Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Claiming (The Submissive Series) by Tara Sue Me - Release Day and Review



Submitting is just the beginning...

Sasha Blake never thought her emotional wounds would heal—that they were a part of her just like her physical scars. But that was before Cole Johnson’s boundless love and overwhelmingly sexy control set her free, unleashing a confident side that she never knew she had. He’s more than just her Master; he’s her world. And she’ll do anything he asks...

Cole’s days of restless wandering are done—he’s found everything he needs in Sasha. Now, it’s time to make it official. When his childhood home in England goes up for sale, he realizes the old estate is the perfect place to claim Sasha as his own, and the ideal opportunity to show her just how much she means to him.

As Sasha, Cole, and their closest friends from their Partners in Play community descend on the British countryside for a titillating adult vacation, the submissives and Dominants alike will test their boundaries—and have an adventure none of them will ever forget...

Includes a sneak peek of the next Submissive novel, The Exposure!


Review
(by Cindy)

The Claiming by Tara Sue Me is the follow-up novella to The Master, the conclusion of Cole and Sasha’s story.

Sasha is the best friend and business partner of Julie, a fellow member of the Partners in Play group. In fact, Sasha is the one who encouraged Julie to explore her submissive side with Daniel, a senior Dominant in the group. 

After a horrifying D/s experience with Peter put Sasha in the hospital, the submissive walked away from the Partners in Play group, afraid to continue participating in the lifestyle any longer.

After nearly a year away, however, Sasha begins feeling the pull of her submissive tendencies, and considers returning to the group. With the encouragement and support of Julie, Dena, Abby and Kelly, her friends in the group, Cole Johnson – Master Johnson – is selected by the senior Dominants to oversee Sasha’s retraining.  Cole isn’t looking for a new sub. In fact, he’s still reeling from a devastating break-up with Kate, his submissive of many years.

Sasha’s retraining is just that: re-training. No emotion. Just training. In fact, Cole stresses, there will be no sex.  It isn’t crucial to her training anyway. This is merely Sasha’s opportunity to identify her limits and prepare her to re-join the group, and perhaps even eventually find a new Master to serve.  The Master is the story of Sasha’s retraining. It’s also of Cole’s story. We see him both as the Badass Brit all the subs are talking about, and the tender and protective Master that only Sasha knows.

The Claiming brings the couple to the UK where Master Johnson has brought Sasha for a surprise – several surprises, actually. Their friends Nathanial and Abby, and Daniel and Julie join them as Cole prepares to ask Sasha what will likely become the most important question Sasha has ever had to answer.

I have been faithfully following this series from the beginning, and it’s now eight books strong, with the ninth book, The Exposure due to release later this year. The story of each of the Partners in Play couples has captivated and entertained me. As suggested in the titles, the series explores the world of BDSM, but in both a realistic and compelling way. The author gives her readers a candid look into the lifestyle, while also developing personal and emotional aspects of their relationships that leave me wishing these characters were real.

I am such a fan of this author. Her descriptive writing is flawless, and I love the characters she has created in this series. I find myself hoping that will introduce new Partners so the stories don’t stop.


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Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.

After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well. 

Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Playbook by Kelly Elliott - Excerpt and Review

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My life revolved around two things. Football and my cock. And not necessarily in that order. Being the head football coach for a top university in Texas had its ups and its downs. The ups? Endless women to f*ck. The downs? The politics that came with the job. From the moment Aubrey Cain walked into my office, she turned my world upside down. Being forced to have her follow me around for a month was going to be a pain in the ass. Especially since I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her. The best I’d hoped to come out of this was a few nights with her in my bed. I never imagined she’d be the game changer.

