Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Book Blitz for Got Mine by Nicole Loufas (GIVEAWAY)


A father who would do anything for his young child finds himself stripping to get enough money for his child to have the kind of life he always dreamed of in this immensely appealing tale.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Got Mine by Nicole Loufas, with its endearing balance of stage and real life personas along with delightful banter and interactions with friends, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this charming New Adult romance make sure to fill out the form below for the chance for US/CAN readers to win a Kindle Fire too!

When his girlfriend joins the army; Theodore Sway is left to raise their daughter on his own. His shitty job barely covers the ever-rising cost of his San Francisco neighborhood. When Lulu is accepted at a hipster private school, Theo is forced to find a better job. He does what any good parent would – he becomes a stripper.
Theo sacrifices his ego, his morals, and his body hair so his daughter can have the kind of childhood he’s always dreamt about. With the encouragement of his not-so-helpful club brothers and Sylvie, his ex-stripper BFF, Sway struggles to maintain balance between his sexy stage persona and his role as the world’s okayest dad.

EXCERPT:

They planned this. Every second of my time here has been carefully calculated. They feed me, get me a little drunk, then spring the dance on me. Pure evil.
The lighting in the room is already dim; since we’re in a wine cellar, there are no windows. I just have to worry about bus boys and waiters. I check the door one more time.
“Don’t worry,” Rachel says. “I told them we’d let them know if we needed anything.” She moves to the other side of the room and sits alone.
“You’re not going to watch?"
She smiles and crosses her legs.
“I don’t like to share.” Her foot bounces inside her stiletto. I watch her brown heel dangle on her toes, and the room goes quiet.
“Maybe we can schedule a private for later,” she suggests, and I no longer have to worry about having a limp dick.
I would never fuck Rachel, but the idea of dancing for her turns me on. Even after all the humiliation she’s put me through, that woman just does it for me. You always carry a special place for your first.
“Come on!” a woman yells. “I want to see what I’m paying for!"
My song comes on over the speaker, and I’m in work mode. I smile down at Rachel and run my hand across her cheek.
“Later.” I wink. Mostly it’s for show.
Mostly.
Her foot stops moving and her lips part as I turn and walk away. I want her to want me. It’s our sadistic game.
I stroll past the table and consider using it as a stage, but it’s full of glasses and salad plates. Having a crouton stuck to my ass isn’t sexy. I scan the line of women waiting for me to get naked. Usually, I focus on one, but this situation is highly unusual. I decide to work my way down the line.
I move from woman to woman, undressing as I go. When I’m in my boxer briefs, I retrieve the towel from the table. This routine is typically done with whipped cream. The dancer is supposed to spray it on himself then rub the woman’s face in it. Rico sprays it just above his dick. There have only been a few times when someone tried to give him a blowjob. Most women just take the whipped cream in the face and go back to their seats. I don’t think this is one of those times.
I’m not surprised when the towel fits my waist perfectly. These women are fucking prepared. I search the table for something I can use in place of the whipped cream.
Wine is too thin. Coffee creamer might work. I find a little silver dish filled with thick white cream. I dip my finger in it, ranch. I catch Rachel’s eye, and we laugh.
Fuck it.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native, however she's lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years - give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short - kids that lie become writers.


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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Tour for Well Built by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde (REVIEW)

Second chances reign when two people from warring families find themselves drawn to each other again after hurtful words and painful events as teenagers tore them apart years before.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Well Built by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde, along with my impressions of this third installment in the Book Boyfriend series, then add this scorching tale of reunited loves and unexpected complications to your bookshelf too!




When it comes to women, sexy, well-built Kyle Coleman has always been a lover, not a fighter.  His one exception?  The sassy, tempting, smart-mouthed Ella Fisher.  Her family and his are sworn enemies, which make the two of them off-limits—despite the fact that she's inspired some of his dirtiest, most erotic fantasies for years. But when the lines between animosity and lust become irrevocably blurred one fateful evening, their one night stand leads to a very unexpected consequence—that changes everything between them forever.





