Friday, September 19, 2014

Tasty Virtual Book Tour for WORTH THE FALL by Claudia Connor September1-26th, 2014! Enter the Giveaway!


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Worth The Fall
The McKinney Brothers # 1
By: Claudia Connor  
Releasing September 9th, 2014
Loveswept


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Blurb:

Prepare to be swept away by a talented debut author with a passionate, powerful story to tell.

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

Review Time:

The sexy cover caught my attention and then the blurb had me wondering: Can she pull it off? The answer is:
YES!
Claudia Connor has written a wonderful story of a widow with four kids and one on the way, catching the eye of a sexy Navy Seal who has been side-lined for a while after an injury. Matt has been questioning his future and tiring of the singles scene. Abby is just trying to give her large family a treat at the beach before summer ends and school starts. Matt can't seem to get the beautiful mom out of his mind and his scenes with her and the kids are sincere. He strikes up a friendship with the skittish mom and doesn't fake his growing affection for the kids because he is from a large family himself.  Abby warily lets him into her life, knowing it will only be temporary. She grew up a foster child and later married a workaholic who was never there for her or their children. 
Their friendship continues sporadically after the holiday, with phone calls and text messages. But Matt has to return back to his navy team and lives hours away. But he doesn't forget his promises and visits the family while he and Abby decide if they should remain friends or make their relationship something more.
While I momentarily questioned Abby's decision to have so many kids with a neglectful husband, you know that she is a good mom and it didn't take my interest away from the charm of this heartwarming story. I loved Matt and Abby and the kids provided many sweet and humorous moments. I definitely want to read the next book in this new trilogy.









Claudia Connor


About Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England.
After years of making up stories in her head, she finally decided to try writing them down when a friend told her oh, so kindly, that talking to imaginary people was in fact NOT normal.
Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, but spends most of her time these days putting the stories in her head on paper. Worth the Fall is the first book in The McKinney Brothers trilogy. The second book, Worth the Risk, is set to be released in December 2014.
Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Giveaway for a Signed Copy of-- Once A Seal by Anne Elisabeth! Enter Starting September 18th, 2014


Welcome back to this weeks Book Club Thursday. Who can resist a story about sexy Navy Seals? This week, my friends and I at BCT are offering a signed copy of Once A Seal by Anne Elizabeth. Read the Blurb and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below. Good Luck!


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BLURB:

It's going to take a SEAL's strength to make this marriage work.

Every woman dreams of marrying the perfect man-handsome, thoughtful, strong, and sensitive -and Aria Kavanagh believes she's found the ultimate hero in Chief Petty Officer Daniel McCullum. But being a U.S. Navy SEAL wife is a serious challenge, especially when the missions are putting more than their love in the line of fire. Can they jump the hurdles and handle the daily rigors without falling apart? Or will the pressures attached to the handsome uniform have them both questioning if their dedication is worth it? Every moment matters when the only thing that truly lasts is love.






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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Love By Design by Evie Knight





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BLURB:

Rules are meant to be broken… only, he chooses which ones to break.

Renowned, self-taught baker Tristan James has everything going for him. Great friends. Women. Business success. His ultimate goal is to host his own TV show. All is perfect… until Mandy walks into his life. Tristan fears she’ll make him unearth the secrets he keeps.

She plays by the rules.

Amanda Roberts dreams of becoming a famous shoe designer, but her insecurities stand between her and her dream. She’s ready to give up when Tristan dares her to pursue her goal. Falling prey to his charms isn’t something she counts on, yet it’s unavoidable.

As their dreams finally become a reality, they must choose between love or the opportunity of a lifetime.

