Jul 29

BLOG TOUR/ EXCERPT/ GIVEAWAY: The Heist by Adriana Kraft

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The Heist

by Adriana Kraft

The Blurb

A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.

A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.

Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.

Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?

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 About the Author:

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

 You can find Adriana at:

Website ~ Blog ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Shelfari

 

Excerpt FinalTed Springs scanned the small crowd waiting to greet passengers over the heads of others disembarking in front of him. He spotted her immediately. She stood at the edge of the crowd and gave a tentative wave when she recognized him.

He nodded in return, trying to be patient with the older ladies ahead of him and a family with two young children. Wearing a simple pink dress that buttoned down the front and fell nearly to the knees, Kara Daniels looked both professional and sexy. Tossing dark hair over her shoulder, she looked much more collected than when he’d last seen her, but then this was not a surprise meeting.

His chest tightened as he neared her. Her breasts were as substantial as he’d remembered. He could still feel them crushing into his chest outside Alice’s office. That had been a shock—a shock he definitely wanted to re-experience.

Kara extended her hand in greeting. So much for a repeat hug. He shook her hand, giving it an extra squeeze. “Is it always this hot in Lincoln?”

She chuckled. “In early August? Most of the time. I recall it getting quite hot in Chicago, too. Do you need to stop for luggage?”

“You’re right, it does.” He gripped his carry-on bag and briefcase tighter. “This is it. I travel light whenever possible.”

“Good idea. Let’s go, then. It’ll take another hour and a half to get to Elk Grove.”

“That’s fine with me. We’ll have an opportunity to get reacquainted.”

She gave him a sharp look before lengthening her stride and heading for the exit. “I didn’t realize we were acquainted.”

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  Tuesday July 29

 Deal Sharing Aunt  Spotlight with Giveaway

  Crystal Blogs Books  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

  Riverina Romantics Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

Wednesday July 30 

 Let’s Get Booked  Spotlight with Giveaway

  Reviews by Crystal  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

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 Lusty Penguin Reviews  Spotlight with Unique Excerpt and Giveaway

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  The Jeep Diva  Review and Giveaway

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Tina

Jul 29

REVIEW: The Cowboy Imports a Bride by Cora Seton

 

The Cowboy Imports a Bride 

(The Cowboys of Chance Creek #3)

by Cora Seton

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

From Goodreads

Rob Matheson’s a fighter. Flattening enemies with his fists or with his legendary practical jokes, he’s a tough enemy, and a troublesome friend. But Rob doesn’t know how much longer he can keep up the act. As his buddies get married one by one, he’s left with his lonely life – and the sinking feeling he lost more than his dreams when he traded them for a thick skin. Now Rob’s father has issued a challenge – he’ll give 200 acres of prime Montana ranchland to the first of his four sons to wed. No conditions, no meddling. Could this be a chance to become the man he really wants to be?

Morgan Tate’s worked for years to climb the ladder to a top job at Cassidy Wineries, but Duncan Cassidy, the boss’ son, always stands in her way. Now he’s issued an ultimatum; marry him or he’ll make sure she never works in the wine industry again. Morgan wants marriage – and a family – but not with Duncan. A certain cowboy in Chance Creek, Montana, has stolen her heart.

When Rob offers Morgan a proposition – marry him and split the land – they both find themselves with an ethical dilemma. They don’t know each other well enough to wed, but they can’t lie about their intentions before God and man, either.

Now they’ve got sixty days to fall in love, and a passel of family and friends determined to keep them apart. The victims of Rob’s previous jokes are lining up to get their revenge, and Morgan’s half-sister, Claire, is stirring up their mother’s past.

Will it take the biggest practical joke of all to convince the world – and themselves – that they’re truly meant to be man and wife?

My Review Final

The Cowboy Imports a Bride, the third book of the Cowboys of Chance Creek series, by Cora Seton was a delight. This series and this book are just good old fashioned fun reads.