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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Former high school flames find themselves drawn to each other once again in this scorching and sentimental tale of putting the past behind you to make a future full of HEAs.  Ella and Kyle came from warring families but couldn't deny their attraction, solid in their love for each other, until their sibling's actions and a fateful confrontation led to hurtful words and years of separation.  With Kyle's return to their small town to purchase a building that means everything to Ella, their reunion may start off combative but soon becomes crackling with sensuality as old feelings rise to the surface.  Clandestine encounters, scorching interludes, and pressure from Ella's father soon all converge to leave their HEA in doubt.

Growing up Kyle's family was looked down upon because of his father's alcoholism and his brother's criminality, but he and his mother couldn't have been more different from the beliefs others held of the Coleman clan.  Kyle was the good son focused on school, work, and Ella.  His mother worked her fingers to the bone while surviving a marriage that brought little happiness.  Their tight-knit connection still stands strong and his mother's happiness is what drives him back home into a bidding war against his high school sweetheart.  Kyle's become a rich man in the years since he left Ella behind, but it's clear he still cares for her and is desperate to gain forgiveness for the hurtful words he spoke long ago.  No other woman's ever made him want to commit except for Ella and he uses every trick in the book to spend time with her and convince her of a future together.  While he proudly wants to claim her she continues to keep him as a dirty little secret, afraid to put her heart on the line out of fear of losing him again along with her father's continuing anger over the past.  When ultimatums are issued hearts are broken and HEA is left hanging in the balance as I rapidly turned the pages to reach The End.  Kyle's a delicious hero, not afraid to admit when he's wrong.  He's a devoted son and a good friend which made him all the more likable.  He's a sexy beast too with a talent for dirty talk and issuing orders in the bedroom.  Through every word and deed he shows his dedication to Ella and it made him a perfect book boyfriend.

Growing up Ella was considered the good girl.  Her sister was the wild one, running wild without a care for the consequences, but it was something their father couldn't see.  In many ways Ella was the dutiful daughter, cooking and maintaining the household.  The only time she rebelled was with her attraction to Kyle that had them thinking of the future until the night her life fell apart. That night she sent Kyle away and was left behind to live a life started by her father.  Though she loves her small town and has no desire to leave she longs for something just for herself, so the purchase of a dilapidated building gives her hope for something of her own.  Her dream coincides with Kyle's return and leads to fireworks as old feelings quickly return.  Though Ella wants them to be just friends it's clear they've always been meant to be more, and when secretive scorching encounters are no longer enough for Kyle, Ella will finally have to choose whose life she wants to live...hers or her fathers.  Ella's a likable heroine who just wants to do right by her father.  She's caring, a bit overly so as her father milks his years-long recovery for all it's worth.  All along I rooted for her to stand up for herself, to go after what she wanted, and though it was a long time coming I cheered when it finally happened.

This was a quick yet satisfying romance of reunited loves and second chances featuring two characters that were easy to relate to.  There wasn't a lot of angst keeping them apart and the roadblock that did exist didn't keep readers from the story's satisfying conclusion for long.  The scorching interludes between Ella and Kyle were indeed hot with bits of playfulness that were nicely balanced with Kyle's sweet words and deeds.  Their interactions with their friends were also entertaining with snarky banter and brashness making for friendships that were equally relatable and showed us two characters still in need of HEAs.  All in all this was a decadent delight full of heart and soul set in a small town that charmed me from the first page to the last and is another winner from this dynamic author duo!

My rating for this book is an A-

*I got this book from the authors for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR'S INFO:

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. 


Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she's not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Tour for Hope Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan (REVIEW)


The Gallagher Brothers series comes to an emotional end in this tale of second chances, unexpected love, and living life to the fullest.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hope Restored by Carrie Ann Ryan, along with my impressions of it, then add this third installment in the Gallagher Brothers series to your bookshelf!