Brett Owens was my assignment. Head football coach for a top college, bad boy reputation, short temper, and handsome good looks should have scared me off. But I was tougher than that. From the first words out of his obnoxious, dirty-talking mouth, I knew it was going to be a long month. It wasn’t five minutes after meeting him, he hit on me. If only I had known his blue eyes would haunt my dreams and awaken a desire inside of me I never knew existed. This was business. There was no way I would be tempted by him no matter how good looking he was or how many things he whispered in my ear. He was only supposed to be my assignment. Not the man who threatened to destroy both my heart and my career. I would follow along with his playbook for now. But who would end up winning was anyone’s guess. 

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Reaching into my brief case, I took out my notebook that I had already filled with research on Brett and the university college program.
 I flipped through the endless pages of notes until I found a blank page.
 “So, I’m assuming since it’s spring training, I’ll be granted full access to the stadium.” Peeking up at Brett, I added, “That includes the locker rooms.”
 His jaw muscles flexed and I couldn’t help but smile. “I’d like to really observe you, Mr. Owens, for the first week or two here at work. Really get an understanding of your work habits and ethics with the team and, of course, your habits away from the team as well.”
 His lips parted to say something, but Mr. Stevenson coughed and Brett shut his mouth.
 “This piece is going to be about getting to know Brett Owens. Three-time national championship winner. Youngest head football coach in college football, and rumored ladies’ man.”
 “What?” Brett gasped, nearly chocking on his own spit.
 I shrugged and flipped through my notes where I found a reference to picture in People magazine.
 “Yes, here it is. A picture of you with two women on your arms exiting a bar in downtown Austin. I believe it was on New Year’s Eve.” I held it up for him to see.
 His eyes narrowed and I swear they turned black. “What in the hell do you have written down in that book?”
 I pointed to my notebook, while keeping my focus fixed on him. “This notebook?”
 When his hand combed through his hair, I felt a tug in my lower stomach that I quickly pushed aside.
 “Yes, that notebook, Aubrey! I don’t see another notebook on the fucking table.”
 My head drew back with raised eyebrows. I quickly flipped back to the empty page and wrote a note.
 Curses like a damn sailor.
 “Wh-what are you writing?”
 I couldn’t help but feel giddy knowing I was getting to him. “Just taking some notes, that’s all.”
 Brett leaned closer to me as I covered the note with my hand. “What did you say? I saw sailor written down!”
 I flashed him an evil smile which only irritated him more, causing him to curse more under his breath.
 Mr. Stevenson sighed heavily next to me. “Oh, for the love of God. The two of you are going to have to learn to play nice. Your boss, Ms. Cain, and the president of the university, want this thing to happen. Now I hope you will shine a more positive light on Mr. Owens and not focus on his… on his um—”
 Brett and I both looked at him, anxiously waiting for him to finish his sentence.
  “On my what?” Brett questioned.
 With a roll of his eyes, Mr. Stevenson answered, “On the colorful lifestyle you lead outside of work.”
 “That was gently put,” I mumbled.
 “Ms. Cain,” Mr. Stevenson started.
 “Please, call me Aubrey.”
 He nodded. “Aubrey, you will have full access so getting in places will not be an issue. I advise you to stick close to Brett until you learn your way around.”
 “Thank you, Mr. Stevenson.”
 “Pat will be fine.”
 “Pat, it is.”
 “Now, I believe, Brett, you have a staff meeting at noon.”
 I swear it looked like Brett was sitting over there pouting. It probably killed him he had no safe-zone to hide in. I was going to be stuck to him like glue. Oh, this made me all kinds of happy right now.
 “Yeah. It’s at noon.”
 Pat stood. “Good, show Aubrey around and to the office she’ll be using.”
 My heart skipped a beat in my chest. “Thank you, Pat. That means a lot to me to have a place to work while I’m here. That’s very thoughtful of you.”
 He looked at Brett and then me. “Don’t thank me, thank Brett. It was his idea.”
 My head snapped to the side as I looked at him. That was totally unexpected, and I couldn’t hide the fact that it made my chest tighten some.

