Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Release Blitz & Review - Heartless - Willow Winters






Title: Heartless
Series: Merciless Saga #2
Author: Willow Winters
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 17, 2018



Blurb

At first, his words were harsh and his touch cold.
I knew he was a dangerous man and he could destroy me if
only he wanted to.

That’s not what he wanted though. 
It’s so easy to get lost in the touch of a man who’s
powerful and unattainable. 
A man who wants for nothing … except me.
Soft touches and stolen glances made my blood heat and my
heart beat in a way I never knew it could.

Yes, it’s easy to fall into a haze of lust and desire.
But there’s a reason his reputation is one of a heartless
man.
And I should have known better.










OUR REVIEW:



Heartless is the 2nd book of the Merciless series, after reading the first book I was left hanging on what was to come. Aria and Carters story picks up where it left off, Aria notices a change in Carter he starts to open himself up revealing more about his past and why he has her for himself. Holding onto the hope that Carter won’t kill her family she bides her time but what she doesn’t expect is for her feelings to start to morph into ones of love. 

Carter is still dominant and very possessive, he starts to show a softer side something he knows is giving Aria an advantage making him appear weaker than he is, he wants the war and wants her too. Aria has changed, she is stronger and is starting to finding her voice when it counts, even showing true strength standing up for Family. 

Carter and Aria have so much chemistry even if it started off being demanded, they have a magnetic pull that brings both of them to their knees. Their passion for each other through this book was clear as day.

Willow continued to show that she is a strong author and her words pull you deeper and deeper into the story. She captivated me with their story and I couldn’t put the book down, reading Heartless in 1 sitting. 

Heartless is a good book, if you haven’t read Merciless then I suggest you do because you need to know the first part of this story. Willow has left us hanging on a cliff yet again leaving me not so patiently waiting for book 3.  


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




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Author Bio


Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!



Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.



In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

Release Blitz & Review - Seeking Sanctuary - Annie Anderson





SEEKING SANCTUARY by Annie Anderson
Shelter Me - Book 1
Release Date: JULY 17, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense





SYNOPSIS:


One broken girl. Two brothers. One small town with a big secret.

Planning to escape her controlling boyfriend, Isla’s getaway hits a snag when a pair of pink lines show up on a pregnancy test.

Levi just needs an accountant. Someone smart, dependable, and someone who won't blow town and leave him in the lurch. When a pretty but battered woman falls into his arms, he can't help but offer her the job. If only he can convince her to take it.

As an unexpected death rocks this small Colorado town, Isla can't help but wonder if her past somehow followed her to the one place she's felt like home.

Some sanctuaries aren't as safe as they appear...





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EXCERPT:




“You hungry, Sugar?” Levi’s voice broke into my thoughts and stilled my fingers on the keyboard. They had been working on autopilot as my brain ran over last night’s kiss. Every detail, every single sensation, everything – all on a loop, playing over and over again. 



There were a million reasons to talk myself out of a relationship – or whatever this was – with Levi. Possibly a billion if I were being honest. But I was having a hard time making myself give him the ‘that was a mistake’ talk. I didn’t want to have that conversation at all, but the reason part of my brain really wanted to be heard. The emotional – and probably horny – part of my brain was beating reason back with a stick.

But still, the bitch had some good points.

Those points were vast, far-reaching, and possibly devastating for all parties involved. I should totally not go any farther into whatever the hell this was with Levi, but every time I thought I could muster up the courage to talk to him, he’d call me ‘Sugar’ or he’d smile at me, and I’d watch his lips pull in that half grin of his. That same half-grin that made my belly dip, and then the belly dip would take me back to how good his lips felt on mine. How I’d never, ever felt like that before, and then I’d be back where I started. 

Not knowing what the fuck to do.

“Always,” I answered, saving my work and logging out as I yanked my jean jacket from the chair. 

We headed to the diner, Levi’s shoulder brushing mine with every step. I didn’t quite know if he was holding himself back from me, or maybe he was taking baby steps, but I liked that even if he was wary of holding my hand, he still touched me somehow. Levi was decidedly in my space, just like in the kitchen. He stole the air and space in my little bubble, but somehow he gave it back to me too.