Rob Matheson is known as the practical joker of the group. As the son of a rich rancher Rob has pretty much just skated through life. But, he’s tired of being known as the irresponsible, take-nothing-serious guy. Rob has dreams, hopes, and ambitions, but he fears that his reputation has caught up with him and is going to stand in his way. That’s why when Rob’s dad does the unthinkable and offers 200 acres of prime ranch land to the first of his sons to marry Rob knows he has to win that bet. He can get the land and then prove to everyone that he can make something of his life and show everyone that Rob is someone to be taken seriously.

Morgan Tate has dreamed of a top job working at the winery. She works hard and has sacrificed all to work her way up the ladder, but the owner’s son keeps hitting on her and she has no interest in him at all. She has little respect for the spoiled, rich jerk that has no interest in working hard. She wants marriage and a family just not with him. When she was visiting her friend over the summer she kind of fell hard for a certain cowboy.

I have read this particular plot many times. The whole “get married and I’ll give you what you’ve always wanted” has been done a lot. However, I really enjoyed the approach that Ms. Seton took. For one, she didn’t set Rob up to hide from Morgan his father’s plans. He was open and honest from the beginning. I like that. I loved how he and Morgan were a team and how they truly seemed to like one another even though they felt that they were worlds apart.

This series is a feel good, sit back, prop your feet up and enjoy the ride type of books. I will definitely be reading more of these crazy cowboys.

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames

Related Reviews

Click HERE for my review of The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride (The Cowboys of Chance Creek #1)

Click HERE for my review of The Cowboy Wins a Bride (The Cowboys of Chance Creek #2)

Tina

Jul 28

RELEASE DAY BLOG BLAST/ GIVEAWAY: A Fighter’s Desire by L.P. Dover

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Two is always better than one.

Knowing a fighter’s desires and needs are one thing, but actually experiencing them is another. A Fighter’s Desire gives you not one, but two stories full of hardcore passion, angst, and action that’ll leave you breathless and aching for more.

Part One: Ryley and Camden Jameson, well-known MMA fighters and identical twins, were just as aggressive and passionate in the bed as they were in the ring. They loved a good fight, and that’s exactly what they got when they met Ashleigh Warren. The brothers had a habit of sharing things—including women—and she happened to be the only one they truly craved. However, the problem was getting her to agree to their proposition. It was one she couldn’t refuse, but she knew it wouldn’t be easy to win. Nonetheless, she sure as hell was going to enjoy it.

Part Two: Fighting temptation isn’t easy when you’re constantly around the one person you’ve desired more than any other. Gabriella Reynolds was warned by her brother, MMA Heavyweight Champion Matt Reynolds, to stay away from his friends; they only wanted one thing, and in the end they’d break her heart. She heard it, but the desire to have the one man she couldn’t led her down the forbidden path to pursue him; he also happens to be one of her brother’s best friends. Tyler Rushing can’t deny his attraction to her, and he’s afraid she’ll want more than what he can give her. When he finds out that’s not the case … everything changes. They have no choice but to keep their time a secret, and it’s a secret that’ll stay with them forever.

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USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

Connect with L.P. Dover

 Facebook / Goodreads / Website / Twitter

 

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Jul 28

BOOK SPOTLIGHT/ EXCERPT/ GIVEAWAY: A Native’s Tongue by Michael D. Dennis

 

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A Native’s Tongue

by: Michael D. Dennis

From Goodreads

In Michael D. Dennis’s touching new novel, A Native’s Tongue, a young man, torn between two women, struggles to find his way in the world.

As I walked out under the Los Angeles sky, the possibility of becoming something more than a short order cook, living in the valley, and resenting my dysfunctional family occurred to me…

Charlie Winters has never been an overachiever. He is used to just getting by while living with his single mother and working a dead-end job at a cheesesteak stand. Meanwhile, he’s constantly grappling with the voice of his sister, who died in a tragic car accident years earlier, echoing in his head.

So when Violet, an older woman, sets her sights on Charlie and refuses to let go, he follows along. He soon finds himself immersed in a destructive relationship that still fails to fill the void within him.

But then he meets Jennifer, a mystical young woman whose energy and life convinces Charlie to pursue her, even through the darkest corners of Los Angeles, and sets their lives upon a path that can’t be stopped.

