Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Seventh Victim by Mary Burton

The Seventh VictimThe Seventh Victim by Mary Burton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lara Church has no memory of the the Seattle Strangler who tried to kill her seven years ago. Left brutally attacked and with no memory, she spent her time adrift after Seattle finally making her way back to her grandmothers home in Austin. Trying to rebuild her life, the last thing Lara wants to is to be reminded of the victim she once was. When murders begin to share an uncanny resemblance to the ones in Seattle, Texas Ranger James Beck wants answers but Lara is adamant that no memories have resurfaced. Beck won't back down on his relentless pursuit to find the murderer and he needs Lara's help.

Hypnotic story, I thought this was an intriguing cat and mouse story. You are taken on a rollercoaster ride trying to figure out who is after Lara. Excellent read, will be picking up more from this author.

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Unwrapped by Lacey Alexander

UnwrappedUnwrapped by Lacey Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Simon is the love of Emily’s life, every aspect of their relationship except one thing, sexually Emily is timid in bed. Simon is flustered and having to make an important decision about their future, all the while Emily is realizing she needs to figure out if she can be everything that Simon needs. What happens next is a sensual discovery that will have both of them never questioning their compatibility again.

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An On Dublin Street Christmas by Samantha Young

An On Dublin Street Christmas (On Dublin Street, #1.5)An On Dublin Street Christmas by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Quick little story that celebrates Jocelyn's and Braden's first holiday together as a real couple. Filled with humor and love an excellent little bit about a favorite hero and heroine.

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On Dublin Steet by Samantha Young

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street, #1)On Dublin Street by Samantha Young
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jocelyn Butler learned a hard lesson when she was younger, never let anyone close. If you shield yourself you will never feel the pain of loss again. Uprooting herself at eighteen, Jocelyn moved to Scotland to begin a new life. In need of a new roommate she finds herself quickly becoming attached to Ellie Carmichael whose sweet demeanor makes it hard to keep those gated walls shut.

Braden Carmichael has a type of woman he goes for and it always is short lived, but while in their company he is loyal to a fault. Enter Jocelyn whose first meeting is memorable and second meeting even more so. Braden wants Jocelyn, everything about her is a puzzle and she has no problem keeping him at a distance which leads to a cat and mouse game between the two of them. The problem is Braden wants more from Jocelyn, including her opening up while Jocelyn is scared to death of letting anyone in.

My goodness what an intensely beautiful story. Jocelyn is broody, confident, but in a way so vulnerable it spears you. Braden oozes sex appeal, confidence, and determination especially when it comes to Jocelyn. Would reread this again and again.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Anything After Sunday? by Samantha Lucas

Anything After Sunday?Anything After Sunday? by Samantha Lucas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last thing Frannie Songer wanted to do is go on a cruise and be the third wheel on her sisters second honeymoon. The shy, awkward, woman who hides beneath her baggy clothes and shadow of hurt from years ago, after being encouraged to try and break out of her shell she ends up in a mortifying moment only to be comforted by a handsome stranger.

West Hollins does many things well, but the one thing he does not is relationships. He has a one night only policy for any woman who enters his life, but for some reason everything about Frannie has him questioning every rule he has set up to protect himself from any attachments. Every moment he is with her he wishes for one minute more, but West doesn’t feel he can offer anything more than making every moment count until the cruise is over.

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Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hooked (Hooked, #1)Hooked by Liz Fichera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Native American Fredrika "Fred" Oday has caught the interest of her high school golf coach. Her relentless practice and natural grace on the green has him believing they can finally have a winning year. The problem is there is only one golf team and it is a boys team. Taking the spot of one of the school's most popular boys has put a target on her back and brought her the notice of Ryan Berenger who has had everything handed to him on a golden spoon.

Ryan doesn't want anything to do with Fred, especially be her partner on the green. Of course it would be easier said than done, especially when he keeps noticing subtle things about her that makes him even more curious about who she is.

