Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: No Hero--a tale of suspense by Mallory Kane. December 19th, 2014






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A darkly handsome New Orleans detective who insists he’s no hero is blindsided by his one-time lover, a sexy investigative TV reporter, who exposes his secret troubled past to the whole world...and nearly costs him his job. When the at-risk teens he mentors start turning up dead, his vow to protect the other kids hits a major snag...his only clue to finding the determined killer is held by the one woman he never wants to see again. Compelled to work together to solve the vicious murders before another child dies, their passion reluctantly reignites, and their mutual mistrust slowly turns to respect as she realizes there’s much more to being a hero than outward appearances, and his deeply wounded heart gradually opens to the possibility of love.

Police Detective Devereux Gautier knows he's no hero. He's seen too much and failed too many times. Now the homeless kids he mentors are dying and the only person who can help him find the killer is the one woman who dug up his past to destroy him. Dev knows he can’t solve the case alone, but how can he work with a woman he can’t trust, and one who’s so intelligent and sexy, he can’t ignore?

Journalist Reghan Connor knows there are no heroes, and she's out to prove it on the air for all of New Orleans. Her latest debunked hero is Detective Dev Gautier, who hates her for exposing his mistakes. Now Reghan has been given the key to the murders of Dev's homeless teens, but how can she convince him she's not setting him up for another fall? As they work together to solve the murders, Reghan learns that being a hero is complicated and loving a hero can be downright deadly.


My Review:


I love stories that are set in New Orleans. The atmosphere of that one of a kind city provides just the right touch of magic and mystery no matter the genre. Mallory Kane does a wonderful job with this suspense tale full of twists and turns as Detective Dev Gautier is on the hunt for the murderer of homeless teens who he knows and mentors personally. Reghan is a reporter on the scent of a story and she has more than butted heads with Dev before. At first, you won't like Reghan very much. She is whats wrong with with modern journalism, reporting on things that are black and white but never seeing the gray areas, or the damage it can do. The killer leaves clues that force Reghan and Dev to join forces as they must hurry and find him before more kids are killed. Dev and Reghan have a hard time fighting the attraction between them, but they make a good team and each learns things that help them grow closer in spite of their past meeting. Ms Kane does a great job here with this story and I am looking forward to her next.




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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Giveaway! December 18, 2014


Winter King by C. L. Wilson




Welcome back to Book Club Thursday. This week, we are sponsoring our last Giveaway of the year. My fellow bloggers and I are giving away THE WINTER KING by C. L. Wilson. Don't forget to visit my friends' blogs, too. And I wish you GOOD LUCK!





Blurb

Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of whom he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.








Don't forget to visit us again next week on Christmas day for the final BCT of 2014. We are reviewing Mistletoe On Main Street by Olivia Miles.






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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tasty Virtual Tour: Love Me Tender by Susan Fox December 1st thru 19th, 2014



Love Me Tender
Caribou Crossing # 4
By: Susan Fox
Releasing December 2nd, 2014
Zebra / Kensington


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Pay a visit to Caribou Crossing, the rustic, inviting Western town where broken hearts mend and new love takes root…

Dave Cousins, owner of the Wild Rose Inn, is known throughout Caribou Crossing as the nicest—and loneliest—guy in town. He’s had his heart broken more than once, and he’s determined not to let it happen again. So it’s no wonder he’s wary when a free-spirited drifter leaves him longing for more than just a steamy fling…

Like the wild goose tattooed on her shoulder, Cassidy Esperanza goes wherever the wind takes her. For her, a new day means a fresh start. And yet something about her days in Caribou Crossing—and nights with its handsome hotel owner—makes her think about staying a while. But when life takes an unexpected turn, her first instinct is to take flight once more. Is Dave strong enough to help them both face their fears, come to terms with the past, and believe that sometimes love truly can last a lifetime?

