Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Her Hot Number by Talia Hunter

Title: Her Hot Number
Author: Talia Hunter
Source: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3


One bad boy billionaire plus one sexy geek equals one hot fling.

It's a travel nightmare for mathematician Caylee Reynolds. It's bad enough that her luggage was lost en route to her conference, but when she arrives at the Australian resort and learns that she's also lost her reservation, Caylee’s ready to break down. Then things get even worse. The resort is owned by Blake Sampson―the bad boy who once took everything from her...

Blake thought he’d left his troubled past far behind him. Then the sexy-but-proper math guru he’s never been able to forget walks into his lobby. Hoping to show Caylee he’s changed, he offers to share his suite. Except the attraction between them only grows in such close quarters―exponentially.

Even though Blake’s incredibly successful—and hot—Caylee’s not sure she can risk her heart again. Not after the way he destroyed her trust when he disappeared years ago. But if she's wrong in her calculations, she could lose everything...

This book just about had it all.  The hot bad boy with a heart of gold, a smart woman that knows what she wants, and a tropical paradise.  With a history that goes back years for our main characters - one that's filled with untruths and assumptions that have haunted them both for years.  So much goodness I couldn't believe it.

So Caylee is pretty damn smart.  She's a mathematician working on some pretty heavy concepts, but may be losing her funding if she doesn't impress the new director.  So off she goes to a conference at an island resort run by - or course - her crush from long ago - the one that loved her and left and she's still pissed at how she thinks he did it.

Blake is an amazing bad boy turned billionaire.  He comes from a rough past and it never truly leaves him, but he's made the best of all the lessons he's learned and come out on top - and then some.  He now owns the resort and jumps at the chance to help Caylee when her travel plays go awry.  He also jumps at the chance to show her what he's made of himself.  He feels the need to prove to this beautiful and smart woman that he's not the loser he seems to think she thinks he is.

Now, I mentioned they have a history - but it isn't didn't fall out the way either of them though it did.  I'm not normally a huge fan of misunderstandings driving emotions in romances, but this one was written in a way that I could actually see it happening.  Their assumptions were logical based on the way events played out and they never had reasons to doubt them - until now.  Now the both need to be honest and own up to what they did and didn't do if they want to find out if they'll ever work.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Author Interview with Jenny Holiday


I would like to introduce Jenny Holiday - author of Saving the CEO, a new contemporary romance from Entangled Publishing.  I had a chance to ask her a few questions about her life and her writing and she has some very interesting responses.

In your bio, you list that you have a degree in urban geography.  What exactly is that, and why did it draw you?

"It’s about cities and human landscapes—how they got to be the way they are and how people use them. A concrete example is the practice of redlining in the 1960s. This refers to banks refusing to make mortgage loans to people in certain neighborhoods—drawing a red line around them on a map. So of course these areas, which tended to be home to poorer people, started to decline.  We might look at some of these areas today and see slums, but in fact there was a clear reason these places became the way they are. Urban geography is about untangling all that.

I got into it because I had a great prof as an undergrad. I was an undecided about my major, and I heard her give a presentation. I had always thought about geography as memorizing the state capitals, but she showed us it was so much more."

Since it’s the season of scaring – what superstitions do you have and what monster keeps you up at night?

"The monster that keeps me up at night is four years old, and he lives in my house. He is not a fan of sleeping.

I do get a little spooked by the idea of ghosts, especially if I’m staying somewhere I’ve never been. You know those people who go around hunting ghosts with special equipment and stuff? CRAZY PEOPLE. And when I was a kid, a babysitter let me watch a made-for-TV remake of Psycho. (Who does that?) As a result, for two years, I refused to take a shower without my mom in the bathroom with me, standing just on the other side of the shower curtain.

As far as superstitions, I don’t really have any."

What is the hardest part of the story to write and how do you get through it?

"Writers talk about “the sagging middle,” and that is definitely the challenge for me. I come out of the gate with a bang, but around about 20,000 words, I think, “are we done yet?”

Part of your new book, Saving the CEO is about breaking your own rules.  How often do you break your own rules?

Remember that four-year-old I mentioned? I’m still working shedding on the “baby” weight from being pregnant with that kid. I pretty much break a rule every single day on this front. I have an incredible weakness for M&Ms. But beyond that, I don’t think I really have big-time rules for myself like the hero of the book. He’s much more tightly-wound than I am!"

