Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lisa Kleypas:HELLO STRANGER : The Ravenels #4 is Now Out. Read a Review & Excerpt!

The Ravenels #4
Lisa Kleypas
February 27th,2018

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist her

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.

My Review

I love historical romance. The historic times, the glamorous parties, the dashing heroes and strong heroines who had to live by double standards set by society. What a loved about HELLO STRANGER was the glimpse of the coming modern times with a strong intelligent heroine in Garrett Gibson, a female in a "Man's" profession, that of one of the first female doctors in England, born in a working class home and helping those in the poorer parts of London. She even learned some self defense techniques since she worked in some less than genteel parts of town. Now that didn't mean that she wasn't a bit naive at times, and that comes to her meeting Ethan Ransom during an altercation with some drunken idiots one evening. Ethan shows her that some men don't play by the rules.
     He becomes an important force in her life, watching over her and never thinking that he is good enough for her when the sparks ignite between them. His childhood was harsh, but it made him the strong man that he has become. Ethan knows that his real father was a wealthy member of the ton and he wants no part of his other "family." Little does he know how important they will soon be to him.
     HELLO STRANGER is book four in the series, but the first in the series for me. I own the previous books, but buy them faster than I can read them, even favorite authors. So when the publisher asked if I would like to read this story, I quickly jumped on the tour. Now I know that I have to dog into my huge TBR pile so that I can discover more about Ethan's other side of the family who are drawing me into their world.
     Garrett and Ethan are such strong well developed and multi-layered characters. Their delightful story is full of mystery, corruption and danger as well as a sexy new romance. It's different to have a heroine like Garrett who isn't bound by the rules of society like her wealthier counterparts. She wants Ethan and she's not afraid of her new desires and it was nice to see London at that time from the prospective of someone who was not a member of the ton and was blazing some new trails for women. I truly enjoyed meeting some of the Ravenel family  members and can't wait to catch up with the rest of the series.


He heard her muffled chuckle. She continued to lean against him while the trio of constables expressed sympathy for the unfortunate patient. Eventually the men departed with a chorus of hearty farewells. Ethan discovered that his other arm had stolen around Garrett. Making himself let go of her was like trying to uncoil a steel spring.
“You should go up to your father now,” he said with difficulty.
“Eliza will look after him while I take a few minutes to show you some slides. I have insect wings . . . pollen grains . . . flower petals . . . What would you like to see?”
“The inside of a hansom cab,” he said softly. “I can’t be alone with you, darlin’.”
Garrett touched the edges of his vest, fingers clamping on the thin leather. “Ethan.” A blush rose in her face, like light glowing through pink frosted glass. “I don’t want to end this. We . . . we could meet in secret, now and then. No one would have to know. We would make no claims on each other. We’ll just . . . do as we please.”
The way she fumbled with the words, so unlike her usual precise way of speaking, devastated Ethan. He could only guess what it cost her to lay open her pride like this. He wasn’t certain what she was offering, or even if she knew. Not that it mattered. He wanted, craved, needed anything she was willing to give. But he had to make her understand that it was impossible. And even if it were, the idea was beneath her.
“Have you had that kind of arrangement with a man before?” he brought himself to ask.
Her eyes were the green of deep summer and lush growing things. “I’m a woman who makes her own decisions and handles the consequences.”
“That means no,” Ethan said softly. At her silence, he continued, “You’d be risking your reputation. Your career.”
“Believe me, I understand that better than you.”
“Have you ever shared a bed with a man? Even once?”
“Why is that relevant?”
Her evasive response sent a pleasure-pang down to the pit of his stomach. “That means no,” he said again, his voice even softer than before. He took a slow breath, trying to steady himself, while his blood sang with the knowledge that she’d been waiting for him. She was meant to be his. God, he wanted her beyond any reckoning of earth or heaven. But her well-being mattered a thousand times more than his own desires.
“Garrett . . . I’m a man full o’ trouble. When I vowed to let nothing harm you, I included myself on that list.”
A frown crimped her forehead. She closed her grip on his vest until her fists were tight as pine knots. “I’m not afraid of you, or your trouble.” Her green eyes were narrowed and intent as she tugged him closer. “Kiss me,” she urged in a whisper.
“I have to go,” he said shortly, and pulled back while he was still able.
But Garrett moved with him, her hands reaching up to grip his head on either side, the way he’d taught her at Baujart’s. The strength of her fingers electrified him.
“Kiss me,” she commanded, “or I’ll break your nose.”
The threat startled a ragged laugh from him. He shook his head as he looked at her, this fearsomely capable woman who loved geese and was afraid of spaghetti, and could either wield a scalpel in a complex surgical procedure or use it as a throwing-knife.
There had always been a cold streak in him, but he couldn’t seem to find it now, when he needed it most. He was breaking apart inside. He would never be the same after this.
“Christ, you’ve ruined me,” he whispered.
His arms went around her, one hand gripping the heavy silken mass of her braided chignon. She guided his head down, and he lost the battle, all his will vanquished as he began to kiss her as if the world were about to end.
For him, it was.


