Friday, 20 January 2017

This Time Around by C. Kaye BLOG TOUR

Book: This Time Around
Author: C. Kaye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis
A Second Chance at Love…
Raef Alvero has been groomed his entire life to take over as CEO of Alvero & Alvero. He’s also spent his entire life trying to please his father…Even if that meant giving up the one woman he ever truly loved. Now fate has intervened. Raef is faced with handling the buyout  and closing down of a chain of hair salons…one in which Gemma works. Five years has passed since Raef decided to leave Gemma, but everything comes rushing back when he walks into the salon. All the pain, all the memories…all the love. And he knows he won’t let her go again. Not ever, no matter what else he has to give up.
Can be a dangerous thing.
Gemma Warren knew the salon franchise had been sold …but she never expected the new owner to show up at the shop –and she really never expected he would be the same 6 feet of seduction who left her heartbroken and pregnant 5 years ago. But what she’s feeling –aside from total shock – isn’t hatred. The feelings of love Raef left her with have just been buried deep in her heart ,and now that he’s back, keeping them secret from him will be as impossible as keeping their daughter a secret. With pictures of little Charlotte displayed all over the salon, Raef would know immediately he had a child. Then what…? Could he ever forgive Gemma for hiding her?
A second chance is all they need, some time to forgive, but there’s a sinister plan already set in motion—one that will threaten not only Raef and Gemma’s happiness, but the life of their little girl. 
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Author Bio
Growing up in rural Louisiana, I dreamed of one day being a writer. Although it took many years to achieve that dream, life has been fulfilling along the way. Being a wife and a mother are the things I consider my biggest accomplishments. My family is number one in my eyes. 
By day, I work in a public school finance. At night and on weekends, I become a writer. Outside of work and writing, I enjoy reading, photography and traveling. I am obsessed with all things Disney and Thirty Seconds to Mars. In addition to my husband and son, my three favorite men are Mickey Mouse, Jared Leto and Shannon Leto. 
I can’t forget to mention my two babies, Beaux--our half Yorkie, half Labrador doggie--and Kat--who is actually a cat.  They complete our little family and have helped with our empty-nest since our children have become adults. They are very spoiled and have a hard time understanding why they can’t be in my lap when I am writing.
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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Rock The Dream by B.B. Miller and Leslie Carson COVER REVEAL

About B.B. Miller & Leslie Carson
Once upon a time, a Canadian vegetarian and an American carnivore bonded over a shared love of shoes, wine, and good storytelling. Leslie Carson lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her busy family and seems to spend more time at the hockey rink than outside of it. From her home near Portland, Oregon, B.B. Miller spends her days with family and friends in search of the perfect pear martini.
Their first novel in a four part series - Rock the Dream - is coming soon.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Your Tempting Love by Layla Hagen COVER REVEAL

