Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Reunion by Lorhainne Eckhart - Release Day Blitz and #Giveaway

The Reunion
by Lorhainne Eckhart
Series: The Friessens, #1
Genre: Women's Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Steven Novak
Release Date: April 28 2015

His Captive Princess by Sandra Jones - Release Day Blitz and #Giveaway

His Captive Princess
by Sandra Jones
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 28, 2015

Embrace by S. Layne - Cover Reveal

by S. Layne
Series: The Affair Series, #2
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 2015

Omega City by Diana Peterfreund - Release Day

Omega City
by Diana Peterfreund
Series: Omega City, #1
Genre: Middle Grade/YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Release Date: April 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesday! Featuring Claudia Burgoa

Review - The Werewolf Wears Prada by Kristin Miller

The Werewolf Wears Prada
by Kristin Miller
Series:  San Francisco Wolf Pack, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2015

Falling in love bites…

Melina Rosenthal worships at the altar of all things fashion. Her dream is to work for the crème de la crème fashion magazine, Eclipse, and she’ll do much anything to get there. Even fixing up the image of a gorgeous, sexy public figure who’s all playboy, all the time. Even if he’s the guy who broke her heart a year ago…

Even if Hayden Dean is a werewolf.

Since his father’s death, Hayden’s the heir apparent to the San Francisco Wolf Pack—well, once he settles down. Hayden isn’t interested in giving up his partying ways, except he’s pretty sure he’s found his fated mate, and the fact that she’s a non-shifter is bad news. Now he must find a compromise between the traditions of his wolf world and his certainty that Melina is his…before fate (or another werewolf) bites them both in the butt.

I so enjoy Kristin Miller’s werewolves and this new series has me smiling at the thought of more books to come! One of the things I love about Ms. Miller’s werewolves is that they seem to seamlessly integrate into society, giving you the feeling that they could really exist. There’s quite a bit of lore and werewolf pack activity, but so many of the issues are so easy to relate to that it makes for a comfortable read.

So you have Hayden, who is slated to take over as the alpha of the pack…but of course his playboy reputation isn't helping his case. Then there is Melina, who is not Hayden’s biggest fan since she was stood up by him a year ago, and when she finds out her career hinges on changing his image let’s just say she’s less than pleased. Never mind she has no idea that werewolves exist, or the fact that she is Hayden’s fated mate, and let’s not even mention the fact that her being close to Hayden has her landing in the middle of a werewolf war…yep, Melina’s life is about to get interesting!

This was such a fun read. In typical Kristin Miller fashion I found myself laughing out loud and wishing I could be part of the pack. Miller has such a way with words – the sarcasm, humor, and double entendres that she works in to her stories never fail to make me smile. I especially loved the initial set-up, which finds Melina determined to not let Hayden get to her. She’s going to play him just like he played her a year ago…and she just cracked me up!
“Raiders would've clenched the win.” Melina shrugged nonchalantly, and strode toward the door. “Maybe next time”

“You’re just upset the Niners won,” Hayden said, swiveling to face her.

“They didn't win…not really.” Melina waved, blew a kiss – Hayden’s own cheesy signature – and then whispered a single line that’d haunt any hot-blooded man. “The other team just sucks harder.” She spoke the last words slowly, drawing the primal meaning from them.

Hayden stared, his mouth falling open as she winked slowly and marched out of the room.

He wasn't the only one who could play games.

Girl power, for the win.
The chemistry between Hayden and Melina was hot – you could feel the tension every time they were together, and when they finally let loose, wow, H-O-T doesn't even begin to describe these two! I did find myself getting a bit frustrated with Hayden at times – he has some real issues with commitment that I understood, but I just wanted him to get with the program a little bit quicker. But these two were definitely made for each other and could each give as well as they got.

In addition to the romance surrounding Hayden and Melina, we were also thrown in to the middle of a pack war and some internal pack politics and issues. There was some mystery, some action – loved watching Melina deliver some “killer fashion” and “death by Jimmy Choo”, a bit of angst - *smack* to Hayden for some of his thoughts on a mate, and a lot of fun hot times between Hayden and Melina.

This book was a great start to a new series that I look forward to reading more of. The supporting characters added color and depth to the story and I can’t wait to see who we’ll get to read about next. Another great read by Kristin Miller with well-developed characters and an intriguing plot all set in a the fabulous world she has created for her werewolves.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Samantha's Secret by Betty Bolté - Review Tour and #Giveaway

Samantha's Secret
by Betty Bolté
Series: A More Perfect Union, #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2015

Rx Missing by Rebecca York - Release Day Blitz, Review, and #Giveaway

Rx Missing
by Rebecca York
Series: Decorah Security
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 27, 2015

Layton Family Series by Avery Flynn - Cover Reveal for Re-Release

Layton Family Series
by Avery Flynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series Re-Release: May 18, 2015

Archer Kay Leah - Author Spotlight and #Giveaway

A Question of Counsel
by Archer Kay Leah
Series: Republic
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Release Date: May 27, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Healing Gabe by Muriel Garcia - Release Day Blitz and #Giveaway

Healing Gabe
by Muriel Garcia
Series: The Last Hangman MC, #3
Genre: Erotica
Release Date: April 25, 2015

A French Whipping by Nicole Camden - Cover Reveal and #Giveaway

A French Whipping
by Nicole Camden
Series: Billionaire Tricksters of Boston, #2
Genre: Erotica
Release Date: May 4, 2015

Review - Full Contact by Sarah Castille

Full Contact
by Sarah Castille
Series: Redemption, #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2015

Ray wraps his arms around me and holds me tight as if something terrible has happened and he doesn't want to let me go.

Full Contact. This is how Ray speaks when his emotions overwhelm him. I melt into his stillness. His body is hot and hard, his breath warm on my neck. He smells of leather and sweat, sex and sin. Nothing can tear me away.

When you can’t resist the one person who could destroy you…

Sia O’Donnell can’t help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he’ll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray’s darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he’s going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

“The problem isn't that I don’t know you, but that you don’t trust yourself enough to let me in.”
This was a hot read that had a bit of all the things I like – a smoking hot alpha hero that’s a bit broken and has some secrets, a heroine who is strong, even though she has issues she is dealing with, a great cast of supporting characters, and a serious attraction between the H/h that makes it hard for them to stay away from one another. I loved learning more about the fighters of Redemption and seeing them interact, being immersed into the MMA world – especially the underground fight scene, and watching Ray and Sia work through some of the issues from her past.

One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book was that there were so many different story threads that were woven together seamlessly to create Ray and Sia’s story. You have a damaged heroine who is trying to exist in the world she has created for herself since suffering a trauma in her past. She must reconcile her fear of the physical side of relationships with her desire to give up control and take on a submissive role. She’s locked away her love of painting and color since it represents her past and now only uses skin as a canvas. You have a hero who must figure out a way to reconcile his past with his future, his need for pain to experience pleasure, and a way to reign in his protective nature and learn to give up some control. As all of things different threads play out, there are also outside influences and people that add even more depth to their story.

Although I loved watching Ray go over-the-top caveman at times – loved when he would yell out one word warnings to Dr. Death when he was trying to get close to Sia or when he would be all hyped up after a fight – I did have a hard time with some of his speech being a bit too clipped/caveman-ish at times. It seemed a bit out of character to me and was a bit of a distraction at times.

All in all another great MMA sports romance from Sarah Castille – a bit dark, a lot hot, and one that just might find you looking for your nearest gym to find an MMA fighter of your own!

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