Jul 23

REVIEW: Run the Risk by Lori Foster

Run the Risk 

(Love Undercover #1)

by Lori Foster

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

From Goodreads

When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend’s unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious—and in far more danger—than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her…

Pepper has spent years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new “construction worker” who’s moved in next door. The heat between them is undeniable. But will surrendering to passion bring her the safety she so desires—or will her feelings for Logan draw them both into a killer’s crosshairs?

My Review Final

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to start this series. I am a huge Lori Foster fan, so I knew the Love Undercover series was sure to be great. Anyone who is familiar with Ms. Foster’s writing knows that she is the master at writing hot heroes, strong heroines, and fast-paced, suspenseful plot lines. Run the Riske, the first book in this series, followed this pattern to the letter.

Logan Riske is undercover. Yes, he’s a cop and it’s his job, but this case is personal. He will stop at nothing to find Rowdy Yates, a man of dubious character and background, who witnessed the murder of Logan’s friend. Logan has, however, found the next best thing and that’s Rowdy’s sister. He’s not sure if she’s close to her brother, but he has hopes that if he can get close enough she may lead him to Rowdy. She’s plain, shy, and stays to herself. He’s always been good with the ladies and has no doubt that with enough attention she’ll be eating out of his palm. The more time he spends with her the more he likes her and finds himself wanting her. He feels guilty for what he’s doing. But, he can’t forget that he’s doing this to avenge death of his friend. 

Pepper Yates has so much to hide. She’s tired of hiding and pretending to be someone she’s not, but for her and her brother’s safety she has no other choice. Living a life in seclusion is taking a toll, so when her new neighbor, a construction worker, starts to show her attention she’s tentative, but begins to enjoy the times they spend together. She knows it’s not safe to trust anyone, but she’s lonely, he seems nice, and she’s always careful. And then her world comes crashing down around her. The police show up to raid her apartment building, capturing her brother and she finds that Logan is the reason for all of this. Heartbroken, afraid, and once again on the run Pepper can only hope that the pain Logan has caused her doesn’t destroy everything.

Kudos to Lori for writing a less-than-honorable character well enough that I sympathized with him from the very beginning. Yes, Logan was wrong for using and lying to Pepper. I should really be mad at him for it, but he more than made up for it. Pepper was amazing! I loved that she was so strong, yet showed her vulnerable side. How she dealt with Logan after he broke her heart cracked me up. I cannot wait to read more of the hot bunch in this series. 

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames

Tina

Jul 22

BOOK SPOTLIGHT/ EXCERPT/ GIVEAWAY: Hot Shot by Lynn Raye Harris

Book Spotlight Final

Hot Shot 

(Hostile Operations Team #5)

by Lynn Raye Harris

From Goodreads

Cool under pressure… Until now.

Hostile Operations Team sniper Jack “Hawk” Hunter is cool, methodical, and utterly lethal. Nothing rattles Jack’s calm. But that was before he learned he fathered a child three years ago—a child who has just been kidnapped.

Gina Domenico is a superstar, a pop sensation with a string of hit records. But deep inside, she’s still the lonely girl she’s always been. When Jack saved her from an arms dealer, they spent three unforgettable days together waiting for rescue—and Gina fell hard for the sexy soldier before he walked away forever.

But now she needs his help and she’ll do anything to get it. Though Jack can never forgive Gina for keeping his child from him, he’ll do everything in his power—and HOT’s—to bring their son home safely. 

Nothing is what it seems, however, and their fates hang in the balance as someone else pulls the strings…and brings them ever closer to an explosive confrontation that could either save their son—or cost them everything.

You can get your copy of Hot Shot

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Excerpt Final

A few minutes later Jack came into the bedroom. She thought she should tell him to knock first or something, but she didn’t have the energy. The barriers that would normally be there between her and a man just weren’t there with Jack.

“You didn’t eat enough on the plane. I ordered room service.”

“I’m not hungry.”

“Gina.” He walked into the room and stopped in front of her. His blue eyes roamed her face while her heart kicked up. When he met her eyes again, her breath hitched. “You have to rest and you have to eat. We don’t know what’s going to happen, and you need to be strong. That’s one of the rules on a mission. Take care of yourself or you’re no good to your team.”

“I’m not part of your team. I’m just me.”

“You aren’t alone on this. We’re here, and that makes you part of the team. I’m ordering you to eat, same as I’d order my spotter or anyone else under my authority, and then I’m ordering you to rest.”

“I’m not under your authority.” Maybe she should be angry at the way he was talking to her, but she was oddly touched. God, just blame it on stress and a situation outside her control. She needed to push this man away, but she couldn’t seem to do it.

“Think of this like the island. I’m the one with the experience. I know what I’m doing. I got you out of there, didn’t I?”

She nodded.

“Trust me to get you out of here too, okay?”

“All right.”

He lifted an eyebrow. “You gonna eat when the food gets here?”

“Depends on what you ordered. I hate squash, for instance.”

“Then I’ll call and cancel the squash sandwich.”

She couldn’t help but laugh even though it had an edge that could turn into panic at any moment. “You didn’t order anything of the sort.”

“No.” He backed away and reached for the door handle. “Put on your pajamas. Get comfortable.”

“I don’t wear pajamas. I don’t wear anything.”