My Review:

Evie Knight is an author to watch. I enjoyed reading a previous story, Ariel's Song, for one of my review tour groups. Love by Design is sure to be another hit, but in a different way. This story has a different, lighter appeal. 
Tristan and Mandy both have dreams. Tristan is a baker and wishes to have his own TV show. Mandy loves to design shoes. The only difference is that Tristan at least owns his own bake shop while Mandy lacks confidence and works for a rich and spoiled diva.
I love the sparks that fly from the two characters, but their romance was a roller coaster ride. Tristan encourages Mandy to pursue her dreams and eventually she does.  He is not a perfect person and neither is their romance. He is not a commitment kind of guy, so of course he pursues a woman who turns him down and doesn't care for sweets. Mandy is young and finding her place in the world with big dreams and the talent to achieve them if she finds the courage. 
Tristan can be frustrating. He is not a bad person, but he has fears and they are what causes him to break Mandy's heart in their rocky times. And it is during these times that Mandy begins to grow and become a stronger woman. They also have friends, good and bad, that contribute important moments to this story.
All in all, I liked Tristan and Mandy's story, bumps and all. It was a shorter story with a quick pace and good story telling.

I was given an ARC for this story in exchange for an honest review.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Join the Tasty Tour forTexas Twist by Cynthia D'Alba September 1-19, 2014! Enter the Giveaway, too!




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Texas Twist
Texas Montgomery Mavericks # 4
By: Cynthia D’Alba
Releasing September 2nd, 2014
Samhain Publishing

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Blurb

Real bad boys can grow up to be real good men.
Hit hard by the death of her parents, Paige Ryan needs to figure out what to do with her life. She moves to Whispering Springs, Texas, to be near her step-brother. But just as she starts to get her life on track, the last man she ever wanted to see again sends it right back off the rails.
Cash Montgomery was on the cusp of having it all. Three bull riding titles, fame, fortune and respect from his family. Until a bad bull leaves him injured, angry and searching for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. With nowhere to go, he moves into his sister-in-law’s old ranch house in Whispering Springs—which he’s surprised to find already occupied.
As Cash rebuilds the dilapidated home and Paige starts out on her medical career, their old friendship begins to reemerge and sparks are ignited. Paige knows that Cash is nothing but a heartache waiting to happen. But maybe this bad boy has grown up to be a real good man?
Warning: Watch out for falling lumber, falling in holes, and falling for the wrong guy…again. You can leave your hard hat on.

My Review:

I saw the blurb for this and it sounded good, so I read it even though it's 4 books into a series by a new author to me. I was pleasantly surprised. I really came to care for both Cash and Paige quickly. Cash is a champion bull rider with the world at his feet until a devastating injury. Paige is the girl who had a crush on him when she was a teen, but now she moves near the Montgomery ranch to be closer to her brother after her parents are killed and she wants to get her life back together, too.  At first, Cash is just a surly, self-pitying man who is drowning his pain in alcohol. Fate has them meeting again seven years later, at a family cabin while they get their lives back in shape. 
It's a rough start at first, he is bitter. But they agree to be roomies until Paige leaves to continue her education in the fall. Sparks are flying, but Cash has already broken her heart before, so neither wants to act on the attraction. So why does Cash get so jealous when she starts dating another man?
This is a good story with a lot of heart. Ms D'Alba does a fine job of peeling off Cash's layers one at a time. Paige doesn't take the stuff he dishes out and I loved the inter-action between the two. Add to that the humor and the wonderful sense of family with the rest of the Montgomerys, and you have an enjoyable romantic read.






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Award winning author Cynthia D’Alba was born and raised in Arkansas. After being gone for seventeen years, she’s thrilled to be back home living on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading, writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.





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TEASER:

“Here’s the deal, slick,” she said with a lift of an eyebrow. “I’m still attracted to you and, if I’m reading your kisses accurately, the feeling is mutual.” She sat back on her heels with a sigh. “I want to finish what we started seven years ago. Don’t freak out,” she added quickly when he opened his mouth to speak. “I’m not looking for long-term or asking for a commitment. Come fall, school’s going to be time consuming and tough. I won’t have the time or the energy for a relationship.” She shrugged. “So for as long as it lasts, I propose roommates with benefits. What do you say?”

