Friday, August 29, 2014

TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP by Lena Diaz






Take the Key and Lock Her Up
A Deadly Games Thriller
By: Lena Diaz
Releasing August 5th, 2014

Avon Romance


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Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?

Detective Emily O'Malley just stumbled upon a killer's lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn't done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily's instincts are rarely wrong, and now they're telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin "Devil" Buchanan isn't afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out and the key to freedom is thrown away.



MY REVIEW

Take the Key and Lock Her Up is apparently the final book in the Deadly Game series, which can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read the other books in the series as such I am unable to make any comparisons. 

The story started out with a bang and continued at that pace until the very end.   This is a fast paced read that kept me on the edge of my seat and had me turning the pages as I was eager to find out what was going to happen next.

There were so many twists and turns and it was not easy to figure out who was the villain. Just when think that you had it figured out the author throws in something else that takes you on a different track.

The main characters were likable and were easy to connect with.  Detective Emily O'Malley is really cut out to be  cop, but she had mad skills when it came to conducting investigations which led to her closing quite a number of cases.   She felt that she had to be constantly proving herself as such she was intent on solving the case of the women who had gone missing and who were then murdered. 

 In the midst of following a lead she came in contact with Devlin Buchanan, a mercenary who worked for Extreme International Tours Inc (EXIT).  He came to her rescue when the suspect had locked her into an abandoned building. She was torn as she was not sure of his connection to the murders coupled with the fact that she was attracted to him.

The chemistry between these two was undeniable. The banter between was entertaining.  Emily knew that Delvin was hiding something and being the tenacious person that she was,she did not plan to stop digging until she found out what it was. Her tenacity, however,  would land her and Devlin in some serious mess. 

The ending was not what I expected. There are still some unanswered questions that I was hoping would have been addressed, this however did not take away from the story.
I enjoyed every suspenseful moment of this book and as a result, I am now compelled to read the other books in the series.

This is a must read and I highly recommend it to persons who love romantic suspense.






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Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she's won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

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Blog Tour - Fragment by Ellie Wade



Synopsis
What happens when something so terrible tears you apart from the inside out? 

You become a fragment of yourself. 

On the right path to achieving her hopes and dreams, Campbell Stevens has always been a model student. The first time she lets loose during her senior year of high school, she loses everything. 

Living in a nightmare after surviving the most traumatic event, Campbell learns to be content by walking through life single and unattached, free of the uncertainty that relationships bring. She isn’t looking for love. In fact, she goes out of her way to avoid it—that is, until she runs into Deacon Montgomery, a kind and handsome Chicago firefighter. She denies her instant attraction to him, only making him more persistent in his pursuit of her. Despite her desire to be with Deacon, Campbell is too damaged to share herself with anyone else. 

Life left Campbell shattered. Can Deacon help put the fragments back together? Or will she forever be broken?
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Excerpt
Excerpt 1: 
“Why are you so nice to me when I keep pushing you away? Why do you keep trying? I’m broken, Deacon. Don’t you know what's good for you?” Campbell pleads.
“Yeah, I do, and it’s you. I want all of you, and if you are broken, I want all those shattered pieces, too. Please just trust me.”

Cam’s eyes fill with unshed tears as her bottom lip quivers. I grab her head on either side, running my fingers through her hair, pulling her toward me, bringing her mouth to mine. I feel her lips quiver as I taste her, ravishing her mouth. Cam’s hands wrap around my waist and she runs her fingers up and down my back. I explore her mouth, my tongue greedy to touch every part. She whimpers, and my dick throbs in a needful plea.

Fuck, I want this girl.
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With a half sob, I scream into the air that's charged with the scent and flavor of sex, like an electrical storm of raw pleasure. I feel the warmth flush through my body and I lose my mind to the pleasure it brings. Deacon continues to taste below as he holds my quaking thighs. The ecstasy exits my pores, leaving my skin covered in head-to-toe goose bumps.

My shaking finally starts to slow as Deacon’s tongue mirrors the decelerating cadence. I breathe in and out, deeply trying to regain my equilibrium. My skin glistens with a thin sheen of sweat, my heart racing while my mind and body are in a post-orgasm utopian fog.

What the hell was that?


MY REVIEW

I have read some awesome books since the start of 2014 but I have to say without a doubt that Fragment has topped the list.  When I first read the blurb, I thought to myself ‘This sounds like a book worth reading’.  Oh, I was so right! I enjoyed every moment of this book.  On completion the only words that came to mind were OMG! What an amazing read.

