Friday, September 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt- Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the next sexy, standalone novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series... Don’t miss the amazing excerpt and giveaway below, and order your copy today!

   

About CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE:

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That’s Colbie Albright’s plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie’s so over it that she’s under it. She’s also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she’s pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won’t be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence’s commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn’t have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot—chemistry he’s got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she’s gorgeous and a great listener…just because she “gets” Spencer immediately doesn’t mean he won’t be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

…and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock’s ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime

   

Order CHASING CHRISTMAS EVE in ebook or paperback, releasing 9/26/17!

 

Amazon | iBooks | Kobo| Barnes & Noble

       

Add to your Goodreads

Review-

Okay so by now I'm sure all of you must know that I'm a HUGE Jill Shalvis fan. All my reviews of her books clearly state that. Chasing Christmas Eve is the fourth book in Jill Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay series which is set in San Francisco. I have read and liked all the books in the Heartbreaker Bay series but I have to say I was really looking forward to Chasing Christmas Eve because it was Spence's book and it is no surprise that I loved it!

So let's just start with Spence. Spence has been present right since the inception of this series. He's the sexy nerd who's a genius. He's a millionaire and the owner of the property where this series takes place. I loved Spence. He was a great guy even he was horrible in social situations. I loved how Spence was smitten with Colbie since the moment he met her. He was protective of her and though he knew he sucked at relationships he wanted to be with Colbie.

Colbie on the other hand was a sweet heart as well. Colbie wants a break from her crazy family and that is the reason she comes to San Francisco. Colbie is actually a best selling author writing under a pen name. She loves the anonymity of it which she is fast losing because of pressure from her agent. I loved Colbie. She was responsible and sweet and all she wanted to do was be creative and write. She knows her time with Spence is limited and she has to get back to reality but she can't help but fall for him.

Jill Shalvis writes amazing chemistry. Colbie and Spence made for an adorable couple. They both had horrible experiences from their past relationships which made them hesitant to start a new one. I also loved how they got each other because both of them could easily tune the world out while working. Spence and Colbie try hard to convince themselves that they'll be fine without each other but they soon realise they've fallen hard.

I also LOVE the entire Heartbreaker Bay crew. I especially love Elle and Archer- I actually feel like going back and rereading Accidentally on Purpose. One thing I'd like to point out though is that Jill Shalvis drops facts and characters out of nowhere. It took me a moment to catch up with all of it and try to figure out if I'd missed anything or anyone in my previous reads. None the less I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading Chasing Christmas Eve.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.


EXCERPT:

Colbie Albright stood in the crowded LaGuardia Airport staring up at the flight departure board. Her chest was tight and her throat felt like it was closing in.
Classic anxiety, she told herself. Just breathe right through it.
Not that her body listened to her brain. Her body rarely listened to good sense.
In any case, it was December 1 and people were rushing all around her like chickens without their heads, while she stood still trying to figure out her choice of destination. Her only requirements were warm and tropical. An exotic beach would fit the bill perfectly.
Aruba.
Jamaica.
Oooh, I wanna take you…
Great, and now that Beach Boys song was stuck in her head. Doing her best to shake it off, she eyed the board again. So many choices for a twenty-eight-year-old runaway with a packed bag and no regrets.
From inside her purse her phone vibrated and she grimaced. Okay, so there were regrets. Buckets of them that made her suitcase feel like a thousand pounds and sucked the air from her lungs, but she refused to let herself turn tail and go back.
She was doing this.
   



And don’t miss the previous books in Jill Shalvis’s Heartbreaker Bay Series, SWEET LITTLE LIES, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE and ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, now available! Grab your copies HERE!



About Jill Shalvis: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.      

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter SignUp


 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blog Tour- Elemental Lies by Elle Middaugh


Elemental Lies (Essential Elements #2)
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance

Release Date: July 24th 2017


Summary:


Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her

After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best. 

When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble.

From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up. 

All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth. But how can she, when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies? 


Buy Links:    

About the Author:


Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. She spends most of her time raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.

She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.


Author Links:

Blog Tour Organized by:










Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Teaser Blitz- Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Hoyt



Summary-

A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael's irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he's drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael's past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael's own demons?


Buy the Book!




