Saturday, September 28, 2013

Lying in Your Arms

Lying in Your Arms is the newest Harlequin Blaze release from author Leslie Kelly. The mass market paperback release was September 17, 2013 and the digital release is set for October 1, 2013. From the back cover.~

Only a firefighter can handle this blaze…  

Madison Reid's engagement is a sham. Her movie-star fiancĂ© is actually her childhood friend…who's gay. When he decides he can't keep living a lie, Madison ends things by leaking a salacious story about a hot—if fictional—affair. Now surrounded by swarms of news-hungry paparazzi, Madison escapes to the beauty of Costa Rica until things cool down…. 

Firefighter Leo Santori is on his honeymoon. Alone. Still torn up about losing his fiancĂ©e to another guy, Leo isn't expecting anything from Costa Rica. That is, until Madison steps into his world, rocks it and then lights it on fire. The heat between them is undeniable—and irresistible. But when Madison's scandalous past catches up with them, will it extinguish the flames…or will they both end up burned? 

I was lucky enough to get a review copy through NetGalley thanks to the publisher. Leslie Kelly has been an auto-buy author for me for years, and I was super excited to see we would be back with the Santori family.

I loved Madison and Leo so much. Both are smart and funny characters. Add in the amazing chemistry between them, and I fell for them as a couple pretty much from their first meeting. Let me just say that skinny dipping in your own private pool isn't as easy as one would think in this story. First, Madison walks in on Leo when she is given the wrong room key and when Madison tries to skinny dip in her pool later, there is a huge snake in the pool. I'm betting Madison screamed almost as loud as I would have screamed, yet I still found myself laughing like crazy at both skinny dipping attempts. 

I expect a certain level of sexy from romances by Leslie Kelly. Let me just say she more than delivered with Leo and Madison's story. Their attraction was instant and only got stronger with each time they made love. Lying in Your Arms is full of super sexy times and I loved watching Leo and Madison fall for one another. Of course, Madison's fictional affair comes to light right at the wrong time. I was so mad at Leo for not getting it wasn't true, but also understood after what he went through with his ex-fiancee. Leo is one of those characters I love so much, yet want to smack for not seeing what is really going on. Leo and Madison were able to reconnect and only made me love them more as a couple.

Madison and Leo's story made me want to go back and re-read all of the Santori books again. I was very excited to read we will be getting more of the Santori cousin's stories from Ms. Kelly.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Blog Tour Only For You (Review and Giveaway)


Author: Marquita Valentine

Release date: September 16, 2013

Age Group: NA

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

From New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, comes the second book in her new adult series, Boys of the South. 

***New Adult- suited for 17+***

Loose ends left loose for too long tend to strangle.

Cole and Violet knew it wouldn't be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging. And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray. 

Country Music’s Golden Boy, Jaxon Hunter, has it all, except the girl that got away. What she saw, she really didn’t. What she thought happened, he allowed her to believe for reasons so insane that no one would ever have believed him if he had confessed. But now that everything’s out in the open, he’s going to do his damndest to convince her that he’s the only one for her. 

Now Violet must choose between Jaxon— her first love and the guy she thought had cheated on her—and Cole—the guy who helped her heal and love again. 

Or will one of them make the decision for her?

My review of Only For You

I loved the first book in the Boys of the South series and was excited to get the opportunity to read an early copy of Only For You with the promise of an honest review.

I totally loved Only For You. I love getting to re-visit characters and I was especially happy to get more time with Cole and Violet. In Live For You, book 1 of the Boys of the South series, we got a happy for now ending for Cole and Violet. They were together, but you didn't really know what might happen next.

Violet must go back on tour because of contractural obligations, which means she will be on tour with her ex-boyfriend Jaxon Hunter, who just happens to be Cole's brother. Jaxon totally believes he is still in love with Violet and has it set in his mind they belong together. Thanks to Cole's asshat of a daddy, Cole breaks up with Violet mid-tour. I'll be honest, Cole really made me angry through much of this book. I understood why he was making the choices he made, but was still made at him. Surprising enough, it is Jaxon who steps up to help out Cole. Jaxon is also sick of being pushed around by his father (Cole's father too), and gives Cole the ammunition he needs to be free to be with Violet.

Violet never stopped loving and Cole, and even when he was messing up royally, Cole never stopped loving her. I honestly think all the trials they went through in this story only made them love each other more and stronger as a couple. I have to say the epilogue was my favorite part of this entire story. It gave me the HEA I was looking for and only made me love Cole and Violet more than I did before.

I also have to say I fell a little bit for Jaxon (Jackson) in this book. I can't wait to see what happens with him in the next Boys of the South book.

***5 Star Review***

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About the Author

New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.
Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

Tour Wide Giveaway:

(1) $75 Amazon Gift Card

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