Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review - Virgin for the Trillionaire by Ruth Cardello

ABOUT THE BOOK

They’re at it again! Ruth Cardello, JS Scott, and Melody Anne come together for another royal novella trilogy. This is the first novella of a three novella set. Check the dates below for release dates on the second and third novella.

Escape with three new princes as only these NYT’s bestselling authors could write them.

Virgin for the Trillionaire: Ruth Cardello (April 25, 2017)
Virgin for the Prince: J.S. Scott (June  6, 2017)
Virgin to Conquer: Melody Anne (July 3, 2017)

The wild ride begins with Virgin for the Trillionaire:

Prince Ballasare Stephan Demande needs a bride before his thirtieth birthday or he’ll lose his crown. Unlike their barbarian twin island, Rubare Virgina’s royal family is above kidnapping and murdering as a means of choosing their queens. Historically, they’ve cultivated their own selection, ensuring the purity and perfection of each. Prince Ballasare wants more, so he comes up with a plan. It’s genius really. He invites three hundred of the most beautiful and intelligent virgins from around the world to his island under the guise of attending a conference. Those who are willing to stay and participate in a series of tests are offered a chance to win one million dollars. He can only imagine the joy that the woman he chooses will feel when she discovers he and his title are the real prize.

Jessica Quincy is at a crossroads career wise. She hadn’t expected anyone to actually read her blog posts about her lonely life. She certainly hadn’t expected Virgin Territory to go viral. But who can stay a virgin forever? And what does a woman do when she’s no longer what she’s made a career out of writing about? She takes a risk, that’s what. Jessica attends a conference that promises to end with one participant winning a million dollars. Any ex-virgin could start over with that kind of money.  

She makes him laugh.
He scares, infuriates, and totally turns her on.

Unfortunately, on Rubare Virgina, being chosen by a sexy prince can have deadly consequences if you haven’t updated your blog.


Like the first novella trilogy, Taken by a Trillionaire, these novellas are escapism fantasy. If you are looking for a historically accurate representation of a monarchy or a serious depiction of how royals maintain their bloodlines, neither trilogies are for you. If you love larger than life characters and fun storylines that take you to exotic places with sexy alpha men, then welcome to our imaginary kingdoms. The men are insanely rich, the traditions are potentially deadly, and the sex will leave you craving a night on this dark isle.



REVIEW

Virgin for a Trillionaire is a great next installment to the Trillionaire series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone. The story is the Bachelor meets enchanted and is a great mix of passion, hinjinx, and humor following Prince Ballasare and Jessica on their journey towards romance. I am looking forward to reading the other installments in this multi-author series.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

About Ruth Cardello 


Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York--then came full circle and moved back to Rhode Island. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm, riding her horses, or connecting with her readers online.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review - Feels Like the First Time (Destiny Bay) by Maria Adair

ABOUT THE BOOK

What's wrong with a little white lie?

There are a lot of things Ali Marshal doesn't do: pink anything, a day without chocolate, and Hawk, her sister's ex-husband. Sure, he's a sexy former NHL star who can make her pulse pound with just a wink. But he belonged to Bridget first. And no matter how long she's had a crush on him, how great he's always been to her dad, or that her sister is engaged to someone else now and Ali needs a date to their engagement party, she can't give in to temptation. Can she?

It's been years since his disastrous marriage crashed and burned, and Bradley Hawk has finally moved on. So when Bridget blows back into town with her new fiancé, throwing the engagement party of the year, he could care less . . . until Ali tells one little lie that lands him smack dab in a fake relationship. After one promise to be Ali's date and two of the hottest kisses he's ever had, Hawk can't deny how much he wants her. But what happens when this fauxmance starts to feel very, very real?



