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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

5* #Review #Giveaway Prime Target by @MarquitaVal @Wordsmithpublic


We're celebrating the release of PRIME TARGET by Marquita Valentine!


Title: Prime Target (Target #1)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: Decemeber 29, 2015
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mgNJHm

Book Description:
Meet Roman Smith: Shopkeeper by Day. Assassin by Night.

The undercover Russian contract killer has never turned down an assignment that rids the world of scum... until his latest job targets an innocent man. Refusing is not an option, because of Everly Andrews, the sexy southern belle who saved him from dying. She's completely unaware of his double life, but has been marked as next on the kill list should he fail. Only, what The Bratva doesn't know—there’s nothing Roman won’t do to keep Everly safe. Drugged and deposited in a hotel in Prague, Roman must be on guard at all times in order to protect Everly, but the countdown has begun, and it won't stop until his next target, or Everly, is terminated. Can Roman protect Everly until he can eliminate the threat to her life?

**Formerly The Request Series. Prime Target includes all three books from The Request Series.


Review - 5 Stars

Another fantastic read by Marquita Valentine! Prime Target is a step away from the other books I’ve read by this author. It’s full of suspense, action, and even a little darkness. However, it still has the sweet love and hot chemistry I’ve come to love in all of Marquita’s books.
Roman is stuck, cuffed to his past and the long reach of his Russian mob family. He was raised to be an assassin and he’s always done his job with perfection, never failing. While awaiting his assignments, he lives under the cover of aliases and stays in the background of life. Unfortunately, this time, he encounters a game changer in the form of a sweet woman named Everly. She is a distraction, a danger to him and herself if they become close, and everything good that Roman believes he can never have. But, he can’t help himself and eventually a colleague encourages him to take her out on a date. Passion, love, life, they all explode.
Everly is forever crushing on Roman. She’s done everything she can to give him hints of her feelings for him. Despite his Jekyl & Hyde attitude, often seeming to reciprocate her feelings and other times, having her feelings bruised. Then her dreams appear to be coming true, Roman has asked her out. Then life takes a crazy turn and the story begins to pick up speed. Her world becomes a whirlwind of passion, secrets, and love.
Both of the main characters in this book were so much fun to get to know. The author does a great job of giving the reader something to connect to, but at the same time, she doesn’t; remove the mystery that every person should have a little of. It’s rare to keep me on my toes with a suspense novel, I am usually able to predict most of it. There were a few times I guess right, but generally, I was often surprised.
I loved this book and I can’t wait for Marquita’s next great read!





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About the author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has sold over a quarter of a million books around the world. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).

When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

#Excerpt Reveal Slave to Love by @JulieARichman @RSofRomance


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Mixing business and pleasure is never a good idea.  Or is it?
Find out in Slave to Love by
Julie A Richman 

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Releases January 14th!
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Blurb

There are risks to mixing business with pleasure...

IF A MAN HAS AN AFFAIR AT WORK, HE'S A STUD.

He was a royal prick.
The night we met, he ignored me.
Then Mr. Big Shot CEO grabbed my ass in a business meeting.
My boss just loaned me out to this guy.
Now, we’re working on a major project together.
And our chemistry is dangerous.
Combustible.
If I allow it to ignite, I’ll risk losing that promotion.
Worse, what if I lose myself in him?


IF A WOMAN HAS AN AFFAIR AT WORK, SHE'S A SLUT.

From the moment I saw her I knew she was trouble.
It was the combination of her fresh face, smart mouth and nipples that seemed to know my name.
This woman could satisfy my needs both in the boardroom and the bedroom.
But there was more to it than that.
I wanted her.
Really wanted her.
And I was in the position to change the course of her life.
But I’ve got secrets, secrets that could destroy her.
And either make her mine or drive her away forever.