He stopped in mid-swing and she wanted to laugh again. She did wear pajamas, but she’d wanted to rattle him. Just because.

“Well, honey, you can come out here in nothing if you want, but it’ll probably be embarrassing for you and the delivery person both. Still, you can tip him good and I’m sure it’ll be fine.”

He shot her a grin before shutting the door behind him. Gina stood there with her heart pounding and her pulse skipping and wondered just what it was about him that made her want to get beneath his skin.

 

LynnRayeHarris

 About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her books have been called “exceptional and emotional,” “intense,” and “sizzling.” To date, Lynn’s books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

 You can find Lynn at:

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Tina

Jul 22

ARC REVIEW: Hot Alpha SEALs: Military Romance Megaset by 12 Awesome Authors

Hot Alpha SEALs:  Military Romance Megaset

by Anne Elizabeth, Cat Johnson, Cindy Dees, Cristin Harber, Delilah Devlin, Elle James, Gennita Low

J.M. Madden, P.T. Michelle, Sabrina York, Sharon Hamilton, Teresa Reasor

 

From Goodreads

12 New York Times, USA Today or Award-winning bestselling Hot Alpha Authors brings you this Military Romance Megaset for your reading pleasure: 

The Kiss of a SEAL by Award-winning Author Anne Elizabeth — Jessa Grainger’s world is rocked by the kiss of a SEAL, SO-1 Link Tyler. It wouldn’t be a problem for an ordinary person, but being a Navy Consultant working on the Amphibious Base as well as being engaged to a SWCC man make the situation very sticky. 

Night With A SEAL (Hot SEALs #1) by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Cat Johnson — When navigating military red tape begins to present more challenges than the enemy, it makes SEAL Jon Rudnick question his future. So does Alison Cressly, the one woman he can’t get out of his head. 

Hot Bayou SEAL by Award-winning author Cindy Dees — SEAL Ford Alambeaux is a busted up SEAL on his way out of the teams. Trina Zarkos is being tossed out of SEAL training like every other female candidate…until they’re thrown together on a way off-book mission to see if she can play with the big boys or not. 

Delta: Retribution by USA Today bestselling author Cristin Harber — Fallen Navy SEAL and Titan Group’s Delta recruit Trace Reeves wants nothing more than a one-night stand to forget that his twin brother was killed-in-action. But when his one-time fling becomes his high value target, the lines blur between her rescue mission and saving himself. 

Watch Over Me (An Uncharted SEAL story) by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Delilah Devlin — Deke Warrick’s unsanctioned detail is to keep tabs on a congressman’s niece while she vacations in the Caribbean. He’s determined to keep his distance, from the beautiful Nicky Martir—until she’s snatched from their hotel room. 

SEAL’s Obsession (A Take No Prisoners story) by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Elle James — Mission: Halt pirate activities off the coast of Honduras. SEAL TEAM 10′s Jack Fischer goes undercover as a deck hand on a medical boat where he finds himself falling for the dedicated Dr. Natalie Rhoades. 

The SEAL (a Sex, Lies & Spies novella) by USA Today bestselling author Gennita Low — Mari Lords is tasked by her father to steal the seal that is an important clue in a round-the-world treasure hunt called The Game. When her opportunity comes during a party, she finds another kind of SEAL, Angel Marcello. 

Ubreakable SEAL by USA Today bestselling author J.M. Madden — Maxwell Tate fights against a psychotic dream world, until he no longer knows what’s real. Lacey Adams knows she can’t save all of her cases, but can she salvage the unbreakable SEAL? 

Mister Black: A Billionaire SEAL Story, Part 1 (In the Shadows) by Award-winning author P.T. Michelle — He is Black: a deadly enforcer and masterful seducer. I am Red: a justice bleeder and willing participant. When our secrets converge in a passionate encounter, stepping out of the shadows just might be worth the risk. 

Stone Hard SEAL by Award-winning author Sabrina York — When Ryder “Stone” Maddox’s meets Lily Wilson—a senator’s daughter who is definitely off-limits—he’s determined to keep his distance, despite her irresistible allure. But Lily has plans of her own…to put his heart of stone to the test. 

SEAL’s Promise by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Hamilton — Navy SEAL T.J. Talbot, SEAL Team 3′s bad boy, makes a deathbed promise to protect and care for his fallen buddy’s wife and child. The only problem is, she hates him. 

Breaking Ties (a SEAL Team Heartbreakers story) by bestselling author Teresa Reasor — Navy SEAL Oliver Shaker is blindsided when he learns that not only does his wife, Selena, have a life-threatening illness, but she’s also pregnant, stretching their marriage to the breaking point.

My Review Final

I had the honor of reviewing 4 of these exciting stories.

 

Stone Hard SEAL

by Sabrina York

4.5 HEARTS

4-5 hearts

I loved, loved, loved this story. It’s short enough to read over just a couple of hours, but packed with so much witty banter, heartfelt emotion, and sexy SEAL that you never feel rushed or cheated. Seriously, these characters are so well-developed you feel like you actually know them. Like they are old friends. I honestly have no idea how Ms. York pulls this off in a novella, but she does. Even more exciting it ushers in a new Alpha SEALS series. I can’t wait! 

Ryder “Stone” Maddox is one of my favorite heroes. Faced with the unbearably difficult task of leading his platoon in a rescue mission for some pretty high profile people who were abducted by Somalian pirates is just another day at the office, but fighting this attraction and need he feels for his target just may do him in. 