The Gallagher Brothers series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan concludes with the final brother who thought he had everything to look forward to, and the one woman who can handle him.
Life isn’t worth living if you don’t fight to live. That’s what Murphy Gallagher learned at a young age when cancer ravaged his body not once, but twice. Over the course of his survival, he lost his parents and his childhood, but he’s been healthy for years and has become a man he hopes his family is proud of. But when his world tilts on its axis yet again, he’ll have to learn what it means to fight not only the unknown but also his attraction to his best friend.
Tessa Stone works hard and plays harder. She’s spent her life trying to figure out who she is in the present rather than looking back. Yet when she’s forced into close proximity with Murphy, she’ll have to not only be his rock but learn how to relax enough to maybe let him be hers, as well. But seduction doesn’t stop when the world seems to, and close encounters of the naked kind might just be the first step in something much more complicated than either of them bargained for. Life, though, is for living, after all.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Two people letting their pasts define their futures is the driving force in this emotionally intense romance that puts readers through the wringer.  With tissues nearby readers will find themselves captivated by this friends to lovers romance that takes them to the depths of despair to the highs of a hard-fought HEA.  By the turn of the final page readers will feel drained but oh so satisfied by all that's come before for this unforgettable family whose lives quickly became our own.

Murphy's the youngest Gallagher brother and while his brothers have been finding their HEAs he's been happy to continue his bachelor ways.  But when his life suddenly changes he quickly comes to realize that healing goes much better when you're not alone.  Murphy's youth was full of doctor's visits and numerous hospital stays as he battled, and survived, cancer twice.  It was a time full of fear and guilt as his parents devoted themselves to his healing.  Their deaths after all the energy they lent him has always made him feel responsible, so when his cancer returns he'd prefer to deal with it on his own.  With the closeness of the Gallagher clan though, there's many people rooting for his survival and giving him a shoulder to lean on.  Murphy's always had a flirtatious friendship with his soon-to-be sister-in-law's best friend, Tessa.  Though he sometimes wanted more he didn't want to ruin what they already had.  Fear of losing her friendship held him back from crossing that line, but with his future far from guaranteed with the return of his cancer he no longer wants to live with what-ifs.  When fate has them becoming roommates lines are quickly crossed as flirty words become erotic acts that burned up the pages.  Loss of a friend and threats to Tessa have them growing closer together but leaves readers on edge as his cancer is never far from our thoughts.  Murphy's a delicious hero, kind-hearted, gentlemanly, and charming.  He's also sexy, utterly drool-worthy, and a master at dirty talk.  He and Tessa spend a lot of time scorching up the sheets in numerous, almost too many, erotic encounters that sometimes felt like a way for them to hold reality at bay.  He handled his third cancer diagnosis with strength and honesty in scenes that were realistic.  Each step of his treatment was vividly depicted with all the clinical smells and fears palpable.  It was a journey full of heartache and loss that had me wanting to hug him while rooting for him every step of the way.

Tessa's youth was traumatic as well as the death of her birth parents led to a caring adoptive family whose love she constantly needed to test.  Her questionable choices and criminal acts brought out feelings of guilt and disappointment in her that never went away and put a wedge between her and her parents that left her vulnerable to bad men.  After the abuse she dealt with in her last relationship she swore she wouldn't settle for anything but a quiet and well-mannered man this time around.  Unfortunately though well-mannered and quiet is boring when compared to the flirty and sensual Murphy.  When he ends up as her roommate all the naughty dreams she's been having about him she now longs to see come true.  With his future in doubt she too doesn't want to be left with what-ifs and with erotic encounters balanced with heartfelt talks they find themselves growing closer together.  Fears over Murphy's future soon war with escalating acts of intimidation to keep her and readers on edge.  With niggling feelings of danger weighing on her readers too will be left guessing as to her future when death comes to her doorstep.  Tessa's a likable and strong-willed heroine who carries guilt of her own over the past.  Being around the very affectionate and supportive Gallagher clan pushes her to deal with those feelings...as does Murphy.  Her feelings about him, those she's always kept buried, are now brought to the forefront as their friendship becomes more intense.  She's immensely supportive too, not only to her friends both old and new, but to Murphy as he needs that now more than ever.  Their connection is a healing balm to both of them that had me cheering them on through every high and low.

