Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review, Excerpt and Extras: Shot On Gold (a Play by Play Novel) by Jaci Burton

In the new Play-by-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Score, opposites attract when a figure skater and hockey player lace up their skates--and go for the gold...

Will "Mad Dog" Madigan is making his second trip to the Winter Games, and he couldn't be happier. Hockey is his life and playing for the U.S. team is a privilege. Then he meets U.S. figure skater Amber Sloane. She's beautiful, ambitious and driven--everything Will desires in a woman. He would love to show Amber how hot life off the ice can be.

Amber has skated her entire life, sacrificing everything in the hopes of one day winning gold. Now she's competing for the third and final time. She intends to win, and nothing's going to get in her way--until she meets Will. He's an irresistible charmer, and before long Amber is wondering if this sexy hockey player is the perfect guy to show her some moves outside the rink.

But after all the medals have been awarded, Will and Amber will have to decide if what they have together is just a fling or a real shot at true love.

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“Yeah? What are your cravings?”

“Hmm, let’s see. Thick crust pizza with sausage and extra cheese. Lasagna. Chocolate chip cookies. Brownies. Oh, and cheeseburgers. I really love cheeseburgers. With onion rings.”

He laughed. “That’s a damn fine menu, Amber. Surely you can have some of those things at least once a week, right?”

“I get healthy proteins, like lean chicken and fish. Only when I finish a competition am I allowed to indulge.”

“Allowed? Come on, honey, you’re a grown-ass woman. You can make your own decisions.”

She looked down at her ice cream, suddenly losing her appetite for its creamy sinfulness. She pushed it aside. “I do make my own decisions. Like now. I’m full.”
Will looked over at her cup. “You barely ate two bites.”
“It doesn’t take much to fill me up.” Which was her mother’s mantra.
Eat half of what’s on your plate, Amber. You’re thin anyway, so you don’t need a lot of food.
Except she was always hungry, and drinking more water never filled her up.
“Yeah? Well I’m eating this entire cone and two scoops, which I know I’ll burn up on the ice. You should do the same.”
Will didn’t understand how hard it was for her to maintain the balance between strength and figure. But she did. She’d worked so hard, and nothing was going to derail her.
Not even the tempting chocolate raspberry ice cream that sat in front of her.
This had been a mistake. She should have never come here with Will. But since she had, she’d politely wait until he finished his ice cream and then she’d make her way back to her apartment.
“Would you like to taste mine?” he asked.
She shook her head. “No, I’m good.”
“So’s this mint chocolate chip. And I promise I don’t have germs.”
Oh, she’d love to put her mouth where he’d had his mouth. That wasn’t the issue at all. Just the thought of swirling her tongue where his tongue had been caused flames to lick along her nerve endings, making her wish they were outside where it was cooler.
“Do you like mint, Amber?” he asked.
“I do.”
He leaned forward, offering the cone. “Take a lick.”
She was going to self-combust if he kept talking to her that way.
“Okay.” She started to take the cone from him, but instead he wrapped his hand around hers and held the cone steady. She leaned forward and flicked her tongue over the top of the cone, watching the way his gaze was glued to her mouth, which only made her previous heated state grow more incendiary.
She sat back and pulled her hand from his. “It’s really good.”
“Yeah, it is really good,” he said, and Amber was certain he hadn’t been talking about the ice cream.
She’d been hit on by a lot of guys over the years, mainly at skating competitions, and especially at the international games. She’d ignored them all to focus only on her goal of winning. Never before had she been affected by flirting or guys coming on to her. She knew she’d be nothing more than a one-night stand, and she wasn’t much interested in being some guy’s forgettable bang.
But there was something about Will Madigan that intrigued her. He was hot, and had a magnificent body. She liked that they were compatible from a skating point of view, but she’d had attractive male figure skaters hit on her before and they had certainly been more compatible than Will, so what was the deal with this guy? Why him, other than she’d madly crushed on him four years ago when he’d never once even looked in her direction.
That was probably it. He’d noticed her tonight, and she felt vindicated. Plus, she was determined to live it up these games.
Though she was going to do it on her terms. She was going to be the one doing the choosing, and it was going to be on her timeline. When she was ready.
She wasn’t going to jump in the sack with the first guy on the first night.
Even if said guy was hot and sexy and had eyes that made her melt.