Iris tasted of red wine—the red wine she must have drunk at dinner—and all the reasons he shouldn’t do this fled his mind. A vital chain broke in his psyche and everything he’d held back, everything he’d restrained with all his might, was suddenly set free. He surged into her mouth, desperate for the feel, for the taste of her, his wife, his duchess, his Iris. She was soft and sweet and warm and he wanted to devour her. To seize her and hold her and never let her go. The deep unfathomable well of his urges toward her frightened him, and he knew that if she became aware of them, they would frighten her as well.
But that was the thing—she wasn’t aware of them. She thought she was simply consummating their marriage or some such rot, God help them both.
She gripped his naked arms and the beast within him shuddered and stretched, claws scraping against the ground.
Dear God, he wanted this woman.
But he had to remember—to keep that human part of his mind awake and alive—that he mustn’t seed her.
Must never do as his cursed father had done.
He broke from her mouth, feeling the pulse of his cock against his breeches, and trailed his lips across her cheek to her ear. “Come with me, sweet girl.”
She blinked up at him, wide blue-gray eyes a little dazed.
He covered her mouth again before she could speak—either to consent or decline—and drew her slowly backward, step by step, toward the bed, until he hit it with the backs of his legs. He broke the kiss, looking down at her, her wet ruby lips parted, her cheeks flushed pink.
She looked edible.
“Raphael,” she whispered, his name on her lips like a plea, and something within him broke.
This wasn’t what he wanted.This wasn’t right. But it was the only thing possible and it would have to suffice because it was all he could do.
And trying to resist was killing him.
He traced a hand up her arm, over her shoulder, to her neck, and from there touched her bound golden hair. “Will you take down your hair for me?”
She gasped—a small, quick inhalation—and nodded.
He watched as she raised her arms, her stormy eyes locked on his, and withdrew the pins from her hair one by one until the heavy mass fell like a curtain around her shoulders. He bent then and gathered the locks in his hands, burying his face in her neck, inhaling her.
His woman.
He felt her tremble against him and then her fingers speared through his hair. “Raphael.”
He lifted his head.
Her hands fell away and she began undressing, her head bent down as she unhooked her bodice. He saw that her fingers fumbled and he knew that a better man would turn aside. Would give her privacy to collect herself and disrobe with modesty.
But he wasn’t such a man. He wanted all of her—her mistakes and her private moments, her shame and her worries—everything she held back from the rest of the world. As he wanted this. This moment of fumbling.
This moment of intimacy.
She pulled the bodice from her arms. Untied her skirts and let them pool around her feet before kicking them aside. Glanced up at him and then worked at the laces to her stays.
Her unbound hair fell over her shoulders, nearly to her waist, thick and swaying gently as she moved.
Beautiful.
She was beautiful.
She pulled her loosened stays off over her head and stood in chemise, stockings, and shoes. The tips of her breasts peeked out from beneath the thin cloth.
She began to bend for her shoes, but he stopped her. “No. Let me.”
He grasped her by the waist and lifted her to the bed.
Carefully he drew off her slippers, letting them drop to the hardwood floor before running his hand up her left calf. The room was so quiet he could hear each breath she drew. She watched him as he reached under her chemise, into that warm spot behind her knee, tugging at the ribbon of her garter.
Her breath hitched.
He glanced up at her as he found bare skin. Hot, so hot under her skirt. He could almost imagine he smelled her, standing between her bent legs. He pulled the first stocking off and moved to her other foot, smoothing his thumb over her arch, over that high instep, that sweet, delicate ankle. The curve of her calf—one of the loveliest curves in nature—elegant and perfect. Someday he’d like to draw her nude.
The faint, almost inaudible whisper as he pulled the ribbon off raised the hairs on the back of his neck. His nostrils flared and he couldn’t wait any longer. He lifted her bodily, moving her farther up on the bed, placing her head and shoulders against the pillows, and then pushed up her chemise, crawling between her spread thighs and settling to enjoy what he’d found.
There. There she was, her pretty, pretty pink cunny, all coral lips and wispy dark-blond curls. He hiked her trembling legs over his arms, ignoring her gasp of shocked surprise. He glanced up once and saw wide, wondering eyes gazing back at him. Her gentlemanly first husband had evidently never done this to her.
More fool he.

About the Author:


Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Social Media Links:

Add Duke of Desire to your shelf on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2vaU2Bp
Follow Elizabeth Hoyt on BookBub: http://bit.ly/2tyf2ja
Follow Elizabeth Hoyt on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2uvYH2N


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Review- The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne

Summary-

As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar. 


After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.


Release date: March 3rd, 2015
Published by: Loveswept
Page numbers: 237

Review-

I cannot even begin to say how impatient I was about getting to The Trouble With Love. Emma and Alex Cassidy's history or whatever bits we got of it had been dangled throughout the series and then snatched away before we got enough. It is safe to say that I LOVED The Trouble With Love. It was a great second chance romance with lots of depth and character.

Let's start with Emma. Emma is the newest at Stiletto and she completes the quartet of the four best friends who work at the magazine. Emma has been writing about heart break in her columns because she has had first hand experience of it at the hands of none other than Cassidy. I loved Emma. She kept her emotions hidden and it was easy to call her an ice queen but she had a torrent of emotions swirling beneath the surface.

