Thursday, June 23, 2016

Fearless by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Review



Title: Fearless (Ruin #2.5)

Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length:100 pages
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: March 9, 2014
Source: Self-Purchased
Rating: 2
Heat Rating: 2
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

When I met Kiersten, time stood still. It was as if every cell in my body screamed HER. I couldn't look away, I couldn't walk away, I couldn't even move. My other half, my soul mate, was staring right at me. I had to have her. I had to make her mine. But I felt selfish doing that--knowing that I may not have endless amounts of time to give her...and even now that every things' over with and I've been given that time back.

Nothing is ever certain in this life.

Which is why I'm about to do something crazy, impulsive, daring.
After all, what type of person would I be if I didn't take my own advice?
I'm jumping off the cliff, I'm living fearlessly.

This is the continuation of Wes and Kiersten's story.
This one didn't cut it for me. There was just a bit too much that I couldn't quite believe or see these guys doing. Kiersten in particular just seemed quite out of character several times, and I just didn't like her as much.

Towards the end, the author starts to set up Lisa's story - which is fine - but I don't really like how she did it. I think it should have just been left to her own book so we can experience it all at once. This was a little novella that just didn't seem to fit very well.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Edge of Darkness by A.L. Kessler ~ Cover Reveal


Presenting the cover for The Edge of Darkness, DWC Book Five
Cover Artist: ImagineInk Designs


An Original Vampire

Zaaren has spent the last three hundred years asleep and woke to a new world. He doesn’t expect was Lucius’ growth in power and his sister’s defiance. As Zaaren struggles to find where he fits in with Lucius’ plans, he chases a ghost from his past. But his plans change when he befriends a Hunter.

A Hunter

Crystal is no stranger to vampires, but the last thing she expected was to be trading information with an Original. Corruption within the Hunting Society leads her to a trail of betrayal and death. Her own past is catching up to her as she navigates dangerous waters.

In both Societies…things are about to change

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About the Author:
A.L. Kessler is the author of the Amazon Best Selling series Here Witchy Witchy. She’s a member of the Pikes Peak Writers and Midnight Writers in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her newest book Just a Little Death was released in May of 2016. Her coffee and chocolate addiction get her through her busy life of being a mom, wife, student, and author. You can find out more about her at www.amylkessler.com



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Beyond the world of humans, a supernatural war rages on. Surrounded by secrets, power, and bloodshed the people of Lucius' territory struggle to stay in control. With the looming threat of the Vampire Circle raising the Father of all Vampires, it's every creature for himself — Choose your side.

Reading Order:
The Touch of Night (DWC #0.5) Note: This short story is not required to read to understand the over all arc of the story and is now only available in the boxset.
In the Light of the Moon (DWC #1) Kassity's & Jaxon's Book
Dance in the Moonlight (DWC #2) Renee's & Coran's Book
On Torn Wings (DWC #3) Orion's & Dani's Book
Past Demons (DWC #4) Tegan's & Kaden's Book
DWC Shot Story Collection (Includes In the Shadows of the Moon DWC #4.5, Into the Night, DWC Hunters #0.5, and The Blood of Night, DWC Origins #1) Kassity & Jaxon, Isadora & Ayden, and Zaaren.
The Edge of Darkness (DWC #5) Zaaren and Crystal’s book July 25th, 2016

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Abigail Collins is the top of her department and handles the high profile cases that come to the Paranormal Investigation Bureau. Come join her adventures as she chases the bad guys while helping with crimes that don't make it to the authorities.

