Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Midlife Crisis by L.B. Dunbar ~ New Release and Review

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A sexy silver fox might be the perfect solution to a midlife crisis.

Midlife Crisis
Another romance for the over 40
L.B. Dunbar
Romantic Comedy

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Midge Everette.
I'm forty-one today.
It's my birthday,
And I'm crying over burnt toast.
That's not some euphemism.
Literally, I'm sobbing over stupid bread,
so I call a crisis center.
I just need someone to talk to about life.
Only I recognize the smoky voice of the man on the line.
In the name of all things, don't let it be...
Hank Paige.
As a former rock star,
I once had it all.
Fame. Fortune. Females.
Except for the one thing I wanted most.
Now, I fix cars and restore other people's dreams.
I just want to be somebody's someone.
And there's a certain woman with captivating eyes,
I want to fulfill my dreams.
For the love of all things, please let it be her...
In the midst of questioning everything,
could love be the resolution to a midlife crisis?
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If you loved Tommy Carrigan in After Care meet his best friend and former drummer, Hank, as he discovers romance in his forties.
Book 2 of the silver fox, former rock stars can be read as a standalone.

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Midlife CrisisElizabeth's Review



My rating: 4 of 5 stars - would Recommend to a Friend


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Ms. Dunbar has mastered the art of giving women over 40 a second chance at love.
Both After Care and Midlife Crisis feature heroines who are divorcees that have just turned 40. Midlife Crisis' hero is Hank, a former band mate of Tommy (the hero from After Care).
By now you are probably wondering why I keep mentioning a book that I am not reviewing - the answer to that is the Midlife Crisis is very connected to After Care and while it is an independent book, reading them in order will help significantly with the back story of secondary characters that directly impact the featured players.
I found Midge a character that was incredibly easy to connect to, probably because I read this on the eve of my own milestone birthday. It was very easy to put myself in her shoes and root for her to find her way to being "somebody's someone"
Where Midge is a very straight forward character, Hank is more complex and brings a great deal of baggage to the situation. I found it impressive that Ms. Dunbar was able to craft such a vulnerable hero inside a very Alpha package.
For me, this was very much the "fantasy" book for the over 40 set. Single, Divorced, or Married - I think a lot of women would be hoping for the sex life Midge and Hank have! Midlife Crisis is a well crafted story focused on putting ghosts in the past and building a new life. This came close to being a 5 star read for me, but there were a couple of personal preference things that rubbed me just a little bit the wrong way. Because they are preference, I'm not going to go into details because this is very much a book that I would recommend.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Marek by Sawyer Bennett ~New Release and Review


Marek: A Cold Fury Hockey Novel
Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: May 22, 2018

Synopsis:

Marek Fabritis is used to delivering blows, not receiving them. But when he gets tipped off by an anonymous email about his ex-girlfriend, the news leaves him ice cold—and it’s not because Gracen Moore is getting married to a total jerk. It’s the fact that Marek has a three-year-old daughter he never knew about. Now he’s going back home, not to play knight in shining armor but to make damn sure that no man takes what’s his. For the first time, there might be something more important than hockey.

Gracen Moore has always loved Marek. That’s why she let him go, so he could pursue a career in the NHL. And that’s why she never told him about Lilly. Only now does Gracen realize that she made an unforgivable mistake. But is that any reason for Marek to crash her wedding and make an epic scene? If the spark that still smolders between them is to be trusted, maybe. Still, Gracen’s not getting her hopes up. Because she knows better than anyone that appearances aren’t always what they seem. . . .

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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.

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Elizabeth's Review


My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend


Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley


If you are looking for a hockey centered book, stop. Marek’s installment of the Cold Fury franchise is a story where our hero plays hockey, but it’s really a small piece of the tale.
If you are looking for a story about true love that gets a second chance, then this is one you want to read.
From a timing standpoint, this takes place immediately following the conclusion of Reed’s story, so if you are reading out of order there are potential spoilers. Other than that, and cameo appearances by other Cold Fury players, this is a stand-alone story.
Ms Bennett does an excellent job of capturing the angst and pain Marek and Gracen are dealing with as their past sweeps into the present. Neither is blameless and it is by turns heartbreaking and heartwarming to see them get things figured out.
I was prepared to not like Marek going into this book, mainly because of his behavior at the end of Reed’s story. Getting to know him here cast him in a completely different light. I found myself not only liking him, but rooting for him and Gracen as well.
Based on the number of “happily ever after” style cameos that were made, I am left wondering about the fate of the Cold Fury franchise? This is a trademark of Ms Bennett’s to maintain series continuity, but I have to wonder. Part of me feels like the team is ready for us to move on, but I also don’t want to say goodbye!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Simmer ~ Stephanie Rose ~ Release Boost




Title: Simmer
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2018



Blurb

Simmer (verb): to stew gently below or just at the boiling point; to be in a state of incipient development


My life was always at a simmer… only stewing, never going anywhere. I was left to fend for myself when it came to affection or love, so I learned to go without. 

I refused to let them see how broken and lonely I was; it was much easier to hide behind a false reality. I didn't want anyone's pity. I didn't need it. Pity wouldn't put food on the table or keep a roof over our heads. That was all me.

