Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review & Giveaway for the RUN TO YOU Virtual Tour for Rachel Lacey!


Risking it All #1
Rachel Lacey
Releasing Aug 30th, 2016


Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellow jackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital "hot," and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there's nowhere to hide from Ethan's sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.

At the center of the town's matchmaking is Ethan's grandmother, who's convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there's serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won't fool just the entire town - they might fool themselves too . . .

From the uniquely crazy way Gabby and Ethan meet to their HEA, Run To You grabbed my heart and didn't let go. I laughed with them, I cried with them as they rode the life roller coaster. 
     I felt the sparkling connection between Gabby and Ethan from the first chapter. Neither is looking for love and both carry some baggage. While they decide to be just friends, life and fate have other ideas. Ethan is gobsmacked when he discovers that his beloved gram Dixie doesn't have long to live. She is a feisty, full of life character who wants to see him settled with a good woman before she passes on. Ethan is a good guy who adores Dixie and he convinces a reluctant Gabby to "fake" date to make his grandmother happy. Somewhere along the way, the lines start to blur as they start feeling more than friendship.
     This story reflects life. It is fun and full of laughs one minute, and then it pulls on your emotions the next. Gabby is sweet and good-hearted. Ethan is strong and loyal as he and his best friends are trying to start an adventure business that could add income to their small town of Haven. Together, the two come to lean on each other and heal after some rocky soul searching times. You can't help but root for these two characters.
     Run To Me is a winning start to Rachel Lacey's new Risking It All series and it is easily one of my favorite books of 2016. I can't wait to read the next book in this charming and heartwarming series!

I’m glad you brought me out here.” Gabby stepped over a tree root, lifting her skirt with her free hand so that she didn’t trip.

Ethan squeezed her left hand. “Me, too. The rock face is right up this way.”

They came around a corner and the path opened up to a big rock looming at least thirty feet into the air. There were some creases and cracks in it, but how anyone could scale it with only their bare hands—or why they would want to—was completely beyond her. “You can seriously climb that?”

I can climb it. Ryan can kick its ass, though.”

Okay then. Show me.”

With a cocky grin, he reached up and hooked his hand into a crack in the rock. He pulled himself up, his biceps flexing most impressively as he climbed. Holy shit, that was sexy. Soon she was left with nothing but a view of his very fine ass. And by the time he’d reached the top, she was so turned on, she could hardly stand it.

So?” he called from the top. “You going to join me or what?”

Not a chance. But I will enjoy watching you climb back down.”

Gotta give the lady what she wants.” His fine ass reappeared over the edge as he started back down. He took his time on the descent, and if she wasn’t mistaken, he might have reached for a few hand and footholds that made him flex his muscles a little more than was strictly necessary.

You’re a show-off,” she said when his feet were back on solid ground.

He was a bit out of breath, his bronzed skin glistening with sweat, trademark smile still in place. “No clue what you’re talking about.”

No? You really needed to reach all the way to that notch?” She gestured above them. “Instead of the one closer to your shoulder that maybe wouldn’t have shown off your lovely biceps quite as well?”

He flexed for her. “What, these old things? And for the record, I totally needed the leverage.”

Mm-hmm.” For some reason, she put her hand on his biceps, and oh crap, that was a mistake. His skin was hot beneath her fingers, and his blue eyes blazed into hers.

Killing me, Gabby,” he murmured. “Killing me.”

His words sent a bolt of red-hot desire right through her, and she must have made a sound because Ethan sucked in a breath, his gaze locked on her lips. His hands settled on her hips, burning into her skin through the thin fabric of her skirt.


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a Risking it All Novella

Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Release Blast : WATCH ME By Ada Stone August 29th, 2016!

I am the Porn Prince.

Ada Frost
Releasing Aug 29th, 2016

This is my world, my kingdom. I sit on the throne and control the empire I created.

My skill? Providing illicit pleasure to thousands. If there is a fantasy to fulfil, my company will provide it.

I am the Porn Prince.

The cold hearted producer at Stone Industries who creates the hottest porn in the business.

But every ruler has an Achilles heel, and mine is chaos.

Abigail Warner is chaos.

From the moment she entered my office my world was turned upside down. She is my passion, my fantasy and everything I never wanted in life. The chaotic infuriating mess of a woman is everything I hate and avoid.

So why can’t I stop watching her.

Why do I crave her?

One taste and I know she will destroy me.


So a little bit about myself. I love to read, and create stories for others to enjoy. I've always been told I have a vivid imagination, I just lacked the confidence to pursue putting it onto the written page. But finally I embarked on making a single dream come true.

I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any in that genre really. But it has to have a beautiful happy ending, I know reality isn't like that, but I read to excape real life not re-live it. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily.

I live in Yorkshire, England with my family, and many pets. When I'm not writing I am a very busy mummy and wife. My family is my world, my purpose and I am proud to be a part of their lives.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

MY FAIR PRINCESS By Vanessa Kelly: Read an Excerpt on this Virtual Tour!

