Wednesday, April 27, 2016

REVIEW: Broken by Robin Nadler

Summary:

David was a survivor. He had been through something unimaginable and he was still standing. He figured the worst was over and the life he was leading was his new normal. He was okay with that. He was never looking back and his past was just that, his past.

His medical practice gave him all the joy he needed.

He didn’t care about anything else. He would never allow anyone to hurt him again.

Besides, he had a secret he could never tell.

Lila wanted to be a mother. She thought it was a silly idea because she wasn’t someone who people looked at as mother material.

She was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her body wasn’t handling the finding particularly well. Her dreams of a family were quickly fading and although she knew that, something made her take the appointment with the specialist who just might be able to help her.

The appointment didn’t go as planned.

David wasn’t who she envisioned.

Her life was about to take a dramatic turn and Lila found that through David, everything looked different.

He looked at her in a way no man ever had.

She made him feel things he thought he would never feel.

David knew that when she found out about his secret, she would run.

She could never find out.

He was broken.

Title:  Broken
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Robin Nadler
Approximate Book Length:  390 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I really like the overall message in this book, which is finding love and overcoming scary and traumatic experiences. “Broken” can be fixed. Healing is good, and I like these two together – a lot in fact. I liked their banter, their tenderness, and how they care for her pets.

That being said, there’s also a lot wrong with this book. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style, particularly pertaining to POV. The book in its entirety is in dire need of editing. While I like the characters, they could be a little more polished – and I don’t mean fixing “flaws” as those make them human. I mean to make it so their dialog isn’t so choppy sometimes, their mood swings don’t induce whiplash, and the spots where they appear to read each other’s minds are ironed out. The plot is confusing and somewhat flimsy, though on occasion brutal for our couple.

Overall, while sweet, the book just comes off as over the top unrealistic.

Bottom Line:

Broken is a strangely sweet romance that certainly pulls at your emotions. It’s worth checking out.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee


I'm sharing my review of Catherine Bybee's Doing It Over today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

One small town. Three close friends. True love to last a lifetime.

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?

Title:  Doing It Over
Series:  Most Likely To
Book #: 1
Author:  Catherine Bybee
Approximate Book Length:  332 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Mild

Thoughts:

I absolutely love this book! It was a wonderful start to a new series from Catherine Bybee. It had a good balance between establishing setting, tone, and characters for this and future books, and keeping time and relevance with Melanie’s story and its romance. She was also excellent at investing the reader in the characters and immersing them in the story. It was a mostly happy story, with a bit of lost innocence. It was at times light and fun, and other times it was intense and emotional. There wasn’t much in terms of love scenes, but their emotions and intimacy were captured beautifully. I wanted more from Wyatt’s family, so I’m hoping maybe we’ll see more in the background of future books. I think Zoe is next and I just can’t wait!

Bottom Line:

Doing It Over was an enchanting read with endearing friendships and a charming small town. It felt cozy and real and I just couldn’t get enough!

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About the Author
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Prince of the Playhouse by Tara Lain


Thanks to Enchantress Design and Promo for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Tara Lain's Prince of the Playhouse today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

Driven by his desire to become a successful fashion designer and concerned with hiding his questionable past, Ru Maitland has let obsession with action movie star Gray Anson on the big screen replace his social life. Then obsession and reality collide when Ru is asked to design fashion costumes for a special performance of Hamlet at the Playhouse in Laguna starring none other than Gray Anson. Gray turns out to be a compelling mix of shy and brash and, despite a high profile engagement to a female socialite, the signals Gray sends Ru have his libido doing the salsa.

Gray Anson has what most people only dream of—great wealth, huge fame, a job he loves. For that, he’s given up any semblance of privacy and the right to say no to the thousands of people who depend on him and the millions who love him. He sees everything he’s ever wanted just outside the bubble of his life, but how can he make the compromises needed to embrace it? When Ru’s shady past crashes into Gray’s paparazzi-haunted present, both men have to learn that sometimes the only acceptable compromise is the truth.

Title:  Prince of the Playhouse
Series:  Love in Laguna
Book #: 3
Author:  Tara Lain
Approximate Book Length:  266 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

I loved this book as much as I loved the first. I absolutely love Gray and Ru! Their story is full of fun moments and hurdles. It had me swooning at times and on the edge of my seat at others. It was riveting and I was completely unable to put it down. I loved every single character and totally enjoyed seeing Shaz and Billy. Gray is the kind of guy that could make even a straight guy swoon and Ru is just so endearing. They both stole my heart from the start. They are so sweet together and I could just go on and on.

