Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Her Best Laid Plans by Cara McKenna

Her Best Laid Plans
Cara McKenna
Harlequin
April 15, 2014
85 pages

Experience Ireland—the dramatic beauty, the warm hospitality...and the smoking-hot local guys!

Imagine nursing a pint in a cozy, authentic country pub, far from Cork City’s busy pulse. Getting here took you a plane, bus, taxi, and...erm, bicycle. But just as you’re resigning yourself to drinking beside gray-haired farmers, you see him—a man with the looks and charm to soothe any heartbroken girl.

He’s your bartender. Your really, really gorgeous bartender.

For American Jamie Webb—recently dumped and housesitting for two weeks—Connor Kelleher is like a six-course feast after a 23-year starvation diet. But it’s gotta be casual. She’s just begun re-routing her life after an extended, man-related detour. Still, a sexy romp (or twenty!) with Sexy McBartender? 

But what about when Jamie's best-laid plans for no future plans with any man begin to change?



Laura's Review: 

The description for Harlequin's "Cosmo Red-Hot Reads" is "fast-paced, passionate romances for today's fun, fearless females!" And Her Best Laid Plans is exactly that! There wasn't anything I didn't love about this book. And for a romance novel, it felt surprisingly real. Instead of the typical couple falling into bed and knowing exactly what they were doing and what pleased the other, there was a (at times awkward) learning curve here - just like there is in real life. Both characters seemed younger than their stated ages, but that was okay - I think it just endeared them to me more. I would have liked the conflict and tension to have been explored a little more, but I get that's not what these books are really about. Overall it was exactly what it was supposed to be: A quick, fun romance.

Her Best Laid Plans: 4/5 stars



Monday, April 14, 2014

Cover Love Giveaway!




My Hunger - Inside Out 3.2
An Inside Out Novella in Mark's POV
While Chris and Sara have traveled to Paris to avoid the chaos of press and police after the tragic night we’d shared, I have stayed to face the reality of what has happened. But there is no peace to be found in facing the truth, and no truth to be found in the confessions that have been made and retracted. I am a Master, all about control, and yet right now, facing great tragedy, I feel as if I have none. With my club and my relationships of the past in the spotlight, I find sanctuary in the one place I’ve promised I will never be again, but cannot seem to resist. Her arms.
***Mark and Crystal's story begins in the novella Master Undone



My Control - Inside Out 4.1
Mark's POV novella
I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. My hunger for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more. She's about to find out that the Master has returned.




Lisa's Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Just Can't Get Enough GIVEAWAY!




The generous folks over at Harlequin are giving away this great gift basket filled with three of their newest titles releasing this month AND a box of Godiva chocolates! Read about the books and then enter to win them using the rafflecopter at the end of this post. This giveaway is open to US and Canada residents! Good Luck!

April – Billionaires:

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Estranged from his adoptive father, Sage Lassiter earned his own billions. But when J.D. Lassiter leaves a fortune to his private nurse in his will and cheats his own daughter of her rightful inheritance…Sage is enraged, to say the least. He's sure nurse Colleen Falkner isn't the innocent she appears. And he's willing to go to any lengths to expose her…even seduction. 


But using sex—crazed, incredible sex—to find out what she knows could backfire. Because Colleen is not what Sage expected. And like it or not, she's about to demolish all the barriers he's carefully constructed around his heart.



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Oil magnate Sakis Pantelides always gets what he wants—after all, he's drop-dead gorgeous, powerful and wealthy beyond words. But the one thing he can't have is his stunning assistant, Brianna Moneypenny—because she's the only woman this cynical Greek can trust. 


But when an international crisis throws them together 24/7, intriguingly buttoned-up Brianna reveals a sensual hunger that rivals his own, and he realizes just what he's been denying himself for so long. But when his perfect PA's secret is discovered, will he pay the price for taking what he wants?



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Charged with the care of the newly orphaned heir to the Kardana throne, nanny Katrina Vicente finds herself faced with an even more formidable task—working alongside the boy's uncle, the devastatingly handsome Prince Julian, the prince regent. 


Desperate to keep the secrets of her past under lock and key, getting involved with a prince is the last thing Katrina needs, particularly with the world watching. But it's hard to ignore their instant chemistry—especially after one stolen kiss! Could her royal assignment be about to transform into the most magical of fairy tales?





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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: Tied With Me by Kristen Proby


Tied With Me
With Me In Seattle, #6
Kristen Proby
Ampersand Publishing
264 pages

A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…

Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.

…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

Matt Montgomery is one of Seattle’s finest. He works hard, loves and protects his family fiercely, and is loyal almost to a fault.

And he has a penchant for bondage.

Matt enjoys the way a woman looks wrapped up in his ropes, and makes no apologies for his preferences. When he meets Nic at a fetish festival, the small, beautiful woman catches his eye, drawing him to her. His one night with her was everything he’s ever looked for in a partner, but is cut short because of a family emergency. Even before he sees her again weeks later, he knows he’ll never get her out of his system.

And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his.