Today we have the cover reveal for Your Tempting Love by Layla Hagen! Check out the gorgeous cover and grab your copy on February 17th! LHYourTemptingLoveBookCover525x8_BW_HIGH 
Title: Your Tempting Love (The Bennett Family series, book 5) Author: Layla Hagen Genre: Contemporary Romance Release date: 17th February 2017   LHYourTemptingLove3D1   
About Your Tempting Love (Book 5): This is book 5 in The Bennett Family series, but can be read as a standalone since every book features a different couple. Christopher Bennett is a persuasive man. With his magnetic charm and undeniable wit, he plays a key role in the international success of his family’s company.   Christopher adores his family, even if they can be too meddling sometimes… like when they recommend him to employ Victoria Hensley’s decorating services for his new apartment in an attempt to set him up with her. Christopher isn’t looking to settle down, but meeting Victoria turns his world upside down. Her laughter is contagious, and her beautiful lips and curves are too tempting.   Victoria Hensley is determined not to fall under Christopher’s spell, even though the man is hotter than sin, and his flirty banter makes her toes curl. But Christopher is her client, and she knows better than to get involved with clients. Besides, Victoria isn’t looking for love. After her parents’ death, Victoria is raising her much younger siblings, and she can’t afford any mistakes.   But Victoria and Christopher’s chemistry is not just the sparks-flying kind, but the downright explosive kind. Before she knows it, Christopher is training her brother Lucas for soccer tryouts and reading bedtime stories to her sister Chloe.   Victoria wants to resist him, but Christopher is determined, stubborn, and oh-so-persuasive.   When their attraction and connection both spiral out of control, will they be able to risk it all for a love that is far too tempting? Add on Goodreads Series Ad Steamy & Swoony (2) 
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 When I walk up Victoria’s porch on Saturday morning, I can hear a war waging inside the house. “Chloe, you can't wear that shirt again. It's dirty. Take it off now.” Victoria's voice sounds stern but tired. “But I like it,” Chloe retaliates. “It's dirty and smelly,” Lucas says. “Why do you want to be smelly?” For a few minutes, I wait outside the door for the spirits to calm down, but things just seem to escalate. It's best if I announce my presence, even if I'm twenty minutes early. 
The second I ring the bell, the voices die down but then start again, now as low whispers. After a few hurried orders of “behave” and “pick your socks up off the floor,” the door swings open. "Hi," I say. "You're here early," Victoria exclaims. She wears a bright orange robe she desperately tightens around her. Clearly she meant to change before my arrival. Something is different about her this morning. There are shadows under her eyes, and she looks utterly disheveled. She looks down at the gym bag in my hand as if considering something. "Should I wait outside, or in my car?" I joke because she seems to need some lighting up. "God, no." If possible, she gets even more flustered than before, shaking her head and opening the door wider. "Sorry, I'm a bit of a mess this morning." "There's no need to explain yourself to me," I assure her as I walk inside. The little devils are nowhere to be seen. "Where did the kids disappear to? I heard them when I walked up onto the porch." "Chloe agreed to change when she heard the doorbell. Sienna's helping her. Lucas went to change into soccer-appropriate clothes. Do you need to change?" "Nah, this will do. I'll change into a new shirt afterward." I point to the gym bag, in which I packed a towel, shower gel, and a new shirt. "Sorry for my outfit. I meant to change into something decent, but…." And maybe it's because she seems to get more distressed by the second, but I resort to the one thing I know will take her mind off it. "Hey, I'm a big proponent of indecency. You'd make my day if you told me you're wearing a camisole underneath that." Seeing her blush, I can't help leaning in and adding in a slight whisper, "And no panties." My words have the desired effect of making her laugh. "I'm not even awake enough to come up with a witty reply to that. Let's go in the kitchen. I'll make you a sandwich." As I follow her, I actually make an effort to avoid ogling her round, perky ass. Her robe is tightened around her middle, which highlights her other curves more than I wish it would. "Do you ever leave the house wearing just your robe?" "I know my choice of clothes is oddly colorful sometimes, but I don't go out of the house in what's practically underwear." "Not even to get the mail or something?"  
She turns around as we enter the small kitchen, pursing her lips. "What's with all the questions?" "Just wondering if any of your neighbors saw what I'm seeing right now. I might have to kill a few if the answer's yes." "Territorial much?" Her question takes me by surprise, and damn, I haven't been territorial with a woman in a long time. Victoria keeps surprising me. Not only that, she makes me surprise myself, and that has never happened before. Maybe this is why, despite my best efforts, I can't tone down the flirting. Okay, scratch that. I'm not even making a decent effort. If anything, I'm looking for any opportunity to make her blush. A slow smile spreads on her face. "Just think about all those men who saw me in a bikini." I love this woman's spirit and talent for banter. Still, that doesn't make me less of an ass. All I want is to prop her up on this counter, bury myself inside her, and lure sounds of pleasure out of her delicious mouth.  


About the Author: I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it  
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Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan COVER REVEAL

THE PLAY MATE is the upcoming friends to lovers standalone from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan releasing on March 14, 2014 and we have the spectacular cover to reveal for you!

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the-play-mate-kendall-ryanSmith Hamilton has it all—he's smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he's not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm's length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him. Evie Reed knows she's blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family's lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She's crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way. Except that when Evie's plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.   ADD TO GOODREADS

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kendall-ryan-headshot-1-pic        A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Monday, 9 January 2017

Waste of Worth By Bethany Kris NEW RELEASE - REVIEW

Waste of Worth (DeLuca Duet, #1)

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Ask anyone and they will all say the same thing about just who Dino DeLuca is. A criminal, the son of a traitor, and a mafia Capo who can’t be trusted. His past has shaped his life, creating demons he can’t escape from that live in his mind day and night. 
He is all too aware of just how people see him. 
Closed off. 
Cold. 
Different. 
He doesn’t care—keeping people out means no one can get close enough to hurt him again, and he already has one too many monsters with their claws stuck in his back that he’s still fighting off. His walls are so high, no one is climbing over them. Or so he thinks … 

Karen came into his life like a spring shower, her light shining through the darkness and making him see something other than the hell that surrounded him for so long. She doesn’t know who he is or what he has done to become the man he is today. If he can help it, she’ll never know, and his monsters will never hurt her. 
She sees his differences as beauty. 
She never asks for more. 
She is perfect. 
The problem with happiness for Dino DeLuca is that his monsters don’t mind taking away what makes him happy. After all, what isn’t given cannot be kept. 

These lessons will be the hardest he has ever learned. 


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Friday, 6 January 2017

Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward COVER REVEAL

 

New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Penelope Ward brings us a brand new second chance standalone MACK DADDY releasing on February 13, 2017

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Cover Model: Anthony Gomez
Cover Photography: Duc Nguyen
     

pwmackdaddybookcover5x8_bw_high-fixedFrom New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.

I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author's note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

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 Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.   Connect with Penelope Ward Facebook Fan Group | Facebook | Website |Twitter | Instagram  

Friday, 30 December 2016

Top Ten Books of 2016 - June to December

So we've reached the end of the year and according to Goodreads I've read 231 books (131 more than my mid year look), including novellas, putting me just over my goal of 125 books being read in 2016.

Of these extra 131 books, I've decided to give myself the painstaking task of picking my top ten, no series or joint numbers, just the ten books that I've enjoyed the most this year. I'm going to focus on new to me more than new in general but that may not be the case, let's find out!

