Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: The Geek Billionaire Makeover (a Sexy in Seattle Novel) by Theresa Meyers

Title: The Geek Billionaire Makeover (Sexy in Seattle)
Author: Theresa Meyers
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

She wanted revenge. He wanted the only thing he couldn't have—her. Image consultant
Caroline Parker is willing to resort to corporate espionage to get revenge on Seattle tech billionaire CEO Joshua Martin. He may be king of the computing world now, but when they knew each other in high school, he was just the geeky friend of her younger brother she refused to date.

To successfully launch his new venture, Aeon Industries, Josh’s got to shake off his geek veneer and get into beast mode, and he needs her help to do it. Josh always thought the brass ring was his next big business coup, but once he sees Caroline again, he realizes that old desire to have her has never waned. Now he’s determined to make her his, no matter what the cost.

Caroline knows she can create a superstar from the geek, but she's got a deeper reason to sign on for the job. Helping Josh remake his image gives her an opportunity to get close to him--and get her hands on the plans for Aeon that could save her brother from a ruthless blackmailer. But as Josh's image makeover takes hold, and she starts to fall for her creation, she realizes too late that her venture into espionage could ruin more far more than Josh’s empire.
The storyline on this one really threw me off a few times.  The only reason Caroline agrees to work with the man she hates, Josh Martin, is because she is being blackmailed.  This whole thread seems to be incredibly out of place.  It only pops up a few times and the reasons behind it all seem very far-fetched.  Now, if we pretend that didn't happen and just let Caroline work with Josh so she can get revenge on him for some things that he did to her and her brother - then we would have had a perfectly good story.

I loved Josh's character, but I've always had a soft spot for geeks.  I find them too adorable to resist, and Josh definitely fit the role well.  Afraid of crowds and without a good public image, he has a lot to work on with Caroline - the girl he's loved since high school.  Caroline is an image consultant with a huge bone to pick.  But she wasn't counting on falling for the guy she trying to take down.

There were a lot of cute scenes in the story that really showcased both characters.  If only the whole blackmailing part had either been more prevalent and detailed or left out altogether I would have liked the story a lot more.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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If you buy books and other items on Amazon did you know you can help a rescue or any charitable organization? I have two one rescue and one no kill shelter. I swap up each month to help them. You may think its not much but it does add up. If you use Chrome you can add an app to you browser so it lets you know each time you sign in on Amazon. 

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Review: Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery #1) by Leighann Dobbs

Title: Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery #1)
Author: Leighann Dobbs
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: Novel
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 1

Middle age can be murder ...


At least that’s how it seems to former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect ... she sees ghosts.

After a messy divorce sends her fleeing back to her hometown of Mystic Notch, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Willa finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian who insists Willa solve her murder.

Luckily, she has lots of help, including a quirky cast of small-town characters, the cat she’s inherited from her grandmother, and her best friend, Pepper, who claims her herbal teas can work magic.

But just when Willa thinks she’s discovered who the killer is, she finds out that things are not what they seem in Mystic Notch, and the case takes a strange turn that has Willa adding even some of her long-time friends to her suspect list.

Can Willa find the real killer in time to keep the magical balance in Mystic Notch on the side of good, or will evil prevail?

This was a really great cozy mystery.  The main character, Willa, is an ex-crime journalist that has returned home to run her grandmother's book store.  She has a hard time keeping her nose out of investigations and likes to know what's going on.  When she finds the local librarian dead - it doesn't look like an accident and the librarian's ghost confirms it.  Knowing the ghost won't give her any peace until the murderer is found, she dives right in.

Now Mystic Notch is a special place, with some very special people and animals.  The cats in particular are a special variety.  They help keep evil from taking over the town and were a really great addition to the story.  Pandora helps out whenever she can and I loved her personality.  The mystery seemed to be a simple one at first, especially with some inside information from the ghost.

The mystery takes some interesting turns though and Willa finds she may be the next target.  She needs to work with Officer Handsome and her sister, the Sheriff, to figure out what's going on.  I was surprised several times at the turn of events the story took - and that's always a great thing in a mystery.  The only downfall was right at the very beginning.  The writing style took me a bit to get used to - at times it seemed almost like the author was taking down to me.  Once I got used to it, it didn't bother me at all.  It was just not what I was expecting going right into it.

