Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A TRUE COWBOY CHRISTMAS (COLD RIVER RANCH #1)

From USA Today bestselling author Caitlin Crews comes A True Cowboy Christmas, the first in a sensational series debut about a cowboy, a farm girl, and the greatest gift of all. . .

Gray Everett has a heart of gold but that doesn't mean he believes in the magic of Christmas. He's got plenty else to worry about this holiday season, what with keeping his cattle ranch in the family and out of the hands of hungry real-estate investors looking to make a down-and-dirty deal. That, plus being a parent to his young and motherless daughter, equals a man who will not rest until he achieves his mission. Now, all Gray needs is the help of his lifelong neighbor. . .who happens to have grown into a lovely, spirited woman.

For Abby Douglas, the chance to join forces with Gray is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. Much as the down-to-earth farmer's daughter has tried to deny it, Abby's been in love with stern, smoking-hot Gray her whole life. So when Gray proposes a marriage of convenience as a way to combine land--and work together toward a common cause—Abby can't refuse. But how can she convince Gray that sometimes life offers a man a second chance for a reason. . .and that their growing trust and mutual passion may be leading to true and lasting love?

Release Date: October 30, 2018
St. Martin’s Press
Cold River Ranch #1
Contemporary Romance
Review Copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:

I'm a sucker for cowboys. I mean, who doesn't like that swagger and charm that can bring a woman to her knees? I was excited to get started on this book. I was feeling kinda festive a little early this year, so this was perfect for that. 

Man, Gray is broody dude. Don't get me wrong, I love broodiness in my heroes, but Gray was on a whole other level. He had every right to be that way; he'd been through the wringer with his relationship with his father and ex-wife. 

I found it a bit hard to believe that the heroine, Abby, would accept a marriage proposal from a guy who had barely spared her a glance. She's loved him from afar, but still. Also, a 30 year old virgin? That one is REALLY difficult to wrap my head around. Abby irritated me with her constant self-doubt. It was all the damn time. Again, I know she's been through a crap ton of stuff in her past, but enough already.

There was so much emotional baggage to sort through with these two. I really liked all the angst in this book. I like something that crushes my heart and then puts it back together. The characters in this book had to really work hard to get their HEA.

The love scenes were forgettable. They were few and far between. I expect more from a romance. I stay away from "sweet" romance for that very reason.

This was a good book, but not amazing. The emotion and angst is what really grabbed me. I liked it enough that I'll look into the next books in the series when they are released.

Rating: 3 Stars (B)

Friday, November 16, 2018

SIN & INK (SWEETEST TABOO #1)

There's sin, and then there's literally going-straight-to-hell sin...

Being in lust with my dead brother's wife pretty much guarantees that one day I'll be the devil's bitch. But Eden Gordon works with me, so it's getting harder and harder to stay away. I promised my family—and him—I would, though.

My days as an MMA champion are behind me. But whenever I see her, with those wicked curves and soft mouth created for dirty deeds, it's a knock-down fight to just maintain my distance. "Hard Knox" becomes more than just the name of my tattoo shop. However, surrendering to the forbidden might be worth losing everything... 



Release Date: October 15, 2018
Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scorched)
Sweetest Taboo #1
Erotic Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Nikki’s Review:

Just buy the book. Seriously, pull up whatever ebook retailer you use, and BUY THIS BOOK! 

Naima Simone is a new to me author. And if all her books are as amazeballs as this one, she may very well become one of my favourites. 

This book has all the feels. It's crazy hot and delicious, and heart shattering all at the same time. If I wasn't drooling over tatted up Knox, then I falling apart from sadness. 

Eden and Knox are still trying to pick up the pieces after they lose someone they both love so much. Eden lost her husband, Connor, who is also younger brother to Knox. Oh! And Knox loves Eden. He has always loved Eden. Complicated? That doesn't even begin to describe their situation.

There so much push and pull going on in this book. And honestly, that makes this story believable. I mean, who wouldn't be completely confused about falling in love with your dead husband's brother. Or falling in love with your dead brother's wife. Ya, crazy complicated!

I loved everything about their journey. I loved watching them wade through the grief and open up to love. It was hard to read sometimes; I could feel their pain on my chest. It was palpable.

There are very few authors who can pull me in with their writing from page one, but Ms. Simone did just that. The plot was rich with details and emotions that made it so easy to fall in love with the characters.

I can hardly wait for the next book. I hope is Jude's story! 

So ya, just go buy the book. It's as simple as that. 

Rating: 5 Stars (A+)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

LOVELY LITTLE LIAR RELEASE BLITZ

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She’s not the woman I thought … but dammit, she’s the woman I want.


Lovely Little Liar, a sexy standalone from New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner, is LIVE!