REVIEW

Every time I pick-up a Marina Adair book I am always blown away with how well she develops her characters, setting, and story.  Most authors can do one and maybe two of those well, but Adair finds a way to do all three every time.  This book is no exception.  Hawk and Ali are very well developed and even the secondary characters like Bridget are well developed and not just one dimensional.  I had read the previous book in this series and had forgotten how much I love this town, which I know is all due to Adiar's ability to describe and write about it. I recommend this to anyone looking for an easy summer read with a little substance and a great love story.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

#1 National Bestselling Author

Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author of romance novels and holds a Master of Fine arts in creative writing. Along with the Easton series, she is also the author the St. Helena Vineyard series, the Heroes of St Helena series, and her upcoming Sequoia Lake series. Her St. Helena Vineyard series was the inspiration behind the Hallmark Channel movie, Autumn in the Vineyard. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at www.MarinaAdair.com. Keep up with Marina by signing up for her newsletter at www.MarinaAdair.com/newsletter.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Book Review - My Kind of You (A Trillium Bay Novel Book 1) by Tracy Brogan

ABOUT THE BOOK

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tracy Brogan is back with a sweet, hilarious series about family, forgiveness, and what it means to go back home.
Emily Callaghan never expected to spend another summer on Wenniway Island. Yet here she is, back in her quaint northern Michigan hometown of Trillium Bay, divorced, flat broke, and dragging along her precocious twelve-year-old. It’s a simple arrangement: Emily, a house flipper, will renovate one of her grandmother’s rental properties in exchange for a much-needed loan. Once a wild child, the reformed Emily also hopes to remodel her reputation and show her family she’s all grown up.
But coming home is never simple. Emily’s dad is more distant than ever. Her younger sister is dating a much older man, and Emily’s worried it’s a mistake. The cottage remodel grows increasingly daunting. And then there’s handsome out-of-towner Ryan Taggert…
Ryan has his own family drama. A smart, ambitious land developer, he’s come to Wenniway to rescue his father from the grips of a new girlfriend and protect their family business. But he’s quickly distracted by gorgeous, witty Emily Callaghan.
There’s no denying the attraction between Emily and Ryan. But will their conflicting interests destroy any chance at love? Or will Emily finally get the chance to rebuild her life—and repair her heart?

REVIEW

I loved the fit of Emily and Ryan as a couple.  They are both real and easy to relate with.  For me the real star of the book is her sassy twelve-year-old daughter Chloe, who was at times the best source of reason in the chaotic adult world Emily is living in.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves a heartwarming story full of cleaver wit and a few quirky characters.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Tracy Brogan is an award-winning, bestselling novelist who writes fun and funny stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary love, as well as lush historical romances full of royal intrigue, damsels causing distress—and the occasional man in a kilt. She is a three-time nominee for the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America for her Bell Harbor Series: Crazy Little Thing, The Best Medicine, and Love Me Sweet. Brogan loves to hear from readers, so visit her website at www.tracybrogan.com or visit her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorTracyBrogan.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Review - Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

ABOUT THE BOOK


Description


REVIEW

At first I thought this was just going to be "Paris Hilton meets stuffy NY Lawyer and falls in love" but the book turned out to be so much  more than that.  Georgianna has a lot more substance than I was expecting and while Andrew's character wasn't developed completely, he turned out to be likable and sexy.  This is a cute read about opposites that really do attract and I recommend it to anyone looking for something light and fun.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR 

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren lived in Seattle with a cushy job in e-commerce/web-marketing. On a whim, she quit her job and moved to NYC to pursue a writing career. A year later, she had an agent and two publishing contracts. 

She now lives in midtown Manattan where she writes full time, although has been known to be lured away from the computer by a well-made cocktail.




