Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Chased by Love Book Review and Giveaway

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Chased by Love, Love in Bloom: The Ryders #3

Actress Trish Ryder takes her job seriously and has no time for those who don't. When she's awarded a major role in a new movie featuring America's hottest rock star, Boone Stryker, she's beyond excited. The six-two, tattooed hunk of burning desire is known for his dedication to his craft--but when he ditches their first meeting, she begins to wonder if he's just another rocker with a great PR team.

Sex, booze, women, and music pretty much sum up Boone Stryker's private world. He's coasted through life playing by his own rules with plenty of people willing to cover his tracks, and he's not likely to change--until he meets a woman who refuses to give him the time of day, much less anything more.

Sparks fly from the first moment Trish and Boone meet--Tensions run hot and desire runs hotter when they're trapped together on a remote location with no place to hide. Will sparks ignite, or will a hurricane douse the flames?

*** THE RYDERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This 5-book hot contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series (The Snow Sisters, The Bradens, The Remingtons, & Seaside Summers)

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My thoughts:

Trish Ryder is a squeaky clean, hardworking actress who is excited by the prospect of working with rock star Boone Stryker on a script that could launch her career to new heights and win her an Oscar.

However, Boone misses meetings, freezes up on camera and is surrounded by partying groupies. Trish is watching her future slip through her fingers and Boone is hiding his past. In a last-ditch effort to salvage the movie the director sends them away together to the middle of nowhere for 10 days.

They have 10 days to get it together, get Boone's acting up to par, and to see if the spark between them can become a flame. But Trish's digging into Boone is hurting both of them. Can they survive these days and make a movie? And will the spark survive?

I really enjoyed this book, as always for Melissa Foster's books. Then tension and spark between these two was amazing, and the writing was so well developed that I could picture the scenes in my mind without trying. It was also very nice to see more of the Ryder family and watch them interact with their little sister. I can't wait for more!

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YOU FELL IN love with Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber in Seaside Summers, now follow their journey to find true love in SEIZED BY LOVE, the first book in the Ryder series.

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.

Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie Barber when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, from her tight bod to her seductive smile, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended—Blue is not about to give up trying. 

Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Claimed by Love, Book #2 The Ryders
Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he's not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor...until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke's powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who's used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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About the author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. 

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Spring Fling Kitty Book Review and Giveaway


Heartbreaker Connor Hart, one of the youngest fire chiefs in the country, is planning on marrying Dr. Elaine Woo, a woman who pretended to cheat on him with his best friend many years ago. She bought him a Dalmatian puppy, he gave her a ring—and the women of San Francisco are about to lose their most eligible bachelor.

Artist and poet Nadine Woo is down on her luck. The cast-off half-sister of Dr. Elaine Woo, she doesn’t measure up, according to her strict and distant father. When Nadine and her mother are about to be evicted from their apartment, she gets an interesting offer from her sister. Seems she’s in need of a little help concerning her relationship with Fire Chief Connor Hart.

As soon as Nadine meets Connor, she knows she’s in for a rough ride. Connor is the fireman who rescued her and her little gray kitten, and she’s never forgotten how safe she felt in his arms.

When Nadine takes her sister’s place at a spring fling weekend with Connor, love ignites, and there’s no going back.

Can a spunky little kitty show Connor and Nadine that doing the wrong thing is sometimes right, especially when it comes to love?

My thoughts:

This is the first of the Have a Hart series that I've read, but I can tell you that it won't be the last!

Connor Hart is engaged to a woman who everyone in his family dislikes. To top it off, she's spent their relationship manipulating and lying to him. Meanwhile, Connor rescued a wonderful woman and her kitten from a tree, and they can't stop thinking about each other.

As Connor and Nadine get to know each other better he realizes that he's made a huge mistake waiting for Elaine all this time.

This is where a "typical" sweet romance would end. However, Rachelle Ayala is so much more than a typical writer! This couple encounters danger, mysteries and heartache. Can they survive what life is throwing out them and come out with their relationship (and their pets) unscathed?

Spring Fling Kitty is Book #3 of the Have A Hart Romance Series. It can be read standalone, although characters from the previous books appear here in supporting roles.
Have a Hart Romance Series 
Christmas Lovebirds, Book #1 
Valentine Hound Dog, Book #2 
Spring Fling Kitty, Book #3

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"Beautiful romance with a touch of suspense, great combination!” - Amazon review

"A beautiful, heartfelt story. Love saw. Love came. Love conquered. I truly recommended everyone to read this book."  Amazon review

About heroine Nadine Woo - "A free spirit is a gift in my eyes. It's what makes her beautiful. It's what makes Connor love her. It's what brings life to this story." - Corissa Palfrey

About the author
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

His Secret Life Book Review and Giveaway

Gay men don’t fall in love with women. Do they?

Philip is a gay man working for a conservative corporation. After his recent promotion, he needs a date for a company function and asks his sister’s new roommate, Emily.

Emily is an actress, waiting tables while starring in local plays and hoping for her big break. She agrees to be Philip’s date for the party, and soon they are attending one event after another together.

Philip and Emily click on many levels. Lines blur as the people they pretend to be start feeling like the people they are, causing a rift with Philip’s boyfriend Jason.

When Philip no longer works for the company, he doesn’t need Emily to play the role of his girlfriend anymore, but to his surprise, he can’t let her go.

My thoughts:

Philip asks Emily to help him pretend to be straight for his job, which Philip's boyfriend Jason does not appreciate one bit. Emily and Philip are actually perfectly suited for each other, they like the same movies, have great conversations, and are happy together. The only problem is that Philip is gay and in a relationship.

As their friendship furthers this problem becomes massive and tears them apart. But can they get past it?

I love the characters in this book. Philip makes me want to shake some sense into him, but I understand where he's coming from. Even the side characters are fleshed out enough that you feel like you know them.

However, there is one big drawback to me, and that is the ending. I feel like it was way too abrupt and didn't give me the closure that I'm used to with a book. I understand the reasoning behind it in this story, but it wasn't my thing.

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"A powerful story that reveals the complexity of the human heart." ~ NYT Bestselling author Russell Blake 

 "His Secret Life proves love defies labels. It can transcend age, race, and gender." ~ Amazon Bestselling author Deborah Brown 

 "An unconventional romance. Our book club enjoyed discussing their complicated relationship." ~ reader J. Nelson

About the Author
Kim Cano is the author of four women's fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, On The Inside, Eighty and Out, and His Secret Life. Kim has also written a short story collection called For Animal Lovers. 10% of the sale price of that book is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

Visit Kim's website and get a FREE copy of The Rescue. A novelette about a dog that cheated death and transformed a woman's life: http://kimcano.com

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Seaside Lovers Book Review and Giveaway

SEASIDE SUMMERS
Voted Beck Valley Books Reviewers Favorite Mini Series from the Love in Bloom Series in 2014
Featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.

SEASIDE LOVERS 
After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he's misinterpreted their budding relationship.

Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she's ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she's prepared to hole up and mourn--and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn't count on the sinfully hot artist she's been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.

When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the heat sizzling between them. But that doesn't stop him from feeling protective of the woman who's consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker's plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker's past unfolds, they're led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens, and late-night fantasies become passionate realities, until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they've found.

SEASIDE LOVERS is part of the SEASIDE SUMMERS series, and part of the "Love in Bloom" family. Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My thoughts:

I know I've said this before about Melissa Foster's books, but this is by far my favorite! Parker and Grayson couldn't be more different on the surface, but through their emails about Grayson's work they start to have feelings for each other.

Parker has come back to Wellfleet to bury herself in her grief, and Grayson is shocked to discover her hiding away from the world. As Grayson tries to help Parker through her grief, she learns to love a simple life and the Seaside group that we know and love.

Because Parker is a major star she feels like she always has to put on a public persona, and Grayson helps to show her that she can live her life for herself, and find love. But can their fledgling relationship survive the real world?

This book continues with the wonderful Seaside Gang that we love, including their babies. It's so fun to watch this group continue to grow. However, this book is definitely HOT! Hotter than many of the other Seaside books, so be aware in advance. And enjoy the elevator scene...

This book is part of a series, but it can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. However, I definitely recommend reading them all. Mrs. Foster is amazing!

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About Melissa Foster

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author.  She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. 

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

AT Dawn Book Review and Giveaway


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AT Dawn

FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt returns in a twisting, heart-pounding thriller. 

Three flashes of light illuminate a dark sky. An unspeakable evil devours its prey.

The shimmering view of the sun-drenched ocean can often be nothing more than a mirage. For Alex Troutt, a trip back home for a much-needed summer vacation proves only one thing: greed rules. But how it takes root could destroy her world.

Fueled by the lust of power and money, the shadow of death envelopes her seaside hometown, including those closest to Alex. But as disconnected investigations converge into one focal point, Alex will stop at nothing to blow the entire crime ring straight to hell—even if she has to make the ultimate sacrifice…her life.

My thoughts:

I love Alex Troutt, and this story makes me appreciate her even more. Alex has decided to take her kids on a vacation, in the hopes of reconnecting with her father (and running from some turmoil in her personal life).

In her small hometown, Alex's family is threatened by a drive by shooting, and Alex is quickly thrust out of vacation mode and into Special Agent Troutt mode. She runs into a former CIA agent that she's worked with before, and  
runs around trying to solve both cases before her family is placed in more danger.

The only downside for me is that it needed to be longer... the end seemed rushed, and was told to the reader rather than having it be part of the story.

This book is a thrilling mystery, with so many twists and turns that you will be constantly surprised. Don't start it late at night, or you'll never go to sleep because you won't put it down!

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"Alex Troutt is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters. I love how she's constantly having to balance her family life and her job, even though her job is continually threatening to take over." - Sonya N

"I simply love every single one of John Mefford's novels. They keep you on the edge of your seat reading late into the night." - Michele B

"Intrigue and attempts at revenge for long held grudges – the twists and turns keeps your adrenalin pumping." - Tracy C
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About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Miss Ridley and the Warlock book Review and Giveaway


Gemma Ridley’s first encounter with Squire Kenrik proves nothing short of alarming. So much so, she considers fleeing back to the city, despite the fact only poverty and scandal await her there. Could those challenges be worse than staying as governess on a haunted estate and working for a dangerously handsome eccentric?


Little does Gemma realize what dark secrets and wondrous enchantments will transform her life at Rook Hall. Squire Kenrik is more than he seems—more than any man she has known. He may be the source of her undoing, or he may hold the key to her deepest desires. Only time and the guidance of her heart will tell.

***Stories from the Secret Realms are historically-inspired fantasy romance. They share a setting reminiscent of England in the mid-19th century, but their world is rich with magic. 

Each book stands alone, and they can be read in any order.

My thoughts:

Gemma's life has spiraled downwards until she is forced to take a position as a governess far away from the city that she's used to. As Gemma was approaching the house she encountered Squire Kenrik and and a fae, and her stay continues to get stranger.

As the story progresses Gemma and Squire Kenrik learn about each other they have to work together to fight the forces who are trying to tear them apart.

Initially I had a hard time with this story, since it was so much more fantastical than I'm used to reading. However, once I went along with the fantasy I really enjoyed the story. The story is very well written, and I enjoyed watching their relationship grow and flourish.

This was a fun, quick read that is perfect for summer!




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About the author
Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been an avid storyteller. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while writing as a hobby. After she developed an autoimmune disorder, a career change was necessary, but happily this led her to become an award winning, Amazon bestselling author.

Diana’s books are mostly fantasy, with strong elements of romance. She placed first in the 2016 EPIC Awards – Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Category, first in the 2015 Paranormal Awards – Romance Category, second in the Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Awards, and fourth in the International Digital Awards. She has also been a finalist for the CRW Award of Excellence, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the Chatelaine Awards, and the Aspen Gold Published Novel Contest.

For more information, excerpts, trailers, and reviews visit DIANAGREENBOOKS.COM

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