Alex Cassidy has been kinda like an enigma the entire series. He is very similar to Emma. Keeping his emotions hidden and never losing his cool. But he has never been able to forget Emma and he can't stop thinking about where they would have been now if they were married. I really liked Cassidy. We actually find out the reasons behind all of his actions in this book.

Though The Trouble With Love is a second chance romance all of the book takes place in the present with an exception of a tiny glimpse of the past. I have to give credit to Lauren Layne because she made us see Cassidy and Emma's history without once taking us through flash backs. We got to see who they were in the present and how they still were just as into each other as before.

The best part about this book with Cassidy and Emma's love story of course, was seeing all the couples together. In simple words, they were hilarious. It was almost like you were reading about family, their bonds were so strong. Emma and Cassidy's romance definitely left me satisfied and I am sad to see the series end. But I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Lauren Layne. I won't be forgetting this series any time soon. 


Monday, September 18, 2017

Release Day Blitz- Dear Bridget, I Want You by Penelope Ward and Vi Keekland

    AVAILABLE NOW

Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo | Google Play | Amazon paperback

 

Dear Bridget,

I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.

So, here goes.

We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.

But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

I want you.

The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.

So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.

No questions asked.

Think about it.

Or don’t.

Whatever you choose.

It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.

--Simon

   

           

 Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list seventeen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island. 


    

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six. 

Instagram      


Friday, September 15, 2017

Fave Five Friday- Five Books You Wish Had Sequels

Hello, hello! It's Friday, which means it's time for BUZZ Magazine's Fave Five Friday and this week's topic is: Five Books You Wish Had Sequels. 


I'm not the biggest fan of series. I am usually satisfied with the way books end. But of course, there are some stories that I want more of, so I've compiled a list of those. Here's my list: 



I would love to know more about Travis, because his story stole my heart, brought tears to my eyes and made me feel... 



I love the storytelling and writing of this book so much that I never wanted it to end, so a sequel or a couple more books in line would really help. 



My spine shivers just remembering this book, but I would really love to read more happy stuff for this adorbale couple. 



This book was so unique that I am so curious to know how everything in this book would work out, so I definitely wish it had a sequel.



This was such a fun book about a super loveable character whom I miss, so I would love a sequel. 

Make sure you link up your posts below, because I keep forgetting to link mine! Happy Friday and happy reading! 




Blog Tour: Review- Play On by Samantha Young


Summary-

Nora O’Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.

Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.

Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow, in each other, they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.

But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.

Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She’s avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.

Sounds easy but it’s not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.

He’s determined to be at war with her. And she has absolutely no idea why.
 


Release date: September 12th, 2017
Page numbers: 426

Review-

I love Samantha Young books. They are full of emotions and romance. So I was very excited to hear that she is coming out with a new series called as Play On. I was lucky enough to snag an arc of the first book which is called Play On. This book falls in the contemporary romance genre which is my favourite and I have to say the book did not disappoint. I very much enjoyed Play On.

So Play On is the story of Nora. The book actually takes us on a journey with her from right from the beginning. The book goes on completely from Nora's point of view and I wished sometimes that we got to see what was happening in Aidan's mind as well but, oh well. So coming back to Nora we see the reasons behind why she moved to Scotland. Nora is has dealt with a lot in her short life span but she still feels as though she's missing something.

I liked Nora. She was a sensible girl and she genuinely had been through a lot even though in the present she is only 22 years old. Nora wants to perform on stage but life has so not been accommodating. Nora's grief was easy to see. She carried so much guilt along with her all the time but she finally started overcoming it by the end of the book.

Then we have Aidan. Nora meets Aidan through his niece. The niece and Nora share a special bond which inevitably puts Aidan and Nora in close quarters. I liked Aidan even though Nora and he have an age gap of 12 years. I do feel they are at different points in their life but the connection between them is undeniable. What starts off as wary friendship soon turns into romance but unexpected circumstances makes Aidan push Nora away. It is safe to say that Aidan behaves like an asshole at times. But he has his reasons and there is enough angst and drama in this book to keep you hooked.

I'd like to point out that there are quite a few time jumps in this book so it may get a little confusing. It took me a moment to get my mind in the time zone. But I feel that is because this book sets up a foundation for the series to come. I also really liked the supporting cast. This book does not end on a cliffhanger. We get a satisfactory ending but I have a feeling the next book in the series is going to be about the same couple. Overall I quite enjoyed Play On. 

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



About Samantha Young:


Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us was published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017. Play On is an adult contemporary romance and the first in a brand new series set in Scotland.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.