February 28, 2015

BOOK BLITZ: Spend the Night (Episode #3) By, Elizabeth Lee






We're celebrating the release of SPEND THE NIGHT, Episode 3 by Elizabeth Lee! Check out the excerpt below!



Spend the Night: The Hotel Collection Episode #3 by Elizabeth Lee
Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense



Blurb:
All games must eventually come to an end…
Hannah's new reality is that someone is stalking her. Aggressively. The only question now is who. Fingers are pointed and accusations are made as every clue leads to her down another twisted path of questions without answers. Her feelings for both Carter and Trent cloud her judgment as the investigation delves deeper into her personal life and into her heart. Carter’s past is a mystery and Trent has every reason to try and make her seem crazy. Her loss would be his gain after all.

Hannah will have to choose, but making the wrong choice will cost much more than a broken heart.

Everyone has a motive.
But only one of them has a plan.

Expect the unexpected in the thrilling conclusion to the Spend the Night series.




Excerpt
“Follow me,” I said, taking Carter's hand in mine.  It had been forty-eight hours since I'd learned about Mark's death.  The police investigation hadn't turned up anything, so for the time being the security team was still watching me like a hawk.  Whoever had killed Mark seemed to be laying low, nothing of any concern had happened since.

I was making a concentrated effort to not let everything that had happened affect who I was.  Or who I wanted to be.  I wanted to be the girl that believed the police would do their job and everything would be okay.  I wanted to be the girl that enjoyed the beginnings of a new relationship with a great guy.  Carter had been very supportive over the last couple days.  He'd made sure to check in with me regularly and kept an ever watchful eye out for anything suspicious. 

I offered up a playful smile as we made our way down the hall from the Scarlet Ballroom.  The two of us had met with Alison to discuss the menu and table layout for the wedding.  Trent was notably absent.  I hadn't seen him since Carter had whisked me out of the security office.  A part of me knew it was for the best, but another kept waiting for him to rush in and declare his innocence.

Alison was unusually chatty that morning—reiterating how ecstatic she was about becoming Mrs. Crawford.  Luckily, Carter was on his game that morning.  He'd been more accommodating than I felt like being and even had an idea that would make the flow of service move more quickly for the wait staff.  And while a part of me was grateful that he had such an eye for detail, I’d silently cursed myself for not thinking of it in the first place.  Just another sign that my head wasn't in the game like it used to be.  I was supposed to be groomed and ready to take over as the C.O.O. of The Wellesley-Crawford Hotel, not flouting around like some rookie event planner.

Not that I didn't have a somewhat justifiable reason.  Just when I thought I was finally coming down from everything that happened the night of the Gala, Carter showed up.  Then Trent showed up. My shit show love life took precedence over every logical thought I once had in my head. That was until I realized someone was stalking me and now possibly involved in the murder of a man I went on a date with.  If this is what it was like to have a full plate, I needed to start a diet as soon as possible. 

My head was still spinning.  I hadn't had a moment to myself and it was starting to affect me.  My current company excluded, having a body guard up my ass twenty-four-seven was really cramping my style.  I knew that I needed one to be safe, but I'd always been a do-as-I-please kind of girl.  Now I was asking permission to use the restroom in my own hotel.

“Where are we going?” he asked, pulling my body to a halt. The guard tasked with keeping tabs on me believed I was still in the inside ballroom, so I needed to move fast if I wanted a moment alone with Carter. 

He brushed up against my side and firmly planted his lips on my neck before kissing up to my ear.  “God, you smell amazing,” he whispered, before a bellhop turned the corner catching us both by surprise.  We both straightened up as if we weren't about to rip each other's clothes off. The sexual tension had been building between us since our last encounter, unfortunately, time or convenience hadn't been on our side. Both of us had been swamped with work and conflicting schedules. Stolen kisses and the occasional embrace were all we'd managed to work in over the last few days. Not to mention, any time he did stop by my suite, the thought of a bodyguard sitting outside my door and knowing exactly what we were doing kind of killed the mood. Today was different though. Today I was making it a priority to get some quality time with him.






