Archive | April, 2018

New Review: Love, On Hold by Mia Miller

30 Apr
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We both put love on hold until now. How long will love wait for us?

Three-forty-five in the morning: unknown number calling.
Send the stranger on their way and go back to sleep, right? Except – his gruff voice made me think twice.

I was a small girl with big dreams. I juggled college, charity, and a job while dodging an annoying ex. Getting to know a guy? That was way down on my list. So I had every intention of ignoring sexy Joel Thomas when he woke me up.

But he wouldn’t let me. When did texting and calling turn into feelings? We kept our identities a secret and didn’t see each other. Yet, we fell in love.

Will our chemistry stand the test of reality?
 
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What a sweet, smart, and witty New Adult Romance that Mia Miller has written. So many New Adult romances have so much angst and drama that sometimes overshadow the rest of the book…not so with Love, On Hold.

I was intrigued from the very beginning. Joel thinks himself very lucky when he scored a hot chick’s number earlier in a bar. The joke is on him when he realizes she has given him the wrong number, but the female voice on the other end grabs his attention and gives him some sort of calmness. Instead of hanging up, he keeps talking to her.

Leonie is awakened at 3:45 AM by a wrong number. However, the guy’s voice intrigues her and gives her butterflies. This surprises her as she has had no time to even think about romance lately. So, the two continue talking, and before long, a pattern emerges in which they are talking and texting every day, getting to know one another. Keeping their identities secret is working for both of them NOW. What develops is a sweet, slow-burning love story.

Both characters are extremely intelligent and mature for being in their very early 20’s. Each of them have their own goals, and they are very motivated in reaching them. He wants to be an investigative reporter, working for a news agency that deals with facts and not opinions. She has a dream to be on the UN Council for Human Rights. This girl knows five foreign languages!!!! As smart as they are, each have suffered when it comes to their families but for very DIFFERENT reasons. It does play into the book and their romance.

The two draw out meeting each other, but Joel keeps pushing to meet Leonie. You may think this would slow the plot down, but the anticipation only makes it better. When they do finally meet face-to-face, it’s absolute SWEETNESS, which happens to be one of his nicknames for her.

The synopsis caught my attention, but Miller kept it throughout the book. It’s difficult for me to believe this is her debut novel. I would have thought it was written by a seasoned writer. I’m looking forward to reading her next book, Truly Yours.

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Mia Miller started writing as a getaway from a taxing day job in a multinational corp. A lover of all things romance since forever, Mia tries to find a little bit of a love story even in zombie movies. She likes her book boyfriends Alpha and her novels naughty.

Nowadays Mia can be constantly found typing away, with her Dogo Argentino at her feet. Mia brings to her readers books in the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genre.

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The Weekend Spa Break (Friendships Online Series Part Two) by Anne John-Ligali Blog Tour with Review

30 Apr

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THE WEEKEND SPA BREAK
Friendships Online Series
Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.
It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.
As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.
A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

4 STARS

What a charming read about the importance of friendship!

This is a continuation of the characters from the previous book, The Big Event. However, this one is mostly about Constance and Estelle. Constance runs into Estelle in a coffee shop, and it quickly becomes apparent that these two need a break from life as they are both single mothers. They decide to take a weekend at a spa, Glitzy. Both are having a great time even with Constance’s ex-fiance, Maxwell, calling her incessantly.

This was a fantastic book about friendship and being there for one another. These two incredible women met online and have developed a friendship. They bond even more commiserating about their ex’s and the joys and challenges of being single mothers.

I really loved how John-Ligali included how the other characters were faring, usually at the beginning of each chapter with an Instagram post. I thought that was a genius move on her part.

We also get some of our questions answered about the demise of Constance and Maxwell. The twist at the end was definitely not what I was suspecting! I will anxiously be awaiting the next book because Constance now needs even more answers from Maxwell, and she may be in the beginning stages of moving on from him with a new man!