Next post will merge the two lists - be ready to find out my number one book of the year!!
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10) ROYALLY SCREWED BY EMMA CHASE - 4 stars
Royally Screwed (Royally, #1)     Emma Chase's books are always a delight. This series is quite different from the lawyers and investment bankers we have all got used to in terms of occupation at least. Prince Nicholas is an adorable character and Olivia is everything you would want in a heroine. 

What I loved most about this book is how much it made me laugh and how it made me fall so deeply for the characters. I'm so excited for the next two books already.



9) YOUR INESCAPABLE LOVE BY LAYLA HAGEN - 4 stars
Your Inescapable Love (The Bennett Family #4)I've already reviewed this book here!
To recap:

  • I'm so in love with the Bennett family
  • Max was adorable 
  • Emilia is amazing
  • Second chance romances are always worth the time, especially if they're lucky enough to have been written by Layla Hagen!  



8) IN RUINS BY DANIELLE PEARL - 5 stars
In Ruins (Something More, #1)Danielle Pearl makes beautiful books. I knew it when I'd finished Normal and realised that the characters had made their way deep into my heart and book mind.
In Ruins doesn't buck the trend, whilst I was upset that Carl and Tucker would need a second chance romance, it was just so beautiful. I literally could have never guessed this story and I'm so glad that Danielle took the time to write it



7) THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF GREG MILLAR BY AIMEE ALEXANDER - 5 stars
The Accidental Life Of Greg MillarThis amazing book has already reviewed by me so just a quick recap and a note. Aimee Alexander/Denise Deegan has been writing books that are so important to me for a while now. 
In keeping with not wanting to spoil the very important surprise, all I can say is that we need to learn to accept people for all of who they are.
Anyway, on to the recap:

  • Characters are delightful
  • The romance is adorable
  • The story is essential


6) SOMEONE LIKE YOU BY LAUREN LAYNE - 5 stars
Someone like You (Oxford, #3)The long awaited Lincoln book. Does not disappoint. 
Lincoln has been charming us all for so long I was genuinely worried that after all the anticipation he could disappoint. So, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Lauren Layne for ever, ever doubting her after all she's done for me.
Not only did she gift us with the perfect book and characters, she also announced that she's expanding the series so at least I have one thing to look forward to in the potential garbage year that could be 2017.

5) WAIT FOR IT BY MARIANA ZAPATA - 5 stars
Wait for ItFun fact: this is also my favourite Hamilton song but that isn't why I love it (the themes are actually quite similar, it's eerie).
Mariana Zapata is a new find for me this year and she has honestly not disappointed. Wait For It follows the generic Zapata formula of moody male and slow burn romance and yet with each book, she lets us know that she knows her characters; whilst the stories are the same, it's the characters that make each story come alive and have you rooting for them from the bottom of your heart.

Additionally: bonus pop ups from former books!


4) A BLOODY KINGDOM BY J.J. MCAVOY - 5 stars
A Bloody Kingdom (Ruthless People #4)J.J. McAvoy's Ruthless People is most comparable to a TV show like Scorpion. Are you fully aware that these people are doing near impossible and highly ridiculous things? Yes. Do you care? Absolutely not.

So this book is the real ending to Ruthless People as J.J. just couldn't let me be happy and stress free. It's really a rollercoaster ride that I'm not only happy to have got on, but would continue to get on over and over again. 

Melody and Liam are a dream as always. 

If you like your heroines crazy with fight, this series is for you.

3) CONSOLATION PRIZE BY LINDA KAGE - 5 stars
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men, #9)We first met little Colton when he was maybe 5? and next thing you know he's 18 and breaking hearts and taking names, as is the family tradition.
Consolation Prize follows Linda Kage delving into interracial relationships. Colton is obviously white but Julianna is black. The story is strong already, but following the real issues that can occur from these relationships only served to make the book better and more realistic.
The last book will be going back to Mason and Reese so I would like to thank Linda for giving me the wonderful Gamble family, from Noel right down to Colton.



2) LUCAS BY JAY MCLEAN - 5 stars
Lucas (Preston Brothers, #1)Lucas is one of those weird books where everybody makes terrible decisions but you leave them to it because they've already endeared themselves to you so you're just like "look at my children making their trash decisions because they don't have me to guide them"
I fell in love with Lucas (the book) and also Lucas the character. Lanie however was the character that I felt really brought the book home.
As readers, most of us already knew Lucas from the More Than Series so Lanie was not only a new perspective on the crazy Preston family, but through her we also got to meet the Preston's mum.

1) EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS - 5 stars
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)If you saw my Empire of Storms post you probably thought I'd said all I could say about this series...WRONG!

This is a series that continuously BLOWS MY MIND, even with things I already know are coming. Never in my life did I think I would love Manon as much as I did when I read her first ever chapter. Manon and all the Blackbeaks are just amazing. Aelin has obviously been with us since book one, I love her more and more each book. Aedion was my own personal gift and I love him so much. Lysandra has the biggest heart. Dorian is Dorian. Sarah J. Maas is still my best bet to plan a murder that she could get away with cos all she does is plot and plan.
...and I still have no feelings for Rowan bye.