Fragment is a story of love, hope, forgiveness and learning to let go of the past ,so that one will be able to grasp their future. This is a story that will stay with you for days.  It will put your emotions into overdrive and leave you wanting more.

Fragment tells the story of Campbell Stevens an ambitious eighteen year old who recently graduated from high school.  She had her life mapped out and she was going places.  However a tragic incident during spring break would change her perspective on life and in the process derail her plans.
Five years later we see Campbell filled with bitterness and scared of losing control over life.  She is not looking for a long term relationship and any relationship she gets involved with is on her own terms.  Then came Deacon Montgomery a hot firefighter who is drawn to Campbell the first time he laid eyes on her. Campbell, although attracted to him was not interested in getting involved with him. Based on her experience five years ago, she believed that hot guys could not be trusted.  Deacon ,however, was not about to let her push him away and he did not stop until he broke down her defenses.  He is a sweet, sensitive and caring guy. The type of guy that most women would love to have in their lives.

The story was told from the POV of the main characters which held to give insight into how they were both feeling.   It was easy to connect with the characters, especially Campbell.  I empathized with her as I could feel her pain. I loved the way she overcame the pain of her past to hold on to her future with Deacon.  It was great to see Deacon being there for her and not giving up on her even when she did everything to push him away.  This is proved that the love of a good person can heal many emotional wounds.
If you love stories that will engage your emotions and you are looking for your next awesome read for 2014 then get yourself a copy of Fragment. 



MeetTheAuthor
Ellie Wade resides in southwest Michigan with her husband, three young children, and two dogs. She has a Master’s degree in education from Eastern Michigan University and is a huge University of Michigan sports fan. She loves the beauty of her home state, especially the lakes and the gorgeous autumn weather. When she is not writing, you will find her reading, snuggled up with her kiddos, or spending time with family and friends. She loves traveling and exploring new places with her family.
 



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BETTING ON JULIA by NINA CROFT




TITLE: BETTING ON JULIA
AUTHOR: NINA CROFT
SERIES: MELVILLE SISTERS
PUBLISHED: AUGUST 25, 2014
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Small, blonde, bubbly, and with a penchant for all things pink, Julia Melville has always considered herself a nice girl – until she was attacked by a werewolf. Months later, and still in total denial, Julia spends the time

between full moons fantasizing that her life is normal. And who could be better to help her with that than her new neighbor, handsome accountant, Sebastian Crane.

For two hundred years, Sebastian, a powerful warlock, has been possessed by a demon. Each day, his soul grows darker, and he knows that soon he will be beyond salvation. But the demon loves to gamble, and he’s made Bastian one final bet—get a good woman to say the words “I love you” and he’ll be free.

Julia wants a normal guy. Bastian needs a good woman. Maybe together they can find something far more valuable…redemption.



MY REVIEW


Betting on Julia is the second book is the second book in the Melville Sister series, however, it can be read as a stand-alone. It is an entertaining and humorous read which has come to expect from the pen of Nina Croft.

In this installment, readers are introduced to Julia Melville, a recently turned werewolf who ironically is a vegetarian. She is struggling to come to terms with her new nature. As a result of her transformation she was reluctant to get involved in a relationship as she did not how he could explain what she is to a prospective mate. This decision was taken out of her hands when she met Sebastian Crane.

Sebastian had his own issues to deal with. He is a 400 year old half warlock half few who ironically hates werewolves. This hatred came about as a result of werewolves destroying his family. In a bid for revenge, he became possessed by a demon named Dante. He has been possessed for the past 200 years. The opportunity for freedom came when Dante made a wager with him, which would provide him with his freedom if he could get a good woman to tell him she loves him. This, however, came with a high price as everyone knows that demons can’t be trusted.

The banter between Dante and Sebastian is humorous, however, what had me riveted to the story was the interaction between Julia and Sebastian. The attraction between them was clear from their initial meeting. They both tried to fight their feelings, but it was all for naught. These two had so many secrets and tried to keep them from each other which only made the situation more intense. 

So far this seems to be a great series and I can’t wait to see what next Ms. Croft as in store for her fans. If you are looking for a unique paranormal story that has hints of BDSM then Betting on Julia will hit the spot.


NB I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.





