Thursday, October 1, 2015

HEAT OF THE MOMENT by Katie Rose. Fans of Sports-themed romance can Read an Excerpt here while Following the Virtual Tour!

The Boys of Summer #3
Katie Rose
Releasing Sept 22nd, 2015

The Boys of Summer are back! In Katie Rose’s sweet, sparkling novel, the newest New Jersey Sonic falls for the woman who’s trying desperately to save his career.
Physical therapist Jessica Hart has learned her lesson: Never date professional athletes. She’s been down that road, and barely recovered after the relationship crashed and burned. Then Jessica meets Gavin King. An All-Star slugger with chiseled good looks, Gavin was traded to the Sonics because he hurt his knee sliding into second, and now his future is in her hands. Gavin’s no bad boy—but he’s tempting enough to make Jessica think twice about all her rules.

Gavin is trying to find a comfortable routine. If he wants his old life back, he must take it easy, stay out of the limelight, and keep his distance from gorgeous redheaded physical therapists. The thing is, Gavin isn’t the kind of guy to sit on his ass and let other people pull his weight. And when he sees something he wants, he can’t help but fight for it, even if it means risking everything, even if it only lasts a single moment: like one kiss from Jessica.

My Review:

This is one of my favorite stories in the Boys of Summer series. Gavin was used to the perks of being with a big-time baseball, so suddenly traded to a less established team due to an injury, he now is experiencing the loss of a lot of perks, including his not so loyal swimsuit model girlfriend. And if he doesn't heal, his career is over.
     Lucky for him, what the team lacks in amenities, it has an excellent and well trained physical therapist named Jessica. The sparks fly between the two, but Jessica isn't interested in an athlete as a lover.
     For me, I liked this story because of two generally nice people as leads. I felt their connection right away and reading about them made me feel good, too. Gavin had a lot of changes to face including being the new guy on the team who couldn't even play yet. He gave 100 per cent to his team. He could have been a spoiled and cocky ass, but instead he stayed focused and proved to them and himself that he was worth this second chance. And he did the same when he pursued the wary Jessica. Together, they made a great couple when he realized what truly matters in life.


Excerpt 4

Pete walked into the PT room a moment later, popping his gum with a grin.
“I want you to meet our new player, Gavin King. Gavin, this is Jessica Hart. She is the best sports therapist in the business, and a hell of a trainer. Jess, Gavin just joined the team, but he’s on the DL.”
Jessica turned to the coach, saw the ballplayer beside him, and her heart stopped.
He was exactly her type. Or her former type. As she took in his magnificent physique, black eyes, and Colgate smile, she felt an instant attraction.
Gavin was the kind of guy she used to dream about, drool over, and date. She’d met enough of them growing up, friends of her brothers who started out as decent guys but got caught up in the hype and eventually stomped all over some poor girl silly enough to give up her heart. Unfortunately, she’d had to walk that path herself. She’d made the fatal mistake of falling for an outfielder who played for Cleveland, and eventually played her. Zach had the same dark hair, heart-stopping smile, and killer body.
He’d taught her what the word devastation meant.
“Good to meet you.” She extended her hand, reminding herself to think of him in clinical terms: he was a pro baseball player, a young athlete, and he was hurt. “So what seems to be the problem?”
“I had surgery for a meniscus tear,” he said, lifting his left pant leg and indicating a bandage. “It’s pretty much healed, but the surgeon wants me in physical therapy for a few months to build back up. I think they sent my test results, the MRI, and a script.”
She nodded, squatting before him and removing the bandage to examine the pink half-inch line on his knee. “I’ll take a look at the films. Red zone?” she asked, referring to the location of his tear.
“Yeah, I think so. But they said it spread into the white zone.”
Her eyes shot to Pete’s, and he gave a slight negative shake of his head. This news wasn’t good, and neither one of them wanted to share their misgivings. A tear that went into the white zone could mean big trouble for a ballplayer, or it could heal well and the limb would fully recover. It would take weeks before they’d know, and she understood now how the Sonics had acquired this magnificent specimen of a man:
His previous team didn’t want the risk.
So New Jersey had rolled the dice, gambling on his recovery. She could only hope they’d beat the odds.
“Okay, let’s get started. Have you done any therapeutic exercise up until now?”
“Yes, for a couple of weeks,” he said, flexing the knee to demonstrate. “They had me doing leg raises until they took the brace off.”
“That makes sense. We won’t do much today; we’ll do an evaluation, take a look at your records, and then we will put together a program.”
“How long?”
Her eyes met his and she saw the pain and frustration there. No player ever wanted to be on the disabled list, especially for any period of time. She didn’t want to raise false hopes, but she also didn’t want to discourage him. She took a deep breath, carefully choosing her words.
“It’s different with everyone. Some people recover much more quickly than others. A lot depends on how well you heal, how much you can tolerate, and if you’re willing to do the exercises at home. That will give us the quickest turnaround.”
“I’ll do whatever it takes,” he said fervently. “I just want to get back in the game.”
Jessica nodded as she wrapped the limb with the heating pad. No way in hell would she tell him the truth:
He might never be back.

