Friday, July 20, 2018

On the DL - Release Blitz with Giveaway



Title: On the DL
Series: The MVP Duet #1
Author: Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Sports/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 20, 2018



Blurb

A second-chance romance as scorching hot as a baseball diamond in August.

Slater "Savage" Harlow

Winning the MVP award for the Birmingham Bandits last year was the highlight of my baseball career. It was the culmination of childhood dreams, calculated adult decisions, sacrifice, and a hell of a lot of focus. Tearing my ACL in spring training? Not what I expected at all.

Now I'm home, in small town Georgia, rehabbing in the comfort of my own home, with people I know. I'm connecting with friends I haven't had time to talk to in years, spending days at home with my parents, and getting to watch my little brother play minor league baseball.

What I don't expect is to see Malone Fulcher walking into Del's Diner one morning while having my coffee and egg whites.

She's old flame, the one who got away, and the woman I compare all others to.

Malone Fulcher

Spending the summer in my hometown wasn't what I had planned, but it's what I need. Recovering from a hard year, both personally and professionally, I need to reconnect with who I am. When my mom encouraged me to come home and do some soul searching, I can't say no.

Memories are all over this small town, from the Baptist Church to the east field on my parents farm, to the diner. On my second day in town, I decide to go in, memories be damned.

I lost my breath as soon as I saw "Savage" Harlow sitting alone at a booth. Our eyes lock, my heart flutters, and my hands shake - all the same way they did back in high school. But back then we couldn't make it work. Going our separate ways to differing colleges, we decided we weren't meant to be.

A decade later, as soon as our eyes meet, I'm wondering if we were right, because those green eyes of his do nothing but take me to a past that I can see being my future.

Author's Note: This does end in somewhat of a cliffhanger! 



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Review by Kathy


I've read this author's work before, having read the Moonshine Taskforce series, and I have to say...this book is a bit different...just a bit. I loved the storyline...small town kids get engaged before going to college, girl loves boy, boy loves girl; all sweet and gooey. But! Boy is looking at a career in the majors, girl needs to be sure that she isn't left in his shadow and wants something for herself. Girl breaks both their hearts. Ten years later, fate steps in and begins to pull these to together, again. They are adults now. Major League player, injured, returns home for rehab. Fired PR person, returns home to decide on her next move. A chance meeting begins to the road to forgiveness, and possibly a second chance at a future together. But, can the past really be put to rest? Will the same mistakes be made that cost them each other, once again? Well you won't find out at the end of this book because the author has dealt us the best cliffhanger I have read in a very, very long time! Do I like it..no. Do I admire it...a definite yes to that!

The characters are very well written and you will be come vested in not only their careers, but their personal lives as well. You can feel their struggle, professionally and well as personally. And right before you hit that wall of a cliffie...you will want to strangle one of them! These two are made for each other, but unless they straighten out a couple of things..Marlow's fears will come to pass and the ending will not be a good one. Fingers crossed!

I absolutely loved this book and I cannot wait to jump into the next one to see what will happen to these two. Oh, and it was great to see a couple of the characters from the Moonshine Task force in this book as well!!! Aaawwww Caleb and Ruby's wedding! 

I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Great job!


Review by Barbara


Another great book/storyline from Laramie Briscoe. I can honestly say I love her books and writing style and On the DL did not disappointed. While it’s a little different from her other books, the storyline and characters will steal your heart and hold you close. 

The storyline revolves around two small town kids (Slater and Malone) who were high school sweethearts with big plans for their futures including marriage. But when the girl breaks both their hearts they go on to live their lives, separately. She follows her dreams and becomes  a PR in California and he becomes a huge Pro Baseball star.  When tragedy hits them both (10 years later) they return to their small town to recoup.  When these two hard-headed, stubborn people bump into one another, will they finally talk and listen to one another, and I mean really listen, or will they go through the motions once more. Can they really forget and forgive past mistakes now that they both have their own lives and careers? Has Fate thrown them together t0 give them a 2nd chance or to give them closure?    

