Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hold Me In Contempt by Wendy Williams March 31st - April 25th! Enter to win a Print Copy!

Hold Me in Contempt
By: Wendy Williams
  • Release Date, April 15th, 2014
  • Published by William Morrow


Move over 50 Shades, there’s a new romance in town. Superstar Wendy Williams brings on the heat in her first ever, no-holds-barred, down and dirty, romance novel. 
Kimberly Kind is trying to get beyond her roots. A successful, beautiful, smart lawyer, she’s finally finding direction in her life and getting out of the streets. But a terrible accident threatens to throw her carefully laid plans off course. Now Kim’s hiding a huge secret… one that could threaten everything. 
Enter King. A perfect mix of Justin Timberlake and David Beckham, the man oozes sex and has more swagger than anyone Kim’s ever met. Their chemistry is off the charts. But after passion-filled nights, the intensity of their emotions takes both of them by surprise. 
Love was not supposed to be an option. Now it’s the only thing holding them together. When their pasts come back with a vengeance, can love possibly be enough? 

My Review:

I am a big Wendy Williams fan and I was excited for the chance to read and review Hold Me In Contempt. Told in first person, this story is a "very" urban romance tale and is as bold, bawdy, and sassy as the author herself. If you are looking for a sweet romance, this probably is not for you. A lot of the language is rough Big City with slang and grit.
     I must say, I really felt for Kimberley and her problems. Family, a cheating-ex, and the hectic pace of her life and law career would push most of us into a tailspin. And the lady has a spine of steel. So what else could possibly happen to her? She meets "King", a wealthy white "businessman." More problems, but they can't seem to ignore all that lightning. And neither of these two are angels, their inner demons cause a wealth of conflict and likability.
     This book is a wild ride with a very fast pace.  and it seems to be a cliffhanger ending. Will we be seeing more of Kimberley and "King" McDonnell? 

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Author Info:

Wendy Williams is the host of The Wendy Williams Show and The Wendy Williams Experience, her top-rated daily radio show. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Wendy Williams Experience, and she writes a weekly column for Life & Style magazine.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston

Bite Me
by Shelly Laurenston
Available March 25th, 2014
Publisher: Brava


Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

My Review:

I am so sad that this is the last book in the series. It's been a great ride with these shifters and I must say I think Livy was one of the strongest females of all. These characters are so wild and so loyal. Livy did not seem to be afraid of anything. I loved when she got a craving for honey. Nothing got in her way, especially walls. And Vic, so laid back was the perfect mate for her.
It was also great to catch glimpses of past favorite characters. Family was very important to them all too, even when they hated each other, they had their familys' backs. I always loved Lock (think honey), Dee-Ann, Eggie Smith, Mitch Shaw and his mane of hair, and who could forget Bo!
Thank you Shelly Laurenstom for the laughs!

I was given the ARC by NetGalley for an honest review.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carolyn Brown-The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off


Available April 1st, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Book 2: Cadillac, Texas

My Review:

They sure do things different down south. This is one of the craziest stories I have ever read. Carlene find's the panties of a size 2 woman in her husband's briefcase. She knows he must be cheating because Carlene made those panties at her own lingerie shop. So she seeks revenge by entering the Chili Cook-off, something the cheat Lenny has been winning for years. Battle-lines are drawn by the townspeople, the church people, and by gender.
Some of the people are hilarious, some are irritating, and Lenny, and his mother are just awful people, but that is what is fun in the story. I can picture this as a TV movie or an episode of Hart To Hart on the CW.
I just wish Carlene would have put Lenny and his nasty mother in their place better. His mother was vicious. Carlene only wanted 2 things from Lenny, not the house or anything but her business and her family heirlooms, but he and his mother couldn't even be decent about that. Otherwise, the story was fun.