This has become my favorite series by Tara Lain, and it just has this perfect combination of realism and fairytale that enthralls you from start to finish. This book even left me with a strange urge to read Shakespeare! I can’t get enough!

Bottom Line:

Prince of the Playhouse is just superb and I can’t wait for more in this utterly captivating series. If you’re a fan of MM romance, you MUST go get this marvelous read!

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About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Second Life by Emily Reese





Second Life
(The Second Series, Bk #2)
By Emily Reese

Blurb: 

She thought her trials were over...

When she ended the Second Life of the serial killer turned vampire responsible for her own transformation, Claire assumed she’d be able to move on with her life. The “man” was a literal monster, and the world would be better off without him.

If only the rest of her world shared that opinion.

With the help of new allies Claire must race against the clock to prove her acts justifiable… or risk following her tormentor to the grave. And as for Mike, whose rescue was the catalyst for her current troubles, what kind of life will he awaken to? And will he ever forgive her for her actions that night?

In the thrilling sequel to Second Death, the story of Claire Wallace and Mike Monroe continues to unfold, immersing readers in the complex and often brutal world of the supernatural. A world that exists all around us.



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Excerpt

“Detective Martinez,” Mike said shaking the man’s hand carefully, fully aware too much pressure could crush it in an instant.
“Thank you for seeing me, Mr. Monroe.” The police officer eyed Mike’s heavy jacket and the vampire standing to his left.
“This is my cousin, Rob. Rob, this is the detective investigating what happened back at my place.”
“Thank you for making the trip, Detective.” The Louisiana accent Ben assumed was flawless; Mike’s eyes darted to him, just to make sure it was still the same guy. “Robert Archer.”
“I wasn’t aware Mr. Monroe had any remaining family.” Mike felt the suspicion begin to build in the detective’s mind, but Ben stuck to the story they’d concocted.
“Distant cousins. Michael found me while searching for a lead on Meghan. I asked him to stay with me, as his home is…” a crime scene, went without saying. As planned, Ben squeezed Mike’s shoulder in a show of support; thanks to the jacket, the tingles Mike felt we no worse than icy hot on a sore muscle.
“And you’re located at?” Martinez began making notes on a small pad, pausing for Ben’s response.
“Here. This is my hotel.”
“Nice.” Looking around the luxurious lobby, he nodded appreciatively and put his notes away. “I’ll be quick, Mr. Monroe. We were able to isolate a face in the footage from that night. All in all, it’s pretty decent given what we’re working with.” Removing his phone from a pocket, Detective Martinez pulled up a picture and turned the phone out to Mike. “Do you recognize this woman, son?”
And that’s when the bottom dropped out.
The hair was longer, and the blood covering her face highlighted the madness barely contained behind blue irises. And yet Mike could’ve picked her out of a crowd in a pitch black room.
Meghan is alive.


The Second Series 



The Second Death
Book #1


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Emily Reese graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Communication Studies, which makes it a little easier to write dialog… when her characters are cooperating. She lives out in the middle of nowhere with her husband, their two daughters, two cats, and a Pug. She loves smushed faced animals, the creative power of Junior Mints, the glory of naps, baking, video games (especially BioWare,) and the sound of her girls giggling together. Her works include Second Death, Second Life, and Servant of the Three coming September 2016.







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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Golden Dancer by Tara Lain



Who knew ballet could be so dangerous? 
Bestselling author, Tara Lain, plunges into the world of romantic suspense in her Dangerous Dancers series.  Combining kidnapping, theft, mayhem and murder with Lain’s renowned romantic touch, these books keep your blood pumping and your focus en pointe.


Golden Dancer 
(Dangerous Dancers Series, #1)
By Tara Lain

Blurb:
A reporter and the thief he's investigating both fall for a golden dancer forging a ménage of love and lies that could send one to prison and one to the morgue. Will he get his story or will he get his men?


Mac Macallister is obsessed. The online news reporter needs enough evidence to write a story accusing billionaire art collector Daniel Terrebone of stealing The Golden Dancer, a priceless work of art, from son-of-a-Nazi Horst Von Berg. The story promises the recognition Mac craves. Then Mac meets a real golden dancer, ballet star Trelain Medveyev, and his attraction to the man rocks his formerly straight world.

When the mysterious Terrebone "collects" this beautiful dancer, too, Mac rushes to the rescue like a knight in shining cargo pants and plunges into a three-way passion that tears him between love and guilt. Can Mac keep investigating when his story could send one man to prison and another to the morgue? Will this reporter get his story or get his men?

