Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Club Thursday:Reading Challenge June 2017

Hi Readers! I can't believe that it is summer and that we are halfway thru 2017. Thanks for joining us this week. Today, Ann, Cyndi and I at BCT are sharing our monthly Reading Challenge. We have three lists to choose from. Easy, Tricky, and Super Tricky. 
     This month I chose a title from the Tricky List.


Read a book published before 2010
Read a book with a wedding
Read a book published in the month (not year) you were born
Working Girls 
Read a book set in your home state
Read a book that includes nature on the cover 
Read a book with a cover that you really don’t like (ugly)
Read a book you once gave up on
Read a book with a clever title
Read a book that takes place in Winter
Read a book set during a Holiday
Read a book set in/around New Orleans
Read a book with a “Food” word in the title
Read a book that includes a food item on the cover
Read a book with a seasonal word in the title

My Pick:Read a book with a seasonal word in the title

     Christmas was always kindergarten teacher Kelli Carpenter’s favorite time of year—until last Christmas when Cole Douchett broke her heart by proposing to another woman. The fact that the engagement fell apart four months later was cold comfort. Now the marine is once again stateside in their Oregon coastal hometown, Shelter Bay, and Kelli is determined to avoid him. So when her family suggests a cabin up at Rainbow Lake, it sounds like the perfect escape plan.
    Cole always thought of Kelli as his best friend’s kid sister, but now that he’s back home, it’s clear she’s all grown up. Even in a silly Christmas sweater directing the kindergarten play, she’s a knockout. But after her baffling behavior last year, she’s giving him the cold shoulder. Unbeknownst to Cole and Kelli, their families contrive to do some matchmaking, and the two find themselves sharing a snowbound cabin—where things really heat up...

Well, you can't get more seasonal than Christmas. When the weather gets hot, I like to pick a few Christmas stories that I didn't get to in the holiday season. I have been a Ross fan ever since her category romance days. Her Shelter Bay stories are some of my favorite small town romances and feature the Douchett family including J T and Sax. This is their brother Cole's story and he has appeared in her High Risk series. All of the brothers have served in the military.
     Kelli has had a crush on Cole since she was seven years old. Cole began to notice the changes in Kelli when she was a teenager, but her brother and also Cole's best friend warned him off. He is eight years older and in the military, so he respected his friend's wishes.
      Now that she is an adult, she still daydreamed about Cole, but he broke her heart the previous year by proposing to another woman. This year, Kelli is avoiding Cole, even if his engagement is off. It's time to move on.
     I love the brother warning off his best friend trope and I also love when interfering family and friends conspire to get a couple together. This time, family gets Kelli and Cole to get trapped in a cabin together, each not knowing that the other is there as well. What happens is a sweet and sexy connection between a couple that was always meant to be together during the magic of the Christmas season. This is a perfect little comfort read for a cozy evening.

This novella was originally published as an e-book in 2013. It is also available in print in an anthology CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET featuring three other authors.

June 29th- BCT Joint Review

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

VT For MONTANA HEAT:PROTECTED BY LOVE by Jennifer Ryan Review, Excerpt & Giveaway June 19-23

It was more than another blind date . . .

Montana Heat #0.5
Jennifer Ryan
Releasing June 20, 2017
Avon Impulse

It was more than another blind date . . .

It was DEA Agent Caden Cooke’s third chance to impress beautiful chef Mia Martin. He’d already stood her up twice, and was shocked she was even giving him another chance. For Caden, taking down the bad guys is important, but Mia’s made it clear there’s no excuse for his bad behavior. So he’s vowed to make it worth her while with an apology he’s cooked up just for her. 

From the moment they meet, it’s clear this isn’t just another fix up. The sparks flying between them are undeniable; the tension is electric. Then, suddenly, the best moments of their lives turn treacherous when a drug dealer set on revenge puts their lives in danger. And Mia and Caden quickly realize they will do anything to protect the other—and live for the love neither of them expected.