 The storyline and the characters are very well written. You’ll feel like you are right there feeling all the love and heartbreak these two go through. You may  want to knock them in the head a time or two, or tell at least one of them to Get a Grip,  but their story is soooooo worth reading. Oh and you even get to catch up on Caleb and Ruby from the Moonshine Task Force series (after all Slater and Caleb were roommates in college). This is a phenomenal book that I Highly recommend reading. But be forewarned, the author will leave you hanging at the end.  But Luckily part two is only a couple weeks away and this reader just can’t wait.  2 Thumbs Up for a terrific book and storyline.

Author Bio


Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin' Country Series.

Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She's been called "a very young Maya Banks" (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being "sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart".

When she's not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Release Blitz, Dare Me Once by Author Shelly Alexander

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Synopsis

Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances… 

  Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself. 

  Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager. 

  The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other…or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.

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Review by Kathy 


Her life fell apart quickly and in a harsh way leaving her no choice but to take her profession, change her name and leave her home for a small island resort in the hopes of rebuilding her life, at least until the sins of her father would die down and not effect her anymore. With that, Lily Barnes was born and Scarlett Devereaux was placed in a box and pushed to the back of her mind. The place was remote and with any luck, her past would not find her at Angel Fire Falls. 

This is a wonderfully written book with a storyline that will not only grab you and bring you through her journey, but it will also entertain you, make you smile, sigh, and hope with all you have that Trace and Lily will be able to make things work between the two of them. Oh, there are a few bumps in the road for them, but when the secret comes out, will love be enough to hold their love for each other together or will a past that was not her making ruin her life for good?

The characters are well written and so very likeable that you wish you were a part of their lives. The entire family are wonderful and people that you would love to know. Trace is a single father with a little boy who is Autistic, on the higher side of the spectrum, and is just a delightful little boy. Trace is handsome, built and has a wonderful heart. But his heart belongs to his son until he gets to know the enchanting Lily, who has come to work for the resort to help get it back to the way it was years before, to bring the vacationers back. She's smart, inventive and has a way of getting people to do what she needs them to do for her ideas to work. And she manages to get Trace's attention, not only by her looks, but also by the way she deals with his little boy. He has never had someone to treat his son the way she does for being someone that isn't family. Their relationship builds even though they decide not to pursue it because she is his employee and she's been there and done that..it didn't end well. Their rule soon crumbles to the ground as their feelings get the best of them. But you know, things don't always run smoothly in these things and Trace has to deal with his ex-wife who is now wanting to take Ben (his son) from him.

This is a wonderful book, a wonderful love story and one that I highly recommend.


Review by Barbara


I just adored this book. The storyline was funny, refreshing and exciting. The author took an everyday human issue (life with a special needs child) and put it with a romantic yet humorous storyline that will literally just melt your heart. I’d also like to say Kudos to the author for her portrayal of Ben. He is one fantastic kid that sees the world clearer that most adults I know.

Life is not easy, especially when you carry the load for your family, internal secrets or when your heart is torn between what you want to do and what you have to do for those you love. But those issues are just the case for Trace and Scarlett, the main two characters in Dare Me Once.

Scarlett has come to the resort island in an attempt to start over and hide from the scandal of her past. All she wants is to start her new job and do it so well that her “little white lies” won’t matter. However, she doesn’t count on 10 baby Ducks or an adorable young boy and his father messing with her plan. As for Trace, all he wants is to take care of his son Ben. Ben is autistic and the most important thing in his life no matter how lonely he is on the inside. 

I can’t recommend this book enough. I laughed, smiled, worried and cheered throughout the book and I just know everyone who reads it will do the same. 2 Thumbs Up and 5 stars for a Must Read, Feel Good, RomCom that once you start it, you won’t be able to set it down.

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  Shelly Alexander’s first published novel was a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. She is an Amazon #1 bestselling author in numerous categories, including contemporary romance, contemporary women’s fiction, and romantic comedy. Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in business for twenty-five years. With four older brothers and three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels…and has been hooked ever since. Now, Shelly spends her days writing novels that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. She lives in the beautiful Southwest with her husband and toy poodle named Mozart. 


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Trust - Release Blitz with Giveaway



Title: Trust
Series: Things That Matter #1
Author: Casey Diam
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 17, 2018



Blurb

Paige
Five years ago, my mom, dad, and sisters were assassinated.
I should have died that night.
I still question my mental state because I had no proof those same killers were after me. Yet still, I’d been trying to outrun my past and the men responsible for what happened that night.
Until I met him, Caleb Connor.
Caleb became my safety net and I found I couldn’t pull away from him. Couldn’t run away from him. And if sanity hadn’t been lost on me, I would have recognized he was the last person I should have let into my life. The last person I should have trusted.