Beneath This Mask by Meghan March

We are excited to share with you the cover for Meghan March's newest book BENEATH THIS MASK, scheduled for release on September 29th!
Make sure to add it to your TBR list and enter the giveaway below! Good luck!!!
beneath this mask SynopsisMy name is Charlotte Agoston, and I’m a runner. Not the ‘let’s go for a jog and slap a 26.2 sticker on your bumper’ kind of runner; I’m the kind of runner who takes off when her father is staring down the barrel of a guilty verdict that carries a 175-year sentence for perpetrating the largest fraud in the history of the world. That’s right. Bernie Madoff was an amateur compared to Alistair Agoston. Faced with living under a cloud of suspicion and constant questioning by the FBI, I ran. I’m making a new life in New Orleans as Charlie Stone. I traded my future in New York high finance for tattoos, booze, a few friends who don’t ask questions, and one giant mutt named Huckleberry Finn. Everything is simple and uncomplicated until Simon Duchesne—former hotshot Navy fighter pilot, NOLA’s favorite son, city councilman, and rumored congressional hopeful—walks into my life. The flashing cameras he attracts threaten to expose everything I’m hiding, but I can’t seem to stay away. Why are the most dangerous ideas always the most seductive? In trying to get lost, I found myself. And then I found Simon. He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name. I’m going to break his heart, but mine will shatter right along with it. This is our story. Will we be strong enough to face the consequences of revealing what’s beneath this mask?   Trailer
beneath this mask Lying Coward Excerpt“What are you doing here?” I asked. My tone was less than welcoming. If he let me run him off, then I’d be saved from the temptation that was Simon Duchesne. “You called me.” “I shouldn’t have.” “I’m glad you did.” He shifted, as though annoyed by the bars between us. Sorry, Simon, I thought, even without the bars, there will always be impenetrable walls. A thought struck me. “Are you drunk?” “No,” Simon replied with a laugh. “Are you?” “A little.” At least I could be honest about that. A provocative smile spread over his face, and I caught a flash of dimples. Damn. Come on world, throw me a bone. “Are you going to ask me in?” He punctuated the question with a raised eyebrow. “I shouldn’t.” To myself I added, I really, really shouldn’t. “You don’t look like the kind of girl who doesn’t do things just because she thinks she shouldn’t.” I looked down at the uneven cobblestones beneath my feet. “Don’t pretend like you know me.” “I want to.” “Why?” It was a question I desperately wanted answered. I was still trying to sort out all of the reasons for my attraction to him. Maybe he could articulate whatever this crazy thing was between us, and solve the mystery for me. He reached through the bars and tucked a flyaway strand of hair behind my ear. “Honestly, I have no idea. You’re just … there’s something about you.” Dammit. I took a deep breath and exhaled slowly, giving myself a moment to think. Ultimately, it was his honesty that decided it. We were equally off balance here. I was probably going to regret this, but … what the hell. I twisted the lock and opened the gate. For some reason, it didn’t feel wrong. I thought of Yve’s advice. One night. Get him out of my system. I never had to see him again. I could steal this night and emerge unscathed. AboutTheAuthormeghan march Meghan March is a Michigan native who has spent a good portion of her life buried in a book. Case in point: she read the entire romance section of her small town public library by age fourteen. Even after growing up (sort of) and getting a law degree, she never lost her passion for a great story, twisty plot, epic romance, and amazing characters. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, target shooting, drooling over fast cars, playing with her crazy mutt, or hanging with her very own sexy bad boy.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Cross My Heart by Mia Dymond



Cross My Heart
Heroes of Seaside Point, Book 2

Sometimes honesty is a bitter pill to swallow.

Attempting to escape a minor distraction in her medical career, Dr. Verity Thomas finds that statement to be true when she keeps her past private and her present, secret. Only, her meticulously-planned intentions go horribly wrong when her skeletons escape from the closet and take center stage.

Paramedic Travis Dupree vows to keep Verity's secrets, determined to crack her resolve in the process.  Although he isn’t quite sure of her motives, intuition tells him he is wired to cope with the female psyche. After all, he has raised a pair of mischievous twin girls – he deserves a gold medal for patience.


When minor distraction becomes a major roadblock, Travis is forced to break his word and the couple must dismember the skeletons bone by bone in order to build a future.