Escaping to the California coast, Charlie and Jennifer finally find what they’ve always needed. But a sudden illness quickly pulls them both back to LA.

It is there, amid the sex, drugs, and split-second decisions that pulse through the city, that tragedy strikes—threatening to tear Charlie and Jennifer apart forever.

Love and tragedy collide in Michael D. Dennis’s poignant new novel, A Native’s Tongue.

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CHAPTER 1.

Jennifer Bannister’s footsteps echoed down the hall. The uniforms of the inmates dampened the sound. Her ears tried to follow the faint sound, if only to affirm that she was still moving forward. There wasn’t anyone to hold her hand. She just trusted that each sign would guide her in the right direction.

I’ll get there at some point, Jennifer thought, trying to convince herself that she was doing the right thing. You can’t get lost in here; they don’t let you go off course. Her words slipped away. She felt the cold air settle over her skin. She glanced at a placard marked Visitors Only.

In the cool air, her skin tightened. Jennifer shivered and wished she were somewhere warmer. Seeing Violet for the first time was going to be hard enough. She was going to look the woman she hated most in the world in the eye. She didn’t want to be shaking from the cold and covered in goose bumps.

Jennifer peered through the bulletproof glass at Violet. There were markings embedded in the glass, swirls that made it harder to look directly into Violet’s eyes. Jennifer picked up the phone and listened. Violet grabbed it and began to speak, “It was never you that he loved. You know that right?” Violet’s voice was raspy.

Her expressions and mannerisms changed from static to fully engaged. She stood up and waved her hands maniacally at Jennifer, and then she slammed her fist against the glass.

Jennifer hung up the phone. Her blonde hair got caught in between her hand and the receiver as she placed it back on the black hook. Turning, she slid out of the red plastic chair and down the corridor, guided by the exit sign’s green light. In the stale air of the prison, she searched for a pack of cigarettes, unsheathed a Parliament, lit it, and smoked nervously.

Two overweight guards carrying guns in nylon hip holsters directed her to the parking lot, where they offered her matching robotic waves good-bye. The midnight blue 2005 Jaguar xk8, which her parents loaned her for this visit, was the only vehicle in the parking lot row. Her parents thought she would feel safer in their car rather than her own bright red Honda.

In either case, she seemed to fit this car, or the car fit her a lot more. Her lean physique matched the lines on the Jag, and it made her feel more mature. She was constantly trying to act older than she was. Jennifer went around to the passenger side of the car and opened the rear door. She set her oversized black leather purse on the back seat and took out a translucent orange bottle filled with tiny white pills. She slung her head back, popped two, shut the door and walked around to the driver’s seat.

The heat had melted the surface of the Jaguar’s leather seats, reducing the fabric to a buttery texture. Jennifer’s blonde hair clung to the sides of her shoulders, heavy with sweat. She retrieved her car key from the passenger seat, pressed the key into the slot, and burst into tears, suddenly unable to move.

Jennifer hadn’t eaten all day. The heavy dose of Xanax caused her to feel excessively nauseous. She blacked out and fell forward, hitting her forehead on the steering wheel. The car increased in temperature with the late afternoon heat. Her powder-white skin grew red.

“Miss. Are you alright? Miss?” A young guard, Bill Marsh, had spotted the car, and decided to go in for a closer look.

When Jennifer didn’t move, he took out his club and smashed the window. She woke up from her temporary coma and lashed out.

“You Fuck!” Her voice was barely audible, even with the window smashed. Her energy was gone.

“Miss–I, I’m sorry you didn’t look okay.”

“I am! What business do you have involving yourself in my business? Do you know what you did? You just fucked up my car, you moron.”

“Look, I just saw you from my station.”

To Bill, her face looked familiar, though he couldn’t place where he had seen her before.

“You have no idea. Sitting in your stupid box, behind that intercom.

“I’m sorry, I know we’ll pay for the window. Hell, if the prison won’t, I personally will.” Bill said.