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Meet Anne

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.
Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.
Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

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Back in the Game by Meghan Quinn Release Blitz with Review

30 Apr

 

 

 

Single dad and hockey star, Calder Weiss has put his love life on the back burner for the past five years, raising his daughter and keeping up with the demands of his profession.

But all that changes the minute Rachel Perry runs into him in the most unlikely of places, right outside the men’s bathroom. Vibrant and enchanting, she captures his attention, making it impossible for him to walk away without scoring her number.

Their connection is immediate, their attraction palpable, and their relationship undeniable. But Rachel isn’t the only girl in Calder’s life which scares him, because Calder’s daughter already lost her mother. He doesn’t want Shea to lose someone close to her again, making Rachel’s task of breaking through Calder’s wall that much more difficult.

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

5 STARS

Back in the Game by Meghan Quinn is a sweet, sexy romantic comedy! It is a novella, so it can be finished within hours, but if you are like me, you will hate saying good-bye to Rachel and Calder.

Let me begin by saying Calder owned my heart from the very first page. How could I not fall for a guy who dresses up as Wanda the Fairy for his 5-year-old daughter? And…he goes out in public to take her out to eat. Yeah, my heart was gone!!!! He is an incredibly successful, famous hockey player. None of the perks that go along with that even compare to his little girl though. He is a single dad, and he takes being a dad very seriously. He has to because Shea’s mother left not long after she was born. When he meets Rachel outside of a bathroom in a restaurant dressed as Wanda, I began to see another side of Calder…the even sexier more confident side.

Rachel is exactly the kind of girl I would want to be friends with. She is funny, witty, and intelligent. She and Calder are made for each other. They each have a quirky side to them that sets them apart from normal characters in a romance. They instantly have a connection, and the chemistry between them is electric. Most importantly, they really like each other as individuals. That is clearly seen through their hilarious text messages to one another.

As I wrote earlier, this is a novella, but Quinn leaves nothing out…the story, the characters, or the emotions. I could clearly see and feel why this was a romance made in heaven. Calder is not only handsome and sexy, he is also sweet, kind, and giving, making everyone he meets feel special. Plus, he is a one in a million father! He is a gentleman who also happens to be irresistible. It is those qualities that make Rachel fall in love with him. Rachel makes him laugh. She is sweet and a little sassy. She challenges Calder, and she doesn’t care about his status. She loves him for the man he is, not the celebrity. I can only imagine how hysterical it will be when Shea and Rachel team up together against him in the future!

Fantastic romantic comedy about “getting back into the game of dating.”

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Under A Storm-Swept Sky by Beth Anne Miller Blog Tour with 5 +++++ Star Review with Giveaway (Isle of Skye 20 oz Stainless Steel Travel Mug)!!!

29 Apr

Today we have the blog tour for UNDER A STORM-SWEPT SKY by Beth Anne Miller! We are so excited to share this new title with you! Check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: UNDER A STORM SWEPT SKY

Author: Beth Anne Miller

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Under a Storm-Swept Sky:

An eighty-mile trek across the rugged, stunning beauty of Scotland’s Isle of Skye isn’t something I imagined myself doing. Ever. This isn’t a trail for beginners. And I’m not a hiker.
But I have to finish it, even if it kills me. I have no choice.
With the ever-changing weather and relentless terrain, I’m in over my head.

Rory Sutherland, my guide on this adventure, is not happy. We clash with every mile, but we recognize a shared pain. Not only is the journey a struggle, but the tension between us is taut with unsaid words. And hope.

He’s broken. I’m damaged. Together, we’re about to make the perfect storm.

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

5 +++++ STARS

OMG!!! Amazing read by Beth Anne Miller! All I can say is I have another favorite read of 2018 to add to my ever-growing list, but this is also an ALL TIME FAVORITE AS WELL!