Publisher's Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing. 




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May 10, 2016


Excerpt



Mac turned. Trelain rocked what he guessed would be called a dressing gown. It was a long robe, but more substantial than a bathrobe, and clearly made of silk. Far from an English country-house paisley, this was in some watercolor print of aqua and gold. I must be allergic to silk because, man, it is tough to breathe. In that get-up, the person in front of him could be a woman, and a very beautiful one at that. The face was a really handsome guy, but the golden hair softened everything. Jeez, it played with his mind.

“Mac?”

Shit. He’d been staring. “Yeah. Here’s the stuff.” He pulled the little bottle from his jacket pocket where he’d stashed it in the restaurant.

Trelain took it and walked toward the kitchen, putting the analgesic in his robe pocket. “Can’t I tempt you with something more interesting than water? Some champagne, perhaps?” He didn’t wait for an answer—just removed the foil on the bottle and opened the cage with the precise six turns. Mac knew that piece of erudite trivia from the story he’d done on champagne last year. Trelain applied a thumb to the cork and, pop, it opened with the soft sound that indicated he knew what he was doing and hadn’t damaged the wine. He poured into the sides of two flutes and held one out to Mac. “Come sit.”

Trelain installed himself on the couch, set down his glass, pulled the little bottle from his pocket and opened it. He sniffed tentatively.

Mac laughed. “It won’t bite, I promise. Just drip some into your palm and then apply it to the area that hurts. I’d better get a washcloth so you can wipe clean afterward.” He walked to the kitchenette, found a clean towel, wet it then crossed to the chair. Trelain dropped a little of the blue liquid with the strong cinnamon smell into his long, slender hand. He sniffed again, raised a leg onto the couch, and uncovered himself up to his thigh. Shee-it. He’d seen his parents’ feet and legs thousands of times, but this felt…intimate. Trelain’s feet were heavily callused, the toes pushed together as only a true dancer’s could be. And the leg? It looked more like something carved from marble than from flesh. Sculpted, hard as stone.

Trelain began to run the scented liquid over the back of his calf and up onto his thigh. Jesus, he was playing patty-cake. “No, dig in. Really work it into the muscles.”

Trelain dug in for a couple of strokes but then pulled back his hands and shook them. Yeah, massaging marble couldn’t be easy. But crap, his leg hurt, and the magic blue stuff could help if he just did it right. Mac shook his head. “That’s not going to get the job done.”

“Sorry. I’m spoiled. I have a masseuse that travels with the company.”

In frustration, Mac rose and sat beside the man on the couch, handing him the damp towel. He grabbed the bottle from the table and dotted some of the warming liquid into his palm. “Here, let me.” He grabbed the dancer’s foot, pulled it into his lap, and began rubbing the carved muscle of Trelain’s leg with deep, penetrating strokes. “Like this.” One stroke, and he knew this was not his father. In fact, it was a hell of a mistake.

The beautiful head hit the back of the couch. “Chyort! That feels incredible.” Trelain moaned. Mac tried to pretend he didn’t feel the satin texture of that skin, like silk over steel.

Mac cleared his throat. “You, uh, really have to dig in, this way.” Mac’s fingers pushed into hard muscle, the liquid warming his fingers. Yeah, it wasn’t his fingers he was worried about. Why was he doing this?

Trelain moaned luxuriously, his head moving back and forth against the couch. That wasn’t all that was moving. Holy shit. This wasn’t happening. The front of the silk robe rose like an expensive tent. Wasn’t the guy wearing any underwear under that thing?

He felt like a damned snake charmer. He couldn’t look away or stop doing the thing making that serpent rise. He just kept rubbing. Trelain’s eyes stayed closed. Most guys would make a joke. He said nothing.



About the Author


Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

REVIEW: Call Me Maybe by Ellie Cahill

Summary:

Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

Title:  Call Me Maybe
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Ellie Cahill
Approximate Book Length:  242 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate

Thoughts:

I’ve read other books with a similar premise to this and it’s predictable, but just fun! This one was well paced with characters I really liked. I loved the conflict and everything. The phone scenes were almost better than the in-person scenes, but were all around great – especially with how they seduced each other.

My only complaints about this book is that there seemed to be a couple things missing, such as reactions to her big reveal to her grandparents, and the ending. First, he’s in a hurry, but suddenly has time for a heart to heart and naughty fun? The biggest disappointment about the ending is that it’s more of a HFN than a HEA which I prefer, but I suppose the HFN is more realistic.

Bottom Line:

Call Me Maybe is a fun and emotional read that goes pretty quickly.

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