 

About The Author

Michael D. Dennis is an author and playwright who earned a degree in English literature from Loyola Marymount University. Winner of a LMU Playwriting Award for his play Death of a Watchdog, Michael also had his play, Hen in the Field, produced at the Whitefire Theatre in 2012. His highly anticipated debut novel, A Native’s Tongue, will be released in June 2014. Michael currently lives in Santa Monica, California with his girlfriend and two dogs, Jack and Aurora.

Contact Michael D. Dennis:

Website || Facebook || Twitter

 

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Jul 28

REVIEW: Highland Master by Hannah Howell

 

Highland Master 

(Murray Family #19)

by Hannah Howell

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

From Goodreads

Lady Triona McKee’s life is under desperate siege. The marriage she thought would answer her dreams has left her struggling alone to provide for her people, while an arrogant kinsman prepares to take her land. But one look into the cynical green eyes of her cousin’s boldest knight warns Triona that even a promise of help is just as dangerous…

Betrayal taught Sir Brett Murray to make protecting others his only life. Still, the growing desire he can’t help but feel for this entrancing widow makes him long to earn more than her trust. But in trying to save all she cherishes, he can’t see how an honor-scarred knight can stay in her world and her heart… unless he risks everything to prove his love is now and forever always..

My Review Final

Highland Master is the 19th book of the Murray Family series by Hannah Howell. Until this book I hadn’t read any of the other books in this series and I didn’t feel like it affected my reading experience at all. I can assure you that I will be going back and reading the others now. I really, really enjoyed this book a lot! Who doesn’t love a highlander? They’re so alpha and protective. This book has an interesting twist in that we get to see the strength of a female in the laird position.

Lady Triona McKee lost her husband and over half of her clan to terrible disease. She has fought with everything she can to save her clan and keep them alive. This hasn’t been easy with so many gone and the laird of her neighboring clan working so hard to make her his wife. He’s detestable, but she doesn’t know how much longer she can hold on before she has no other choice. When her cousin and several of her strongest men show up Lady Triona can only hope that they can help keep the wolves at bay. 

Sir Brett Murray is a protective man. As a knight he would stop at nothing to protect a lass from harm. So, when he kins that Triona and her clan are in dire need he wants to help. When he realizes that a lot of her problems are as a result of sabotage he wants to fight. The fact that he finds Lady Triona so beautiful and enticing hasn’t escaped his attention, but he can’t act on it. She’s a laird and he’s but a knight. 

I loved, loved, loved this story. Lady Triona’s cousin cracked me up. The women in this story are so strong and stubborn. Even when they had a right to be upset many women in that time were conditioned to suck it up and let the men handle it. Not these chicks. 

I loved how Sir Brett accepted Triona and didn’t look down her as simply a woman. He respected her and truly wanted to help her not take over. I will definitely be reading more of this series, only starting at the beginning this time.

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames

Tina

Jul 27

SUNDAY SWAG GIVEAWAY: Victoria Morgan

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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 Victoria Morgan!

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A lifelong New England resident, Victoria Morgan lives in a suburb of Boston. There she juggles (with differing degrees of priority) a part-time job, writing, watercolor classes, her husband, two teenagers, and a mini-golden doodle with a Napoleon complex. A 2011 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist and an insatiable reader, she loves to see the magic of a world taking shape through the words of a book or the beauty of a painted picture.

Connect with Victoria

Website // Facebook // Blog // Goodreads

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Megan

Jul 27

BOOK SPOTLIGHT/ EXCERPT/ GIVEAWAY: Masters of Seduction by Lara Adrian, Donna Grant, Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy

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Masters of Seduction

by Lara Adrian, Donna Grant, Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy

In the realm of the Incubi Masters, pleasure is to die for and love is the deadliest game of all . . . 

Surrender to sinful pleasures and forbidden passions with Masters of Seduction, the sizzling new paranormal romance novella series from New York Times and internationally bestselling authors Lara Adrian, Donna Grant, Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy. 

This all-new, never-before-published boxed set contains the first four novellas in the Masters of Seduction series. Each book in the collection is approximately 20-25,000 words. 

