Friday, November 30, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Eggnog Makes Her Easy (Review)





Lindsey is expecting silent nights this holiday. Just her and her boys while her husband serves overseas. But her blue Christmas turns merry when things start rockin’ under the mistletoe thanks to a surprise gift from her naughty Santa.
Eggnog Makes Her Easy
Boys of the Big Easy Novella
Erin Nicholas
Pub Date: 11/30/18
Rating: 5/5


Eggnog Makes Her Easy is a Boys of the Big Easy novella and it is the sweetest! I love eggnog but I will never think of it in the same way since reading this short story.

Erin Nicholas jumps back into the lives of the single parents support group with a pick me up story that gives you all the feels and makes you appreciate the time spent with family. I loved seeing two characters, brave in their own way, support each other and endure challenges unique to their situation.

This novella is packed with heartwarming and sexy scenes. There's even a little tension when it comes to whether or not Lindsey and Matt will be able to continue to make their marriage work because of the unpredictability of his profession. It definitely makes me want to dive back into the Boys of the Big Easy series, like now!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Erin Nicholas has been writing romances almost as long as she’s been reading them. To date, she’s written over thirty sexy, contemporary novels that have been described as “toe-curling,” “enchanting,” “steamy,” and “fun.” She adores reluctant heroes, imperfect heroines, and happily ever afters.

Erin lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys spending time with her husband (who only wants to read the sex scenes in her books), her kids (who will never read the sex scenes in her books), and her family and friends (who claim to be “shocked” by the sex scenes in her books).


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Monday, November 26, 2018

BLOG TOUR: A Duke Changes Everything by Christy Carlyle (Review + Giveaway)











In the first novel in Christy Carlyle’s sizzling Duke’s Den series, three men, intent on making a fortune, discover irresistible opportunities . . .

Nicholas Lyon gambled his way into a fortune and ownership of the most opulent, notorious gentlemen’s club in England. But when Nick’s cruel brother dies, he inherits a title he never wanted. The sooner Nick is rid of the estate that has always haunted him, the sooner he can return to the life he’s built in London. But there’s one obstacle—the exquisite Thomasina Thorne.

When the new heir to the Tremayne dukedom suddenly appears in Mina Thorne’s life, she’s flustered. Not only is he breathtakingly handsome, but he’s also determined to take away her home and position as steward of the Enderley estate. If Mina learns what makes the enigmatic duke tick, perhaps she can change his mind—as long as she doesn’t get too close to him.

With each day Nick spends with Mina, his resolve weakens as their colliding wills lead to explosive desire. Could she be the one woman who can help him finally bury the ghosts of his pas

A Duke Changes Everything
The Duke's Den #1
Christy Carlyle
Pub Date: 11/27/18
Avon
Rating: 4/5
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In the first of Christy Carlyle's Duke's Den series, Nicolas Lyon inherits a title he doesn't want and responsibilities he'd rather ignore than take on if it means accepting a role his cruel father held in high esteem. Where Nick wants nothing to do with the dukedom, Thomasina Thorne hopes his arrival doesn't mean she will lose her position as steward and that he will be a duke who actually wants to improve Enderley Castle.

I love stories where the hero and heroine are at odds in their goals. When it's done well, I always end up wondering how they might resolve their differences to find a happily ever after. Christy Carlyle makes this story come alive and leaves you biting your nails in anticipation of how the characters will face their fears or whether they will change the direction of their path.

A Duke Changes Everything is the kind of historical romance that readers love to love. It digs deep into the characters' minds and draws out everything that makes you want to connect with them. It's refreshing to see them face challenges and watch them overcome those challenges in creative ways.

The Duke's Den is off to a magnificent start. A Duke Changes Everything is perfect for historical romance fans who love rogue heroes with dark pasts and heroines who walk to the beat of their own drum.
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Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there's nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.
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Monday, November 19, 2018

A Simple Pig Girl Meets a White Wolf: Unnatural, Vol 1 (Review)

Leslie J. Blair is a simple pig girl, she loves sushi and she is trapped in a job that she hates. She lives with Trish, her best friend. In her world, which is full of anthropomorphic creatures, with a totalitarian government that interferes in the personal lives of its citizens, up to the point of allowing only relationships between individuals of the same race. The transgressors are punished. They are accused of being... unnatural!

