Thursday, September 12, 2019

Review & Giveaway -- Code Name:Sentinel by Sawyer Bennett


Code Name: Sentinel (Jameson Force Security, Book #2)
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: September 10, 2019

Synopsis

As a former member of the United States Secret Service, I’m no stranger to putting my life on the line in the name of duty. Having left the nation’s capital to re-settle in Pittsburgh, the skills I acquired during my tenure in Washington have made me a valued member of the team at Jameson Force Security. But when the President comes seeking a favor to protect his niece, I find myself on the fast track back to the Oval Office.

Simply put… she’s beyond brilliant. A nationally renowned energy scientist, Barrett Alexander is on the verge of a breakthrough that will change the world. Unfortunately, that has also made her the target of a suspected terrorist cell. And while Barrett doesn’t believe she’s in any real danger, the President isn’t willing to take chances with her life.

 As the threats against Barrett become more calculated, I decide taking her on the run is her best chance of survival. Danger, isolation, and attraction ensure we grow closer than I’d ever thought possible. When I realize I want to keep her safe for reasons that have nothing to do with my job and everything to do with the woman I’ve fallen in love with, no one is safe from the hell I’ll rain down on those that threaten her.

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What I thought about Code Name:Sentinel

In this second installment of the Jameson Security Force series, Cruce Britton has been tasked with a very special assignment -- protect the president's niece Barrett who happens to be working on a formula to provide clean energy to the world.  When intelligence chatter seems to indicate she is in danger, Cruce is called in since he is someone the president trusts.

Without much to go on, Cruce and Barrett end up in hiding on a tropical island. Yeah -- you know what that means! It's a great environment for Cruce and Barrett to hook up!  And that's exactly what they do.  It's really sweet since they are really both out of their element here. What starts off as just sex turns into something much more meaningful between them, and there is a definite joy in their discovery of each other and what they've been missing in their lives.

When Barrett makes a mistake in judgement, she puts herself at risk and things get very tense and action-oriented when Barrett ends up with the wrong folks and Cruce must save her. The rest of the Jameson Security Force is behind him and it's really cute how they've all figured out that Cruce has fallen for Barrett and don't let him forget it.

There's a very nicely crafted ending to the story, as Cruce and Barrett both come to grips with what they want in life. Code Name:Sentinel was a very entertaining story with just the right amount of action and romance to satisfy this reader.

An ARC was provided for review. 

 
  About the Author
 
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

5 Big Beautiful Stars for How to Belong with a Billionaire by Alexis Hall


If you love someone, set them free...
 
I thought I'd be okay when Caspian Hart left. He was a brilliant, beautiful billionaire with a past he couldn't escape. And I was ... just me: an ordinary man lost in his own life. It would never have lasted. It should never have happened. Not outside a fairytale.


And I am okay. I've got my job, my family, my friends, and everything Caspian taught me. Except it turns out he's going to marry his ex-boyfriend. A man who doesn't understand him. A man who almost broke him. And I've finally realized it's not enough for me to be happy. I need Caspian to be happy too.
 

Problem is, I've already done all I can to help him. I've followed his rules and broken his rules and learned his secrets. And he still won't believe I can love him. So now it's his turn. His turn to fight, and trust, and hope. It's time for Caspian Hart to choose me.


What I thought about
How to Belong to a Billionaire 

I almost didn't read this book. I wasn't thrilled with the previous book in the series. But then I got the itch to find out what happens to Arden and Caspian, so I jumped in. I'm so glad I did.

Arden is living with Ellery and attempting to deal with his broken heart by throwing himself into his work. He still loves Caspian and isn't quite ready to let him go. He does recognize he needs to make some steps, and his friend and work colleague George is there to help him. George is a fascinating character that brightened the book in so many ways. I adored the affection for Arden and the photo shoot storyline is a memorable part of the book. George was a ray of light when Arden is hurting the most.
 

One of Arden's first work assignments is to interview Caspian, where he finds out he's engaged to Nathaniel. Talk about awkward reunions. I could feel Arden's pain here. Wait -- it gets better!

There's a scene where Nathaniel has a dinner party for the three of them, and it is absolutely hilarious! Arden is so precious, so likable, it makes everyone else pale in comparison.