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Review
(By Cindy)

As with most readers, I’m sure, there is a list of authors that I am devoted to. It’s a long enough list that with new releases coming out regularly, they keep me fairly busy. Once in a while, though, the synopsis for a book comes along from an author I haven’t read before, and it piques my interest.  The Playbook is one of those, and it’s the first book I’ve read from author Kelly Elliott.

The thing struggled with most about this book has nothing to do with the actual story. The innumerable sentences beginning with ing words became a distraction for me early in the book. While I know that is an accepted writing style, it happened so often that, as a reader, I became preoccupied to the point that it became difficult for me to concentrate on the story.

Both of the main characters had me conflicted in my feelings for them. Brett, at times, came off as lacking respect for women, and that condition never quiet resolved itself, in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, there’s not a thing wrong with a dirty-talking lover, but it seemed like when Brett used them, it sounded crass and vulgar, rather than sexy and seductive. In a way, it felt like his strategy to keep women at arm’s length, more times than not using those words as weapon more than foreplay, making it difficult for me to warm up to him as “sexy.”

On the other hand, Brett’s devotion to his family and his roots was heartwarming. It was clear that he put his family first, not just now, but even more so in the past as he made his career choices.  With the evolution of the story, Brett’s commitment to his parents developed more and more, so that by the time the story was reaching its conclusion, he had transformed his image.

Aubrey’s character was also equal parts frustrating and likable. Fighting to earn her place in a man’s world – on the NFL sidelines – Aubrey is dedicated and committed to her career ambitions. Her resilience with both her boss and Brett’s attempts to see her fail was inspiring. On the other hand, I found Aubrey’s yes-I-want-him, no-I-don’t inner dialogue a bit tedious at times. Ultimately, however, I was pleased that she stayed true to what she saw for herself, rather than conceding based on what others wanted.

The Playbook book lived up to the anticipation promised by the synopsis. It was an enjoyable read with good plot and character development, and a narrative that continued to move the story along. The ending was a little abrupt, but by the time the story nearing its conclusion, it was fairly predictable where it was going, so it was really okay.

Four stars.

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kellyauthorKelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few. Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012. Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings. To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci


Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man - the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome. Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food. Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.



Review
(by Cindy)


Roman Crazy is the first book by author Nina Bocci (with Alice Clayton).

I knew I wanted to read this book because I had the opportunity to travel to Rome last year, and I was excited to “revisit” it through the eyes of these authors and their characters.

After witnessing her husband’s infidelity with his secretary, literally before her eyes, Avery is done. Done with her marriage, and done with the woman she’s been pretending to be for the past nine years. Time away is exactly what Avery needs to find herself and reclaim the dreams and passions she so tightly locked away when she became the wife to Daniel, a man who was obviously more invested in his own needs than hers. When Avery’s college roommate Daisy invites her to stay with her in Rome, a summer in Italia sounds like just what she needs to press the reset button on her life. But the architecture, statues and frescos aren’t the only thing in Europe that attract Avery’s attention.

Avery met Marcello Bianchi nine years ago while studying abroad in Barcelona. Some would call what they had a wild affair. For Avery, Marcello was the love of her life, and walking away from him was and still is her biggest regret. So, on her first night in Rome, when Daisy introduces Avery to her co-worker, Marcello, all the memories and guilt come rushing back in.

I loved the story of Avery and Marcello. I found the storyline to be somewhat predictable; however, that didn’t bother me in the least. The characters are mature. The relationship is mature. Even the difficult and courageous conversations were what I expect (and appreciate) from grown adults. As a reader I was engrossed by the authors’ extensive attention to detail. I could see the streets, smell the food, and hear the sounds of Rome. The pictures they painted with their words that had me right back there walking those Roman roads all over again.
Roman Crazy is more than a love story. It’s even more than a second chance story. It’s an experience.

Five beautifully-written stars!