Leslie dreams of something different for herself. But these dreams are becoming dangerous, especially because they feature a mysterious wolf. And, when she wakes up, she thinks that she is being watched... And, as if that were not enough, on the day of her twenty-fifth birthday, Leslie receive an email that she would never have wanted to receive. But she still does not know it's just the beginning ...



The hit Italian comic, a fantasy, erotica, romantic suspense series by MIRKA ANDOLFO (Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, DC Comics Bombshells) will bring you in a colorful but terrible world, where personal freedoms are superfluous. Follow Leslie on a breathtaking plot, between thriller and fantasy with a touch of sensuality.

Collects issues #1-4.

Unnatural, Vol. 1
Mirka Andolfo
Pub Date: 11/27/18
Image Comics
Genre: Romance/ Fantasy
Rating: 5/5
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Mirka Andolfo's Unnatural, Vol 1: Awakening encompasses the first four issues of Leslie Blaire's intriguing story. This is my first comic book series featuring an anthropomorphic cast of characters and I loved it! I haven't been so drawn in by a comic book series since I stumbled upon Saga!

Mirka Andolfo is writer and illustrator on this piece. She captures the essence of Leslie very well. Every emotion lifts off the page from the camaraderie Leslie shares with her two best friends to the fear of known, and unknown, forces trying to take control of her life.

These first four issues set the tone of the series and introduces readers to Leslie's world. Animals are forbidden to date outside their species and if they haven't found a mate by the age of 25, then the government's Real Love reproduction program finds someone suitable for them. Leslie, a pig, has hot dreams about a forbidden relationship with a white wolf and the nature of her puzzling dreams remain a mystery until her friend unearths a book of myths. The plot is full of danger and intrigue, plus a little action as the wolf makes his appearance in Leslie's real life.

Unnatural is a romantic fantasy suitable for mature readers. There's a mystery at work behind the scenes and I can't wait for it to be unveiled in the coming issues!
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Friday, November 16, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Excerpt & Review of Chasing Shadows



Chasing Shadows Excerpt:

Avery’s head shot up at the sound of a female voice calling her name.

“Lori?”
Oh, damn…

When Lori was at their table, Avery detached from Liam’s side and stood for a hug. “What are you doing here? Where’s Reed?”

Lori eyed Liam while she answered the questions. “Reed’s on his way down. We’re going out to dinner. Wanted a drink first.”

What were the chances of Lori excusing herself before Avery was forced to make an introduction?

Lori reached out a hand toward Liam. “I’m Lori.”

Liam stood; a broad smile matched his broad chest. “Liam Holt.” Once he released Lori’s hand, he pulled out a bar stool. “Sit, we just ordered drinks.”

Avery wanted to elbow his ribs.

Instead, she smiled.

Liam signaled for Nikki.

“Liam, huh? Avery hasn’t mentioned you.”

He pulled Avery’s chair closer to his and waited for her to sit. “We haven’t known each other long.”

Lori sent a questioning look to Avery. Instead of adding to Liam’s explanation.

“I’ve known Lori for a few years. We live in the same building.”

“What do you do, Liam?”

Small talk … is that what this was going to be?

Lori signaled Reed when he walked in the door. “This is my husband.”

Avery laughed. “You love saying that, don’t you?”

Lori nodded.

“They’re newlyweds,” Avery explained.

Once again Liam stood when Reed approached the table.

“Look who I found,” Lori said.

Reed kissed Avery’s cheek. “I haven’t seen you here in a while.”

“That’s because you two never come up for air,” Avery teased.

“This is Liam … Avery’s friend.” Yeah, Lori wanted more details.

The men shook hands.

“Have I ever met one of your friends?” he asked.

Avery glared. “Smooth, Reed … really smooth.”

Lori nudged her husband’s arm. “Stop teasing.” She turned her focus on Liam. “Avery keeps her private life private.”