Caleb
My life has been anything but normal until Paige. She was supposed to be an opportunity, my father’s next target.
I should have stayed away. It should’ve been that simple. But it wasn’t.
Paige was my main ingredient to changing everything, and in order to do that I needed to get inside her head. It wasn’t easy but when it happened, a line was crossed we never knew existed.
Now Paige has to confront her past and everything that torments her at night, because a look into the past was the only solution to everything we’d been afraid of questioning.
Who am I, and who was she?


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Review by Kathy


What an amazing read! This is an absolutely incredibly intriguing, gut wrenching, exciting, hot and full of mystery read that once it is started you find that you are hard-pressed to put it down until you....slam into that wall that is the cliffie! The story line reads as a murder mystery, however there is so much more to this story as you follow Paige years after her parents and sisters are murdered. Naturally, being the only one to survive that night, you expect for her to be on edge, always looking over her shoulder, always moving from place to place, but what you don't expect is the very thing that will grab your interest and hold it. When you reach the end, you know that there is no way you will not be reading the next book to see what happens. Who is Paige?? Who is Caleb for that matter? Yes, his father appears to be the one who had her family killed, but why? Can she really trust Caleb or is he going to end up being the one who will lead her to her demise? Oh and I will not leave out their bedroom scenes because those are not only hot, but also sweet as Caleb does all in his power to make sure that her first time is everything it can be, and every time after that! Still, giving him her virginity was one thing. Giving him her complete trust is a totally different thing!

I cannot say how much I enjoyed reading this book and I definitely want to read the next one to see what happens next. I need to know!!! I highly recommend this wonderfully written book!


Excerpt

A large man who looked like he lifted boulders for a living walked toward me, and as he lifted his head, there was no hiding the shock on his face. He quickly lowered his head and crossed the street. His strange reaction set me even more on edge, but my apartment was only fifty feet away, so I just picked up my pace. I wish I had been paying attention because, what if he were coming from my apartment? What if there were more of them there waiting for me? I couldn’t go upstairs. 
They’d found me. I just knew it.
Dammit.
I inhaled a few breaths to calm myself before an idea ensued.
Caleb’s apartment complex was behind mine on the opposite side of the street. Maybe I could go to his place because there was no way I wouldn’t be freaking out all night on my own. Besides, if I went to his place, it would be a distraction. Chills ran down my spine, and I looked behind me, continuing my walk past my own apartment and to the coffee shop a block ahead. I turned down the street next to the coffee shop and did a full circle, dialing Caleb’s number when I was a few feet away from the entrance to his apartment.
My heart jolted as a voice came from behind. “Changed your mind?” 
Caleb?
I spun around, and he was smiling, a hood pulled over his head and hands tucked into his pockets.
“Uh, um . . . were you following me? Why aren’t you inside already? It’s been at least twenty minutes since you dropped me off. And where did you come from?”
He grinned, removing his hands from his pockets and placing them on my hips. Then he turned me toward the door. “There’s nothing wrong with being careful, Paige, but you wouldn’t be standing here if you didn’t feel like you could trust me.” 
As he passed a hand around me to shove a key into the lock, I knew he could be right, but I shouldn’t trust him. My mind wandered as I tried to push aside the heat radiating from his front onto my back. 
“If I had known you were following me, I wouldn’t be here.”
“There’s also nothing wrong with a guy making sure the girl he likes gets home safe.” 
His other hand slid away from my hip, and I noticed its absence right away. I liked his touch. It was comforting, and I wanted him to keep touching me, keep consoling me. 
He stepped inside, raised his eyebrows, and held the door open. “It’s up to you.”



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Some years ago, Casey rediscovered her passion for writing and hasn’t stopped writing since. Her favorite genre is romance with a little angst, which is why she writes sexy, funny, sweet, and emotional stories that are a bit more in depth, but so much fun to read.

Casey has a ridiculously short attention span and loves her coffee and tea without sugar and milk. Apart from reading or writing, she loves to snowboard, even when she’s catching an edge and face-planting in the snow. She absolutely loves it!