I felt greedy for it – the warmth of him being so close to me. But my greed made me feel guilty because it didn’t matter that I was starved for him – he didn’t know who I was. 

Or what I’d done to get free.






OUR REVIEW:

Seeking Sanctuary is the first book in the Shelter Me series, Annie takes you on a journey that is a hard subject that readers may not want to pursue. 

“Warning – I warn all my readers that I write for adult. I warn them that I have a trash mouth, write about sex and love, violence and death. I write about life in all its raw glory. You have been sufficiently warned. Here be Monsters – Annie Anderson”

Isla was strong and she knew that she needed to survive if not for herself for the child she carried regardless of the father’s abusive ways. Trusting wasn’t something that came easily, she found the exit and never wanted to look back. Levi worked hard and when he runs into Isla he has the wind literally knocked out of him, he is determined to protect her and keep her close. 

Isla and Levi are full of confidence and their natural progression of their relationship reflect trust which leads to their sizzling chemistry. The way they care for each other could give anyone hope for a healthy and happy relationship with someone they love. 

This was my first Annie Anderson novel and I was not sure if the domestic abuse plot would be something that I was happy to read, Annie brought a broken young girl out of shadows and turned her into a survivor. She pulled me in and I didn’t want to put the book down reading the book cover to cover in one sitting. 

I personally really enjoyed this book, I felt that it could give anyone in a horrible situation the confidence they need to better their life. This book wasn’t just a surviving and getting a HEA it showed all the bumps in the road and brings to light the good that can come of escaping. I am looking forward to the next book in the series Reaching Refuge.

Star Ratings;
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
About the Author:





Annie Anderson is a military wife and United States Air Force veteran. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she is a southern girl at heart, but has lived all over the US and abroad. As soon as the military stops moving her family around, she’ll settle on a state, but for now she enjoys being a nomad with her husband, two daughters, an old man of a dog, and a young pup that makes life… interesting.




In her past lives, Annie has been a lifeguard, retail manager, dental lab technician, accountant, and now she writes fast-paced romantic thrillers with some serious heat.





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Blog Tour - A Lot Like Perfect - Kat Cantrell

From USA Today Bestseller Kat Cantrell comes a sweet small-town romance series with a touch of magic. Check out the Blog Tour and get your copy of A LOT LIKE PERFECT now!



Title: A LOT LIKE PERFECT
Author: Kat Cantrell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: July 16


Synopsis

What kind of man falls for the woman meant for his buddy?

Navy SEAL Isaiah West has trouble calling himself “former” military, but after an involuntary discharge, redefining himself is the only option. The small town of Superstition Springs seems as good a place as any to regroup while he figures out where he’s supposed to go next—and deal with how that last operation in Syria messed up his place on the team.

Aria Nixon has long accepted her role as the “plain” sister and really, she has no use for a man who only sees her looks anyway. So when her Aunt Serenity’s love prediction mentions the word “makeover,” it’s game on to prove she can get noticed without one. Who better to help her get the inside track on how a man thinks than…a man? Isaiah specifically, who has his own prediction to sidestep.

But in a mystical place like Superstition Springs, nothing ever goes as expected. It turns out Isaiah and Aria have a lot in common, and what’s with the attraction between them? Not supposed to happen. She can’t fall for Isaiah. He’s too perfect, too much what she wasn’t looking for and too likely to break her heart when he leaves. And Isaiah isn’t about to admit he’s got feelings for the woman he’s supposed to be helping attract an entirely different guy—his teammate. They should stay friends. Right?