Lily Wilson has lived a very sheltered life. As the daughter of a senator she may have well just been wrapped in wool and packed away she’s been so protected. That’s why a mission trip to Ethiopia seemed like a grand adventure and she jumped at the chance. Just her luck, the first time she’s ever done anything without her parents blessing she gets abducted by Pirates. She’s optimistic all will be okay in the end and is doubly reassured when her guardian angel, in the form of Navy SEAL Stone Maddox, comes to her rescue. Stone does more than rescue her, however. He shows her that she can feel passion and a sizzling attraction. Now, she just had to convince him to act on it. 

There are few authors that can write such funny, laugh out loud stories and never lose the heat and desire. I checked my kindle for smoke or burn marks after finishing this book. Lily and Stone’s attraction was that palpable. Stone often spoke in sarcasm and I love that in my men. Even better Lily gave as good as she got. She was naive and protected, but tough, smart (even if a bit airheaded at times), and a fighter. This couple was made for each other. 

She paled, “I c-cant swim”.

“You never wanted to learn?”

“Oh, I wanted to” she sighed. “My mother wouldn’t let me. She was afraid I would drown.”

“Not drowning is kind of the point of swimming.”

See? Sarcasm at its best! I do so love Sabrina York and her smart, yet funny dialogue. 

I can not wait to read more from this team of hot, sexy, alpha males.

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames

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Mister Black: A Billionaire SEAL Story Part 1 

by P.T. Michelle

4.5 HEARTS

4-5 hearts (1)

Mister Black, aka Sebastian Quinn is hot! I mean sizzling, panties melting hot! This story is a must read and I can’t wait to read the rest of the In The Shadows series. The only reason I gave this story 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it started out just a bit slow and confusing. I get this was important to build up the intrigue, but it put me off just a little bit. It quickly got past this awkward stage and slipped right into fabulous! You will not regret reading this story!

Talia is running from her past, but it continues to haunt her. One of the few good memories she actually has from being a child was when a kind older teen boy saved her. He’s never left her mind, though and 8 years later he’s her biggest fantasy. She was only 13 at the time and they never exchanged names, so she knows they’ll never cross paths, again. At least, that’s always been her assumption until she runs into a mysteriously sexy guy at a costume party.

Sebastian’s the illegitimate son, but that doesn’t stop him from being protective and loving to his sister. Home on leave Sebastian spends as much time as he can with his sister hoping to help her heal from the recent trauma she’s gone through. The horrific event that she’ll give no one any details about. So when Sebastian finds the intriguing “Scarlet” sneaking through his sister’s home he needs to find out more. He quickly unearths the truth that she is there to try to get the story of the events from Mina for the college paper. A story that could launch her career as soon as she graduates. 

The connection that Sebastian and Talia have is palpable from the very beginning. I could not get enough of these two characters. Seriously, it was almost torture to read knowing that it would be over soon. Normally, I don’t like a story that leaves me hanging, but these characters sucked me in and now I’m hooked. Please, please, please Ms. Michelle write fast because I need (and I mean need) to know what happens next.

Hotness Rating 

4 out of 5

4 Flames

 

 

Night With A SEAL 

by Cat Johnson

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

Night With a SEAL is a great way to introduce us to the hot men of the upcoming Hot SEALS series by Cat Johnson. I thoroughly enjoyed Jon and Ali’s story. But, the secondary characters have really captured my interest. This book gave us great insight into each team member’s personality and situation. It’s not often you get such good character development with the secondary characters, as well. 

Jon Rudnick is a SEAL to his very soul. But, the red tape and politics are making him question how much longer he can keep doing it all. It seems pointless at times. Not to mention, the impact its always had on his dating life. He knows that some men make it work with a family and the job, but he’s not that man. He has no interest in creating attachments just to walk out and leave a loved one with no idea when or if he’s coming home. Weirdly, that part of the job hasn’t been too much of an issue. He’s never really met anyone that’s made him want that forever after, anyways. But, one fantastic night with Ali has haunted him. 

Alison Cressly allowed herself one unforgettable night with her best friend’s brother’s former SEAL teammate. It seemed like a good idea and they were upfront with expectations ahead of time, but a small part of Ali, the romantic part, had hoped for something more. After the deed was done, Jon left with the reminder that there would be no contact since he would be called back to service any minute. Now, he’s back and she’s thinking things could be real awkward. After all, they will be thrown together at parties and such and she hasn’t been able to get him out of her mind. 

I was a bit disappointed in Jon and how he handled things with Ali when he left. I know it’s written that he couldn’t stop thinking about her and that she is the one for him, but I still can’t help but think if that were true then why couldn’t he have sent even one email. That being said I did like Jon and loved how this story sets us up on how the Guardian Angel Protection Service was born and the why. I loved Ali and how she dealt with his hot and cold with so much class and dignity. I think I would have made him work for it a little more, but he really was a good guy he just sucked at dealing with his emotions. 

Hotness Rating 

3 out of 5

3 Flames

 

 

The Kiss of a SEAL

by Anne Elizabeth

3 HEARTS

3 Hearts

In The Kiss Of A SEAL by Anne Elizabeth we get to meet a different kind of SEAL. Our hero is strong, dominant, and well-respected amongst the men he trusts his life with. These are all things I associate with a SEAL, but Lincoln “Linc” Tyler is also a hopeless romantic and when most men are doing everything they can to avoid commitment Linc is fighting with everything he has to convince Jessa they deserve they’re forever after. 