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Well Hung by Lauren Blakely - Release and Review

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✮✮✮WELL HUNG is now available! ✮✮✮

A hot and hilarious standalone romantic comedy, WELL HUNG is about an easy going, and well hung gentleman who’s been burned by love in the past but finds himself falling fast and hard for the one person he cannot have. It takes everything you love about a Lauren Blakely novel –witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments –and puts them into one fantastic book! Told in the guy's POV, WELL HUNG is the sexy, irreverent tale of what happens when a carpenter who's good with all his tools accidentally marries his gorgeous and fiery assistant one night in Vegas. The trouble is...what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas in this twist on an office romance.

 

"Well Hung should come with the label 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' because there isn't one single sentence I didn't absolutely love of this story! This book has laugh-out-loud humor as well as a romance that's both heartwarmingly sweet and deliciously dirty."

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Here's what you need to know about me -- I'm well-off, well-hung and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh--and I don't mean at the size of his d*ck. No, they want their funny with a side of huge... not to mention loyal. I've got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools.

Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits...

Hey, I'm a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work. Until one night in Vegas...

Yeah, you've heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I'm banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don't ask). And before I can make her say "Oh God right there YES!" one more time, we're both saying yes--the big yes--at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit.

But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. And now, my dick doesn't stay in my pants when she's around. I try to resist. Honest. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again, and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too. The question now is...do I take this woman to be my ex-wife?

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Review
(By Cindy)

Well Hung is the third male POV Rom-Com by author Lauren Blakely. First she gave us Spencer in Big Rock, then Spencer’s friend, Nick, in Mr. O. With Nick’s twin, Wyatt in Well Hung, Lauren Blakely has hit the trifecta.  I just don’t know how many times I can say “this was my favorite so far” before it sounds like I’m on repeat.

Six months ago Wyatt Hammer’s construction business was struggling. He may be great with his hands (and his tools), but managing schedules and contracts is not Wyatt’s skill set. The best decision he ever made was to hire Natalie as his office manager. With her remarkable organizational skills, business at WH Carpentry & Construction is booming.

Not only is Natalie good with the books, she’ll also enthusiastically pick up a tool when a job needs an extra set of hands to finish on time. Of course the fact that she’s easy on the eyes, and has a fun, friendly and sassy personality doesn’t hurt either.  The attraction is evident, but Wyatt has one rule: never mix business with your personal life. He’s made that mistake more than once, and this time, Wyatt is determined not to mess up a good thing.

When asked to bid on a kitchen remodel for a client’s Las Vegas property, Wyatt and Natalie find themselves in Sin City with all the temptations that implies. One night of drinking, roller-coastering, and several stolen kisses and climaxes, have Wyatt and Natalie waking up with a tell-tale piece of jewelry on their respective left hands.

Being inside the head of Wyatt Hammer was perpetually entertaining. He’s a good guy with a quick wit. There were times when I actually felt sorry for him. I knew he was in love with Natalie before he did, so there were times when he frustrated me to no end. It was clear (at least to me) that the nuptials were not as big a mistake as Wyatt tried to make them out to be. Natalie, bless her heart, would do anything to make Wyatt happy, including going along with his insistence that the marriage be annulled.

The back and forth, push and pull between Natalie and Wyatt got a little frustrating at times. Not because it wasn’t entertaining, but because it was so obvious neither of them wanted what they thought the other did.  Their yes-we-should, no-we-shouldn’t exchanges had me shouting reassurance at my e-reader (for all the good it did.)

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Let’s back up.

            How did we get from not kissing to kissing? What was that turning point? Did she lean into me? Did I move closer to her? Details matter. I’ll gladly share them.

            Start with six months of sexual tension. Add in two mojitos for her, two beers for me, and a couple vodka tonics. Stir that with some bad news on the business front, and top it with the cherry of Natalie’s hit-me-over-the-head-with-a-stick comment that left no question as to what she wanted…and here I am.

            We don’t lean into each other. There’s no inch-by-slow-sensual-inch pull. It’s not a slow burn.

            It’s a fiery crash. We’re two cars speeding on the highway of this night, and we slam into each other, crawl across the hoods, and kiss like crazy.