Many romance novels use the theme of love at first sight, or soul mates.  Do you believe in love at first sight or is it something that belongs in the stories?

"I believe in attraction at first meeting, which I guess is a slightly less dramatic version of love at first sight. And I’m not just talking about physical attraction. I think it’s possible to “click” with a person right away, and that can lead to love. I also think “lust at first sight,” which is what happens to the main characters in Saving the CEO, is possible. Part of this book was about imagining how lust could lead to love when the characters were resistant to the idea of love."

Quickfire Questions:
Favorite ice cream?

Strawberry

Cats or dogs?

Neither. (I am preparing to be booed.)

Favorite childhood TV show?

Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Lights on or off?

Are we talking about what I think we’re talking about? On—but dimly!

Author Bio:
Jenny Holiday started writing at age nine when her awesome fourth grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing some stories. That first batch featured mass murders on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. (Looking back, she’s amazed no one sent her to a kid-shrink.) She’s been writing ever since. After a brief detour to get a PhD in geography, she worked as a professional writer, producing everything from speeches to magazine articles. More recently, her tastes having evolved from alien invasions to happily-ever-afters, she tried her hand at romance. A lifelong city-lover, she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her family. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Greenburger Associates. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Kodiak's Claim (Kodiak Point #1) by Eve Langlais

Title: Kodiak's Claim (Kodiak Point #1)
Author: Eve Langlais
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3
Kodiak's Claim by Eve Langlais
He might growl, but she’s not afraid to bite.

Hands full taking care of his clan, the last thing this Kodiak bear needs is a woman poking her cute little nose into his affairs. But when she refuses to back down—and shows the courage to stand up to him—he can’t resist the allure of a curvy city girl.

She’s mine. All mine.

And when a rival clan thinks to use her to force his paw, he’ll show them why you never piss off a Kodiak, or threaten what’s his.

Tammy is convinced men are all scum, even gorgeous ones like Reid Carver. She knows he’s hiding something. Something big. She just never expected a real freaking bear hid underneath all those muscles. But when the truth comes out and he tries to scare her off with a roar, she shows him not just bears have bite.

I have fallen in love with Eve's shifters.  They are a wonderful mix of traditional lore with a nice little twist to their world to make them unique.  The setting and history of Kodiak Point really stood out to me in this one.  I loved how remote and some-what self-sufficient the town was.  It was it's own little shifter world tucked out in the Alaskan wilderness.  Eve really brought that wilderness to life and showed several times just how remote the place was.

At first I missed some of Eve's clever dialog.  Reid Carver just doesn't seem to say a whole lot at first, but once he opened up a little the lovely way she has of speaking for her characters came to life once again.  I loved Reid and his bear - they both seemed to have quite a mind of their own, and frequently disagreed on what to do about Tammy.  He is the alpha and leader of Kodiak Point and takes his job very seriously.  So when Tammy shows up to investigate his insurance claims, he's determined to keep things professional and make sure she doesn't know the true nature of the town's residents.

Well, he fails miseably.  Not only does Tammy end up falling for him, but she's convinced something fishy is going on.  While investigating the claim things get a little strange.  Her time with Reid leads to some danger as whoever is targeting him decides to use her to get to him.  This was a very exciting part of the story line and I stayed up late to make sure I could find out what happened.

The ending was beautifully written.  It really highlighted why these two were so perfect for each other.  Throughout the book we meet several other residents of Kodiak Point and their stories promise to be just as much fun as this one.

Review: Reforming the Rock Star (Head Over Heels #1) by Christine Bell

Title: Reforming the Rock Star (Head Over Heels #1)
Author: Christine Bell
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

When Sydney Metcalf's bestie asks her to cater her wedding, Syd can't say no, even

though the thought of going back to her hometown makes her break out in hives. She's off to a great start until best man and rock god Lazlo Stone calls with a request for her to cater the bachelor party too. Petit fours adorned with rose petals, she can handle. A cake shaped like boobs for the sexiest guy in the universe? She's not so sure. But this is the chance of a lifetime and she refuses to screw it up by being a prude...

When a sexy stripper dressed as a Plain Jane crashes the bachelor party, Laz is all about getting vertical and making some music with her. Too bad his stripper is really the caterer and the bride's best friend. After a kiss between them blazes out of control, he can't seem to stop thinking about sweet little Syd.

