Release Blast & Giveaway: Filthy Dirty Love by Stacey Kennedy

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job...


HEARTBREAKER
Filthy Dirty Love #1
Stacey Kennedy
Releasing Jan 31st, 2017


Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job in this sizzling new standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy.

Veteran cop, Maddox Hunt, is all about the job. Sure, there are women—lots of women, truth be told—but there’s no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O’Neil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her. 

Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he’s nothing but a distraction. Especially since he’s as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.

Now that Joss is back in Maddox’s life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame . . . but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure, Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law he’s set for himself. Don’t fall in love.





STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee . . . strong and hot!

Review & Giveaway: At Close Range by Laura Griffin

Monday, January 30, 2017


 When her investigation brings them together, 
the sparks between them quickly get out of control.


AT CLOSE RANGE
A Tracers Novel 
Laura Griffin
Releasing Jan 31st, 2017
Pocket Books


New York Times bestselling author Laura Griffin “delivers the goods” (Publishers Weekly) again with the eleventh title in the gritty, heart-pounding Tracers series.

When a lakeside tryst ends in a double murder, police detective Daniele Harper arrives on the scene determined to get answers. Clues are everywhere, but nothing adds up. Dani turns to the Delphi Center crime lab for help, but soon regrets it when her secret attraction to their chief firearms examiner threatens to distract her from the most important case of her career.

As a ballistics expert and former Navy SEAL, Scott Black knows firearms, and he knows he can help Dani unravel her case. Scott has managed to hide his interest in his best friend’s younger sister for years, but when her investigation brings them together, the sparks between them quickly get out of control. Scott resolves to keep his hands off Dani and his eyes on the goal—identifying a killer. But when that killer zeroes in on Dani, all bets are off. There isn’t a line Scott won’t cross to convince Dani to trust him so that he can help her take down a ruthless murderer who has her in his sights.
 



Excerpt:
Dani watched him. Scott stood beside the car, his back to the victim as he skimmed his flashlight over the ground. The firearms expert was tall and broad-shouldered, with the super-ripped body of a former Navy SEAL. Instead of his usual tactical pants and combat boots, he wore jeans and a leather jacket tonight, so maybe he’d been out when he’d gotten the call. Dani knew from experience that his jacket had nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the Sig Sauer he carried concealed at his hip.

Something glinted in the grass, and Scott crouched down to tag it with a numbered marker. Two minutes on the scene and already he’d discovered a piece of evidence. He stood and squared his shoulders, and Dani felt a pang deep inside her as he approached.

He stopped and towered over her, and for a moment they just stared at each other.

“Was the passenger door closed when you got here?” he asked.

“That’s right.”

“Where’s the girl?”

“No sign of her.” She nodded at the woods. “One of our officers is searching near the lake with Travis.”

He watched her for a moment with those cool blue eyes. His gaze shifted to the woods. “You need a K-9 team.”
She bristled. “I know.”
He strode over to his truck and opened the toolbox again. He took out a metal detector, which would help him locate shell casings or bullets, and maybe even the second victim if she was wearing jewelry or a belt.

Then again, the killer might have taken her somewhere else. Dani glanced back at the road and got a queasy feeling in her stomach. Where was she? She turned her attention to the lake, visible just beyond the trees. It was a scenic spot, usually--a tranquil little oasis for couples. But not tonight.

She glanced at Scott again, and he was watching her closely--so closely it made her wonder what he was thinking.

“You coming?” he asked.

She nodded at the body. “I’ll stay with him until the ME shows.”

Scott walked off, and Dani let her gaze follow him until he disappeared into the woods.

The medical examiner’s van rolled up, followed closely by Ric, and Dani’s stomach tightened as she thought of everything she didn’t like about this case. And it wasn’t even an hour old yet.

Ric walked over, his expression grim as he took in the scene. “The media has it.”

“That didn’t take long.”

“It was all over the scanner,” he told her. “I give us ten minutes, tops, before they roll in here with their cameras. We need to barricade the road.”

“Daniele.”

She turned toward the sound of Scott’s deep voice calling her from the woods. He was a tall silhouette at the edge of the trees, and from his tone Dani knew it was bad.

“What is it?” she yelled back.

“I found her.”







This is the first book I've ever read by Laura Griffin, and also the only book in the Tracers series that I've read. I actually had no idea that this one was part of a series when I first requested, so I was a little nervous about it when I released it was the 11th book in the series. I thought I may be a little lost or feel left out when it came to some of the character, but I am happy to say that wasn't the case at all. This was a true standalone.

At Close Range had the perfect amount of suspense mixed with some chemistry between the two MCs. I have to admit that Scott made me a bit nuts with his hot and cold attitude but he won me over in the end. I loved Dani's character. She was the perfect mix of tough and vulnerable.