            Nothing is tentative about this. We go from not kissing to kissing in less than sixty nanoseconds. Yeah, I don’t really know what a nanosecond is, either. But it happens in no time.

            And now my hand is in her hair, yanking her close as we crush our lips together. We kiss hard and rough, fueled by pent-up desire and more than enough vodka and rum to make this inevitable.

            Her teeth scrape me, and I growl, loving her roughness. I suck hard on her bottom lip, and I’m rewarded by nearly the same sound from her. She’s like a tiger, and together we’re animals.

            I grip her head tighter, and her hands are all over me—in my hair, then down my chest, then along my arms. We kiss so deeply, it’s like we’re trying to climb each other.

            At some point, she breaks off, breathes out hard, then whispers in my ear, “I’ve wanted to do that for so long.”

            “Not as long as I have. Now get those lips back on mine,” I tell her, and she complies.

            My hands cup her cheeks, but I’m not gentle, and she doesn’t want me that way. She’s not a gentle girl. She’s badass and tough, and she wants what I want. I hold her face tightly in my hands, and she practically crawls into my lap in a rush to get closer, then closer still as she presses her tits against my chest.

            I’m seated on a stool at the bar, and we are putting on some kind of show. But I don’t care.
            My tongue searches and hunts, wanting to taste every corner of her mouth, savoring the vodka and the tonic and, most of all, the Natalie. She whimpers and moans, and I swallow every sexy sound she makes.

            This stool is ours. This bar is ours. The night belongs to this kiss, because it’s not a starter kiss. It contains all the clues necessary to assemble the puzzle of where this night will end.

            With unwavering certainty, I know what kind of kiss this is.

            As I explore her mouth, and she claims mine with equal urgency, I know that I will be fucking Natalie tonight.  

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    author-pic-lauren-blakelyAbout Lauren Blakely: Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter, laurenblakely.com/newsletter!  

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Entrapment by Aleatha Romig - Release Day Post and Review

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"The snare is setleaving, friendships, lives, and futures dangling in the balance"

ENTRAPMENT continues the epic new romantic suspense series INFIDELITY, featuring Lennox "Nox" Demetri, Alexandria "Charli" Collins, the Montagues, and the Demetris.
The thrills, heat, and suspense continue to add up...
One chance meeting
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One sexy, possessive alpha and one spunky, determined heroine
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One week of uncontainable, unbridled passion
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One impulsive decision
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Two declarations of love
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"Infidelity - it isn't what you think"

Don't miss this latest novel in the Infidelity series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. The classic twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions will have readers on the edge of their seats, discovering answers that continue to pose questions. Be ready to swoon one minute and scream the next.
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ENTRAPMENT is the fourth of five full-length novels in the INFIDELITY series: Betrayal, Cunning, Deception, Entrapment, and Fidelity.
*This series does not advocate nor does it condone cheating.

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Review
(By Cindy)

Entrapment is the fourth book in the Infidelity (not about cheating) series by author Aleatha Romig.

Just when Charli and Nox thought their life in New York was falling into place, a telephone call alerting Charli to her mother’s illness sends her running off to Savannah, despite Nox’s pleas that she wait for him.  Delores and Clayton watch in powerless disbelief as Charli climbs into the backseat of her step-father’s limousine and is whisked away toward Montague Manor, or as Charli calls it, the house of horrors.

Charli (Alexandria) is trapped at Montague Manor. Nox is frantic. Adelaide is now a patient at Magnolia Woods, a mental health facility, trapped in her own mind as she fights detoxification from an overuse of prescription drugs. It’s a nightmare choreographed by Alton, Alex’s step-father, who insists that if Alexandria has any hope of saving her mother, she must fulfill her rightful duties as a Montague, including fulfilling her grandfather’s dying wish to marry Bryce.