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Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.

Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany... I should write a book. And I did it!

If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.


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February 27, 2015

REVIEW: Caught Up in You By, Colee Firman







Life has a way of shaping you into what it wants you to be, regardless of how much you fight it.

Brantley Prescott is damaged. Scarred by a past she can’t forget. Hiding secrets she’s terrified to share. Searching for a future she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find.

Myles Franco is alone. Burdened by mistakes he’ll never live down. Fostering a deep resentment for the opposite sex. Unleashing his wrath on any girl who gets too close.

Brantley has worked behind the bar long enough to recognize Myles for what he is—a douchebag player with nothing on his mind but keeping a steady stream of girls flowing through his bed. With his messy dark hair, sapphire blue eyes, rock-solid body, and endless tattoos he’s impossible to ignore. But that’s exactly what she plans on doing.

After just one run-in with Brantley, Myles is even more determined to stick to the rules he lives by. She’s mouthy, blunt, and doesn’t back down—no matter how hard he pushes her. She could turn out be the one temptation that drags him down the path he’s been trying to avoid. He won’t let that happen.

Both are content living behind the solid walls they’ve built around themselves. Neither is prepared for what happens when their lives collide.


Due to sexual content and graphic language - 17+ recommended.









Review 

I was not expecting how much I was going to love this book. I loved a romance story were the couple can barely stand each other in the beginning.  I love it when the heroine can go toe to toe with the hero. It makes me like her even more. Brantley is definitely a character that can stand up to her hero even though there are times where she is immensely vulnerable.

“I hardly knew her yet I felt like she needed me- even worse, I felt like I needed her.”

Brantley has had a hard life. She has been living with her aunt but it is time that she gets her own place and let her aunt live her life without her. Brantley is ready to prove that she can live life by herself and get by alone. She wants to be able to prove that she can do it. I loved Brantley’s character. While she has had a hard life she hasn’t let herself get bitter. While she only has a few friends she loves them fiercely. While some of her choices frustrate me I liked her character overall.

“I’d never been in love before or anything remotely like it. I knew the second I had her against the wall I was headed in that direction.”

Myles has his own mysterious past that has left him jaded and definitely bitter. He has locked himself in his house until he can get his passport back so that he can leave the country. He never knew what was coming when he saw his new neighbor. I really liked Myles’s character. He was complicated and irritable. He was definitely bitter and keeping women at an arm’s length. I love that he fell in love and Brantley never had to really fight for him or fight for his attention. Every time they fought he fell a little harder.

“From the first time you told me to fuck off I was all yours.”

The romance of this was amazing, heartbreaking, and completely frustrating. Brantley and Myles are neighbors and both of them have been through hard times. Brantley’s was so much more but both of them are trying to move on. When they meet the two immediately start fighting. Brantley doesn’t let Myles be a dick without giving it right back. There were just so many times that I was like “JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER”. There were communication issues and pride issues with these two. While Myles seriously messed up the first time, if Brantley put her pride aside and went after him they wouldn’t of had more problems.

“The sounds of the party filled the silence. Music, talking, and laughing was happening right around the corner. Then there was us- Brantley and me, clinging to each other as if our lives depended on it.”

I loved the story line. There were great side characters that you couldn’t help but love. The two main characters, while frustrating, were so great. They worked together and I loved both of their stories. The actual storyline was interesting. There was a little bit of mystery surrounding Brantley and her scares but I loved that it didn’t make her bitter. I really loved this book and I will definitely be picking up more from this author.


“When you called my name during the storm I knew my heart belonged to you. It was inevitable, unavoidable- inescapable. I tried to fight it but hell, you fucking owned me. Hell, you still do. How can you not see that?”







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COVER REVEAL: Getting Dirty By, Mia Storm



We are so please to introduce brand new author Mia Storm with her debut release, Getting Dirty



Releasing on March 19th









Dirty

A poem by Blaire Leon

If sex is dirty, why would I do it with someone I love?

If sex is dirty, then didn’t we all come from the dirt?

What if I like the dirt?

What if I want to get dirty?

