Tuesday, December 16, 2014

'No Denying You (A Danvers Novel)' by Sydney Landon


Blurb:

After Emma Davis’s first week at Danvers International, she’s convinced her boss will drive her crazy…

Being the assistant to uptight workaholic Brant Stone is more than Emma can bear. But in her weaker moments, she can’t help but admit that the sexy control freak can turn her on with an insult more than any man she’s ever met...

So when Emma gains an unexpected advantage, she blackmails Brant into accompanying her to her high school reunion. After all, the enemy she knows is preferable to a blind date arranged by her meddling mother.

But before they realize what’s happening, they are doing more than acting the part…they’re living it. The war that has been raging between them shifts playing fields to the bedroom, as hate turns to lust and then to something so much more…


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Chapter One
Honey, have you given any more thought to getting some bigger tits?
Emma rolled her eyes and dropped her head onto her desk. Why couldnt her mother bake cookies, knit sweaters or do any of that other Betty Crocker shit? No-o-o, she couldnt be that lucky. Katrina Davisor Kat, as she liked to be called—had always wanted to be the cool mom on the block. Heck, most of Emmas childhood friends still called her mother for advice. The woman didnt pull any punches.God, Mom, can we please not talk about my tits today? Or lack of them?”
Em, its for your own good. Youre too attractive to sit at home all the time. Men are visual creatures so maybe a new rack is exactly what you need. Your father cant keep his hands off mine. And you’re not getting any younger. You dont want to wake up one day and have them fall out of bed before you do.
Gross, Mom. This whole conversation is really gross. I dont want to hear anything about your sex life with Daddy. Ever. Id like to be able to look him in the eyes just once without the constant stream of images in my head of the things you feel the need to confide to me. Maybe you should just go Catholic—then you could confess to someone with a more professional opinion.
Oh, Em, get over it. Im just trying to help. You know what? Ill even pay if I can pick them out. Ill e-mail you some information and you can let me know what you think.
Mom, for the last time, I like my tits just fine!” As soon as she shouted that last bit, Emma froze at the sound of a throat clearing behind her. Please tell me that the asswipe isnt behind me, ple-e-ease. As she swiveled slowly in her chair, she groaned. Fate definitely wasnt on her side. Her boss, Brant Stone, stood behind her with his usual condescending smirk. She quickly said her good-byes to her mother although she could hear her still speaking as she gingerly placed the receiver back in the cradle. Determined not to give him the satisfaction of seeing her rattled, she raised a brow, asking as politely as she could manage, Did you need something?
Apparently not as badly as you do, Emma.
Oh great, here it comes, another jab at my work performance. I wonder how much jail time I would get if I choked him with the paisley tie hes wearing? Turning her back to nonchalantly pick up her coffee cup, she said, Pardon?
I am positively riveted by your plight, he replied.
More obscure code to unravel. She spent half of her time trying to figure out what in the hell he was talking about. She knew he did it on purpose, the sneaky bastard. I bet you are considering you cause most of my misery.She knew it was unprofessional as well as career suicide to talk to her boss this way, but she kept hoping he would have her transferred to another department so that he could find someone more suitable for his assistant. So far, that hadnt happened. She had even started dropping hints, but, like every suggestion she made, he seemed to completely ignore it.
Thats flattering, Emma, but I dont think I can accept responsibility for your . . . shortcomings.
Her coffee cup fell from her suddenly limp fingers and crashed to the floor. Then she plowed into him as she jumped back to avoid the hot liquid.Shit!The carnage continued as they both fell backward like dominoes. When she managed to get her bearings, she was horrified to realize that Brant was laid out on the floor underneath her, and her butt was nestled firmly near his crotch. Coffee stains were splattered all over his perfectly creased slacks, and it took her a moment to realize why her legs seemed so bare as they lay tangled with his. Her short skirt had blown up during their fall and was now resting well above the level considered legal in most states. Was that . . . ? No, it couldnt be. . . .
Without thinking, she wiggled around experimentally. No way! Her boss, the spawn from hell, was not growing hard against her bottom. Oh my God, he was!
I didnt realize that ruining my clothing also came with a lap dance.When she froze, he chuckled. Oh, by all means, dont stop now. Even someone with small tits is a turn-on when shes grinding against your lap.