Jessa Grainger isn’t a soldier, but she works with them every day. She doesn’t just work with any soldiers, either. She works with the elite. The best of the best. She is responsible for making sure a SEAL is physically fit and ready to face what’s to come. She’s never allowed herself to be anything more than professional with any of these men until she met Linc. He has her heart and he definitely commands her body, but she has things in her life that need to be addressed before she can commit fully. 

I enjoyed reading about Linc and Jessa. It was very interesting to see the perspective of a civilian consultant in this elite world. And I especially love how Ms. Elizabeth didn’t really go for the stereotype. Jessa was strong and in charge. Whereas, Linc was the one wanting more, ready to talk, and pushing the relationship on. I didn’t necessarily feel the passion between this couple, though. I don’t know what it was, but I just felt like it lacked heat and need. 

Hotness Rating 

3 out of 5

3 Flames

 

Tina

Jul 21

BOOK SPOTLIGHT/ EXCERPT: In Your Eyes by Cardeno C.

 

Book Spotlight Final

In Your Eyes

(Mates #3)

by: Cardeno C.

From Goodreads

Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he’s supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they’ve been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.

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Excerpt Final

Some questions sound simple, but they’re hard to answer. I had always prided myself on my strength, knowing it would be valuable for my role as Alpha of my pack. And I was quick to get defensive if I felt that strength was questioned, including by Korban. But with him standing naked in front of me, firm muscles on display, power rolling off him, I couldn’t deny his strength. I even admired it. Was I stronger than him? Did I want to be?

“You look like you’re about to fall over,” he said. He sounded concerned, not like he was mocking or judging me, so I didn’t argue. “You haven’t slept in days, have you?”

I shook my head and focused on keeping myself upright.

“Well, that explains why all that tightly held control finally snapped.”

Wincing at the reminder of what I’d done to him when I lost my control, I lowered my gaze and started stepping away so I wouldn’t crowd him.

“No.” He grasped my shoulder and then eased his hand onto my back. “That wasn’t a complaint.” He sighed. “We need to talk, but first we need to get you operating on all cylinders, which means sleep. Where’s your room?”

Pride should have kept me from letting him decide what I needed and when. Instinct should have prevented me from leading him to the place where I slept and was most vulnerable. Self-respect should have stopped me from giving in to my exhaustion by slumping my shoulders and shuffling my feet as I neared the bedroom. And yet I did all of those things without a second thought or a hint of hesitation.

When we got to the bed, he dropped his hand from my back and waited for me to get in. I shivered, suddenly cold in my core. I looked at him, not sure what I wanted, but certain he could provide it.

“I’m filthy,” he said, gesturing to his blood- and dirt-covered body. “You lie down and I’ll go wash up.”

He was right. I could only imagine how he felt, coated in filth and grime. “I’m sorry. I should have thought to… I shouldn’t have put you… I—”

“Shhh.” He cupped the back of my head and massaged my scalp. “You need sleep. You can’t complete a thought or think straight.” He tilted his chin toward the door at the end of my room. “That’s the bathroom, right?”

I nodded.

“Take your clothes off and get in bed. I’ll be right back.”

It wasn’t until my shoes and pants were pooled around my ankles and I was stripping my shirt off that I realized what I was doing. Why on earth was I listening to what he said? Why was I putting myself in an exposed and vulnerable position? Why was I letting him bathe in my shower when I normally couldn’t stand anyone in my personal space?

“You know why, Samuel.”

I darted my gaze up and saw Korban standing in the bathroom doorway, looking at me.

“Did I say that out loud?” I asked. “No.” He shook his head.

“Then how did you—”

He smiled at me, his expression soft. “Sleep, Samuel. You know all of this in here.” He tapped his hand against his chest. “You just need to let go of the things you’ve learned in here”—he tapped the side of his head—“to realize it.”

 

About The Author

Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Author Links

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Alyssa

Jul 21

REVIEW: Texas Fandango by Cynthia D’Alba

Texas Fandango

(Texas Montgomery Mavericks #3)

by Cynthia D’Alba

4.5 HEARTS

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From Goodreads

KC Montgomery was eleven when she met the love of her life. Of course, seventeen-year-old Drake Gentry didn’t know she existed, but that didn’t stop her girlish fantasies from growing and changing over the years.

Now, after enjoying a front-row seat to his breakup with his latest girlfriend, she’s been handed an all-grown-up fantasy come true—two weeks at the Sand Castle Resort. With him.

Drake most definitely noticed KC a long time ago, but the timing’s never been right. Now that he’s facing a lonely vacation that was supposed to be for two, it seems only natural to accept KC’s offer to fill in. And as far as her terms go… No strings. No expectations. No holds barred. Drake is no fool—he’s all over it.
But once they’re back in Texas there are invisible strings still hanging between them. Strings labeled attraction, affection…even love. And the more they try to untangle the knots, the tighter they’re bound together.

Warning: Beware of sunburns, whirlpool sex and sand in delicate places.

