Monday, December 11, 2017

Release Day Review: Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Coming December 11

He puts the "screw" in screwball comedy...

BRYNN
At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.

But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass. 


Free designer cocktails
, they say. And that’s a game-changer. 


Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don't expect me to actually go through with it.


TOM


All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life. 


I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them. 


But I will find her.

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What I thought about Man Hands 

When Brynn sees her ex at a party, she decides to take her friends advice and just go for it with a man who is the exact opposite of the type she usually chooses.  So she goes for the guy she thinks is the gardener. And when I say "goes for it", Brynn does it in style by jumping him and dragging him off for more fun in the boathouse. 

What starts out as a one-timer turns into something more when Tom can't get Brynn off his mind.  He wants more, but she's still tender from her divorce.  Things really get sticky when a tape is leaked and to fix things, Brynn and Tom end up in an arrangement that has them fake engaged. 

I did love Brynn's attitude and approach to life. She's not letting her terrible marriage hold her back and even though there are some tears, she doesn't wallow in her despair.She handles things with a whole lot of humor with her sidekicks aka best girlfriends!

 Tom was almost too good to be true at times! He's immediately intrigued and attracted to Brynn, which helps him forget the disaster of a relationship he'd been getting over.  And he's got all the "tools" that is, the perfect body and other assets!  Personally, I get the man hands attraction--give me a guy with beautiful man hands and I'm done for!  Tom fit the role quite nicely, not just from the physical perspective, but he's also quite sensitive, which made me love him too.

The real charm in Man Hands is the light tone in the first half of the book.  Brynn had me laughing quite a few times and Tom is just a nice guy who falls for Brynn's charms.  These two just work together like peas and carrots and their story is really sweet. Man Hands is a perfect light-hearted romance that left me feeling hopeful and happy.

If you are looking for a romance that's light, sweet and will tickle your funny bone, give Man Hands a try.

An ARC was provided for review.

About Sarina

 Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.



  
About Tanya
Tanya is a member of SAG/AFTRA. She is a narrator and has over 500 titles to her credit. She also narrates under the name of Tatiana Sokolov for books that are particularly saucy (AKA erotica books). When not narrating, she’s working on her own writing. Check out her books: Easy Does It, Blunder Woman, Pepper Wellington and the Case of the Missing Sausage, Foodies Rush In,  Tunnel Vision, and Synchronicity. She also has a food blog at dips.tanyaeby.com.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Review: Love on the Tracks (Snow & Ice Games #1) by Tamsen Parker


Rowan Andrews is the unexpected darling of the Denver Snow and Ice Games. Luge has never captured the American public’s imagination as much as figure skating or even hockey, but her outsized personality and dare-devil ways have got everyone’s eyes glued to the track. Including a certain chart-topping heartthrob.

Zane Rivera is the lead singer of License to Game, the hottest band in the country. When Zane finds out Rowan Andrews has had some complimentary things to say about him, he arranges to meet her while he’s in Denver enjoying the games. And when a photo of him kissing Rowan on the cheek goes viral, they both see the advantages of faking a relationship for the publicity.

After Rowan’s injured in her final race, their relationship starts to feel all too real to Zane. But is this rock star ready to fall in love?


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What I thought about Love on the Tracks

Rowan Andrews is looking to make it big at the Snow and Ice Games and listening to her favorite boy band in her downtime is how she unwinds.

Zane Rivera needs a break from the boys in License to Game and decides to check out the Snow and Ice Games after seeing Rowan's picture in a magazine.  He knows she's a fangirl and so does everyone else when he kisses her. When a fake relationship is set up to everyone's satisfaction to capitalize on the publicity, it's a no-brainer that they are going to fall for each other.

The relationship develops nicely for the main characters as they play out fake relationship. I liked Zane's interest in Rowan's athletic prowess, and Rowan has some surprises of her own to share with Zane -- namely why they need all those condoms at the Games! 

This was a really sweet story of a happy-for-now with a nice bit of the sport too!  I love it when a sports romance does a nice job of including the sport in the story and Love on the Tracks delivers.

Overall, I loved the story and characters and mostly the timeliness of this story!  With the Winter Olympics in a few months, Love on the Tracks is just the right romance warm up for the occasion.  Looking forward to more in this series!

An ARC was provided for review.