Reading Order:

No More Black Magic-Book One
Deathly Magic-Book Two
(not avalible on Kindle Unlimited) Demon Days- A Case File of Abigail Collins Short Story, available in A Weird Thing Happened at the Bookfest Anthology

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When most kids go to college, they think freedom, excitement, and maybe they are just a bit terrified. My experience was different. In addition to getting to know the new roommate and some serious test anxiety, I found out I was the daughter of Death. But learning that three others and I are supposed to stop the apocalypse from happening was more than just a little terrifying. The world may be ending and angels, demons and horsemen have become part of my everyday life, things suddenly seem impossible. I am Sammy Zadkeil and I am a Child of the Apocalypse.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Mason ~ Excerpt and Giveaway


Series: Christmas, Colorado #7
On Sale: June 28, 2016
Formats: Mass Market & eBook
Price: $5.99 USD

It's beginning to look a lot like love . . .

As her thirtieth birthday approaches, deputy Jill Flaherty decides it's time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson's bar in her sexiest dress, she's not thinking that he's her brother's best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she's thinking is that it's finally time to confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels.


Sawyer is done being a player on and off the ice. Yet no one in the small town of Christmas seems to believe he's ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister's heart. But as Sawyer and Jill's relationship heats up, can he prove that he's her happy ever after?



Excerpt
Deputy Jill Flaherty sat at her desk wrapping her brother's birthday present for his surprise party tonight. The yellow helium balloons she'd ordered were currently bouncing in front of her face. She lifted her hand to bat them way, ripping the paper off the present in the process. A present that she'd been painstakingly wrapping for the last ten minutes. Frustrated, she swore under her breath while shaking her fingers to free them of the tape and brightly-colored tissue paper.
            "You're stuck," Suze announced in an authoritative voice from behind her computer.
            "Thank you for your insightful observation," Jill grumbled at the forty-something woman sitting at the dispatcher's desk across the room as she bent her head to pull the tape off her fingers with her teeth. 
            Suze leaned around her computer and grinned. "I didn't mean literally. I mean you're stuck, stuck. That's why you've been so bitchy lately. You have the pre-30 birthday blues."
            "It's my fingers that are stuck, not me. And I'm not. . . " Jill sighed. "Okay, so maybe I have been a little bitchy. But it's because of all the overtime I've been putting in the past couple of weeks. I'm tired."
            She ignored the reference to her thirtieth birthday. She wouldn't admit to Suze that she was partially right. Like an ominous black cloud, the big 3-0 loomed large in Jill's mind. It always had. Her mother died two days before her thirtieth. Preparations for Jack's thirty-seventh birthday had served to remind Jill that her thirtieth was only five months away. 
            "Because you don't have a life."
            Jill lifted a hand still covered in tape and paper in an are-you-kidding-me gesture. "I do so. I have--"
            "Yeah, yeah, I know. You have friends and family and a job you love. Still doesn't mean you have a life. You put yours on hold when Jack was MIA. I had a front row seat so I know what I'm talking about."
            "I have a life," Jill reiterated without elaborating. Suze had stolen her ammunition. If having friends, family, and a job she loved didn't count, Jill didn't know what else to say.
            A chair scraped noisily on the tile floor and Suze took a seat across from her. "Okay, so tell me, when was the last time you hid the salami?" she asked.
            Jill frowned. "What . . ."
             Suze rolled her brown eyes as she peeled the last of the tape and tissue paper from Jill's fingers. "Bumped uglies. . . Did the horizontal mumbo?"
            "I have no idea what you're--"
            "Oh for godsakes, when was the last time you got laid?"
            Since the answer didn't immediately pop into her head, Jill hedged, "What does that have to do with anything?"
            "And there's your problem. You can't remember, can you?" Suze said as she rolled the paper and tape into a ball.
            "Yes, I can. Seven months ago," she said, taking a guess. Then realizing the number of months might unwittingly validate Suze's no-life pronouncement, Jill added, "Before you say anything, I've been busy."
            Suze pursed her lips and tossed the ball into the garbage can. "Don't buy two-sided tape again. And it was eight months ago with that accountant from Logan County."
            "Really? Huh. I could have sworn . . . " She took in the I-told-you-so look on Suze's lightly freckled face. "Oh, come on, that doesn't mean anything."
            "Yeah, it does. It says it all. You have unmemorable sex with unmemorable men. And do you know why you do?"
            "No, but I'm sure you're going to enlighten me," Jill said, carefully working the rest of the paper off Jack's present with a pair of scissors.
            "Fear," Suze said, taking the scissors from Jill's hand and looking her in the eyes. "You're afraid to get your heart broken. That's why you spend your time fantasizing about the man and life you want and not doing anything about it."
            "I do not fantasize about Sawyer," Jill blurted without thinking. She caught the triumphant look in Suze's eyes and quickly added, "Or any other man in town."

