absolutely loved Lost Love. It was so easy to get sucked into and was the perfect example as to why I love Elliott. 

Paxton and Steed fell into love when they were young. They had big plans for the future only for them to be shattered by childhood stupidity. Neither fully recovered from each other.

Steed ran from home when his life crumbled. Well sometimes for life to get good you have to find your way back home. Which is exactly where Steed finds himself with his daughter.

Paxton has never fully recovered from Steed. When he waltzes into her classroom with a little girl who looks just like him she knows nothing is going to be the same. She thought she could protect her heart from him, but from his daughter Chloe all bets are off. 

I love how in Lost Love it wasn't just a story about Steed and Paxton's journey to a HEA. They made sure they included Chloe which I feel like a lot of books involving kids don't really do, at least not to this extent. 

The secondary characters in this story were awesome as well, I seriously cannot wait for the next book in the series. The only thing that drove me crazy is wondering where Steed's parents got his name when the rest of his family had "normal" names, and lets be honest that's nothing! Take a chance on Lost Love, this will be a great group to follow.


Star Ratings:
Plot- 5/5
Characters- 5/5
Heat- 5/5 
Writing Style- 5/5
Overall- 5/5







REVIEW - End Game - Lisa Swallow




TITLE - End Game


AUTHOR - Lisa Swallow







BLURB:


He’s my knight in shining armour, but not the romantic kind a girl dreams about. This one invaded my online world and threw everything into chaos.

My sorcerer can kick his ass in the game, but real life kicks mine. Gaining experience points online is easier than in reality, and when I play, I know where my quests lead. In the real world, the storylines confuse me, and I don’t know which direction I’m heading in.

In the game, I’m in control.

Or I was until he arrived.

This guy never shares anything about himself, and I only know him as 'Thorsday'. My Aussie gaming nemesis can't be a blond haired, blue-eyed god in reality.

Can he?

There’s something about this enigmatic man that intrigues me, and the more we play together, the bigger my desire to meet him. And I know he feels the same.

The problem is, if I allow my game world to merge with reality, I could die standing in the fire.

Romance meets LitRPG in this romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lisa Swallow. If you think geek heroes can't be hot... think again!


REVIEW:



At last! Something different has finally found it's way into the romance genre. 
I badly needed something new and exciting to come along, and this was perfect! If you are bored of reading the same stories, tropes and cliches then this is something refreshing and exciting for you!! 

So, before you read what type of book this is, and run away thinking it's not for you. Hold on! Yes, it's a gamer romance, and you may think you don't either like games, or understand game jargon, but don't worry, this isn't the sort of book that will confuse or bore you. It is a perfect blend of plot, romance, chemistry, incredible writing and it just so happens that the new element of gaming is mixed in with the story. 

Evie loves her escapism, she plays her games to switch off from her routine days of work and the constant people who she would like to blast a few times with magic, to get rid of. Especially gorgeous idiots that she ends up with after a drunken night, trying to go out and do normal stuff. She comes home and switches off by logging on to play with her friends, nothing unusual there. That is until someone new ends up playing with them one night, and it sparks a need to move from pixels to real life. 

This book has so much going for it. All the things that you love to see in your everyday romance stories, plus so many added extras. I went from sitting on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen next, to practically wetting myself at the hilarious moments that could only happen online. The chemistry is crazy once it moves from the screens to meeting up. And from there you have all the normal romance ups and downs, but with added extras. This is what makes this story so fun and intriguing. You don't just get romance, you get so much more!! Plus did I mention lead character Thor??? Uhh he is named like that because of who he looks like, and wow the visual you get on him is hot!

Plenty of action, drama, laugh-out-loud moments, excitement, nervous moments and of course swoon worthy romance, and heat!! You need to read this book, it will soon have you wanting to sign up to the first game you can find online!! 5 huge stars!









Thursday, 15 June 2017

Release blitz - Bad Penny - Staci Hart

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"Witty, sexy as all hell, and addictive like no other, Staci Hart BRINGS IT with Bad Penny."

-T.M. Frazier, USA Today Bestselling Author

  

Bad Penny, an all-new romantic comedy standalone from Staci Hart is now LIVE!

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Synopsis

Nothing good comes after the third date.
See, date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he gets weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.
Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.
So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked and can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.
Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever. 

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.



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