Tuesday, May 23, 2017

THE DARKEST CORNER (GRAVEDIGGERS #1)

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s first book in her suspenseful Gravediggers series, featuring an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.

Sometimes the dead do rise...

Solomon Lange is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortician in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Solomon Lange ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Solomon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.

Solomon is on a mission to stop the most fatal terror attack the world has ever known—what’s known as The Day of Destiny—a terrorist’s dream. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.

Release Date: May 23, 2017
Gravediggers #1
Pocket Books
Romantic Suspense
Review copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:
To say that I was excited about this new series by Liliana Hart is an understatement. Ms. Hart's novels have captivated me from the moment I first read, Cade, in her Mackenzie series! 

This book had a different feel than the Mackenzie books. The romance was very much still there, but there was more mystery and suspense in the plot. The Mackenzie's were always full of those elements, too. But this time, I felt like it was equally balanced with the romance aspect. I loved it!

In my opinion, this book was very character driven. I could "see inside the heart" of them. Obviously, with the secondary characters, I was left wanting more, which is a sign of great writing! I was already anticipating the next book in the series, and I was barely through the first four chapters! 

I love Tess Sherman! She made an otherwise serious plot, funny. Her spitfire temper is something to behold! I love how "real" she was. She has insecurities, but she's tough. She babbles when she's nervous, which is giggle worthy! The very sight of Deacon can reduce her to a babbling mess. 

Deacon is my favourite kind of hero. He's all broody and serious, but there's more to him lurking under his exterior. He's a man of integrity and honour. He'll do what's right, no matter the cost. And he'll fight for what he wants...and he wants Tess!

This book had a frustratingly slow burn. There was so much chemistry between Tess and Deacon. I was constantly holding my breath and hoping they'd get to the hot sexy times. But I had to wait. It was important that it went in that direction, but that made it no less frustrating. But holy hell, when they finally got to the hot sweaty stuff...hallelujah! It was delicious! I never knew that a motorcycle could be used for something other than driving. Huh...you learn something new everyday! 

There's so much going on in this book. But not in that confusing-what the hell is happening now-way. It's very detailed oriented, and I can't imagine the countless hours of research that Liliana put into it. The suspense aspect left me with chills. With the world the way that is right now, it all seemed too plausible. I was drawn into this book. I ignored what was going on around me. I craved the details. 

I don't want to focus too much on the intricacies of the plot. I don't want to spoil it for you. The whole concept of a secret ops team that are so secret, not even the President knows about them is enthralling. If you're looking for a book or series that has a great balance of action and romance, this is it! If you want to read about brave men, who happen to be gorgeous, risk life and limb, all the while leading secret lives, save the world...read this book! And if you want to read a book that delivers the kind of romance you can expect from a Liliana Hart novel...well, here ya go!

Rating: 4 Stars (A)

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Monday, May 22, 2017

TWENTY-TWO RELEASE DAY BLITZ















































When Lucas Brooks was traded to the Nashville Assassins over a decade ago, he was a brash, brawling hothead without an anchor.

Well, four kids and a smokin' hot wife will weigh you down real fast, but Lucas wouldn't change a minute of his happily ever after.

During an epic, end-of-season quest for the Cup, changes appear on the horizon, and suddenly, there's a plot twist in Lucas's fairy tale.












































My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?



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Friday, May 19, 2017

NEW LEASH ON LIFE (THE DOGFATHER #2)

Former attorney and current dog whisperer Shane Kilcannon doesn’t like to lose. At anything. So when he messes up his chance with a beautiful stranger whose confident smile and haunted eyes intrigue him more than any woman he’s ever met, he’s ready to snarl like one of his beloved pit bulls. But Shane’s work with the wildest and wariest of his family’s rescue dogs has taught him patience…and persistence. When his father asks him to work alongside Chloe, helping to convince the locals to support her groundbreaking tourism plans, he agrees…as long as she is willing to help him by giving a temporary home to one misunderstood dog.



Chloe Somerset has built a reputation in the tourism industry as someone with big ideas that put little places on the map, and she’s confident she can do the same for Bitter Bark, North Carolina. All she has to do is convince one small town to change its name, open her germophobic heart to a dog with a penchant for face-licking, and avoid the landmines of local politics when her plans divide the townspeople. But none of that is as scary as the feeling of falling hard for a handsome charmer who whispers all the right things and tempts Chloe to forget a lifetime of hard lessons. Shane might be the best trainer in the family, with an instinct for how to get through to the creatures who need care the most, but he’s met his match with Chloe and it’ll take every trick he knows to teach her to fall in love. 

Release Date: May 19, 2017
South Street Publishing
The Dogfather #2
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza’s Review:

New Leash on Life is the second book in Roxanne St. Claire's wonderful new Dogfather series. I loved that Shane Kilcannon was the second sibling to get his story.  Shane Kilcannon and Chloe Somerset are pretty much as different as night and day. He works as a dog trainer, and doesn't care about getting dirty on the job. Chloe is a marketing expert who seriously hates to have a hair out of place. However, those differences made me absolutely love them as a couple long before they actually became one. 

Neither Shane nor Chloe are looking for anything more than a temporary arrangement, as Chloe is only in Bitter Bark to help her aunt, who is the mayor, find a great marketing plan to put Bitter Bark on the map. Shane isn't looking for more than a temporary arrangement because he doesn't believe in love lasting forever. Both Shane and Chloe have issues from their past that color their present. I have to say I found Chloe stepping outside of her comfort zone way faster than I expected when we first met her. I have to say I was pretty shocked when she agreed to dog sit Daisy, but loved watching her truly fall in love with a pet and get past her need to always be perfectly put together. 

Shane was very instrumental in getting Chloe to get past so many of her issues, and I loved the more time they spent together, the more they both wanted to be together. Shane and Chloe's chemistry was pretty obvious from their first kiss the day they met, and it only grew the more time they spent together. I fell in love with them as a couple right along with each of them. 

I also love that Shane's dad Daniel made an appearance once again. I love the wisdom he shares with his children when it comes to both life and love. I honestly love getting to spend time with the entire Kilcannon clan, but Daniel has wormed his way into a special place in my heart pretty quickly. Gramma Finnie and her humor add to each experience with the Kilcannon's, and honestly makes me want to spend time with this family.

New Leash On Life was a wonderful addition to the Dogfather series. It was filled with all the emotions one expects from a romance but to the next level. Rocki gives her readers a story filled with love and laughter that makes you want to read this story over and over again.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)

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