Fascinating story, I thought the level of feelings each character had was very powerful. Ryan is floundering, he is following his friends guidance and making poor choices. I think this is what drew him to Fred, she is quiet, out of place, but has this strength about her that is eye opening. She deals with the prejudice of being a rez kid in a sea of well off families, somehow she pulls her strength together to make a new life for herself.


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Breathless Press Erotic Romance Tour






Breathless Press Releases – Erotic Romance #2

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The Captain's Christmas by Leona Bushman

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While on a rescue mission, Faraway must save her ship from pirates before they destroy her Christmas.

Captain Faraway Hastings sets off on what she thinks is a regular rescue mission, even if it did have the bad timing to be on Christmas. Disparate reports from the medical officer and captain of the downed ship cause her to look more closely at the situation.

Ethan Roarke, lieutenant commander and chief medical officer, is frustrated with the time it's taking for help to come. When he learns that his captain has neglected to inform their rescuers of the dire straits his people are in, he's angry and concerned. But worse, his loyalties are now torn between his captain who lied and the one trying to save them.

When Fara and Ethan meet, the attraction is immediate and strong despite the circumstances. Can Fara and Ethan discover the pirates hidden amongst them before they kill everyone on the ship? Or are they doomed to miss out on their chance of a Merry Christmas?


Excerpt

"I assure you, my people can count. And the tally with the last group waiting below is," she pushed some buttons on her wrist unit. "Seven hundred twenty eight men, women, and children. Would you like the breakdown?"

"I'm telling you. I have a complete list of our manifest here, and there are less than six hundred people, sir."

They stared at each other. "Well," she said after a beat of silence. "It seems we have ourselves some stowaways. Possibly—likely—dangerous ones."

"The other ship. I didn't think about it, but there were two main directions that the largest groups came from. That means," he stopped and looked to see if she'd had the same thought.

"That means, Lieutenant Commander Medical Officer Ethan Roarke, that as I'd suspected before landing my first shuttle there, the enemy is amongst us."

"Why would they do that? Why would my captain not tell me or you?"

"You know him better than I, but my take is he's trying to protect us. That, in his opinion, telling us would put us in more danger than not knowing. I happen to disagree. Knowledge is power in my experience."

"And mine," he replied. "It's not like him to withhold this type of information from me. He'd normally want me to be apprised so I can adequately prepare my medical team for the right kind of injuries. Have you asked the first officer?"

"No. I will do so once everyone's on board."

"He's in sickbay from injuries during the walk."

"Thank you for the information. In the meantime, keep your eyes and ears open. It goes without saying that I don't like having an enemy on my ship."

"Any more than I like that my captain may be responsible for allowing it to happen." Somehow, during the last part of their conversation, their voices had become quieter, as if they were afraid of being overheard. He'd placed himself so they were practically touching by the last word. When she said ship, a puff of air had landed on his lips. Their closeness made the tone of his response sound intimate as he dropped his volume in reaction to her closeness.

"I don't like hotheaded medics," she whispered.

"And I don't like pushy, bossy captains," he replied just as softly.

"Then you're going to hate me," she said and kissed him.


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A Christmas Match Made In Heaven by Brianna Lorin

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A Christmas Match Made in Heaven is a tale that unites two lonely souls while reuniting two departed ones just in time for the holidays.

On the day after Thanksgiving, Carroll Moore is presented with three items that once belonged to her beloved, now deceased Aunt Maggie — a woman's ring, a diamond pendent, and a man's college ring. The accompanying letter reveals the items' history, and while the woman's ring and diamond pendant are Carroll's to keep, she is asked to return the man's college ring to a very special young man. What follows is a romantic tale that unites two lonely souls while reuniting two departed ones just in time for the holidays.

Excerpt

With candles lit, lights off, and bath salts sprinkled, I sank into the dreamy warm water, relaxing every inch and crevice of my body. There was a workload from hell awaiting me at the office. The next few weeks would be crazy with one closing after another with sellers wanting to move south, out of the cold, snowy mountains, and buyers wanting to make money on their new establishments. All of this had to be done, of course, before winter arrived or in time for ski season and Valentines' Day.