Lauren Layne’s USA Today bestselling Love Unexpectedly series can be read in any order:
BLURRED LINES
GOOD GIRL
LOVE STORY 
WALK OF SHAME

Don’t miss any of Lauren Layne’s hot reads:


The Sex, Love & Stiletto series: AFTER THE KISS | LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH | JUST ONE NIGHT | THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE

The Oxford series: IRRESISTIBLY YOURS| I WISH YOU WERE MINE | SOMEONE LIKE YOU 

The Redemption Series: ISN’T SHE LOVELY | BROKEN | CRUSHED

Praise for Lauren Layne

“Lauren Layne writes characters I want to tackle and keep as my best friends, woven into smart, sexy, utterly romantic tales of love in all its glorious facets.”New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke

“The banter between the characters is off the charts. You’ll fall in love with their chemistry from page one.”USA Today bestselling author Sidney Halston, on Blurred Lines

“Lauren Layne created witty and well-developed characters who pulled at my heartstrings and had me falling in love over and over again!”USA Today bestselling author Brooke Cumberland, on Good Girl

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Book Review - If Not For You

ABOUT THE BOOK


An emotionally stirring novel that shows how obstacles can be overcome, differences can be strengths, and sometimes a choice can seem wrong even though it’s absolutely right
 
If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she’s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not—and her parents’ worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who’s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn’t exactly Sam’s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.
 
But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam—who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived—Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital—even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both.
 
Before long, Beth’s strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam’s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she’s come to love.

REVIEW

I loved the story with Beth and Sam and usually I find it a bit convenient that in books characters somehow fall in love with each other over a few days or maybe weeks and while I know that can happen, I don't feel like it is the norm that your average romance novel would tell us it is.  In this case though it felt right and made sense.  The story is written in such a way that it doesn't feel convenient to tell the story easier and actually works with the characters.

Sunshine and Peter... well I didn't love this couple as much.  I didn't connect with Sunshine like I did with the other characters and I just didn't really like Peter.  I didn't love this as the "b plot" of the book.

I did like seeing the characters of Rocco and Nichole from A Girl's Guide to Moving On and thought they were integrated well for new readers who haven't read the previous book as well as new ones.

Overall when I got to the end of the book I felt positive and optimistic and as always I am in awe of Macomber's ability to tell a good heartwarming story.


OVERALL RATING - 4.5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Book Review - Hot Addiction by Lynn Raye Harris

ABOUT THE BOOK

A new standalone romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Lynn Raye Harris. Sexy, action-packed, and thrilling!

Tell Dex I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have let it go this far. I’ve thought for a while that marrying him wasn’t right, that I’m not the woman for him—I should have been brave enough to say so. He deserves more. 

When Dex “Double Dee” Davidson was abandoned at the altar by the woman he loved, he threw himself into his military career, training hard enough to get accepted into the elite Black Ops unit known as HOT. The love he felt for Annabelle Quinn burned to ash in the face of her betrayal—so when she crashes back into his life and begs him to save her, he has no problem laughing in her face. 

Blackmailed into jilting Dex and forced into an abusive marriage, Annabelle never thought she’d escape the hell of the last five years. But her husband died a month ago and she’s finally free. Except she isn’t. Someone claims that Eric stole a fortune—and they want it back. If she doesn’t return it within twenty-four hours, she’ll be dead—and so will her young daughter. With time running out, Annabelle has no one to turn to. No one except Dex.

When Dex learns that Annabelle’s husband committed treason against the US by selling a top secret military project to the Russians, he has no choice but to get involved. He’ll protect Annabelle and her child, and he’ll find out who’s threatening her. But he won’t fall for her intoxicating sensuality ever again. And if he discovers the secret she’s been hiding from him? It’ll be game over for good…

Another explosive, high-octane thrill-ride from New York Times bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris!



REVIEW

This was another HOT (pun intended) story by Lynn Raye Harris.  The story was fast paced and a quick and easy read.  The characters were well developed and the overall story in the series progressed forward some as well.  Anyone who hasn't read the series up to this point would easily be able to keep-up and Harris does a nice job of briefly introducing the supporting characters from past books without it feeling forced.  If you are a fan of the series already, this book with not disappoint, and if you like books about sexy military men saving the world and falling in love along the way, this book (and series!) is for you.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lynn Raye Harris is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband, two crazy cats, and one spoiled American Saddlebred horse. Lynn's books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." Lynn's books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

You can learn more at her website, www.LynnRayeHarris.com, or come and visit her at her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynnRayeHarris. Lynn loves hearing from her readers! To sign up for Lynn's newsletter--where you'll be kept up to date about all of Lynn's books--text the word HOTTIES to 66866 or go to http://lynnrayeharris.com/newsletter.