There are so many emotions on the pages here as Arden learns about himself in the process of learning to live without Caspian. I really fell in love with this character.

The ending is priceless, the literary references smile-inducing. I loved everything about this and it will definitely be on my "favorites of 2019" list. I asked myself who was really the billionaire and it was Arden, dear, sweet, soulful, insightful Arden who owned his mistakes and was a richer man for it.


An ARC was provided for review.

About the Author

Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the 21st century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de si├Ęcle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret.

He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.

He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a 17th century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hotwire a car.

He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Cover Reveal: Great and Precious Things by Rebecca Yarros






How do you define yourself when others have already decided who you are?

Six years ago, when Camden Daniels came back from war without his younger brother, no one in the small town of Alba, Colorado, would forgive him—especially his father. He left, swearing never to return.

But a desperate message from his father brings it all back. The betrayal. The pain. And the need to go home again.

But home is where the one person he still loves is waiting. Willow. The one woman he can never have. Because there are secrets buried in Alba that are best left in the dark.

If only he could tell his heart to stay locked away when she whispers she’s always loved him, and always will…



Great and Precious Things is a heart-wrenching story about family, betrayal, and ultimately how far we're willing to go on behalf of those who need us most.





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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and paleo. She is the author of The Last Letter, the Renegade series, and the Flight & Glory series, which includes Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned SkywardBeyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for eighteen years. 

When she’s not writing, she’s tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, and an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet. Having fostered and adopted their youngest daughter, Rebecca is passionate about helping others in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October.




Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Release Day Review: Grit (A Love Story on 7th and Main, #3) by Elizabeth Hunter


GRIT, an all-new standalone, friends-to-lovers romance in the
7th and Main series
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He’s been patient; she’s been busy.

Patience is running out.

Melissa Oxford is a widow with a ranch, an orange grove, a goat-obsessed ten-year-old, and not enough time. She doesn’t have time to make friends. She doesn’t have time to stop and chat, and she definitely does not have time for a boyfriend.

Which is fine, because Cary Nakamura is far from being a boy. Cary’s the man who helped Melissa plant her trees. The friend who keeps offering advice, even when she’s is too stubborn to take it.

He’s also the man who kissed Melissa in broad daylight on a sidewalk in Metlin, California, smack in the face of God and everyone.

But while Melissa may spend a little too long dreaming about Cary from a distance, she knows the kind of passion he promises is more than she can handle.

She just doesn’t have the time.

But sometimes, no matter how busy you are, life makes you stop. It pulls you up short and makes you see things a little more clearly. Things like…

The people you can count on.

The dreams you keep pushing away.

And the passion that can’t be denied.

GRIT is a stand-alone, friends-to-lovers romance in the Love Stories on 7th and Main series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of INK.




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What I thought about Grit 

After the loss of her husband, Melissa is focused on two things -- their young daughter Abby and their ranch.  When she wants to expand by adding citrus farming, she turns to Cary Nakamura, her neighbor, her husband's friend, and even though they butt heads, Cary is someone she trusts.  

Cary has a citrus farming operation next door to Melissa, and they've known each other for years.  After Calvin's death, he starts to have romantic feelings for Melissa, but she's so focused on her daughter and the ranch operations she doesn't really have time for him.  So he sets a course to woo her.  This is the best part of the book -- the slow convincing that they could be good together.

There's some conflict with Melissa's in-laws as she struggles to keep them in Abby's life while they try to manipulate Melissa and Abby to move to their ranch.  Melissa is having none of it, but she still has to be nice because of Abby.  But when a new land developer tries to change the entire image of their little town, Melissa senses her in-laws's hand in the operation.  The conflicts in Grit are of the low stakes variety in that they are resolved without much trouble as everyone comes to their senses.

Grit is a sweet contemporary romance.  There isn't a huge amount of conflict and perhaps the best part is Cary's undying and unwavering love for Melissa and their journey toward happiness.  It's a quick read and the happily-ever-after left me feeling good.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Review: Play Dirty (Brooklyn Dawn #1) by Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott


Run, he whispered in my ear. While you still can.

I walked into a club called Ruin and found it—and him—when he bent me over the piano he was playing.

