Friday, May 26, 2017

ROMANCING THE BACHELOR By Diane Alberts VT with Review, Excerpt & Giveaway!


He's not going to know what hit him...



ROMANCING THE BACHELOR
Hamilton Family #1
Diane Alberts
Releasing May 15th, 2017
Entangled Indulgence



Eric Hamilton isn’t looking for love. Hell, he isn’t even looking for a girl. He has a five-year plan, and he’s one hundred percent focused on that. But then Shelby walks into his life, and suddenly, he can’t think about anything else. Unfortunately for him, she hates his guts, and wants nothing to do with him. But he’s a man who loves a challenge.


Shelby Jefferson can’t wait to get out of the city, and back to her country roots. She moved to Atlanta for a guy who promptly left her, and the last thing she wants is to fall for another man who might make her want to stay. But Eric is nothing if not persistent, and before long she’s inside his arms, in his bed, and she’s falling for him. Hard. But when history repeats itself, and she has to choose between a man and herself––again.






What a delightful and amusing read! Eric is a career minded man with a five year plan, one that includes a firm no-strings and no committed relationships policy. One day, he notices Shelby at work and she wants no part of him. She's seen the string of dates he brings home with no repeats. Eric sees her as a challenge and she shoots him down. She has already changed her life for a man who betrayed her. Been there, done that! Besides, she has some plans of her own.
       I loved how the cocky and arrogant Eric was brought to his knees by the sassy tongue of Shelby. Sure, she is attracted to him, but she doesn't want to be hurt again. Eric is tenacious and talks her into being friends. Soon, they reach the next level, but miscommunication and insecurity nearly derails their growing love. This couple was meant to be together. Their banter was witty and I felt the sexy sparks fly between them. This is part of a series, and I will definitely keep Diane Alberts on my read list!



He patted his pockets and turned around to pick up his jacket. His muscles flexed under his shirt, something the fabric did nothing to hide. He wore a gray suit, and the pants hugged his rear. And when he turned around…sweet baby Jesus.

It hugged other things, too.

Things she’d been without for over two years now.

He faced her and froze. He stared at her again, taking in her red dress, and the heels she’d carefully put on earlier. She never wore heels. Or tight dresses. But tonight…

What was she doing?

This was a horrible idea.

Christ, Shelby, you’re beautiful.” He ran his knuckles down her bare arm, leaving behind a tingling sensation that quickly turned into red-hot need. His nostrils flared, and he stepped closer, reading her reaction to him like an open book and clearly liking what he saw. “I want to kiss you. Right here. Right now.”

Her stomach tightened in response, and she pressed a hand to it as her breath quickened. It didn’t help. Nothing would. Nothing except…him. He seemed unaware of her internal struggle as he rested a hand on her lower back. His touch burned through the fabric, scorching her skin, and he stepped closer. His cologne teased her nose, and she breathed it in, swaying closer.

That was all it took.

He lowered his face, his mouth an inch from hers as he—

No. No, no, no, no.

Can I have a second, please?” she blurted as she sidestepped him.

He frowned, letting go of her instantly, his forehead wrinkled with confusion. “Yes, of course.”

She bolted into the bathroom, closing the door and taking deep breaths. The room spun, and all she could think, all she could feel, was his hand on her, and her reaction to it.

This was a bad idea.

Horrible.

Yet, if she didn’t see this through, if she didn’t show him she was the wrong girl for him in the most obvious way possible, then he’d keep throwing those heated stares her way, like he had today in court, and he’d haunt her forever.

Eventually, if he kept staring at her like he was starving and she was his next meal, she’d give in and let him win gobble her up. She couldn’t let that happen.

This had to end tonight.





Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Excerpt Reveal:I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE by Lauren Layne May 25th!


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


I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
Oxford Series #4
Lauren Layne
Releasing June 13, 2017
Loveswept



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.



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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.
Coward.
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, Dont.
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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Book Club Thursday:Reading Challenge May 2017



Hi Readers! It's the last of the month and time for our May Reading Challenge. My friends at BCT and I have a list of challenges to choose from: Easy. Tricky, or Super-Tricky. It's fun to do, but finding a book that fits sometimes can be a challenge in itself. This month, I took the easy route from the Easy list. 


Read a new author
Start a new series
Read an anthology 
Read a hardcover
Read a trade
Read a “small town romance”
Re-Read a “suitcase” / desert island book 
Read a book with a favorite romance trope 
Read a book set in another country (any genre)
Read a book with a favorite historical time period
Read a paranormal with a favorite type of character
Read a book under 250 pages
Read a book over 300 pages
Read a book you keep meaning to read
Read a book set in the Future 
Read or re-read a favorite authors debut book


My Choice-Read a Book Set in the Future



Stranded With The Cyborg by Cara Bristol


The daughter of the Terran president, Penelope Aaron resented the restrictions imposed upon her, but that was no reason to take it out on the man assigned to protect her. She regrets how she got Agent Brock Mann booted from the security force. But now that she’s an interplanetary ambassador about to embark on her first diplomatic mission, she still doesn’t want him tagging along. Especially since he seems to be stronger, faster, more muscled, and sexier than she remembers. And pretending to be her husband? This mission couldn’t get more impossible!

Ten years ago Penelope Isabella Aaron had been a pain in Brock Mann’s you-know-what. Much has changed in a decade: “PIA” as he code-named her, has grown up and is about to attend her first Alliance of Planets summit conference, and Brock was transformed into a cyborg after a near-fatal attack. Now a secret agent with Cyber Operations, a covert paramilitary organization, Brock gets called in, not when the going gets tough, but when the going gets impossible. So when he’s unexpectedly assigned to escort Penelope to the summit meeting, he balks at babysitting a prissy ambassador. But after a terrorist bombing, a crash landing on a hostile planet, and a growing attraction to his protectee, Operation: PIA may become his most impossible assignment yet.




Every once in a while, I want to read something different. I was feeling the futuristic entry in our reading challenge list. You can't be more different than having a cyborg for the hero-part man and part machine. Unknown to the heroine, her teen-aged antics caused the hero Brock who was her bodyguard to need the life changing merging in order to save his life. Penelope was the daughter of the President and ten years later finds that Brock has been hired to guard her on an ambassadorial mission to another planet. She is no longer the brat she used to be and she wants to make her mark from under the shadow of her famous mother.
     Brock reluctantly agrees to be Pia's bodyguard as long as she doesn't know about his cyborg condition. Pia is his nickname for her and it doesn't stand for Penelope. After a rough start (she tried to ditch him) they call a truce. He does notice the now grown-up Penelope and the sparks fly between them as they travel on her mission.
     This is a novella and the author does a good job with the pacing of the story as well as having some cool sci-fi ideas. The story has moments of humor as well as suspense. Then it takes an erotic turn as Brock and Penelope can't ignore the electricity between them. All in all, it is a solidly entertaining story and I would continue on to the next story in the series. I would give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.








STRANDED WITH THE CYBORG is the first book in the Cy-Ops sci-fi romance series. It is an e-book which is currently free from the following vendors:














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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Latest by Maya Banks- JUST ONE TOUCH! Author Interview, Review, & Giveaway May 15-26th


A suspenseful and sizzling story of a young woman who 
escapes a terrifying past… into a more uncertain future.



JUST ONE TOUCH
Slow Burn #5
Maya Banks
Released May 9, 2017
Avon Books


Multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author Maya Banks continues her Slow Burn series with a suspenseful and sizzling story of a young woman who escapes a terrifying past… into a more uncertain future.

Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal-and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult's bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman…or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape.


When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security's toughest recruit, Isaac's anger quickly turns into a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit, he's sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and closes his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she healed him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust…and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his--forever.




JUST ONE TOUCH is another action-packed addition to Maya Bank's Slow Burn series. Jenna is on the run when she tries to steal DSS agent Isaac Washington's car. Moments later, Isaac saves her life when gunfire erupts and Isaac is seriously hurt. Jenna has an amazing gift and  in turn saves his life. Unfortunately, there are people out there who would do anything to have control over Jenna.

     Isaac is astounded with a lot of emotion toward Jenna after she saved him. She is beautifully delicate and the life she has lived since she was a very young girl is horrible which brings out the protective and possessive side in Isaac. He and his fellow team members join forces because someone out there will do anything to get Jenna back.

     Jenna was sheltered from the outside world, used and abused by the cult who possessed her. She might be a bit timid and naive, but a small and happy glimpse of her childhood before she was taken gives her the strength and patience to seek her chance to escape. Luck or fate was on her side when she met the man who could keep her safe.

     Now the story was a little insta-love. Isaac was besotted which is an understatement. And sometimes his growling about her situation and going all caveman around someone who had been so sheltered drove me a little crazy. Jenna adapts to the real world quickly which may seem a bit questionable to some, also. But I have been a fan of Ms Banks for a long time as well as this series and it's her writing that keeps me reading. I read to escape and I don't want to over analyze the story which has so much suspense and romance compelling me forward. I love the guys at the DSS and the women who have joined them. The paranormal element is entertaining and subtle rather than "in your face" unbelievable. This group of people have each others backs even while in danger and are a great merging of friends that have become family. The story is fast paced with lots of twists and surprises. In the end, I rooted for Jenna and Isaac's happily-ever-after. As always, I can't wait for the next book in the series!

     


She’s mine, Dane. No one else’s. I told you Id ask if and when I need backup or help. Until then, it’s better that none of you are associated with her or are seen anywhere near her. She risked everything to save me when I could have been no better than the assholes trying to get to her. She sealed her fate in that moment because I’m not going anywhere. I need time to hear her side and I have a feeling she’s not just going to volunteer any information about herself, so I’m also going to need time to gain her trust and I’m going to prove to her that she can trust me. I appreciate the offer. More than you know. But she isnt a DSS client or assignment. She’s mine, and I’ll protect her with my life.”




Tasty Q&A with Maya Banks

Describe yourself in five words or less.
Unorganized, melt-down prone, laid back, despise drama & conflict!

If you had a theme song, what would it be?
My Give A Damn is Broken

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
A cup of crushed ice

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
I’m a complete homebody & enjoy hanging out at home with my family every chance I get. It’s rare for me to leave my house!

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
I love revealing information about various characters personalities and the closeness between them through dialogue. I also always look forward to writing the dark moment as I love me some angst!

What are your favorite types of stories to read?
I love stories that don’t feature a couple who spend the entire book apart or that focus on internal conflict. I much prefer to see the hero and heroine together on the page and to see them working together to overcome external conflict.

Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I absolutely love following up with characters from a previous story whether it’s including them as secondary characters in a newer book or writing a short novella that revisits them so readers can see them after the HEA

Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I absolutely credit my readers with my success and my career. They, not me, are why I’ve been able to write close to 80 stories in the 11 years I’ve been writing






Maya Banks is a multiple #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose chart toppers have included erotic romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, Scottish historical romances. She is the author of the Breathless Trilogy, the Surrender Trilogy, the KGI novels, the Sweet series, and the Colters Legacy novels. She lives in Southeast Texas.