Friday, August 30, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Villere House by Leslie Fear and C.D. Hussey

"Villere House" by Leslie Fear & C.D. Hussey

Coming Early Fall, 2013

The last thing college senior Lottie Boyd expected while on spring break in New Orleans was having strange, yet vivid dreams of a 19th century young widow, desperately trying to save her dying little girl. When doctors are unable to do more, the beautiful woman in Lottie’s dreams is forced to go beyond her beliefs for one last attempt.

Compelled to find answers, Lottie is drawn toward the historic Villere House of Voodoo, where she meets the owner, Xavier Villere. She is attracted to his intriguing creole good looks, but his skepticism of his family's century-old link to Voodoo and the occult keep pushing her away. 

It isn’t until Xavier begins experiencing unexplainable events from his own past that he begins to understand why he must help Lottie with hers.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Book Blitz: The Naughty Girl Series by Scarlett Metal

#1 Naughty Girl Series

Alexandra loved the hot sex she experienced as a submissive in the bedroom, but would never give her heart to any man.

After getting hurt by his sub and wife, Paul swore he would never make that kind of commitment to a woman again.

They meet at the club that Alex frequents and quickly become play partners. The sex is amazing, but despite their reservations, they begin to fall for each other. Will they be willing to admit their feelings for each other?

Contains some BDSM (light) and sexual situations. Intended for audiences 18+.

#2 Naughty Girl Series

Alexandra opened her heart and let herself be vulnerable to Paul. The walls around Paul's heart were torn down by the feisty Alex. Both of them are happier than they've been in a long time.

Paul's ex-wife comes to town and turns their life upside down and shakes Paul to the core. Will Alex be collateral damage of his past?

Can Paul show Alex that she's the only one for him before it's too late? Or will someone else from their past destroy them beyond repair?
Due to language and sexual situations, this book is intended for ages 18+

Reference Desk - The Reviews

Review: March 12, 2013 by Debi

This book has RUINED me!!! I LOVED IT!!! 4.5 stars!!

The Dark Prince by S.L. Jennings carries on where Dark Light left off. Crafted to provide you with one surprise after another. There are new characters added to the book and you really get the chance to meet Dorian's family. Gabriella and Dorian's relationship grows and gets strained and turns upside down!

Gabi's ascension is fast coming, She see's changes and so do those around her. Will she chose light or dark? Gabi weighs her options for what will be the rest of her life. Will Chris and Donna have any effect on her decision?

I can say without a doubt that Dorian has her under his spell and I can say I am there too! I can't wait until the last book in the series comes out! Check out the series, you will be glad you did!

*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Review: March 12, 2013 by Becca

Four stars for this fabulous this debut by Tasha Ivey! Laura is unlucky in love. She just can't seem to make the right connect, always falling for the wrong guy and the right time. After another failed relationship Laura leaves Baltimore to head back home to Alabama. Along the way she decides to stop by her Nana's house in North Carolina. Almost to her destination, she gets a flat tire but is soon rescued by a gardener for the house where she broke down. The only thing is the gardener is not really a gardener but Brooks Tucker, a wealthy son of an Oil Tycoon. Brooks is in NC with Jacqueline, his "fiance", and not by choice. He has been forced into a marriage in order for his dad to overtake her family's business. Jacqueline is cold and heartless and could careless about Brooks and his feelings.

Laura finds herself running into Brooks on more than one occasion and even those they have an attraction, they decide to just be friends. I really can't say too much more without giving the book away. But I loved this book. Laura uses her mother's old diary in search of her own love making this a heartwarming, lovable book. There is laughable moments, moments of heartache and redemption. Making this a well rounded book in my opinion. The book also wraps up nicely not leaving you hanging (although I hear there may be a book 2 in the series) Full of characters that hook you from the start (including Brooks best friend Will and his sister Ashton) it is a book that will not leave you disappointed! Go buy this book!

*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a honest review*

Review: March 9, 2013 by Becca
RELEASE DATE: March 11, 2013

I was thrilled when R.K. Lilley sent Lana to me. I adored the Up In The Air Series and Lana although she was a small part of the series, I loved her from the start.
In the Up In The Air Series we find out that Lana has been head over heels for Akira, a family friend, while growing up  in Hawaii. Lana fled the island 8 years earlier after an embarrassing encounter with Akira, leaving her heart shattered and not ever wanting to confront him again. Her family business brings Lana back to the home that she loves but never feels she can return to permanently  Within 12 hours of being home, who does she run into? You guessed it. And just like before, there is an instant connection and electric pull. This book is a novella, so I don't want to give away what happens. I can guarantee that it is HOT, EROTIC and FULL OF EMOTION. And best of all, we get to see our favorite characters from the Up In The Air Series. 