I did as he said, but not until after he’d decimated me in the filthiest way possible.

I loved every second.

That one, and the ones that came years later. When he sang with me against his will, although the words burned and the scar tissue left him raw.

Nash has secrets, deadly ones, and he won’t let me in. He just gives me dirty little tastes of him that make me desperate for more.

To the world, I’m on top. The lead singer of a famous rock band.

With Nash, I don’t mind getting on my knees.

But someone is watching us. And our stalker isn’t content to stay on the sidelines any longer.

The curtain is about to rise. Win, lose...or die.

Author’s note: Play Dirty is a standalone enemies to lovers rock star romance. It ends in a happily ever after.



Play Dirty is book 1 in the Brooklyn Dawn rockstar series. You may see some cameos in this series from our other rockstar series set in the Oblivion world.

 
What I thought about Play Dirty
 
I was excited to see this title appear on my kindle as this writing duo of Cari Quinn and Taryn Elliott know how to deliver a rock star romance that has just the right amount of everything -- heat, plot and a nice helping of rockstar antics. This is a new series about Brooklyn Dawn, a band readers may recognize as they have been introduced in the Oblivion series.  

The book opens with Brooklyn Dawn's front-woman, Lindsay York looking for some fun and finding it at a bar called Ruin.  Alexander Nash.  Their encounter is explosive.  The beginning pulled me right into the story.
 
Nash is a character that we've seen before from this writing duo -- a reclusive Irish producer that every artist wants to work with. He's not exactly an "open" sort of guy.  It takes some effort for Lindsey and Nash to sort out their feelings for each other and they get some help from Logan King in Winchester Falls. It turns out that Nash and Lindsey don't just burn up the sheets, so to speak, they can also compose and perform together in an amazing way. When another artist turns up singing their songs, Lindsey questions everything about Nash, providing a dose of conflict in this otherwise predictable story. 
 
There's a third POV in this story as well, that being Kyle, Nash's best friend.  There are few surprises regarding this character and his motives toward Lindsey and Nash, and it takes a long time for all his plans to fall in place. I almost wish there was more from Nash's point of view so I could have some sort of feeling about him, but this book was overly long as it was. 

Overall, I liked Lindsey and Nash's story.  They were really good together and I absolutely loved Lindsey. The story sings when Lindsey and Nash are on page  together and Lindsey's best friend Jamie also lifted this story up. I did find Play Dirty to be long and at times too detailed and repetitious, and that's why it's not 5 star for me.  

An ARC was provided for review.
 
 
About the Authors

Cari Quinn Bio
USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn grew up wanting to be a singer more than anything else. When she realized she probably wouldn’t be hired as the opening act for the Foo Fighters, she stopped singing and started writing. Now she happily writes about rock stars, MMA fighters, suited heroes, bodyguards and everything in between. And she blasts her music as loud as the neighbors can stand, because hey, she’ll always be a rock star in her own head.


Taryn Elliott Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Taryn Elliott is a music freak who loves everything about telling stories. She has way too many ideas rattling around in her head, but music almost always ends up in the story somehow. She’s extremely lucky to have a job that allows her to slip into the shoes of musicians, actors, business women, tycoons, bodyguards, chefs, bakers, carpenters, inventors, bartenders, wine makers, artists, and so many more characters to come. Talk about living the dream!
 
 
 

Friday, August 30, 2019

Cover Reveal: Outmatched by Kristen Callihan & Samantha Young

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Outmatched by Kristen Callihan and Samantha Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing date: November 19, 2019
Cover Designer: Hang Le
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What happens when a boxer finds chemistry with a geek? 

Parker Brown can’t believe she needs to hire a fake boyfriend. When she landed her dream job in renewable energy, she thought she’d be entering a world at the forefront of progressive thinking. But the head boss prefers to promote employees who are “settled.” Thankfully, she’s found the perfect candidate, a fellow intellectual looking for some quick cash. What Parker gets is his protective big brother—Rhys Morgan. The tall, muscled ex-boxer with a foul mouth shows up just as her boss does, and now she’s stuck with the manipulative jerk.