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Excerpt

Slave to Love
© 2015 Julie A. Richman


Parking the Lotus, I quickly head to her side to help her out. She gives me a look and I laugh, “I’m only trying to be a gentleman.” I feign innocence.
“Mmm-hmm.” Even her mmm-hmm is dripping sarcasm.
Not commando. White lace. Oh God, she’s destroying me. I want to rip them off and lower her onto my lap. Impale her and discover what kissing does to her with my cock inside her.
Damn it. Will I be able to keep the promises I want to make?
Our waiter comes by and I order two Manhattans, smiling at Sierra.
“Craving cherries?” Her eyebrows are raised.
Oh man, she really is going to kill me tonight.
“Only if they are yours.”
“You want mine?” she asks and I can see she feels it. She feels our energy.
“More than you can imagine.”
“I would hate to deny you.”
“Good girl. Then don’t.”
The waiter places the Martini glasses in front of us and I lift mine, “Good to see you again.” And I hope she can see how sincere I am.
“Good to see you.” She takes a sip and her nose scrunches up. “This tastes different.”
“They make theirs with rye whiskey instead of bourbon.”
Another two sips and the cherry is no longer submerged. Sierra reaches into the glass and plucks it out. About ready to pop it into her mouth, she catches my eye and smiles. She’s just messing with me. Reaching out, I grasp her slender wrist and slowly pull it to me. Taking the tips of her thumb and forefinger into my mouth, I suck the cherry out from between her fingers and show it to her on my tongue before slowly chewing it, a smile firmly planted on my face.
I’m still holding her wrist and with my free hand, I signal to the waiter for two more.
“We need to talk, Hale.”
I can see she is struggling. We are in such dangerous territory and we escalate there quickly and too easily. She is clearly unnerved and I’m not sure if it’s by her own behavior, mine or what happens when we’re together. Her eyes search mine as if she is hoping to find some truth. I loosen my hold on her wrist and pick up my drink.
“Let me start by first saying something I have yet to say to you. I’m sorry, Sierra. I’m sorry I disrespected you.”

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About the Author:

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USA Today Bestseller Julie A. Richman is the author of the highly acclaimed NEEDING MOORE SERIES trilogy (SEARCHING FOR MOORE, MOORE TO LOSE & MOORE THAN FOREVER), BAD SON RISING & HENRY'S END. Saddled with the affliction of serious wanderlust, Julie can often be found behind a camera lens in locales from Paris to Alaska. 

#NewRelease First Touch by @LaurelinPaige

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REEVE IS HERE! 

Meet Reeve & Emily in First Touch by Laurelin Paige! 
This highly anticipated release is NOW LIVE! 

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Blurb

When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven't spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what's more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.
Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she's drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she's forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?

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About the Author:

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Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She's a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there's kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn't seem to complain, however. When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, she's probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

#NewRelease #Giveaway Till Death Us Do Part by @cristina_slough @TastyBookTours


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TILL DEATH US DO PART
Cristina Slough
Releasing Dec 29th, 2015
Limitless Publishing


The fateful day Mimi Marcus has dreaded begins with a phone call...

The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That’s exactly what they tell her when they deliver the news—Joel was taken by the enemy in Afghanistan. Her husband is dead.

In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties—The Marcus Ranch in Texas, inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin.

New beginnings are only an illusion...

The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel’s past surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets—even to his brother’s widow. It’s only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel’s tainted past. Devastated by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold layers of pain and grief.

Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens…

Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive.

In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.

No matter what.

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Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of Till Death Us Do Part, her debut novel.

Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.

At the age of 11, her junior school teacher told her mother that she would be wasting her life if she didn’t become an author. Throughout her teenage years and beyond, her parents spurred her on to keep writing. She later began a career in commercial real estate, working in London’s West End, a corporate bubble where she was unable to fuel her passion to write.

It was on her Californian honeymoon in 2012 that the bug to write was becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. After visiting Yosemite National Park she was inspired by the natural beauty of the land that surrounded her. Holding a special place in her heart, Yosemite would later be written into her debut novel.

She finally gave up the ‘big smoke’ when her son, Lucas, was born in October 2013.

When Lucas was a newborn, Cristina was told to sleep when the baby sleeps. She never could. There was a calling inside her to write. After getting to grips with her new role as a mother, she began working a psychological thriller, but she couldn’t fully connect to the characters she created. She ditched the manuscript and started Till Death Us Do Part (Limitless Publishing, 2015).

Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, crazy white German Shepherd and three spoiled cats. They can be found trekking through woodlands, or around the many shops Cristina loves to explore. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favorite.