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Bio:

Sydney Landon is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Weekends Required, Not Planning On You, Fall for Me, Fighting for You, No Denying You and Pierced. When she isn’t writing, Sydney enjoys reading, swimming, and being a mini-van driving soccer mom.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review of 'Christmas at the Cove' by Rachel Brimble



Christmas at the Cove
by Rachel Brimble

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BLURB:

More family for Christmas?

Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.

Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.

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She squeezed her eyes shut. “I’ll stay for another couple of days, but then I have to go home. I can’t stay here for Christmas.”

The soft whisper of his exhalation drifted over her folded hands on the table. “That’s great. It’s more than great. Thank you.”

She swallowed, wanting the words she needed to say out of her body as soon as possible. “You have your life, and I have mine.” She opened her eyes. “Neither of us has to change our plans because I’ve told you about Belle. You can still do what you want to do.”

His eyes ever so slightly darkened. “If I’m a father, it changes everything.”

Be strong, Carrie. Lay down the ground rules. “I disagree.” She straightened her spine. “I get it, Scott. Truly. I understand you think knowing about Belle means you have to change your entire life, but that’s not true.”

“That’s not what I’m––”

“Let me just say this, please.”

He closed his eyes and she took that as permission to continue. She inhaled a deep breath. “I like, and appreciate, you thinking what you should to do and how to do it, but I’m not asking you to change your plans overnight. This is going to take time. I want it to take time. Belle doesn’t need to know about you yet. You can go on with your life and when the time’s right, I’ll tell her about you.”

Silence.

Carrie swallowed against the dryness in her throat. When she’d been standing outside the holiday park, the decision to see her mission through to the end burning like a flame inside her, she’d thought her words would be strong and clear, delivered with a reverence he couldn’t argue with. Yet now, her stomach trembled with nerves and her hands longed to take his.

Why did he make her feel so torn and her reasoning unfair? Belle was hers. He had no obligation to her unless he wanted one. “I’m not saying that to be cruel, you know.” She sighed. “I’ve looked after her the last year without a partner beside me. She’ll be okay…whatever you decide.”

His continuing silence raised the hairs at the back of her neck, made her fear she drove a bigger wedge between them, but she wouldn’t falter. She had come to Templeton and achieved what she came to do––the gates were open and Scott could step through them whenever he was ready. As long as he realized the hinges wouldn’t creak back and forth on a whim.

**My thoughts**

I love Rachel Brimble's romances and have read several of them. I was excited to check out her latest one, which is also her first Christmas romance. I have to admit that this one wasn't my favorite, but it was still enjoyable to read over a couple of cold, snowy evenings.

Scott and Carrie had an intense one-night stand, that actually lasted a couple of nights, a little over three years ago, when Carrie was in town over vacation. The result was a beautiful baby girl, only Scott never knew she existed. It is understandable that Carrie was afraid to tell him, but he had the right to know, which made me upset with her from the get go. Yes, she has decided that she is going to finally tell him, but only because her dying husband had told her to do so. I also had a hard time wrapping my head around her having a husband after Scott, though the story makes sense when it is presented. Carrie wasn't the easiest character to relate to, nor like, because of her ever-changing attitude.

Scott has been pining for this sexy blonde woman ever since, never finding anyone who remotely compares to her. On the surface, he appears to be a bit of a player. As you get to know more about him, he turns out to be one of the greatest men with a strong sense of responsibility and a huge heart.