The Improper Princesses—three young women descended from royalty, 
each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .

Improper Princesses #1
Vanessa Kelly
Releasing Aug 30th, 2016

First, Vanessa Kelly brought readers The Renegade Royals. Now, in a delightfully witty new series, she introduces The Improper Princesses—three young women descended from royalty, each bound for her own thrilling adventure . . .

Despite being the illegitimate daughter of a prince, Gillian Dryden is happily ignorant of all social graces. After growing up wild in Italy, Gillian has been ordered home to England to find a suitable husband. And Charles Valentine Penley, the excessively proper, distractingly handsome Duke of Leverton, has agreed to help transform her from a willful tomboy to a blushing debutante.

Powerful and sophisticated, Charles can make or break reputations with a well-placed word. But his new protégée, with her habit of hunting bandits and punching earls, is a walking scandal. The ton is aghast . . . but Charles is thoroughly intrigued. Tasked with taking the hoyden in hand, he longs to take her in his arms instead. Can such an outrageous attraction possibly lead to a fairytale ending?

      “No thanks are necessary. I am happy to assist in any little way I can,” he said.
     That was balderdash. Leverton had been incredibly helpful, especially in dealing with all the commotion at Lady Barrington’s ball. He’d brought the situation quickly under control after Honoria and Sarah had explained how Andover had insulted them all in the grossest manner. The duke had glared down at the still unconscious earl before plucking a goblet of champagne from the tray of one of the footmen. Much to the delight of the crowd, Leverton had poured the cold beverage onto the earl’s face.
     After Andover came spluttering to life, Lord Lendale and Mr. Stratton had hauled the earl to his feet and carted him off. Leverton, meanwhile, had herded Gillian and her friends back to their respective grandmothers as if nothing untoward had occurred.
     But the damage from Gillian’s knockout had been done. Clearly, a young lady was simply expected to stand meekly by while a man insulted her. Well, people who subscribed to that philosophy would continue to be sadly disappointed if they thought she would ever put up with that sort of behavior. That didn’t mean, however, that she wasn’t embarrassed, mostly for her grandmother’s sake. Poor Grandmamma had been mortified, and furious with Gillian for drawing even more attention to the Marbury family with her impulsive behavior. According to her grandmother, Gillian and the girls should have simply excused themselves and walked away from the caddish earl.
     Gillian had never been very good at walking away.
   “I’ve not yet properly thanked you for taking my side of things,” she said. “I think Grandmamma would have murdered me if you hadn’t come to my defense. According to her, no man of sense will ever wish to marry me. ” In fact, her grandmother had told Gillian that her actions had now made her toxic. And while something like that had been a key component of her plans, it still hurt to be described in those terms.
The situation is far from hopeless,” Leverton said. “But I should have done a better job of looking out for you.”
     “You didn’t exactly drop me in the Mongolian Desert to fend for myself. Lord Lendale didn’t leave for long, and Grandmamma was lurking about somewhere.”
He looked disgusted with himself. “I didn’t expect Lendale to leave you alone at all. I should be apologizing to you for failing to protect you from a cad like Andover.”
     “Well, you did seem fairly distracted at the time.”
    He shot her a sharp glance, but didn’t answer as he steered her around a group of nursemaids and their charges on their way home from the park.
     “It’s easy to get distracted at large gatherings,” he finally said in a cool voice.
     “Ah, I see. You’re trying to warn me off this particular topic of conversation.”
     He gave her a reluctant smile. “Is it working?”
     “No,” she said. “You already know I have deplorable manners.”
     “That is rather an understatement.”
     “Think of it as yet another opportunity for a lesson in my social schooling. You’d given me the impression the other day that you didn’t particularly like Lady Letitia.”
Gillian knew she was being shockingly nosy, but she had to ask. She’d been thinking about the intimate scene between Leverton and Lady Letitia ever since the ball—when she wasn’t stewing over her own idiotic behavior, that is.
     “Is there a question in there, Miss Dryden?”
     “Now you’re being deliberately dense. Of course there is.”
     “Then I suggest you cease beating about the bush and just ask it.”
     “Very well. Not to be too blunt—”
     “Which I feel very sure you will be,” he interjected.
     “As I was saying,” she said firmly, “it seemed to me that you and Lady Letitia were, hmm, exceedingly friendly with each other at the ball. Now, I understand that married ladies, married gentlemen, and unmarried gentlemen all engage in affairs with one another quite regularly. It seems rather taken for granted in the ton.” She frowned. “Now that I think about it, the only people who don’t engage in such affairs are unmarried ladies. I understand why, of course. But it doesn’t seem all that fair, does it?”
     When he didn’t answer, she glanced up at him. His expression suggested she’d just starting flapping her arms and crowing like a rooster.
     “Miss Dryden, are you by any chance a devotee of Mary Wollstonecraft? Because that would be most unfortunate, I assure you. As is the tone of this disturbing conversation.”
Gillian waved a hand, banging her reticule into her elbow. “Yes, I know I’m not supposed to talk about things like this, but I have to ask someone if I’m to learn how to get along with all the silly people you’re forcing me to meet. Grandmamma certainly won’t discuss anything with me.”
     “Nor will I, except to say that there are many, many people in society who do not engage in illicit behavior.”
     She eyed him dubiously, but he clearly wasn’t going to budge. “All right. But I would still like to know about you and Lady Letitia.”
     “There is nothing to know about me and Lady Letitia,” he said in an austere voice. His face was like a mask.
     “You’re very good at that,” she said.
     “Hiding your feelings.”
     “The only feeling I hold toward this particular topic is irritation.”
     “Hmm,” she said. “You don’t like to even talk about scandals, do you?”
     “No.” He lifted an imperious eyebrow. “Do you?”
     She shrugged. “I’m rather agnostic on the subject. By definition, I’m a walking scandal, so I’ve had to get used to it.”
     “Miss Dryden, you are not a walking scandal. You are a young lady with a happy future ahead of you. In order to achieve that future, you simply need to listen to your elders and obey them. That includes me.”
     “That’s no fun,” she said.
     “Young ladies are not supposed to have fun.”
     Gillian stopped, forcing him to stop too. “And that attitude is exactly why young ladies get into trouble, sir. You treat us like hothouse flowers and refuse to explain things to us. I assure you, ignorance is not bliss. It would be much better to treat us like sensible human beings with the capacity to understand what is in our best interest.”