About The Author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Facebook: @LisaKleypas
Twitter: @LisaKleypas
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Entangled Publishing Valentine Blitz: Treat Yourself-February 12-16!

Don't you love a great sale? Treat yourself this week for some Valentine's Day reading from Entangled!

Love is in the air and your next book boyfriend is waiting for you.

Check out these books that are on sale THIS WEEK ONLY from Entangled Publishing!

Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise


Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night by Stacy Reid

Duchess by Day, Mistress by Night (Rebellious Desires, #1)

Falling for her Soldier by Ophelia London

Falling for Her Soldier (Perfect Kisses, #3)

Her Summer with the Marine by Susan Meier

Her Summer with the Marine (The Donovan Brothers, #1)

His Best Mistake by Diane Alberts

His Best Mistake (Shillings Agency, #6)

Hold Me Until Midnight by Christina Phillips

Hold Me Until Midnight (Grayson Brothers, #1)

Pretend It's Love by Stefanie London

Pretend It's Love (Behind the Bar, #2)

Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy

Seducing Charlotte (Accidental Peers, #1)

The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman

The Heartbeat Hypothesis

The Wrong Kind of Compatible by Kadie Scott

The Wrong Kind of Compatible (Love Undercover, #1)

About the book

Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

Find it online

About the author

Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, attempted to find a practical career by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it. No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast. Kadie also writes award-winning paranormal romance as Abigail Owen.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Blog Tour for RUNAWAY GROOM By Lauren Groom! Review, Excerpt & Giveaway Jan 29th-Feb 9th

“Lauren Layne gets the red rose for this one, and fans of The Bachelor will fall in love with this thoroughly charming story.”Kate O’Keeffe, bestselling author

I Do, I Don't - Book 2
Lauren Layne
Releasing Jan 30, 2018

For one charming playboy, getting cast on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show is the shock of a lifetime—until he finds love where he least expects it.

Gage Barrett’s reputation as a ladies’ man has been greatly exaggerated, but none of that matters after a drunken bet lands him on Jilted, a reality TV show that matches runaway grooms with wannabe brides. Now he’s stuck at a Hawaiian resort with nineteen women competing to drag him back to the altar—and one contestant who’s even more miserable than he is. Gage has no idea how feisty, independent Ellie Wright wound up in the cast, but it’s obvious she hates his guts. And if there’s one thing Gage likes, it’s a challenge. . . .

Ellie can’t believe she let her best friend talk her into exchanging her dignity for a glorified bikini contest. Still, she could use the exposure—her business is struggling—and she’ll probably be one of the first to get eliminated anyway. But Gage isn’t the shallow jerk Ellie anticipated—and he’s in no rush to send her home. As stolen kisses turn into secret trysts, she finds herself losing track of what’s real and what’s for the camera. With the wedding finale looming, this runaway groom is tempting Ellie to start believing in storybook endings.

Lauren Layne delivers again with RUNAWAY GROOM, the second book in the I Do I don't series. This is a fun and flirty series with the premise of a reality show in THE BACHELOR vein. Instead of a proposal for the last show, there is supposed to be a wedding.

     Gage Barrett is the groom, a sexy Hollywood actor who loses a bet to a friend to appear on the show JILTED but is honorable enough to go through with it. Ellie is a contestant who just wants some publicity for her growing tee shirt business. No one is more surprised than she is when she is chosen to appear as one of the wannabe brides. Let the chemistry begin!

     As always, Ms Layne delivers a story full of humor and electric chemistry between Gage and Ellie. At first, she has no use for the future groom and actually hopes to get let go after her appearance on the show. Gage is intrigued by her and her reluctance to continue and I loved the banter between them. What I liked about Gage, is that he is a multi-layered character. He is unapologetic about the perks he gets from being a celebrity, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't have feelings. He is at a point in his life where he wants something more and something meaningful in his life as well as to be taken seriously. Ellie pushes his buttons at first and he discovers someone who gets him and doesn't want something from him.