If my heart was in my throat at the end of Deception, then consider me completely paralyzed now, at the end of Entrapment. As far as I’m concerned, Aleatha Romig is the undisputed queen of head games. Her characters play them against each other, and she, by extension, plays them against her readers. I feel paralyzed to say too much at the risk of giving something away. Besides, I wouldn’t want to deprive anyone of the same gasps and heart pounding shocks I endured.

Entrapment had me on the edge of my seat from the very first chapter. At one point, about 60% in, I remarked that the book was adding to my exercise routine, because there was so much anxiety, I had to repeatedly put the book down and walk away to breath.

As expected, the story of Nox and Charli continues to twist and turn occasionally in ways I sort of suspected, and at other times in ways that surprised, and sometimes horrified me. The Fitzgeralds, the Carmichaels and the Spencers are, collectively and individually, manipulative sociopaths. Their ability to maintain a pretense to the outside world, while privately eviscerating one another behind closed doors makes them, literally, some of the most terrifying characters I’ve ever read, right until the chilling end, which, if you haven’t guessed, will leave the reader hanging until Fidelity, the final installment of the series.

Five heart-pounding stars.

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BETRAYAL 1One week. No future. No past. No more. Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree—no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as "Charli," she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.   "Some of my tastes are unique. They aren’t for everyone. I understand that.”   Lennox "Nox" Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive—he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one:   One week. No more.   When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.   "Is it really cheating if you're doing it to yourself?"   From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants, and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic dark romance will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha'd?   BETRAYAL is a full-length novel and the first of five in the INFIDELITY series.  
      CUNNING 1"He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do".   One year. No future. A past that won't go away. Lennox "Nox" Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn't mean Satan himself isn't watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed? "New rules...my rules." Alex "Charli" Collins found pleasure with Nox like she'd never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide? Is it really cheating if you're doing it to yourself? From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, the depth of this new, epic dark romance reaches new levels and will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha'd? CUNNING is a full-length novel, 360 pages, and the second of five books in the INFIDELITY series. Infidelity - it isn't what you think.  
    BK3 Deception E-Book Cover (2)DECEPTION, book THREE of FIVE in Aleatha Romig's INFIDELITY series. "Infidelity - it isn't what you think" It all began in Del Mar, a chance meeting with a single rule--one week only. Or did it?   Lennox ‘Nox’ Demetri and Alexandria ‘Charli’ Collins had every intention of following it but rules are made to be broken. In CUNNING they are reunited with Nox setting down new rules for the game and Charli having no choice but to follow them. Now, once again, the game has changed. Nox and Charli’s hot sensual encounter has grown into something more but it is threatened with secrets and regrets. Is it their love and intense sexual chemistry that’s pushing them together or something darker, a puppetmaster behind the scenes pulling the strings on their love affair? Shadowy villains lurk around each corner and everyone is suspect as Nox’s and Charli's pasts collide with the present and threaten to compel them back to their predestined fates. Can deals brokered in the past be negated by something as pure as love and as steamy as the attraction shared by Nox and Charli? Or was it all a deception—starting with that very first meeting? From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists and turns, the depth of this epic romantic suspense continues to reach new levels as past and present intertwine. The Infidelity series will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha'd?   DECEPTION is a full-length novel, over 300 pages, and the third of five books in the INFIDELITY series - It isn't what you think! (This series is not about nor does it advocate or condone cheating)  

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aleatharomig1Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams! Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These standalone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat. In the fall of 2015, Aleatha will move head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates. NEWSLETTER | WEBSITE | FACEBOOK| AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE | GOODREADS | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | PINTEREST
 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bush for Me by Kristen Proby - Cover Reveal

Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion. In her Fusion Series from William Morrow, she seduces readers’ senses with the sexy, contemporary romance in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together. Today, we are thrilled to bring you the gorgeous cover for BLUSH FOR ME, the third book in the Fusion Series! BLUSH FOR ME brings readers the next story in this amazing cast of characters. Releasing March 21, 2017, BLUSH FOR ME is the third standalone novel in Kristen’s Fusion Series. Grab your copy of the first two books in the series, LISTEN TO ME and CLOSE TO YOU, and preorder BLUSH FOR ME today!