My Review Final

Looking for a great book to heat up your summer? This is it! It’s safe to say I went into this read a fan of the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series by Cynthia D’Alba. But, Texas Fandango, book #3, is my favorite, by far. I could not get enough of KC and Drake. The attraction that this couple felt for one another could be felt. 

Drake Gentry has really bad judgement when it comes to the ladies. It’s not that he picks bad women. They are essentially good women, he just seems to be more into the relationship than they are. Which is why he’s in his current predicament. Thinking he and his current girlfriend were doing well he bought 2 tickets for a beautiful 2 week getaway and she just dumped him. He really needed this getaway, too. 

Enter KC Montgomery. She’s always had a huge crush on Drake, but the timing has never worked. First he was married to her cousin and then anytime she was available he wasn’t. Her cousin is married to the man she was destined to be with and has essentially given her blessing and Drake’s girlfriend just broke up with him right in front of KC, so there is nothing stopping her this time. Seizing the opportunity KC takes a deep breath and jumps right in offering to go with him. She has only one condition – she wants a no-holds barred sexy holiday with no-strings attached.

Drake hesitates for just a second before he readily agrees. He’s always had a thing for KC, but never imagined he would have a shot. Now if he can just find a way to enjoy her for two weeks and then return to his KC-free life. Easier said than done. 

What follows is a hot, and when I say hot I mean HOT, vacation between KC and Drake. Seriously, I had to keep checking my Kindle for scorch marks. This couple was so much fun. Not only did they have chemistry between the sheets, against the wall, in the shower – well you get what I’m saying, but they enjoyed one another’s company, too. They had great conversations and so much in common. 

It’s been a long time since I’ve been so disappointed when a book ended just because I would miss the characters so much! I can not wait for the next book and the chance to read more about these families.

Hotness Rating 

4 out of 5

4 Flames

Related Reviews:

Click HERE for my review of Texas Two Step (Texas Montgomery Mavericks #1)

Click HERE for my review of Texas Tango (Texas Montgomery Mavericks #2)

Tina

Jul 20

SUNDAY SWAG GIVEAWAY: Terri Brisbin

Sunday Swag Post
Welcome to Sunday Swag! I absolutely love swag. I think it’s the perfect thing to collect. You can have a whole bunch and it doesn’t take up a lot of room. One day it occurred to me that a lot of people might have the same feelings about swag as I do. That’s when the idea of a Sunday Swag feature came to me. I could both show off my love of swag and give some away! Plus, it’s a great way of spreading the word about all the fabulous authors out there!
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This week I’m spreading the word about Teri Brisbin!

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Terri Brisbin, an award-winning author and three-time RWA RITA® finalist, has had her historical and paranormal romances published in more than 20 languages and 25 countries around the world since 1998. She’s written more than 33 novels, novellas and short stories for Berkley/Jove, Harlequin and Kensington Books. Now working on more romances for NAL/Signet, Terri has also self-published her backlist books. 

When not living the glamorous life of a romance author in the southern NJ suburbs, Terri spends her time being a married mom as well as a dental hygienist to hundreds while plotting and planning future stories. For more info (more than you could possibly want or need to know) visit her website –www.terribrisbin.com .

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Here are some of Terri’s books that you might want to check out.

Just click on the covers to learn more about them.

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Megan
 

Jul 19

REVIEW: Love’s Rhythm by Lexxie Couper

 

Love’s Rhythm

(Heart of Fame #1)

by Lexxie Couper

3 HEARTS

3 Hearts

From Goodreads

“His music moves the world. Can his love move her heart? “

Nick Blackthorne knows all about words of love. They’re the reason he’s the world’s biggest rock star. The irony? He turned his back on love a long time ago, lured away by the trappings of fame.

An invitation to a friend s wedding is a stark reminder of how meaningless his life has become. When he enters that church, there’ss only one woman he wants on his arm the one he walked out on a lifetime ago. But first he has to find her, even if all she accepts from him is an apology.

Kindergarten teacher Lauren Robbins once had what every woman on the planet desires. Nick. Their passion was explosive, their romance the stuff of songs and it took fifteen years to get over him. Then out of the blue Nick turns up at her door, and all those years denying her ache for him are shattered with a single, smoldering kiss.

But molten passion can’t hide the secret she’s kept for all these years. Because it’s not just “her” heart on the line anymore and not just her life that’ll be rocked by the revelation.

Warning: Remember your first crush on a rock star? Now add smoldering sex, a raw and undeniable passion, soul-shattering orgasms. And secrets.

My Review Final

Rock stars. No matter what we know about them and how they live, they are still hot as hell and extremely sexy. Overall this was a good story, but I honestly did not care for the cavity-inducing-ly sweet ending. It was too much cheese for my taste, but other than that, I enjoyed this first installment.

Nick was sex-on-legs and damn adorable. You could tell that he was no longer the guy he had been before, and that deep inside, all he really wanted to find his happy ending. He was an incredibly passionate man, but considerate at the same time. He knew there were boundaries and obstacles to overcome, but he did his best and really proved that he had grown as both a musician and a man. To say he was talented sexually is an understatement, but he also didn’t want to be that typical bang’em and leave’em rocker. He wanted more and really showed that he wasn’t. He was smart and understanding, which coupled with some puddle-drenching sex, made for one hot hero.

