Thursday, May 13, 2021

SIMPLY SCANDALOUS (SIMPLY #2)


He runs in high society circles…and he’s running circles around her heart.


In retrospect, it was all Gran’s fault.


Logan Montgomery has found his niche as an assistant district attorney. But Gran just revealed some worrying intel—dear old dad and his political cronies are about to maneuver him into running for mayor.


But Gran has a plan. A pre-emptive strike involving a pretty blonde caterer with supple curves—and a family history literally dripping with scandal. There’s just one flaw in his grandmother's scheme: Logan’s not a player. And there’s delicious spark of attraction that makes him want to try for something special with Catherine Luck.


It’s a mystery to Catherine why Logan, who sits at the very top of the social ladder, would even look twice at someone like her. Maybe he has a thing for disgraced, overworked caterers. But his gentle concern, delivered in that velvety chocolate voice, can’t be real and Cat knows better than to mix business with pleasure.


Raw desire and genuine affection unexpectedly tip them into forbidden territory—love. Until Catherine gets a stark reminder that the Montgomerys never do anything without an ulterior motive.


Which means Catherine’s luck in love is about to run out…


Re-Issue Date: May 11, 2021

Simply series #2

CP Publishing

Carly Classics

Contemporary Romance

(Originally published by Harlequin Temptations)


Liza's Review:


Simply Scandalous is another winner from Carly Phillips. Logan Montgomery and Catherine Luck were brought up in two very different worlds. Logan comes from a very affluent family, while Catherine's family struggled to make ends meet every single month. Yet Logan's grandmother Emma is absolutely convinced they are perfect for one another and has a plan to make it happen.


I had mad love for this story...so much that I literally read it in one sitting. I love how Logan knows how he wants to live his life and makes no bones about it to his father the judge, even while the judge ignores pretty much everything he says. Catherine is such a smart, sexy, and feisty woman. She is hard working and not afraid to go after what she wants in life. Logan and Catherine together gave me all the happy feels and their chemistry was off the charts hot. I had mad love for their story!


While I loved Logan and Catherine so much as individuals and as a couple, I have to say Logan's grandmother Emma might just be my favorite character in the book. She had me laughing out loud at her antics and I could absolutely feel how much she loved her grandchildren and had their best interest at heart. 


Simply Scandalous is a fast-paced story that pulled me in from the very first page. It was filled with love, laughter, and even a few tears, and was a fabulous story from start to finish. I highly recommend this story to fans of contemporary romances.



Rating: 5 Stars (A)


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

BLOG TOUR: RECKLESS REFUGE

 

“Beautiful, emotional, and riveting. Catherine Cowles pens a romantic masterpiece that remained in my heart long after the final page was turned.” --K.C. Lynn, bestselling author of the Men of Honor series

Reckless Refuge, an all-new moving and “gorgeously written” standalone from Catherine Cowles, is available now!

There were shadows I was running from.
Ones that haunted and taunted.
Ones that made it so I had no choice but to disappear.

I’d spent years hiding from the world.
My little island haven, the only assurance of safety.

It all changed the moment he showed up at my door.
The hint of pain in his eyes told me that something haunted him, too.
And I couldn’t help but be drawn closer.

But finding the person I needed most came with risks I never expected.
And when our ghosts find us again, neither of us may make it out this time.

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Excerpt

Prologue
Shay

PAST

It burned. Everywhere and nowhere. Slices in my skin that made it feel as if hot lava had been poured into my flesh. I couldn’t count them, had lost track after the tenth. I tried to move, to somehow escape. Only my fingers twitched. 

Sounds. Voices. Hovering above me. They were everywhere and yet nowhere. Pinpricks of light, like glimmering stars on the darkest night. 

“Miss? Can you hear me?”

I managed a low moan. I only wanted the pain to stop. The agony tearing through my body. I craved a blanket of nothingness. An endless sea where I would cease to exist altogether. 

“I’m an EMT. You’re safe. We’ve got you.”

“Hurts.” It was the only message I cared about getting across. This woman might have the power to lessen the burn. 

A hand slipped into mine, blood sliding down my arm to bind us together, the liquid already growing tacky with the passage of time. 

“I know. Just hold on.”

I didn’t want to hold on. I wanted to float away to a world where none of this was real. Where pain didn’t exist—only light and peace and relief. 

“Can you tell us who did this to you?”

My eyes fluttered. My cracked lips parted. I could only manage two words. 

“My brother.”

About Catherine Cowles
Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she's not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.

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SIMPLY SINFUL (SIMPLY SERIES #1)


He’s not the man she thought he was. But when danger lurks, he’s the man she needs.


Any rookie on the force could verify if Charmed! is a legit etiquette school for businessmen, or…something else. But coming off a wrenching drug bust, Detective Kane McDermott’s captain gave him a choice. Take the fluff case, or take enforced time off.


The moment Kane meets Kayla Luck, he's in trouble. She’s fierce, keen-eyed intelligence in a body built for sin. And when they touch, the jolt of desire reminds him it’s never wise to mix police work with pleasure.