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About BLUSH FOR ME:

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby continues to delight the senses with the latest novel in her delectable Fusion series.

As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland's hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn't afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she's forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven—including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her.


Ryan "Mac" MacKenzie hasn't been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn't think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he's got a handle on what life can throw at him and he's not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can't forget. Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love…?

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    Author Pic - Kristen ProbyAbout Kristen Proby: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.    

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Sweet Dreams by Nina Lane - Cover Reveal

The first book in Nina Lane's Sugar Rush series is releasing September 20th and we are SO excited to share the sexy and incredible cover with you today! Make sure to take a look at the cover of SWEET DREAMS below and preorder your copy today!

 
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ABOUT SWEET DREAMS

He may own a candy company, but this wealthy bachelor is no Willy Wonka.
Sugar Rush Candy Company CEO Luke Stone is a devoted businessman who doesn't do relationships. He does short-term affairs with clearly defined rules. But when a sexy bohemian angel propositions him in a bar, Luke is tempted to want more.

Polly Lockhart is horrified when she wakes the morning after her twenty-third birthday to realize she made a fool of herself with a sinfully delicious man. She tells herself she doesn't have time for romance anyway, as she's fighting to keep her mother's beloved bakery afloat and finish her culinary studies. That all changes when her class tours the famed Sugar Rush headquarters, and Polly collides with her dream man again. As she succumbs to their hot attraction, Polly soon realizes her bakery isn't the only thing that needs saving. Luke, driven and unyielding, will burn out unless someone convinces him to taste the sweetness of life. But can Polly remember this sugar rush is only temporary?

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About the Author

Nina Lane

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey - Release Day Blitz


Sometimes you just can't resist playing with fire…

By day, Aaron Clarkson suits up, shakes hands, and acts the perfect gentleman. But at night, behind bedroom doors, the tie comes off and the real Aaron comes out to play. Mixing business with pleasure got him fired, so Aaron knows that if he wants to work for the country's most powerful senator, he'll have to keep his eye on the prize. That's easier said than done when he meets the senator's daughter, who's wild, gorgeous, and 100 percent trouble.

Grace Pendleton is the black sheep of her conservative family. Yet while Aaron's presence reminds her of a past she'd rather forget, something in his eyes keeps drawing her in. Maybe it's the way his voice turns her molten. Or maybe it's because deep down inside, the ultra-smooth, polished Aaron Clarkson might be more than even Grace can handle…



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Review
(By Cindy)

Too Wild to Tame is the second book in the Romancing the Clarksons series by Tessa Bailey, and it’s Aaron’s story.

Aaron and his siblings are on a family trek. Their plan is to be in New York City on New Year’s Day to join the Polar Bear Club. In a way, it’s their mother Miriam’s dying wish. Down by one sibling (because Rita, the oldest sister, stayed in New Mexico after unfortunate car trouble ended up sparking a romance with one of the town locals), the remaining Clarksons are making their way East.

Aaron has been fired from his job as a campaign advisor following an ill-advised decision to sleep with his boss’s wife. For him, this trip is strictly business, plain and simple. His only reason for agreeing to come along is to get to Iowa where he plans to woo Senator Pendleton into hiring him to run his Presidential campaign.

Enter Grace, the Senator’s daughter, who for reasons Aaron is determined to uncover, is kept carefully and quietly hidden from the press. To say Grace is quirky is an understatement. She has more layers and idiosyncrasies than anyone Aaron has ever met, but for reasons he can’t quite explain, he’s intrigued.  To be honest, Aaron is a little suspicious about Grace’s mental state. She may be just a little off true north, but her inexplicable charm and their undeniable mutual physical attraction is threatening to undo the progress Aaron has been making in winning over Senator Pendleton’s trust.