A HIGHLANDERS OBSESSION by Vonnie Davis,

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A Highlander’s Obsession:
Highlander’s Beloved Trilogy, Book 1
By: Vonnie Davis
Releasing August 19th, 2014
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Blurb
In the vein of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series and Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Stories, Vonnie Davis introduces two wandering souls who discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel.

Two wandering souls discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel from Vonnie Davis.


Somehow able to telepathically communicate with animals, Paisley Munro has found meaning in her so-called gifts by working as a veterinary assistant. But while traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Out in the highlands, she hears distinctly human thoughts coming from a wild bear. Terrified and desperate, she returns to the lodge and collapses in the powerful arms of its owner, a mysterious man with whom she shares a simmering attraction.



Creighton Matheson and his fellow shape-shifters have been roaming this land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet he cannot deny that this tantalizing woman makes him burn with desire—and hunger for the prospect of a tender love. Now Creighton must decide which would hurt more: revealing the truth or losing Paisley forever.



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Vonnie Davis, who studied English at Penn State, likens herself to a croissant: crusty, wrinkled, flaky—and best served with strong coffee. After a career as a technical writer, she’s spending her retirement playing fairy godmother to her characters, giving them their happily-ever-afters. Six fantastic, talented kids call her “Grandma” and brighten her world in so many ways. She lives in Southern Virginia with her husband, author Calvin Davis.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

COMMITTED by Sidney Bristol - Blog Tour






COMMITTED: Drug of Desire
Written by Sidney Bristol
Published by Loveswept
August 12, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-553-39252-4


In this erotic tale of sensuality and suspense, Sidney Bristol proves that desire can be the most dangerous drug of all.

DEA Special Agent Damien Moana works hard and plays even harder. But while indulging in forbidden temptations at a private BDSM retreat, the unexpected happens: He falls under a stranger’s spell. This woman drives Damien to distraction, pushing him to the sweet boundary between pain and pleasure. When duty interrupts their heated encounter, his focus turns to catching a criminal . . . but his head is still with the seductress who ignites his deepest desires. Now Damien must choose between closing the case of his career and losing the woman of his dreams.

Poppy Mercer can’t forget the night she spent with her mystery lover. When chance brings them back together, she seizes the opportunity to again feel his masterful hands on her body. Poppy is a switch who delights in dominating a powerful man . . . and submitting to the ecstasy of his control. Outside the bedroom, however, she questions her place in Damien’s world. His obsession with hunting a ruthless drug lord puts Poppy in the line of fire. And though Damien might be able to save her from danger, salvaging what’s left of her trust is another matter.

Committed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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About Sidney Bristol


It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a “normal” life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict, and she grew up in a motor-home on the U.S. highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves and writing, reading, and belly dancing.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blog Tour: FIVE WEEKS by Dannika Dark




Five Weeks
(Seven Series, Bk #3)
By Dannika Dark 

Blurb:
Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.

Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.




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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mean Streak Blog Tour







Book Blurb
Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer. 

MY REVIEW 
Sandra Brown is one of my all time favourite authors so when the opportunity arose for me to read and review her latest novel Mean Streak I was ecstatic. While reading this novel I was reminded of the reason for loving Ms. Brown's work.  She knows how to weave a story that will hold her reader's attention from the very first line.  This ability was re-enforced in Mean Streak.  I was compelled to keep reading as I was eager to find out what was going to happen next.

Mean Streak is an entertaining read.  It's a page turner that is filled with several edge of your seat and nail biting moments.  The plot is filled with so many twists and turns it was like being on a roller coaster ride. It is emotional, shocking and riveting.

As is common with romantic suspense novels, the romance is limited however the few love scenes that were present were quite intense.

The characters were entertaining and humourous and it was easy to develop a connection with them. My favourite of the lot was the male protagonist. The air of mystery surrounding him made him intriguing. It was difficult to determine if he was the hero or the villain. He was likable which will have readers rooting for him.  My least favourite is Jeff, Emory's husband.  It was evident that his relationship with his wife was not all rosy. He is jealous of her accomplishments and tried to justify it by cheating on her.

Mean Streak is a story of love, betrayal and rediscoveries. It will keep you guessing at every page turn. If you are looking for an exciting and suspenseful read, then look no further as Mean Streak has it all.







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Author Bio:

Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), and CHILL FACTOR, all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.


Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.


Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She served as the president of the Mystery Writers of American in 2012 and was named ITW's Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.



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·       10 Autographed copies of Mean Streak (International shipping available)