Thursday, July 24, 2014

Write On Review-a-Thon! #reviewathon

Write On Review-a-Thon

Hello everybody! I just found out about something AMAZING. It's called the Write On Review-a-thon! It's hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. You know you're probably in the same boat--behind on reviews--so you should sign up with me here and we can do a nice little review blitz this weekend together.

Here is a list of the books I need to get reviewed:


1. No Regrets by Claire Kent
2. Only With You by Lauren Layne
3. Seducing Mr. Right by Katee Robert
4. Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington
5. Melting The Ice by Jaci Burton
6. Tryst by Cambria Hebert
7. Late Call by Emma Hart
8. Final Call by Emma Hart
9. Breaking by Claire Kent
10. The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett

I'm going to aim for a minimum of 10, but I'm gonna add on 5 more just in case I have enough time.


11. Undeniable by Ashley Simone
12. Overexposed by Noelle Adams
13. Relentless by Anna Wells
14. A Woman Made For Sin by Michele Sinclair
15. If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

I'll copy/paste my lists from here to a new post and mark them off as I go. *crosses fingers* I hope I can get these done!

So, are you going to join me? You totally should! Because... it's the perfect motivational tool to get the reviews done... seriously. JOIN ME TODAY.

Jessica

Review: Just a Kiss by Ally Broadfield

Title: Just A Kiss
Author: Ally Broadfield
Published: April 28th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Historical Romance
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Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she'll be forced to marry her guardian's loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn't have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title. Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can't refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

My Thoughts:

Muahaha! I love the "Let's pretend to be courting so that people will think things" that ends up leading to some mixed emotions. I remember when I started the story, I was like, "Must see where this goes." And I liked where it went.

Charlotte and Sebastian think they're just helping each other out, but it becomes so much more. It's almost like there needs to be a disclaimer when people do this: Never kiss. Because the second you do, well, the floodgates open and you're gonna go all in. Just... always... always with the kiss. I mean, if it were me in Charlotte's position... yeah... the kissing would have done me in too.

Just a Kiss is an adorable little historical novella. It keeps your interest and you can't stop feeling swoony. The romance is sweet and the characters make you cheer for them. I would definitely be interested in seeing what else Ally Broadfield has to offer in the world of romance.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: In Bed With Mr. Wrong by Katee Robert

Title: In Bed With Mr. Wrong
Author: Katee Robert
Published: January 13th 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

The blind date from hell is about to get hotter…

Brianne Nave is never doing her friends a favor again. When they begged her to go on a blind date, she didn’t expect someone so perfectly gorgeous. She’s a mousy librarian—totally not in this man’s league. And judging by his odd reaction when she opens the door, he knows it, too.

Air Force Pararescuer Ryan Flannery avoids his hometown at all costs. He’s not thrilled about the date until he’s shocked silent by the prickly little librarian’s sweet curves and kissable lips…and her smart mouth. But then an argument leads to a kiss that spirals out of control. How can two people have so little chemistry outside the bedroom when they fit together so perfectly in it?

When their friends strand them in a cabin to "work things out," Bri’s not sure whether to kill him or put the industrial-sized box of condoms they find to use. Bottom line—Ryan’s career military and hates the tiny town she loves. He’ll leave, just like everyone else in her life. And if she’s foolish enough to give him her heart, he’ll take it with him.

My Thoughts:

Ever since I first laid eyes on this story, I can't help but think about it over and again. But could I expect any less from a Katee Robert novel? Nope. I have yet to pick one of hers up that I didn't enjoy.

I have a love for this trope--opposites who can't stop arguing that somehow can't keep their hands off each other. I think it's because of that thin line between love and hate. Ryan and Bri definitely had it, and when they kiss? *fans self* I mean, SERIOUSLY. It's almost like the anger fuels the passion and they just can't help themselves. And I just can't help finding the greatest amusement and joy during the moment when one turns into the other. Every. Single. Time.

When they have to really face the music, that's when things get real. They discover that they may not be as opposite as they thought... and that they may be able to actually get along. Of course, not everything's going to be perfect, but this is when they have to make a choice.

In Bed with Mr. Wrong was oh so right. I for absolute seriousness have picked up my Nook and read my favorite scenes in this book on several occasions. Most recently a couple days before writing this review. Why? Because there's just something about Ryan and Bri and the way that Katee Robert tells their story that makes you want to relive it. I'll always look forward to new Katee Robert books!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Claire Kent - No Regrets

No Regrets

Welcome to the No Regrets by Claire Kent release day blitz!