R.K. Lilley hit another home-run with Lana! 

*I was given an ARC version of this book in exchange for a honest review.*


 Review: March 5th, 2013 by Debi

Natalie Carmichael is a 19 year old fresh out of high school. Who would have thought that one of the happiest times in her life could turn devastating in an instant. That is all it took when the love of her life, or so she thought, Bryson was caught sleeping with Sara a beauty contest reject. Trying to move on with her life, Nat picks up and moves to Florida to be with one of her best friends. Her first day there she runs into Nolan, a tall handsome stranger who she cant shake out of her system.

Hard to Resist is the story of betrayal, love lost and then found. Will it be enough for Natalie? Can she move on? Can she begin again? This story has you yearning for more for Natalie. I can not wait for the continuation of the series to see what it holds for her. Will it be happiness?

I would give this book 3.5 stars. Personally I felt like Nat was too young to experience the things she does in the book. Although at times in the book I did have the butterflies but then there were other times I was turned off by the high school drama that was included. I think had some of the main characters in the book been older and a little better developed I would have felt differently. By the end of the book, I did finally get wrapped up in what was going on with Natalie and Nolan. I will have Hard to Hold on to on my to be read list.

*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review*


Review: March 5th, 2013  by Debi

After reading Dark Light, Book 1 in the Dark Light series by SL Jennings, I was hooked! Not normally a fan of the paranormal books I thought I would give this one a shot. It certainly is not another book about vampires! What it IS, is a book about love, lots of carnal sex and magic!
It begins as Gabriella Winters turns 20 and is finally given answers to her past. As an adopted child, Gabi has always wondered about her birth parents. Who she was and where she came from. What she was not expecting was the answers to these questions. As the story develops we learn more about Gabi as well as her adoptive family and even more about her past and her very soon to be future.
This future all changes when she lays eyes on one sexy, ice blue eyed Dorian Skotos. He is certainly a man of mystery and intrigue and full of sex appeal. Why has he been placed in her path and what does he have to do with it all? Where does he fit in her struggle with light and dark. Does he?
Jennings does a fantastic job of character development and brings your mind to a place that you could actually see yourself in the story with Gabi and Dorian.
I was completely hooked to Dark Light and will be VERY impatiently waiting for Dark Prince, Book 2 in the Dark Light series! I CERTAINLY give this book 4.5 stars!!


SPOTLIGHT: Sharing Harper by V. Murphy

A pain too hard to understand.
A struggle too deep to reach.
A love too complicated to work…but too intense to let go.
Harper Mae ran as far away as she could from her abusive past. She went to a different city and numbed her pain by using men, never sleeping with the same guy more than once.
Ryder worked at a coffee shop trying blend in with the rest of the world, desperately trying to live a normal life. After leaving a relationship and losing his family, he vowed never to fall in love again.
Until one day they are unexpectedly drawn to each other unable to let go.
Harper and Ryder’s turbulent relationship, two people who are struggling to find themselves, realize the answer lies within each other.
Secrets, so deep, that both have, end up surfacing causing irrevocable pain.
Will their love be strong enough to survive or will their pain be the downfall to their relationship?
Will Harper open up enough to share her past with Ryder or will he be just another number on her list?

Her name is V. Murphy and she loves everything about reading (some may call her a bibliophile). She is a current graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and heading out west to live the California dream while pursuing her masters degree in school counseling at the University of San Diego. You can find her writing in a Panera, small coffeeshop or on campus. When she is not spending her time in school or reading, she loves to write, bake and shop.

BLOG POST: Playing with Her Heart by Lauren Blakely

When you’re acting the role of a lifetime, how can you know if love is real—or all just a part of the show?

Twenty-three year old rising theatre star Jill McCormick has built a life out of pretending. Pretending she’s happy, pretending her long-distance crushes add up to something real, pretending she’s not haunted by the dark secret that shattered her world six years ago. Cast in her first Broadway show, she desperately needs to keep her façade intact, but that’s before she comes face to face with her devastating new boss…

Hot-shot director Davis Milo knows the first rule of directing: never fall for your leading lady. Captivated by Jill’s raw talent, he fights his feelings, but watching Jill on-stage with another man is more than his jealous streak can take. Keeping things professional isn’t an option. He wants all of her.

