Friday, August 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: RESIST by Lilly Avalon #newadult #giveaway


Welcome to the Resist by Lilly Avalon cover reveal!

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Resist
by Lilly Avalon
Resist #1
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Synopsis: Allegra Maxwell is sick of the monotony of life. It's all work and no play, and right now she wants to play. She shows up at her company's yearly meeting with one goal in mind: have a one night stand with a stranger. What she didn't count on is Devlin Pierce walking through the door.

When Allegra first met Devlin, she knew he would be nothing but trouble. After he proved her theory true last year, she made a vow to avoid him at all costs. He's the last person she wants to see, and he knows it. He refuses to leave her alone though. As much as she tries to fight it, the pull he has on her is undeniable. Her ability to resist him proves impossible when Devlin makes her an offer she can't refuse.

One night. That's all he asks. That's all she wants. Or is it?

Lilly AvalonAbout the Author:
Lilly Avalon writes new adult and erotic romances. She's in her twenties and lives in a cute little apartment in a small city. She loves reading romantic stories as much as she loves writing them. Her favorite things include dancing, watching scandalous television dramas, and autumn. Lilly Avalon is a pseudonym.


Excerpt:

I let out a groan of exasperation. “Excuse me.” I turn on my heel to the elevator.

“We're not done yet, Allegra,” Devlin calls out after me.

“Oh yeah, why's that?” I ask as I press the button to go up. The elevator slowly makes its way down.

He stands in front of me, blocking the elevator. “Jack sent me out here to make sure you were okay.”

Stepping closer to him, I press a finger to his chest. “You can tell him I was feeling out of it and had to go back to my room.” I lift my hand away only to have him catch it in his. Holding my hand over his heart, his fingers curl around mine. My palm soaks in the heat of his chest through his clothes. A powerful sensation spreads down to my toes and I suck in a breath. My heart skips a beat, and the intoxication of his scent holds me there.

“Is that the truth?” he asks, his eyes searching mine. “Or is it something else?”

I stare into the deep pools of his eyes. There's a shift in the atmosphere. I'm barely aware of him moving in closer, leaning toward me, toward my lips. My eyes are closing of their own initiative, completely ignoring the warning siren blaring in my skull. It's not loud enough. I'm no longer listening. It isn't until the elevator chimes that I realize what is happening. I jerk away from him, yanking my hand from his chest. The spell is broken and I'm not going to let him drown me in it again.

I give him a slight shove to push him out of my way and walk into the empty elevator. I press the button for my floor and look at him. He blinks a few times. I say, “I'll never tell. It's been fun, Devlin.” The doors close, leaving him hanging by a thread.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Update at Thoughts + the annual corn picture


I've decided to do monthly updates instead of weekly updates here at Thoughts. So here's a racap of the month of July for you.


~*Reviews*~


TOTAL: 14



~*Books Finished*~


TOTAL: 14

  • Boys and Toys by Cara Lockwood
  • Sex on the Beach (Tropical Trysts #2) by Delphine Dryden
  • Final Call (Call #2) by Emma Hart
  • Road Tripping by Noelle Adams
  • Tease (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan
  • Only with You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne
  • No Regrets by Claire Kent
  • Playing to Win (Play by Play #4) by Jaci Burton
  • Kill Devil Hills by Sarah Darlington
  • Seven by Claire Kent
  • A Woman Made For Sin (Promises Trilogy #2) by Michele Sinclair
  • The Other Side of Someday (Carolina Days #1) by Carey Heywood
  • If I Were You (Inside Out #1) by Lisa Renee Jones
  • Burned (Miller Sisters #2) by Sarah Morgan


~*Tours/Blasts/Reveals*~




~*As for me...*~


Well then... I can't really think of much to report here... just plugging away at reading and writing and photographing and spending time with friends. OH! I did my annual "Jessica High by the 4th of July" picture. For those of you unfamiliar with this... I had this theory that the corn isn't "knee-high" by the 4th of July, but that it's "Jessica High", in other words, as tall as me. And, it always is. So I started to document it on film. Here's this year's photo:


Haha! I'm such a dork. It took me forever to find a spot I could TAKE a bloody picture because every road I drove down there was too much traffic. I finally found a road that was a dead end and nobody was on it the whole time, THANK GOD. Parked my car, set up the mini tripod on my car hood (because this is a one woman show now, folks), and took the picture. I'm wearing my new "Adventure" shirt. Oh, and if you're wondering, I'm 5'2", so, yeah--the corn be very tall! I look like a mini me next to it. As if I don't already feel short... lol. Good times.

And that's about it! I hope everyone's been having a great year, and a great summer so far!

Jessica

Review: Seducing Mr. Right by Katee Robert

Title: Seducing Mr. Right
Author: Katee Robert
Published: March 31st 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He’s not who she thinks, and he has seduction plans of his own…

Danielle Kastien is done with powerful men. After months of near-saintly behavior, she’s determined to use the company costume party to have her wicked way with every delicious inch of the sexy-but-sweet mail guy she’s been meeting for coffee. Though her costume is designed to send him into a haze of blind lust, Danielle quickly realizes Grayson is not the kind of man she can control.

Grayson Harper is used to having his way at work and in the bedroom. He’s dominant. Commanding. Obeyed. He’s been patiently biding his time with Danielle, enjoying spending time with someone who sees him as someone other than the CEO of Harper Industries. But before he can confess, he has Danielle right where he wants her. Where he’s wanted her since the day they met. And he’s in far too deep to risk his claim on the one woman who makes him hard with need...

My Thoughts:

You're all aware of my adoration for Katee Robert's stories. When I saw this novella and wanted to squeeze it in, I had high hopes. Of all her stories I've devoured, this wasn't my favorite, but I still enjoyed it.

Grayson thinks it's a good idea to not be completely honest with Danielle about who he really is, believing he can get to her easier than if she knew the truth. Although he's keeping this big secret, there's still a chemistry between them that is indeed real. And hot. I mean, what more could you expect from such an intense man?

Seducing Mr. Right is a nice and sexy novella. I mean, it's no Wrong Bed, Right Guy, but it's still Katee Robert and I thought it was great. The romance was different, but in a good way. It's a good, quick read when you need a romance fix.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Only With You by Lauren Layne

Title: Only With You
Author: Lauren Layne
Published: July 29th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . .

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing . . .

My Thoughts:

I adored the Sex, Love & Stiletto series, so when I heard of this new series I was all, MUST HAVE NOW. I was ecstatic to get the opportunity to read this before the release, and I loved it so much, I bought it for my Nook so I could read it anytime. Yep, it was that good.

Sophie gets a wake up call when she first encounters Gray. It may have been a rude assumption on his part, but it got her to thinking about her life. When they meet again, under interesting circumstances, you begin to wonder exactly where it's going. One thing leads to another and Sophie is working alongside Gray. They have their heated little spats, which are quite amusing, but there's something deeper coming through. Something neither of them had a clue was coming since they met. And then there's that spark, the undeniable spark, that causes them both to want more.

Only With You is an adorable start to this new series. Sophie and Gray are the couple you wish you could be. Also, the side stories featuring two of the side characters are a compelling element (which will be continued in the second book, but let's not get ahead of ourselves, shall we?) and I was intrigued. Thank you Lauren Layne for never ceasing to produce amazing stories!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Snapshots by Patricia Lynne Relaunch Blitz! #giveaway #SnapshotsRelaunch

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It's said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that's a lie. They are snapshots of a time yet to come–the future of the person to which they belong.

Cyclop Blaine stands out in a crowd with his pale skin and mismatched eyes, but it’s his ability to see the future that really sets him apart. The unusual gift makes him an invaluable asset to Tyler, his adoptive father and leader of the Victory Street Gang. It also means Cyclop must hide what he can do from others. Once, a man he knew only as Master controlled him, using him for experiments. Cyclop has no desire to return to that life.