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Book Club Thursday: BITE ME!

Hi Readers! This week at BCT we say for this weeks topic- BITE ME!

Back in the day, vampires, werewolves, etc. were only featured in horror books and movies. Then back in the early 1990's, a few brave romance authors began to see the possibilities in having the baddies actually be the hero/romantic hero. So to our paranormal romance fans, we ask who would you like to bite you? A sexy vamp musician, a demon doctor, a lion shifter who dances the rumba? How about a bear shifter that plays pro hockey? Yep, all of these have brought many a female heart to flutter in the world of fiction.
     Trying to pick a favorite though, was not as easy as I thought. I've become a fan of most paranormal heroes. Well, except zombies. So it was hard to narrow down a choice. Finally, my mind kept coming back to the cats. There is something about the power in that sleek shifter. The way their eyes glow and the sensuous way they move. The way they claim and protect their mate .And lucky us, there are now tons of stories to fill this type of fantasy read.

These are a few of my favorite shifter authors. I know that there are so many more to choose from. Christine Feehan has her Leopard series, females are hard to find and many of the males have gone feral. In this world, it's hard to find a male that they can trust.
     Nalini Singh has written a powerful and sophisticated world of shifters and humans whose minds are linked on a complicated grid. The series gets better and better with each book which is amazing since the first book is perfect!
     For more light-hearted stories, Shelly Laurenston is the queen. Her stories are snarky and laugh out loud funny. Her stars may have human bodies, but they have animal instincts in play, fighting, and love. While one lion brother loves to rumba, his younger brother is a cop that worries about his hair...or mane depending on your point of view. 
So who would you like to take a bite? A cuddly bear, a sleek panther or maybe a dragon? I hope you tell us some of your favorites paranormal heroes. Stop on by my fellow BCT bloggers to see who they selected.

Join us next week at BCT for our October Reading Challenge! October 8th, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich Stop Here For an Excerpt/Giveaway & Follow the Virtual Tour!

Stephanie Evanovich
Releasing Sept 29th, 2015
Mass Market Paperback
Avon Books/Harper Collins

The amazing Stephanie Evanovich returns with The Sweet Spot, the sizzling story of everyone’s favorite couple from her New York Times bestseller Big Girl Panties: hunky professional baseball player Chase Walker and his sassy wife Amanda

When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it’s love at first sight. While Amanda can’t help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god-build, he doesn’t have a chance of getting to first—or any other—base with her. A successful entrepreneur who’s built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn’t need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn’t interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

But Chase isn’t about to strike out. A man who isn’t interested in playing the field, he’s a monogamist who wants an independent woman like Amanda. His hopes rally when she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pre-game rituals that turn the smart, headstrong businesswoman on—and into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid discovers the truth and turns their spanking good fun into a late- night punch-line. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom force them to call it quits?