Hands down, Aaron and Grace are two of the most complex (not to mention unlikely paired) characters I’ve ever read from Tessa Bailey. Grace is harboring deep and painful secrets. Aaron has his share of painful memories too. The journey they take in finding healing and love is racked with twists, turns and surprises, some of which were, quite frankly, shocking and tragic. Even the intimate scenes at times flirted with stepping into some very peculiar territory.

Yes, there’s an HEA, because Tessa Bailey fans count on it, but oh, the work it takes to get there!

Four stars!

Excerpt
The security guard at the rear entrance came into view, his familiar hawk eyes zeroing in on Grace. Then Aaron. Exasperation moved over the guard’s features before he hid it by adjusting his earpiece. Activity swarmed on the front side of the building, the media, the shouted questions, the general scrape and hum of movement audible, even where they walked along the backside of the school.
Knowing once they were inside, she wouldn’t see Aaron again, Grace smiled up at him, noticing he didn’t look quite as confident as he had a moment before. “It was nice meeting you,” she whispered. “Thanks for not ratting me out.” 
“I…” He smoothed a hand down the front of his ruby-colored tie. “I won’t see you…around again?” 
Grace’s hands itched with the urge to burrow into her hair, latch on to the braids she’d completed this morning while waiting for Aaron to show. “Probably not. Why would you?”
Why was he frowning at her? She couldn’t ask him why, since they were within earshot of the guard and the walk had ended way too soon. With a final memorization of his furrowed brow, she transferred her focus. “Hey, Marcus.”
“Grace.” Marcus dipped his chin at Aaron. “Who’s this?”
Her neck grew stiff. “This is my handler for today. He’s new.”
Marcus split a look between her and Aaron, before consulting his clipboard. “No one ran a change in staff by me.”
Grace could feel Aaron’s sharp scrutiny and ignored it, attempting to breeze past Marcus with a casual smile. “I understand. I’ll just go grab my dad, so he can clear it up—”
“No. That’s okay.” As predicted, a harried Marcus blocked her path. “Your father is busy. Just…” He gave Aaron another once-over, lowering his voice to a conspiratorial whisper between men, as if Grace couldn’t hear every word. “You know the approved areas? Be sure to keep her within them.”
“Yes.” She was impressed when Aaron gave a brisk nod. “Will do.”
Aaron took her elbow and moved them into the back hallway, past the kitchen, where the local Boy Scouts were rushing to mix pancakes and pour them on the oversized, industrial griddle. Once they turned a corner and Marcus was no longer in view, Grace reluctantly tugged her elbow out of Aaron’s grip, rubbing the spot to keep the warmth alive awhile longer. “This is where we part ways.”
Aaron’s way too handsome face was the picture of bafflement. “Who are you, hippie?”
The low, intense vibration of his voice made her shiver. “Why do you need a handler?”
She reached back and curled her fingers around the metal staircase handle. The one she knew was there—and where it led—thanks to last night’s expedition. Her intent was to slip away without answering, but after ignoring so many compulsions that morning already, she couldn’t deny the final one.
With a thready apology, Grace shot forward and up, locking her mouth with Aaron’s, memorizing the way his stiffness melted in one big deluge. The way he gave a rough exhale through his nose. That gruff sound that drummed from his throat, a split second before his lips opened, tongue teasing in to taste hers. Just some. The most perfect, slick greeting. The two of them hung there, mouths open, lips wet and fitted together, breath racing, kitchen clamoring behind them.
Two ends of a silk rope pulled taut beneath her belly button, a tempting lick of his tongue clenching muscles she’d never acquainted herself with, nor could she point them out on a diagram. Whoa Nelly. And with her heart slamming against her ribs like a wrecking ball, Grace cut out that snippet of time—so shimmering and unmarred—tucked it into her pocket, and stole down the staircase, wondering how long the memory of Aaron’s kiss would stay with her. Praying the answer was forever.


Romancing the Clarksons Series
Too Hot To Handle, #1
Too Wild To Tame, #2


About the Author

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.


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