Happy Release Day! Review – Playing to Win by Laura Carter

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PLAYING TO WIN – OUT NOW!

 
 

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A high-intensity personal trainer
The secret to Brooks’ success as a Manhattan gym owner? Being motivated to disprove everyone who doubted him long ago. He’s not about to let a perky newcomer like Izzy tarnish his reputation. Even if watching her lead a salsa class on his premises is fuel for some very unprofessional fantasies . . .

His beautiful British rival
Every time Izzy slams Brooks in her fitness blog, her book sales soar. But when their escalating media feud forces them to be up-close-and-personal for two weeks, she realizes there’s much more to Brooks than that incredible body.

And a competition that’s got their hearts racing…
Soon Izzy and Brooks are finding all kinds of creative ways to work up a sweat. A passionate workout is easy, but can their rivalry give way to a lasting partnership?

 
 
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My Review!

Playing to Win – the second book in the Brits in Manhattan series….

This is the first book I have read from Laura Carter, and color me impressed!

This is the story of Izzy (Isabella) and Brooks and what a chemistry they have!

Izzy was a bird in a gilded cage, but wanted so bad to be free, to break the chains of upper crust British family and be her own person, to do the things she loved.  I admired her tenacity and I wanted to shake her when she made such poor choices and bad mistakes! But in the end I loved her for breaking away and becoming happy doing what she wanted to do!

Oh Brooks, my heart broke for him. His history with Alice and the result in Cady was so sad.  It really did follow him and dictate his life and choices for the years following.  He’s had his heart broken and it was going to take a strong person to get through to him.

Like I said earlier, Izzy and Brooks chemistry is off the charts! Their bickering and fighting was foreplay to them and it was fun to read! It wasn’t all hearts and flowers which made it more real! There was some laughter from me while reading this, especially when Brooks is salsa dancing in the shadows and gets caught!

I am so glad to have the opportunity to read this and can’t wait to read what’s next for Laura!  Thank you for your words and stories! Well done!

Happy Release Day & Review – Reckless by Lex Martin

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Title: Reckless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 20, 2018

 

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Tori…
For the record, I’m
not going to hook up with my boss.
I’m a lot of
things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be
near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow,
which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.
I don’t want to be
tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or
the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my
heart, no matter how much I want him. 
Ethan…
Between us, she’s
the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. 
What sane man trying
to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles,
and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice.
My focus is on my
kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to
mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my
life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t
want, no matter how much I crave her. 
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Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa
angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When
she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.
She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl,
and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all
over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin
daughters.
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My Review!

From the Epigraph to the Epilogue, this book was phenomenal!

This story of Ethan and Tori is what a perfect romantic comedy should be.

Tori has had craptacular luck in her past and even though she has had it hard, she still holds onto her humor, feistiness and truthfulness which makes her my hero! Some of Tori’s comments and thoughts made me laugh out loud (getting some strange looks from my family) while I was reading.  I love a story that does that!

Ethan, oh Mylanta is this man fabulous! I think the quote that made me fully swoon was “…you have occupied most of my thoughts, half of my dreams and at least two-thirds of my future plans…” Wowza, I needed a cold shower after that, and it’s just one of the many swoon worthy things he says and does that makes me melt!  Fantastically done Lex! He is the quintessential gentleman cowboy.  Trust me, once you read this you will want an “Ethan” for yourself!

The secondary characters are fantastic! They really add to the story and I hope that we get to see a book about Logan soon! (Pretty please?)

The dialogue is quick, funny and oh so steamy that it makes you really want to keep reading until the end.

Thank you for your fantastic stories Lex! Never stop writing!!

Release Boost!! Catching London by MV Ellis

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Title: Catching London
Author: MV Ellis

Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing

Genre: Rock Star Romance

 Release Date: February 17, 2018

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He’s not looking
to change his bad boy ways.

