Friday, February 12, 2016

Review + Excerpt: CONSEQUENCE OF SEDUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken

Rating: /5 stars
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Series: This is book 3 in the Consequences series by Rachel Van Dyken. This can be read as a stand-alone but there are some references to the other books.

From New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken.

Reid Emory has never had reason to question his luck with the ladies. As the owner of a lethal set of aqua-blue eyes and a devastating grin, this Hollywood heartthrob always brings his A game…but lately his luck seems to have run out. The actor is in need of some help, and there’s only one person he can trust to take his love life—and his career—to an explosive new level.

Jordan Litwright’s newest client is trying her patience. As a publicist, she’s more than content to stay in the background and let others shine. But when a publicity stunt backfires, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight—as Reid’s new love interest. And while other men usually overlook her, Reid is focusing in with laserlike intensity. There’s no denying they have serious chemistry.

But once Reid breaks into the big time, can they turn their made-for-the-media romance into a forever love?


I read my first book by Rachel Van Dyken last year. I had run across her name a lot while searching for new books to read. A friend mentioned “She’s written a lot of books and I hear good things,” so I thought I would give her books a try. My friend wasn’t kidding! She has a LOT to choose from with many different New Adult genres. So deciding where to start was the difficult part. I saw that she had a new release coming out that only had one previous book written in the series and decided to start there. I was not disappointed!

Rachel’s Consequence series, both Consequences of Loving Colton and Consequences of Revenge were some of my favorite reads last year. I would classify these books as romantic comedies. Think the movie The Proposal with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days with Matthew McCunaughey and Kate Hudson. All of the books in this series had me laughing out loud while reading. Numerous times I had to try and stifle my laughter because I was reading late at night and didn’t want to wake my husband up.

Reid Emory is an actor trying to make it big in Hollywood, with a *look* that makes girls wanna drop their pants. Reid’s agent thinks some good publicity could be just the boost his career needs. Enter Jordan, a publicist who is used to being invisible or ignored. All her life people have acted like she didn't exist. Until Reid. He sees her. Is this romance just an act? Or is it real? And if it is, can it last after Reid makes it big?

I really enjoyed THE CONSEQUENCE OF SEDUCTION. This is the third book in the Consequence series and for me it stood out from the others. Reid is very romantic and I definitely found myself *swooning* more than just a few times. Reid is a ladies man so this book was a bit steamier than the others. Of course, no book in this series would be complete without the ridiculousness known as Max Emory, Reid's brother. He says and does some of the funniest things. But he has a big heart even if you want to throat punch him sometimes! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies and is looking for a lighthearted, fast paced read.

Jordan’s body responded to my every single touch and caress.

“Now I know why you’ve never had to ask a girl on a date.” She hooked her legs around me and wrapped her arms around my neck, her tongue intertwining with mine, sucking, so. Damn. Hard that I couldn’t help but keep moaning. The things that woman could do with her mouth.

I deepened the kiss, my hands reaching for the clasp of her bra. I flicked it off. Jordan immediately froze. Her hands quickly covered her breasts.

“What are you doing?” I tried prying her hands free.

“Too fast.” She nodded, her cheeks staining with color. “You know for our, uh, date night.”

“Move your hands.”

“No.”

“Jordan.”

“Reid.” She laughed nervously.

“Fine.” I nodded. “I didn’t want to have to do this.”

Jordan frowned.

I raised my hand.

She frowned harder.

I flipped her onto her stomach and slapped her ass. Hard.

What are you doing?” she yelled.

“Why, sweetheart . . .” I kissed her ear. “I’m taming.”

“The hell you are!”

“You like it.” Another swat. “And I’m barely spanking you, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Cover them up again and I won’t be responsible for my actions.”

“But—”

I flipped her back around. “But what?” I honestly wanted to know why a girl that gorgeous would cover up.

“It’s just that—” Jordan chewed her lower lip. “I’m the lights-off girl.”

“Lights off?”

“Yeah.” She shrugged a shoulder as more color stained her cheeks. “You know, the girl you don’t really notice right away until you’ve had one too many, then you take her home and have your way with her—in the dark.”

Horrified, I could only stare in shock. “Please tell me that hasn’t actually happened.”

“Reid.” She shoved me away and started to get to her feet. “Look, I’m not stupid, okay? And I’m not even that insecure anymore. I know how guys think, all right?”

“Oh, yeah?” I stood, pulled her flush against my very hard body. “What am I thinking about right now?”