 About Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, USA Today bestselling erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway:Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai


 Alisha Rai returns with the second novel in her sizzling Forbidden Hearts series!
Wrong To Need You
by Alisha Rai
Series
Forbidden Hearts #2
Genre
Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher
Avon Books
Publication Date
November 28, 2017

He wasn’t supposed to fall in love with his brother’s widow…

Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he’s come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher—and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.


Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.

An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past…and step into a future together.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1

Some women were seduced by a voice or a touch or a look. For Sadia Ahmed, it was hands.
Or, at least . . . His hands.
They were big, the perfect size to grasp her ass and grip her tight. Or to wrap around her neck while his thumbs settled into the hollow at the base of her throat. Or to cup her breast and lift it to his mouth.
Sadia picked up a glass and started drying it, her actions precise and unhurried. She was certain her face didn’t give away the fact she was fantasizing about sex with a patron sitting in the dive bar. Her libido might be hot, but her facade was stone- cold. She was a mother, a widow. To a lot of people, she’d discovered, those two titles took precedence over being a woman.
She didn’t mind letting people keep their illusions. It made her life easier and she wasn’t a disruptive person by nature. Someone else could shock the world, so long as she could dream about what she pleased.
Out of the corner of her eye, she contemplated what she could see of the anonymous man’s hands. He wore a baseball cap pulled low, and the bar was dark, so his body was all she had to moon over. His body was enough.
His fingers were long and elegant. They were big enough to fill her up with one, but she’d demand two. Hidden under the soft cotton of her shirt, her stomach clenched. He could play her like a violin, which was appropriate. He had the hands of an artist. Attached to a body that belonged to a fighter. Her gaze drifted over what she could see of the rest of him.  Wide chest, broad shoulders, thighs like tree trunks, biceps like whoa.
Unf.
Sadia carefully replaced the dry glass and picked up another one. Over the past week, she’d gotten really good at surreptitiously peeking at her mystery man during each of her shifts. On Monday she’d noticed him for the first time, sitting in a darkened booth in a far corner. On Wednesday he’d chosen a seat which was better lit, enough for her to grow obsessed with thoughts of his fingers on her and in her.
Though it had been busy earlier tonight, she’d consciously kept an eye out for him. Once the Thursday crowd had thinned out, her gaze had been drawn to him like a magnet to a metal. An- other dark booth, another dark cap pulled low to hide his face. Alone, nursing the ginger ale he’d ordered. His quiet stillness set him apart from the rowdy people who usually filled this bar.
“Hey, Sadia.”
Sadia started. She regrouped quickly and gave her boss a cheerful grin which hopefully masked the filthy thoughts in her head. “Hey, what’s up?” Michael had owned O’Killian’s for at least as long as she’d been working here, off and on since her twenty-first birthday.
“I wanted to thank you again for picking up so many shifts this week.”
She tossed her towel over her shoulder. “No problem. You know I’ll take the hours.” The tips were good. With a young son, she could always use extra money. She wanted to keep her bartending skills sharp.
Those were all the reasons she told people when they asked her why she was still tending bar when she had her hands full with the cafĂ© she’d inherited from her husband. They weren’t false.
They weren’t completely true either, but the whole truth would cause more than a few raised eyebrows.
My husband had debts he didn’t tell me about. The tips give me grocery money.
I’m terrified the cafe will go bankrupt on my watch. I need a fallback career.
And there was one other good reason, but she really couldn’t share that one with anyone. That reason was her secret.
 
  
What I thought about Wrong to Need You

Sadia has her nose to the grindstone, trying to deal with the loss of her husband and all the bills he's left her with. She's doing a good job of it too, as long as nothing disrupts her schedule. When Jackson returns to town, that's a huge disruption that brings good and bad.

Jackson has stayed away from home for his own emotional protection, not returning home even when his best friend Sadia emails him that his brother Paul has passed away. Sadia still isn't over that or the emails that Jackson never returned.
 

Sadia's really trying hard to make it on her own, and I really liked that about her. I adored her sisters and her relationship with her family and the fact that she didn't ignore her sex life just because she was a widow.
 

Jackson's return to town throws her into some turmoil. She wants him, but knows how much trouble it will cause all of them. There's a lot of family turmoil going on, and Alisha Rai has crafted a very interesting world here. Reading Wrong to Need You made me want to go back and read Hate To Want You, the first book in the series again.
 