#NewRelease #Giveaway Prime Target by @marquitaval @Wordsmithpublic


We're celebrating the release of PRIME TARGET by Marquita Valentine!


Title: Prime Target (Target #1)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: Decemeber 29, 2015

Book Description:
Meet Roman Smith: Shopkeeper by Day. Assassin by Night.

The undercover Russian contract killer has never turned down an assignment that rids the world of scum... until his latest job targets an innocent man. Refusing is not an option, because of Everly Andrews, the sexy southern belle who saved him from dying. She's completely unaware of his double life, but has been marked as next on the kill list should he fail. Only, what The Bratva doesn't know—there’s nothing Roman won’t do to keep Everly safe. Drugged and deposited in a hotel in Prague, Roman must be on guard at all times in order to protect Everly, but the countdown has begun, and it won't stop until his next target, or Everly, is terminated. Can Roman protect Everly until he can eliminate the threat to her life?

**Formerly The Request Series. Prime Target includes all three books from The Request Series.

Excerpt:
Everly is the only one in this city I talk to on a regular basis, even if she’s the one doing most of the talking while I answer as vaguely as possible without sounding like an arse. In any case, it’s nearly four and I’m bound to start pacing if she doesn’t show up soon. Habitual people like Everly are a comfort to me, and yet that comfort is their greatest weakness.A weak spot in their armor, if you will.







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About the author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.

Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has sold over a quarter of a million books around the world. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).

When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

#Review #Giveaway A Moment of Silence by @karenstivali @InkSlingerPR



Moment of Silence Synopsis:
 Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world's best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He's got friends who treat him like family, and he's proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he's still falling for the wrong men.

When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn't seem to know it. If he does, he's not telling anyone. And he's about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.

Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he's falling for the right guy. But Quinn's got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silentretreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.

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Review 5 Stars

Sexy, Low Angst, emotional.

Moment Of Silence is a tale about love and hard choices.  Jason was raised in a loving family so when he falls for a guy he doesn't think twice about letting hos family know. He is completely shocked and broken hearted when he is disowned.  Despite his circumstances he still manages to graduate at the top of his class and build a new life for himself.

Unfortunately Jason has a knack for falling for unobtainable men.  This time it's Quinn a sexy co-worker who can swear in as a priest any day. Jason is not sure of Quinn is straight or not, and with his pending priesthood it seems that Jason has fallen for the one guy that he last the least chance with. Or has he?...

Slowly Jason and Quinn starts to spend more time together. A dinner here... A family gathering there... Everyone around them can see the sparks flying, however Jason doesn't believe it. 

Jealousy is what finally pushes both Jason and Quinn to face their attraction for one another. They are amazingly in love. 

Will Quinn give up becoming a priest? Or is his relationship with Jason temporary?

I couldn't help but fall for Jason. He is a true romantic and has a sensitivity that draws you in.  The novel is written in his POV. I really felt his emotions and wanted him to have his HEA.

Karen Stivali did an excellent job telling the characters stories. I will definitely be exploring some of her other work.

*4 Moment of Silence Starts*
**ARC provided to Books Need TLC in exchange for an honest Review**


Karen Stivali Bio:
Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She's also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love...like real life, only hotter.





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5* #Review #Giveaway Dukes Prefer Blondes by Loretta Chase @2nerdyhistgirls @TastyBookTours


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DUKES PREFER BLONDES
The Dressmakers #4
Loretta Chase
Releasing December 29th,2015
Avon Books


Lady Clara, the fan-favorite character from Loretta Chase’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Dressmakers series, finally gets her own happily ever after!

Convenient marriages are rarely so…exciting. Can society’s most adored heiress and London’s most difficult bachelor fall victim to their own unruly desires?

Biweekly marriage proposals from men who can’t see beyond her (admittedly breathtaking) looks are starting to get on Lady Clara Fairfax’s nerves. Desperate to be something more than ornamental, she escapes to her favorite charity. When a child goes missing, she turns to Oliver Radford—a handsome, brilliant, excessively conceited barrister.

Having unexpectedly found himself in line to inherit a dukedom, Radford needs a bride who can navigate the Society he’s never been part of. If he can find one without having to set foot in a ballroom, so much the better. Clara—blonde, blue-eyed, and he must admit, not entirely bereft of brains—will do. As long as he can woo her, wed her—and not, like every other sapskull in London, lose his head over her…

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5 stars!!