This book does examine some of the trials and tribulations of family on different levels, whether the relationship between parents, parent and child, or siblings, as well as responsibilities associated with each. There is an air of Christmas magic, as well as an inexplicable super steamy attraction between Carrie and Scott, and the usual issues with trying to handle a romance in a nosy small town. They don't have the easiest road to travel, between reconciling their own issues with their pasts and interfering "others."


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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Website: http://rachelbrimble.com/

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'Admit One' by Lisa Clark O'Neill Paperback Giveaway!

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Allison Hawbaker has spent the past year putting back the pieces of her shattered life. Recovering from both family crisis and personal tragedy, Allie throws herself into building a business with her childhood best friend while trying to put the past behind her.

Part of Allie’s past is British thespian Mason Armitage, the man she fell for and rebuffed a year ago. Now Mason’s back, and Allie’s in danger of losing her heart again. When she and Mason stumble across a grave robbery in progress, it causes a chain reaction that puts Allie in the crosshairs of criminal conspirators.

Because sometimes the past won’t stay buried – literally.


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One fine day in the not-too-distant past, Lisa Clark O’Neill left Wittenberg University with a BA in English, which she promptly neglected. After working as an interior designer, decorative artist, and Montessori art teacher (there may have been a BA in art as well,) she finally settled into the role of mother to two very fine children.

However, two years of doing the stay-at-home-mom brain cell melt drove her to pull out a pen and one of her old college notebooks. That turned into six manuscripts.

Lisa currently lives in the Atlanta area. When she isn’t attempting to keep her daughter’s rabbit from eating the woodwork, she’s hard at work on her next novel.


She is giving away a paperback of Admit One. Open to US residents ends 12/22 . Fill out the form below to enter
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'The Wedding Series (Boxed Set)' by Patricia McLinn on sale for a limited time!



Blurb

You are cordially invited to join the wedding celebration as college friends embark on the greatest education of all - falling in love, finding the perfect bride, and becoming the happiest grooms around. 

Get The Wedding Series: 

Book 1 - Prelude to a Wedding
Book 2 - Wedding Party
Book 3 - Grady's Wedding
Book 4 - The Christmas Princess
“A must read series” – 5*

The free spirit: Paul Monroe 
Book 1 - Prelude to a Wedding

Charming Paul Monroe has the Peter Pan thing down pat. As an antique toy appraiser, even his work involves play. Which is fine, unless your job is to keep his Chicago business running smoothly . . . and all that charm, humor -- and sexiness -- is aimed at you.

Organization and reliability are Bette Wharton's hallmarks. She handles the toughest clients with aplomb, until Paul provides a challenge that goes way beyond the office. She has a plan and a timetable. How can she let herself fall for Mr. Live-for-the-Moment when all he offers is Love-for-the-Moment?


The best man: Michael Dickinson
Book 2 - Wedding Party

Michael Dickinson is delighted to be best man at his friend's wedding - but there's one complication. Tris Donlin is a standing up for the bride. He's wanted Tris for longer than he cares to remember, but to her, he's just good old Michael - college pal, confidant, best buddy ... Would a few days of wedding celebration let him finally get her out of his system once and for all?

Her cousin Paul's wedding party has Tris' head and heart full of memories of college days with him, Michael, and their friend Grady. Grady was her college crush and Michael was her buddy. Now that they're all grown up, my how things have changed.

She's certain she's found the best man for her . . . if only she can convince him that friends can make the best lovers.

The last bachelor: Grady Roberts
Book 3 - Grady's Wedding

Grady Roberts has never been the marrying kind - and he still isn't. But after watching his best friends walk down the aisle to their brides and even start families, flipping through his little black book and ordering take-out for one suddenly seem boring ...and lonely. Yet the one woman who intrigues him keeps him at arm's length.

Leslie Craig is human. She feels the full effect of handsome, intelligent, wealthy, successful Grady's attraction . . . and his loneliness. It's the last element that snags her heart. She's developed a knack for helping people with problems and sorrows without ever revealing her own. Can she do that for Grady?