But he may have no choice. A man claiming ownership over him haunts his dreams and waking moments, leaving him no choice but to go back to the past he thought he had escaped. Cyclop must face this man, along with his past, if he wants to reveal his own future.

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. But some stories are meant to be told and this one chose her. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.


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Monday, July 28, 2014

TASTE by Cambria Hebert Release Day Blitz

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Welcome to the release day blitz for Taste by Cambria Hebert!

I already downloaded MY copy and can't wait to, well, taste. ;)

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TASTE is released!!! 


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Coming soon to ibooks and to paperback

One taste is never enough…

Spencer Waller’s main purpose in life is to protect and serve. After spending years in the military, he gets a coveted spot on the Secret Service detail protecting the president. Spence doesn’t have time for women or all the work having a relationship with one requires. But just because he isn’t looking for a lady doesn’t mean he can’t appreciate a beautiful one when he sees her.

And he makes it a point to see one in particular every single day.

Elle Bond has literally chopped and fried her way to the top of the food chain. Earning a coveted position in the White House as the president’s personal chef, she figures her professional life can only get better. Her personal life, on the other hand, could use a little bit of an overhaul, and because of that, she tries to ignore the charm-dripping cookie thief every time he comes into her kitchen. After all, she knows better than anyone that just one taste of something good is never enough.

One night after work, Elle is assaulted, threatened, and given an ultimatum. She can’t go to the police, and she sure as hell can’t do what she was ordered.

But she has to. Or else.

Pale, shaken, and scared to death, Elle confides in Spence, and his protective instincts take over. Together, Elle and Spencer have to uncover a sinister plot and stop it before someone ends up dead.



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FYI- for those that purchase TASTE there is an EXCLUSIVE first look at the Trashy cover reveal! You get to see it first!!

There is also TWO recipes included in the back - Spencer's favorite cookie recipes!! You can make them and enjoy at home!



Spencer's Cookie in a Mug Recipe

A fast treat to enjoy while you read Taste!

Ingredients

1 tbsp melted butter

1 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tbsp brown sugar

Pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

¼ cup flour

2 tbsp chocolate chips (mini’s work great!)

Directions

Mix all ingredients into a microwavable safe mug. Microwave for 60 seconds.

Serve to the cookie monster in your life!

From the author 

If you have read and enjoyed the many books in the Take It Off series, then you are going to love Taste! Even if you haven’t read anything in the Take It Off series (what are you waiting for!) Taste is a good novel to start with! All the novels in this series are standalones and can be read in any order. In addition to getting a great story when you purchase a copy of Taste you get an EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK at the book cover of Trashy. Also, you will get TWO cookie recipes, a traditional one and a stealth one! Stealth = Super fast. If that isn’t enough to get your finger one clicking you will also get a bonus sample of my novel Distant Desires! As, always thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy Taste!

Jessica

Review: No Regrets by Claire Kent

Title: No Regrets
Author: Claire Kent
Published: July 22nd 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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.

My Thoughts:

As always, Claire Kent's stories pack a punch and they dive right into everything in the first few chapters. Who needs build-up? Not me! Not with this story. It starts off strong and then builds up even MORE as the story goes on.

Leslie is someone I feel I have a bond with, being determined to make changes, living with no regrets. Throw in Josh, this guy you can't help but be drawn to. You know there's something below the surface with him, and even on the surface he's amazing. Put these two together and you have something combustible... and that can be in the good way and the bad way. But like any great romance, there's a lot more to the story.

No Regrets is a brilliantly told story. I loved how the characters were in their mid-late 30s--it added a little more to the plot for me, more depth, more understanding. Claire Kent never ceases to amaze or weave intricate romances that go further than initial attraction, and the stories so realistic in every way. As always... gonna keep picking up her work!

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