Monday, July 25, 2016

SEASIDE LOVERS by Melissa Foster- Tasty Review Tour with Giveaway!


Fall in Love with Grayson & Parker!


SEASIDE LOVERS
Seaside Summers #7
Melissa Foster
Releasing July 20th, 2016
World Literary Press


After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he’s misinterpreted their budding relationship.

Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she’s ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she’s prepared to hole up and mourn—and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn’t count on the sinfully hot artist she’s been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.

When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the heat sizzling between them. But that doesn’t stop him from feeling protective of the woman who’s consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker’s plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker’s past unfolds, they’re led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens, and late-night fantasies become passionate realities, until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they’ve found.




My Review & Thoughts

      No matter what series Melissa Foster is writing, you can always count on a great romantic read filled with great characters in search for that HEA. Her stories are always a fun and sexy good time filled with strong emotional and heart-tugging romance. 
     Actress Parker Collins has been emailing artist Grayson   for a while on a project, so they have become friends online. Both are excited to renew their past meeting at a seaside destination in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, but Parker ends up being a no show. When Grayson discovers the sad reason that she didn't show up, he becomes very supportive and a good shoulder to lean on.
     You can't help fall for a guy like Grayson. Instead of getting pissed at Parker, he went and got the girl. Parker just lost someone dear to her and was in mourning mode when he shows up. You also feel for Parker because she is well known and she needed to grieve out from under the public eye. Since the two were already online friends, they did know things about each as friends and Grayson was able to help support and just be there for her. It wasn't always easy, but they weathered some storms along the way. Now the story wasn't always sad. They has a sparkling chemistry to add to that friendship and they do fall in love while bringing out the best in each other. On the plus side, you get to see where other other fun characters in previous stories are now with their loves. 
     

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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, new adult romance, and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented. 


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Book Club Thursday: Catching Up With-Jennifer Ashley




Author Jennifer Ashley

Hi Readers! I hope you are enjoying your summer and you are reading something special. Thanks for stopping by this week here at Book Club Thursday. We bloggers here at BCT are voracious readers and reviewers, so sometimes we fall behind on some of favorite authors., especially of they are prolific. Each month we select a special favorite author that we all like and try to pick up where we left off in our fave's backlist. This month, we are Catching Up With Jennifer Ashley. She writes paranormal romance, mysteries, and historical romance. I needed to catch up with her MacKenzie & McBride series.  So this month, I read RULES FOR A PROPER GOVERNESS.




Published October, 2014
Berkley Publishing

To Kiss A Thief... 

Scottish barrister Sinclair McBride can face the most sinister criminals in London - but the widower’s two unruly children are a different matter. Little Caitlin and Andrew go through a governess a week, sending the ladies fleeing in tears.


Roberta “Bertie” Frasier enters Sinclair’s life by stealing his watch - and then stealing a kiss. Intrigued by the handsome highlander, Bertie winds up saving his children from a dangerous situation and returns them to their father. Impressed with how they listen to her, Sinclair asks the lively beauty to be their governess, never guessing that the unconventional lady will teach him a lesson or two in love.



Thankfully, I wasn't too far behind on one of my favorite historical series. RULES FOR A PROPER GOVERNESS is book #7 and the next book is THE STOLEN MACKENZIE BRIDE, a story that tells the romance of the MacKenzie clans founder Mal. I do have a few novellas in the series to read to be entirely caught up.
     As always, I fell in love with the hero and heroine. Sinclair Mcbride is a handsome and intelligent man, but the light has gone out of his life because of the death of his wife. When he was younger, he was the lively prankster in his family and then he met his wife and they began a life and started a family. If it weren't for his children, he might have given up on life. His kids are his life and he spoils them, which is why there is always a stream of new governesses running through their lives.
     Bertie watches Sinclair, who is a barrister, save the life of her friend in court after she was accused of something she didn't do, and she is fascinated by the handsome Scotsman. Bertie's father is a petty criminal who gets upset that his friend Jacko is sent to prison as the real criminal. He orders Bertie to bring back something from McBride. Her father is an abusive man, so Bertie reluctantly picks Sinclairs pocket and relieves him of a watch. He doesn't give up chasing after her and catches up with Bertie. She tells him her story and gives back the watch which was a gift from his wife. Instead of having her arrested, he listens and does her a kindness and gives her a coin to give to her father. She is so fascinated by his generosity that she gives him a kiss, and not just a peck on the cheek.
     Bertie is a unique heroine. She is a street-smart woman who is trapped by life in London's poor East side. She is not well-educated and speaks with a cockney accent. Her mother died young and her family fell apart, but one of her father's lady friends taught her some of the proper manners in life and those are put to good use. It also helps her dream of something better in life. A few days after their kiss, Bertie ends up saving Sinclair's children from a bad situation and ends up as their temporary governess. The kids come to adore her and Sinclair himself can't stop thinking of the fresh air and joy she brings to the family. The banter between the two is fun, and the kids are scene stealers.
     There are fun moments, but there is also a mystery which intrudes in Sinclair's life. He has been getting anonymous letters threatening to ruin him. Another turn is someone from Sinclair's past interfering with his family. The road is bumpy, but Sinclair and Bertie manage to fall for each other even through the chaos, which includes revisiting with past characters.  Ian MacKenzie is one of favorite heroes of all time, and I look for him in each book. 
     I am pretty persnickety when it comes to historical romances. Jennifer Ashley never fails to deliver an emotional story with a blend of mystery, adventure, family, and love. It was wonderful seeing the light reenter Sinclair's eyes through the bubbly ball of fire that is Bertie Frasier!