     Ellie may have just wanted some publicity for her business, but she soon finds out that she has made assumptions about Gage. She lets him talk her into staying on the show for a while and help him "spy" on some of the other contestants who would be a bad fit for him. This leads to some serious (and funny) texting and a secret meeting place to go over the details. The more they are together, the more you feel the smolder between them. 

     I loved the previous story READY TO RUN, but I thought RUNAWAY GROOM was even better. Looking at reality television and the craziness it brings out in some people is eye opening even in fiction. I really felt drawn to Gage and rooted for his true happiness with Ellie. And Ellie found out some truths about herself, her passions and an unexpected forever with someone like Gage. If each story keeps getting better, I can only wonder what the next book in the series will be like!  



Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tour For ABOUT THAT KISS by Jill Shalvis!

Heartbreaker Bay #5
Jill Shalvis
Avon Books

When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.

the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.

… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.

Contemporary romance at it's finest...and funniest. ABOUT THAT KISS is a fun and flirty story about Joe and Kylie who share an amazing and unforgettable kiss one night-then-nothing. Our Joe is commitment shy and ignores the zing of interest towards Kylie in his heart. Kylie ignores the disappointment at first, her boss and friend Gil is showing interest in her at last. She's been interested in Gil for a long time, but now the spark is gone. Besides now, something dear to her is missing and she needs Joe's help in retrieving it.

     I loved the premise of this story. Kylie is a woman with a career she loves, working as a woodworker and creating beautiful items. She was taught by her grandfather who raised her. She also knows her mind and refuses to settle for just anything. When a small precious item goes missing, she strikes a bargain with the reluctant Joe.

     Ah, Joe. He is such a guy. He is strong, confident, and sexy as hell. It was such fun watching him fall for Kylie. In his heart he can't resist her, but his brain has him wanting to run in the opposite direction. But Kylie needed him. I didn't expect the "who done it" thread in the story. It brought another layer to this wonderfully humorous love story.

If you love stories with a zany premise, a hint of mystery, heroines who know what they want and hunky heroes brought to their knees by Cupid, do yourself a favor a favor and get this book! Jill Shalvis writes fun and heartwarming tales with characters that make you feel that you know them, so enjoy another visit to Heartbreaker Bay.


     Joe studied her. “I asked you once before, but now I’m going to ask you again. Is there something going on between you two?”

She tossed up her hands. “Why do you both keep asking me that about each other?”

His eyes narrowed. “I thought nothing was going on.”

And before today, I could’ve passed a lie detector test on that,” she said.

What happened today?”

She paused. Not because she had anything to be ashamed of, but because she wasn’t quite sure what had happened.


She sighed. “It’s nothing.”

Try again,” Joe said and gave her the very male universal go on gesture.

She rolled her eyes. “Fine. He . . . finally made a move on me.”

Joe didn’t budge. Not a blink, not a muscle twitch, nothing, but she could’ve popped corn off the electric tension coming off him.

Describe ‘made a move,’ ” he finally said.

She crossed her arms. “And again, how is this relevant to my case?”

He just gave her that careful stare again and she thought wow, those eyes of his should be registered as a lethal weapon, because she found herself opening her mouth and spilling her guts. “He kissed me.”

He kissed you.”

Yeah,” she said. “Do you know that you often repeat what I say?”

What kind of a kiss?” he asked.

She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”

He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head.

There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.

Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly. “S-s-such as?”

Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his.
At the touch of Joe’s mouth, Kylie’s brain stopped being capable of rational thought. His tongue gave a knee-weakening stroke against hers and she let out a shockingly needy moan as she clutched at him, fisting her hands in the material of his shirt at his chest. Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and
look into her eyes.

Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.”

He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”

Just one,” she said softly. “Can I have another?”

Joe didn’t have to be asked twice. His mouth immediately descended again, his fingers sliding into her hair to change the angle of the kiss to suit him. It was a controlled, alpha thing to do, but she had only one thought—nothing about the usually carefully, purposely leashed Joe was in control at the moment.

And she liked it.

She had no idea how long they went at it because she was in absolute heaven. Who knew that the man could use his preferred silent mode to communicate in a way that she finally approved of?

Only when she was completely breathless and about to strip him down to his birthday suit did she manage to pull back.

Any more questions?” he asked, also a little bit breathless, which was more than slightly gratifying. Dumbly, she shook her head. His eyes softened and he gently he stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “And FYI? Gib’s an idiot.”

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras with her family and far too many assorted quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. 

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