Monday, September 1, 2014

Liz Carlisle: The Earl's Mistress A Tasty Virtual Book Tour August 18th thru September 5th! A Giveaway, too!





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The Earl’s Mistress
MacLachlan Family and Friends # 10
By: Liz Carlyle
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon Romance 

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Blurb

Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose sensual skills are the stuff of legend. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap to his face, then stalks out with references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is left burning . . .

Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty-but the latter is no use to a servant. With orphaned sisters to feed, eviction nearing, and Hepplewood’s words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . .

But when fate unknowingly sends Isabella back into Hepplewood’s arms, the earl must make an impossible choice-draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.

My Review:

This is my first book by Liz Carlyle so I didn't know what she would write like. I've been a little burned out by historicals lately, a roguish hero and the impoverished heroine, but this sounded different so I thought I would try it out. The cover was eye-catching as well. It did surprise me.
    Isabella is a widow with little money who is also trying to take care of her younger sisters, and Anthony, the Earl of Hepplewood does not hire her to be the governess to his young daughter (as she was led to believe) and sends her off instead. Neither one can forget each other, and through some unusual circumstances, they meet again.
     You have to read the book for more, but I must say if you like gentler love scenes, then this novel is not for you. I wasn't expecting the spicy and sexy love scenes so early in the story.
     I did enjoy the story and the main characters though it was a little slow at times. There are some nasty relatives that Isabella must deal with, but her love changes Tony and together they meet the many challenges in their unusual relationship. I would definitely read another story by Liz Carlyle.

I received this ARC through Edelweis from the publisher for an honest review. 





Author Info:
A lifelong anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of sixteen historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina. You can contact her via her website at www.lizcarlyle.com.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Celia Kaye Shifter Story on Book Club Thursday: No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It!!! August28, 2014

Welcome back to Book Club Thursday as we wrap up this months theme of Shifters. Today we are reviewing No Ifs, Ands, Or Bears about It by Celia Kyle. How do you fans like Bear shifters? I hope you enjoy this weeks pick. Tell us what you thought below. And don't forget to visit the other members blogs to see what their take is on this weeks book.

Romancing the Readers-Ann
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The first day of Mia’s new life in Grayslake, Georgia is not going as planned. The house her grandfather left her looks ready to crumble, boxes cover every inch of the floor and—oh—there’s a bear cub in her pantry. It gets worse when the cub’s uncle comes by and busts out his fur and claws while on her front porch. Then it gets loads better because suddenly there’s a hot hunk of badge-wearing werebear on her lawn ready to rescue her. Yum. Of course, he has to ruin things by trying to take the cub out of her hands. Ha! The cub is hers… No ifs, ands, or bears about it. 

Werebear Ty can’t seem to get the curvaceous, delectable Mia to understand that, even if she is one-quarter werebear, she isn’t keeping the cub. Ty is the Grayslake Itan, the clan’s leader, and the little werebear is going home with him… Unless it isn’t. It’s her smile. If she’d stop smiling and being gorgeous, his inner-bear would support him and Ty would get his way. But the beast wants to make their woman happy, so it’s perfectly content to let her do as she pleases. Then things change. Threats arise, danger comes close, and Ty demands she return to his den. No ifs, ands, or mates about that. 


My Review:

This is the first time that I have read a story by Celia Kyle, but it won't be my last. This story was a great mix of sexy romance, humorous banter, as well as the darker side of animal politics. Mia might be only one quarter bear (which means "human" to the werebear clan) but she is one tough woman. She inherits her grandfather's old house when she finds a scared bear cub in the pantry. And soon Ty, the law here in Grayslake, GA and also the clan leader comes to her rescue. This story is heartwarming, fast-paced and action packed. It definitely leaves you wanting more. Ty and his inner bear wants to protect Mia and tries to teach her the way things work within the clan, but the feisty Mia teaches him the ways of the heart. A fine read!


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I hope you enjoyed this weeks Book Club Thursday. Please join us next week, Sept. 4, 2014, when we discuss which POV you enjoy better, Male vs. Female.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tasty Virtual Tour for Take The Key & Lock Her Up by Lena Diaz August 4th thru 29th! Enter to Win a Digital Copy!





A Deadly Games Thriller
By: Lena Diaz
Releasing August 5th, 2014
Avon Romance

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Blurb:

Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?

Detective Emily O'Malley just stumbled upon a killer's lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn't done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily's instincts are rarely wrong, and now they're telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin "Devil" Buchanan isn't afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.