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About No Regrets:


A dark portrait of a young woman
On my last birthday, I made one vow for the year. Live with no regrets. Eleven months have passed, though, and nothing has changed. I still sleep alone, spend my life working, and never move out of my comfort zone.

Then the loss of my dog throws my whole life out of orbit, and I end up in bed with a very hot and slightly-too-young veterinarian, who has recently made a vow of his own. Live with no strings. Josh is more than happy to help me with the things I’ve been afraid to try. Semi-public sex. Spanking. Anal sex. He’s a willing partner for everything I’ve wondered about, as long as I don’t demand more.

He’s serious about his no-strings philosophy. As serious as I am about living with no regrets. I can’t help but fall for him, even though I know better. So my biggest regret might be a broken heart.

Release Date: July 22nd, 2014


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Excerpt:


I couldn’t stay on this park bench forever.

I hadn’t moved yet. I was still staring blindly at the dogs and people on the path when I noticed from the corner of my eye a man slowing down from a run and then jogging toward me.

Glancing over, I expected him to head past me toward the parking lot, but he seemed to be coming directly toward me.

When he got close, I realized it was Dr. Bennett.

He looked different than he had this morning. He wore a t-shirt and gym shorts, both wet with perspiration. His face and short brown hair were wet too. He’d obviously been running hard.

His eyes rested on me as he approached. Obviously, he’d recognized me. Before I’d recognized him.

“Hey,” he said, breathing heavily. “How are you doing?”

“Fine.”

It was a stupid question and a stupid answer, but that’s what people do. It was part of living in a civilized world. You made up nice-sounding lies and you said them to each other, instead of talking about how much the world sucked.

His face was flushed, and he was having trouble catching his breath. Bending at the waist, he rasped, “I better do a lap to cool down. I’ll be right back.”

“Okay.”

I had no idea why he’d bother coming back. We didn’t know each other. We had nothing to say to each other. And I wasn’t really in the mood for talking.

He’d killed my dog that morning, but I could hardly hold it against him.

He took a slow jog around the track and ended up back at the bench with a water bottle in his hand. His breathing was less ragged as he sat down beside me.

He didn’t say anything, and I felt a little strange. I didn’t know exactly what he expected from me. I certainly wasn’t going to cry on his shoulder, if that was what he was thinking.

So I just asked a casual question. “You’re done with your shift for the day?”

“Yeah. I got off at three.”

“Do you always come here to run afterwards?”

“Sometimes.” His vivid blue eyes rested on my face, searching or questioning or something. “It’s on the way home.”

“Have you lived in Lexington long?”

“I grew up here—in Versailles, actually. But I just moved back to the area.”

“Where were you before?”

“Vet school.”

“Oh.” I blinked, slightly surprised. I’d landed on his age as younger than me but still in his thirties, but he must be quite a bit younger if he was just out of vet school. “So you just got your degree?”

“Yeah.” As if he could see the surprise in my face, he added, “I started late. I didn’t go right after college.”

That made more sense. The conversation, as casual as it was, managed to distract me from thoughts of Polly, so I pursued it. “What were you doing before you went to vet school.”

He didn’t answer immediately, which prompted my curiosity. To take the edge off the silence, I said, “Bank robber? Computer hacker?”

He gave a low chuckle and smiled at me—not broadly, but it still transformed his face until he was almost unbearably attractive, even as sweaty as he was. “Nothing that exciting. I was in Chad.”

“Chad? In Africa?

“Yeah.”

“Wow.” My eyes widened in surprise. “What were you doing there?”

“International aid work. I started right after college and did it through most of my twenties. I was mostly in Chad and Sudan.”

“So what made you decide to be a vet instead?”

He gave a strange little shrug and looked away from me. “I couldn’t do it anymore. And animals…are different.”

I studied him, trying to read his expression, trying to interpret the paradoxically empty bitterness on his face. There was obviously more going on with him, but there was no reason to expect him to tell me.

There was no reason I needed to know.

“What do you do?” he asked, obviously trying to change the subject.

“Paralegal.”

“Who do you work for?”

We chatted for almost a half-hour, about my job, about how he was settling back into the area, about running—which I used to do, although not much recently.

Eventually, the perspiration had dried on his skin and his clothes, and we’d both faded into reflective silence.