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Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed our visit with Jennifer Ashley. Stop by net week, July 28th, when we will sharing our July Reading Challenge picks. Until then, Happy Reading!


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hot Read! WINTER'S Touch by Jamie Begley Excerpt & Giveaway!


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WINTER'S TOUCH
The Last Riders #8
Jamie Begley
Releasing July 19th, 2016
Young Ink Press


As president of The Last Riders, Viper’s only fear was losing his wife. After all, he had almost lost her once before.

As wife to the president, Winter lived in fear every day: fear that a club enemy would take Viper from her, fear that one of the club women would tempt him to stray, fear that she wasn’t enough of a woman for him. One thing Winter didn’t fear was risking everything to carry her husband’s child, even her health, yet Viper refused to take the chance.

Losing hope, Winter makes one last ditch effort, determined to make Viper realize that some things were worth fighting for besides the club.




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Want to tell me why you threw a winning hand?”

Winter stubbornly firmed her jaw. “I was tired of playing.” She pressed her hands flat on the wall beside her head, trying to gain leverage to push herself away from Viper’s hard body. However, Viper kissed the flesh behind her ear as she felt his hand slide up her leg, bunching her dress to her waist.

You’re never too tired to play,” Viper contradicted. “You didn’t look tired.” He took her earlobe into his mouth, nibbling on it until she used her butt to try to push him away. She only found herself pressed flatter against the wall.

Maybe I was tired of watching Sasha look at you like it was you she was fucking,” she snarled over her shoulder.

He gave a low chuckle. “Does it matter, as long as it’s not me fucking her?”

Yes, dammit! It does! How would you feel if Train was staring…? Never mind. I know how you would feel. You’d think it’s hot.”

It is hot when I fuck you.”    


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Jamie Begley grew up in a very small, and a very rural town in Kentucky. Growing up poor was hard but she would go back if she could just to get that feeling of going to the corner and popping open a soda.


For now her days are spent writing, writing, and writing.

She would like all her fans to know one thing, “All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.” 



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The Lords of Whitehall #2
Kristen McLean
Releasing July 19th, 2016
Young Ink Press


When her husband’s death is ruled a suicide, Lady Dumonte suspects foul play. However, finding the truth seems impossible after every investigator in Paris turns up empty-handed. Now she is forced to seek help from Lord Pembridge, a feckless libertine.

Although the pain of loss is a constant reminder of why she must hide her heart, this carefree scoundrel threatens to break past her defenses. He could uncover the truth regarding her husband’s death, but is learning the truth worth risking her heart?

Lord Pembridge has wealth, angelic good looks, and a sunny disposition. None would guess the dark secret blackening his past or the grudge controlling his future. It was the reason he could never have a family of his own, a fate he had accepted until he was forced to play detective for the one woman who could tempt him.



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 You, m’dear girl,” he murmured, “are old enough to know better than to tempt a scoundrel.”
I know what I am doing,” she spouted back indignantly. “I am not a child.”
No,” he agreed easily. “You are certainly not a child.”
Then I would expect you not to treat me like one.” Her eyes flashed, giving him a teasing glimpse of passion.
Lady Dumonte possessed passion?
Another surprise.
Of course not.” He frowned in mock seriousness. “How should I treat you? As a lady or a mistress?”
As a woman,” she ground out. “I am a woman!” Her lips pursed together as she glared up at him.
He smiled broadly; he couldn’t help himself.
Ah, yes,” he agreed, looking her over as though he had only just noticed. “I believe you are.”
She took in a deep breath, pushing her breasts against the tight fabric of her bodice.
His cock jumped to attention.
I was wrong about not liking you. I hate you!”
And yet,” he mused with a knit brow, “you throw yourself at me like all the others. You are either in denial of your overwhelming attraction to me or a glutton for punishment. For my own complacency, I choose the former.”
CĂ©leste shook her head slowly, her eyes narrowed and seething with anger.
Regardless,” he continued frankly at his own peril, “you had better run along, or you may find your offer accepted, and we both know you never expected that. Your bluff has been called, Lady Dumonte. Go on home like a good girl.”
I never bluff.”
Never say never, m’dear,” he murmured with a purposefully wicked smile.






Kristen has always had a love of novels, with a special place in her heart for historical romance. After reading enough of them to fill a rather impressive library, she decided to write her own. Now she has the pleasure of writing at home, tucked away in a forest with her husband, two children and her cat. Her husband is loving, and impressively patient, her two beautiful children strive to embarrass and exhaust her, and her cat hates everyone, but tolerates—well, she tolerates whoever will feed her.



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