My Review:

Lena Diaz is a rising star in the romantic suspense genre. This Deadly Games series keeps getting better and better. You will find that you can't stop turning those pages.
Emily O'Malley is a newer detective on the Savannah police force and she is investigating the disappearance of kidnapped women. Devlin "Devil" Buchanan comes to her rescue when something goes wrong with her investigation. Unfortunately, as time goes by, it becomes obvious that this case does have connections to Devlin and the people that he cares most about, including Emily, are all in danger.
Devlin is the mysterious Buchanan brother, you will have met some of his brothers in the previous books. Because of his job with a covert group called EXIT, he stays on the fringes of his family because he feels like an outsider, due to some long ago family issues. Yet when he meets Emily, he is drawn to her and can't help seeing other possibilities in life. Emily is in turn drawn to him even though she feels like she can't trust him. One of her problems she has been having with her job is that she has trouble finding the ability to rely on her instincts and that causes her to make mistakes. But she is strong and honest and together she and Devlin find they are in danger and on the run as they try to solve who is setting Devlin up.
There are lots of twists and turns in this exciting story and the action is non-stop. As is the chemistry between Devlin and Emily. One thing that will keep you wondering is the EXIT group that Devlin works for. Are they the anti-terror group they claim, or are they something else all together?



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Author Info

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she's won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.




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I received an ARC of this novel from Avon Publishers thru Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review of Mean Streak by Sandra Brown A novel of suspense!




Release Date: August 19,2014
Grand Central Publishing

BLURB:

Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive. 

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can't turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As her husband's deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.


My Review:

I have been disappointed in suspense books the last few years. They all seemed to be the same story with different names and the cliched bad guys: religious leader, rogue cop, or power-mad politician. That's why it was such a nice surprise to read the blurb for Mean Streak and actually look forward to reading another suspense novel.
This novel is Sandra Brown writing her A Game. From the eye-catching cover to the great suspenseful tale inside, this story had me turning page after page after page.  Dr. Emory Charbonneau is a busy pediatrician, an heiress, and she runs and trains for marathons on her down-time. In a troubled marriage, she finds herself attacked on the trail and now in the care of a taciturn stranger who won't even tell her his name. Imagine not knowing if he could be the attacker or if she can trust him. Eventually he releases her, but the mystery lives on. 
There are plenty of red herrings, twists and turns galore. There is also a surprise that I never saw coming. Emory and the stranger reunite and time nearly runs out as they search for the person who tried to kill her. What an excellent read and powerful story-telling by Sandra Brown!


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Virtual Tour and Giveaway for A Highlander's Obsession by Vonnie Davis-- August 11th thru 29th, 2014!


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A Highlander’s Obsession: 
Highlander’s Beloved Trilogy, Book 1 
By: Vonnie Davis 
Releasing August 19th, 2014
Loveswept 



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Blurb

In the vein of Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series and Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Stories, Vonnie Davis introduces two wandering souls who discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel.

Two wandering souls discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel from Vonnie Davis.

Somehow able to telepathically communicate with animals, Paisley Munro has found meaning in her so-called gifts by working as a veterinary assistant. But while traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Out in the highlands, she hears distinctly human thoughts coming from a wild bear. Terrified and desperate, she returns to the lodge and collapses in the powerful arms of its owner, a mysterious man with whom she shares a simmering attraction.

Creighton Matheson and his fellow shape-shifters have been roaming this land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet he cannot deny that this tantalizing woman makes him burn with desire—and hunger for the prospect of a tender love. Now Creighton must decide which would hurt more: revealing the truth or losing Paisley forever. 

My Review:

I wanted to try this book because it was about Highlanders even before I joined this tour. What a great cover! What a fun story!
Paisley, a bookish veterinary assistant accompanies her grandmother to Scotland where her Gram inherits some property. Paisley also has an unusual gift, she can read the minds of animals. The break to Scotland comes at a good time for her, giving her time to think about her future. Her cold fiance is also her boss who wants to exploit this gift.
While she is there, she discovers that not only can she read the local animals, she can read the mind of Clan leader Creighton Matheson. He is a sexy, hunky, and very bossy man who just happens to be a shifter. Their attraction is immediate, but neither wants to move that forward for different reasons. Of course, their hearts have something to say about that.
I loved this story. I found myself laughing out loud many times. Paisley's Gram is hysterical and Creighton takes overbearing to a new level, though in a good way. While having been a doormat with her fiance, Paisley finds her spine quite nicely and can match the cantankerous Creighton toe to toe. There is even a little mystery that must be solved so that they can travel on the road to love together for a lifetime. This is a fun book with a fun cast of characters. Shifter fans will enjoy this humorous paranormal tale!






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Vonnie Davis, who studied English at Penn State, likens herself to a croissant: crusty, wrinkled, flaky—and best served with strong coffee. After a career as a technical writer, she’s spending her retirement playing fairy godmother to her characters, giving them their happily-ever-afters. Six fantastic, talented kids call her “Grandma” and brighten her world in so many ways. She lives in Southern Virginia with her husband, author Calvin Davis.



Review for On Sunset Beach by Mariah Stewart.