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Excerpt:



“This is a freebie, strictly to win the bet,” Isaiah said. “Your sisters are going down. We cannot lose. I’ll be like Donkey, Shrek’s trusted sidekick. Right by your side to help complete the quest with no thought to my own personal safety as we traverse a hostile countryside in search of the dragon’s castle.”
The look Aria gave him brought him up short and he trailed off. Okay. Not on board with the Shrek metaphor. Maybe she’d never even seen the movie and plus, it was a cartoon. Probably he should have picked something more manly, like Lord of the Rings, another personal favorite. A quest was a quest.
“Before you get too far into this,” Aria said just as he opened his mouth to backtrack. “You should know there will be no makeovers like in the second movie. What you see is what you get. There will be no magic potions turning me into the non-ogre form of Fiona.”
Isaiah had to grin. “She never drank a potion. It was Shrek who got a makeover from the potion. Besides, I would never do that, mostly because I’m not into winning that way. But also because you don’t need any magic potions. You’re going to win because you’re you, and Tristan will be thrilled to have the Aria that you are right now.”
Color climbed through her face again in the most interesting barometer of her feelings and he liked having that tell. His compliment had pleased her. He wanted to do it again.
“I’ve seen all four of the Shrek movies at least ten times,” she said and he had the distinct impression she’d veered away from the subject of Marchande on purpose. “So I know the fairy godmother changed Fiona back into her human form. I’m just trying to go along with your point and also make it clear that there will be no new hairdo or anything.”
“Really? Ten times?”
He’d probably seen them all twenty times. But there was a lot of downtime when you were a SEAL waiting for deployment. The other guys preferred to read or watch depressing shows like Game of Thrones, but he’d had enough violence in his day job that he didn’t like it in his entertainment. Lord of the Rings notwithstanding since the violence was mostly toward the bad guys.
She shrugged. “The Shrek movies are great. The real question is why you picked that as the theme for our…association. Whatever you want to call it.”
What, like an almost thirty-year-old man couldn’t like cartoons? He bristled. “There’s nothing wrong with Shrek. It’s a quest movie. A twist on regular fairy tales.”
Defensive much? He hadn’t even touched on how it had this element of hope that had always resonated with him. If things could work out for an ogre, the same might be true of an orphan who’d never known a solid home for more than a few months at a time. He hadn’t seen the movies as a kid. It was only as an adult that he’d found the DVD in a pile of others at the base one day and the strange title plus the odd looking green monster on the cover had intrigued him enough to see what it was about.
“Oh, I know. That’s one of the things I like about it. I just meant that you’re more like Shrek, going on a quest to find the princess on behalf of the king. You said you were going to be like Donkey. I was just thinking that if you intend to be the annoying talking sidekick, maybe I should reevaluate this whole thing.”
His shoulders relaxed as he laughed. “Point taken. I’ll be more like Shrek, the delivery boy.”
“You’ve seen those movies more than once.” Her smile widened as she punched him companionably in the arm. “Don’t try to deny it.”

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About Kat Cantrell



USA Today Bestselling Author Kat Cantrell read her first Harlequin novel in third grade and has been scribbling in notebooks since she learned to spell. What else would she write but romance? When she’s not writing about characters on the journey to happily ever after, she can be found at a taekwondo tournament, watching Big Bang Theory or dancing with her kids to Duran Duran and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Kat, her husband and their two boys live in North Texas. She was a former Harlequin So You Think You Can Write winner and a former RWA® Golden Heart® finalist for best unpublished series contemporary manuscript.






Release Blitz & Review - Giovanni - Natasha Knight






Title: Giovanni
Author: Natasha Knight
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance

Release Date: July 17, 2018



Blurb

I’m the right-hand man of the mafia king.
She’s a girl with a past she’s desperate to hide.

But I need something from her.
And I know she won’t help me. Not willingly.
She’ll need some persuading.

Lucky for her, I can do that.


Something about this girl makes me curious, though, and it’s more than
the scars that line her back. She’s on the edge of something.  Something bad. She’s like a perfect,
beautiful doll coming apart at the seams. And the last string is about to snap.

She thinks I’ll hurt her. Break her.

But thing is, she’s already broken. And she and I, we’re two peas in a
pod. She’s my match, the perfect opponent. She’ll fight me to the finish, but
I’ll win. I always do.


Because I’m a man used to getting what I want. And what I want is
her. 