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Cover Reveal: The Last Thing You See by Emma South

The Last Thing You See by Emma South
Publication date: September 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Cover designed by the author


Harper Bayliss is about to pay the full price of fame.  That is, if her stalker’s plans work out.

Hollywood’s new favourite starlet is already feeling overwhelmed by the insecurity of her past, a family that controls her every move, and the stresses that come with her job when a brutal attack from a mad man takes that stress to a whole new level.  But what neither Harper nor her attacker saw coming was the 6’4”, heavily muscled ex-Marine, Nick Martell, throwing himself in harm’s way to save her.  After she visits him in the hospital to offer her thanks, she can’t help but be intrigued by the man she finds beneath the bad boy exterior.

Plagued by guilt over his failure to protect the one person that mattered the most, all Nick wants is to find some peace. The tattooed former Marine is scarred, inside and out, but saving Harper Bayliss might be his first step toward redemption. What’s more, her answer to his heartfelt question is about to send them both down a path of scorching passion…and maybe even love.

With the pressures of Harper’s fame and Nick’s guilt working against them, will their feelings be enough to overcome all the obstacles, including the stalker that’s still out there?  If he gets his way he’ll show them that, even if they choose each other, you seldom get to choose the last thing you see.

The Last Thing You See from USA Today bestselling author Emma South is a New Adult Romance about letting go of the past to find unconditional love in the present.


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I'm in my thirties and living in New Zealand. About 2 years ago I lost somebody very close to me. I was lucky in a way, I was given enough time to make a promise. My promise was that I would never forget our young and innocent love, and it's a promise I intend to keep.

My writing is a way to help me keep that promise. I've always enjoyed writing but was forced into being 'prudent' and giving myself over to soul-crushing office work for the sake of a steady salary. Recent events forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and I decided to take a chance. I like to put little pieces of 'us' into my writing, from funny conversations we had, to apocalyptic arguments, to that special feeling you get when you hop into bed fully aware that your feet are freezing but your partner doesn't kick you away.

Even though these things are set in fictional worlds and attached to fictional characters, in a way it feels like I'm doing something that will make our love live forever. If somebody reads one of my stories and likes a joke or sheds a tear, then our love has lived on, and I thank any readers I might have for that.


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Cover Reveal: Prim & Proper by Barbara Cutrera

Book Title: Prim & Proper 
Author: Barbara Cutrera 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: September 16, 2014 

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Sean Proper, the youngest principal ever to head the renowned Kensington Academy, knows he’s smart and driven to succeed, but he has no idea he’s also living proof that miracles do happen. Unaware of the truth, he can’t foresee how radically his life will be altered by his introduction to Prim Aurora, a businesswoman whose past is shrouded in mystery. Each having extremely different and unusual upbringings, neither Sean nor Prim ever intend to become seriously involved in any romantic relationship. Prim’s inexplicable fears, Sean’s need to be in control, and the appearance of a dead body in the Aurora family home will test the passion and love between them. As their relationship is jeopardized by past events and a killer still on the loose, their determination and commitment to their dream of a life spent together is threatened. Only elusive revelations regarding the secrets in Prim’s past and the circumstances relating to the miracle surrounding Sean’s birth can provide Prim and Proper with the promise of a happy future.

Excerpt from Prim & Proper:
They had barely made it inside and closed and locked the door behind them when Sean took Prim’s face in his hands and kissed her. She rested her palms on his chest then slid her hands down and undid his pants. He was quickly naked in the center of the room, although she remained fully clothed. “Wait,” she declared. “Don’t go anywhere.” Sean chuckled and asked her where she thought he was going to go. He watched her walk back towards the master bedroom, listened as she moved around in the room, and savored the sight of her walking back to him. He noted she wasn’t wearing her shoes anymore and deduced that she was probably not wearing anything else except the gown. As she slipped her arms around his neck, Prim urged him to make love to her. When he pointed out it would ruin her dress, she pointed out that her dress could be cleaned. When he asked her what would happen if they tore it, she answered that it could be stitched. “What if I tear it off you and it can’t be repaired?” She kissed him and murmured, “I love this dress, and I’m glad you love it, too. But it’s a dress. If it gets destroyed because of what we do while I’m wearing it, then I won’t regret it.”