On Sunset Beach
by author Mariah Stewart
Book #8 Chesapeake Diaries
Paperback and e-book edition Available Now
Published by Ballantine Books


Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes a captivating and heartwarming new novel in her beloved Chesapeake Diaries contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Barbara Freethy, Robyn Carr, and Susan Mallery.

Carly Summit’s name couldn’t be more fitting, since in life she always lands on top. She grew up wealthy and privileged in a tony Connecticut town, opened her own gallery in New York City, and is about to make art world history displaying previously unknown works by a prominent twentieth-century painter. No wonder she possesses a can-do attitude that can’t be soured. Ford Sinclair is another story. A military career in war-torn Africa, where he witnessed unspeakable violence and suffering, has left him haunted and deeply cynical. Now he’s looking for a way to forget and a place to belong. He hopes to find both back home in St. Dennis.

When Carly is forced to move the premiere of her new exhibition from Manhattan to St. Dennis, and Ford agrees to take charge of the town’s only newspaper, the two cross paths. But it’s hardly the start of a beautiful friendship. While Ford can’t ignore her charms, Carly’s unflappable good cheer only confounds him. Yet beneath Ford’s stormy brooding, Carly sees a man worth caring about—even if her warmest ways can’t thaw his frozen heart. But when a scandal suddenly threatens to destroy Carly’s career, Ford finds himself fighting hard for her—and falling for her even harder.

My Review:

This is a wonderful read for a summer afternoon. This is one of my favorite contemporary series and this story does not disappoint. At last, Grace Sinclair's son Ford has returned home to St. Dennis after years in the military. He meets the effervescent Carly at his welcome home party as she almost falls looking at a painting. She is in town to research some paintings her friend Ellie found in the attic of the house she recently inherited since she owns and operates a couple of art gallerys. Their meeting is brief, they don't even know each others names, but a small spark was ignited.
This book is different from most books in the series and moves at a gentler pace. The romance is a little subtler. Ford has seen much violence while he was gone and now spends a lot of time alone while he struggles to find home, even surrounded by his family and friends. When Grace falls ill, he knows that he has to help his mother out. And one of those things deals with the art that Carly is responsible for. Big-city Carly is intrigued by Ford and they end up spending a lot of time together and they both find home in each other. This is another sweet addition to this wonderful series.


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I would like to thank the publishers at Ballantine Books and NetGalley for letting me read the ARC for On Sunset Beach in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Is That A Tail? August 21, 2014


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     Welcome back to Book Club Thursday. I am sure you have noticed our theme recently has been paranormal and shifter romance. What's your favorite kind of shifter? Do you like a strong and protective wolf? How about a sleek and lethal panther. Then of course, there are the cuddly grizzly bears.
     Or maybe that polar bear hybrid that plays hockey?
     The paranormal genre is filled with plenty of shifter stories. Why are we so fascinated by a man sharing his body with an animal spirit. Sometimes, they are guides. Sometimes they are part of a long ago curse. And sometimes, they guide the hero into finding the hero his long awaited mate... whether he likes it or not.
      Each shifter author puts her own spin on their tale. I like a shifter that turns (often painfully) into his animal. Some of these "beasts" take control of the human side, especially if the hero is resisting the sexy human female as his mate. He worries about hurting her so he keeps her at arms length, yet he will move heaven and earth if someone is trying to harm her.
     Another good example is the genetically enhanced human, experimented on (not always voluntarily) by scientists under the thumb of an undercover military group. They sometimes can only partially shift or instead have superhuman strength, senses, or enhanced sex drive. Lora Leigh's Breeds are a great example. Alpha males and their sexy mate driven wild by their mating heat. Super sexy.
     Why would a human woman be drawn to such a man/beast? The heart wants what the heart wants. In a skilled writer, revealing the secret to a non-shifter can be quite emotional. Fear of betrayal of his kind or his own heart if she rejects him are a problem. And what if his animal doesn't like her or is too rough. And then again, there is the joy and beauty in a scene when the human meets the animal side. Recognizes the man by the love in  his different, yet familiar eyes as she runs her fingers through his silky hair and experiences the wonder of his trust as the secret is revealed.
     Of course, shifters do fall for other shifters. Mercy Thompson is a bad-ass coyote who recently married the wolf pack leader in a series by Patricia Briggs. Some women don't even know they have shifter blood in them. And Shelly Laurenston blends humor and crazy hybrid combinations in some of her shifter stories. And the females are just as strong, or stronger than their mates.
     So what are your favorite shifters and who are your favorite shifter writers? It's great to exchange new finds. And don't forget to see what my fellow BCT bloggers take on shifters this week.

Romancing the Readers-Ann
Born to Read Books-Cyndi
     

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Join us again next week, August 28th. We will be reviewing the shifter story: No Ifs, Ands, Or Bears About It by Celia Kyle!



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