Author’s
Note: Giovanni is a STANDALONE dark mafia romance set in the Benedetti
Brothers Mafia World. It’s an emotionally gripping enemies-to-lovers romance
with a hard-earned HEA.





Our Review:


Holy. Freaking. Hot. Those three words describe how I felt when I finished Giovanni by Natasha Knight. This book is a mafia novel and discusses some difficult topics. Some might be considered triggers so beware if you are planning to read this book. With that being said, it was a great novel. It has action, mystery, secrets, and hot, dirty sex. What more could you ask for.

The plot of this book is interesting. Giovanni is looking for something. He will not stop until he finds it. Emilia has secrets she hides. Secrets that are threatening to reveal themselves and put her in danger. When Giovanni walks into her life, is he going to be her savior or her damnation? Only time will tell.

Emilia is a strong character. I liked her from the moment I met her. She has balls of steel, even when faced with a man like Giovanni. Giovanni is strong, silent, and lethal. He doesn’t show fear. He knows what to do in life and he won’t let anyone stop him from taking what he wants. I loved this dark alpha.

The heat in this book man. Wow. Get me some water because I am burning up. Giovanni is such a demanding man that it is just HAWT! Then you have Emilia. With her rebellious streak, you just know there are going to be some delicious punishments in her future. This aspect was perfect.

The writing style of the book was good. At times I found it hard to keep up and I didn’t really care for the ending, but other than that, I loved it. The book was easy to read. The pace was good. I loved all the action. I also loved that the author didn’t hold back. She gave us dark and twisty in the most perfect way.

Overall, this was a good mafia novel. I loved reading mafia novels because they are often dark and toe the line between right and wrong. This author did an amazing job with it. She did not pull any punches when writing this book. This book is a stand-alone, but interconnects with a mafia world she has already created. I would recommend this book to others.

Star Ratings:
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Heat: 5/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Overall: 4/5








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Author Bio



USA Today
bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark,
tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are almost always guaranteed, but she
likes to put her characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like
that.


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Monday, 16 July 2018

Blog Tour & Review - Happy Hour - Piper Rayne

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Happy Hour, an all-new hilarious enemies to lovers romance from USA Today bestselling duo Piper Rayne is available NOW!

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The perfect man for her is the one she hates most. #gofigure
Dating is hard.
Dating in your thirties is even harder.
Dating in Chicago is harder still.
I haven't given up on finding my happily-ever-after, but in the age of swiping right and Netflix and chill, I'm wondering if everything is as temporary as my marriage turned out to be.
Truth is, there is one guy I can't get my mind off of.
Roarke Baldwin has salt and pepper hair I've dreamed of running my hands through and I'm pretty sure that if I checked he really does have a six pack of abs underneath his suit. And I've always wondered what that stubble on his face would feel like between my thighs.
The problem? He's the one man I hate more than my ex-husband…
His divorce attorney.


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OUR REVIEWS:

Louise's Review:



Happy Hour is the 3rd book in the Charity Case series a second chance, enemies to lovers book. 

Hannah was done with men, being cheated on by her ex-husband and then taken to the cleaners by the most ruthless lawyer around she was not interested in getting back in the game. Making a deal with the devil is never an easy pill to swallow and Roarke Baldwin was the hardest one of all. 

Hannah was independent and voiced her opinions, she never backed down from a fight and stood up for what she believes in. She may come across as poised and ready made rich but underneath the shiny exterior she was cracked and just like everyone else. Roarke is a self-made arrogant man who believes in honesty and trust he sees what he wants and is ruthless at getting it. Hannah maybe the hardest case he has ever wanted to win. 

“Roarke Baldwin screams ‘strap me to a bed and show me how a real man does it’”

Roarke had Hannah in his sights and she only had hatred for him, when a deal throws them together they begin their relationship hot and heavy and don’t let up, their chemistry is on fire, leaving me wanting more.

Piper and Rayne have an amazing working relationship and I love their writing, I have been a fangirl for a while now, seamlessly they put this book together making you feel love for these characters throughout. 