About the Author:
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Barbara Cutrera is an author who writes in various genres, including contemporary romance, fantasy romance, romantic suspense, fiction, and mystery. A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Florida Writers’ Association, Cutrera was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to Florida with her family in 2004. She works with the visually-impaired and is visually-impaired herself. She believes our minds are only limited by the restrictions we place upon them.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review : Disenchanted and Co. ( Disenchanted and Co. #1) by Lynn Viehl

Title: Disenchanted and Co
Author: Lynn Viehl
Published: January 28, 2014 by Pocketbooks
Pages: 380 pages
Reviewer: Cerridwen
Rating: 4
Sexual : 2


This release is considered Book One in the series. It combines Part 1: Her Ladyship's Curse and Part 2: His Lordship Possessed into one volume. In the Provincial Union of Victoriana, a steampunk America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living investigating crimes of magic. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, she follows mysteries wherever they lead. Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband. Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.


Finding something that is different is always a challenge for me. I am so glad to see more steam punk come into the romance genre. A good steam story for me always has a female lead that is strong and proving her way in lieu of the Victorian setting and male dominance. It should also not overwhelm me with so much Steampunk science that I can't envision it. During Disenchanted and Co. I loved the storyline but at times I found Kit to be annoying. It was as though she would put reason aside to prove a point and would eventually land herself in danger...to which a man must rescue her. Viehl does build the world around her characters to where you feel like you know them yet leaves a lot of mystery to keep you reading. She also gives a delightful ghost a surprise persona.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: The Marriage Agenda by Sarah Ballance

Title: The Marriage Agenda
Author: Sarah Ballance
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

There's a scandal brewing in Washington...

Knox Hamilton wants his father’s recently vacated Senate seat, but the only way his conservative constituents are going to vote for Knox is if he loses his playboy reputation. Which means Knox needs a wife. There’s only one woman with whom he's willing to share his life, but after the way he broke things off with her, will she give him another chance?

Chloe Lochlan's job is on the line. If she doesn't grab a big headline, she'll be ousted from her gig at the major newspaper where she works as a reporter. Knox's offer of marriage chills her to the bone. He already crushed her heart once and she has no intention of letting it happen again. But being with him gives her the kind of access to top tier social events rarely granted to media, access that could land her the story of a lifetime. When the truth she uncovers threatens to destroy the man she still loves, will she bury the story...or his career?
This was a fun read and was a nice change from an overly serious political romance I had tried to read.  While the concepts of bribery, environmentalism, and political fraud are serious, the story had plenty of light and fun points to balance it all out.  Chloe is an amazing character, but I don't think I'll ever quite understand why she agreed to marry Knox to begin with.  I'm glad she did and it turned out to be a wonderful thing, but it didn't look that way at first.

Knox was an interesting character as well.  A handful of cliches mixed with some more unique characteristics lead to a great character.  While he is afraid of love, he's working towards overcoming that - even if he doesn't realize it yet.  His move to help Chloe at the end really shows how great of a guy he is.  He would be a catch for any girl.

The scandal that Chloe digs up is personal on multiple levels, and she knows that it will hurt a person she loves deeply.  But the journalist in her knows that it must be brought to the public's attention so they know what their politicians are doing.  The investigation is mixed in very nicely and it isn't really the center of the story.  Sarah Ballance doesn't dwell on it more than she needs to in order to tell Chloe and Knox's story.

Overall, this was the perfect mix of intrigue, politics, and romance.  Knox left me a little wanting for a good chunk of the story and some of the sex scenes (or lack thereof) seemed to be drawn out or repetitive though.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Guarding Poppy By: Christine Wenrick

Title: Guarding Poppy
Source: Review Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewer: Emi 

Overall rating: 5
Sexual rating: 3




One night . . . one violent, supernatural battle . . . and five stories of the men whose lives will be changed by it.