“ESPN?”

“Damn.”

Her shoulders deflated. “See?”

I burst out laughing. “Honey, we have a pretty big problem if ESPN gets me this excited, don’t you think?”

“Hey, sometimes baseball just does it for people.” She gave me a sexy-as-hell smile. “It’s not your fault you like balls.”


“I can’t believe you just challenged my manhood when it’s saluting you like that. Damn, woman, I’m basically giving you the equivalent of a high five and a home run all in one and you’re making jokes?”


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
      She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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You can connect with her on Facebook or join her fan group Rachel's New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Excerpt Reveal: 9 LETTERS by Blake Austin


Meet Luke Crawley in Blake Austin's debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love releasing on February 24th!

Add to your Goodreads TBR

Luke Cawley is a broken man. After his wife's tragic death, he lost everything that mattered in the world. Now, his life is filled with hard days, harder nights, and a steady stream of alcohol and the wrong kind of women. Nothing helps.

Until the letters arrive on Luke's doorstep.

Nine envelopes. Nine messages. Nine chances to find his way back.

Rae Goode is looking for the real thing. After fighting her way out of a string of bad relationships, she's ready for something different--something true.
She meets Luke while piecing her life together, and right away she can tell that he's different. Drawn together by fate and the desire to heal, Rae and Luke discover new ways to mend their broken hearts--one letter at a time.

Discover Blake Austin's debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love.
As soon as the word left my mouth, Rae’s face opened up and she was smiling over at me and it was like I was falling in towards her. When she was happy, I got vertigo. All those happy brain chemicals just took over and I was lost in bliss.
“Get out of my rescue, Luke Cawley,” she said.
“Will do,” I replied, scooping up King’s leash and opening the door again. But before we stepped out, Rae’s voice came after me.
"Hey Luke, you want to hook up sometime?" she asked. I turned around, probably looked startled. Sometimes I'm smooth, sometimes I'm not. "I mean, I could help you with King. At the dog park or something. You get a dog tired enough, he won’t rip up the house.”
She smiled. Clearly this was a professional courtesy she was extending, right? But I still couldn’t help feeling like it might do me and King both some good to see Rae again.
“I uh, lost your number,” I said. Sounded a lot nicer than ‘I threw it away while I was cleaning my house.’ I took out my phone. “I’ll just put it into my phone this time. Rae, right? What's your last name?" I made a new contact.
"Goode," she said.
I'd remember that. I didn't have the best memory, but I remember what's important. I decided I couldn't let it be a sign, though. It was just a last name. Totally wasn't a sign. I'm too grown up to believe in things like that.
          I tapped in her number, texted her so she had mine, then I reached down, pet King on the head once more, and left the shelter with my dog in tow, feeling pretty good after all was said and done.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SUPERNATURAL CHRONICLES Blog Parade: Interview and Giveaway

   


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We are so excited to bring you the Mardi Gras Blog Parade for The Supernatural Chronicles! The Supernatural Chronicles is a fantastic box set with stories from ten different authors each celebrating a distinct supernatural creature! This is the Supernatural Chronicles: The New Orleans Collection. The Tour goes from February 1st-February 10th with different authors and content each day of the tour! Make sure you check out each stop along the way and enter to win the 1 of 10 Mystery Boxes!! See why everyone is talking about #DYNAMIS, and stop by The Supernatural Chronicles Facebook Discussion Group!


Ten authors and one grand scheme of mayhem and magic in the depths of New Orleans.

The Supernatural Chronicles cover  About The Supernatural Chronicles: The New Orleans Collection: Beneath the brow of Bourbon and French architecture, the iris of New Orleans swirls with flecks of worlds and beings unknown to mankind. Come with us as we chronicle their journey—each supernatural race must hunt for an offering in hopes of saving their own. Skinwalkers, Wolves, Vampires, Dragons, Succubi, Witches, Necromancers, Cupids, and Asgardians are all in danger of losing control as an uprising darkness threatens to rip the veil that protects them all from the great beyond. Ten original novellas, following each supernatural race as they fight an elusive enemy, are written by New Adult authors Lila Felix, Kristie Cook, Brenda Pandos, Delphina Henley, Julia Crane, Jamie Magee, Morgan Wylie, Kallie Ross, S.T. Bende, and Rebecca Ethington. Come join them for the hunt and discover hidden treasures inside.   