I felt a little better—like I wasn’t on the verge of tears—but the thought of going home still filled my stomach with dread.

He’d been staring off in the distance, and he said without warning, “This morning was the first time I’ve had to do that.”

I glanced at him in surprise, realizing immediately what he was referring to. “Aren’t you supposed to be professional and distanced about the whole thing?”

“I guess. I thought I’d be able to keep the right perspective with animals, but it was harder than I thought. She seemed like a very sweet dog.”

I took a loud, ragged breath as emotion surged up. “She was.”

“I’m really sorry.”

“Thanks.” I took a few more breaths until I was in control again. “I really don’t want to go home.”

“Do you want to get a drink or something?”

I blinked. “Right now, you mean?”

“Yeah. Why not? I don’t want to go home either.”

I finally landed on an explanation for his mood. He seemed adrift, kind of lost, not emotional but torn in some way.

I wondered what he’d experienced in Chad. What it had done to him. Why he’d decided against working with people anymore.

Even yesterday, I would have said “no” to his invitation. For the last few months, I hadn’t done much of anything except go to work and take care of Polly. I hadn’t liked to leave her in the evenings.

It had been years since I’d had a drink with a guy I didn’t know, and this particular guy was too young for me anyway.

But it was just a drink. Nothing more. He wasn’t coming on to me. He was just being nice. And it would give me something to do with myself, other than go home to an apartment without Polly.

I felt a little better, talking to him. Like the world wasn’t about to pull me into some sort of black hole.

I remembered my vow, eleven months ago, on the day I’d turned thirty-eight.

I was supposed to be living with no regrets, and so far I hadn’t done a good job.

This would be something I wouldn’t have to regret.

“Okay,” I said. “Why not?”





About Claire Kent:


claire Kent

Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she's not writing, she teaches English at the university level.

She also writes contemporary romance under the penname Noelle Adams.



Jessica

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cover Reveal: Wild Temptation by Emma Hart


Welcome to the cover reveal for Wild Temptation by Emma Hart!

Cannot, cannot, cannot wait! I love times infinity the stories she writes. <3

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Title: Wild Temptation (Wild, #1)
Release Date: August 18th, 2014
Author: Emma Hart
Book Description:
In this sexy new CALL series spin-off series by New York Times bestseller Emma Hart, enter the intense world of a no strings relationship and experience addiction like you never expected...

The moment I walked in to find Mr. Tall, Dark, Handsome, and Oh So British--my mind-blowing one night stand--as my photographer for the shoot that could change it all, I knew life was throwing me a curveball.

The moment he, Tyler Stone, walked into my best friend’s apartment, I knew that curveball was heading straight for my gut.

The hit comes in the form of a no-strings proposition… One that gives him utter control over my body.

If I surrender, that curveball is steadily en-route for a collision course with my heart.

He’s a sex addict. I’m a love addict.

This is temptation.


Excerpt:

(Unedited and subject to change or removal before publication.)


Tyler grabs my arm and tugs me into what looks like an office. He closes the door behind us and spins me into him. “You really are a feisty little thing, aren’t you?”

“Fuck you, asshole.” I glare up at him, shaking his hand from my arm and stepping back.

“Damn, Liv, why don’t you tell me how you really feel?” he says with a smirk.

“Why? So it can go right over your egotistically enlarged head?”

“I might consider it for a moment… Actually, on second thought, you’re right. I won’t pay any attention.”

“You are the most arrogant, self-entitled, patronizing bastard I’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting in my life,” I hiss anyway. “And before you mention the pleasure, because you inevitably will, you should know the displeasure far outweighs the measly amount of pleasure you’ve given me.”

Tyler’s eyes darken and he closes in on me, grabbing the back of my head and pulling me into him. His fingers thread through my hair and tug my head back so I’m looking at him, and, “Measly bit of pleasure? Didn't seem so small when you were screaming my name and begging for more.”

“Clearly you’ve never watched When Harry Met Sally. That movie taught a woman everything she needs to know about faking it.”

He presses his lips to mine in a crash of teeth and a tangle of tongue. He grips my hip and pulls me toward him forcefully, his grasp on my hair never easing as he sweeps his tongue through my mouth. The zinging tension of earlier is back, except this time it’s worse and it’s swirling around us and holding us together. Holding his mouth against mine, our bodies flush together.