I have to say the Dukes Prefer Blondes was a whole lot more than I expected!! From the title and the cover I was not expecting the well written historical romance that we got from Loretta Chase. This story has a little bit of everything you want in a good romance with just the right amount of it all.

Lady Clara has been showered with marriage proposals from men that she has no interest in. She knows that these proposals are coming for her wealth and stature, and not for true love. Lady Clara knows what she is looking for in a man and none of these are it. When she is finally done with these proposals, she loses herself in a favorite past time that makes her feel good about herself and what she does, helping young ladies learn how to make dresses.  When one if the girls comes up missing, Lady Clara takes it upon herself to find her. Lady Clara knows that she will not be taken seriously because she is a woman and women don't get much respect in these days.

When Lady Clara meets back up with one of her old friends, she knows that he is just the right person for the job of helping her find this missing girl and bringing justice to those that took her. When we have the first encounter of Oliver and Lady Clara, you get to see how there was something there from the very beginning. Sparks fly between these two each time they meet. No denying that. I have to admit too that I loved the banter and dialogue that went on between Oliver and Lady Clara.  They kept me wanting to read more and to see how things would turn out for them. Lady Clara was quick to speak her mind and she didn't really care what others thought.

This was such a great read and I cannot wait for the next books by Loretta Chase. She truly knows how to write historical romance and her reference to the time period is unmatched.

*Review by Melanie H

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Loretta Chase has worked in academe, retail, and the visual arts, as well as on the streets-as a meter maid-and in video, as a scriptwriter. She might have developed an excitingly checkered career had her spouse not nagged her into writing fiction. Her bestselling historical romances, set in the Regency and Romantic eras of the early 19th century, have won a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita. For more about her past, her books, and what she does and doesn’t do on social media, please visit her website www.LorettaChase.com.




#NewRelease #Review #DrakeDay Mastered by @maya_banks


Mastered (The Enforcers, #1)Mastered by Maya Banks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OMG! Just don’t hate me when you reach the end of the book…
This is my favorite book by Maya Banks so far. It was steamier, for sure, but also, the plot was really well developed. Drake’s “brothers” were as cute and funny as they were scary and smoking hot. Maya has only said that she has plans for Silas and Justice to get their own books so far…let’s hope it doesn’t stop there!!
Drake is a complex character. There were a few contradictions that bothered me. I love a possessive, controlling, Alpha, and Drake fit the bill beautifully. However, there is one scene in the book that blew it all to hell. The way that Maya explains it may make sense to others as to how it applies to his personality. However, for me, it really took away from his OTT personality and their romance. This is just my opinion though, and I think others may find it incredibly hot.
The best thing about Drake is his complete commitment to Evangeline from the moment he decides to make her his. He doesn’t comprehend his feelings completely yet, but he has no problem making it clear that she is his first priority. Even for just a little scrape on the knee, he wants to be there to hold her hand and keep her in the comfort of his arms. The juxtaposition of that attitude with his controlling side and his need for absolute obedience, with a need to punish if defied, makes for an interesting puzzle. And yet, it fits him. Maya does an excellent job sewing the two together.
Evangeline is a doormat. There really isn’t a way to spin that. However, she is completely honest and overwhelmingly compassionate, full of love for others. Drake brings out a different side of her. He builds up her confidence and self-esteem but he also brings out a little bit of her feistier side. Unfortunately, her feisty side seems to equal disobedience…but, is the punishment really that bad…? My heart broke for her as her relationships with other important people crumbled. But the reactions of Drake’s men and their overtures of friendship to her are adorable and fun.
This first book begins to delve into the BDSM realm and I get the feeling it will probably go deeper in the next book. I don’t usually care for that genre, but the way she handled it didn’t put me off and I found some of it rather sexy (although the amount of anal was a little much for me).
At the end of the book I had to fight really hard not to throw my kindle at the wall. Waiting until the next book comes out is going to be agonizing. But, wait I shall, because I must finish this series!




MASTERED, book 1 of The Enforcers series, is finally on sale. Can't wait to hear what you think about Drake Donovan and his world! #DrakeDay

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