Avery tried not to flinch when Liam placed a hand over hers. “I’ve figured that out recently.”

“How did you two meet?” Reed asked.

Avery said “the gym” at the same time Liam said “a bar.”

Lori’s lawyer radar spiked. Avery saw it in her eyes. “Those two things are worlds apart.”

She caught Liam’s hand and squeezed.

“The first time I saw you was at Pug’s Bar. I approached you at the gym.”

“I knew it. That was you at Pug’s. How did you figure out where I worked out?” She’d been asking herself that question for over a week.

“That wasn’t hard. Leslie had a gym bag.”

“Who’s Leslie?” Lori asked.

Avery didn’t look away from Liam. “A friend. So your job at the gym wasn’t on accident?”

“I might have approached Brenda about a side job so I could meet you.”

Avery’s jaw dropped.

“Who’s Brenda?” Reed asked.

“The owner of the gym,” Avery and Liam said at the same time. “How did you know I was there on Tuesday and Friday nights?” She wasn’t sure if his actions were exciting or scary.

“Appointment book. Brenda’s office is always open.”

“Wait, wait, wait.” Lori placed a hand between the two of theirs. “You see Avery in a bar. You search out a location of her gym, follow her to it, get a job there, and now you’re both here having drinks?”

Liam offered a brief, unapologetic nod.

Lori grabbed Avery’s hand. “How well do you know this guy?”

Avery liked the gleam in Liam’s eyes. “He’s safe.”

“What he just described is a little too close to stalking for my taste.”

Reed placed a hand on Lori’s shoulder. “Simmer down, Counselor. If Liam had an ulterior motive, he wouldn’t have told us all that.”

“I wanted to meet you,” Liam said. “

Yeah, well, you’ve met her.” Lori wasn’t happy.

Nikki showed up with Avery’s and Liam’s drinks.

“My usual, Nikki,” Lori told her.

“Hon, our reservations are in thirty minutes. Maybe we should go.”

Lori looked at Reed like he was crazy. “We aren’t leaving him with her. He could be a sociopath.”

Liam smiled, his eyes crinkling with amusement. “I’m not.”

“That’s what they all say.”

Avery put a free hand in the air. “Chill, Lori.”

Avery realized that her other hand had somehow ended up back in Liam’s. His thumb stroked the underside of her wrist in a strangely calming way.

“Do you want a drink, Reed?” Nikki was still standing there, watching the four of them.

“No, thank you. We’re leaving.”

Lori pushed back her chair. “We’re going to talk about this later,” she warned Avery. “And you … just so you know, I’m an attorney, and my big, burly husband here is in private security. He has even bigger friends.”

Liam reached into his back pocket and removed his wallet. From it, he pulled out what looked like a business card. “I have nothing to hide.”

Lori glanced at it briefly before Reed snatched it from her fingertips. “C’mon. Let’s leave them to their date.”

Liam stood again and shook Reed’s hand before he ushered Lori out of the bar.

“That was intense.”

“My friends are protective.”

“Understatement.”

“You really went through all that just to meet me?”

Liam picked up his cocktail for the first time. “Worked, didn’t it?”

Avery let loose his hand and lifted her glass to his. “Yes, it did.”

***

Falling in love can come with the most unexpected risks in this First Wives novel from New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee.
Avery Grant doesn’t date. Her first marriage was a mutually beneficial contract that gave her the financial freedom she needed to step away from her controlling parents. Wealthy and single, the last thing she’s looking for is love sneaking in to mess up her life plans. And after a brutal attack, she’s determined to never be vulnerable again, even if the new man in her life helps her feel safe.
Mesmerized from the moment he sets his eyes on Avery, Liam is driven to learn everything about this tough, sexy, challenging woman. Breaking down her defenses won’t be easy, but Liam refuses to be pushed away. All he needs is a tiny crack in Avery’s armor to wiggle his way into her heart.
But when a terrifying lie about her attacker’s fate comes to light, Avery’s past returns to haunt her. Now she’s willing to put herself in danger to get the answers she needs. That means jeopardizing the best thing that’s ever happened to her: Liam.
Chasing Shadows
First Wives Series #3
Catherine Bybee
Pub Date: 11/13/18
Montlake Romance
Rating: 4/5
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Catherine Bybee's Chasing Shadows is a compelling entry into the First Wives series that features a woman picking up the pieces of her life after a violent attack and the man who helps her believe in love.