Lauren, on the other hand, I was not a fan of. I understand being hurt. I understand wanting to, on some level, do what she did. However, it almost seemed like she had BPD. (Borderline Personality Disorder.) She had no idea how to act or what to feel. She would do one thing, retract from that so hard, then go out halfway only to go running for the hills right after. She was contradictory and honestly boring. I think the only entertainment I got out of her was her reunion with Nick. Otherwise she was flat and irritating. And he choices on how she handled some things really made me wonder if she really had best interests in mind, or if she was trying to make excuses for what she was doing. Either way, I really wished she had overall had a better personality.

Despite how much I honestly didn’t care for Lauren, she wasn’t such a letdown that she dragged down the book. She allowed it to keep moving, but it was Nick and the supporting characters that really made the book for me. I wish I could have rating it higher, but that 4th star was all Lauren’s fault. I will, however, keep reading cause I’m very interested in how the rest of these great characters stories’ will rock on.

Hotness Rating

4 out of 5

4 Flames

Alyssa

Jul 18

REVIEW: Texas Tango by Cynthia D’Alba

Texas Tango

(Texas Montgomery Mavericks #2)

by Cynthia D’Alba

4.5 HEARTS

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From Goodreads

Dr. Caroline Graham is happy with her nomadic lifestyle fulfilling short-term medical contracts. No emotional commitments, no disappointments. She’s always the one to walk away, never the one left behind.

But now her great-uncle is gone and her grandmother is on her deathbed, more concerned about Caroline’s lack of a husband than her own demise. What’s the harm in a little white lie? If a wedding will give her grandmother peace, then a wedding she shall have.

Travis Montgomery has one dream left—to build the ranch he and his wife planned before he lost her to cancer. There’s just one thing standing between him and the last bit of acreage he needs—a last living heir who has one traveling foot out the door…and an unusual request that challenges his determination to never again place his heart at risk.

The land he wants in exchange for a faux marriage. Everyone wins. Until things start to snowball…and the hearts they stand to lose are their own.

Warning: This book contains a tortured widower who doesn’t want a wife and an independent doctor who doesn’t want a husband. Hot stuff between the sheets and failed efforts to avoid emotional involvements.

My Review Final

Texas Tango is the 2nd book in the Texas Montgomery Mavericks series by Cynthia D’Alba. I thought I loved the first one and I did, but this second installment blew me away.

Dr. Caroline Graham was raised by her grandmother. Her parents were too busy traveling the world helping the less fortunate. As an adult, she has sort of carried on the nomadic lifestyle. She travels from town to town filling in when a need for a physician is there. Once the need is filled Caroline is on to the next place. Taking care of her great-uncle in the small Texas town is the closest she has been to setting down roots in years – she’s made friends, is invited to family gatherings and now is a landowner, thanks to her uncle’s will. Caroline had no idea how much her uncle’s will could make her life easier and complicate it further at the same time. Her beloved grandmother is dying and all she wants is to see Caroline in love and settled. It seems like the perfect solution to offer Travis the land in exchange for a pretend marriage.

Travis Montgomery lost his young wife to cancer. It scarred him deeply, but he got through it. Surrounded by family and friends helped him to get on with his life. Working the land helped, too. He’s wanted to get his hands on Caroline’s uncle’s land for years and now that Caroline is the owner he thinks maybe he has a chance. He can’t exactly call them friends, but they are definitely thrown together often for family events. When around Caroline he always keeps a polite distance – she makes him feel things that are better left buried. Now, that she’s presented him with his lifetime dream he is not at all sure what to do. He doesn’t typically abide by lying for any reason, but the more he gets to know Caroline he sees that she is a good person with a huge heart. Now, he just has to find a way to hold onto his heart.

I can not say enough about this book. I know it seems that this premise has been done and re-done a million times. And honestly, I was a bit concerned myself. Cynthia does it right, I promise you. The bond that Travis and Caroline form the more they get to know each other is so fun to witness. I love how Travis accepts Caroline’s brother and welcomes him – treating him like he’s always been a part of the family. The Montgomery’s are a joy! I’m sure you will love them as much as I do!

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames

Related Reviews:

Click HERE for my review of Texas Two Step (Texas Montgomery Mavericks #1)

Tina

Jul 17

BLOG TOUR/ GIVEAWAY: Ricochet by Skye Jordan

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After a tragic incident in Afghanistan leaves Master Sergeant Nathan Ryker the only man standing in his tight-knit team, he spirals into an alcohol-and-sex induced escape. A call from his lifelong buddy pulls Ryker from the shadows with a request for help with his stunt company’s latest blockbuster. If Ryker can survive the next three weeks of leave and get back to his remaining men, he might just be all right. But a sexy woman who can take his mind off his trauma is too hard to resist, and when he hooks up with Renegades’ sultry, snarky office manager, his sanity takes a backseat to his first glimpse of a future he isn’t sure he deserves.

Still reeling from a bitter romantic betrayal, Rachel Hart wants nothing more than an uncomplicated hookup. So when the mysterious Nathan seduces her with a little dirty talk and one delicious kiss, Rachel drowns all her good sense in a Mandarin and soda and gives herself over to a night of sexual bliss. But her memories tarnish in the morning light when Rachel discovers his real identity and his link to Renegades. Her job and her friends are the only thing holding her life together, and she won’t be ruined by one sultry night with this damaged and dangerously sexy man.