While drifting into that half-asleep, half-awake mode of twilight, completely relaxed in the warmth of the tub, I began to hear a woman sobbing. At first her sobs were soft, and between sobs, she was speaking in a faint voice.

"Please don't leave me. Hang on. Please don't leave me."

I began to feel the ache in my chest again; it was dull and throbbing, and as the sobs grew louder, the pain grew stronger.

"Help me," she whimpered.

I became immobilized and started shivering. The bathroom was filled with a chill, and the flames on the candles went out. I looked around the bathroom, only seeing shadows of the trees outside blowing in the wind. The street light was thankfully shining through the window. It was then that I felt Aunt Maggie; her voice was low and barely audible. "You have to help me get back to Ron, Carroll. He's waiting for me somewhere. I can't find him in this black abyss, this very strange quagmire I'm trapped in."

"Where are you?" I asked.

"Somewhere between here and there."

"I don't understand what you want me to do?" I asked, looking around in the darkness, searching for a hint of her. My teeth were chattering.

"He proposed on Christmas Eve, thirty-five years ago. The ring was hidden inside one of those small jewelry box ornaments on his family's tree. Ron gave it to me after I opened all the other presents he had for me. He so loved to spoil me.

"When he handed me the box, he got down on one knee. I covered my face and cried. I loved him so much, Carroll, and couldn't wait to be his wife. Later that night, when we were lying in each other's arms, he told me about the other present he had for me. We were to spend New Year's Eve at the Statler Hilton in Manhattan. Don't think poorly of me, Carroll."

"Why would I, my god, Aunt Maggie, you loved the man and you were going to marry him. Do you honestly think Mike and I waited 'til our honeymoon?" There he was again, my ex, creeping into my memory in one form or another, and why the hell was I talking to what, a ghost?



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Baby, You're Cold Inside by Ivy Bateman

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Lily Sinclair isn't in the Christmas spirit.

Successful, sexy and headstrong; being nice is too overrated when being naughty is so much more fun. However, there are those who believe that her cool interior stands in her way of true happiness. On the night when something a little bit colder than Lily takes her on a journey to her past, she goes along for the ride, but...

Will her guide show her just what it will take to melt her icy soul?

Excerpt

"Why'd you bring me here?" I gesture to the circle of trees.

"So you assume that I arranged this?"

"Well, I don't see any other magic, frost people around," I say, trying to keep my sarcastic tone in check.

"Well, yes...it was me, but why aren't you more shocked? A lot of people freak out when this kind of thing happens to them! I thought for sure that even you would be impressed to be taken back to a point in your past. But no, you're just as full of attitude watching your past as you are in the present! The guys and I really thought we'd be able to break your hostile exterior." He genuinely seems hurt, but it doesn't faze me.

"The guys? What guys?" I put my hands on my hips and face him.

"Yes, the guys, well and some girls, my co-workers, we who work for St. Jude."

"St. Jude."

"Yes," he says, his voice filled with pride

"The saint for hopeless cases?"

"Exactly."

Our banter is interrupted by a loud groan. We look over at Cory the rutting wonder and past Lily. I can tell Phillip assumes the noise came fromCory, but I remember it was me, expressing my sour mood. This guy had one move; put it in, pull it out and repeat. It got old fast.

I shake my head and look back at Phillip. "They can't see us, right?"

"No, they can't see us, or hear us, or anything like that. So getting back to St. Jude..."

"Yes, ok...you work for the saint of hopeless causes, Phillip. I got that. So why are you here? Oh wait!" I put my hand up to stop him from talking. "You and the guys think I am a hopeless case or cause or whatever! That's a riot! Are you here to help me?"

Frozen Phillip momentarily transitions into assistant Phillip. He looks down at his feet and scrunches his face. He appears embarrassed. I laugh loudly.

"You are! That's insane! I don't need any help!"