Alec Lambert was born to lead. He’s a ruling Elder of The Brethren, possessing steely confidence, natural smarts, and decisive problem solving abilities . . . and he’s not too bad on the eyes, either. Everything in his life has gone exactly according to plan—until the night of Brahm Hill. Alec loses his best friend at the hands of the uncle he trusted like a father, along with his previously unshakable faith to lead those with whom he’s charged. Despite this, he continues to press ahead, and for his next assignment he’s asked to protect a very beautiful but very clumsy Dhampir who’s being hunted by a powerful warlock. Suddenly, he finds his whole Brethren world is turned upside down . . . and he finds himself harboring a desire for her he can’t explain.

Poppy Honeywell knows she’s far from perfect. Bad things tend to happen when she’s around. She’s more than a little clumsy, with a phobia or two mixed in. Not to mention that her name is certainly unusual. But she doesn’t have time to worry about all that because she’s on the run and not about to back down from the arrogant Elder who’s just been assigned as her protector. The real problem, though . . . she’s irresistibly drawn to this man who faces constant danger and takes charge so naturally. But Poppy also sees that taking charge of others helps Alec mask his own very deep pain.

Will Alec find his way out of the darkness and surrender to his feelings for Poppy before the warlock chasing her catches up to them both?

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

So, where to start. I have been following Christine's work since the beginning, and I have loved every minute of it. The Charmed trilogy was awesome and The Men of Brahm Hill is even better. Guarding Poppy is the second book in the series and I LOVE it. If I wasn't reading the book, I was definitely thinking about it. Thinking about what was going to happen next and how Alec & Poppy were connecting. Not only was this book a page turner, but there was more to it than that, it was like I went through the same emotions as Alec & Poppy. I haven't emotionally connected to a book in quite a while, and Alec and Poppy's story was something I think we can all relate to. Take out the paranormal aspect and its about two people who have gone though some very tough times in their life and find it hard to believe they can ever be happy. Alec has gone through so much since the beginning I couldn't wait for him to finally get everything he deserved. Going forward, I am sooooo looking forward to the next installment in the series. I hope you all enjoy these series as much as I have. 
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: For the Love of Murphy Collection


Title: For the Love of Murphy
Author: Various
Source: Contest Win
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Collection of Novellas
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating – 3
Sexual – 1

They say love conquers all, but whoever "they" are, must not have heard of Murphy's Law -- whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.

These five tales of sweet, accidental romance prove Cupid's arrows are a lot tougher than they seem, and sometimes it pays to be unlucky.

No Wrong Turns - Lisa A. Adams
Falling for You - Michelle Ziegler
Coffee and Cufflinks - Annabelle Blume
A Slippery Slope - Rebecca Hart
The Shamrock Incident - London Saint James
This was a very cute collection of sweet romances.  They all revolve around the theme of happy accidents - or at least accidents that eventually lead to happiness.  While the collection was fun to read, there were two that really stood out as favorites.  A Slippery Slope and The Shamrock Incident finished the set off very nicely and I think I will be going back to re-read them again sometime.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Nightlord Lover by Kathy Kulig

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Title: Nightlord Lover
Author: Kathy Kulig
Source: Literati Author Services
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Erotic, Menage
Length: Novella
Release Date: July 23, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 4

Warrior vampire Garrick Labar guards the secrets of the Guild. His comrade--vampire and sorcerer Ramon Travere--enforces the uneasy alliance between mortals and immortals. When Larissa Devine moves into town, both Garrick and Ramon are mesmerized and enraptured by her. They crave to claim her as their crimson swan and lover. But a new arrival is fair game and if they don’t claim her first, a band of renegades will.

Larissa finds a blistering-hot ménage with her protectors too intoxicating to resist. The immortals can’t deny their sexual attraction for her and sense her blood pulsing hot and furious when they’re close. Erotic desires thrust her into a world of danger and seduction. When the renegade vampires attempt to destroy a hundred years of peace, Larissa is caught in the crossfire. Eternal love and carnal nights can be her future if she survives.
This was a fun little novella that was easy to read in one sitting.  Larissa is easily lovable, but her two vampires Garrick and Ramon (I kept wanting to call him Roman for some reason) were harder to fall for.  They blurred in my mind too much to get overly attached to either one of them.  I think the author realized this, because part way through she threw in a bunch of historical information about them during a conversation.  But I still had a hard time.