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“This is the first time I’ve ever seen you leave food on your plate,” Josh said, drawing Rachel’s attention. “Feeling okay?”

She turned her head toward him and smiled. “Yeah. Just tired. It’s been a long week.”

“Amen.” Nathan jumped into the conversation for the first time all night, sitting back in his chair and picking up his fourth…fifth…maybe sixth beer. She’d lost count.

“Rachel,” Jax said, “who do you have lined up for site coordinator?”

She pulled her gaze from warring with Nathan’s lazy grin and looked at her boss. “Jaimie Burke and Tom Campbell.”

“I saw Jaimie last week,” Keaton said. “It sounded like she was going to run long on the King Arthur set.”

“Only a week,” Rachel said. “And Tom is wrapping up his latest project now.”

“Hmm.” The troubled hum came from Josh, and Rachel turned to look at him.

“What?”

Josh shook his head. “I don’t think Burke’s lack of experience is a good fit for a stunt with explosives this intense.”

“She’s not inexperienced—” Rachel started.

“She is when it comes to managing explosives, honey.” Josh put his hand on her shoulder, slid it to the back of her neck, and squeezed.

Rachel wanted his hand off her in the worst way. She was pissed he was acting like this for Nathan’s benefit, and after having Nathan’s hands on her just twelve hours ago, Josh’s touch just felt…wrong.

“He’s right, Rach,” Duke added.

“I’ve got enough problems at the moment, Duke,”

Duke just smirked and shrugged.

“And…” Josh said, drawing Rachel’s gaze. “Sorry to tell you this, honey, but…last time I worked with Campbell, he smelled like a still and missed a third of the filming schedule. Unless he’s gone to rehab in the last four months and is part of a regular AA group, Cinematic won’t touch a stunt where he’s site coordinator, especially not where explosives are involved.”

Her stomach dropped. Every time she put a piece of this puzzle in its place, the damn thing popped back out again. And this news was just the last bit she could take tonight. She propped her elbows on the table and rested her face in her hands.

“I want Rachel.”

Nathan’s quiet words shot a tingle of heat through her chest. She parted her fingers and found his gaze directly on hers.

“That’s the stupidest thing you’ve said all night,” Troy bit out.

“Maybe you just need another beer. Round out your night with an even dozen,” Nathan tossed at Troy before turning back to Jax. “She knows exactly how everything works, knows all the people involved, and she’s extremely efficient.

“If I’m going to do this in the time I have, I sure can’t wait a week to start. And I don’t give a shit what Cinematic says about the other guy, but I know a drunk when I see one, and I’ll kick his ass off the site at the first sign.

“I’m going to need someone on site who I can depend on. A go-to person for all my questions, whether it be to ask about ordering supplies, smooth a rift with the city manager, schmooze local law enforcement, or deal with a crazy environmentalist. I need someone who I can count on to do everything, and do it right the first time, so I can focus on design, safety, timing, and rigging.”

His intense gaze turned back to her. “Rachel’s perfect.”

 

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Other Renegade Books:

Reckless

Rebel

About Skye:

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Skye Jordan is a pseudonym for New York Times bestselling romantic suspense author Joan Swan.

Skye’s novels are about enjoying that little wild streak we don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we rarely get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, and maybe even acting a little naughty. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance.

And, yes, even love, because while wicked-great sex is good, happily ever after with wicked-great sex is even better.

Skye (aka Joan) lives on the central coast of California in the heart of wine country with her husband and two daughters. As often as possible, she retreats to a hotel with critique partners for a power-writing week where much drinking, laughing, and yes, even working, ensues. When she’s not writing, Skye goes to breakfast with her hubby, attends her daughters’ barrel races, and spends a lot of time with her own horse, Riddle…while her two dogs, Paxton and Indie, tag along. She also loves to read, knit, craft, row, ride, and dabble in photography.

 

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads // Pinterest // Newsletter

 

Giveaway Final

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Skye is giving away the following at each stop:

  • 1  American Flag Military Dog Tag Swarovski Crystals (1 winner)
    This sparkly, all-American military dog tag is symbolic of the tags Ryker wears RICOCHET, but much prettier.

The front features the American flag embellished with real Swarovski Crystals.

The reverse side is custom engraved with one of the following RENEGADE taglines:

MY HEART BELONGS TO A RENEGADE

RENEGADES ARE MY WEAKNESS

EVERY WOMAN LOVES A RENEGADE

KEEP CALM AND LOVE A RENEGADE

RENEGADE JUNKIE

DARE TO BE A RENEGADE

A RENEGADE STOLE MY HEART

I’M IN LOVE WITH A RENEGADE

MY (BOOK) BOYFRIEND IS A RENEGADE

WHO NEEDS A KNIGHT? I WANT A RENEGADE

REAL. ROMANTIC. REBELLIOUS. RENEGADE.

Each tag comes with a split ring for keychain or ball chain for pendant.

  • 1 American Flag Paracord Zipper Pull (1 winner)
    These patriotic cuties are made with quality 550 Paracord. Add them to everything you can imagine—for style and function! Ex: purses, luggage, jackets, camera bag, etc.
  • 3 Digital copies of readers choice of any of the following books: (3 winners)

○     Reckless

○     Rebel

○     Intimate Enemies

○     First Temptation

○     Sinful Deception

RIVERINA ROMANTICS TOUR STOP GIVEAWAY:

Sooooo for some reason Rafflecopter doesn’t want to cooperate here. To enter this Giveaway please COMMENT below on whether or not you have read any of Skye Jordan’s books or if she is a new author to you. We will pick five (5) winners total. Contest ends July 18 at Midnight EST. Good luck everyone!