Amelia and Rory should never have crossed paths. She is from New York and is a self-proclaimed beach girl and has been anticipating a move to Miami with her best friend, Carrie. Rory is a rugged, sometimes moody tour guide in Scotland. Both are completely opposite of one another, but when Amelia arrives in Scotland to take part in a demanding hiking tour of the Isle of Skye, these two strangers will become so much more to each other.

Amelia’s first impression of Rory is that of a judgmental jerk who seems to take issue with everything she does. Rory’s first impression of Amelia is a young woman addicted to social media, always taking pictures, and completely unprepared for what she is about to endure. The two are constantly at each other’s throats…in the beginning. When she is hurt and is facing not completing the hike, she reveals to Rory the real reason she is there. Instead of being the jerk she expects him to be, he becomes her biggest supporter. Thus, begins one of the MOST HEARTFELT, EMOTIONAL, AND MOVING LOVE STORIES I’VE EVER READ!!!

The book was beautifully and magically woven together. Even the title, Under a Storm-Swept Sky is perfect. The weather in this region of Scotland is unpredictable and stormy, just like Amelia and Rory are. Both of them are carrying around guilt and seem stuck in life, never able to unload any of the guilt they feel. Discovering what each of them has experienced, at times, brought me to tears. The imagery Miller used when each of them found some sort of peace and redemption was magical.

There was a great cast of secondary characters, Tommy, Gav, Scar, and Carrie. Carrie and Amelia’s relationship was very special as was Tommy’s and Rory’s. I learned so much about Amelia and Rory through those relationships.

The romance was the perfect combination of sexy and sweet. Their love scenes will definitely get your heart beating fast, but the emotional connection will also melt your heart COMPLETELY!

As much as this was romantic, it was also a novel about redemption and second chances. It is about letting go of your past, being present in life..enjoying it, and fulfilling your own dreams.

The book was also very well-written. I felt like I was there with both of them. I could picture it, and then I went and looked up the places she was describing. Miller has added a place on my wish list to travel to. This is a very special book…one that should be savored. I guarantee it will stay with you long after you read the last word.

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About Beth Anne Miller:

Beth Anne Miller has a fascination for all things Scottish (including, but not limited to, men in kilts), which has influenced all her writing to date. Her first novel is a time travel called INTO THE SCOTTISH MIST; her second, A STAR TO STEER HER BY, has a Scottish hero; and her newest book, UNDER A STORM-SWEPT SKY, is set on the Isle of Skye, and was inspired by her own long-distance treks in Scotland. A native New Yorker, Beth Anne lives on Long Island and works in the publishing industry. She’s looking forward to her next trip to Scotland.

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Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger Teaser Share with Pre-Order Links

27 Apr

Are you ready for MELT FOR YOU by J.T. Geissinger? Trust us, you want to meet Cameron McGregor. Preorder your copy now and get your hands on him when MELT FOR YOU publishes May 15th!

About MELT FOR YOU

A wallflower gets seduction tips from a playboy athlete—until love changes the rules.

Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday—with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She’d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks.

Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He’s not Jo’s type—at all—but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire. Though a lot of women have rumpled Cam’s kilt, Jo is special. Far from the ugly duckling she thinks she is, in Cam’s eyes she’s sharp, funny, and effortlessly sexy. Now, thanks to him, Jo is blooming with confidence and has the man of her dreams within reach.

Unfortunately for Cam, he’s just helped to push the woman of his dreams into the arms of another man—and now he’s in the fight of his life to keep this beauty from getting away.

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About J.T. Geissinger

A former headhunter, J.T. Geissinger is the author of more than a dozen novels in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.

She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

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The Ghost of Glendale by Natalie Kleinman Blog Tour with Review

27 Apr

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by Natalie Kleinman

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At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met before. Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.

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***Also available on Kindle Unlimited

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

4 STARS

The Ghost of Glendale by Natalie Kleinman is a great combination of historical romance with a bit of a ghost story!