Review Time:

This is my first time reading Susan Fox books and this is book #4, but if all the others are of this quality, then she has another fan. The roles are reversed in this moving small town story, Dave is the settled and responsible hero while Cassidy is the nomadic rolling stone, never staying in one place too long. Love is something that Dave has loved and lost while Cassidy doesn't believe in it's possibilities, at least not for her. Their attraction is strong and real in this moving tale, but life has a way of testing people, this couple more than most. Can Dave and Cassidy find their happily ever after? Well, you will just have to buy the book to find out. If I were you, I'd hurry!







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Author Info
Award-winning, international best-selling author Susan Fox (who also writes as Savanna Fox and Susan Lyons) is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor. Visit her at her website.




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Monday, December 15, 2014

Tasty Virtual BookTour for Holding Holly by Julie Brannagh December 1st thru 19th , 2014! Excerpt #8 today, too!

  



Holding Holly

Love and Football # 4.5
By: Julie Brannagh
Releasing December 2nd, 2014

Avon 

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Julie Brannagh’s delightful Love and Football series returns in time for Christmas ...

Holly Reynolds has a secret. Make that two. The first involves upholding her grandmother’s hobby of answering Dear Santa letters from dozens of local schoolchildren. The second ... well, he just came strolling in the door.

For the last two years, Holly has not been able to stop thinking about gorgeous Seattle Shark Derrick Collins. His on-field exploits induce nightmares in quarterbacks across the NFL, but she knows he has a heart of gold.

Derrick has never known a woman he wanted to bring home to meet his family, mostly because he keeps picking the wrong ones—until he runs into sweet, shy Holly Reynolds. Different from anyone he’s ever known, Derrick realizes she might just be everything he needs.

When he discovers her holiday letter writing, he is determined to play Santa too. And as the pair team up to bring joy to one little boy very much in need, they discover the most precious Christmas gift of all: love.


Review Time:

You will enjoy this sweet Christmas novella with lots of fun, great characters, and romance and you will love NFL star Derrick and sweet Holly. This is a feel good story filled with warmth and heart as well as a sense of small town community. The lead characters bring Christmas happiness to a special unselfish little boy while they fall in love during the magic of the Christmas season. I have never read a story by Ms Brannagh before, but I will be looking to pick up stories on her backlist.






EXCERPT 8


She sat down at the table and got to work, making notes on places she could start looking for Michael and his family. The printing on Michael’s letter looked more like a junior high student’s than a child in elementary school; she could call the principal later today. Noel’s Santa Claus was a friendly, retired gentleman who’d been doing the job for twenty years now. The kids who had come to see him in previous years were now bringing their own kids, and he remembered them all. The owner of Noel’s candy shop knew a lot of local children too. There had to be more places that kids hung out in this town besides the playground in the town square. She’d ask her grandma later if she had any more ideas.






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Author Info
Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.





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Friday, December 12, 2014

Virtual Book Tour: Loving You Is Easy by Wendy S. Marcus December 1st thru 26th, 2014



Loving You is Easy

By: Wendy S. Marcus
Releasing December 9th, 2014
Published by Loveswept


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Blurb:

She’s a survivor of the front lines of politics. He’s a wounded soldier returning home from the battlefield. Can they place their trust in the power of love?

Nobody plays the role of perfect politician’s daughter better than quiet, respectable math teacher Brooke Ellstein. But she won’t be caught swimming with the sharks again, not after the son of a wealthy donor sinks his teeth into her and gets away with it. Still, political connections have their perks, such as heading up the governor’s “Support Our Troops” pen-pal initiative—and getting first dibs on the smoking-hot sergeant whose picture shakes her right down to her goody-two-shoes.

When corresponding with sweet, classy Brooke, Shane Develen instinctively hides his commando tattoos and blue-collar roots—and he can tell that she’s hiding something, too. But Shane knows he’s gained her trust when Brooke gives him a blisteringly sexy photo. Then he’s injured in an ambush and a fellow soldier posts the snapshot online. Overnight, Brooke’s reputation turns to ashes. Even though he’s totally wrong for her, Shane shows up on Brooke’s doorstep, determined to set things right—and discovers that right or wrong has nothing on the chemistry they share.