GRAND PRIZE for the tour: Stylish GUESS wallet filled with $70 in gift cards + necklace! (Valued at $150) ● $25 Amazon ● $25 Barnes & Noble ● $20 iTunes ● Handmade necklace: Home of the Free Because of the Brave!   a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Tour Schedule:

July 14:
 
A Tasty Read (Excerpt 1)
Book Reads and Reviews (Excerpt 2)
Dirty Girl Romance (Excerpt 3)
Smut Book Club (Excerpt 4)
July 15:
Kiss and Tell Reviews (Excerpt 5)
For The Love of Bookends (Excerpt 6)
Modokker Book Picks (Excerpt 7)
Ms. Romantic Reads (Excerpt 8)
July 16:
What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing On A Blog Like This? (Excerpt 9)
Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance (Excerpt 10)
Same Book Different Review (Excerpt 11)
The Smutty Kitty (Excerpt 12)

 

July 17:
Author Groupies (Excerpt 13)
Books-N-Kisses (Excerpt 14)
What I’m Reading (Excerpt 15)
Riverina Romantics (Excerpt 16)

 

July 18:
So Many Reads (Excerpt 17)
Smokin’ Hot Blog (Excerpt 18)
Kate George (Excerpt 19)
All I Want and More (Excerpt 20)

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Jul 16

REVIEW: Texas Two Step by Cynthia D’Alba

 Texas Two Step

(Texas Montgomery Mavericks #1)

by Cynthia D’Alba

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

From Goodreads

After six years and too much self-recrimination, rancher Mitch Landry is ready to admit he was wrong. He’d loved Olivia Montgomery but commitment wasn’t high on his list back then. That was his first mistake. He’s just divorced his second, and he’s set to do whatever it takes to convince Olivia to give him another try.

Through hard work, determination and more than a few tears, Olivia survived the break-up with Mitch. She’s rebuilt her life around her business and the son she loves more than life itself. She’s not proud of the mistakes she’s made—particularly the secrets she’s kept—but when life hands you manure, you use it to make something better of yourself…lest you get stuck in it.

At a hot, muggy Dallas wedding, they reconnect. Olivia’s first instinct is to play it cool, but after one devastating kiss things flare real out of control, real fast. Maybe a quick roll in the hay will get him out of her system once and for all. Funny thing about hay though, once it’s tangled in your hair, getting it out risks revealing things that were never meant to see the light of day.

Product Warnings:  Contains hot sex, a vindictive ex-wife, and hot chocolate chip cookies.

My Review Final

Texas Two Step, Texas Montgomery Mavericks #1, is my first read by Cynthia D’Alba, but it certainly won’t be my last. Her characters quickly become “real” to you. You get mad at them for their actions, you hurt for them in their pain and you get indignant on their behalf when they are messed with by outside forces. I love a book that makes me feel so much! And you get a smokin’ hot cowboy that deserves sainthood for putting up with the crap he does, in my humble opinion.

Olivia knew she would see Mitch at her best friend’s wedding. After all they were both a part of the wedding party, but she really thought she would be able to keep her distance and make it through one weekend without her whole life falling apart around her. She loved with Mitch with all her heart once and he walked away from her saying she was too young to settle down. Hah, if he only knew.

Mitch Landry made 2 mistakes in his life and he’s hell bent on fixing the first. Walking away from Olivia was the hardest thing he ever did, but at the time he really did think it was the for the best. He knew he loved her, but she was young and he was afraid that she hadn’t experienced the world enough to really know what she wanted. When his brother died he was a mess, the whole family was. So, when his brothers girlfriend claimed she was pregnant, Mitch honestly felt like he was doing the right thing by marrying her, so that they baby would be raised a Landry. Did he love her? No, but duty meant everything to him. He didn’t want to hurt Olivia, but he had already broken it off with her months before and he had to do right by his family. After a miscarriage, lots of anger and hurt Mitch is divorced and ready to make amends to the one that got away.

Okay, this is where it gets ugly for me. I felt for Olivia, I really did. But, I was so angry for her for the secrets that she kept and that she actually felt she had the right to be indignant when it all came out. I get that she was young and scared, but she sure wouldn’t have felt that her actions were okay had the tables been turned. Yet, she continued to throw up to Mitch that she and her son would just disappear from his life, and there was nothing he could do about it, everytime the going got tough. Ugh, I wanted to jump through my Kindle and shake her screaming “how would you feel if he walked away with your child and never told you?”. See what I mean? This book made me feel. With that being said, I liked her otherwise. She was a great mother, friend and business woman! And I really believe that she loves Mitch and was just acting out of fear.

Now about Mitch and his sainthood status. He showed amazing patience with Olivia and all that came out. A lesser person, ME, would have been too angry to be civil. I think I could have forgiven the secret had she showed real remorse, but Mitch just stepped up and did the right thing. And he continued to put up with his ex popping in and starting trouble and treat her with respect? Amazing! On second thought, maybe he needed to blow up just once at the women in his life…lol.

I can not wait to read the next book in this series.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames

Tina

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