"Well, Lily, we disagree," he starts speaking very slowly, as if he was talking to a child. "We've been watching you for quite a few years. Your attitude toward your fellow man has been a bit...off kilter for more than a little while and we think it's time to intervene. Most people who are not very nice eventually have an epiphany, a sort of a wakeup call and change their ways, but not you. You seem to thrive on making people miserable, but in the end it's not going to help you." Phillip stops and looks into my eyes. He's probably trying to see if this is moving me at all. I stare blankly back at him, crossing my arms under my breasts.

"And?" I snap at him.

Phillip swallows before he continues. "And every Christmas season, because at this time of the year people are often at their kindest, we are all given a 'hopeless case,' a person to turn around. This year I was given you as my project. I've been sent by the powers that be to help you find your kinder side. We think that somewhere under your cold exterior lies a warm heart, a gentler person and we'd like to bring that out in you."

I howl with laughter. "Wow, Phillip, do I feel sorry for you! How'd you get stuck with me? Did you draw the short straw?" I'm laughing so hard I'm in tears, but I stop soon after. The snow suit is too tight for a lot of mirth.

"Lily, I'm quite serious."

"Oh I believe you, my dear. Don't worry. The icy get up, the trip to the past, it's all very dramatic, but come on,Phillip! Why on earth do you and your guys care about one bitchy woman? Besides, I don't think I'm a hopeless case. I think I'm fabulous. You're wasting your time. Aren't there people who have seriously hopeless cases that you could be working on?"

He smiles brightly. "See right there! The fact that you can think of people other than yourself, that you can imagine there are suffering people who need help shows that you have a bit of warmth in your soul."

I scoff at him. "No it doesn't. Phillip, I think most people are hopeless. If you helped people based on what I think, you'd never stop working. The only person I care about is me."I pat his frozen cheek and walk over to watch the action in the center of the trees.





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Christmas Is Cancelled by Aurelia B Rowl

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Could Tilly's day get any worse? Even Christmas had been cancelled! Will Dean succumb to temptation as he endeavors to make Christmas better for both of them?


Matilda 'Tilly' Carter didn't think her day could get any worse, but even Christmas had just been cancelled.

The one girl Dean Watson has sworn never to have—never even expected to see again—just flared back into his life and into his home—his sanctuary—like she belonged there. Christmas would certainly be more bearable with Tilly around though...

As the chinks in Dean's armor appear, Tilly seizes the chance to win her knight once and for all. She's not about to take no for answer—not this time—but Dean must resist, even as his heart rebels and temptation threatens to undermine his resolve.

Win or lose? Love or honor? Which will Dean choose? Assuming he gets a choice...

Excerpt

Tears welled in her eyes, clouding her vision. She turned and wandered blindly toward the exit as the first tear escaped, forging a track down her cheek for the rest to follow. Tilly took in a lungful of air and then another. Having made a spectacle of herself once already, she really didn't want to be the cause of yet another scene.

The crowds swarmed around her, with students and family members heading home for the holidays only adding to the usual rush-hour melee of commuters. They jostled past, threatening to swallow her whole, as they rushed en mass in the opposite direction, using their briefcases and suitcases as a battering ram.

It was suffocating. She had to get out of there. Breaking into a run, broken heel or not, she raced through the doors and out into the biting December chill. Her waterlogged eyes struggled to adjust to the dark, dreary sky after the bright station lights, but she didn't dare slow down, desperate to escape the throng of festivities and merriment.

Carol singers assembled outside burst into a jovial rendition of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," full of joy and happiness. Didn't they know Christmas had just been cancelled?

"Ooof!" Tilly smacked her shin against the edge of a low bench, too dark to see as she tried to dodge the growing audience. She ended up sprawled across the bench, dropping the handle of her suitcase with a loud clatter.

At least the pain shooting down her leg gave her an excuse to be crying. Unfortunately, it meant she had to stop running too. Not good. Whenever things got too tough, too intimate, or too confrontational, you could rely on her to make a run for it. Running away was what she did best...