"Before I decide one way or the other, I want to make sure we’re clear on a few points. We have no future. There is no us. No long-term happy-ever-after. This isn’t a fairy tale, Paige. It’s real life.” He hated sounding so hard, so brusque, but she had to understand he had nothing to offer her. “If we do this, it’s just sex. Not making love or any other pretty label you might want to put on it. If it lasts through the summer, fine. We’ll go our separate ways when you leave for school. If either of us wants out before then, it’s over. No questions. No tears. No regrets.”














Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Club Thursday: September 11, 2014 I Love America--Military Romance






     Do you love soldier's? Stories about military heroes and heroines? Welcome back to this weeks edition of Book Club Thursday. Our topic is I Love America- Military romance.
     The contemporary romance market is filled right now with this popular military genre. Everything from sexy Navy Seals, daring Air Force pilots, to the brave soldier's working around the world for a Special Ops team, there is something for everyone.And what's not to love? Brave, strong heroes who sacrifice their lives so that we enjoy the freedoms that we have today and the women that love them. Of course, there are plenty of heroines who are just as kick-ass as the guys. Together, they make for some exciting reading as they make our country safe from the enemies, both foreign and domestic.


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     Some of the earliest military romances I read were written as category romances. Lindsay McKenna, with real ties with the military has been writing them for decades. I first read the Morgan's Mercenaries series set after Viet Nam and fell in love with Morgan and Laura Trayhern. He used to call her his "Little Swan" and yes, I sighed happily. But his brother and sister had stories as well as his parents whose story was set during the Korean conflict and their ancestors story set during the days after 1776. Not ending there, Trayhern's stories continued as their children continued serving with settings in todays headlines. A true military saga.
     Before Suzanne Brockmann became a hit with her naval series The Troubleshooters (I love Tom Paoletti and Sam Stark), she wrote a category series called Tall, Dark, and Dangerous. Navy seal romances like Prince Joe, Frisco's Kid and Forever Blue which were fun and lighthearted. At least her great writing career wasn't hindered with one of the yuckiest covers ever. Always remember, Don't judge a book by its cover really applies here!
     Now, I loved the cover of MacKenzie's Mission by Linda Howard. He was such a strong character as a teen in MacKenzies Mountain, and as a grown man, Wow! It was a pleasure watching his character grow as well as his career in the Air Force. Such great chemistry between him and Caroline. Another bonus was his younger brothers had books as well. A good treat to Linda Howard fans!


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     I like second chance stories. Being in the military brings a lot of human problems as soldiers that return home have to heal physically as well as mentally and then try to reconnect with the family's that love them. These two I pictured here are fine examples as they dwell with the demons as survivors guilt, torture, betrayal by people they trust. Add to the mix strong wives whose love is put to the test as they see the man they love suffer, but can't reach out to talk about it and instead push their spouses away. Or, stir in the reality of children to add to the heart-strings. These are very story driven tales, so the love scenes are sometimes fewer, but no less powerful when problems are worked through and the hero/heroine finally reconnect. Some emotional reading here.


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     What's not to love about military romance spiced with paranormal? A shifter heroine named Ivy makes for a unique heroine in Her Perfect Mate. Christine Feehan and Rebecca Zanetti provide great stories on military heroes "enhanced" by covert groups working for the government. In Feehan's Game series, not only are soldiers experimented on, but children as well. And if you are a failure, you are expendable. Zanetti's Shane Dean is an unforgettable Alpha hero in Forgotten Sins. Even with amnesia, he is confident, cocky, and sexy and the story has action, suspense, humor, emotion and romance all in one fast-paced package.

I could go on and on with more great example. Shelly Laurenston has some shifters who are ex-military. And word of mouth has recommended authors like Catherine Mann, Cindy Gerard, Stephanie Tyler as just a few more who have popular series dealing with men who put their life on the line for their country.