What if I want to roll in the mud until I’m so fucking filthy that I’ll never be clean again?

When twenty-five-year-old graduate assistant Caiden Brenner asked Blaire Leon how old she was, she said she was a senior. He chose to believe she meant in college. They connect over Lord Byron’s Don Juan and, as their conversations become increasingly thicker with sexual innuendo, Caiden finds himself obsessing over a totally off-limits undergrad who’s bold, beautiful, brilliant, and one of the most passionate poets he’s ever met.

But it turns out Blaire hasn't been totally honest. She's the seventeen-year-old valedictorian of her high school class, taking courses at Sierra State while awaiting her acceptance to Stanford.


Will Caiden get too deeply into Blaire to back away before he finds out the truth? Or will their connection be enough to seduce him into risking his entire future on Jail Bait?






























Excerpt

“What year are you?” I don’t even realize I’ve said it until it’s out of my mouth.

Her eyes flick from the book to mine. “A senior.”

I feel my eyebrows arch before I can stop them. “You look younger.”

She bites her lips between her teeth for a moment. “Is that good or bad?”

“Neither, I suppose.” But my insides burn, knowing that she’s not as off-limits as I originally thought. It’s nearing the end of January. Commencement will be here soon enough. She graduates and all bets are off.

“So…” she says, twisting a finger into the ends of her hair. “I know you like old, dead poets. How do you feel about hearing something fresher?”

I lean toward her. “Such as?”

“I’m reading in a poetry slam tonight. It’s just something over at Tino’s in Jonestown on the fourth Friday of every month. There’s no prize money or anything, but I perform something new pretty much every month.”

“A poetry slam…” I want to say yes in the worst way, but it feels dangerously like a date.

She must read the hesitation in my eyes. “If it’s too weird, no worries. I just thought, since you like poetry…”

She leaves the thought dangling. Like a noose. And I jump right into it. “Yeah. Why not?”

The answer to that rhetorical question is that it’s not May yet and she hasn’t graduated. I’m risking everything I’ve worked the last three years toward. My entire future. But the voice of reason is being drowned out by the raging waves of something rolling up from the deepest layers of my being like an undertow. 
Something base and essential. And unrelenting.

“Do you want to meet me there?” she asks, standing from her seat and giving me a better view of the entire exquisite length of her.

“Yeah…that’s probably best.” Plausible deniability. No, Dr. Duncan, I didn’t have any clue she’d be there. Just went to hear the poetry.

“Great,” she says as she gathers her book and shoves it in her bag. “It starts at nine. There are usually five or six poets and it’s a random draw, so I don’t know what time I’ll be reading.”

I nod without standing, no longer able to tame my erection. “I’ll be there at nine.”

“You know where Tino’s is?”


Electricity crackles under my skin. I’m really doing this. “Yeah. I’ll find it.”





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Mia Storm is a hopeless romantic who is always searching for her happy ending. Sometimes she’s forced to make one up. When that happens, she’s thrilled to be able to share those stories with her readers. She lives in California and spends much of her time in the sun with a book in one hand and a mug of black coffee in the other, or hiking the trails in Yosemite. Connect with her online at MiaStormAuthor.blogspot.com , on Twitter at @MiaStormAuthor, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MiaStormAuthor

REVIEW: Bound to You (Millionaire's Row #1-3) By, Vanessa Brooke






Arrogant, brooding, domineering, possessive, dangerously handsome, and a playboy. These are all of the characteristics on Rebecca Gellar’s Run-Like-Hell list for men, but she’s about to meet the man who’s the epitome of these and more…

After breaking off her engagement with Hollywood actor Miles Storm, Rebecca is ready for a change of scenery in her life and in her bed. So when the opportunity to work for StoneHaven Publishing, one of New York City’s most respectable publishing empires presents itself, Rebecca doesn’t hesitate moving to the Big Apple.

Convinced she can show the owner of StoneHaven Publishing that she has the "right stuff,” Rebecca agrees to a six month trial as the personal assistant to the owner’s playboy son, Nicholas StoneHaven. This is her big chance. If she can just get through these six months without strangling Nicholas with his Armani tie, she'll be okay – easier said than done. Nicholas is the last person Rebecca thought she’d find herself pining for, especially when he hits every category under her list.