A tall figure loomed in the edge of her vision, something vaguely familiar about the man's loping gait. In an effort to see him more clearly, she wiped her eyes with the back of her hands, then cringed inwardly at the black streaks now etched all over them. Great. She could add impersonating a panda to her day from hell as well then.

The mascara stung her eyes, rendering her unable to focus properly. She blinked furiously as the man strode past her, talking into a mobile phone in a deep voice that resonated throughout her body and made the fine hairs on the back of her neck stand on end. A surge of adrenaline rushed to her legs, numbing the pain as her subconscious told her to run. Now!

The cloaked figure stopped mid-stride as if he'd heard her gasp. "Mike, I've gotta go," he barked into the phone, hanging up instantly. He backtracked until he was standing right in front of her, his tone changing from a growl to one of surprise. "Basmati?"

Great. She hadn't heard the nickname for years—nine years, four months and...sixteen days, to be exact—and even then, only one person had ever actually used it. She screwed her eyes tightly shut, shaking her head from side to side. No. No way. There was absolutely no way this could be happening to her. Not now. Not today of all days... Talk about kicking a girl when she was down.

"Is it really you?" he asked.

Maybe she should pretend it wasn't her? Mistaken identity and all that? She looked quite different now; she might be able to pull it off and get away from him. Even as she tried to convince herself to do it, a little voice inside told her it was futile to resist. It pained her to agree. It would kill her not to speak to him, to not look at him and see the man he had become. She'd only drive herself mad trying to work out why he was so far from home.

Nine years was a long time. Maybe he'd have forgotten all about how she'd thrown herself at him, her brother's best friend, humiliating herself to the extent that she'd fled her hometown? Yeah, and maybe pigs had suddenly learned to fly too.

"Hi, Dean," she mumbled, staring down at his feet like the timid and shy teenager she'd once been whenever he'd been around. But she wasn't that person anymore. Oh no, she was quite possibly even worse now. Slowly, she lifted her gaze, delaying the moment when their eyes would meet. "Long time no—"

Her jaw actually dropped. It gaped open, betraying her reaction. Smart brogue business shoes—well-polished—gave way to an expensive-looking gray pinstripe suit—Armani, if she wasn't mistaken. He'd teamed it with a crisp white shirt and a deep red silk tie—the color of blood—tied in a fancy Windsor knot, and then he'd completed the ensemble with a dark woolen overcoat. Left undone, it only served to highlight his spectacular physique.

Butterflies took flight in her belly, fluttering wildly. Where were the scruffy jeans and baggy T-shirts? She committed every inch of this new Dean to memory, but she couldn't bring herself to look beyond the shirt collar and tie. It was sure to be her undoing. She was practically salivating already. He must be able to hear her heart pounding ferociously against her rib cage.

She'd always had a thing for men in suits, and she'd always had a thing for Dean; putting the two together was sure to be a winning—or maybe that should be losing—combination.

"It is you. I knew it. Fancy seeing you here." He sat down beside her, his tone friendly, and he sounded pleased to see her. If only she could deny feeling the same. "Are you all set for Christmas then?"

Ripped from her daydream, the one where Dean had tracked her down, declared his undying love to her, and then whisked her away to a country manor, the events of the day came crashing back down on her. The shock and her excitement at seeing him drained out of her, seeping out of her shoes into the concrete slabs, as cold and harsh as the reality she faced.

"No, not yet. Speaking of which, I must dash," she said, ignoring the pain lancing through her leg as she stood. She did her best to saunter off without looking like she was running away but failed spectacularly.

"Hey, are you okay?" Damn it, he must have spotted her limp. He caught up with her in a matter of strides, the crowds parting for him, whereas she was trying to swim against the tide.

"I'm fine, thanks." Tilly sounded sullen and brattish even to her own ears.

"You could have fooled me." He spun her around to inspect her. She didn't want to think about how bad she looked.

"I said I'm fine." Stunned by her body's reaction to his slight touch, she staggered back a step. "I also said I have to go."