Kayla is used to handling men who are more focused on her curves than her mind. But when her newest client arrives for lessons in foreign language and business etiquette, she’s the one who can’t tear her eyes off all those muscles wrapped in a sexy, double-breasted suit.


Dinner out leads to a hot night in bed, and Kayla falls hard and fast. Until she learns the business suit hides a badge, and she calls it quits. But Kane’s already lost his heart—and discovered she’s in danger. And if he can’t convince her she’s safe with him, he’ll lose the woman he loves.


Release Date: May 11, 2021

Simply series #1

Carly Classics

CP Publishing

Contemporary Romance

Review copy provided by publisher

(Originally published with Harlequin Temptations)


Liza's Review:

I absolutely adored Simply Sinful, the first book in the Simply series. This book is one of the Carly Classics and it totally stands the test of time.


I loved both Kane and Kayla from page one! I had mad love for both of these characters. I loved that Kayla was genius level smart and happened to have a body most men would lose their ability to think when they saw her...and Kane is really no different when he first sees her. I kinda love the hard-nosed cop totally couldn't stay in his undercover character he was so attracted to Kayla. While I did wish Kane was forthcoming with his real reason for being there after he decided Kayla was innocent, I got as a cop he had to follow procedure.


I loved this super-fast paced romance. The chemistry between Kane and Kayla had me completely falling for them as a couple, even when he messed up big time. I also really enjoyed the bit of mystery to the story, and especially how Kayla was instrumental in figuring everything out. I love a smart heroine and Carly Phillips does an amazing job writing intelligent women who are also sexy and able to take care of themselves.


Simply Sinful was a wonderful story. It pulled me in from page 1 and I didn't want to put it down. I highly recommend this Carly Classic to romance fans who love an emotion filled story.  



Rating: 5 Stars (A)


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

RELEASE BLITZ: RECKLESS REFUGE

 

“Addictive, truly suspenseful, and utterly romantic, this is a top read of the year!” --Samantha Young, New York Times bestselling author

Reckless Refuge, an all-new emotional standalone romance filled with intrigue and suspense from Catherine Cowles, is available now!

There were shadows I was running from.
Ones that haunted and taunted.
Ones that made it so I had no choice but to disappear.

I’d spent years hiding from the world.
My little island haven, the only assurance of safety.

It all changed the moment he showed up at my door.
The hint of pain in his eyes told me that something haunted him, too.
And I couldn’t help but be drawn closer.

But finding the person I needed most came with risks I never expected.
And when our ghosts find us again, neither of us may make it out this time.

Read now!
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3o7tY4x
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/RecklessRefugeCC
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About Catherine Cowles
Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she's not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

ALL CONSUMING (BROTHERHOOD BY FIRE #3)


A sizzling new romance about a firefighter who reunites with an old flame and tries to rekindle the passion they once felt.


When firefighter Kal Donovan transfers to the Tactical Rescue Team, he's determined to succeed by giving work one hundred percent of his attention. This proves more difficult at his ten-year high school reunion when he runs into Hannah Clark, his first love. She's still the smart, funny, beautiful girl he loved in high school, but everything has changed. She's divorced, has a son, and has zero interest in exploring an old romance.


Hannah has moved back home after a disastrous end to a marriage that never should have been. Now her only focus is getting her hair salon up and running, and making sure her son is happy. She doesn't have time for love--especially not with Kal. She intends to look forward, not backward, and Kal is most definitely part of her past.


However as Hannah and Kal start spending time together, Hannah realizes that what she's feeling for him isn't nostalgia, but red-hot attraction. Kal's intent on showing her what it's like to be cared for, romanced, and consumed with passion--and Hannah loves it. But she wonders if she has the courage to risk her heart again, even as Kal vows not to lose her a second time.


Release Date: March 2, 2021

Berkley Books

Brotherhood by Fire #3

Contemporary Romance

Review copy provided by publisher


Liza's Review:


All Consuming is the 3rd book in the Brotherhood by Fire series from Jaci Burton. I've wanted Kal's book from the very beginning and it was totally worth the wait. I'm a big fan of the second chance romance, and adored Hannah and Kal's story.


I've loved Kal since we met him in the first book. He is a bit different from his brothers, and something about him just grabbed me from the beginning. He is a charmer for sure, and I have to say I loved he found his way back to his high school sweetheart Hannah. Extra bonus for me was they reconnected at their high school reunion. It gave me all the happy feels.


Hannah is pretty hesitant to start up a relationship so soon after her divorce, yet can't seem to stay away from Kal. I loved Hannah's son Oliver so much. Kids in romances can sometimes be tricky, but I loved that Kal included Oliver in their relationship from the very beginning. I really loved Kal and Hannah had such amazing chemistry even after being apart for so many years. I totally fell in love with not only the couple, but the family they became.


I like some of the technical fire information Jaci Burton weaves into each of the stories. Kal is on a different path from his dad and brothers, and I really enjoyed learning about another aspect of firefighting. 


I liked each of the Donavan brothers, but still say Kal is my favorite. I enjoyed this trilogy, and would love to revisit these characters in the future.



Rating: 4 Stars (B)