Both Garrick and Ramon were important vampires in their community.  Their society was complicated and may have been better in a longer format. When rebel vampires plot against Garrick and Ramon, they use Larissa as blackmail.  The blackmail plot had a few holes in it and a lot of good things just seemed to happen for no reason to help them out.

This was not a bad story, it was fun and entertaining.  I just expected a bit more from it.

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About the Author
Kathy Kulig is an New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author whose works include elements of BDSM and the paranormal. She has published several novels and novellas for Ellora’s Cave. Her latest release, Summer Sins, is part of a BDSM/ménage series called Dark Odyssey.And her upcoming release, Red Tape, is book one of the new FLC series of romantic suspense. Besides her career in writing, she has worked as a cytotechnologist, research scientist, medical technologist, dive master and stringer for a newspaper. Kathy resides in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband.
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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Captured Love by Juliana Haygert

Captured Love by Juliana Haygert
Publication date: November 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Designed by Najla Qamber Designs


Warning: strong language, sex scenes
Word count: ~70,000

It’s been four years since twenty-year-old Jessica Hayes has been home, but when she discovers her father is dying, she must return to her hometown in South Carolina and face her past. Jessica thought patching up her relationship with her father would be her biggest challenge, but when she runs into Ryan Dawson—the catalyst of all her problems—she wonders if coming home was a mistake.

Ryan knows he screwed up. Hell, he paid the price…with interest. But when he runs into his best friend’s little sister, Jessica, he’s reminded that his debt will never truly be paid. He may have turned his life around, but he can’t undo the damage. So, he does what he should have done all those years ago. He stays away from Jessica, and all the other personal demons that still haunt him.

Jessica thought she wanted nothing to with Ryan, but something is different about him and she needs to know why. When she discovers the truth behind his change, she puts her troubles aside and tries to help him. But is putting her heart back in the line of fire worth disrupting her stable life back in Ohio, or will the past repeat itself, leaving her brokenhearted once again?


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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Cop a Fee by Robyn Peterman


Title: Cop a Feel (Handcuffs and Happily Ever Afters #3)
Author: Robyn Peterman
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Length: Novel
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating – 4
Sexual – 4

When you get time off for bad behavior, romance is the last thing on your mind--but good old-fashioned lust is a whole different story. . .

Life undercover isn't exactly one big party--not when you're a DEA agent--but it sure beats a desk job. Except when you screw up big and someone has to go in and clean up after you. In that case, even paper-pushing sounds better than babysitting an erotic romance writer with as many enemies as there are euphemisms for "throbbing manhood."

I've been taking down drug dealers for so long, playing bodyguard to a woman named Shoshanna Lehump sounds like nothing more than a giant pain in my ass-- and being partnered with the gorgeous egotistical jerk I never should have slept with in the first place just makes a bad situation even harder--especially when he pursues me as diligently as we're supposed to be chasing the bad guys...What's a girl have to do to get a happy ending anyway?
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Size Matters (Handcuffs & Happily Ever Afters #2): Review

This one wasn't quite as good as the first two in the series.  Now, since the first two were huge 5 star books for me, that means this one was still pretty darn good.  We met Candy in book two as an undercover DEA agent and sister to the main man.  In Cop a Feel, it's her turn to find love.  She's a hard ass undercover agent that doesn't believe in love (even though she's seen it with her brother's life).  She live for her work and that's about all she has.  When she realizes she's attached to not David she runs for the hills and promises to never call him again.  It doesn't help that she found out he never told her his real name.

Not David, aka Luke, has quite a few surprises up his sleeve that I don't want to give away.  He and Candy are assigned to protect Shoshanna LeHump (a return character from book one) from death threats.  Their assignment takes them on quite a wild and hilarious ride to a special convention with an amazing name.  Their romance really blooms and past wounds are healed here in some very unexpected ways.  There are a lot of touching moments that really surprised me.  There was also a lot of the humor I've grown to love from Robyn Peterman and who seems to come up with new words and phrases for sex and body parts with every book she writes.