"What happened to your shoe?"

She could easily picture the way his brows would be knotted together, frowning down at her, but she didn't want his concern. What she wanted was for him to leave her alone. Didn't she? It was pitiful how much she was torn between pushing him away to make a run for it or wrapping her arms around him and clinging on like a frightened child.

"It doesn't matter, just forget it."

He either missed the hint and the dangerous edge to her voice or he chose to ignore it. "It does matter, and I can't just forget it. Are you injured?"

Now she really glared at him. "For Pete's sake! I said I'm fine. Just let it go." Big mistake! She'd been right to avoid looking above the shirt collar, and the poor light did nothing to hide the transformation he'd gone through. She couldn't hold the glare; she'd already seen too much. Heat was building in her core and merging with the fire that had erupted inside her at his touch.

"No." A hint of menace crept into his voice. It couldn't possibly be protective; he had no reason to be protective of her. Well, he'd been warned—




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Deck Mac Hall by Raven McAllan

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For ten years Mac had trained to understand the sort of Dom he is. Now he must explain himself to Holly and hope it's what she wants.

Holly has lusted after Mac for years, so when he suddenly announces this Christmas is the right time, she is determined to see it through.

Mac is a man of extreme tastes, and he's not all sure that Holly can be the sub he needs. He has prepared for this time for years.

Will all this preparation bear fruit, or is little Holly going to run away screaming? There's only one way to find out.

Excerpt
Damn Mac. All she wanted was a quiet life, not a clit-quivering tingle every time he came within five yards of her. On cue, her body responded to his presence, and her thong dampened.

"Your eyes are saying take me, I'm yours," a deep male voice whispered in her ear. "Have you decided yet? I told you, Holly. It has to be your decision, not mine. If you say yes, we'll set the rules. Not until then. If you say no? Ah well, only I'll know what you've turned down." His kiss on the nape of her neck sent a totally different sort of shiver through her. If his look dampened her thong, his kiss had soaked it.

"Well?" he asked. His voice was patient, his tone as conversational as if they were talking about the weather, not their future. "Holly, you've had time. We decided on Christmas Eve. That's tonight." He stamped his feet in the snow. The air was frosty, and his breath created white misty swirls around his lips.

"You said midnight," Holly reminded him. "And if we're being precise, I've had ten years. Now I have half an hour yet."

The nip on her neck made her jump.

"So I did. And?"

"So you can wait. I'll meet you in the Cock and Bull then."

He spun her around to face him, eyes narrowed. "You wouldn't be thinking of reneging, would you? I'll be mighty pissed if you are." He put his arm around her, and his hand caressed her ass through the heavy coat she was wearing. Even through all the layers, the heat of his touch seared her skin.

Bloody prick. Argh, and if he moves that finger any harder, it'll be in my asshole.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

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Unbeautifully Loved (Unbeautiful Life # 1) by Emma Grayson

Blurb:
On the run from her dark and painful past, Lexie Todd is finally forced by her best friend Mollie into settling into a new place for the first time in months. Having been hurt in more ways than one in the past, the last thing Lexie is expecting or wanting is to meet someone as persistent and annoying but incredibly gorgeous as Lukas Gunn.

When an incident leaves Lexie banged up and rattled, Lukas knows there’s more to her than meets the eye as something is haunting her to the core making him nothing but determined to make her his and protect her from whatever it is that casts the dark painful shadow behind her eyes.

But when her past shows up and pulls Lexie back into the nightmare she already once escaped while leaving her closest loved ones in danger it’s up to Lukas to save her from her darkest nightmare relived.

Will Lukas be able to save Lexie? Or will Lexie succumb only having known what it’s like to be Unbeautifully Loved?

The Proposition by Katie Ashley

The Proposition (The Proposition, #1)The Proposition by Katie Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emma Harrison is devastated when her best friend pulls out from his agreement to donate the sperm for her to conceive. Overhearing her argument, Aidan Fitzgerald intervenes and offers to be a shoulder she can cry on, but Emma is skeptical by his motivations since she turned him down at a Christmas party and his prowess with women is well known.