This was a powerful story of overcoming death by living life to the fullest. Murphy always lived in fear of his cancer coming back, holding himself back, until it's almost too late.  In his battle against cancer he faces it with strength, brashness, and by grabbing on to life with both hands.  Tessa too always held parts of herself back out of guilt over the past, but with Murphy by her side she gives herself over wholeheartedly to the possibilities.  Theirs is a combustible connection built on a foundation of friendship.  It's a solid connection that seamlessly transformed into more.  Numerous erotically-charged encounters teeming with dirty talk were balanced with sweet and tender moments of cuddling that had me blushing one moment and full of warm fuzzies the next. The only part of this story that fell a bit flat for me concerned the danger to Tessa.  The villain was obvious to me early on and their connection to someone close to her felt a bit too soap opera-ish.  There was already so much fear, uncertainty, and intense emotions regarding Murphy's treatment that putting her in danger too felt unnecessary.  Despite that one flaw this was an engaging story and the perfect ending to the Gallagher Brothers series.  I loved seeing the family once again unite in solidarity for Murphy's healing.  They're an affectionate bunch who are playful in their interactions with one another and there for each other no matter what.  Murphy's cancer treatment was vividly depicted with moments of sadness balanced with unexpected humor, moments that brought a tear to my eye and moments that had me cheering.  On a whole it's another winner from Ms. Ryan and while I'm sad to see this series end I look forward to where this author takes us next!

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


AUTHOR INFO:

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cover Reveal for Sinful Pleasures: An Anthology of Erotic Tales by Sinful Press


Readers looking to add more heat to an already scorching summer will find themselves drawn to this collection of erotically-charged tales from 11 of today's most eclectic and diverse authors.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of the upcoming collection, Sinful Pleasures: An Anthology of Erotic Tales by Sinful Press, then get ready to add it to your bookshelf when it releases on August 20th!




Sinful Press welcomes you to lose yourself in Sinful Pleasures.
Join us as we weave our way from mainstream erotic romance to surreal sex-filled dreamscapes and everything in between, created by some of the best new and established voices in the erotica genre. Authors in the collection:  Janine Ashbless  |  Ella Scandal  |  Sonni de Soto  |  Jo Henny Wolf  |  Lily Harlem  |  Lady Divine  |  Gail Williams  |  Samantha MacLeod  |  Tony Fyler  |  Ellie Barker  |  Lisa McCarthy





EXCERPT:

From The Pier By Night by Janine Ashbless...
“What do you want to do now?” James asked, as they came level with another set of concrete stairs leading back up to the promenade. The question was lightly posed, but it seemed to carry an unconscionable weight. Maz looked sideways at him, rearranging the tickling strands of her hair back from her face one more time. Her body knew exactly what it wanted to do. Her body seemed to belong to some other personsomeone with no memory, no ties, no guilt. Somebody who had lived all her life here, in the sun, on the beach, far away from any home or husband.
How easy it would be to do something irrevocable. Something that would tear down their carefully ordered world.
“Do you think they’ve got an aquarium?” she heard herself ask. “I like them."
“It’s a seaside town. Of course they’ve got an aquarium."
They did.
*****
Indoors, it was surprisingly quiet and empty. The sun must be keeping everyone else outside. After the blaring pop music of the pier and the excited children on the beach, the dimly-lit faux-rock tunnels, with their windows onto pellucid underwater landscapes, seemed like another planet.
Maz and James took their time. She hadn’t been kidding about how much she enjoyed displays like these. The glowing pools drew her, and the fact that James was beside her only heightened the sense of dreamlike intensity. He would touch her occasionallya hand on the small of her back, a finger brushing her wrist, the gentlest of clasps upon her upper arm as he pointed out a delicate seahorse among the reed grass. There was a quiet intimacy to it that made her shiver and blush and lose focus.
She could feel her whole body thrumming, as if she were lambent with arousal.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Spotlight on Sin by Emma Hart (REVIEW)


What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but with this book all the steaminess of the city can be yours.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Sin by Emma Hart with its sensual romance of enemies to lovers where family issues weigh on HEA.  You'll also get my impressions of this first installment in the Vegas Nights series, then make sure you add it to your bookshelf!