Get ready for a battle of the sexes…

*This novel includes all three volumes combined.



Review 
This was my first Vanessa Brooke read and I loved it! There were so many great things about this bind up and I was really happy when I was finished. The synopsis doesn’t give you much in terms of the story. It seems to be pretty vague compared to were the story went. Either way I absolutely loved the characters and the romance in this book.





Millionaire’s Row #1:

I loved the opening scene in this book. Rebecca finds her fiancĂ© cheating on her and you know what she does? She bunches the girl right in the face. I feel like everything that Rebecca goes through in terms of her emotions was spot on. It wasn’t like she just got over him in a few weeks. She had to work through that and learn to live without someone she truly loved. I was really proud she never caved when he came back. She was a strong and feisty character that I really liked.

“He pulls me closer, and soon, I’m so enraptured by the feeling of his mouth on me that I forget what it feels like to breathe.”

Nicholas was a great character. While he was liked his women I don’t think that he was a horrible person. There was a lot more to his character then I thought. He is under a lot of pressure from his family and his past to do whatever he can to keep the company running. Overall there was just more to his character then I expected.

“She shifted my world upside down, turning it on its axis with one simple kiss.”

I loved the tension. Nothing really happened between them sexually other than a kiss but the buildup might have been even better. The writing was done so well. I mean it has to be if, as reader, I was content without any sex scenes. There was buildup, tension, and so much steaminess without them ever really touching each other. Can’t wait for the next book!





Millionaire’s Row #2:

This story keeps getting better as we go. I love that there is so much tension between the characters but they are also on the lines of hating each other or loving each other. They push each other’s buttons like no one else and make them want things they never thought possible. The prologue was great. It gave us some background on Nicholas that I feel was needed. We could understand why he was willing to give everything up for the company without it.

“I just can’t have her around me, because whether I like it or not, Rebecca makes me feel like a caveman. She makes me feel like the only thing I need to survive this cruel fucking world is the thought of being inside her, and right now, that’s a dangerous mindset.”

This is the book where they really start to give in. Rebecca is convinced that Nicholas will never do anything about Alison and Nicholas doesn’t know what to do about any of it. Rebecca knows that she could fall for him but there is a risk in that and she doesn’t know if she should take that risk. Nicholas has always been the love ‘em and leave ‘em type and now that there is a woman he can’t get enough of, it scares him. He wants her but wanting her is going to make his whole life one big clusterfuck. Nicholas and Rebecca finally take it to the next level but with that comes problems, drama, and even worse…major feelings. This was a great installment in a great series.






Millionaire’s Row #3:

When the last installment ended I was really worried. I was worried that Rebecca was going to fall back into her old life and let Miles win. I would have been so disappointed and there were a few times she seemed to have lost the strength she built but there was nothing to worry about. Rebecca was and still is a strong character. She stands up to Miles and even puts Nicholas in his place a few times.

“I’m also dreading the possibility that with one word, she can either shatter my world or make it complete.”

Nicholas has fallen and fallen hard. He has come to terms with his feelings and just how deep they go for Rebecca. He can’t give her up. Now Nicholas has to figure out how to fix the mess falling in love with the wrong women made of his life. Nicholas is sweet and loving as well as dominant and possessive. There is nothing but Rebecca standing in his way to make her his.

“The funny thing is- I can’t seem to breathe without her being near me. I’m not sure how I did it before or how I lasted so long without her, but I need her now.”

There were so many communication problems in this installment. Neither Nicholas nor Rebecca would come right out and say what they wanted. They wouldn’t share their feelings. Even when Nicholas was doing everything he could to convince Rebecca he loved her, he never came out and said all of their problems were gone. Rebecca was so quick to let him go that they never really talked about anything. It was completely frustrating. I thought this was an excellent way to end their love story. My only problem is the epilogue did nothing for me. We might as well not have had one. It didn’t answer any of the questions left over. Like what happened with Nicholas’s dad? What happened to the company? What is Rebecca going to do now? There are so many questions that were left unanswered that I felt like we were left hanging. I’m not saying there needed to be another installment but there could have been one. I would have rather read that then been left without answers.