Now, I have a second chance at a dream long forgotten. It demands hard work and sacrifice—with absolutely no distractions. A recipe I already know all too well, raising a daughter on my own. 

Drew Kostas is everything I’ve ever wanted but couldn't let myself have. He’s younger, gorgeous, charming—and relentless. He sees beyond the hardened shell I’ve built to protect myself, coaxing out a softer me I don't recognize. 

It doesn't matter how I melt in his presence when the heat between us threatens to boil over. 

That's the thing about heat. When it rises, everyone gets burned. 

Especially when they're foolish enough to fall in love.


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She married her prom date and has a LEGO obsessed son. She believes there is nothing sexier than a good guy who loves with all his heart and has made it her mission to bring as many as she can to the page.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review Round Up - Net Galley ARC Edition

I've been trying to catch up on ARC reads from Net Galley - All of these books have released since May 1! 


The Luck of the Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #3)The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

Karma..... This compelling story serves up a fantastic lesson in Karma and how sacrifice is rewarded.
Our heroine, March, has been responsible for her 3 younger siblings since she was 17 after losing both parents to an influenza epidemic. Even though they are a noble family and money for them exists, poorly written legal documents and disinterested guardians have left the family in difficult circumstances. Desperate times bring her to the attention of Michael, the trustee she's never met.
I enjoyed seeing March and Michael getting to know each other. They had a rocky start, but he was a true hero for the family once he realized the extent of their situation. It was wonderful to see March and her sisters blossom into the young women they were meant to be once the strain was lifted from them.
The budding relationship between March and Michael was easy to root for as it was based on mutual respect. Learning to trust each other and let someone else carry part of the burden blossomed into a romance that the reader knew would be a love story their grandchildren would relish telling.
A sneaky relative out for his own gain and a man desperate to save his son, threw a wrench into things when the past comes back to bite March. How Michael behaved during this time is one of the reasons I couldn't give this story a 5 star review. His actions here didn't seem to jive with the Michael we'd seen during the earlier story. Thanks goodness for strong and loving secondary characters as they truly did save the day.
This is a fun historical that pulls on the heart strings. If you have read the previous Cavensham books you will enjoy seeing Emma and Claire make frequent appearances. The story also left me intrigued to see what happens for William (Michael's brother) as well as March's siblings.

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 A Duke Like No Other (Playful Brides, #9)A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman

3.5 Stars - Worth a Reader's Time

Review Copy provided by Publisher via Net Galley

3.5 Stars for an entertaining second chance historical romance.
Nicole and Mark are both interesting and strong characters who have a bit more pride than common sense.
These two married after a brief and passionate courtship then let a misunderstanding keep them apart for 10 years before fate brought them back together.
I enjoyed watching these two trying to figure each other out as more mature people. Add in a compelling sub plot regarding Mark’s family and you have a story that just zips along.
Various parts of the back story are told via flashback and how those transitions are handled is probably my one real complaint about the story, but it is more of a style issue.
This is definitely a fun romp of a book.

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 Rumor Has It (Real Love, #4)Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend

Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley

I think this might be my favorite of the Real Love books!
Barrett and Catarina are characters that initially seem at odds with each other, but watching them get to know each other was genuinely fun.
Normally, I’m all about the heroine, but in this book Barrett really is my favorite character. He’s so much more complicated than he appears to be. Watching the layers be peeled back to reveal the true man underneath the bad boy was a pleasure.
Catarina was a good foil for Barrett and a fairly strong character in her own right.
My only complaint was that the conflict between Barrett and Catarina seemed a bit manufactured and forced. It worked, but didn’t really jive with their background.
Overall, Rumor Has It was a fun read that is worth snuggling into!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Piece of Work ~ Staci Hart ~ Blog Tour

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Piece of Work, an all-new sexy and hilarious romance from Staci Hart, is available NOW!