About the Author:
Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.



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Monday, June 20, 2016

Toxic by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Review



Title: Toxic (Ruin #2)

Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length: 340 pages
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Source: Self-Purchased
Rating: 4
Heat Rating: 2
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Everyone has a secret...

Gabe Hyde is on borrowed time. He's been hiding his identity for over four years-hidden from the world that used to adore him--obsess over him--driven to the edge of insanity by one poor choice. But that one choice, altered the course of his life forever.
Pretending isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when pretending means hiding your real self from the people that care about you the most. But if anyone ever discovered the truth it wouldn't just be his life at risk--but hers.

Saylor doesn't hate men.
Just Gabe.
Only Gabe.
He's a reckless, happy-go-lucky, silver spoon fed pain in her ass. Everything about him makes her more and more confused. Unfortunately they both donate time at the same Group Home. If she wasn't afraid of flunking, she'd be long gone. She hates that she's attracted to him almost as much as he hates that he's attracted to her--and she can tell, especially since their first encounter ended up making her knees so weak she couldn't form coherent sentences for weeks afterwards. But the closer she gets to him, the more confused she becomes. He isn't who he says he is, and he's hiding something big.

What happen when two worlds collide? Two worlds that never should have met in the first place? Some secrets are too big to be hidden forever--the only question? Will his destroy everyone he loves? Or finally bring about the redemption he's been craving for the past four years?

Everyone has a secret...What's yours?
 Gabe is the sort-of bad boy that you just have to love. The tortured soul with a heart of gold. He was quite a different character in this book than he was in Ruin. I got to experience a side other than the best-friend Gabe. I got to experience the man running from his past and doing anything to make it right again.

I really loved Saylor. She was such a breath of fresh air. I loved how she stood up to Gabe and his bad attitude. She was such a sweetheart. But he was not very nice to her - he makes her cry. But when he tries to make it up to her, I thought I was going to cry because it was just so awesome.

Gabe's story is quite a hard one. Once we find out all of what he's running from, you will totally understand his actions and why he feels like he does. Lots of amazing dialog, and we get some more Wisdom from Wes (I really love that guy).

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ansel by Desirae Grove ~ Review



Title: Ansel (The Regiville Tales #3)

Author: Desirae Grove
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 332 pages
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: May 18, 2016
Source: Review Request
Rating: 4
Heat Rating: 3
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

When Juniper’s friend Elysa invites her to dinner, the last thing she expects is to be set up on a blind date. And if that wasn’t the worst surprise ever, her date turns out to be her middle school nemesis, Ansel. Except now he looks like a male supermodel, with his dark hair, broody eyes, and a chiseled muscular body that makes her swoon. How can she ever say no to him, even if he teased her mercilessly when they were kids?

Ansel, a broody, freedom-loving werepanther, was ready to move to another country when his brother Kye invites him to dinner, only to find out he’s being set up on a blind date. When it turns out his date is Juniper, his long-forgotten crush, he can’t help but try to take things further with her. After all, he’s only been dreaming of her all his life. And women have never been able to say no to him in the past - his reputation as a man-whore was well deserved.