Aidan offers to be her sperm donor but his offer comes with a condition, he wants the baby to be conceived naturally and that means having Emma in bed with him to do it. As they begin their quest for fertilization they develop a friendship that begins to develop into something more, but Aidan has a way of sabotaging things that are important to him and Emma is quickly becoming important.

First my rant...serials drive me nuts, I want the ending and hate waiting for the next one. Now the good stuff...engaging story, I loved that Aidan was off kilter with Emma he didn't know what to do with her. She is unlike any woman he has been with, you can see him running scared from the prospect of how important she is beginning to mean to him.

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Recipe for Satisfaction by Gina Gordon

Recipe for SatisfactionRecipe for Satisfaction by Gina Gordon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sterling Andrews life is filled with takers who do nothing to take care of themselves and Sterling is left putting her needs aside. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Sterling decides to try an experiment and try new things outside of her sheltered box. Enter playboy chef Jack Vaughn whose magnetism draws Sterling in, when he offers to help with her new venture it comes with no strings attached conditions, four weekends of letting Jack take charge and then they both walk away or do they?

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Cinderella Substitute by Nell Dixon

The Cinderella substituteThe Cinderella substitute by Nell Dixon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jenni Blake has always been the dutiful personal assistant for Nate Mayer, over the past two years his dependence on her has strengthened since losing his fiancée in a horrible car crash. Nate begins to see a different side to Jenni when she seeks out her birth mother, but Nate is not ready to let go of his pain of losing his fiancée because he feels responsible. Jenni is falling for her boss, but his mixed signals has her questioning if he can ever move forward or will continue to live in the past.

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Exposed To You by Beth Kery

Exposed to YouExposed to You by Beth Kery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Joy doesn't know what came over her when it came to the irresistible pull she felt towards a model she was painting a body tattoo on. What transpires is an erotic moment with the potential for something more, but a misinterpreted meeting ends up with both frustrated and feeling empty, they are left with only the memory of the intimate moment they shared.

Months later Hollywood star Everett Hughes walks into a coffee shop and sees Joy. He wants answers and his dominant personalty intends to get them. Joy had no clue the man she shared that moment with was Everett, now that both have a second chance she begrudgingly agrees to a date. Joy's insecurities about her life have her wondering what he will do when he finds out about her life, not wanting to explore the pain of losing him she knows she will have to let him go. Everett, however, has no intentions of leaving Joy and comes up with an erotic and intense plan to break down her carefully guarded walls.

I could kick myself for not picking this up sooner, what a wonderful story. I was completely enthralled with both Everett and Joy. You want Joy to open up to Everett and she does, even though at times she is scared about the emotions he manages to draw out of her. Everett is intense, dynamic, and easily one of my favorite characters. Would reread this again in a heartbeat, excellent read.

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Fury by Michelle Pace and Tammy Coons

FuryFury by Michelle Pace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At the height of their career, Fury is about to break out into the United States. Wanting the right publicity, they allow magazine writer Cheyenne Carson and photographer Stephanie Brier to join them for a month on tour, at least their manager does. The band is not even aware of it and since they don't do interviews they are not overly excited about their new company.

Bassist Scot is instantly intrigued by Cheyenne, something about her pulls him to her and that she is not fawning over him like a besotted groupie is even more enticing. Cheyenne wants this article to be the best, she knows they took a big chance on her given them this assignment and although she would like there to be something more with Scot, she doesn't want to jeopardize her job. Like two magnets pulled together, it is difficult to resist the pull when it comes to chemistry. Outside influences as well as a few plans for sabotage could ruin the article, tour, and newly kindled relationship that is forming for Cheyenne and Scot.