Excerpt #1
Amanda stomped in through the Cold Creek’s front door and slammed her purse on the bar with a loud thud.  Eric and Nicole were going through the beer cooler’s inventory in preparation to stock up from the basement whatever they would need for the evening.  Eric was a lanky blonde blue eyed surfer boy who had been accepted to Harvard, but opted for Bartending School instead when he realized how late he liked to sleep.  All his savings and vacation time were spent in search of the perfect curl.  In between budgeting, he felt New Jersey waves were as good as anyplace else, and he could be close to his family.  Nicki was a free spirited Seaton Hall drop that Amanda had known since high school out who was trying to break into acting.  She was a petite, vivacious brunette who had a great horror movie victim scream, but her booking to audition ratio was often disappointing.  She did her best to stay optimistic, paying her dues, as they all called it.  Eric was a few years younger but that didn’t prevent him and Nicki from becoming fast friends as well as roommates. Although nobody got involved, it was common knowledge that the two were known to hook up now and again, usually the result of her not getting the call and his ability to make the best commiserating cocktail.  Amanda didn’t care if they shined the bar with their butts, as long as they could work together, did it after closing and cleaned up afterwards.       
Eric looked up briefly from his clipboard and then took a double take as Amanda approached their end of the bar.  
“Yikes,” he said, his face scrunching up in distaste, “Hope that’s not a fashion statement.”
“Bird,” was Amanda’s one word reply as she proceeded past them.
“Geez, what was that thing eating?” He said, casting a quick look to his counter-part.
“It’s supposed to be good luck!” Nicki called out while Amanda began disappearing within the ladies room.
“Not feeling it,” Amanda could be heard snapping as the door closed behind her.  She walked up to the mirror over the sink to best assess how to clean the mess up.  It had begun to drip further down, appeared to be soaking into the thick black hair she spent a half hour blowing dry.   She took a deep breath.  This was nothing more than a problem that needed solving.  She had this.  First she took some toilet paper and tried to scoop as much as she could with one grab.  It got the bulk of it, but the parts left behind were now successfully smeared deeper into her hair and beginning to clump together.  She wet some more tissue and tried to wash the remainder out, but it started to decompose in her hand and her hair, leaving bits of it behind and adding to the mix.  She took one more handful of tissue and wet it again but this time left it too soaked.  When she tried to gently squeeze it over the affected hair, the overflow dripped down her hand and onto the front of her blue silk Jones of New York blouse, leaving a wet spot directly over the center of her ample right breast.
“Really?” she shook her head in disgust at her reflection in the mirror.  Not only did she have bird shit and toilet paper remnants in her hair, now she looked like she was lactating.
She had only managed to make things worse.  Giving the shirt priority, she tried the hand dryer for it.  After a minute, it dried up the moisture but left a rather large off color stain where the water had been.  It no longer looked like she was lactating, but merely that she had lactated.  The right side of her head was now crunchy. 
Strike two. 
Amanda stormed out of the bathroom, back to the bar where Eric and Nicki were now waiting.
“You can barely notice it,” Nicki said after staring for a minute.
“Are you kidding?” Eric took the more direct approach.  “It looks like a pterodactyl flew over her after a chili cook-off.”
Amanda closed her eyes, bit her lip and began counting.  When she reached eight the phone rang.  She quickly fired off nine and ten out loud and went back near the front door.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS by Debbie Mason Follow the Tour for an Excerpt & Giveaway!

Christmas, Colorado #5
Debbie Mason
Releasing Sept 29th, 2015
Forever Romance

Surviving the holidays will take a Christmas miracle . . .

Ex-cop Cat O'Connor is bored working for her sister, Chloe, as a personal assistant on the set of her soap opera. Until Chloe gets an opportunity to audition for the role of a lifetime and asks her identical twin to substitute for her on the soap with no one the wiser. It's a perfect switch-until Cat attracts the attention of the mysterious Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way-too-handsome leading man.