Soon the ingénue and her director are staying late in the empty theatre, their private rehearsals spiraling into new, forbidden territory. Caught up between fiction and reality, Jill struggles to find the truth in all their staged kisses. But how can she be sure that what she feels is real, and not a part of the play? And when two people spend their lives pretending, what happens after the final curtain falls?

I am a big ole' Broadway nerd! I love musical theater and the romance of the song and dance. I was giddy with anticipation as I started to read. OH how I was not disappointed! This book was sizzling hot and I just could not put it down. If you are a hopeless romantic sap like myself, then you are going to absolutely love Playing with Her Heart.

Davis Milo is the "it" director on Broadway, known to discover starlets with a ton of achilades to his credit. So when Jill McCormick gets her chance to audition for him, she is a ball of nerves. Davis is immediately taken my Jill and wants to cast her in the lead, but the suits of the show want a well known start to lead the way. So instead Jill is cast as the understudy. There is an attraction between Davis and Jill but he has been burned before by actresses and so he tries to stay away. Jill is also attracted to Davis but the all time crush and hopefully soon boyfriend is Patrick Carlson is the lead and so now is her chance to get his attention and hopefully make this crush a reality!

The pull between them was frustrating at times but that's what keeps you glued to the page! Five Huge Stars for Playing with Her Heart!

Lauren Blakely is an unabashed fan of clever jokes, toast, and good guys in novels. Like the heroine in CAUGHT UP IN US, she thinks life should be filled with movie kisses and coffee drinks. Lauren lives in California with her husband and children, and spends her days writing both true stories and make-believe ones.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Four Years Later by Monica Murphy

Release Date: February 2014

Guilt. That is all I ever feel when I think about my mom. Now she's back in my life, always wanting something. Having her around makes it so easy for me to fall into those bad habits that get me into trouble. Skipping class, smoking weed, fooling around with girls that mean nothing to me...I'm messing up. The last thing I need is my sister on my case.

So I keep my mom's return a secret. But promising I'll get my grades back up on my own isn't enough. Fable makes me see a tutor. And Chelsea is the smartest girl I've ever met. She's definitely not my type but there's something about her that I'm drawn to. She's sweet, she's shy and she seems completely immune to my usual moves.

Chelsea has her own secrets and she's not talking. Like I have any room to judge. How can I get her to open up to me? And will I ever be able to convince her that what we have could be something real?

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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BLOG TOUR: Unexpected Angel by Sloan Johnson

Tasha Skinner finally shed the baggage of a failed marriage. Now, she’s looking forward to a night of margaritas and man-bashing. Tasha’s friends have other plans, including Leather, Lace and liberation. 

Dylan Caprese didn’t want to go to Marquee, but he and his friends were on a mission. They took it upon themselves to make sure things didn’t get out of hand when wannabe Doms mixed alcohol with playtime at the monthly Leather and Lace night. 

From the moment he set eyes on Tasha, he knew there was something different about her. She wasn’t some bondage babe who thought she knew what it meant to be into BDSM. She was much, much worse; she was innocent and trusting. He can tell she is something precious. When Tasha’s past threatens to destroy her, Dylan begins to realize that while their paths have never crossed, their lives most definitely have. 

Will he be able to save her before it’s too late?

Tasha is out with friends celebrating her divorce from her high school sweetheart who torn her apart emotionally. So when she goes out for the first time in years with her friends to a club for Leather and Lace night, she didn't know what to expect. While waiting to get into the club she meets Dylan...Mr. Tall and Sexy. He immediately takes a liking to her and slowly works his way into his life and his lifestyle.

I loved this book from the very first chapter! Dylan was my kind of Dom, Kind yet alpha, romantic yet controlling. Tasha could get a little whiny at times, but it was understood from the life she was leaving behind that she would have doubts about Dylan and his need to protect her and make her his, even though they had just met. 

I read this book straight through. I couldn't put it down. All of the characters are developed well and I can't wait for this new series from Sloan Johnson. Romantic, HOT and a great story line! Love love love!! Below is who I see as Dylan and Tasha :)

Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.


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