Their first date turns south very quickly, however. It’s full moon in the mysterious town of Regiville, and all kinds of creatures come out to play. Juniper is attacked by a beast and may or may not turn into…something she only thought was an urban myth. Don’t miss out on this tale of incredible adventures, as the two old friends try to untangle the mess they find themselves in and slowly fall in love with each other.
Wow! This was quite the exciting little adventure in Regiville. From werewolves to werepanters, and several other paranormal-types thrown in, there wasn't a dull moment. Juniper and Ansel have a history - but it isn't a very pretty one. But Ansel is determined to leave with a much better impression this time around.

But that doesn't work out quite like he intended. When Juniper is bitten by a creature, he needs to not only prevent her from killing and making the condition permanent, but he needs to make sure she stays alive as well. You see, there's something strange going on in town and Juniper and Ansel on the trail to finding out what it is.

There are quite a few twists and surprises thrown in that really kept me on the edge of my seat. I don't want to give them all away, but I dare you to try and guess what they were. The surprises were timed perfectly to give the ending some excitement. And there's one last little one at the end that just made me smile.

I will definitely be going back to see how this series all began.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Review



Title: Ruin (Ruin #1)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: New Adult Romance, Contemporary Romance
Length: 250 pages
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: August 11, 2013
Source: Self-Purchased
Rating: 4
Heat Rating: 2
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness...until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn't know that time wasn't my ally -- that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer--each moment as it came--but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it's the end, it's only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't--I wouldn't ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.
This was an incredibly emotional ride. There were a few times I expected everything to go wrong and turn into a tragedy - but we do have an HEA, and this was one of the best New Adult romances I've read in a long time.

That doesn't mean it wasn't perfect. There were a few places I rolled my eyes just a tad and said "Yeah right." But they were minor in comparison to the chemistry and love between Wes and Kiersten. An unlikely pair from the very beginning, it takes them a long time to realize they are more alike than anyone (even the reader) really thought. Rachel Van Dyken leads the reader on quite the ride trying to figure out what is going on with Wes, and have a box of tissues handy for when it all comes out.

They are one of those couples that everyone seems to envy, and they are just so adorable together you sometimes want to get a little sick (but in a good way). There are some amazing friends in the story that really help bring out everyone's personality in a way that had me laughing right along with them.

I want more "Wes Words of Wisdom" - that guy has some seriously good moments and speeches. I have put Rachel Van Dyken on my inta-buy list for new titles and she has quite the backlist for me to explore - I can't wait to start!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

To Find a Mate by Camryn Rhys Krystal Shannan ~ Review



Title: To Find a Mate (VonBrandt Family #4)

Author: Camryn Rhys and Krystal Shannan
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 128 pages
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Source: Review Request
Rating: 3
Heat Rating: 3
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

He’s nursing a broken heart, and he’s her first love… she just needs to tell him...

Everyone in Adam VonBrandt’s world seems to have found their mate. Except him. With several families of wolves in town for a moon run, there have never been so many choices. Surely, he can find a mate among all those single women.

Paige Wheeler sees her big, smiling rancher every Friday morning for six years. When her boss gives her one Friday off, she has to find a way to get into the bakery. Doesn’t everyone know she needs to see Adam every week? But when she starts blathering about hallucinating a couple of werewolves, she becomes Adam’s biggest priority. He just has to get his hands on her...
This book got off to a terrific start. I really loved the pull of the bakery and Adam's somewhat clueless state on why he loved it there so much. It was the perfect set-up for everything to come.

Paige was a lot of fun. She was one heck of a baker and had a HUGE crush on Adam - but he didn't know and she liked to keep it that way. But of course, fate has to stick her nose into everyone's lives and mix them up a bit. It's almost too late by the time Adam finally realizes just what Paige may be to him.

In fact, towards the end was the one part that I think was just a little too much. We broke the lore. I don't like it when an author has to break their lore in order to make a story work. The authors did a good job trying to give a reason and adding some genuine confusion on the part of the characters - they don't know why it broke either apparently. But it just seemed like a bit of a cop out.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Best Seller by Dina Rae ~ Review


Title: Best Seller
Author: Dina Rae
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance, Romantic Suspense
Length: 294 pages
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Source: Review Request
Rating: 5
Heat Rating: 2
Reviewed by: Ronda

When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because...