The downside to this one was that I had a hard time really connecting.  A lot of the scenes weren't as natural and flowing as they were in the first two books and I just didn't relate to the characters as easily.  Don't get me wrong, they were still great characters and scenes.  Robyn just set the bar very very high and this one just didn't quite reach my expectations.

The ending was beautiful.  I loved Aunt Moon Unit's appearance and the final scene was so full of Happily Ever After-ness it was sickening in an amazingly romantic way.  I don't know if this is the end of the series.  There was an opening for a possible new romance and I really hope Robyn takes it and runs with it.  I love these characters and the fact that we get to see them over and over again even after their story is told.

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Follow by J.A. Huss

Social Media is a brand new novella series by JA Huss that will feature one book released every other Wednesday for twelve weeks.
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8-27 - #1 FOLLOW
9-10 - #2 LIKE
9-24 - #3 BLOCK
10-8 - #4 STATUS
10-22 - #5 PROFILE
11-5 - #6 HOME




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FOLLOW (Social Media #1) by @JAHuss
Publication Date: August 27. 2014
Novella (150 pages)
Adult Contemporary Romance




#Women.

I fuck them. I use them. I pay them off. I find another. My demands are never denied. My contracts are always signed. They submit to me. Willingly. Completely. Temporarily. This is how it’s always been.

Until I saw that filthy tweet.

@VaughnAsher My bare pussy. Your tongue. #ThingsIThinkAboutToGetOff

“FilthyBlueBird” thinks she can tease me with hashtags and then hide behind a Twitter handle? She thinks I wouldn’t be more than happy to #RockHerFilthyWorld? She’s wrong.

Her online fantasy is about to collide with her public reality, and it’s about to happen… now.





AUTHOR BIO
J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.




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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Death is a Bitch by Cate Masters

Title: Death is a Bitch
Author: Cate Masters
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3

Eternity can suck when it’s all work, work, work. Death harvests souls even when they
stack up faster than pancakes in an all-you-can-eat-buffet.

As the patron angel of death and dying, Azrael works closely with Death, but is dying for true intimacy. She’s the only immortal who’s ever aroused such powerful emotions in him. One taste of her leaves him needing her like humans need air and food, but will a demon’s lies leave a bad taste?

No one escapes Death – except King Sisyphus. Twice. With the help of Damien the demon, Sisyphus tries again, and she’s determined to have justice. Some say Death’s a bitch, but only when she has to be. But will the price of justice be a broken heart?
Death is a bitch - for real.  But what else could you expect from a work-a-holic harvester of souls.  Azrael wants her to relax and have some fun, some fun with him that is.  Death was a great character and I loved seeing it portrayed as a female.  I don't think I'd ever seen that before.  Death is all business.  She loves her job.  Comforting the good souls as they pass and catching the ones that don't think it's really their time.  The only draw back is Damien.  The demon that tries to barter with the souls.  He offers them a little more time in exchange for an eternity of servitude.  He also has a serious psycho crush on Death that gets very out of hand

Damien was a great opposite to showcase Azrael as a good guy.  Damien is everything you don't want in a guy.  He's manipulative and controlling and he would do anything to make Death his - even trapping her until she "sees the light".  The addition of Sisyphus from myths as his somewhat unwilling sidekick was a great idea and a fantastic way to tie the story into lore.

There is a lot going on for a novella and it was written very well.  With two man-hunts and a backlog of work, Death has her work cut out for her - and Azrael has his cut out for him in trying to win her over.  Death's family plays a minor role, as does Satan, and the mix was a great way to add some fun side characters into the story line.

Cate Masters is definitely a favorite of mine now.  She does an awesome job with her lore and giving old legends and myths a modern twist to bring them into today's world.

Cover Reveal: Doll Face by Heidi Acosta

Doll Face by Heidi Acosta
(Barbie World #3)
Publication date: October 14th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Designed by Mae I Design


What do you do when the one person you don’t want is the one person you need?