In small-town Cadillac, Texas, Carlene Lovelle and her cousins' fancy panty business, Bless My Bloomers, is booming. But irony strikes when Carlene discovers another woman's silk bikini underwear in her husband's briefcase. Lenny Joe hasn't just crossed the line, he's left it in his dust, so Carlene's taking her revenge to the kitchen.

For ten years, Lenny Joe's team has dominated Cadillac's Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. But with Carlene's Bless My Bloomers team now in the ring, it's anyone's game—and when there's pride and food involved, things are bound to get messy

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Book Club Thursday: Oops, I Meant That?!

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     Hi and welcome back to this week's edition of Book Club Thursday. For our topic this week, we are talking about those mistakes authors make in their novels. Do you blow them off, or do they make you so crazy that you correct them with a red pen?
     For myself, A mistake here of there doesn't bother me too much if it's something like a misspelled word, or a missing comma. In a sea of words, I can see even the best copy-editor or proof-reader missing something, plus I'm not the grammar police. The big publishing houses seem to do a better job catching things, at least they used to, and as a consumer, I don't want to be spending $8 to $25 on books that irritate me more than entertain me. If you notice on review sights like Amazon, Goodreads, and B & N, it seems like the main culprits are the indy writers and self-published that are skimping on proof-readers, even if they are giving the stories away.
     Here are a few examples that come to mind in and there was just something that didn't let the author or editor off the hook in my mind. I am not naming names, some I read too long ago, but the mistakes are something I have never forgotten:
1) The main character has a name change. Somewhere along the way, more than one author has changed the hero's name and it wasn't caught by the proof-reader. Richard became David for a couple of chapters and I did a double take and had to go back to see the blurb with the hero's name. Another author kept  alternating Johnny and Jimmy for her hero. So I see it happens to more than one author.
2)Crazy mistakes. In one book, the author mentioned the hero swimming barefoot in the sea, but when he came out he was wearing boots! I laughed at that one. This was on the first and second pages of the novella and it wasn't caught. I remember checking and double-checking for a few minutes.
3)Sloppy timelines. One author wrote two books that went together. The first one had characters and their lives and careers right after college, putting them in the mid-twenties age wise. The second book was about their children a couple of decades later. This put the original characters ages as late 40's or early 50's but one of the characters had a decade lopped off her age even though she went to college with the first group. Though the suspense stories were very good, the timeline gave me a headache and I just wish she hadn't mention ages at all.
4)An "Oh well, whatever!" attitude. My friends and I went to an author's book-signing and she told us her writing method and how she used sticky notes for reminders, etc, etc. In one of her books, the heroine was being stalked and the author mentioned a knife several times which was building up the suspense and when an audience member asked her about the knife and what happened to it, she was clueless and had forgotten about it. She actually just shrugged her shoulders and turned the conversation to something else. Kind of sad when you know that she is also a professor who teaches writing.
5)The big build up.  One author wrote a trilogy and it had paranormal elements and each story mentioned time and again about the big battle between good and evil, leaving you hungry for this climax to occur. So did she deliver? Hell no! She chickened out and just mentioned the battle was over and ding dong the witch was dead. And I felt cheated. Three good stories and the ending flat-lined and one of the heroes was left in an amnesiac limbo. Not a good ending for paranormal romance. We want the HEA! Do I still read this author, not really.

So what are your opinions on this week's topic? Please feel free to comment and let us know something that bothers you. And don't forget to check out my fellow bloggers and their take on this subject.

Don't forget to check back with us. We will be announcing our winner for the Cynthia Eden Giveaway with more giveaways in the weeks to come. Next week, we will be reviewing a story by Kathleen Brooks: Blugrass State of Mind. Hope to see you then.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Edge of Darkness by J T Gessinger



Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.

Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.

The Edge of Darkness, where hunter becomes hunted, no one can be trusted, and love is the most dangerous game of them all

My Review:

This is my first read of the Night Prowler series and book 4. There is something special about  J T's writing that is so good and I didn't feel lost while reading. This book is about shifters and there was non-stop action as well as having Barcelona as its locale. I read this in one evening. I also loved the connection between Ember Jones and Christian, it's magnetic. Ember has had a rough few years and non-human Christian can't stop the pull of his match, Ember. I liked this so much, I now have to get the first 3 books.