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Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.” Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller. Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Club Thursday: August Reading Challenge

Hi Readers! I hope that you are all well and enjoying the last few weeks of summer. This week, my buddies and I at Book Club Thursday are doing our monthly Reading Challenge. Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed each of our picks!

My August Reading Challenge:

Released May 2016

Baring your body is simple--but baring your soul might just change everything…

The last thing Glenna O'Donald expected to stumble upon in a cemetery was a pack of index cards. And not just any cards--each one contains instructions for a seriously kinky, no-holds-barred sexual encounter. Glenna, an over-analytical research assistant by day, is suddenly tempted to conduct some nocturnal experiments of her own. Especially when gorgeous university professor Eric Morris offers to be her lab partner. 

Soon Glenna begins meeting with Eric once a week to try out the suggestions that intrigue her most. In between those daring nights of sensual exploration are work days filled with laughter and flirting…until Glenna fears she's getting in too deep. For all the pleasure she's giving and receiving, Glenna wants more than skin-on-skin interaction--and Eric realizes he's about to lose the intimate connection he didn't know he needed. Can they find the courage to take this game to the next level? 

When I decide to read an erotica, I have to see a good story as well as well written love scenes. I did love the concept of this story. Glenna is an appreciated research assistant to an asshat professor. She is working hard for the man, so much that she has not much of a life let alone a love life. That had been pretty dull, too. She visited the cemetery to visit a close relative, and found a brown sack near by. Peering inside, she discovered cards with sexual ideas rather than the trash she figured was inside. She was more than intrigued. Her late aunt had just written her a card to tell her to get more out of life and reach outside the box, so she decides to go for it.
     I didn't know that 30 Nights was the second book in the series. I read the blurb for the first story, 30 Days, and discovered the origin of the cards. A husband who found out that he was dying, created them for his wife to help her move on with her life after she grieved. He loved her enough to want her to move on and hopefully find another man to love.
     Eric, one of the other professors in the department gets a peek at the cards. He is fascinated what Glenna has been carrying around in the little bag and makes it known that he would be willing to research the cards with her. She has been crushing on the handsome prof, but he makes it clear that he does not want a relationship.
     The story is written in first person. I am not a fan of erotica written that way. You only get the thoughts of one person, except in dialogue. I just don't think most are as sexy written this way.
     The love scenes aren't bad and are playful as well as hot. The story is good, but it misses something. Glenna is a nice girl, but a doormat as far as her professional life goes. Her friend is always telling her to quit taking the bull her boss dishes out. She has always been passive in her relationships which are always dull and boring. Eric never sticks up for her when he sees how her boss treats her. I thought Eric was a little staid for my taste. I didn't quite get his emotional withdrawal due to a previous relationship. 
     That didn't stop me from hoping that they got their HEA. The story was good, but it needed to be fleshed out some more in order to live up to the sexy concept. The characters needed more punch as well.  It was an okay read, but it could have been so much more.

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The Reading Challenges are fun and I am glad that you stopped by! Don't forget to stop and see what my friends selected for their challenges. This was the last BCT Blog for August, so I hope that you join us again next week, September 1st, when we will again be Clearing Off the Shelves. Happy Reading!