When nineteen-year-old Katie said goodbye to her small hometown to go to a prestigious college far away, looking back was the last thing on her agenda. Nevertheless, it didn’t take long for everything to come crashing down around her. When Katie learns that her parents lost everything, stripping her from her comfortable life—no more fancy cars, trust fund, or money for college—Katie is left scrambling to put her life back together. Then Adam Nash walks into her life, causing it to spin even further off course.

Adam is the complete opposite of Katie. He lives his life in the fast lane—fast bikes, loose women, and easy excitement. When Katie comes crashing into his life, she is exactly what he didn’t know he needed. But Katie can’t get involved with a guy like Nash, not if she wants her old life back. However, Nash is not about to let Katie get away from him that easy. He knows what he wants… and he won’t stop until he gets it.

From the author that brought you Barbie Girl and Barbie World comes the next installment in the Baby Doll series, Doll Face—a fast-paced, new-adult novel that can be read as a standalone.


AUTHOR BIO
Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.
Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).  

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

Barbie Girl is the first Novel of Heidi’s new, four-book, Baby Doll Series: Barbie Girl, Barbie World, Doll Face, and Southern Sugar.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Release: Unabridged By: Melinda De Ross

New Release: Unabridged 



A note from the wonderful author:

Dear Reader,

I always like to surprise you, to experiment with words and genres whenever I write a new love story.
With Unabridged I decided to try my hand at Romantic Comedy, and the result is a chicklit hybrid abunding in humor, but which doesn’t lack introspection.
Personally I adore this story, not only because of the mega-sexy hero, Blade Spencer, but also because of the hilarious incisiveness of some of the more spicy theories of Angelina’s, and of the mysterious character Zorro Kalashnikov. You may not agree with their opinions, but I’m sure you won’t be able to resist their charm. And if you don’t share their views regarding ‘BDSM, Billionaires&Blah-blah-blah’, please remember this is just fiction.
Enjoy!

Fondly,
Melinda

 What inspired me to write Unabridged?

In the past years, every time I blinked I saw or heard of books on BDSM. My reaction to that was to write an essay called Billionaires, BDSM and Blah-blah-blah. That essay has later become an article that my heroine, Angelina Jameson, writes as an editor of the literary magazine called Unabridged. This is in essence a simple love story, but to spice up things you will find several hilarious such satire articles, and if you ladies don’t agree with my character’s views, just think of it as simple fiction. So this is what started Unabridged: 

About the Book



Ironically, it all starts with a popular book about BDSM. When Angelina Jameson steps into her boss's office armed with an acid article about 'Billionaires, BDSM and Blah-blah-blah', she thinks her career will take off. But her career aspirations drop into second place when she finds herself face to face with her nemesis.
Blade Spencer is the new editor-in-chief of Unabridged—the literary magazine where his ex-lover Angelina works. For three years, since she fled small town Jamestown without a word of explanation, they haven't heard from one another. Now, when they meet again, the past and all the feelings they once had between them come rushing back, making them realize their love has never died. But can they reconcile their new circumstances and the changes that have occurred during the three years they were apart? Neither is the person the other used to know.
Then there is the faceless shadow who hunts them from the dark, driven by obsession and greed
...
*This book contains strong language and explicit descriptions of sex.*

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Amazon link for Unabridged
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About the author 


Anca-Melinda Coliolu, writing as Melinda De Ross, lives in her native Romania with her husband, Ionut-Augustin Coliolu.
She attended Law School and got her degree but worked as a journalist for several newspapers, polishing her writing skills.
It never occurred to her that she wanted a career as an author until she began writing, as therapy to get perspective on a crucial part of her life.
Melinda was a professional target shooter for a decade, winning multiple National Championships. She was breaking records in her teens until health issues forced her to give up the sport.
Out of that heartbreak, Rendezvous with Hymera started taking shape and so began her career as a Romantic Suspense author.
Melinda has always been a fan of writers like Diana Gabaldon, Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown. Currently she weaves romance into tales laced with the paranormal and occult. Her interests in yoga, philosophy and a large range of other disciplines give her work depth and color.
She is also the author of the series Coriola (MirageBeyond Flames and Dante’s Amulet) and A Touch Of Poetry, a short poems collection.

Hope you all enjoy it!!
**Emi**