Author Bio

Formerly a corporate information technology headhunter, J.T. Geissinger is a self-professed “book addict,” devouring everything from Stephen King to Stephen Hawking with abandon. As a child she dreamed of one day writing a novel herself, but it took waking up one cold January morning with a shiny new zero as the second number in her age to kick start her determination.
Her debut novel, Shadow’s Edge, was published in 2012 and was a #1 Amazon international bestseller in fantasy romance and romance series, and won Best First Book in the Prism contest for published authors. Her second book, Edge of Oblivion, was a finalist for the prestigious RITA® award from the Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance, and she is currently at work on the final book in the six-book series, slated for release in late 2014.
Clowns, children, and housework frighten her. She can be bribed with Red Bull, a filthy vodka martini, or the promise of an In-N-Out burger with animal fries. A native of Los Angeles, she lives there with her husband who is on to all her tricks.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Fear For Me by Cynthia Eden - Another Great Giveaway!

Fear For Me: A Novel of the Bayou Butcher (For Me, #2)

Welcome back to this weeks  edition of Book Club Thursday. I am excited because starting this week, my fellow bloggers and I are giving away a Trade copy of FEAR FOR ME by one of our favorite authors, Cynthia Eden.


Fear For Me: A Novel of the Bayou Butcher

She’s the obsession two men share: one wants her love, the other wants her life.
A shared passion for justice first brought Baton Rouge district attorney Lauren Chandler and US marshal Anthony Ross together—when each played their part in bringing down the infamous Bayou Butcher. The sparks flying between the two made it clear they weren’t just a legal dream team. Then desire had to make way for duty, and what they had was done. But it would never be over.

Five years later, it’s none other than the Butcher who gets things started again, when his shocking jailbreak reunites the lawyer and the lawman…and reignites their love. But this time, the pair is in danger of being permanently parted—by a killer with revenge on his mind, and Lauren on the top of his list. As a new wave of terror sweeps through the streets and swamps of Baton Rouge, one man will pit his boundless passion against another’s relentless hate, for the life of the woman who obsesses them both.

Author Info:

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over thirty novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.

Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings. She has always wanted to write (don't most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters-vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters who populate her romantic suspense stories.

This is a great romantic suspense story by an excellent and versatile author. I wish everyone that enters good luck. Don't forget to check out my fellow bloggers, too. We are doing the contest thru Rafflecopter and all you need to do is leave a comment on our blogs. Sorry, but this is open to USA residents only.

Kylie Gilmore Cover Reveal & Giveaway-April 10th

Daisy Does It All
Book Two Clover Park Series
By: Kylie Gilmore
Releasing May 8th, 2014


Reality is overrated…
Exhausted single mom Daisy Garner is shocked when her blog about life with Darling Husband and Baby Delight in their charming Victorian home brings a national talk show to her door.
Amazing! Except she made the whole thing up.
Panic! Now she needs to borrow a Victorian house and find a man to play her fake husband on TV.
Travis O’Hare steps up for the role, as long as she’ll marry him for real. He wants their son to have the stable home life Travis never had.
But before the wedding can happen, Travis and Daisy have to get through the interview with a ratings hungry host and a slick producer with ties to Daisy’s troubled past. When a winter storm traps them all, it begs the question: can two people pretending at love finally discover the real thing?

Author Info:

Kylie Gilmore was lucky enough to discover romance novels at a young age as they were strewn all over the house (thanks, Mom!). She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. Her first book in the Clover Park series, The Opposite of Wild, will launch in January 2014 featuring the oldest of three brothers and his lady love. The next two books in the series give each brother his dream girl (eventually).
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she's not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.

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