My Review:

This is my first time reading Ms Marcus, but it won't be my last. Brooke is a teacher and she ends up corresponding with soldier, Shane. They strike up a friendship, but Shane also tells her he's not a relationship kind of guy. He talks her into trusting him and she sends a sexy picture that causes a scandal and nearly costs her her job when his friend posts the picture on the internet. It turns out that she is also a politicians daughter.
Shane is injured and sent home where he tries to make things right for Brooke. It's a roller coaster ride to their possible future because blue collar Shane starts to care for her, but doesn't think he is good enough for her. There are also some strong social issues that are currently in the news for women, and emotions run high as Shane is also a wounded soldier with serious problems. For Brooke, her life is full of it's own problems and her relationship with her uptight mother is always tense. Here you learn why it is hard for her to trust.
The only part I did not care for is the with Shane's awful sister who is a single mother. She is an Amazonian figure and totally unlikeable and this distracted me from the storyline. Her daughter was a nice kid and Brooke and she related to each other. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and rooted for Brooke and Shane's happiness.





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Wendy S. Marcus is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. A nurse by trade, Wendy holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration, a degree that does her absolutely no good as she now spends her days, nights, and weekends mucking around in her characters’ lives creating conflict, emotion, and, of course, a happily ever after. Wendy lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her dog Buddy, and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting/facebooking with her online friends.





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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Club Thursday: I Can't Wait! December 11, 2014



Welcome back to this weeks Book Club Thursday. This year has gone so fast! Right now, the hustle and bustle of Christmas is going full blast. Would you believe the New Year is only 21 days away? Finally, we will all be able to sit down and relax and what better to do than read some new books. This week, my BCT friends and I will be sharing a few titles of books that we can't wait to read in the coming new year. Are there any that you would like to share with us at BCT? Please share!

Born to Read Books-Cyndi

Romancing the Readers-Ann


First, I am going to pick a few contemporary romances.

Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my comfort reads. Her stories always have fun, yet the heroes are oddly different and the heroines are quirky, but what they may lack in beauty, they have in smarts.

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It's no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying--and deliberate--reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she's learned about positive thinking into practice--a process that is seriously challenged on the world's worst blind date. Awkward doesn't begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright. 

She has nothing in common with a man who lives to make money, but the intense ex-Marine does have some skills that Grace can use--and he's the perfect man to help her when it becomes clear she is being stalked. 

As Witherspoon's financial empire continues to crumble around them, taking a deadly toll, Julius will help Grace step into her past to uncover a devious plan to destroy not only Grace, but everyone around her...


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A new series by another favorite author-Lori Wilde!

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New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde welcomes you to Stardust, Texas . . . where dreams come true and love is always right around the corner...
Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs.

Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn't conquer or a team he couldn't beat. And now that he's off the field he's ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job—she's got the requirements, but more important, there's something about her that makes him want to be a better man.

Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.
 

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These books are dark and gritty and each book in the series gets better. Real page turners of dark and sexy suspense. This is book #3.

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LUST FOR LIFE

No matter how many times he’s left her in the past, Sybil Chalmers can’t ignore her feelings for the one man who stole her heart years ago. For countless nights, she has waited for him—for his kiss, his touch—and has longed for him to emerge from the shadows of his past. Only when she is in his arms does Sybil really feel alive…and finally, after all these years, that time is now.
A DEADLY DESIRE

He’s a man raised in a world of strict rules and unbreakable traditions and he’s always yearned to break free. But when a family tragedy lures him back home, he finds his one true passion has been there all along. With Sybil, he can explore his greatest potential—and allow her to discover a whole new level of ecstasy. But will a long-buried secret threaten to tear them apart? The only thing he knows for sure is that he will do anything to keep Sybil in his life…and keep her coming back for more…

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Now, for the paranormal cravings!