Rave reviews!
"This trilogy was fun and serious all at the same time" - 5*

"These three stories were perfect. The characters were multi-dimensional and played off each other in warm, thoughtful, loving ways. Each couple faced a different situation and overcame their obstacles together and with the insightful comments of their friends. ...Heart-warming." - 5*

"Great love stories!
Must read all books in the series!
Really enjoyed each of them.
I laughed and cried! Must read." - 5*

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From being a sports writer to editing at the Washington Post to becoming a USA Today bestselling author, Patricia McLinn follows her heart. She writes what she loves to read, and is delighted and humbled when readers love it, too.

One of the things she loves is writing about Wyoming. Cowboys, quirky small towns, humorous characters, and spectacular landscapes – what’s not to like? She returns every chance she gets – including visiting through her popular contemporary western romance bundles (Wyoming Wildflowers, A Place Called Home, and Bardville, Wyoming), her western historical romances, and her mystery series “Caught Dead in Wyoming.”

Readers praise her books for memorable and believable characters, as well as touches of humor added to novels of romance, women’s fiction, and mystery. For news of upcoming releases visit her website at www.PatriciaMcLinn.com.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

'To See Clearly' by Susan Monday & Mary Anthony


Blurb:

Acclaimed actress, Clara Summers, inherits an ancient power to heal that comes with a price. 

...Unveiling the Spirit World. 

Dr. Alex Bradford wants to use her gift to remove his father's inoperable tumor. He coldly courts her ...and she lets him. In the jungles of Costa Rica, desire mingles with truth. They are discovered, and Hollywood is delighted to label Clara a witch.
Was the healing power worth her career or her longing for love?
To See Clearly becomes her only hope for happiness.

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Rave reviews!
"It's a fun, thought-provoking yet scary read anyone will enjoy."
"Romantic, mystical, and scary!"
"Exciting, romantic, and a fast read!"
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About Author Susan Monday:

" Love to Read...Love to Write...ROMANCE "

Monday, December 8, 2014

Win the first eBook of each of these series by Melanie Karsak!

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HiRes Final Daughter of Ravens Ebook CoverSomething wicked this way comes . . .

Gruoch is born to rule, but long before she becomes Macbeth’s queen, ancient forces claim her soul.

Marked from birth by the old gods, Gruoch is initiated into the ancient religion of her ancestors and begins learning the mysteries of the Goddess Cerridwen. But not everything is as it seems. Soon the Battle Goddess Morrigu imposes her will, and Gruoch finds herself at the mercy of the Wyrd Sisters.

With King Malcolm plotting, the Wyrd Sisters schooling her in arcane craft, and haunted by dreams of a raven-haired man she’s never met, Gruoch feels her fate is not her own. That is, until she meets a druid named Banquo. Gruoch’s heart is swept away when Banquo awakens something in her more powerful than duty, magic, or destiny: love.
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This retelling of Shakespeare’s classic work leads readers through an unforgettable saga of one woman struggling to escape her fate without blood on her hands.

Begin the Saga with Lady Macbeth: Daughter of Ravens.

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Melanie Karsak is the author of the award-winning and Amazon best-selling steampunk series The Airship Racing Chronicles (Chasing the Star Garden and Chasing the Green Fairy), the award-winning horror/dark fantasy Harvesting Series, and the Saga of Lady Macbeth trilogy. She grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master's degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.


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'Second Chance at Love' by Marcia Dickson


Blurb:

When Amy discovered that her husband, Carl, actually preferred other men to her, she moved out and into their beach house. They remained married, but lived separate lives. After more than three years of living alone, with no real interest in finding someone, she met Burt. He was a widower whose wife had died just over a year ago, and like Amy, wasn't actually looking for someone. But their mutual attraction soon caused Amy to decide it was time to divorce Carl and get on with her life, to see where the relationship with Burt would go.

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About the author:

This was the last romantic short story written by Marcia Dickson before her death in June, 2014. She was a retired housewife that enjoyed writing and her grandchildren.