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fate Series Read-A-Long: BREAKING BRANDON by Elizabeth Reyes

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What happened in chapters 1 - chapter 6?:

Breaking Brandon begins in the past. He’s home on leave from the Marines because his dad is dying. He had a thing with a girl named Sofie and her brothers warned him to stay away from her, accused him of taking advantage of her, but he loves her and can’t do that. He tries to talk to her, but he’s wasted and her brothers beat him up. He runs into her in the pharmacy a few days later, and tells her that he loves her, and then leaves. He’s done with it all.

After his dad dies, he packs up their house with his mom to move across the country to where he’s stationed in Georgia, but there’s an accident on the road and he loses his mom, too. Brandon shuts down emotionally afterwards - he doesn’t take any leave time and enters DI school straight away.
When we’re introduced to Regina in the past, we see she’s not having an easy time of anything either. She’s suicidal and alone, trying to kill herself, but is interrupted by a neighbor who saves her life.

In the present day, Regina and Brandon first meet in the airport. He’s disgusted by her snobby princess attitude and everything she reminds him of. They’re both moving to San Diego, and it’s not until a few days later that he sees her on base that he realizes she’ll be working there as well, as an engineer specialist.

Regina is trying to recover from something that happened in her past and had been seeing a therapist to help her with her baggage. Still, one night she’s triggered by a song, and she’s crying and a mess when she runs into Brandon, but he’s rude and disinterested in her.

Or at least he appears to be. When she confronts him about why he’s so rude to her, he feigns hate, but it’s just a defense for the unexplained attraction he feels toward her.

Favourite Quote:

He finally understood what his father had meant all those years. That kind of emotion - the kind he felt was suffocating his heart at that moment - was sacred. It was something that should remain deep inside. No one had a right to know you were feeling it but yourself. Showing it was a sign of weakness. That’s exactly how he felt at that moment, like the weakest most pathetic idiot on the planet. At that moment, he vowed he’d never let anyone - no matter what - witness this side of him again.

Discussion Questions:

  • Have you ever been able to just come right out and tell someone you loved them like Brandon did with Sofie in the past?
  • Why do you think Brandon is so detached from the people around him?

BreakingBrandon

He ruled out attachments years ago. Then one day he crosses paths with a beautiful but pampered daddy's little princess. History has taught him one thing about women like her—steer clear.

She was starting over. She moved back to her home town, took a new job assignment, and left her past behind. For the first time in over eighteen months, she's even intrigued by a man—a sexy but cold and indifferent drill sergeant. Despite feeling drawn to him, she has no time to figure out his inexplicable aversion to her.

Then Fate steps in one night, forcing them together. There's a connection neither can refute, and they both consider giving into the undeniable attraction. 

Fate however can also be cruel. Just when they surrender to their heart's desires, past demons resurface in the most unexpected way, threatening the happiness neither realized they so desperately needed.

New Adult Contemporary - *Mature Content* Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.


HIS TO GUARD releases early 2016 – add it to your Goodreads list here!
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Follow along with the Breaking Brandon Read-A-Long!

Make sure to join InkSlinger PR on Monday, February 15th to begin the read-a-long of Lorenzo's story, Suspicious Minds, the third book in the Fate series.

Award winning, USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published seven more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO, MAKING YOU MINE, and TANGLED with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She's also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX. Her Moreno Brother's spinoff series FATE includes FATE, BREAKING BRANDON, SUSPICIOUS MINDS and AGAIN (Sydney's story). Her debut traditionally published title is DESERT HEAT and her latest release is her first ever three part romance serial DEFINING LOVE.

When she's not writing (which is rare) she spends as much time as she can with her husband of almost twenty-one years, two young adult children, her Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat named Tyson.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review + Giveaway: TAP by Georgia Cates

Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: TAP is book 1 in a new series by Georgia Cates


From New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of The Beauty Series comes The Lovibond Collection––a series of stand alone novels. 

Craft beer and the sexy men who brew it. Both, always a good idea. 

A faceless name. That’s all she was when I agreed to play a part in deceiving her. But then the unplanned happened. 

We met. And all I wanted from her was a dirty weekend . . . until that wasn’t enough and I longed for so much more. 

Lawrence Thorn suddenly means the world to me. And that’s a problem. She’s my business partner’s sister. Forbidden fruit. Pursuing her can mean trouble for me at Lovibond Brewery. But I don’t care. 

I yearn for her skin against mine. 
I crave her smell on my body. 
I want to make her laugh and then hear her moan my name. 
And she does for a brief moment in time. 