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 What I thought about Shot On Gold

Amber has dedicated her life to figure skating and winning a gold medal, and it's her last Olympics. She's ready to win having worked the last four years to achieve her goal, so she decided she's going to enjoy the games. She's no longer willing to sacrifice friends and fun for competition sake. When she meets Will, a super hot and sweet member of the USA hockey team, everything clicks for the two of them and what might have been a brief fling turns into something much more.

Both Will and Amber are at the games to win a gold medal, but they may have found more than gold with each other. The conflicts here are light, and the very best part of this story is not the romance, but how Jaci Burton expertly captures the heart of an athletic champion and the joy that comes from doing your best and winning. I loved this aspect of the book. Amber's self confidence was a little off putting at first, especially when it came to her experience with sex, but I really ended up liking her. I liked Will's attitude too, towards sports and toward Amber. He really was quite sweet.

This book chased away my blues from the 2018 Olympics being over. I loved the camaraderie, the athleticism and thought there was a lot of joy to be found in this book. It's not my favorite book in this series, but I did enjoy it very much. It's fluff... fun fluff. An Olympic fairy tale and just what I needed now that the games are over!

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway! Forgetting You, Remembering Me by Monica James

The stunning conclusion to this epic love story that began with Forgetting You, Forgetting Me from International Bestselling author, Monica James.

The truth sets you free...but what happens when everything you believe in changes in the blink of an eye?

All I ever wanted was for my fiancé, Samuel Stone, to remember me. And now that he does...all I want is for him to forget. Through tragedy, I found myself and who I was destined to become. But more importantly, I found who I was destined to be with.

With a single word, Saxon Stone changed my life forever. He taught me how to live again. But now that Samuel remembers and all secrets have been revealed, I’m left to wonder which life I’m meant to lead.

Divided by my head and my heart, I’m torn between duty and desire. Samuel is my past while Saxon is my forever. The choice should be easy.

But love never is…

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Release: February 28th 2018
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10 paperbacks, 1 winner!
To celebrate the release of FORGETTING YOU, REMEMBERING, Monica James is  giving away 10 signed paperbacks! 
These amazing authors are coming to the party! Look at this Rockstar Line-up!!

Signed Paperbacks From:
• Colleen Hoover—TBA Title
• Anna Todd—TBA Title
• Christina Lauren— Roomies
• Vi Keeland— Sex, Not Love
• Mia Sheridan—Winner’s Choice (Except the Indie of Archer’s Voice)
• S.C. Stephens— Furious Rush & Dangerous Rush
• Sylvain Reynard —Gabriel’s Inferno
• Lexi Ryan—The Wrong Kind of Love
• Monica James—Forgetting You, Remembering Me 

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  Giveaway open internationally.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

New Series! Arizona Vengeance by Sawyer Bennett

Be there when the puck drops…

Join New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett this fall when the Arizona Vengeance take center ice for the first time! An all-new franchise, these players are heating up the ice and taking the hockey world by storm.

The Arizona Vengeance series launches with the introduction of BISHOP, who is about to find himself in a compromising position…with the coach’s daughter. She’s got a plan to keep him from losing his place on the team, but it may land him by her side at the altar, the last place he’s looking to be.

See if BISHOP is able to stay out of the penalty box with his coach on August 14, 2018!

Turn up the heat with the Arizona Vengeance! Be ready for as much hockey action on the ice as off, and look for bigger drama, hotter action, and more alpha alphas. Because one thing is certain—the Arizona Vengeance go big or go home, and nobody is looking to go home alone.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Cover Reveal:The Transcend Duet by Jewel E. Ann


A romance filled with love in unexpected placed from Jewel E. Ann is coming March 26th! 

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“In another life, she was my forever.”
An unexpected tragedy leaves Professor Nathaniel Hunt a widower alone with a newborn baby.

He hires a nanny. She’s young, but well-qualified, with a simple life, a crazy name obsession, and a boyfriend she met at the grocery store.

Over time, he discovers she knows things about him—things that happened before she was born—like a hidden scar on his head, his favorite pizza, and how he cheated on a high school Spanish test.

She speaks familiar words and shares haunting memories that take him back to over two decades earlier when he lost his best friend in a tragic accident.

“I’m afraid of what’s going to happen when you realize I’m not her.”