The time has come. They are here.
 Brilliant and Creative Writing!

A Sci-fi Conspiracy theory that leaps and expands into new boundaries.

What a Perfect book for those who love an excellent thought provoking, conspiracy twisting, and mind boggling turns of drama that will have you questioning every legend, tale, or heritage you think you knew.  How pure of a human are you – Angel, Demon, or Alien? Ever thought why some individuals are smarter and more successful than others – how it came naturally for them and harder for others?  Where did our race really originate from – God, Angels, Aliens, or how about a man made tube where genetic modification was used by mad scientist – example: Hitler / cloning for perfection / Alien abduction?  Actually, how did our ancestors really get on earth – really from dust to dust or was it time travel? These are just a few of the scenarios weaved into this awesome story along with romance, hatred, jealousy, murder, madness, psycho plots, and the unthinkable possibilities that make this one hell of a drama and a thrilling suspense you won’t be able to put down.

I was hooked from the first paragraph.  Dina Rae has a way of creating characters that draw you into their world and have you memorized with every word or action they make.  The plot seems to start out small but as you read towards the end and think you may have it figured out – wrong! No, you find there is a much bigger plot to be told and revealed.

Maya Smock character is a sweet and smart young lady and I loved how even though writing came second nature to her she was still down to earth and knew how to get what she wanted – especially the way she got Claude to listen to her manuscript – LOL  Claude on the other hand, I didn’t like him very much in the end especially how he uses his wife, brother, and ladies of the night.  What a real psycho! Then there is Erick O’Reilly – what a sweetheart and I’m still hoping for a Happy Ever After for him and Maya.

Jay McCallister was more than what I expected and I only wanted to know more about him.  His true identity and relationship with Maya was mind boggling.  Was disappointed at the end, however, I’m hoping we get a great surprise involving him in the 2nd installment of this series.

Another part of this story is about the Nazi scientist along with our government’s secret agenda of creating the perfect and powerful human race and their involvement with an Alien species, how a new species was born, and how they are among our society today just totally kept me intrigued. Though the story doesn’t get to the point of how this ties in with Jay McCallister and Maya, I’m looking forward to the revealing truth of the two plots becoming intertwined to one big one.

Overall, this was a fantastic story. There were many exciting and thrilling episodes all throughout the book.  Truthfully I was shocked that the story didn’t come to an explosive end, no it is left open for a bigger plot and for the characters Maya and the mad scientist to finish telling their stories.  Yes it is leaving me hanging and now I’m jonesing for the next installment. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans ~ Review


Title: A Whisper of Desire (The Disgraced Lords #4)

Author: Bronwen Evans
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 300 pages
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Source: Self-Purchased
Rating: 4
Heat Rating: 3
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Lady Marisa Hawkstone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational, he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.

Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.
Marisa and Maitland have known each other for years - as the sister to a Libertine Scholar, Marisa has been around the stories and the men themselves for half her life. But, she never expects to find herself waking up in bed next to one of them - naked - and obviously compromised in the eyes of the ton even though nothing happened. But the villainess has struck again, and Maitland and Marisa find themselves wed to save her reputation.This is where I get just a tad tired of the whole style of "she wants love, but he's determined not to." I hope it gets change up a bit more in the future.

Marisa and Maitland are far from an ideal pair. Marisa is determined to find love in marriage and Maitland is determined to avoid it at all costs - he considers passion to be a curse. It may look like the villianess has finally struck a blow to the Libertine Scholars. But Marisa is no coward. She will find a way to bring some passion and romance to her marriage - but when she finally does - well, things get pretty bad.