But everybody knows, life on the road and love don't mix...
Rock stars and romance can be quite a volatile combination.  Long hours on the road, adoring and obsessive fans, these can all lead to trust issues.  Laz knows this all too well and he has sworn off relationships because of it.  But as his band mates and friends begin to fall in love and get married - well, he may just have to re-think his stance on love.

His first meeting the Syd was priceless - it was humorous and sexy and I don't think either will ever forget it.  It gets them off to an interesting start to say the least.  When he finds out she's actually the best friend of the bride and an amazing caterer to boot - he tries valiantly to resist the attraction.  But his band mates think differently and they would love to see the pair hook up for a lifetime.

What I loved most about this story was the lack of unnecessary drama.  There was some judgement errors and incorrect assumptions, but most of the issues were about overcoming your past and not letting it rule your future.  It was so much fun to watch these two connect and re-gain their confidence and decide to take a risk on themselves and each other.

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


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Saving the CEO (49th Floor) by Jenny Holiday

Title: Saving the CEO (a 49th Floor Novel)
Author: Jenny Holiday
Source: Entangled Indulgence
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: October 20, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Real estate mogul Jack Winter has rules. Lots of rules. After all, a man doesn’t build
an empire without a little discipline. And on page one of the rulebook? Don’t sleep with your employees. Especially when there’s a multimillion dollar real estate deal at stake...

Luckily for Jack, Cassie James isn’t really his employee. She’s a hot bartender who just happens to be the math genius he needs, and if they share a wicked chemistry? Well, that's just a sexy little perk. So they strike a deal: Cassie helps Jack with the merger. And until the deal goes through at Christmas, they can indulge every sexy little impulse they desire. But the more rules Jack makes, the more he seems to break...


Cassie was such a great character.  She was a real woman - not your typical romance heroine - and she faced some pretty serious real-life style problems.  Struggling to make her way through college and get her degree in mathematics, Cassie works as a bar tender at a trendy restaurant.  Here is where she stumbles into being acquainted by Jack - a CEO with one heck of a math problem.

Jack has so very many rules - he's quite an uptight man and his reaction to Cassie is completely out of character for him.  But maybe if he just breaks one rule - it'll be OK.  He can still go back if it's just one.  Well, maybe two - or three - and soon he finds himself sliding down a steep slope where all his precious rules are getting thrown out the window.

They grow to care for each other as they work on Jack's math problem for his company - and they learn a lot of really cool little things about each other.  Like Cassie's fascination with the stars - I loved that she was so impressed with such a simple thing.  It made her even more likable than she already was and played a good part in the story-line several times as well.  In fact, all the little facts and figures that are introduced along the way play important parts as the story unfolds.  It was very well done.

This was a very sweet romance with a lot of  intense moments that gave it just enough spice.  I loved how the characters related to each other, and Jack's business deal was wrapped up and handled in a way I thought was just about perfect.

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Releases in Romance - Week of October 19, 2014

And the Christmas goodies just keep coming, but take a look at that first historical cover.  Oh my!

Christmas


Paranormal


Historical


Contemporary


Suspense


New Adult

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

Title: The Fortune Hunter
Author: Daisy Goodwin
Source: Amazon Vine
Genre: Historical Fiction - Victorian
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 1

In 1875, Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires and every
woman envies.

Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything - except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her. Ten years younger than her and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his. But Bay and the Empress are as reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied.

Full of passion and drama, THE FORTUNE HUNTER tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.
The Fortune Hunter introduced a few historical characters that I was not too familiar with, Sisi (the Empress of Austria) especially.  Sisi is known as the most beautiful woman in Europe, but she is miserable and lonely - which leads her to come to England to enjoy the hunting season.  Sisi was quite the fascinating figure - at the same time very observant of protocol and traditions, but shunning them at the same time.  She was obsessed with her looks and insisted on keeping people close that would ensure she had her way.  This may sound like quite an unpleasant person, but when she was happy - the world seemed happy.  Everyone around her would share in it.

Charlotte and Bay are our other two main characters.  Charlotte is the heiress to quite the fortune has several hunters out for her hand in marriage because of it.  She is an avid photographer, and from the description and reactions in the book, she was quite skilled in the art as well.  She, too, was an interesting contrast in characteristics, being both naive and world-wise at the same time.

Her favored suitor Bay causes all sorts of trouble by catching the eye of the Empress.  The Empress insists that he attend her at all times, and this drives a significant wedge between him and Charlotte.  This wedge was something he would have to work quite hard at pulling out and regaining her trust and affection.

