Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cover Reveal:Salvaged (Saints of Denver #4) by Jay Crownover

About SALVAGED

William Morrow
June 20, 2017

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancĂ©e who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes. 
Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him. 

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28497297-salvaged

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About Jay Crownover
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, Welcome to the Point, and Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters and make the reader feel something.
 

ARC Review:Tru Burn (Ember Peak Book 2) by Edie Danford


As snow flies across Ember Peak, Jones and Tru are making their own kind of warmth, but a family secret could send a chill over their future plans.

Jones Hudson is ending the year the right way. He’s taking his sexy fiancĂ© and his sweet dog on a fun road-trip to visit his mom’s new family. He’s found a groove with new friends at Ember Peak Ranch and his job at a local diner. And, best of all, he’s regularly basking in the flame-hot love of Tru Larkin.

But things go unexpectedly wrong when Jones uncovers news that may change life at Ember Peak forever. And when the secret detonates, the after-burn is more painful than he or Tru could have imagined.

Tru knows it might be too late to save the season, but he’s determined to move forward with his planned surprise for Jones. When a blizzard knocks out power at Ember Peak, he’s forced to rethink his ideas on giving and forgiving. Maybe it’s the gift of a simple vow that will burn brightest on a dark, starless night.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32860297-tru-burn



What I thought about Tru Burn

In true holiday fashion, Jones and Tru are heading home for a visit with Jones' mom and new husband when things just start to go wrong.  There's car trouble, and dog trouble, and engagement trouble.  Everyone wants to know when Jones and Tru are getting married, and everyone has an opinion about it, too.

There's lots of undercurrent going on here, with Jones feeling a little insecure  and Tru picking up on Jones' feelings but not quite understanding or knowing what to do about it.  I loved this part of the book and how these two have to go through a few trials before they can figure it out.  There's a bit (well, maybe more than a bit) of jealousy brewing too, and things come to a head in an amazing party scene that I just adored because it showed a completely new side of both characters.

Tru and Jones are tested in many ways in Tru Burn and there were a few moments near the end that ripped my heart into shreds. I totally got why Tru and Jones did what they did, and I loved their path to resolution.  I've always had a soft spot for Jones, but I really fell for Tru in this story.

I'm totally enjoying this series.  The characters are fresh, and realistic, there's plenty of heat, and I really love this romance.  Definitely recommended for fans of M/M romance.

ARC provided for review.    

 About the Author

Edie loves jackalopes, romance, mountain vistas, romance, John Ford movies, romance, Jim Beam Black, romance and cowboy boots (current faves are black Tony Llamas and red ropers).  Although her extended family hails from the Rockies, the Plains and the Midwest, Edie has spent the last ten years in her Green Mountain home.


 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cover Reveal: Royally Deep by Virna DePaul

Check out this stunning cover for
Royally Deep by Virna DePaul!

We're so excited for this release!


Title: Royally Deep
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Book Description:
Take one sexy quarterback,
Mix in one adventurous princess,
Add some serious sexual tension,
And you get the royal romance of a lifetime.

Kyle Young—all-star quarterback and lady-killer—thought he knew what he wanted out of life: freedom, football and fun. Then he meets Bella. She seems like the perfect woman: gorgeous, funny, and a huge football fan. But what he doesn’t know? Bella also happens to be Princess Arabella of Salasia.

Yearning for adventure and romance before she devotes herself to her country and marries a man she doesn’t love, Arabella can’t believe her luck when she meets Kyle. Sparks fly between the football player and the princess, and they begin an affair neither of them could’ve imagined.

Soon, however, duty and self-doubt cause Kyle and Arabella to separate. Can he become the prince she needs? And can Arabella overcome her family’s disapproval? Or will their love transform back into a pumpkin at midnight, leaving them both without a happily ever after?


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32945432-royally-deep

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About the Author

Virna DePaul is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, and a former criminal prosecutor who writes thrilling, sexy stories about ordinary people overcoming extraordinary obstacles to find love. She has been traditionally published with Penguin, Harlequin, and Random House, and is also a bestselling Indie author.

Website: www.virnadepaul.com
Email: virna@virnadepaul.com

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway:Trying Sophie by Rebecca Norinne

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Trying Sophie

by Rebecca Norinne Dublin Rugby #1
Publication Date:
December 6, 2016

Genres:
Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Rugby, Sports Romance
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SYNOPSIS

She doesn't date players...
Sophie loves her life: she's travelled the world and lived by her own rules. But when she finds out about her grandfather's heart attack, she drops everything and boards a plane to Ireland. Two weeks, that's the plan. Until one look at her childhood nemesis has her rethinking everything. She's sworn off athletes, but she might just give him a try...

He's the biggest player of all.

Sex and rugby. Those were the only two things Declan cared about, right up until his first love waltzed back into his life. Even as he slept his way through Dublin, he never stopped thinking about her. Never stopped wondering if she thought about him, too. So even though he's never gone after a woman the way he chases down opponents on the field, this time, he won't let her get away.