I just about cried several times in this one. There is tragedy, secrets, and a great loss that Marisa and Maitland will have to overcome before they will ever be happy. This was the most "real" book of the series so far. Things didn't all miraculously become better and all the hurt doesn't just disappear. But because of this, the characters are going to stay with me for a long, long time. I can't wait to see them in future books in the series.


The Disgraced Lords

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Viewing Romm by L.P. Dover ~ Cover Reveal


VIEWING ROOM: A Society X Novel
L.P. Dover & Heidi McLaughlin
Publication date: September 6th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Viewing Room Rules:
The rules of Society X are simple . . . break them and you’re out.
Rule #1 – No names
It doesn’t matter if you want to know, it’s forbidden.
Rule #2 – No exchanging numbers
It doesn’t matter if you want to call, it’s forbidden.
Rule #3 – Everything is to remain strictly anonymous.
It doesn’t matter if you want to tell, it’s forbidden.
Whatever your desire.
Whatever your fantasy.
The Viewing Room will make it happen.
For Kennedy Vaughn, it’s an escape.
For Hunter Miles, entering the Viewing Room means he’s been selected.
What you witness in the viewing room will have you asking for more . . .
Viewing Room_FINAL
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Author Bio:
New York Times and 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 seventeen novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off 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.
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
You can find L.P. Dover here:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
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Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and their newest addition of a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.
Find Heidi here:
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Her Small-Town Cowboy by Mia Ross ~ Review



Title: Her Small-Town Cowboy (Oaks Crossing #1)

Author: Mia Ross
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Romance
Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Source: Self-Purchased
Rating: 3
Heat Rating: 1
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Lily St. George dreams of marriage and a family of her own. But as a temporary kindergarten teacher, she can't get too attached to anyone in Oaks Crossing. When a student brings in her single father for show-and-tell, Lily is drawn to charming cowboy Mike Kinley. Working overtime to save his struggling horse farm, Mike claims to have no room in his life for love. But when they team up to start a riding school for children at his ranch, Lily knows she'll have to help Mike see their partnership is meant to be permanent.
Mia Ross is the queen of small town inspirational romances for me. I love her characters and her places. Her Small-Town Cowboy definitely delivered on the fun characters, but it fell just a tad short on the small town itself. Lily and Mike meet in a very unexpected way. It had me chuckling to see them interact for the first time - and what they both thought was the only time.

Both are surpised to find each other again when she begins to substitute teach for his daughter. His daugher was such a charmer. She was everything I could have wanted from her character. The perfect little mix of mischievousness and sweetheart. And she's determined to keep Lily in her life somehow.

Now this isn't a case of a little girl getting two people to fall in love. What I liked best was that she was just one of the forces pulling Lily and Mike together. There were so many more, and was mixed very well. But....yes, the dreaded but....the town just didn't shine in a way that I've come to expect from Mia Ross. The other people in the town were fun, especially the school kids, but I wanted to see more of the places and sights.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The B-Squad Series by Avery Flynn ~ Excerpt and Giveaway


He’ll do whatever it takes to win her back.
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Title: Brazen
Series: B-Squad #1
Author: Avery Flynn
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 7, 2016
Format: Digital
ISBN: 978-0-9964-7632-4
Falling in love is the easy part, staying together…now that’s the biggest challenge of all.

Everything is finally working out for Bianca Sutherland and Taz Hazard. They’re in love and running B-Squad Security and Investigations. They’ve planned the perfect operation to take down the dangerous drug kingpin who’s kidnapped one of Bianca’s best friends. Then Taz’s wife—who was supposed to be his ex-wife—shows up on the eve of the big rescue mission and threatens to blow up his and Bianca’s happily ever after.