There are plenty of hurdles for Jackson and Sadia to jump before they can claim their HEA, but it's all worth the ride. The characters are interesting, the dialogue is crisp and true, and I just adore this world that Alisha Rai has created.
Wrong to Need You works as a standalone, but you'll get more out of it if you read Hate To Want You first.
 

Oh, and did you see these covers? Hottest covers of 2017!
 

So if you are looking for a romance with a nice level of heat, interesting and diverse characters, good story, and intriguing world, you might like this series. I do.
 

An ARC was provided for review. 

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GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 12/8/2017 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.

 

About Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai pens award-winning sexy contemporary romances and is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on The Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. She spends most of her time dreaming up sexy heroes and heroines, traveling, and tweeting. To find out more about her books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit http://www.alisharai.com

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cover Reveal: Man Card by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

 



SUMMARY:

Nothing ventured, nothing banged...
Ash
I still don't know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor--our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down... 
It can never happen again. I don't even like Braht. He's too slick. He's a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.
So why can't I get him out of my head? 
Braht
There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.
Ash is my missing my piece. She's the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don't call her the Ashkicker for nothing. 
Eventually I'll win her over...if my past doesn't ruin everything first.






Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Review: Junkyard Heart (Porthkennack Book 7) by Garrett Leigh


Tired of the London rat race and the heartbreak that comes with it, photographer Jas Manning returns to Porthkennack, the Cornish seaside town where he spent every childhood summer on his father’s farm. Resigned to year-round rain, wind, and homemade jam, he’s sorely unprepared for the impact that artsy carpenter Kim Penrose has on his heart. 

Kim’s free-loving reputation precedes him, and he’s as generous with his inked-up body as he is with his time. The sex is hot, the easy friendship even better, and Jas’s time with him building his family’s new farmhouse canteen is everything Jas was missing in his empty city life. 

But Kim’s carefree existence isn’t as simple as it appears. He’s worked hard to vanquish his demons and build his dreams, but the devil on his shoulder is ruthless, and when it comes to call, their happy bubble bursts like it was never there at all. The canteen opening looms, but Kim is gone in more ways than one, and it’s down to Jas to shore up Kim’s soul and convince him that he deserves his place in Jas’s heart. 

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Welcome to Porthkennack, a charming Cornish seaside town with a long and sometimes sinister history. Legend says King Arthur's Black Knight built the fort on the headland here, and it’s a certainty that the town was founded on the proceeds of smuggling, piracy on the high seas, and the deliberate wrecking of cargo ships on the rocky shore. Nowadays it draws in the tourists with sunshine and surfing, but locals know that the ghosts of its Gothic past are never far below the surface.

This collaborative story world is brought to you by five award-winning, best-selling British LGBTQ romance authors: Alex Beecroft, Joanna Chambers, Charlie Cochrane, Garrett Leigh, and JL Merrow. Follow Porthkennack and its inhabitants through the centuries and through the full rainbow spectrum with historical and contemporary stand-alone titles.

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What I thought about Junkyard Heart
 
 Jas returns to Porthkennack after a devastating breakup that leaves him hesitant to get involved again.  When he meets Kim at an outdoor fair, he's intrigued but wary.  He's definitely attracted to Kim, but not quite ready for anything in the way of a relationship.

Kim feels the attraction too, and when they hookup at a concert where Jas is taking photos, it's the beginning of a tense friendship / relationship/ ???. Neither Jas or Kim is quite sure.  One thing is for certain, and that's Kim has some past difficulties with addiction, and he's also got something going with Lena, the red-haired singer and tattoo artist where Kim also works.

I thought this was a very emotional, albeit quiet tale of two men finding each other and figuring out just what that means.  Jas is concerned after finding out about Lena, because of the heartbreak caused by his former lover. And Kim has problems with alcoholism and depression that make him not the easiest person to connect with.  I loved all that about this story.  Jas and Kim are complex humans searching for something/someone to stave off the loneliness they feel. 

This is my second Porthkennack book and I loved it!  There's a lot of charm in this little seaside community, and that also translates to the dialect of the characters which makes reading this seem like a mini-vacation to the Cornish seaside town.  This is what draws me back to this series.  These characters carry their scars unapologetically, and I love that about them too.