Arlo Jones is a badass millionaire rock star with the world at his
feet. He lives the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle to the max, and
believes in working hard and playing harder. He’s a man who always gets what he
wants, especially when it comes to women. Until he meets London.
She’s a damaged
dancer not looking to fall.
All London Llwellyn wants is to rebuild her life following the tragic
car accident that robbed her of her fiancé, and ended her career as a
professional ballet dancer. She’s working two jobs to scrape together the cash
to set up her own studio, and reinvent herself as a photographer. The last
thing she wants is to get involved.
Arlo promises to always be there to catch her, but can London trust him
enough to let herself fall?

 

 

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MV ELLIS knows what it’s like to fall head over
heels in love with a badass musician. She followed her heart halfway around the
world to be with one. She moved from London to Sydney after a steamy holiday
romance with a sexy bass player in sultry Brazil.
Twelve years, two children and a dog later, and she’s still
smitten. All this with a guy she sat next to on a bus for 36 hours! She has
toured internationally as a “WAG,” and her experiences inspire her writing.



Ellis’s love of romance began when she was 11 years old,
after a summer spent secretly reading her auntie’s books. She’s been a sucker
for an alpha hero and strong heroine ever since.

An avid reader, Ellis always knew she’d write a book of her
own one day. She was right about that. Following a career spanning advertising,
marketing, and social media, she finally wrote Catching London in
2017.

 

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Whoop! It’s Here!! Happy Release Day & Review – Fresh Catch by Kate Canterbary

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His walls might be tall, but I wasn’t afraid of the climb.

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Title: Fresh Catch
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: February 20, 2018

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Take a vacation, they said. Get away from Silicon Valley’s back-stabbing and power-grabbing. Recharge the innovative batteries. Unwind, then come back stronger than ever.

Instead, I got lost at sea and fell in love with an anti-social lobsterman.

There’s one small issue:

Owen Bartlett doesn’t know who I am. Who I really am.

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I don’t like people.

I avoid small talk and socializing, and I kick my companions out of bed before the sun rises.

No strings, no promises, no problems.

Until Cole McClish’s boat drifts into Talbott’s Cove, and I bend all my rules for the sexy sailor.

I don’t know Cole’s story or what he’s running from, but one thing is certain:

I’m not letting him run away from me.

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Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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To start….that dedication grabbed my heart!

I love how Kate’s stories are all tangentially bound, it’s beautiful without being overbearing. You have to savor her words slowly, like fine wine or you will miss something. Everytime I read her words, I do so in small sips, so I can truly appreciate it.

This story of Owen and Cole is just wow.  This story really stretched my comfort zones in just the right way.  I felt like I was being treated with kid gloves when needed and pushed when warranted. It made me respect Kate all the more.  This is the first book I have read in the M/M genre and I am glad I did it with Fresh Catch.  It was a beautifully written story.

Owen, the lobster boat captain and Cole, the tech billionaire.  I liked how they were both comfortable in their own skin but wary as well, it made it believable and made me love them all the more.  I loved how they walked the tightrope of their sexuality in the beginning, ever so cautious but once revealed it was like a house on fire! You get real, you get honest and you get that their love is their own and they are not apologizing for it.

I loved the secondary characters and of course, I hope to see more of a certain few in the future, I will not spoil this by naming anyone but know when you read this book, you will find a few of your own!

Kate Canterbary has a die hard fan in me, she has yet to write something that I haven’t fallen in love with.

I want to sign off with this quote that did it for me…it is a total Kateism! (Can I coin that word as a new dictionary entry?!?) “…Stick-to-your-ribs,  prickle-the-back-of-your-neck, hot-and-sweaty-all-over, headboard-banging desire…” Wowza, I needed a cold shower after reading that!

If you have never read this genre before or a die hard fan, do yourself a favor and read this! Kate Canterbary is the queen of the smart, sassy, smutty words!

It’s Live Early! Happy Release Day! Gentleman Nine by Penelope Ward

 

 

 

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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

 

Growing up, the three of us were friends.

He was the nerd.

I was the playboy.

She was the beauty.

 

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

 

I went off to college, and he got the girl.

Amber never knew how I felt.

They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

 

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.

When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

 

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.

Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend— me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Happy Release Day & Review – Catching London by MV Ellis

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Title: Catching London
Author: MV Ellis

Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing

Genre: Rock Star Romance

 Release Date: February 17, 2018

Blurb

He’s not looking
to change his bad boy ways.