The last thing Bianca wants after the revelation that Taz might still be married is to have to spend time with her former live-in boyfriend who never told her he’d ever been married in the first place. But it’s too late to change plans. To save her friend, she has to swallow her hurt and go undercover with Taz as a newlywed couple at an exclusive resort. The only thing Taz wants is Bianca and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win her back. But when it’s his life on the line, will it be too late for him to show her that his past is over and she’s the only woman for his future…

Brazen is a stand alone novel and the first full novel in the B-Squad series. However, if you want to find out how Taz and Bianca met, check out Bulletproof, a novella set in Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie Security world.
 
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Excerpt from Brazen:
Even fully clothed, Bianca’s body ached from the sweet torment of touching him. She couldn’t get enough. She had to taste him everywhere.
Somehow over the blood rushing in her ears, she heard the elevator ping. Fuck. It was the only entrance to the loft and no one ever thought to call ahead first. Of course, if they were on the approved list, all they had to do was punch in the code and scan their thumbprint to get in. The approved list was short—only Taz’s brothers and her girls—but right now everyone was working around the clock on the mission to bring Gidget home.
The number two above the elevator doors lit up.
And that’s what happened when you lived on the third floor of the building that housed the Devil’s Dip Gym on the first floor and the B-Squad Investigation and Security headquarters on the second—you never left work behind.
She broke the kiss. “If that’s one of your brothers for something stupid, I’m going to shoot them.”
“Not if I get to my gun first.” He released his hold on her ass, letting her body slide against his before her feet touched the floor, and then grabbed his towel and tied it around his waist.
Bianca spun around just as the elevator doors parted. Because of the loft’s open layout, there weren’t any walls between the bedroom area and the elevator on the opposite side of the loft, so she had an unobstructed view of the woman who strutted on four-inch heels out of the elevator and into the living room. Blindingly beautiful with long, blonde, artfully waved hair and a face that would make fashion photographers weep with joy, she wore a calf-length trench coat.
“Honey, I’m home,” the woman called out as she took off her sunglasses, revealing her murderously cold blue eyes.
Bianca went for her SIG SAUER on the nightstand next to the bed. Taz grabbed her arm, stopping her before she could take a step. His fingers bit into her flesh and pain shot up her limb.
“Taz,” she called out, wincing.
But he didn’t react. All of his attention was focused solely on the woman.
“What the fuck are you doing here?” he asked, his voice vibrating with fury.
“Is that any way to talk to your wife?” The woman smirked. “You know, I’ve missed you, Honey Bear.”
His hold slackened just as the earth shook beneath Bianca’s feet and she stumbled back.
“Your wife?” She reached out, holding on to the dresser to steady her stance, the hurt squeezing her lungs keeping her from passing out in shock. She and Taz had been together for six months and he was married. “How long have you been married?”
The woman admired the rock on her ring finger. “Five years next Tuesday.”
Bianca was damn glad Taz had stopped her earlier from getting her gun, because otherwise she couldn’t guarantee she wouldn’t have shot him right in the center of his cold, black heart.


*****
Title: Bullet Proof (A Mackenzie Family Novella)
Series: B-Squad #.05
Author: Avery Flynn
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Format: Digital/Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-942299-30-1
From Liliana Hart’s New York Times bestselling MacKenzie family comes a new story by best-selling author Avery Flynn...

"Being one of the good guys is not my thing."

Bianca Sutherland isn't at an exclusive Eyes-Wide-Shut style orgy for the orgasms. She’s there because the only clue to her friend’s disappearance is a photo of a painting hanging somewhere in Bisu Manor. Determined to find her missing friend when no one else will, she expects trouble when she cons her way into the party—but not in the form of a so-hot-he-turns-your-panties-to-ash former boxer.

Taz Hazard’s only concern is looking out for himself and he has no intention of changing his ways until he finds sexy-as-sin Bianca at the most notorious mansion in Ft. Worth. Now, he’s tangled up in a missing person case tied into a powerful new drug about to flood the streets, if they can’t find a way to stop it before its too late. Taking on a drug cartel isn’t safe, but when passion ignites between them Taz and Bianca discover their hearts aren’t bulletproof either.