I enjoyed this one, I thought that the story was for the most part believable and liked that there was a sub story for Stephanie. If you are into stories about rock stars this one well worth reading.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Skin Deep by Sarah Makela Book Tour



Skin Deep
Feral Ink Book One
Sarah Mäkelä

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Etopia Press

ISBN: 978-1-939194-25-1
ASIN: B00A3Y9RTI

Number of pages: 112
Word Count: 24,821

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

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Book Description:

Angelique had no idea her black panther tattoo would force her to abandon the love of her life—Connor O’Reilly—but she’s determined to keep him safe no matter how much it hurts. Her tattoo doubles as her feline familiar: loving, protective, dangerous, and with a life of its own. It’s also her deepest secret and draws enemies who desire its power for themselves.

Connor has no idea why Angelique left him, but he’s determined to win her back. As a werewolf, he has secrets of his own. Now his alpha is ready to force him to pair with an ex-girlfriend he can’t stand unless he can find Angelique and claim her as his mate. But even as their secrets threaten to keep them apart, hidden enemies seek to destroy their chance at love forever.

Review:
4 Stars


Werewolf Connor O’Reilly is being forced to mate, it wouldn't be so bad if the woman he had already given his heart to hadn't run away without any explanation.   Angelique Trinette has a secret, a black panther tattoo that also is her familiar, it is as if two different personalities share one body.  The problem is her panther is unpredictable and she was not willing to take the chance of harming Connor, but she did not know Connor had his own secrets to reveal.

Captivating story that was filled with twists that had me wondering how it would end.    I thought the premise of a shifter and a familiar was refreshingly new, I have not read this style of story before.  Perfect beginning for a new series.





About the Author:
Sarah Mäkelä lives in North Carolina with her husband and cats. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, computer and console games, and traveling all over the world. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, as well as the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapters. Find her online at www.sarahmakela.com.








Tour Wide Giveaway 1 $10 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of Skin Deep. 


Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter Eve by Lia Davis Review Tour and Giveaway




Title: Winter Eve
Series: Ashwood Falls, Prequel
Author: Lia Davis
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing
Format: Ebook
Length: 14,000 Words
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | ARe | Kobo |

Book Description:

Danica Welsh was born to be the leopard pack healer. An accident involving a drug induced youth left her badly burned and scared—emotionally and physically. Without the ability to heal by touch, she secludes herself to the edge of town, away from Ashwood Falls’ overly concerned citizens. All hope of mating and family become a distance dream. When she finally starts to accepts the long, lonely existence ahead of her, a stranger crashes into her life, and her heart.

After Nevan Mathews’ fiancée died three ago, he submerged himself into his work, cutting off all reminders of a life he dreamed of with the woman he loved. He lets his step-mother talk him into taking the first vacation in five years to visit for the holidays. But an accident delays his travel plans, sending him to Danica’s doorstep and raises a need he thought he would never feel again.
Can they tear down the walls around their hearts and submit to the passion before another claims Dani for his own?

Warning: Contains a shifter who's scars run deeper than skin, a human who has the heart of a shifter, and a snow storm that's sure to have them both reaching for warmth.

Review:

4 stars

Nevan Matthews isn’t overly excited about his trip, but having lost his fiancée he knows the importance of being with family.  He did not expect to crash his car and find himself getting help from a beautiful woman.   Stranded with no phone and a storm looming, Nevan is intrigued by Danica a leopard shifter, for the first time in a long time Nevan is attracted to another woman.

Danica, a healer whose intervention with a drug induced teen ended with her being scarred and  unable to heal others has withdrawn from her pack seeking solace.  Nevan ignites dormant feelings, but Danica’s insecurities have her reluctant to see what is truly there.  Besides Nevan is human, but what Danica doesn’t realize is there is more to Nevan than she knows.

Fast paced story, I thought this was highly creative especially the premise.  Both Nevan and Danica are resistant initially but the reasons why are so thoughtfully laid out you feel connected with the characters.  This was the first book of Lia Davis I have read and I can’t wait to read more.  I am always searching for shifter stories and luckily I have found another one to enjoy.

About the Author:
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.


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