Arlo Jones is a badass millionaire rock star with the world at his
feet. He lives the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle to the max, and
believes in working hard and playing harder. He’s a man who always gets what he
wants, especially when it comes to women. Until he meets London.
She’s a damaged
dancer not looking to fall.
All London Llwellyn wants is to rebuild her life following the tragic
car accident that robbed her of her fiancé, and ended her career as a
professional ballet dancer. She’s working two jobs to scrape together the cash
to set up her own studio, and reinvent herself as a photographer. The last
thing she wants is to get involved.
Arlo promises to always be there to catch her, but can London trust him
enough to let herself fall?

 

 

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Author Bio
MV ELLIS knows what it’s like to fall head over
heels in love with a badass musician. She followed her heart halfway around the
world to be with one. She moved from London to Sydney after a steamy holiday
romance with a sexy bass player in sultry Brazil.
Twelve years, two children and a dog later, and she’s still
smitten. All this with a guy she sat next to on a bus for 36 hours! She has
toured internationally as a “WAG,” and her experiences inspire her writing.



Ellis’s love of romance began when she was 11 years old,
after a summer spent secretly reading her auntie’s books. She’s been a sucker
for an alpha hero and strong heroine ever since.

An avid reader, Ellis always knew she’d write a book of her
own one day. She was right about that. Following a career spanning advertising,
marketing, and social media, she finally wrote Catching London in
2017.

 

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My Review….

This is the debut novel from MV Ellis and what a fantastic start!!

This story of Arlo (love that name!) and London is a fast paced story with funny dialogue and steamy naughtiness too!

I like that London is a multi-racial character, no blonde with blue eyes here! I loved her drive and I understood her trepidation and guilt about her feelings for Arlo.  Although I wanted to smack her because it took her so long to admit to her feelings, she came through at the end!

Arlo is the epitome of a bad boy rock star, he was no holds barred with that alpha swagger.  At first I was thinking, what a jerk! But then as the story moved on I saw the swoon factor kick in! You will love him by the end!

I would have loved to see some chapters from Arlo’s POV, but it still was fantastic first story from MV!  I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with !

It’s an Early Release and Review – Up In Smoke by T.M. Frazier

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Up in Smoke, an all-new gritty standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is LIVE!

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I’m a man without a conscience.

I deal in murder and mayhem.

I’m the best at what I do.

Frankie Helburn is supposed to be an easy job.

A means to flush her father out of hiding.

Simple.

Except there isn’t anything simple about Frankie or the secrets she’s keeping.

She’s cocaine with legs. I’m addicted before I’ve even had a taste.

I might have her, but I can’t keep her.

But if her father doesn’t show his face, Frankie will be mine.

To KILL.

*Can be read as a standalone.

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T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter.

When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance.

Well…it has a beach in it!

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My Review…

I am motherf*cking Smoke….

Whew! What an introduction.  When I first read All The Rage (and the numerous re-reads later) I have wondered more and more about this character, Smoke.  And T.M., being the genius she is gave us his book and I was floored, absolutely floored.

Gosh, I don’t even know where to start.  So excuse my rambling, but I just have to get everything out!

Well first off, I am so glad we got to read about past characters! They are secondary characters of course, but they come across so beautifully, so utterly them and it was like having a family reunion as I was reading! It was so good to “see” them again!

This story is about Smoke and Frankie Helburn…I flove her name! It’s just perfect!

Then of course we find out why Smoke became the man he is and it is heart wrenching!  To come through what he has and to be as “normal” as he is, is a testament to his strength! I love his nickname for Frankie, it flows so well with the story.

Frankie is a flawed genius, her own upbringing is just as tragic as Smoke’s.  I think that’s what makes her and Smoke fit together so well.

The chemistry between these two is white hot and classic T.M.!  This story has the twists and turns that leaves you begging for more!  It grabs you by the throat and tells you to keep reading until the very end.  The way a well written story should do!

And as I thank T.M. for yet another fabulous story, I just want to end by quoting one of my favorite lines in the book.  “He named the bacon….”