But Lawrence wants more than I’m able to give. And it’s a damn shame because there’s no one on earth I want more than her. 

An epic love. 
A miserable ending. 
Unless it’s not. 

TAP is the first book in a collection of Lovibond stand alone novels. 
Each novel will feature a different couple. 
No cliffhangers.


I was given a copy of TAP by Georgia Cates to share on my #bookstagram account (along with an extra signed copy and swag to giveaway. YAY! More info at the bottom of this post). The premise of Georgia Cates new Lovibond series really intrigued me. I’ve read books about athletes, musicians, artists, cops, soldiers, depression, college students and more. But I’ve never read a book about a group of beer brewers! I’ve also haven’t read too many books where the lead male has a beard, is that weird? I mean I know a lot of people love a bearded hottie. I just haven’t come across one (in a book) … YET.

Lucas and Lawrence were both such normal everyday people. They had normal lives and I was able to relate to both of them right away. Lawrence is a fierce and independent woman; some even call her a hippie. To me she just seemed very down to earth and at a place I hope to be one day. Content with who she is and how she lives her life. Lucas is a businessman who stumbled across two college buddies that were looking for someone to back their craft beer brewing adventure. Because of the connection through Stout Thorne, Lawrence's brother, their paths cross in a very unconventional manner. 

Events that happen in the very first chapter of TAP leave Lucas in charge of daily communication via texts with Lawrence, the sister of one of his business partners. What could go wrong? She won’t find out that her brother is MIA as long as he keeps up the ruse. Lucas is strong, masculine and full of passion. He doesn’t commit but Lawrence isn’t looking for a relationship when she comes to town. They immediately feel drawn to each other, but both know it isn’t a good idea. If things go wrong, they could go very wrong for them and the business. But can they stop the attraction they both feel?

We learn that both Lucas and Lawrence have tortured pasts that have kept them from making a lasting relationship with anyone. Since a relationship between the two of them can bring nothing but trouble this is probably for the best anyways. Or is it? Could these two broken souls mend each other? This was my first book by Georgia Cates and I found it fast paced, with enough mystery, romance and intrigue to keep me turning page after page. If you enjoy a good romance I recommend you pick this one up. I can't wait to read Stout and Porter's stories!



Click the link below for a chance to win everything pictured*! (see details on how to enter on my Instagram page
*beer and pint glass not included

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet. 

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Exclusive Excerpt: SHUFFLE by Lisa Swallow

Will Campbell, Ruby Riot bassist, is back at university and failing badly at everything apart from partying.

With Ruby Riot on a break, Will returns to university to finish his degree. He needs major help if he wants to pass his final year and attempts to join a not-very-rock star study group. Will is horrified to discover the person organising the group is Fleur Roberts, the girl he’s secretly crushed on for two years and who recently threatened him with a restraining order.

Fleur’s rock stars are history academics. She has no interest in any variety of pierced, tattooed slacker, especially not the jackass rock star who humiliated her at a party. There’s no way in Hell that Will Campbell is joining her group.

Faced with losing the easiest way to fix his academic problems, Will has the perfect solution: pretend he’s his twin, Nate. Will and Nate have swapped identities before so nothing can go wrong. Surely.

Fleur is successful academically, but her love life is a failure. Following a number of disastrous dates, she finds herself falling in love with a guy who is lying to her. But Will’s deceit isn’t the only thing about to shatter her world. When another man Fleur trusted betrays her, and she attempts to retaliate, Fleur discovers how dangerous he is. And when Will becomes involved, the repercussions threaten both of their futures.

Shuffle is the second standalone book in the Ruby Riot series and can be read separately to the first book.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cover Reveal: TALON by Sybil Bartel


Talon
Sybil Bartel
(Uncompromising Series, #1)
Publication date: March 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Talon
I surf.
I fuck.
I pretend to smile.

Two years ago my life was perfect, until it wasn’t. I scattered my wife’s ashes then walked away from the Marines. I didn’t think I had anything else to lose.
I was wrong.
The blond showed up at my surf shop, beaten and stabbed. I did what I was trained to do—I stitched her up. I didn’t have a clue who she was and I told myself I didn’t care. Until they came looking for her.
I swore I’d take my last breath before I let anyone else hurt her except I didn’t know she was keeping a deadly secret. Now I had two choices, her life or mine.
Marriage and combat taught me the same thing—I was no one’s hero. And I was about to prove it.
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Author Bio:
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.
I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about me.
I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband.

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