Jennifer Ryan has been an auto-read for me since a friend recommended her to me a few years back. More than once her unforgettable stories have grabbed my full attention with the perfect blend of suspense, humor and romance. Her latest is a novella, PROTECTED BY LOVE and one of my favorite Ryan stories yet.
     Caden is a DEA agent who has missed the blind date he's agreed to go on, not once, but twice because of an important case he and his brother were working on. Somehow, his almost date agrees to give him one more chance and Caden is sure glad she did. Mia is reluctant to try again, but her aunt convinces her to give Caden one more shot. She dresses to kill in order to show him what he missed. Both are surprised at the immediate zing that passes through them and the date goes better than expected. They both have more in common than they thought which includes a matching playfully snarky sense of humor. And then there is the electricity in their first kiss...
     Which is followed by them both being kidnapped and thrown into a van by a revenge seeking drug thug who wants info on a man involved in Caden's latest case. Caden can't reveal the info because the man was undercover and his own brother. Time is of the essence as the drug dealer is not rational and only thinking of revenge.
     Caden and Mia survive the night through teamwork. Mia bravely thinks on her feet and keeps her cool. Neither she or Caden give up on each other through the ordeal.  While they are in a sticky situation, their strong new connection as well as an ironically zany  sense of humor sees them through the danger. The story is fast paced and filled with fun and witty banter. What started out as a blind date from hell ends up with the promise of a wonderful happily-ever-after. Pick this story up!

He really wanted to kiss her.

You’re worried about work.”

He scanned the quiet street and the light traffic this time of night. He didn’t think Marco stupid enough to stay in the city. Too many cops out looking for him. He wondered if someone was watching his place, waiting for him to come home.

Work is always on my mind, but right now, there’s only one thing I’m thinking about.” He closed the distance between them and slipped his free hand around her back, the ends of her hair brushing his hand, and pulled her close. He stared down into her surprised eyes and smiled. “You promised me a good-night kiss.”

Her hand came up and rested on his chest. “Yes, I did. I’m a woman of my word.”

I’m counting on that.”

He leaned down. She rose up to meet him in the middle. Their lips touched, and fire shot through him with a swift need that burned and consumed every thought in his head but one: Hold on to her. He pulled her closer, changed the angle of the kiss, and took it deeper, sweeping his tongue across her soft lips and diving deep when she sighed and let him in.

Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted series and the McBride series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances, featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find. Jennifer lives in the San Fransisco Bay Area with her husband, three children.

When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Club Thursday: Cover Talk June 2017

Hi Readers! Thanks for stopping by and visiting us here at Book Club Thursday. We are always trying to come up with fun things here each week. This time around we are having our COVER TALK.
     Let's face it. A cover is the first thing that you see when you are searching for something to read, even before you read the blurb. And if there is an attractive model, a beautiful nature setting or even a scary knife with a drop of blood, the cover has done it's job if you have picked it up in order to check it out.
     My friend's Cyndi, Ann and I here at BCT have each selected a cover that has caught our eye. We have omitted the title and the author to pique your curiosity. And we are doing a sort of round robin for fun with the answers to who authored the books. If you want to see who wrote the book with the elegant hunk for my pick, then you have to visit Ann's blog-Romancing the Readers. I have the answer to Cyndi's Born to Read Books pick below and Cyndi has the answer to Ann's pick and I haven't seen it yet. I hope you enjoy each selection. Did you guess each book?

My Cover Pick

Cyndi's Cover Pick

SKELETON CREW by Stephen King
Paperback edition published 1986

In this brilliant collection of stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine...A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against destruction...a trip to the attic becomes a journey to hell...a woman driver finds a scary shortcut to idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil...and a desert island is the scene of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged.