I really liked this series and I can’t wait to read the coming ones of Nicholas’s sister and his best friend. The teaser left me saying WTF?!?! I NEED THIS BOOK NOW. I will definitely be reading more from this author.




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REVIEW: Seaside Secrets (Love in Bloom #24; Seaside Summers #4) By, Melissa Foster




Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.











Review

I am so excited about this book. I think I have been waiting for this particular Seaside installment since the very first one. Amy and Tony have been some of my favorite characters since I started this series and I am really excited to see them get their HEA. This book was beautifully written just like all of the other books by Melissa Foster but this one was filled with so many more emotions that I am used to. It nearly ripped my heart out but I loved every second. Each characters always had their little things that they had to get through but Tony and Amy had past hurts and a lot of denial they had to get through. It made the HEA that much sweeter.

“He loved Bella, Caden, and the others goddamn it. What he felt for Amy was so much bigger than friendship, it threatened to stop his fucking heart.”

Amy Maples has been in love with Tony since she was six years old. They spent one summer together when they were eighteen and she has yet to feel anything close to it. Now she is going to try one last time to reclaim his love and his heart before she leaves Seaside for a new job. When the seduction doesn’t go as planned she plans to take the job in Australia. This job will take her away for two years, hopefully long enough to get over Tony. He has made his feelings very clear and now it is time to get over him once and for all.

“You’re everything to me, Amy. You’re the first thing I think of when I wake up and the last thing I think of before I fall asleep.”

Tony Black has been in love with Amy for as long as he can remember. When the summer before college ends in tragedy and Amy pushes him away he leaves more broken then he could ever imagine. Now he tries to love Amy from a far. He doesn’t want to risk losing her again or Amy tossing him aside so easily again. Never mind neither one of them has really dealt with what happened that summer. When Amy takes his advice and takes the job he has to wonder if he made the biggest mistake of his life.

“It’s our decision this time, Amy. There are no outside influences that can push us one way or the other. There’s only you and me and what could be.”

The first half of this book was so heart-wrenching I couldn’t help but be teary through it. I was literally holding my breath through every chapter in the first half. Reading Amy putting her heart on the line over and over again only to come to the conclusion that Tony no longer loves her hurt. A lot. But I also think adding Tony’s POV and seeing how much letting her go hurt him made it even worse. Melissa was able to create a story that stands completely on its own in the Love in Bloom overall series. The rawness and the heartbreak of their story makes this one of my favorite reads.

“I want to wrap you up and hold you tight.” He kissed the corners of her mouth. “I want to get to know every inch of your beautiful body again, until I know how it changes when you breathe.”

Tony and Amy have a lot of past to work through. Never mind what happened that summer but also the weight their parents left. Tony’s dad is gone but that doesn’t mean he didn’t play a part in Amy and Tony splitting up that summer. Amy’s overbearing father also had some part to play and their story was about coming to terms with everything that happened. All of the regrets and lost years and coming out the other side more in love then they ever were. We also get the lovable crazy girls and Jamie from the first three books. We get a very nice ending for the main group at Seaside that left all of the pain we saw in the beginning totally worth it.

“I know I told you to take the job with Duke, and I don’t want to stand in your way, but I want you with me, Amy. Every day, every night, every fucking minute of my life.”

While I have always appreciated Melissa’s drama free reading I loved how she mixed it up and I wouldn’t even call this drama. This wasn’t some angsty drama but an emotional reconnection. Melissa Foster has a writing style that pulls you into the story and wish you owned a condo on the cape alongside all of these Seaside friends. She created a stunning story that left me heartbroken in the beginning but completely sighing and smiling with happiness at the end. I cannot wait to read more from this series. I highly recommend Melissa Foster’s books. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!


“We’ve only been together a short while, but we’ve loved each other a lifetime. Yes, I’ll change everything for you.”




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