I should give a warning that there's quite a bit of talk about depression and addiction in this tale, and that may be triggering for some readers.  I know I felt it deeply and I'm sure it will hit home for other readers.

I loved Jas and Kim's story.  It didn't have a huge amount of conflict because most of that was very internal.  This was a quick read, and only took a couple of days to finish. Overall, I'd recommend this if you are interested in reading an M/M romance about learning to live with past mistakes and finding a way to embrace the promise of a happy future. 

An ARC was provided for review.


 About Garrett Leigh

Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett's debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Sale! Feeling Hot (Out of Uniform #3) by Elle Kennedy



SUMMARY:

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy! Special pre-order and release week SALE price $0.99!

In tight quarters, anything can happen…

Fresh off a six-month deployment, Navy SEAL Cash McCoy is determined to end his celibacy streak with a night of down and dirty sex. Instead, he gets an interrupted hook-up with a hot blonde who vanishes without a way for him to contact her. When he’s asked to keep an eye on—and hands off—his CO’s sister for a few weeks to guard her from a psycho-stalker ex, Cash accepts the assignment as a distraction…and gets the surprise of his life.

Jen Scott knows she needs protection, but she’s not looking forward to being babysat by some straight-laced yes-man her overprotective brother can boss around. Finding out her new roomie is none other than the sexy stranger who was seconds away from shaking her world apart changes everything. Orders be damned, Cash is the one man capable of helping her explore her sexuality, and she’s even willing to break her own rule—never date military men—to get the gorgeous SEAL into her bed.

Only, Cash makes it clear he wants much more than she bargained for. Not just her body, but the one thing Jen promised herself she’d never give to a man in uniform. Her heart.

Warning: Sexy SEAL? Check. Sassy heroine determined to seduce him? Check. Scorching hot sex bound to make you blush? Double check. A threesome and some man-on-man action? Triple check. You've been warned.


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A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

 

Cover Reveal: Devastate by Pam Godwin, Book #4 in the Deliver Series

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Devastate, Book #4 in the Deliver Series

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“What is the price you’re willing to pay?” “Money isn’t an issue.” “I’m not talking about money.”
Tate is on the hunt to find his best friend’s sister. Eleven years ago, Lucia Dias was abducted. Presumed dead. He never met her, so why does he care? Some might call his efforts noble, but his motivation is more perverse, bordering on obsession.

When he follows a chilling lead to Venezuela’s Kidnap Alley, what he finds is neither a corpse nor a captive.

Amid poisonous lies and crippling depravity, the price of love is devastation. And he pays. With his body, his blood, and her life.


Deliver, Book #1

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His name was Joshua Carter. Now it’s whatever she wants it to be. She is a Deliverer. She lures young men and delivers them to be sold. She delivers the strikes that enforce their obedience. She delivers the sexual training that determines their purchase price. As long as she delivers, the arrangement that protects her family will hold. Delivering is all she knows. The one thing she can’t deliver is a captive from slavery. Until him. And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her…from herself.

Vanquish, Book #2

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Her life is like a prison cell. A self-made, to-hell-with-the-free-world existence that locks from the inside. Stop judging. Her agoraphobia doesn’t define her. It simply keeps her safe. He belongs in a prison cell. The 6x8, make-me-your-bitch variety that locks from the outside. But he’s free. To hunt. To take. To break. And he just found a sexy new toy. Capturing her is the easy part. Her fucked-up mind, however, makes him question everything he does next. But he’s a determined bastard. If all goes his way, this will hurt like hell.


Disclaim, Book #3

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Camila was seventeen when Van Quiso kidnapped her. Ten years after her escape, the shackles refuse to release her. Not while there are still slave traders preying on her city. She will stop at nothing to end them. Even if that means becoming a slave again. Returning to chains is her worst fear—and only option. They won’t know who she is or what she intends to do. She’s prepared for every complication. Except him. The one who decimated her sixteen-year-old heart. Matias is charming, gorgeous, and dangerously seductive. He’s also untrustworthy and enshrouded in secrets. After years of no contact, he finds her—on her knees, wrists bound, in the clutches of her enemy. Will he sabotage her mission by needlessly saving her? Or will he keep her in chains and never let her go?

Pam Godwin

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
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Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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