June 22nd- June Reading Challenge

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Release Blast:I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE By Lauren Layne June 13th! Excerpt & Giveaway

A feisty beauty must choose between winning back Mr. Right 
or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Oxford Series #4
Lauren Layne
Releasing June 13, 2017

New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

Bradley froze when he saw her, and she was pretty sure she saw the urge to turn and run flicker across his face.Again she felt a stab of disappointment. In him. And in herself for apparently having misread him. She’d thought he was better than this.

Bradley’s eyes moved between her and Nick, and though he didn’t look all that surprised at seeing them bickering, his gaze grew hard as he saw Nick’s hand on Taylor’s face.
Nick, naturally, took his sweet time removing it, and she resisted the urge to kick his shin.
Morning, Bradley,” Taylor said, pleased that her voice sounded calm and friendly. As well it should. She’d had plenty of practice over the better part of a year pretending that she and Bradley were nothing more than colleagues.
Other than a few close friends who knew they were dating, they’d done a mostly decent job of hiding their romantic relationship from coworkers. Better than she and Nick had done hiding their antagonistic one.
Hey, Taylor. Nick,” Bradley said.
He entered the room and reached for a coffee mug, turning his attention toward the other man. “Didn’t realize you’d taken on another assignment. What for?”
Not sure,” Nick said, checking his watch. “Have a meeting with Cassidy in a few to find out.”
Here’s hoping it’s an offsite gig that takes you far, far away. Maybe he needs someone to cover Siberian winters,” Taylor said to Nick, even as she watched Bradley out of the corner of her eye.
Don’t need to travel to find severe winter. It doesn’t get any chillier than right here,” Nick retorted, waving his hand over her head in a storm cloud gesture.
She shoved his hand aside, her attention still on Bradley, who was determinedly avoiding her gaze.
It was going to be darn hard to get him to see reason when he wouldn’t even make eye contact.
Nick, ever too perceptive for his own good, noticed the tension and gave a quick look between her and Bradley, his gaze turning speculative.
She shot him a warning look that clearly said, Don’t.
He shot an answering smile that clearly said, Watch me.
Bradley, don’t suppose you’re in the market for a roommate?” Nick asked, his voice deceptively casual.
Bradley’s head snapped up, and finally, finally his blue gaze collided with Taylor’s. Dammit. Why did he have to be so beautiful? He was like a mischievous angel, all twinkling blue eyes, dimples, a sexy cleft in his chin, dark blond wavy hair . . .
What?” he asked Nick distractedly, still looking at Taylor.
Taylor here wants to share her original crown molding with someone.”
Bradley winced, and Taylor felt a little surge of gratitude toward Nick. He couldn’t have known it, but it was the perfect jab. She and Bradley were both into prewar architecture—had eaten up the broker’s description of all the building’s original elements.
Taylor should be sharing that crown molding with Bradley. And he damn well knew it.
His eyes met hers in silent misery—an apology that she wasn’t quite ready to accept. Heck, she wasn’t even ready to acknowledge it, because she had no intention of being dumped. Not by him, not by any man.
Taylor ignored the guilt written all over Bradley’s face as she held his gaze. “Yes, it seems I unexpectedly have a free bedroom and more rent than I can afford. If either of you knows anyone looking for a roommate . . .”
Bradley’s handsome face twisted regretfully, and he set his coffee aside, taking a step toward her, apparently forgetting—or not caring—that Nick was still in the room.
Taylor. Damn it. I told you—”
Actually, I do,” Nick said, interrupting.
Taylor forced her gaze away from Bradley’s pleading face toward Nick’s smug one. “You know someone who needs a roommate?”
Yup.” He crossed his arms and watched her.
She made an impatient gesture with her hand. “Who? It can’t be one of your ex-girlfriends—I don’t want to inadvertently hear any gross details about you. And not one of your frat-boy guy friends—my living room isn’t cut out for Call of Duty.”
Yeah, because that’s all I do all day.”
She rolled her eyes. “Okay, for real, who is it?”
His grin was slow, sly, and the very definition of trouble. “Me.”


Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

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 lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 

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