“Give in to this, Nic. Let me prove to you that I will be one of the best decisions you ever make.” –Matt Montgomery



Laura's Review: 

In her With Me in Seattle series, Kristen Proby has built a family of heroes and heroines that remind me of many of the Nora Roberts' families - filled with beautiful, strong, likable people - only way sexier. And of the books in this series I've read, Tied With Me is by far the hottest. Honestly, I'm not sure how my nook didn't overheat just from me reading it! From the very beginning, it lured me in with the sexiness, and then hooked me with characters that I instantly loved. Matt and Nic are one of my favorite couples I've read recently. And kudos to Ms. Proby for taking a risk and having Nic deal with some medical concerns that aren't always the most romantic subject. I haven't read all the previous With Me in Seattle books, but after reading a couple before and now Tied With Me and absolutely LOVING it, I'm definitely going to go back and fill in the missing pieces.

Tied With Me: 5/5 stars

Thanks to Author Emily Snow for gifting me this book as part of a great giveaway! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review: Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting


Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)
Helena Hunting
March 4, 2014
Gallery
400 pages
An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?


Laura's Review:

This book should be called "Clipped Book" instead of "Clipped Wings." I would have liked it a whole lot more if I weren't left with the feeling that it wasn't a complete story. I received a copy from NetGalley and nowhere there was an indication that it was not a stand-alone. And even knowing it is a series, I'm a little tired of this new sort-of trend where people take a full complete story arc and chop it into pieces and then call it a "series" - that's not a series, those are "serials." After reading 400 pages, I feel like I'm owed some kind of resolution.

With that said, up until the end, I did enjoy this book. It follows a changing POV, which I normally feel is a distraction, but I thought was very well used here. I loved Hayden - he's one of those heroes with a bad-boy exterior, but truly is a warm, caring person. His relationship with Tenley felt real and not as rushed as a lot of the NA genre seems to be. The pseudo-family of the tattoo shop is a perfect blend of personalities. There was a bit too much drama - much of which felt forced - and I felt that lowered the credibility of the book a bit. It felt more like it was set in a high school age group than with twenty-somethings. And Tenley was great, but seriously needed to grow a pair. I didn't understand where all the self-doubt came from, and I just wanted to shake her and tell her to stand up for herself! I hope she gets a chance in the next book, but I don't think I'll be investing another 400 pages of time to find out.

Clipped Wings: 2.5/5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Dash of Peril by Lori Foster (Love Undercover #4)

Dash of Peril
(Love Undercover #4)
Lori Foster
March 25, 2014
Harlequin
384 pages
Blurb:
A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster... 

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.

Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.


Laura's Review: 
I have been a fan of Lori Foster's work for so long, I'm always drawn to any new work of hers. I had a few disappointments lately though, and while this one and the previous one (Rowdy's story) are definitely a step up, they just aren't quite up to par with her earlier stories that I fell in love with. Here we have Dash, who is just about as perfect a hero as you can get, and Margo who typifies the strong female lead. I liked them both, just didn't feel the chemistry between them was there. Maybe that's because we miss their initial interactions (which were in earlier books) and then immediately go to them having sex and practically living together. I liked getting to see some of the old favorites and Cannon again, and am still looking forward to his story which I'm assuming is coming.

Dash of Peril: 2.5/5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cover Reveal: I Belong to You by Lisa Renee Jones




I Belong to You - Inside Out Series - Book 5
Master...

Being that person, that man, is how I define myself, how I allow the
rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss
shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to
punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is
what I need. It is all I need. Or maybe I just need...her.


Will be available at all retailers soon. 

Now optioned to STARZ for cable TV — read about it HERE



INSIDE OUT EXCERPTS:

IF I WERE YOU
His fingers knot in my hair and I gasp at the unexpected bite of his grip, holding me steady. “Is that all you got?” I demand, shocked at how much I want more. How much I want whatever is beneath his surface.
I’m not scared. I’m aroused. I’m ready.
His eyes probe mine, his expression hard, intense. “I thought you were a good little school teacher.”
“You’re corrupting me,” I declare, “and I seem to like it.” I barely issue the challenge before he’s pulling my mouth to his, and he is kissing me with unrestrained, burning passion. I taste the part of him I want to know, the part he’s afraid of, and I burn to know more. Maybe he’s right. Maybe I am playing with fire, but I cannot stop myself. Beyond reason, I will push him until he reveals everything.


BEING ME 
My gaze lifts, and I watch him watching me, the grit of his teeth, the tightness of his jaw, the lust and fury in his hot stare. It’s arousing to have this powerful, sexy man respond to me, want me, need me. And he does. I have never been as sure of this as I am now.

REVEALING US
I twist around to find Chris standing in the doorway, his hair a damp mess, droplets of water clinging to the black Harley jacket he wears with the same ease he does his power. The en- tire room seems to suck in a breath at the same moment, waiting for what will come next. Waiting for him.
His attention fixes on me, and it’s as if no one else were in the room. He sees me. He’s dismissed them.
“I told you I was close, baby,” he drawls, seemingly unaffected by the situation. He saunters into the room, and while he’s all casual coolness and sexy swagger, there is a lethal, primal quality just beneath his surface. I might be trying to take control myself, and I want to, but it’s a beautiful thing watching Chris be Chris.




ABOUT LISA RENEE JONES
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.