Transcend is a sexy, mind-bending journey that uncovers possibilities, challenges beliefs, and begets the age-old question: is there life after death?

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About Jewel

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review:Getting Hotter (Out of Uniform #4) by Elle Kennedy

A sexy standalone novel from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!

A good bad boy is hard to find…

Seth Masterson has been lusting over Miranda Breslin since the moment he saw her on a Vegas stage. Now that he’s been asked to watch out for her as she opens a dance studio in San Diego, he’s all over it, figuring it’s his chance to get her in his bed. Except the stubborn single mom seems determined to deny their sizzling sexual chemistry. In typical SEAL fashion, Seth makes it his personal mission to prove her wrong.

Miranda got over her attraction to bad boys about the time one of them knocked her up at the age of eighteen. Seth’s mocking gray eyes and military-buff bod, though, are pure and utter temptation. And when a flooded apartment forces her and her twins to move in with him, she can no longer resist the urge to set off some serious fireworks between the sheets.

But any involvement with Seth will be strictly physical—and temporary. So when Seth decides permanent is what he wants, Miranda must steel her defenses before she does something incredibly foolish…like fall in love.

Warning: This book contains a bad boy SEAL who knows what he wants and will go to any lengths to get it. Expect graphic language, hot sex, seduction, hot sex, dirty talk, hot sex, a little man-on-man action. Oh, and hot sex.

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What I thought about Getting Hotter

Bad boy Seth has been lusting after Miranda for a long time, but she's not interested...mostly.  Her first priority is her children, and Seth is anything but kid friendly. She won't entertain anything with him because she knows it won't be long term, and she doesn't want to put her kids in the situation of being hurt as well.

The attraction between Seth and Miranda hits epic proportions, and so he decides he will let her have the control if she'll just have sex with him.  She agrees (she's been in a very long dry spell when it comes to men) and their time in the bedroom is explosive for both of them.  They manage their "no strings" relationship around their schedules, but when Seth is around Sophie and Jason, it's clear that he doesn't want anything to do with them.  When it becomes clear that nothing is going to change that, Miranda takes decides to cut back on their sleep overs and cuddling and other intimate behaviors both Seth and Miranda have begun to enjoy.

Seth really can't take it because he's falling for Miranda, much to his dismay. He misses their time together and wants more than just sex, so he makes another deal with Miranda to try to get along with her children.  His first experience babysitting them is a disaster, but it is revealing as to why he's so averse to children and it's a very sad story.

It's fairly clear throughout the story that Seth is falling hard for Miranda and vice versa.  I really enjoyed the progress of their relationship from pure lust to really having deep feelings for each other.  They were great together!

I also enjoyed the parallel story of Seth's roommate Dylan and his struggles with his sexuality.  Dylan was so different from Seth when it came to the children that I had to love him for how he treated Sophie and Jason.  I definitely want his story now!

There's a lot to like about this series.  The men are hot and the women are strong willed and their love story sucks you in from the start and keeps you until the end of the book. 

A copy of Getting Hotter was provided for review. 

About the Author

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!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Series Cover Reveal! Trails of Sin from Pam Godwin!

Cover Reveal: A NEW series!

TRAILS OF SIN is a cowboy romance series done
Pam Godwin's way. 

Dark - Kinky - Lawless - Modern - Anti-heroes

Each book spotlights a different couple. 
No cliffhangers. Must be read in order.


Coming May 1, 2018 Preorder 
I try to forget her. It’s impossible.
Growing up together, Conor and I shared all our firsts. First love, first kiss, first… Not all our firsts.

We were sixteen the night she was violently assaulted while I helplessly watched. I’ll never forget the sounds of her suffering. Or my inconsolable agony when she left Oklahoma.

Years later, she returns to honor our teenage pact. Except the boy she loved is gone, replaced by a ruthless cattle rancher knotted with secrets. She doesn’t know my dark cravings or the trails of sin that lead to her.

I don’t deserve her, but one truth remains. She’s mine.


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BOOTED, Book 3

Coming Sept 18, 2018 Preorder

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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.
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.

Other Books by Pam Godwin

Release Day Review: The Five Year Lie by Sarina Bowen

Bestselling romance author Sarina Bowen’s debut thriller, about one woman’s search for the truth after receiving a text from her deceased ex...