Damien Fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.
Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.
And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.
I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.
He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.
Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.
Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin. One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox...


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

The pain of loss and guilt is one of the driving forces in this story as a man with a past full of familial conflict finds himself in an emotional tug of war with a woman dealing with her own grief.  Add in a combustible and erotically-charged connection between these two strong-willed people and readers will find themselves quickly consumed with their slightly bumpy and sexy journey to HEA.

Damien Fox once had a happy family until his mother's depression and frustration led to his family falling apart.  His father's anger, judgments, and expectations resulted in hurt feelings, death, and years of guilt that had Damien closing his heart off from the world.  The moment he meets Dahlia Lloyd though his life will never be the same as she works her way into his heart and soul one witty challenging word after another.  Damien's childhood was one of being made to feel like a disappointment, being pushed by a domineering and toxic father into doing things that he knows aren't right.  It's made him a bit cold and calculating when readers first meet him.  Below that unappealing facade though is a man of great passions, a man who wants to unburden himself and take control of his life without his father's heartlessness hanging over him.  Damien's hard to like at the start but, like the layers of an onion, readers get to see a completely different man unfold as the story progresses.  Being with Dahlia softens the rough edges his father honed and I found myself falling for him.  His heart reawakens and each word and deed becomes more romantic and charming.  He's a mercenary at the start but definitely more of a lover than a fighter by the end.  Damien's a man who oozes sensuality and it made his connection to Dahlia crackle with encounters and banter teeming with unrelenting sexual tension.  Theirs was an erotic battle for supremacy from the very start and it made for entertaining exchanges in and out of the bedroom.

Dahlia Lloyd's childhood was full of love until the death of both of her parents had her running from her obligations.  Returning home and still healing from her loss she's thrust into a battle against an arrogant businessman bent on buying her family's bar.  From the moment they meet it's clear that both are more than a match for the other as both give as good as they get.  Dahlia's a strong-willed woman not easily swayed by Damien's sexiness, but she's definitely tempted. The more time he spends on trying to get her to sell the more they get to know each other.  The closer her body gets to him the more she sees of his heart and soul that's been starved for far too long.  Through her kind heart and support he becomes the man he's always wanted to be, the hero she's always found in the romance books she reads.  Dahlia's a delightful heroine who doesn't back down from a fight.  She's confident and willing to fight for what's right while putting her heart on the line for a man who everyone had once written off as cold and calculating.  She's supportive of her friends, no matter how annoying they sometimes are, and is a fixer and eternal optimist you can't help but like.  She's the kind of heroine you can see yourself hanging around with in real life as her snark put a smile on my face and it's just one more reason to root for her to get her HEA.

Theirs is a relationship teeming with sexual tension from the very start with banter that feels like a tennis match as one sexually-charged comment leads to another.  Their banter is full of challenge early on, but as their hearts become entwined their banter feels more like foreplay.  Their intimacies become more erotic as the story progresses but they're nicely balanced with sweet and tender moments as well.  Damien may have started out a bit villainous but he soon showed his heroic and immensely appealing damaged hero side that had me drooling over him by the end.  Dahlia was an entertaining foe in their battle and from the start you can't help but cheer for her.  Surrounding this engaging couple was a cast of colorful and larger than life secondary characters.  Each left their indelible mark, making me laugh a time or two, and affecting the future of Dahlia and Damien in subtle and overt ways.  I'm especially intrigued by Damien's sister Perrie whose life has been tough and full of choices that will leave readers conflicted but greatly anticipating her story being told next. Though this story went on a bit too long I liked that there were no big misunderstandings, no roadblocks of stupidity keeping readers from a richly rewarding HEA.  Ms. Hart shows herself here to be a master at witty and erotically-charged banter.  She's crafted two likable protagonists who don't need over the top melodrama or silly machinations to keep readers invested in their HEA and I look forward to the next emotionally engaging installment in this sexy series.

My rating for this is an A-

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.