Her books are as thick as dictionaries, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to continue reading this addictive series!

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Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.
Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...


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This is the new series by Shelly Laurenston she she wrapped up her shifter series. How do you like the cover?

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WINGING IT

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.
 

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Book #2...Can't Wait!

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A woman desperate to achieve her dreams.

To reassure wealthy clients, Christina Alvarez Mancini invented a jet-setting British owner for her Napa Valley wine collection service. Success has brought her close to buying her own winery, when irregularities at a London wine auction threaten her business.
A man in love with a good plan.
Stig, an immortal Viking thief, knows he’s found the perfect role. The California woman who created his character won’t discover what he’s up to in England until after he’s pocketed the money he needs. Then Christina walks into the auction preview, ready to ruin his plans, and he knows his boredom has ended.
Secrets that turn deadly.
By the end of the night, these two rivals must cooperate to escape kidnappers, British authorities, media and a pair of mysterious watchers. That’s when a game Stig’s played for a thousand years puts Christina’s life at risk.

Can two people whose identities are based on lies trust each other enough to survive?

     As you can see, there are so many new books coming out and we couldn't possibly name them all. And who would you suggest to us at BCT? 
     Don't forget to visit next week, December 18th. We are having another Giveaway!




Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Like A Virgin! December 4th, 2014




Welcome back to this weeks edition of Book Club Thursday. This week, my fellow bloggers and I are writing about a very human and personal topic: Like A Virgin. How do you feel about a heroine that's a virgin or even a hero for that matter? We know that this is a busy time of year, so we appreciate your stopping by and sharing your opinions.



     I don't have a preference one way or another if the main character is a virgin or not, especially if it is well written and you care for the person. It it something personal in each persons life, and the writer has to make it believable in today's "in your face" modern society. Most reasons a person is still a virgin, particularly if is someone a little older is because of religion, shyness, or perhaps a physical disability or some other trauma. Diana Palmer writes tons of virgin stories, there were more virgins per capita in Jacobsville than any another place in the world with plenty of millionaire cowboys willing to help cure the heroine with that particular affliction. 
     Harder to find are male virgin romances, but there are a few out there. Because of this age of isms, it was hard trying to find male virgin heroes on search engines. The PC police have changed things like mailman to mail person, so it took a while to find a few examples of male virgin heroes. They are outnumbered at least a hundred thousand to one. LOL I've read a few, but that was years ago and I read too much to remember everything.The most recent that I recall are The Last Male Virgin by Katherine Deauxville and Under Fire by Jo Davis. Both are contemporary. It seems that there are a lot more male virgins written by historical authors. So I am going to check my huge TBR pile and pull out Untouched, a historical romance by Anna Campbell, if I can find it, and then review it in the future. I will share the blurb with you now. And please, let us at BCT know what you think of this weeks topic, and maybe you can add a title or two.
     Join my friends at BCT and I next week, December 11th when our topic is: The book I Can't Wait For Coming Out In 2015!

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Published by AVON
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"I am many things," Lord Sheene said. "Kind is not one of them."

Beautiful Grace Paget has no reason not to believe these words. After all, she was kidnapped, spirited away to a remote country manor, and told she is to grant this man his every desire . . . or lose her life. But Grace is no common trollop. So she risks everything to save her virtue by planning a daring escape, even though she finds herself tempted by this handsome man. There is something in his eyes that makes her wonder if he is as dangerous as he would have her believe.

Sheene knew nothing of the plan to bring him this woman. Locked up as a prisoner, called "mad" by all of the world, he will do anything to reclaim his life, and Grace's sensuous beauty has distracted him from his goals. And although he finds her irresistible, he is horrified to hold her against her will. Now, together, they must both revolt against the strange set of circumstances that have forced them together—for only then will Grace truly surrender to him . . . forever.