On the field, he's invincible, but she just might break him.
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EXCERPT- TRYING SOPHIE by Rebecca Norinne

I dropped my eyes and stared at the floor. “I want you, Declan. Really, I do, but I’m worried about being just another notch on your bedpost.”
Pushing off the window, he crossed the room in three purposeful strides. Wrapping his large hands around my arms, he squeezed them gently. I raised my eyes to his.
“How can I make you see that’s not true?”
“I don’t know. Maybe you can’t.”
When I looked away he groaned and loosened his grip. Trying a different tactic, he asked, “What are you most afraid of?”
Man up Sophie, I thought to myself. If you’re not brave enough to have The Talk, you’re not mature enough to have The Sex. 
I couldn’t help how I felt and if we didn’t get this out in the open, it might always be between us. And despite this being a difficult conversation, it was more important to tell him how I felt than to keep it bottled up inside and resent him in the future because I hadn’t been honest with him from the get go.
I took a deep breath and squared my shoulders. “The thing I’m most afraid of is you’re going to be with me today, then turn around and fuck someone else three days from now. I’m worried that if we do this, it’s not going to mean the same thing to you that it’ll mean to me.”
He closed his eyes and exhaled loudly as he pinched his fingers around the bridge of his nose. When he opened them, he dropped his hand and leveled an indecipherable gaze on me.
“How can you think that?”
“I know it’s not fair of me to judge you for your past, but you don’t exactly have a solid track record here. Tell me I’m wrong. Convince me that when we walk out of here you’re not going to think, ‘That Sophie, she was one hell of a lay. Who’s next?’”
“Is that really what you think of me?” he asked somberly.
“That’s what I was talking about earlier,” I answered sadly. “I don’t really know you, do I? What if you forget about me tomorrow?”
“That won’t happen.”
I continued as if he hadn’t spoken because if I didn’t, I’d never say what needed to be said.
“I know I’m leaving soon and less than an hour ago I told you we should just enjoy each other while we had the chance, but I think I’ve been fooling myself. I can’t be casual with you, Declan. If we’re going to be together, it has to be more than just sex.”
My eyes dropped to the patterned rug at our feet and I held my breath, waiting for him to laugh, scoff, or otherwise indicate I was being completely unrealistic with my expectations. Which is why I was taken by surprise when he lifted my chin with his finger and, staring into my eyes, chased away all my doubt and fear.
“Done,” he promised, finality in that one word. “And just so you know, there was never any question that’s what this would be. I’ve thought about this for so long, wanted you as much as I’ve ever wanted anything. I have no intention of screwing up one of the best things that’s ever happened to me.” 
He rubbed his rough, calloused thumb across my cheek. Dropping his eyes, he cradled my face in his hands and watched his fingers stroke along the apples of my cheeks. Finally, his eyes landed back on mine. “Do you have any idea what you do to me?”
I shook my head because I couldn’t seem to find my voice.
“You ruin me.” He dropped a soft kiss on my lips. “Just completely destroy me,” he added, taking the kiss deeper.
“Let me show you Sophie,” he whispered, his gaze locked on mine. “I promise it’ll be good. I’ll be so good to you.”
I nodded and he licked the seam of my lips. Opening to him, felt the tangle of his tongue against my own, the taste of him imprinted forever on my memory.
“Yes,” I whispered and kissed him back, hungrily.
He scooped me into his arms and carried me to the bed.


 
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ABOUT REBECCA NORINNE

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Rebecca read her first book when she was four years old and has been hooked on the written word ever since. While working in technology PR in Silicon Valley, she began writing her debut novel and eventually published it six years later. At the end of 2014, she left behind her career in corporate communications to become a full time author. When she's not writing, you can find Rebecca exploring her new city of Dublin, Ireland, watching Leinster Rugby matches, or traveling the globe searching for inspiration for her next book.
 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Release Day ARC Review:Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

GLASS TIDINGS releases on December 5th, 2016!


Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus to Texas after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.

He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.
Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.

Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.

But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.

Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32471483-glass-tidings

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What I thought about Glass Tidings

I was immediately sucked into this book as I read the opening scenes.  Eddie is a drifter, someone who travels light. He's chosen this lifestyle because it suits him.  He doesn't really stay in one place too long, and he's on the way to Texas for their Renaissance Faire season where he makes glass trinkets for the faire goers.  He thought he might try settling down, but when that doesn't turn out the way he plans, he borrows a car, drives until it breaks down, and then proceeds on foot to the nearest townOn the way, he witnesses a hit-and-run that could have serious consequences.

After giving his statement to police, the cops need him to stay in town until they can investigate the hit-and-run.  Eddie ends up in a room at Grayson's house. Gray's a friend to the town cop and owner of a small Christmas shoppe in the town of Clear Lake. 

 What happens between Grayson and Eddie is interesting and very different from what I've read in other romances.  Their dance is very unique in that both of these characters aren't exactly good at communicating, and both are loners.  It takes them some time to learn how to interact with each other, even though there is some definite caring and attraction going on here. I loved that about Glass Tidings.  It felt so fresh and real and at first I thought these characters were so very different that they wouldn't make it.  As the story progresses, I changed my mind because it was clear that there was a common ground between them, and Gray and Eddie just had to figure it out.

I've been reading a few holiday novellas of late and one thing I need is for some sense of magic and Glass Tidings gave that to me, just not the way I expected it.  And that is a great feeling as a reader, to be surprised. There's a lot of magic in that, too.

Overall, I really liked this story and characters. I did feel that it was a bit wordy in the middle, which is why this isn't a 5 star rating.  I also very much liked that the focus here is on the relationship, and not so much on the sex and I really liked that about Glass Tidings. It worked for me and I absolutely recommend this holiday novella.

ARC provided for review. 


About the Author


Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series.
 

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