     How about you? Who are some of your recommendations? Don't forget to check out what my friends in BCT had to say on their blogs. Come back again next week when we are offering another Giveaway!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tasty Virtual Book Tour: What I Love About You by N Y Times author Rachel Gibson. August 25th thru October 3rd, 2014 There's a Giveaway, too!




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What I Love About You
by Rachel Gibson
Truly, Idaho #3
Avon Books
Available August 26, 2014


BLURB:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger

GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!

Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!

Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T!

Review Time:

Rachel Gibson does it again as she brings charm and humor to this latest story set in Truly, Idaho. Blake ( who you met in Run To You with his twin Beau) is an ex Navy Seal who is dealing with his demons the best he can and finds himself living next door to single mom Natalie and her young daughter, Charlotte. Natalie, once part of the golden couple in high school, returns home after ten years because of a big betrayal by her ex-husband. The last thing she needs is a man in her life, especially the annoying new neighbor, even though he is handsome as sin.
Blake and Charlotte end up becoming friends and together they con Natalie into "sharing" a puppy. This comes in handy as it brings him in contact with the sexy single mom with the "sweet cheeks". Sparks begin to fly, but they have a rocky road ahead as her ex decides to come back to town and wants to connect with her daughter.
I found this to be a sweet story, full of fun and heart. I love the banter between Blake and Natalie. Even while handling his serious problems with alcohol, he never lost his sense of humor. And there is a little scene- stealer named Charlotte who manages to bring the two adults together and warm the readers' hearts at the same time. An enjoyable story!

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Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit and run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.


   

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Male/ Female POV? September 4, 2014





Welcome to this weeks Book Club Thursday. Male/Female POV. This week, my fellow bloggers and I would like to know your preferences on the Point of View of the lead characters. What's your take?



     I never used to think about this. I read books in 1st person and 3rd person. I read the blurb and just read the book if it sounded good. After a while, I payed more attention to those details. If you read a book in 1st Person, you miss the thoughts of the other characters unless they are in the dialogue. That may work well enough in mysteries, where you have one person solving the crime, but how does that change things in romance novels?
Since most romances are written by women, it's probably natural that it is easier for authors to write from the female view, but the heroes voice is heard, at least in part. Paranormals like The Black Dagger Brotherhood have alpha males whose male voices are loudly hear, and military heroes usually have the male POV shared as well. And then, there are authors like Nora Roberts who has four older brothers and gets into the male mind quiet nicely, her  contemporary Chesapeake Bay Saga rings true to me, as I have three brothers myself. I still think of the Quinn brothers when we have mashed potatoes.
Sometimes, I don't want to hear too much of the hero's thoughts. I recently read a book where the hero wanted to use a woman to get her property, Thank goodness, he was a decent guy and couldn't go through with it. It's hard disliking the hero for the majority of the book. One author had a heroine save the hero, who was an assassin, but he still was going to kill her. That was a little hard to take and he was hard to connect with as the partner of the heroine. The story was well written, but a little too much information for me personally.
A good friend of mine does not care for first person and I finally got what she meant when Linda Howard wrote a book duet this way. To Die For and Drop Dead Gorgeous were very funny books, told by the girly girl heroine Blair Mallory's POV. I really liked the cop turned boyfriend, Wyatt, but I never could get over how much better they could have been had she written it in the third. Here was a strong man, but you never knew his thoughts unless he was speaking dialogue. 


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And here is the cover of the first category romance labeled as written from "his" point of view. This came out in the mid-eighties by Joann Robb, aka Joann Ross. I read it a long time ago, but it was pretty good for its time. 
So, what's your preference? Either or Neither? Let us know in the comments below. We enjoy hearing from you. Don't forget to check out what my friend's blogs say on the subject. I hope you enjoyed it. Next week, we are talking about military romances: I Love America!