I loved how Daisy Goodwin made her characters so life like.  The nobles were quite full of themselves and their traditions and rules, while everyone else was tasked with making their lives easier.  That was just the way of the world and you could really feel that on every page.  There is a very strong romance that flows through the story, but it is not all happy endings for our three main characters.  Having said that, the ending was very climatic and beautifully written.  I was sure quite a few times that the worst was going to happen, but it realistically (yet miraculously) turned around and did something quite unexpected.

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

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: Savior Frequency (Frequency Series #1) by Shane Scollins

Title: Savior Frequency (Frequency Series #1)
Author: Shane Scollins
Source: Contest Win
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: November 26, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 2

“In a world where nothing is, as it seems, it’s impossible to know if even your own
thoughts are real. It’s not your computer you need to worry about being hacked, it’s your mind.”

Do you ever find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time? If you do, make sure to choose your next move carefully, because you never know who might be watching you…

Jordan Callahan is a regular guy, with an irregular problem. He’s always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Every moment in a crowd coils up with anticipation that someone around him may die. It could be a tragic accident, or random act of violence, but there is a good chance death is coming.

Walking the remarkably stable line between sanity and straightjacket, Jordan marches on as normally as possible. But normal flies out the window when an intriguing woman with an incredible story crashes into his world.

Kayci Dewitt is running for her life, from the same clandestine government group for which she works and there’s no place to hide. If there is any hope to survive this mind war, she’s going to have to unlock the ability that Jordan has been suppressing all his life. But it may be too little too late, for both of them.
I had a hard time with this one.  It took me forever (about half the book) to figure out what was going on and who was on which side.  Even once I got there, I didn't completely understand everyone's motives, reasons, and goals.  Kayci's former team mates were a complete mystery and I wish I'd had more understanding of them.  I just felt lost through most of the book - even the cat part didn't do much, and I love when cats are in books.  This one just served to make me wonder what the heck the characters were thinking even more.

I really enjoyed the paranormal element of the story.  The idea that the brain broadcasts frequencies, much like sound or radio waves, was a lot of fun to learn about.  The story goes fairly in depth on how this works and it seems to be very well developed.  If only I had gotten into the rest of the plot more, this would have been great.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: Pleasured by the Pack (Blue Moon Brides #2) by Anne Marsh

Title: Pleasured by the Pack (Blue Moon Brides #2)
Author: Anne Marsh
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Menage
Length: Novella
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 4

Dre and Landry Breaux do everything together. Fishing, fighting—and loving. A
whole lot of loving. When the blue moon leads these Cajun werewolves to their fated mate, however, they’re ready to reform. Now, they’ll fight to keep the woman of their dreams safe from the evils lurking in the Louisiana bayou—and to tempt her into taking a chance on two of the bayou’s sexiest bad boys.

Mary Jane Johnson is no heartbreaker. Running from a troubled past, the bayou captain wants only to be left alone. When she takes a pair of bayou bad boys on board, however, Dre and Landry have her rethinking her need for space. These two big males have promised to take orders—all of her orders. Suddenly, she’s dreaming of getting as close as possible… to both of the Breaux brothers.
The Breaux pack of wolves have found a mate for one of them, now it's time for a couple more to find their elusive blue moon bride.  Dre and Landry are used to sharing, and they really hope they will get to share a mate as well.  Fate smile on them and grants their wish - but there are several unexpected things that happen along the way.

I really loved Mary Jane and Riley - they were both kick ass, independent women that could handle just about everything.  But when they take on Dre and Landry as extra crew, things get way beyond their control.  Dre and Landry merged into one character for me.  While their differences were constantly mentioned, they just did not maintain their own identities for me.  I still couldn't tell you which one did what in the book.  I enjoy my men standing out from each other, so this was a bit of a let down for me.

The plot was an exciting one.  Lots of fighting in the bayou - a location I haven't read a lot, so I loved seeing something different there.  I had hoped to see a bit more of the other brothers - they didn't make an appearance until the very end.


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Releases in Romance - October 12, 2014

A few more Christmas books up this week.  Watch for a few of the Christmas reviews to pop over in the next couple weeks.  But we can't forget about all the other great books that are coming out as well.  Take a look and let us know which ones caught your eye.

Christmas


Paranormal


Historical


Contemporary


Suspense


Erotic


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