I personally loved this book and give it 5 stars, the duo takes you on a journey that I didn’t want to end leaving me pencilling in their next series, Blue Collar Brothers. If you are looking for a great second chance romance novel that will keep you on your toes then this is the book/series for you. 


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


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Johnaka's Review:

“Unexpected love, 5 stars”



Hannah and Roarke are enemies. Well at least Hannah thinks so. See they have a troubled past that involves Roarke taking a lot from her in the court room. To say she’s a little bitter would be an understatement. Now she has to call a truce in her mission to avoid him at all cost. What will happen when she finds out there is more to him than she thought?

Roarke didn’t want to take Hannah to the cleaners, but as a lawyer its his job to do everything he can for his client. Even if he doesn’t think they are in the right. Now he’s trying to make up for that misstep of representing her ex and find himself in her good graces. When Hannah finds herself needing a venue for a charity he knows just the place, but for her to into it she needs to spend some time with him. Will Roarke get a chance with Hannah or are all his efforts for no reason?

I enjoyed these two! I loved the idea of Roarke being the silver fox (what Hannah’s friends call him) and I think he lived up to the name. He proved to Hannah that even if first impressions are less than favorable it doesn’t mean someone is bad. These two definitely beat the odds even though at times it was iffy if they would. Happy Hour will leave you happy if you take a chance, go one-click.



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




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Excerpt:
I press the numbers on my phone with shaky fingers, bringing the receiver up to my ear and release a deep breath.

He picks up after one ring. “I thought we were friends? Having your assistant call my assistant. Tsk. Tsk, Ms. Crowley.”

Aggravation fuses together every cell in my body until I become an impenetrable wall.

“First, we are not friends. Second, I would prefer to talk to you via our office phones.”

There’s a brief second of silence where he’s probably realizing I called him through my office line.

“Ahh… so now you have my number and I don’t have yours? That seems terribly unfair.”

“I didn’t realize you cared about fairness?” I lean back in my chair and cross my legs.

“You don’t know that much about me. It’s not like you know me intimately.” He lowers his voice on the last word and drags it out.

I roll my eyes, happy we’re not face-to-face so he can’t see the flush in my cheeks.

“You may have witnessed how I own the courtroom, but you know nothing about my private life. For instance, you don’t know if I like thrillers or comedies. Whether I prefer sorbet to ice cream or if I wear boxers or briefs.”

“I don’t need to know those things,” I say with frustration, shutting my eyes to rid the vision from my head of him in tight black boxer briefs—since that’s my preference.

“You want to know though.” A sexual innuendo pours out of his mouth and hits its mark between my thighs.

“There you go making assumptions about my wants.” I pick up my pen, shuffling through paperwork. Anything to distract me from this ache.

“I not only know what you want, I know what you need, Ms. Crowley.”

I smack my hand down on my desk. “Okay Rico Suave, let’s talk about this venue you have access to and keep the discussion of undergarments for another time.”

A beeping sound interrupts us.

“Hold all my calls please, Kristen.” Then nothing for a moment. “Sorry about that but you know how busy I am.”

“Yes, I’m sure destroying people’s lives takes a lot of time. So let’s stop the sexual innuendos and get down to business.”

“Let’s meet tonight. You frequent Torrio’s. I frequent Torrio’s. Let’s do something crazy and have a drink together.”

“I don’t need a drink at Torrio’s, Mr. Baldwin, I need a venue to house my gala. Now tell me your terms and I want the details of this venue you insist you can secure. I refuse to meet you until you supply me with that information.” I uncross my legs and tap my foot on the floor under me.

“So demanding. I like it.” I can hear him shuffling papers in the background. “I’ll have my assistant message your assistant with all the details of the venue. I’m sure it will be of your liking. Then we’ll meet tonight at Torrio’s. Seven sharp. Consider it our own personal happy hour.”

“I’m not committing to anything until I see the venue.”

“Then I’ll see you at seven.” The phone clicks and I stare at the receiver in my hand.

“Prick,” I murmur.

A knock sounds on my door.

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About Piper Rayne:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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