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Excerpt from Bullet Proof:
Bianca Sutherland was screwed and not in the way her hot trainer was thinking—or the way she'd fantasized about involving the tightly-wound hottie.

The dude was a certifiable control freak, but with his tawny skin, light green eyes, curly black hair, and trim beard framing thick lips, he was devastatingly sexy.  Add to it the hard, muscular powerful body of a boxer who never really stopped training and it was no wonder that she had a hard time concentrating when he told her what to do when it came to punching, jabbing and delivering a killer uppercut.

She was good with that at the Devil's Dip Gym, but here, when she was a woman on a mission? Oh, hell no.

Of course, this was what she got for jumping in blind when she found out Gidget Harms was missing and no one was doing a damn thing to look for her. So she'd made yet another deal with the devil, otherwise known as Taz Hazard, the hottest man with the most ridiculous name in Ft. Worth.

His strong fingers played on her hip, sending little electric jolts over her skin "Let me do the talking."

"I can speak for myself." Damn, she hated not being able to hide the hungry want in her voice. Focus, Bianca. "I have questions for them."

"Trust me," he said as he moved his hand so it cupped the back of her neck and his thumb stroked the sensitive spot behind her earlobe. "This isn't the time."

Watching the Davies-Smythes approach, the hushed crowd parting automatically for them as if they were demigods, Bianca fought not to melt into a puddle at Taz's feet. "I may not get another chance."

His hand tensed. Someone wasn't used to being defied. Poor hot boy doesn't like to hear no. What a shocker.

"Why do you need to talk to them?"

"None of your business." The last thing she needed was to be patted on the head like a dumb little girl by one more man when she explained that Gidget wouldn't have just run off.

"What are you into, Kitten?"

"Keep asking that question and you'll get my claws."

"That smart mouth of yours really needs to get put to better use." He sighed. "Follow my lead and you'll have access to them anytime you want."

Right, because she couldn't possibly manage to get a few answers herself. After all, it's not like she managed to get an invite to the most exclusive Eyes Wide Shut lifestyle party in the state of Texas by herself. She was well on her way to getting her state private investigation and security contractor license. Mr. Sexy But Bossy may not realize it, but there was a helluva lot more to her than some poor little rich girl.

"I had a plan of my own already," she said, unable to keep the annoyance out of her tone. "Make your introductions and you're welcome to wander off."

Determined dominance radiated off of him in waves. "You're not getting rid of me while you're in this house."

Refusing to be cowed, she raised her chin. "Then don't expect me to keep my mouth shut."

"Bianca," he said in a harsh whisper that wobbled on the edge of losing control. "I know them. You're new. Anything that comes from you will be suspicious. What do you want to know?"

Damn. Why did he have to make a quality argument? The Davies-Smythes were only a few yards away from where she and Taz stood. She had half a heartbeat to decide. She couldn't explain it, but her gut went with Taz. Mutinous bastard. "Their art collection."

If he had questions, he didn't have time to voice them before the couple stopped in front of them. Both were tall, sexy and pale as her mother's wedding China and yet they were as untouchable as an emerald under glass. And these two ran sex parties? Chalk one up to looks being deceiving.

"Mr. Hazard, it's always a good night when you honor us with your presence," Amelia said, her honeyed upper-class British voice like a cheese grater against Bianca's skin. "Won't you introduce us to this lovely creature?"

As if Bianca hadn't been vetted six ways to Sunday and already ponied up a cool ten thousand dollars for a previsionary membership into Bisu Manor. She barely managed not to roll her eyes.

Taz gave her a wolfish smile that made her knees buckle. "This is Kitten."

"Just Kitten?" Oliver asked, curiosity mixed with something darker in his gray eyes.


"Yes, my little exhibitionist has a shy side." Taz shrugged his broad shoulders. "I find the contradiction... arousing."

*****
About Avery Flynn:
Award-winning romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.
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