There were a couple steamy scenes between the two of them but it didn't overwhelm the suspense. I would still say the mystery and suspense was the focal point of the story. I'm a big sucker for the whole forbidden romance trope, so I knew I had to read this one. Not only is Scott her brother's friend, but at one point he was actually a suspect in the case....if that doesn't scream "off limits" I'm not sure what does. lol!

I really enjoyed this one and will have to look for more by Laura Griffin in the future!

* I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *




New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book.

Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post

Saturday, January 28, 2017

I am linking up again this weekend with Tynga at Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer for Sunday Post to share all of the books I picked up lately, share my posts for the past week, and also share what's coming up soon! 

For Review:

Freebies From Amazon:
none

Bought:
none

From Giveaways:
none

Life Lately:
I sound like a broken record, but my migraines are kicking my butt again.  I had another ocular migraine this week.  So frustrating!  I was out with my mom trying to help her get some last minute shopping done for her wedding next weekend and it hit me.  She's never witnessed me with one before, so she was nervous because after a while I lose almost all of my vision.  I had never even heard of an ocular migraine until I had one a couple years ago.  For some that may not have heard of it, it start as a small spot in your vision; kind of like right after a camera flashes in your eyes.  Then it get bigger, and the only way I can describe it is like if you were looking through a prism.  There is a big sparkly, squiggly line in the middle of your vision that has bright colors around the edges.  As it grows, I lose my peripheral vision.  It can last up to 40 minutes.  The first time I had one I rushed to the hospital because I was worried I had a brain aneurysm or a tumor or something.  It was scary.  I don't get them too often but they usually precede a king sized migraine.

On to my bookish news,  I have been doing really good with not requesting a ton of books lately....although I did just break down and join Edelweiss, so I'm not sure how long that's going to last. lol!  I'm not used to Edelweiss at all.  I've been getting most of my ARCs from NetGalley.  I feel like it's an easier website, but maybe that's just because I'm used to it?  I'm also kicking my Reading Challenges' butts so far!  I've read 18 books already this year (my Goodreads goal is 200 books) so I am a little ahead of schedule.  I've read 5 books towards my Beat the Backlist challenge(Goal=50) and 12 towards my New Release Challenge (Goal=125).  Woohoo!  Hope I can keep it up!

I probably won't be around for next week's Stacking the Shelves link up because my mom is getting married!!  Yayyy!  So I hope you all have a great couple weeks and can't wait to check in again!

Recent Posts:
Vein of Love by R. Scarlett - Sales Blitz & Giveaway
Bottoms Up by Kate Deveaux - Excerpt Reveal & Giveaway

Coming up next:
At Close Range by Laura Griffin - Review & Giveaway
Filthy Dirty Love by Stacey Kennedy - Release Blast & Giveaway
Embers by Kate Sherwood - Review
Beyond the Surface by Felice Stevens - Review
Lyrical Lights by Maria LaSerra - Cover Reveal & Giveaway

What have you been reading lately?

Review: Planned Seduction by Jess Dee

Friday, January 27, 2017

Title: Planned Seduction
Author: Jess Dee
Series: The Seduction
Genre: M/F Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: January 30th 2017

Synopsis:
He has a offer she can’t refuse

Daniel Tanner’s been in love with Amy since they were teenagers, and he’s tired of being seen as the proverbial best friend. If she would only give him a chance to show her how good they could be together, that giving in to the fiery attraction between them won’t burn up and ruin their friendship.

Amy Morgan has had a front row seat to the parade of women coming in and out of Daniel’s life for years, and she’s not interested in risking their friendship for something that would eventually end in heartache. And that’s how it would end, because if Amy’s learned anything in life, it’s that men leave. She couldn’t handle having her heart broken by her best friend, even if the promise of untold passion is keeping her up nights.

But no one knows Amy better than Daniel, and he’s devised a plan to show her they can have it all.



I've said it a million times on my blog, but I'll say it again: I am a huge sucker for friends first types of romances.  I'm not sure if it's because that's sort of my husband and I's story or what, but I really love stories where two friends end up together in the end.  I liked some parts of this one but others parts REALLY frustrated me.

What I Liked:
* The male MC is the one that was absolutely head over heels for the female MC.  So often, it is the other way around, and I think it's refreshing when the tables are turned.

* These two had some sizzling chemistry, and there were some really hot scenes.

What I Didn't Like:
*This is the main issue I had: The lack of growth in Amy.  By the end of the story she STILL didn't really trust Daniel.  She projected all of her father's failings and her cheating ex's issues onto him when he had done nothing but be her loyal best friend for years.

* Amy doesn't make any sense.  She realizes that she has fallen for him so to protect herself from getting hurt she pushes him away.... which hurts her anyway, soooo....??

 So overall, I would say that this one was just an "okay" read for me.  It's a fairly short read at only about 224pgs, so it's great for a quick romance fix.

** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. **

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Review: Fake Engagement Real Temptation by Joya Ryan

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Title: Fake Engagement Real Temptation
Author: Joya Ryan
Series: The Passion and Protection Series
Genre: M/F Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: January 30th 2017

Synopsis:

Oh. My. God. Carrie Morgan can’t escape her cheating ex fiancĂ©. She goes on her Hawaiian honeymoon fantasy vacation to prove she’s over him—but he’s there with his mistress in tow. Good thing Carrie’s annoyingly over-protective friend Blake came with her. How’s she going to prove to her ex she’s over him? Easy. One… Two… Three… She grabs Blake and kisses him.

Blake Harris isn’t about to let anyone take advantage of his heartbroken friend Carrie. And that includes himself, even if she’s sexy as sin in that bikini. Then she kisses him—and he’s on fire. Damage done, but he can back off. Except he sees that broken look in Carrie’s eyes. No. Hell no. New plan. He intends to show her ex just what he’s thrown away.

The kisses? For show. The heat? Part of the performance. The private practice sessions? Uh-oh. Those are starting to feel a bit too real…



Fake Engagement Real Temptation was a lot of fun as long as you don't take it too seriously.  It's a sort of forbidden romance because Carrie is Blake's best friend's little sister.  The chemistry between the two of them is hot and makes for some steamy scenes.  I said that you can't take this one too seriously because there are so many coincidences, cliches, and unbelievable moments.

The ex and his new mistress happen to show up on the same vacation as Carrie and Blake.  Not only that but their room is also right next to theirs...and they share a bedroom wall so you can probably guess what kinds of sounds are coming through the wall.  They also happen to show up ALL THE TIME during different activities because they happened to plan the same ones as them.  The ex was the typical cliche "bad guy" right along with the "evil" mistress.  I really don't see what she saw in him to begin with.  

There were a few times that the story was a little unbelievable, in my opinion.  Carrie admits that her and her ex-fiance hadn't slept together in at least a year, and for some reason she never thought that was weird??  Also, when Blake finds out Carrie's ex proposed to his mistress, he decides he's going to propose to Carrie to make her ex jealous...  Because that won't seem odd.  He just happened to propose right after finding out that the ex did??  Pretty sure the ex would have figured out it was all fake at that point.  

**  I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  **

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Review: Fascinated by Jess Michaels

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Title: Fascinated
Author: Jess Michaels
Series: The Wicked Woodleys
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: The Passionate Pen
Publication Date: February 7th 2017 
Find It Here: Goodreads, Amazon

Synopsis:
It's been over a decade since Aaron Condit's lover, Viscount Noah Seagate died. While he has had temporary diversions, he hasn't had a real relationship since. But now he's been invited to the home of his best friend, Leticia Blackwood and he'll be faced with deep temptation in the form of her brother, Griffin Merrick. 

Griffin has seen Aaron at certain clubs for a long time and he cannot deny that he wants the handsome solicitor. But secrets from far in the past and a desire not to hurt someone they both love stand between them. Time spent alone leads to a passionate affair, but only time will tell if they can overcome all that keeps them apart. And if they're willing to risk losing everything in order to find love. 


 It's been a long time since I've read a regency style romance, so I knew I wanted to scoop this one up as soon as I saw it. Fascinated is part of Jess Michaels' The Wicked Woodley's series, but can be read as a stand alone. That being said, I really do wish that I had read the previous books in the series because I feel like it would have helped me learn more about the two MCs. There are a lot of things that happened in previous stories that I would have loved to read about in this one. When this books starts out, they already know each other and both have a "thing" for the other. That left me feeling a little left out in a way. I felt cheated that I didn't get to know their whole story.

This was a short story at around 72 pages, so it was a very quick read. Letty (Griffin's sister) and Aaron are best friends and have history which makes him want to keep his distance from Griffin. I really wanted to see Aaron fight a little more for Griffin. I understand the loyalty to Letty but it left the feelings a little more one sided. I did enjoy the author's writing style, and loved the steamy scenes and chemistry between the two of them, so I may go back and read the others in the series. 

** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **

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Top Ten Fairy Tale retellings that I want to read

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I am linking up today at The Broke and the Bookish's link up "Top Ten Tuesday".  They have a different topic every week and it's a lot of fun to meet some new bloggers and find a bunch of new books to add to my list!  This week's topic is: That Super Specific List You Want To Make, so I decided to go with: Top Ten Fairy Tale retellings that I want to read.


I probably could have had a million books on this list but I decided to add the first ones that came to mind.  I didn't add any from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer to this list because I am in the process of reading them right now.

If you have a fairy tale retelling that you loved and it isn't on my list please let me know in the comments!  I love fairy tales retellings and I'm always looking for another great one!
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