My anger swiftly changes to desire at the feel of his teeth nibbling my bottom lip, and a whimper leaves me involuntarily when he pulls away.

“I don’t believe for a second you fake it, Liv.” He ghosts his nose along my jawline. “I can feel the realness of your reaction in your body. I saw it earlier—I felt it earlier. My fingers barely brushed your gorgeous arse and you moved away as if I’d run them along your pussy. Your body responds to me whether you want it to or not, and it does it so clearly. So obviously.”

“My body is a liar,” I breathe when he sucks on my earlobe lightly.

“Much like you.” His words are spoken again my skin with a gentle brush of his lips.

“My dislike of you is no lie, Tyler.”

“Well, your body didn’t get the memo, babe. Your body likes me. A fucking lot.”


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Double Mini Review: My First, My Last ~&~ Bossy Request by Lacey Silks

Title: My First, My Last
Author: Lacey Silks
Published: November 15th 2012
Source: Free
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Widowed two years ago, Rose is ready for a new relationship. She’s considered following her heart to look for the man she made love to for the first time but her ex’s frivolous lifestyle has kept her from finding Jack in Venice. When she opened her front door, he was the last person she expected. Now, as he stands on her doorstep Rose needs to decide whether to give the man who took her virginity a chance at a life together. While her mind tells her to be careful, her body longs to be taken by him once again. There’s nothing more that Rose wants than for her first lover to be her last.

My Thoughts:

A really adorable story about two people who find each other again years later. The story starts out when they see each other for the first time in twenty years. Rose and Jack were super sweet together, and it was wonderful to see them reunited after all that time. You could see how much they really care for each other despite the distances. And the steam... it was some nice steam.

My First, My Last is a quick read at 5300 words, but it is definitely worthwhile. Lacey Silks can turn a phrase and tell wonderful short stories.

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Title: Bossy Request
Author: Lacey Silks
Published: December 5th 2012
Source: Free
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Sharon helps her hot boss to match his ties to his wardrobe every morning. Straining to keep their working relationship professional, she keeps her distance from Frank until an accident at work forces them closer. An invitation to dinner, to thank Sharon for her help, stirs feelings she’s hidden from Frank for years. Fearing she could lose her job if their relationship flourishes, Sharon hesitates.

Frank’s feelings toward his secretary are tested. He can no longer resist Sharon, and makes his move. Will Sharon begin to work under him the way he’s dreamed for years?

My Thoughts:

Take two people who have worked together for five years, add a little spice, and voila! That's Bossy Request. Since they work together, Frank and Sharon worry what could happen if they were to get involved. Of course, after the years of buildup, it's impossible to resist for long. While there's only a little bit of romance that we get to see in this short story, it is hot stuff.

Lacey Silks has done it again! This one clocks in at about 5600 words, but it has enough to make it a very sweet read.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Boys and Toys by Cara Lockwood

Title: Boys and Toys
Author: Cara Lockwood
Published: July 15th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Every girl has a goody drawer.

Sex toy party hostess Liv Tanaka has a collection. Vibrating purple rabbits, cherry-flavored edible underwear, flavored oils… Hey, wearing a leather corset and stilettos (while selling dildos) pays the bills. Just don't tell her very conservative parents. Because if they discovered Liv's sex-toy-selling "Asian Elvira" alter ego, her parents would disown her.

So far, Liv's doing a bang-up job of keeping her two worlds separate…until Porter Benjamin shows up at her party. Tall and too-tasty-to-resist Porter, who works for her father. Porter, who wants Liv to host a party just for him.

And oh, she's tempted. But getting involved with Porter means mixing those two worlds that Liv desperately needs to keep separate. And now Liv's Naughty Toybox is starting to look a lot like Pandora's box….

My Thoughts:

I like quick cute romances, and this one was absolutely one of them. What's great about the Cosmo Red-Hot Reads is that there's the romance, and then there's the strong-willed woman. This book had it all!

Porter and Liv have amazing chemistry. I love how Liv is so empowered to be herself despite what her parents expect of her. Of course, she's terrified of what they would think if they knew anything about her life, her REAL life. I really liked how they brought culture and family into the story, how it can get tangled up and how it can blossom into understanding. Also? Porter can text me anytime... *swoons*

Boys and Toys was a super engaging story. I thought having a heroine with a different kind of upbringing and background was awesome. I look forward to checking out more by Cara Lockwood in the future!

My Rating: