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Thursday, 27 July 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Breaking Roman (The Moran Family #3) by Alexis James

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Breaking Roman
by Alexis James
(The Moran Family #3)
Publication date: June 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

They call me Romeo.
I love romancing women, and I’m good at it.
Too bad it is all a ruse.

Roman, the youngest of the three Moran brothers, is the only one who has ever believed in true love. Too bad his one special person barely acknowledges his existence.

Sabrina Morris spends her days running the HR Department of The Moran Group, and her nights corralling her teenage daughter. She doesn’t have time for love. She’s heard the stories, but Roman is not at all what she expects him to be. His gentle nature catches her completely off-guard. She doesn’t expect to be attracted to him, and she certainly doesn’t expect him to be equally drawn to her. But can she see past his Romeo façade and allow the warm, loving man into her life?

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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This book was a single day read for me. I’d like to say it was a single sitting read but adulthood/motherhood prevented that. This was a story that made you not want to put it down. It made you want to keep reading. It was such a wonderful read!

I love it when the main character is a male who falls head over heels in love. I love watching the male doing a little groveling and being the one to obsess a little more than the female. It happens pretty rarely so when it does happen it makes me really enjoy the story a little more.

There is so much love in this book it’s without a doubt a feel good book. It might give you chills and it might make you wish you had a family like Roman does. It also might just reinforce how important family is and it reinforces the fact family doesn’t always mean blood. Family is simply a group of people who love fiercely and fight to the ends of the earth for anyone that is included as such.

My only wish was that the author might have expanded a little more towards the end of the story. I don’t want to give anything away or ruin the story but that’s my biggest complaint. I feel the author could have expanded on this part of the story and felt it might have been a little rushed. I think it played an important part of the story and really reinforced that family bond.

I loved this story. I enjoyed the characters and enjoyed their banter. The details and descriptions for the most part were on par with a great story. I’d definitely recommend reading this book and even without reading them, I’d branch out and say that I’d read the other book in the series as well.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Alexis James lives on the beautiful Central California coast. When she’s not spending time with her hubby of almost 30 years or her amazing kids, you can find her tapping away on the computer. She loves reading, spending time with family, reading, camping, reading….and writing too! She enjoys a good date night, an inexpensive glass of wine, and any story that can make her smile and/or cry.

Alexis’s first novel, “Losing Faith”, was released in September 2014. Her second novel, “Loving Emma”, is a standalone, though it does feature some characters from “Losing Faith”.
She invites you to visit her author pages on Facebook and Goodreads, and her website: alexisjamesauthor.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (@alexisjames27) or you can email her at: alexisjamesauthor@gmail.com.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - The Caretaker by Dahlia Donovan


Title: The Caretaker
Series: The Sin Bin, Book 2

Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: July 8, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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Nurse Freddie Whittle devotes every fibre of his being to his work with cancer patients. Their pain weighs heavily on his shoulders. Between losing clients, the expectations of his fathers, and bigot neighbours, he’s slowly reaching his breaking point.

Taine Afoa retires from a storied career as an international rugby star. He’s moved away from London for a change of pace, never expecting to meet a man who’s far too young for him. No matter how hard he tries, it’s impossible to get Freddie out of his mind.

Will Taine's resistance dissolve in time for him to give love the chance to flourish?


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They’d ask too many questions, assume too many things about him dashing out in the early hours to help a group of former rugby players. He could lie. They’d see through it, though; they always did.

“Frederick?”

Freddie paused at his full name—no one other than his angry dads called him anything other than Freddie. He paused by the front door to see Taine had caught up to him. “Yes?”

“Thank you, Frederick, for coming out to help us poor sods out.”

He had to clear his throat to respond. The man’s deep voice saying his name caused his stomach to flip and his lower region to rise in interest. He smiled through it. “I’m always happy to help.”

They stood awkwardly. Neither knew what to say. A loud thud was their only warning before a stumbling Scottie slammed into the back of Taine, which sent him into Freddie like a row of dominos tumbling to the floor.

Freddie groaned under the mass of muscle. He cringed inwardly when it dawned on him that Taine would now be able to feel his earlier piqued interest. “Could you get off me?”

“Want me to help you get off?” Taine’s murmured comment sent a shiver down his spine. “I wouldn’t mind.”

“No, I want you to help me get up before my ribs decide to cave in completely,” Freddie replied tartly, if a bit unsteadily. “What do they feed you rugby types?”

“He’s calling you fat, Tens,” Scottie teased from somewhere above them. Freddie couldn’t see him through the bulk of the man crushing him to the floor. “Up you two get, or I’ll start making assumptions that’ll have me blushing.”

The weight of Taine lifted off him, and a hand reached down to yank him up to his feet. Freddie frowned at Scottie, who hadn’t quite removed his fingers yet. The tall, muscled, blond man had an edge to him that was worrying.

“Scottie.” Taine shoved his friend down the hall away from them. “Go see Caddock.”

“Aye aye, Tens.”

“He’s—something.” Freddie chose to stick with his fathers’ advice to not be rude when it wasn’t necessary. He glanced up to find Taine’s intense gaze focused on him. “I should get going. My dads will wonder what happened.”

“Your dads?”

“My family is a modern one.” Freddie had no intention of explaining his family to a man he’d only recently gotten to know. “Was there anything else?”

Taine cocked his head to the side as if assessing Freddie. He slowly smiled—a wide, dangerous sort of grin, rather akin to a predator who had just caught his prey. “Can I have your number?”

Pardon? Not the question I thought was coming.

“Why?” Freddie shook his head at himself. Do I care why an incredibly attractive man wants my number? He internally shrugged before holding his hand out. No, no I don’t care why. “Give your phone over—I’ll add it for you.”

The bemused expression on Taine’s face made the tingling in his spine at the brush of their fingers worth it. Freddie quickly entered his mobile number under the name Nurse Bunny. He imagined the man would have to go to great lengths to explain it to anyone who saw it.

“Enjoy your weekend with the lads.” Freddie started towards the door, tossing the phone over his shoulder. “Don’t get too drunk. I’m not making another emergency visit to cure hangovers.”


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Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.





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Monday, 24 July 2017

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - It Could Happen by Mia Kerick

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It Could Happen
by Mia Kerick
Published by: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: June 5th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

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3 out of 5 (good)


It Could Happen tells the story of three friends, a misfit triad who really, according to High School's rules, shouldn't have anything to do with each other. You have Henry, the jock, who above all else is a pleaser. You have Brody, an adrenaline junkie/rich boy. And then there is Danny, emo dude with bad taste in men.

NOW, there is a hint at the beginning that Henry is having 'thoughts' about these friends of his, but he doesn't say anything as he doesn't want to upset the status quo. Brody is the one who never thought of them as anything other than friends, but once he makes his mind up, he's willing to give it a go. And Danny - Danny is the one they do it for, to save him from himself and his inability to stay away from people that are 'bad' for him. However, he is usually the first one to disappear, even though he is the only one who was actually "out". Henry and Brody weren't out, in Brody's case they didn't even consider that they liked males that way, but Brody doesn't have any issues with showing public affection. It is Brody though who ends up alone as Henry deals with a personal crisis, and Danny is of the opinion that if Henry doesn't want you, neither do I.

The premise of this story is a good one, and one that I thought I would thoroughly enjoy. I think the thing that detracted it for me was the lack of connection or why are they doing this with the main characters. Apart from looking after Danny, there seemed to be no other reason, really. And, I'm afraid to say, the second thing for me was the style of writing. For me, Brody's was the only clear 'voice', whilst Henry with his My Life just became annoying. Danny you didn't really hear much from, apart from a few lines of beautifully written poetry. On the whole, I did enjoy this book, but it felt a tad disjointed to me. A lack of cohesion between the main characters.

If you are looking for a three-way M/M/M story, and you want something that is a bit different, then I heartily recommend you give this one a go.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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 Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - A Cunning Heist (Sloane Harper #2) by Astrid Arditi

GENRE:   

Romantic Suspense

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Sloane Harper has sworn off men—for her sanity, and her safety. But with or without men, trouble always seems to find Sloane.

When her ex’s ex-mistress comes knocking for help, Sloane does what she does best : she helps way more than she should. As she investigates London’s art scene, Sloane runs into a very handsome but very shady artist, a quirky bunch of thieves, and a cunning old flame. 
Perhaps Sloane should have sworn off playing private detective instead of men.

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Someone hit my back hard, smack between the shoulder blades. I hissed from the pain.

Claudia, I worried instantly, knowing that whoever had hit me must have encountered her first. We should have swapped places. I shouldn’t have left her alone, an easy target, in the middle of the living room.

Before my aggressor could launch another assault on me, I turned around and smashed the book, the only weapon at hand, blindly in his direction.

“Agh!”

At the same time, something I couldn’t see hit me in the eye.

“Ouch!” came my mugger’s voice, which sounded oddly familiar. And feminine.

I clawed clumsily at the air before me, eyes squeezed shut, and still reeling from the adrenaline kick, and felt my hand being swatted away.

“Will you quit it? Kurva! That hurts!”

I blinked rapidly. Claudia stood where the attacker should have been, massaging her head.

“It was you?”

“Yeah. Then, you just freaked out. You hit me on the head with this thing,” she said, waving at the book.

 “You almost blinded me,” I defended myself. “Why?”

“I had my back to you. I thought you were someone else.”

“Guess I’m not the only one who freaked out,” I said, rubbing my injured eye.

I looked at her hands, trying to figure out what she’d used to poke me in the eye. Hysterical giggles bubbled up inside me.

“What are these for?” I asked between hiccups, pointing at the shrink-wrapped sausages she was holding.

“They won’t go bad for a few more days. Would be a shame to waste them,” she replied, her face bright red.

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The more I read, the more sucked in I became. It was a slow progression but a progression none the less. The characters became intriguing and the plot thickened. The story line kept you on your toes the farther into the story you got the better it became. At the end of the day, it was a good story and a good read.

When I agreed to read this book I agreed to it under the idea it was a standalone read and didn’t require any previous reading. I feel like that information is misleading or wrong. I felt like there were details, a back story, that I needed to read previous to this one. There was obviously a history to the relationship and I was kind of clueless as I’ve not read the others. I think this idea made it hard for me to really get into the story and love it.

This was, overall, an enjoyable read. It was more interesting the further into the story. The characters become a little more interesting the more I read and a little more likeable.  There wasn’t anything super fantastic about the story and didn’t grab me and make me want to scream “Oh my gosh you have to read this book.” It’s not a bad read by any means. 

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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If Astrid Arditi could have one magical power, it would be to create time—to write, to enjoy her children, to unpack (she’s moved five times in four years), to sleep in, to learn how to cook, and to hit the gym. Or at least, to locate the one nearest her.
While waiting for her magic powers to manifest, she reads, eats way too many cakes, daydream, and thanks her lucky stars for her whirlwind, wonderful life.
Born and raised in Paris, Arditi recently moved to Brooklyn where she lives with her husband and two young children. A Cunning Heist is the second novel in the Sloane Harper series.            





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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NBTM, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Second Chance in Laguna by Claire Marti

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Contemporary Romance

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When Sophie Barnes’s fiancé jilts her at the altar, her carefully planned life implodes. Considering her ex’s betrayal to be a rude wake-up call, she leaves everything she knows in San Diego and flees to Laguna Beach. She vows to transform her life by avoiding men for a year and by fulfilling her dream of writing a wildly successful novel. 

Sophie’s new landlord, Nicholas Morgan, is a gorgeous, successful architect with a player reputation. He makes it tough for Sophie to remember that she’s sworn to be single. Nick’s avoided the intimacy of a long-term relationship--until Sophie’s independence, courage, and beauty touch his guarded heart. Both Sophie and Nick are terrified of being hurt again, but can they resist the pull of true love?

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He poured the wine and offered the glass to her. When his fingers brushed hers, flames shot straight to her belly. Her heartbeat accelerated as she imagined those hands running down her body. Focus, girl, focus.

Flings were in her future, just not yet. She resolved to keep her mind above the table. One problem. Her body wasn’t quite cooperating with her mind.

“So, what brought you to Laguna from San Diego?”

“It’s a long story, I don’t want to bore you with the details.” Sophie stiffened, refusing to allow memories of Doug to ruin her appetite.

“You couldn’t bore me.” He reached across the table and squeezed her hand.
She jolted as once again her nipples pebbled.  She yanked her hand back into her lap. What was going on?

“I was going to take a sabbatical, oh hell. I realized I never wanted to go back, so I guess I quit my job at Healthy Woman. I was an editor.” She guzzled down half her glass of wine.

“I’ve seen that magazine. What happened?” Nick leaned closer, heat darkening his eyes.

“The job was fine…” She polished off the rest of her wine. At this rate, I’ll be sloshed by the time our entrees arrive. Slow down Sophie.

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3 out of 5 (good)


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In life you can run but can't hide and that what Sophie was doing running away from her life she decided after being stood up on her wedding day that she would start a new life in Laguna so she left her job and her best friend and her mother all back in San Diego after renting a place out in the sticks she couldn't wait to start over and write her novel no distractions and certainly no men until nick comes along her landlord they have chemistry and he can't get her out of his head he needs her and wants her he does everything not to fall in love with her but its impossible.

Will Sophie's past come back to haunt her or will she have a happy ending in really life.

The one thing that got me with this book its characters worked well with each other but the ending was a bit of a let down I thought that it would end in a cliffhanger but it didn't. it would have been nice if we could of found out what happened to heather the stuck up receptionist and what happened to Doug in the next book.

But overall I am giving this review 3/5 

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I started writing stories as soon as I was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, I was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress. 

Finally, I followed my heart and now focus on two of my true passions: writing romance novels and teaching yoga. My debut, Second Chance in Laguna, released from The Wild Rose Press on March 31, 2017, and is the first in the Finding Forever in Laguna series. At Last in Laguna, the second book in the series will come out later in 2017.

What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a yoga teacher and my schedule varies daily. I love teaching and practicing yoga. I live close to the beach and try to walk on the beach every day. I’m a voracious reader and also love listening to music. I’ve got the travel bug and travel as frequently as I can, usually with my husband!

What was your favourite book as a child?
I loved the adventure series of books by a British author, Enid Blyton, who I discovered while living in Nairobi, Kenya, as a child.

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started in late 2014 and began pitching in 2015. Second Chance in Laguna won a few contests and the feedback and validation helped me sign a three-book deal in March 2016.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
As a child, I found my mom’s stash of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers novels. Reading those sealed my fate! Romance all the way!

Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Once I make myself plant my butt in the chair, I’m able to write. The issue is procrastinating before I write. I teach yoga and am a big believer in balancing physical activity with writing. I’ll force myself to sit for an hour and write, even if I can only produce a paragraph. Then, I’ll do some yoga, walk the dog, or go outside for fifteen minutes to recharge.

Are you a planner or a pantser?
I’ve got a hybrid approach. I do detailed character sketches and create and analyze the characters’ inner conflicts. Then, I have a loose story plotted over a three-act structure. I don’t do a detailed outline because I need the freedom to see what happens within my initial story concept.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
When I was younger I was obsessed with Ernest Hemingway and Ayn Rand. When I found Nora Roberts, I fell in love. Her stories transport me and I return to them again and again. Her characters interaction, banter, and humor get me every time.

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Funny you should ask. In my first book, Second Chance in Laguna, the villain or ex-fiancé is based upon my own cheating ex. I found it cathartic to express the emotions surrounding betrayal through my characters. Tidbits of people and situations are definitely woven in or used for inspiration.

What sort of writing environment do you create? I.e. music or not? Pen and paper or laptop/PC?
I write in our second bedroom/office on my Mac laptop. Although I have a beautiful desk, I sit in a comfortable reclining chair. The arms are the perfect height for me to sit with my feet up and my fingers on the laptop. My cat Lola rests on the top of the chair and keeps an eye on me. I can see my desk and my bulletin board, which has a photo of me with Nora Roberts and some other inspirational photos. I also recently acquired a 1950’s pink Royal typewriter and it inspires me to write. I love to listen to music before I write, but prefer utter silence while writing.

If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation – who would you choose for which character?

Chris Hemsworth is a dead ringer for my hero, Nicholas Morgan. Either Barbara Palvin (a model) or Allison Williams could play Sophie Barnes.

Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. Her debut releases from The Wild Rose Press on March 31, 2017 and is the first in the Finding Forever in Laguna series.



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