Avery learns to defend herself to push through the lingering effects of an attack that traumatized her. Krav Maga not only enhances her confidence, but leads her to the man who will help her overcome her hang ups about love and committed relationships. The members of First Wives club are there for Avery when she learns disturbing news about the man who attacked her. They kind of remind me of the Helping Hands from RaeAnne Thayne's Haven Point series, but much more focused on each other's love lives and providing emotional support. There is a thread of suspense that unravels in the background of the story. While Liam and Avery are starting a tentative relationship, Avery's past threatens to put and end to it before it really gets started.

I enjoyed this story because it isn't a typical romance. Even the ending wasn't typical and I'm not surprised because Catherine Bybee always adds a touch of something different to her stories. I've learned to expect the unexpected from her stories and she does not disappoint in Chasing Shadows.
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New York TimesWall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-eight books that have collectively sold more than five million copies and have been translated into more than eighteen languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in the hope of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite Series, the Weekday Brides Series, the Most Likely To Series, and the First Wives Series.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Good, the Bad, and the Duke (Review)

A lady with a noble mission. A duke looking for redemption. A forbidden love that cannot be denied, in The Good, The Bad, and The Duke by Janna MacGregor.
Lady Daphne Hallworth is ready to celebrate the holidays with her family. But when they accidentally leave her home alone, Daphne uses the time to work on her dream—opening a home for unwed mothers. But her quest isn’t problem-free: She’s in a battle to win the property for the home against her brother’s best friend-turned-enemy, Paul Barstowe, Duke of Southart. And that’s not all: someone has stolen her personal diary, which holds secrets that could devastate her family. Daphne has always harbored private feelings for the man her family scorns…though perhaps striking a bargain with the handsome Duke will solve both their problems?

Paul, long considered good for nothing, aims to open a hospital to honor his brother and restore his reputation. So when a conflict over the land brings him straight into Daphne’s life, they make a deal: He will help her find her diary if Daphne can change her family’s opinion of him. But before he can win her family’s affection, he has to win hers first. Maybe love was the answer to their family feud all along?
The Good, the Bad, and the Duke
The Cavensham Heiresses #4
Janna MacGregor
Pub Date: 11/27/18
St. Martins Paperbacks
Rating: 4/5
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I'm a new fan of Janna MacGregor and I was so excited to read another Cavensham Heiress story. Daphne Hallworth lost her sister, but she put the feelings of her family before her own. She strived to become the perfect daughter and sister but was never allowed to properly grieve. When she loses the diary that holds all her feelings about her sister's tragic death and her repressed feelings for her brother's ex-friend, she must rely on him to get it back and save her family's reputation.

There's a history between Daphne's family and Paul, but he only wants to make amends and restore the honor of his name. Both situations seem impossible, depending on whose perspective you are looking from, but the journey there is exciting to read.

I've always really enjoyed stories where the heroine falls for the hero in their youth. The Good, the Bad, and the Duke is particularly sweet. Daphne may have fallen for Paul as a child, but she never let her feelings for him take control of her life or cause her to lose her head. Paul's sense of honor leads him to help a damsel in distress even though helping her may not bring back the friendships he lost. This is one of those stories that comes full circle to resolve itself and I loved that sense of the characters making things right in their lives, and the lives of others.

Every Cavensham Heiress novel has a unique flair that tingles the senses and always satisfies the romance monster. I can't wait for the next one, Rogue Most Wanted! If you aren't caught up on the series don't worry about it. I jumped in at book number 3, The Luck of the Bride and haven't felt like I missed too much. The characters always explain their histories with each other so if you don't need the context of their previous stories you'll be fine. This series is perfect for fans of Anna Bennett and Valerie Bowman.
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