Merciless: House of Gravori ~ by Lara Adrian 
Soulless: House of Romerac ~ by Donna Grant 
Shameless: House of Vipera ~ by Laura Wright 
Ruthless: House of Xanthe ~ by Alexandra Ivy

The Masters of Seduction collection releases July 14, 2014 in eBook (all formats) and trade paperback. 

Kindle // Nook // iBooks // Kobo

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7/14       Monlatable Book Review  

7/14       Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads   

7/14       Coffee Talk Writers      

7/14       Fab Fantasy Fiction  

7/14       ParaYourNormal   

7/14       Close Encounters with the Night Kind     

7/15       Aly’s Miscellany   

7/16       Mythical Books    

7/16       Snarky Mom Reads…  

7/16       Ramblings From This Chick    

7/17       I Smell Sheep   

7/18       Bookin’It Reviews    

7/18       For Whom The Books Toll  

7/18       In The Pages of a Good Book   

7/19       Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess     

7/19       Tynga’s Reviews  

7/21       Fang Freakin Tastic Reviews   

7/21       Eclipse Reviews

7/22       Karen Swart

7/22       Imagine a World   

7/23       Darkest Cravings

7/23       The Snarkology    

7/24       My Book Chatter    

7/25       deal sharing aunt  

7/27       Toot’s Book Reviews   

7/27       LITERAL ADDICTION   

7/27       Dirty Girl Romance    

7/27       Inner Goddess   

7/27       You Gotta Read  

7/27       Riverina Romantics

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GRAND PRIZE:  $10.00 gift card & SWAG pack with goodies from all 4 authors

RUNNERS-UP:  Four (4) runners-up will each receive a SWAG pack with goodies from all 4 authors.
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Megan

Jul 27

BOOK SPOTLIGHT/ TRAILERS TO TEASE/ GIVEAWAY: Coreene Callahan’s Knight Avenged

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Knight Avenged
(Circe of Seven #2)

by Coreene Callahan

Released July 15

Alone in a world on the brink of war…two unlikely allies will discover a love greater than time.

Exiled from her home, powerful oracle Cosmina Cordei holds the key to uniting those protecting mankind from evil. But just as she makes her way into the holy city to perform an ancient rite, the enemy closes in for the kill.

Drawn by a destiny he won’t accept…elite assassin, Henrik Lazar, detests the mystical curse handed down by his mother. But when the sorcery in his blood is activated and past pain comes back to haunt him, his new abilities come into play and he must learn to control them.

Rescued by Henrik in the heat of battle, Cosmina must decide whether to trust the assassin who loathes the goddess she serves or face certain death on her own. Forced into an untenable position, Henrik is left with a terrible choice—protect the magical Order he despises, or deny destiny and lose the woman he loves forever.

 You can find KNIGHT AVENGED at:

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So pick up your copy today. And if you haven’t had a chance, grab the first book in the series, KNIGHT AWAKENED, too and settle in for a wild, magic-filled ride.

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In AD 1331, warlord Vladimir Barbu seizes control of Transylvania. But in spite of his bloody triumph, his claim to the throne remains out of reach. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, the Transylvanian people despise his brutal ways, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. But Barbu hasn’t come this far only to be thwarted by a woman. He unleashes his best hunters to track her down and bring her to him—dead or alive.

For Xavian Ramir, killing is the only life he has ever known. Torn from his family when he was a child, he was trained from an early age to be an elite assassin. But now he longs for something more, vowing to start anew after one last job. The bounty on his target’s head is enough to set him up for good—if he can resist the long-dead conscience that stirs to life when he meets his beautiful mark.

Afina Lazar never wanted to become high priestess, but the brutal murders of her beloved mother and sister leave her no choice. Now she is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. But when Barbu’s assassin comes for her, she realizes her only chance of stopping the warlord’s rise to power is to convince this enigmatic—and handsome—hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead.

Dramatic and fast-paced, Knight Awakened is a stirring love story between two people searching for a second chance in a magical world of assassins, warlords, unearthly beasts, and nonstop adventure.

Grab KNIGHT AWAKENED at Amazon.