Books by Lynn:

THE HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES
**Alpha Squad**
Hot Pursuit
Hot Mess
Hot Package
Dangerously Hot
Hot Shot
Hot Rebel
Hot Ice
Hot & Bothered
Hot Protector
Hot Addiction ~ Coming Soon
Hot Valor ~ Coming Soon

**Hot SEAL Team**
Hot SEAL
Hot SEAL Lover ~ Coming June 14, 2016

From Harlequin:
Heiress's Defiance, Dec 2014, Harlequin Presents
Carrying the Sheikh's Heir, July 2014, Harlequin Presents
Gambling With the Crown, May 2014, Harlequin Presents
The Change in Di Navarra's Plan, December 2013, Harlequin Presents
A Facade to Shatter, October 2013, Harlequin Presents
A Game With One Winner, April 2013, Harlequin Presents
Marriage Behind the Facade, January 2013, Harlequin Presents Extra
The Girl Nobody Wanted, November 2012, Harlequin Presents
Captive But Forbidden, July 2012, Harlequin Presents
Strangers in the Desert, March 2012, Harlequin Presents
The Man With the Money, November 2011, Harlequin Presents
Behind the Palace Walls, June 2011, Presents Extra
The Devil's Heart, April 2011, Harlequin Presents
Chosen by the Sheikh, November 2010, Harlequin Presents
The Prince's Royal Concubine, June 2010, Harlequin Presents
Cavelli's Lost Heir, January 2010, Harlequin Presents
Spanish Magnate, Red-Hot Revenge, August 2009, Harlequin Presents

Harlequin Digital Short:
His Royal Love-Child, June 2013

Free Read: Maddie's Marine: A (Very) Short Story

Ten Random Things About Lynn You Might Find Cool:

1. I'm a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This makes my husband a HODAR (Husband of DAR), which I find hilarious.

2. I used to ride show jumpers when I was a teenager. Other teens were going out with their friends while I was riding horses every evening after school.

3. I'll try any kind of food once, unless it's really weird (like scorpion-on-a-stick). I have eclectic tastes and I believe life is an adventure! Why not try the food, right?

4. I got married in Germany and I have two anniversaries. The first is the civil ceremony, performed by the Burger Meister, and the second is the church wedding, which was the next day.

5. I used to live in Hawaii. This was every bit as cool as it sounds.

6. Though I lived in Hawaii, I am not a water sport kind of person. I do not surf. I do not snorkel. I do not like sticking my toes in an ocean in which sharks also swim. I did it on occasion, but it's not my favorite thing to do. I'd rather look at the water from the beach.

Lynn Raye Harris is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband, two crazy cats, and one spoiled American Saddlebred horse. Lynn's books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." Lynn's books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

You can learn more at her website, www.LynnRayeHarris.com, or come and visit her at her Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynnRayeHarris. Lynn loves hearing from her readers! To sign up for Lynn's newsletter--where you'll be kept up to date about all of Lynn's books--text the word HOTTIES to 66866 or go to http://lynnrayeharris.com/newsletter.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Book Review - A Girl's Guide to Moving On

ABOUT THE BOOK


REVIEW

I have actually reread this book since the first time I read it a year ago, that is how much I enjoyed the story.  The characters are very well developed and Macomber does a great job weaving Nichole and Leanne's stories together that make them feel very connected, even though they are two different love stories.  Nikolai actually ends up being my favorite character in the book but all of them are wonderful in their own way (except Jake!!).  This is an uplifting and inspiring read and I recommend it to anyone who loves romance and stories about self-confident women.


OVERALL RATING - 5 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.