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I never thought of myself as cynical, but getting dumped at the altar changes a man.
Now, I’m all about my job. About building my business and getting on with my life. Don’t get me wrong; I still love women. I love the way they look. The way they smell. The way they feel. Especially the way they feel. And I’ve pretty much made it my mission to give each and every woman who shares my bed the ride of her life.
But getting close? Getting serious? Giving a woman my trust again?
Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
Or so I thought.
Then I met her. It’s funny how things can change in a heartbeat. How one case of mistaken identity can change everything. But there she was, all business and completely uninterested in me. And damned if I didn’t want her. Crave her.
Most of all, I wanted to help her. To keep her and her sister safe. But the more I get to know her, the more I want her. The whole package. The complete woman.
And the miracle is that she wants me, too.
Trouble is, we’ve both been burned before. Now, I know one thing for certain—the only way that we’ll survive the heat that crackles between us is if we both find the courage to leap into the fire together.
Lovely Little Liar is a novella originally published as Bitch Slap. Minor edits, such as expanded scenes, have been made to this book.
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About J. Kenner
Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over one hundred novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.



Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy,  and paranormal mommy lit.



JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy) and in 2017 for Wicked Dirty in the same category. Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development as a television show.



Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.



In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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FALLING IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN (SULLIVANS #18.5)

Catch up with the whole Sullivan clan in this funny, sizzling hot, heartwarming novella!

Lori "Naughty" Sullivan has always been a force of nature--and marriage to Grayson Tyler, her sexy cowboy, hasn't mellowed her out one bit. She's still dancing in stilettos, laughing too loud, and lovingly plotting new ways to drive her husband crazy. It's almost time for their most exciting adventure yet, and Lori can't wait for the next phase of their lives to begin--as parents. Especially when she's certain that Grayson is going to be the best father ever. But has he truly made peace with his tragic past? Or will it come back to haunt him just when their future together should have never looked brighter?

Release Date: November 14, 2018
Oak Press, LLC
Sullivans #18.5
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

I loved watching Lori and Grayson fall in love the first time, and have to say getting to spend time with them in Falling in Love All Over Again only made me love them even more as a couple.

I love how Lori and Grayson are pretty much opposites in almost every way possible, yet are absolutely perfect together as a couple.  I honestly think their differences are what really makes them work so well as a couple. You can feel how much they love each other as you read each word of this story. I loved so much about this story, but have to say one of the sweetest things was Grayson, his mom, and Lori's mom Mary arranging a babymoon for Lori and Grayson before their baby was born. It was so sweet to give them a getaway just the two of them before they became a family of three. 

Falling in Love All Over Again pulled all the emotions from me. I found myself laughing, smiling, and even crying a few happy tears along the way. I love each installment in the Sullivan series of books, but have to say the San Francisco Sullivans have an extra special place in my heart. I absolutely love getting to spend more time with them. Falling in Love All Over Again was such a wonderful novella and I loved it so much, and have to say I had all the happy tears flowing at the end of the story. Ms. Andre once again delivers an amazing and emotional story for her readers and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves contemporary romances.

Rating: 5 Stars (A)

Friday, November 09, 2018

BARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING

With Christmas and a family wedding fast approaching, there’s happy chaos in the air at Waterford Farm. However, not everyone in the Kilcannon clan is caught up in the magic of the moment. Matriarch, octogenarian, and beloved blogger Gramma Finnie hears the clock of her long life ticking far too fast, while her great-granddaughter, teenager Pru, feels squeezed out of planning her mother’s nuptials. 


But when this unlikely duo is tasked with the project of producing the “Somethings” for the wedding – and only have Christmas Eve to get the job done – Gramma Finnie and Pru have a purpose and a plan. They set off to find the perfect old, new, borrowed, and blue treasures, but it doesn’t take long for things to spin out of control faster than Gramma’s Toyota in a snowstorm. Detoured by a stray border collie, thwarted by nature and an elf parade, and trapped by a rifle-toting mountain man, it will take more than the power of the Kilcannon clan to save these two from a Christmas catastrophe. It will take the luck of the Irish, a love story from long ago, and a whole lot of help from the angels to make this holiday merry and bright. 

Release Date: November 9, 2018
South Street Publishing
The Dogfather #8
Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided by publisher

Liza's Review:

The Dogfather series of books is one of my favorites ever from Roxanne St. Claire. With each new installment, I fall more in love with the entire Kilcannon Clan.

Pru and Gramma Finnie are two of my favorite characters from this series. I love how close these two characters are and how Pru keeps Gramma young and Gramma helps Pru have fun. I love they take over finding the “somethings” for the wedding, and get to have a grand adventure at the same time. No adventure with a Kilcannon would be complete without a dog, and I loved Pru and Gramma come the aid of sweet Blue in her time of need.

I love how Gramma Finnie shares stories of the past to help everyone see the right path now. I adored reading about Gramma’s sister and how she met her Seamus all those years ago. Gramma sharing these stories of love with Pru and even their new friend Cutter as the work together to save Blue (Queenie) as she delivers her puppies was perfect. You can’t have a Dogfather book without a special dog, and I absolutely fell in love with Blue along with Gramma.

I love seeing all the Kilcanons come together to help each other out. When Gramma and Pru need a rescue, the Kilcannons are all hands on deck. Seriously I have so much love for this family and these stories and each one just builds on the last as they get better and better.

Bark! The Herald Angels Sing was the perfect Christmas novella for the Kilcannon clan and totally had gotten me into the Christmas spirit early. I highly recommend the entire Dogfather series and have to say Bark! The Herald Angels Sing was an absolutely perfect addition to the series.


Rating: 5 Stars (A)

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