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LIVE: “SICO” AREION FURY MC #5



Title: “Sico” 
Series: Areion Fury MC #5
Cover Design: Esther E. Schmidt
Cover model: Jacob Schmedes
Photographer: Pen Fotografie
Release Day: July 17, 2018



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Sico is a callous man; no feelings, and no love for himself nor for others. That is until a certain woman spikes a surge of possessiveness inside him. Enough to claim her as his ol’lady on the spot without knowing her background. Realizing she’s not whom she appears to be, he finds himself feeling unworthy and works hard to become the very man she deserves.

Simi lives behind a mask. Events from her past have pressured her into labeling herself to prevent more damage in the future. For her it is easier to hide behind a lie; because people, no matter if they are close or not, will always judge.

When a club enemy strikes, retaliation draws blood and fighting is no longer an option but a necessity. The choice to do what’s right may lead to clearing a path for the future or create one where the fire of hell will take away everything that’s innocent and pure. Lives are lost, hearts will merge, but will there be a future left or will the need for blood and revenge drown everyone in its path?


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Review by Barbara


WOW did I ever love this addition to the Areion Fury MC series. This is Sico and Everleigh’s story and Oh My what a story it turned out to be. Ever since the day Sico claimed her (even if it was sorta by accident) these two have been like oil and water. They kinda have this love/hate thing going on, well more like love the sex time but hate everything else. But when Sico takes the heat for the club’s latest retaliation, it throws Sico and Everleigh in each other’s hip pocket for days, and Ms. Schmidt has does a remarkable job of telling their story that you’ll feel your right there in those hip pockets with them. (Trust me you’re gonna love it there too). The story is fast paced, funny, hot as heck and exciting, in true Areion fashion. I don’t do spoilers but I will say this club is 100% about brotherhood. They take care of their own no matter what and this is oh so true in Sico. 

2 Thumbs up for a Great addition to the series and 5 stars for a sexy, wonderful storyline that I highly recommend every MC lover read. And may I add, that I can not wait for book #6, Calix’s story. Something tells me Calix has met his match and holy cow it’s going to be a hot time for sure. Kudos to Ms. Schmidt for one phenomenal series that just keeps getting better and better. If you haven’t started the Areion Fury Series, there is no better time than now to join us on this amazing ride. 


Review by Kathy


Before writing my review of this book, I checked out other reviews because...well, just because. There was one in particular, along with comments that made me decide to start my review off like this: 

Not everything you see or hear about someone is always the way things really are. Not all people are really who they portray themselves to be. Such is the story of Everleigh and Sico. What you get with their story is a glimpse into what makes people the way they are, they way they want the world to see them, and for one of these, it out of self-preservation, out of a feeling that she has put upon herself because of a horrible act which is forced upon her by someone she trusted in her life, with her heart. After that, she felt that she was a slut, a whore. She even went about portraying herself as such, but Sico saw something in her. It drew him to her and he claimed her for himself before he even knew what he was doing. Their hate/hate relationship and the banter..ok arguing between the two of them is entertaining, to say the least. So is watching their relationship bloom, and Sico find that he does in fact have a heart and that heart does know how to love. After claiming her, he never went with any other women, she was the only one he wanted (even if he kept that to himself for a bit). But let me tell you....when these two get together...the heat is so intense that you can feel the heat through the pages. 

Oh..and for vengeance...what happens to the ex and his two buddies that made up that FORCED THREESOME...Man...that was epic! 

I loved these characters. I love Everleigh's strength. To go through what she did and to pull herself up and move forward was amazing. Although she did take what happened to her and put the blame towards herself at first, pinning herself as a whore, not being able to brush off the dust as Calix states, she is finally able to put all of that behind her. It's her fears that have her pushing hard at Sico and anything he wants. But he is persistent and a hardass a lot of the time. He, having never known love or how to give it, is struggling with these feelings that are attacking him. He doesn't know what they are and doesn't understand how to handle them, so he behaves as he always has. But he does take a bit of twisted satisfaction in that their relationship is him pushing and her getting angry and firing back. He admires her for that. She doesn't back down from him. All it takes is a few words from Calix to open both of their eyes, which in turn, opens their hearts. 

An absolute new favorite of mine now, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 

Just remember...you can't always judge a book by it's cover! Don't judge these characters until you know their story!


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