Grayson Alexander never thought being snowbound in the charming town of Christmas, Colorado, for the holiday would get so hot. But between working with sexy, tough Cat on set and keeping his real reason for being there under wraps, he's definitely feeling the heat. And if there's one thing they'll learn as they bring out the mistletoe, it's that in this town, true love is always in season.

My Review:

Well we are jumping the gun here a little, it's almost October and yet I'm reviewing a Christmas story. Let's just say it's a sneak peak of the Christmas Holiday season. And with SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS, we are off to a great start!
     This is book #5 in the series and is Cat O'Connor's turn to find romance. Cat is an ex-cop who now is the personal assistant to her twin sister Chloe, a soap opera star. The story has a dash of mystery as it seems someone wants to kill Chloe. Soon after an accident on the set, The twins meet Grayson who will be joining the cast.
     This fun story has lots of fun, sometimes wacky characters and people aren't always who they seem. I love the chemistry between Cat and Grayson, but Grayson has a secret. Cat has the loyalty and patience of a saint. She really needs it in dealings with her twin. Chloe is spoiled, mean, bratty, and as a reader, I never wanted to choke a fictional character more in my life! And then she sets her eyes on Grayson...
     All in all, this story is a fun, light-hearted read set in the charming town of Christmas. And Christmas in Christmas brings a wonderful romance that will warm your heart. It also leaves a few questions. Who is trying to kill Chloe? What is Grayson's secret?  Which sister will Grayson choose? Tune in September 29th and pick up your copy of SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS!


Excerpt #3
Cat and his lordship did a weird little dance as they both tried to get out of the closet at the same time. Obviously he was just as anxious to end their forced confinement. She shoved him. "Go, go."
            "That was close," he said as he exited the closet, straightening his jacket. "Whatever did you say to her?"
            "It doesn't matter. What were you doing here?"
            He scratched the back of his neck, a splash of color deepening the tanned skin at his cheeks. "I thought it was my dressing room. Phil pointed me in this direction."
            "Molly's name is on the door."
            "Which was unlocked as Phil informed me it would be. So I assumed--"
            "If it was an honest mistake, why didn't you say as much to Molly instead of hiding in the closet?"
            "You mean the closet you were occupying at the time?"
            Annoyed by the way her stomach fluttered in reaction to that smooth, accented voice, Cat headed for the door. "Not that it's any of your business, but I was looking for Chloe's favorite pair of Louboutins. She thinks Molly stole them."
            "Ah, well, I can understand the need for skulking about then. Did you find them?"
            Opening the door, she peeked into the hall to make sure no one was around. "No, I didn't. What about you? Did you find what you were looking for?" she asked casually, hoping to trip him up.
             "As I was in the wrong dressing room, no, I did not. Perhaps you could direct me. I'd prefer not to bother Phil again." He joined her in the hall, his hands in his pockets.
            "Sorry, no idea. But you might want to return whatever you stole from Molly's dressing room." She nodded through the open door at the coffee table.
            "Kit Kat, you wound me. I am not a thief."
            She closed the door. "Not buying it, your lordship. I saw you put something in your pocket."
            He removed his hands and raised his arms. "Check for yourself." There was a challenge in his eyes, one that was at odds with his relaxed demeanor.
            So she took him up on it and searched the pockets of his jacket. When she found nothing but a piece of lint, she patted him down. Fighting an urge to kick herself when her hands skimmed over his hard-muscled torso.
            "You're very good at this. One would almost think you were an officer of the law."
            "Been patted down before, your lordship?"
            "Well, there was this delicious--"
            "Sharing's overrated. You can keep that little tidbit to yourself." She held up the teabags she discovered in the inner pocket of his jacket. They weren't exactly incriminating, but still . . .

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