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About The Author

As the only girl on all guys hockey teams from age six through her college years, Coreene Callahan knows a thing or two about tough guys and loves to write about them. Call it kismet. Call it payback after years of locker room talk and ice rink antics, but whatever you call it, the action better be heart stopping, the magic electric, and the story wicked, good fun.

After graduating with honors in psychology and working as an interior designer, she finally succumbed to her overactive imagination and returned to her first love: writing. And when she’s not writing, she’s dreaming of magical worlds full of dragon-shifters, elite assassins, and romance that’s too hot to handle. Callahan currently lives in Canada with her family and writing buddy, a fun-loving golden retriever.

Connect with Coreene:

 Website || Facebook ||Twitter || Goodreads

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SCHEDULE – Coreene Callahan’s KNIGHT AVENGED Book Blast

7/21       ParaYourNormal  

7/21       Book Liaison   

7/21       3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

 7/22       Sassy Book Lovers  

7/23       Monlatable Book Reviews   

7/23       Book Lovin’ Mamas 

7/23       Dark Side of Romance   

7/24       Book Monster Reviews

7/24       Eclipse Reviews

7/25       Karen Swart

7/25       Diane’s Book Blog 

7/25       Mythical Books

7/26       Manga Maniac Cafe    

7/26       Urban Girl Reader   

7/27      Riverina Romantics       

7/27       In The Pages of a Good Book 

7/29       Darkest Cravings

7/29       For Whom The Books Toll 

7/30       Krisitna’s Books & More  

8/01       Mad Hatter Reads   

8/01       Vampires, Werewolves, & Fairies, Oh My

8/01       Musings In FIction Alley   

8/01       deal sharing aunt  

8/02       I Smell Sheep   

8/02       Dalene’s Book Reviews

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Megan

Jul 26

REVIEW: Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster

Getting Rowdy 

(Love Undercover #3)

by Lori Foster

4.5 HEARTS

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From Goodreads

Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates isn’t the kind of man women say no to. So when he approaches waitress Avery Mullins, he fully expects to get her number. However, the elusive beauty has her reasons for keeping her distance—including a past that might come back to haunt them both.

Avery spends her nights working for tips… and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found… and the passion she’s always wanted.

My Review Final

I knew it! I knew Rowdy’s story would be my favorite! I love The Love Undercover series and haven’t read a bad story, yet. But, Getting Rowdy book three of this series by Lori Foster is my favorite by far! We’ve learned a bit about Rowdy as a secondary character in the first two books of this series, but in this book we really get to dig deep into his past, his motivations, and his true character. I am in love!

Rowdy Yates has spent his life taking care of his sister. Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks he’s broken laws out of necessity, but tiptoed along the lines of right and wrong as a rule. Now that his sister is on her way to being married Rowdy is at loose ends. What does any normal man do when he’s got too much time on his hands? He buys a bar in the wrong part of town and sets out to clean it up and make a go of it. Oh yea, and of course he promotes the waitress, that has been haunting his fantasies since book one, to a bartender – an employee that he really should not touch and certainly not lust after. To make things even more complicated he can see that there is something going on. Something she’s hiding from him and it’s bringing out every protective instinct that he has and he has quite a few. 

Avery Mullins couldn’t have found a job that is further from the world that she grew up in. Raised with a silver spoon in her mouth and family expectations of being the perfect little wife no one would expect to find her bartending in a seedy bar in the bad part of town. But, that’s exactly where you would find her and she loved every second of it. Avery was damn good at her job and was proud of the work she did and now that the new owner is cleaning up the place she is proud of where she works. When she met Rowdy as a customer some months back and was forced to continuously rebuff his flirtatious advances she blew it off when he said he was going to buy the bar, promote her, and fix its reputation. Boy, did he surprise her when he kept his word. And the more she worked with Rowdy the more she respected him. He was a good man, if you could discount the parade of women that he had in and out of his life. She had no right to feel jealous over his personal life. After all, he had made it clear that she was welcome in his bed anytime, but Avery had her fill with men like that. She had been burned hard and wanted to know part of a man. Now, that her past has started to affect her current situation she was finding it harder and harder to keep her distance when it came to Rowdy.

