Thursday, September 27, 2018

Review & Excerpt:Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) By Jill Shalvis

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Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: September 25, 2018
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 Hot Winter Nights, a stand-alone Heartbreaker Bay romance, by Jill Shalvis is a sexy romance in which hero Lucas Knight wakes up with a woman in his bed with no memory of how that happened. What the heck?

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. 

Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.

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What I thought about Hot Winter Nights 

When Lucas Night wakes up with a woman in his bed, his first reaction is to get out of there fast! He has no idea who's in his bed and when he finds out, he's in for a whole mess of emotions.

Molly has had a crush on Lucas for a while, but her heart is protected by a good size wall.  Her previous relationships haven't gone well and some of that is related to an injury she suffered as a young girl.  

But the spark between them won't go out, and Molly and Lucas engage in what they both kid themselves to be no-strings attached nights together. Yeah, right.  They end up falling for each other.

I really liked Lucas and Molly together.  They really needed each other for reasons I'm not going to spill in this review.  There's a really nice mystery going on too, with Molly wanting to have her own case at Archer's investigations.  Personally, I think she needed to be a lot more harsh with Archer and her brother when the truth comes out! I did love the nosy co-worker scenes when everything comes to a head near the end of the story. 

Lucas's family also has a nice spot in this story, and I wish there had been more of them, especially after the events at the end of the story.  Their absence was noticeable. 

Overall, Hot Winter Nights is another nice installment in the Heartbreaker Bay series, which I love, and I was happy to see that a few more characters were introduced for the series.  Looking forward to more!  

An ARC was provided for review.

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Excerpt:

“You’re staring at me funny,” he said.
               Probably because she was confused over how badly she wanted him. Okay, not so suddenly, but still, denial had been her friend and now that friend had deserted her. “No, I’m not.”
               “Yes, you are. You’re staring at me like …”
               She turned her back on him and grimaced to herself, knowing exactly how she’d been staring at him. “Like I’m annoyed by your presence?” she asked.
               “Like I’m dinner.”
               She closed her eyes. “Oh, please,” she said on a low laugh. “I’ve slept with you now. Trust me, I don’t need a repeat.”
               “So you keep saying.”
               His voice sounded right in her ear now. He’d moved, shifting close enough that his chest nearly brushed the entire length of her spine. She could feel the heat of him and nearly moaned. Nearly. But she caught herself. It was just that his body heat was soaking into her and she found herself wanting to back into him. He smelled amazing and he was still dressed from his job, and that was a shocking turn on too. As was the sexy smirk she heard in his voice.
               Which didn’t make any sense. From the time she’d come into her sexuality as a teenager, complete with all the baggage of her kidnapping still hanging over her head, she’d only ever felt comfortable when she was the one doing the charming and chasing. She’d dated guys here and there, all very different from her brother and men like Lucas. They’d been … beta. Not pushovers, but non-threatening. Nice and sweet. Emotionally available.
               The exact opposite of Lucas.
               But the truth was, no one had ever really invested in her, and she wasn’t sure Lucas was the investing type either. In fact, she was fairly positive he wasn’t, but it still felt a little bit like he was chasing her and she wasn’t at all certain what to do with that.

About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
Jill lives with her family in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters (Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is mostly coincidental). She does most of her writing on her deck surrounded by more animals than humans. Which is quite astonishing considering she’s a city girl who was plucked from the wilds of L.A. to the wilds of the Sierra’s. Most of her books come from a combination of hard work, cookies, and hot guy pics, and not necessarily in that order.
Jill often travels to reader weekends & conventions where she LOVES getting to meet and hang-out with readers. The only problem being she tends to get lost in her hotels. So if you ever see Jill Shalvis roaming the halls, someone please return her immediately.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Review:Against Protocol (Part One of the Protocol Serial) by Eden Butler

Title: Against Protocol
Series: The Protocol Series #1
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Romance
Release: September 25, 2018



Everyone has secrets, even the leader of the free world.
Even his wife.
I was Ophelia Harris, America’s youngest First Lady.
Now I'm America’s Widow, and my husband’s secrets continue to haunt me.
They continue to threaten my life.
I’m supposed to grieve with the world and keep up the façade of the perfect marriage and the perfect life.
But I can’t.
Because of him. 
Cruz Solano, the man I can never have and the only one I'll ever want.

Against Protocol is part one of the three-part Protocol series releasing in September and October of 2018



What I thought about Against Protocol
Against Protocol starts with a flashback that has Lia and Cruz hooking up and more. Fast forward some number of years (things are effectively vague in this tale)  and Lia is First Lady, married to someone else.  When a tragic shooting occurs, Lia is left alone with secret service providing security.  And you probably guessed it already ... Cruz is an agent on that detail.  I don't want to reveal much more because that will spoil it for you.

I liked this, even though I was a bit frustrated with understanding the timeline at first (well, still, but that's ok). Cruz is the perfect man-of-few-words and alpha dog and Lia is in a place where she really needs him -- or does she?  I guess I'll find out in the upcoming installments of this serial.

Overall, an intriguing start to this political romantic suspense serial.
 
An ARC was provided for review. 




Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Mystery, Suspense and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. 
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football. 
She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. 
Please send help.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Release Blitz:Hot Winter Nights (Heartbreaker Bay #6) by Jill Shalvis

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Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis
Release Date: September 25, 2018
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Hot Winter Nights, a stand-alone Heartbreaker Bay romance, by Jill Shalvis is a sexy romance in which hero Lucas Knight wakes up with a woman in his bed with no memory of how that happened. What the heck?

Who needs mistletoe?

Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once . . .

Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.
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Download Today!
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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.

Jill lives with her family in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters (Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is mostly coincidental). She does most of her writing on her deck surrounded by more animals than humans. Which is quite astonishing considering she’s a city girl who was plucked from the wilds of L.A. to the wilds of the Sierra’s. Most of her books come from a combination of hard work, cookies, and hot guy pics, and not necessarily in that order.

Jill often travels to reader weekends & conventions where she LOVES getting to meet and hang-out with readers. The only problem being she tends to get lost in her hotels. So if you ever see Jill Shalvis roaming the halls, someone please return her immediately.
Connect with the Author:

Release Blitz:Against Protocol (Part One of the Protocol Serial) by Eden Butler

Title: Against Protocol
Series: The Protocol Series #1
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: Romance
Release: September 25, 2018



Everyone has secrets, even the leader of the free world.
Even his wife.
I was Ophelia Harris, America’s youngest First Lady.
Now I'm America’s Widow, and my husband’s secrets continue to haunt me.
They continue to threaten my life.
I’m supposed to grieve with the world and keep up the façade of the perfect marriage and the perfect life.
But I can’t.
Because of him. 
Cruz Solano, the man I can never have and the only one I'll ever want.

Against Protocol is part one of the three-part Protocol series releasing in September and October of 2018

Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Mystery, Suspense and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. 
When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football. 
She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. 
Please send help.
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