Phoebe Marcham is twenty-four-years-old, and she has resigned herself to becoming a spinster. She is a woman ahead of her time, and she refuses to marry for anything less than love. Her parents were deeply in love, and she wants that kind of marriage, not one made as an alliance between families. Who knew fate was just about to intervene and completely upend Phoebe!!!

Scotsman, Duncan, is visiting with his friend Rupert, who happens to be Phoebe’s old friend and neighbor. One day he is out riding his horse when he becomes lost. Fortunately, he happens upon a beautiful, Phoebe. She intrigues him as much she he does her. When they realize they are both friends with Rupert, they begin spending more time together, usually riding together every morning. Before long, Phoebe has convinced him to help entertain her visiting aunt whom Phoebe nor her father seem too fond of. When Phoebe tells Duncan about the family ghost, Simon, and the mystery surrounding him, Duncan is determined to help her solve the mystery and give Simon the peace he deserves.

I am a huge fan of historical romances and ghost stories, so this book was right up my alley. I rather liked the fact that the book was written in a way that reminded me of Jane Austen as she is one of my very favorite authors of all time. It made the book more authentic. However, I also loved that Phoebe could have been a woman in modern literature. She was smart, intelligent, witty, beautiful, and really fearless. She refused to allow a man to dictate her future. That made Duncan the perfect man for her. Instead of being threatened by Phoebe, he respected and loved her for it. I can only imagine the journeys this couple will take in their future!

One unique aspect of the book was that it was told in several different POVs. Almost every character had their own voice. Sometimes that is a bad thing, but in this instance, it added depth to each character. Even Simon and his love, Agnes, were able to tell their story through old letters and with Simon’s guidance.

Not only was this a romance, but it was also about forgiveness, seeing past what you thought was true about someone, and reconciliation of family and friendships. If you love historical romance and ghost stories, I highly recommend reading this one!!!

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MEET NATALIE

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Natalie is a published novelist and short story writer whose addiction to the books of Georgette Heyer and love of The Regency have been the inspiration for her latest book, The Ghost of Glendale.

Working on the premise that you never stop learning, she goes to any and every writing event and workshop she can. In addition she attends The Write Place Creative Writing School in Hextable in Kent, one of the rewards for which is an abundant supply of cream cakes to celebrate the frequent successes of its students.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She lives with her husband in southeast London.

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New Audio Review: Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster

26 Apr

A captivating new sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.

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CHRISTIE’S REVIEW

5 STARS

Driving Whiskey Wild was another great book by Melissa Foster! What made it even better was the narrator, Paul Woodson. He really brought the characters and the story to life!

Bullet was a fantastic character. He is everything a woman wants in a man…a bad boy with a good heart. Finlay’s description of him being an intimidating man was spot on. However, under that sexy, tough exterior is his best attribute…his heart! He doesn’t trust very easily and only gives his heart to a limited number of people, mostly his family. Finlay may change that. She is definitely not the type of girl he usually is attracted to. She is too sweet, and because of that underlying attraction, he is either rude or making crude sexual remarks about her. When he is forced to spend more time with her, he develops a fierce protectiveness and feelings he has never had for another woman.

Finlay is one of those quirky characters I can’t help but fall in love with. She is sweet and charming, but she also has a strength and determination most people aren’t expecting. Bullet is definitely not the type of guy she would ever date. His rudeness and sexual comments created a lot of complicated feelings within herself. One minute she wants to slap him across the face, and then, in the next moment, she wants to kiss him (and more). As she spends more time with him, she begins seeing a very different side of him, not the tough guy he portrays to others. These two have a sexual chemistry that is “off the charts hot.” It’s their deeper, emotional, and sweet relationship that really melted my heart.

As I wrote earlier, the narrator was AMAZING!!! I’m pretty particular about a narrator’s voice. He or she can make or break an audio book for me. I am mostly a fan of dual narrators, one a male and one a female. But, Woodson blew me away! I’m a huge fan of Melissa Foster already, but I’m even a bigger fan now. Paul Woodson also has a new fan in me!

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MEET MELISSA

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.

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