Rowdy is funny, loyal, and everything you could want in a man. He protects his emotions by hiding his feelings and burying himself in a new woman every night. By itself this is just yuck, but knowing his motivations I not only sympathized with him, but it made me love him even more. Avery is one tough chick. I found it endlessly amusing on how she deflected his advances until she just couldn’t deflect them anymore. The heat between these two was palpable, as to be expected. Rowdy and Avery are very passionate people, in personality and I had hoped that their pairing would reflect that. Well done Ms. Foster. I cannot wait to read more of this series.

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

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames

Related Reviews

Click HERE for my review of Run The Risk (Love Undercover #1)

Click HERE for my review of Bare It All (Love Undercover #2)

Tina

Jul 25

REVIEW: Bare It All by Lori Foster

 

Bare It All 

(Love Undercover #2)

by Lori Foster

4 HEARTS

4 Hearts

From Goodreads

As the person responsible for taking down a brutal human trafficker, Alice Appleton fears retaliation at every turn. No one knows about her past, which is exactly how she prefers it…until the sexy cop next door comes knocking.

Detective Reese Bareden thinks he knows what makes women tick, but his ever-elusive neighbor keeps him guessing like no other. Is his goal to unmask Alice’s secrets? Or protect her from a dangerous new threat? One thing is certain: their chemistry is a time bomb waiting to explode. And with no one to trust but each other, Reese and Alice are soon drawn into a deadly maze of corruption, intrigue and desire-and into the line of fire….

My Review Final

If you haven’t read the first book in the Love Undercover series it would be helpful to do so. It’s not an absolute necessity, but I believe it would give you a lot of background. Bare It All is the second book in this hot, suspenseful, action packed series by Lori Foster. I think I actually liked this one even better than the first.

Reese Bareden is a detective who would do anything to uncover the human trafficking ring that was inadvertently stumbled upon when he and his partner were trying to find a murderer. Sadly, his hours were so uncertain these days that his newly adopted dog was being left alone for way more time than he should’ve been. Noticing that his very quiet and very cute neighbor, who wouldn’t give him the time of day, took a liking to his dog, Reese offered to pay her to take care of his dog when he wasn’t able to be home. Where it seemed that Alice was brimming with affection when it came to his pet she could barely string a full sentence together for him. However, when his apartment became a crime scene due to a fall-out from his last case, a fall-out that Alice had not only witnessed herself, but saved his butt, Alice offered to let him sleep on her couch until things were worked out. The more he was around Alice the more he wanted her and not just for a friend. She brought out his protective instincts and it didn’t help that he could tell she had secrets galore that the detective in him just ached to uncover. Hell, there was so much about her that made him ache.

Alice Appleton had a past that she has worked hard to overcome. A past that was best left in the past and that she didn’t want to revisit. That’s why her new housemate was doubly dangerous. Not only was he sexy as sin and made her feel things that she never thought she would feel again, but he was a detective and a nosy detective, at that. She knew that eventually she would have to come clean about all of her secrets if she ever wanted to explore what was happening between her and Reese. But, would he still have an interest in her when he knew the things she had done?

Reese is one hot hero and sweet, to boot. I loved how he handled with Alice with care, but not too much so. Alice was strong and had such a painful story that my heart hurt for her. Lori Foster is so good at integrating her secondary characters into each story. Those that you loved when you read their story you can be pretty sure will have a part in the next one. And those secondary characters that you love in this story you can be pretty sure will have a story of their own. It was great how Pepper got to play a part in bringing Alice out of her shell and giving her more self-confidence. The way Rowdy bonded with Alice and how she made him squirm made me laugh. I have a feeling that I am going to love Rowdy’s story. Even Trace from Trace of Fever made a drop-in appearance. I think one of my favorite scenes was when Trace and Reese had a bit of a pissing match over Alice. Too funny! Yeesh, I love alpha males. 

Hotness Rating

3 out of 5

3 Flames

Related Reviews

Click HERE for my review of Run The Risk (Love Undercover #1)

Tina

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