Responsibility weighs heavily on Rhys. Now permanently out of the ring, he’s trying to hold together his late father’s gym and keep his younger brother, Dean, on the straight and narrow. To save Dean from himself, Rhys takes his place, ready to give this society girl a piece of his mind. Instead, he finds an opportunity. Even though they can hardly stand each other, posing as Parker’s boyfriend is a win-win deal. She gets to keep her job, and he’ll charm her star-struck boss into sponsoring his gym.

Problem is, they can barely keep their hands off each other. And what started as an easy deal isn’t so easy anymore. Because what future can a rough ex-boxer, afraid to open his heart, and a polished society geek, who has sworn off real relationships, possibly have?

They say opposites attract. These opposites are about to combust on impact.

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About Kristen:

  Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading. 

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About Samantha:

Samantha Young is a New York Times and #1 International bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. On Dublin Street was Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in thirty countries. She has since published over thirteen romance titles including the New York Times Bestsellers Into the Deep, Hero, and her most recent contemporary romance Play On. When writing Adult Paranormal romance she writes under the pen name S. Young. 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Review: Far From Heaven by Cherrie Lynn


Genre: Paranormal Romance
Stand-alone sequel to Sweet Disgrace 
Publisher: Entangled Otherworld
ISBN: 978-1-60928-432-9
Ebook release date: April 26, 2011
 Print release date: March 6, 2012
 Length: Category


His love could damn her soul…

Ashemnon’s demonic hunger for Madeleine Dean’s pure, vibrant soul has tormented him throughout every lifetime she’s lived on earth. Now, thanks to her desperate father, he has a blood-tight contract in hand. Soon, her soul will belong to him.

All her life, Maddie has been haunted by strange occurrences, hallucinations and increasingly intense nightmares. As her ex-boyfriend walks away, she can almost hear the pieces of her life falling around her. And then she falls—literally—into the arms of a stranger who’s the first and only person to understand.

Ash meant to pluck her soul, not sweep her off her feet. Yet the moment they touch, the temptation to seduce her again and again is more than he can resist. Despite the risk, he finds himself succumbing to her charms. And, impossibly, falling in love.

Then Ash learns the reason it’s taken centuries to get to this point: He’s not the only one with a claim on her soul. Heaven and Hell are in a tug of war—and Maddie’s the rope. Control wrested from his hands, Ash can only wait for her to make a choice that will damn one soul to Hell…or damn her own.

Warning: This title contains obsession, soul possession, and hot carnal transgression. Oh, and a few scares for good measure. You can’t keep this bad demon down—though you’ll want to try.

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What I thought about Far From Heaven
I really love Cherrie Lynn's contemporary titles, but didn't know she had a few paranormal titles among her books, so when I had the opportunity to read this, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.
Ash is a demon. His job is collecting souls, and he makes a chilling deal to obtain someone's soul. Madelaine. He has to wait a while before he can do it, but when the time comes, he gets himself in some hot water with his superiors for hesitating to take what he has a contract for.

When Madeleine meets Ash, she thinks they are just a casual one night thing, but she finds herself wishing he'd come back.  She doesn't know what he is, but she does know he's a fabulous lover.  If you've read Cherrie Lynn before, you know she can write a steamy scene, and there's plenty of them in Far from Heaven.

Ash and Madeleine are great together, but they have to go through a whole lot before they can even think about being together -- after all Ash was going to come for her soul!

There's a real great level of scary tension whenever the demons and angels are on the page and I absolutely loved that about this book. The story is nicely crafted because at first I had no idea how they could possibly get out of the dilemma they faced.  I did like how everything was wrapped up in the end.

This works well as a standalone.  It's easy, steamy, just a little scary, and grabs you right from the start.



About Cherrie Lynn


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Cherrie Lynn has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now that she has come to her senses, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. It's *much* more fun. She's also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and loves letting her passion for romance and metal collide on the page.

When she's not writing, you can find her reading, listening to music or playing with her favorite gadget of the moment. She's also fond of hitting the road with her husband to catch their favorite bands live.

Cherrie lives in East Texas with said husband and their two kids, all of whom are the source of much merriment, mischief and mayhem. You can visit her at http://www.cherrielynn.com or at the various social networking sites. She loves hearing from readers!

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