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Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.
His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.
You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.
But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.
And maybe my heart.
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Excerpt:
He smirked and flipped up his sunglasses. Bastard. “You’re early,” I clipped. “I would have had my assistant text you, but she’s currently bedridden.” You could have texted me.” “I didn’t have your number,” he said simply. “Oh.” His eyes shifted to look behind me, and I turned to find my friends standing me in a row with my suitcase in front of them, my messenger bag on top, and fake smiles on all their faces, lips together, their judgment about as quiet as a foghorn. “These your roommates?” “Yup,” was all I said as I turned and took my suitcase, hugging each of them down the line with promises to text when we landed. And then I turned to Court, rolling my suitcase in front of me like like a riot shield. I tried to pick it up to carry it over the threshold, but it was heavy, and before I could get far, he’d swept it out of my hands like it was a loaf of bread and not fifty pounds of mascara and shoes. I waved at my friends, who offered encouraging smiles and hand gestures, and I closed that door, immediately regretting every decision I’d made to bring me to the moment I turned around. He stood at the door to the backseat, holding it open for me like a gentleman, which I knew he was not. But the look on his face of regret and deference, under the hard shell of his brooding, was almost too much to bear. So I did the only thing I could. I ignored him. I ignored his gorgeous lips as they tilted and the sleek cut of his jaw as I walked past him. I ignored the sight of his long legs as he climbed in next to me and the smell of him that made me want to grab him by the lapels of his jacket and bury my nose in his chest. The driver took off, and I busied myself in my bag, looking for my headphones and book. His eyes were on me. I pretended like I didn’t notice. “You’re not wearing lipstick,” he stated. Headphones, headphones, headphones. “It’s an international flight, Court. Of course I’m not wearing red lipstick for a ten hour flight.” A pause. “Rin, I—” Aha! I popped in my earbuds the second they were in hand. His lips flattened, his face unamused. Rin, his lips said, but I smiled and shrugged, pointing to my ears. “Noise canceling,” I said way too loud. His chest rose and fell with a sigh I couldn’t hear—I’d already turned on music, a playlist we’d built the night before geared toward resisting douchery and unwanted-slash-totally-wanted advances—and he reached into his own bag, a leather affair at his feet, his hand disappearing into the bag and reappearing with a book, which he handed to me. He watched me with his expression shrouded as I paused, my eyes on the offered book. An image of Penitent Magdalene by Tintoretto filled the cover, and I met his eyes, pulling my earbuds out by the cord. “I thought you could use this. For your proposal,” he said, giving nothing away. “I…A colleague of mine wrote it, so if you have any questions, I can connect you. If you want.” I took it from his hand, surprised and disarmed. “Thank you,” was all I said. He opened his mouth as if to speak again, but closed it, and with a nod, he reached back into his bag for his own book. Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. I put my earbuds back in place, trying not to bite my lip, but it found its way between my teeth despite the effort at the sight of him sitting there, dressed like that, reading Margaret Atwood. After giving me a thoughtful gift, a book he knew I would want, one I would need for my dissertation. Court Lyons made about as much sense to me as a scrambled up Rubik’s Cube. I leaned against the door as I flipped through his gift, doing my best to sort through the rush of questions and confusion as Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s sang about being cheated by the opposite of love. And I found I knew exactly the feeling.

About the Author
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics. StaciHart.jpg
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Elizabeth's Review



3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time


Review copy provided by Author


3.5 Stars for a book that I both enjoyed and was very frustrated by...
What I enjoyed: Seeing Rin (our heroine) learn to embrace herself and celebrate the things that make her different. I appreciated seeing her blossom and stand up for herself. Her giving heart made her an easy character to like. I also enjoyed the slightly taboo work relationship and the sparks that immediately flew between Rin and Court.
My Frustration: that Rin’s giving heart led her to quickly forgive Court’s bad behavior. I would have liked to have seen him having to work a little harder to earn her forgiveness, especially given the number of times he behaved badly. I was also left wondering about the age difference between our two main characters. The situation makes it obvious that Court is older, but we don’t know by how much.
Overall: the good definitely outweighed the frustrating parts and Ms. Hart delivered a fun book with a couple that I enjoyed getting to know. The overall secondary cast is fairly small, but Rin’s three roommates play a large role and I hope we get to see more of them in the future.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Right Stud ~ Ilsa Madden Mills and Tia Louise ~ Cover Reveal


THE RIGHT STUD
By Tia Louise & Ilsa Madden-Mills
Cover Design: Shanoff Formats
Photographer: Wander Augiar

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise are back
with an all-new romantic comedy filled with Southern sass and
steamy scenes that will have you laughing out loud and fanning yourself. Pour the sweet tea and get ready…




“The best way to get over your sh**ty ex-fiancĂ© is to get under a shiny new stud…”

As soon as Mr. Tall, Blond, and Handsome walks into that bar,
I know he’s the hook-up I need to get over stupid Cheater Kyle.

A few stolen kisses in a dark hallway, and I’m pretty sure we’re headed for a home run—
until he disappears without a trace.

Whatever. Men are all snakes in the grass, and I don’t need a new one anyway.

I resolve to forget about his perfect lips (and chest of steel) and instead focus on turning
my Granny’s old beach house into a profitable B&B.

What I don’t expect is for him to show up the next day in my kitchen!

You see, my sexy mystery man is none other than Jax Roland,
the drop-dead gorgeous home improvement star of The Right Stud,
and he’s got an offer I can’t refuse.

With a suitcase in one hand and a hammer in the other,

he wants to move in and renovate my old house while he films his new show.

But my roommate has secrets, and they threaten to rip our blossoming friendship—and possible love—apart.

When push comes to shove, is Jax really The Right Stud
or is he just another nail in the coffin of love?

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Great friends, former English teachers, and southern gals in real life,
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Piece of Work ~ Staci Hart ~ New Release

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Piece of Work, an all-new sexy romance from Staci Hart, is LIVE!

Marble isn’t the only thing that’s hard at this museum.
His body is as chiseled as Adonis. His lips are as sculpted as David. And his ego is the size of the Guggenheim.
You know the type—wolfish smile and the gravity of a black hole. The kind of man who sucks all the air from the room the second he enters it. My cocky boss thinks this internship was wasted on me, and he doesn’t hesitate to let me know.
But he’s wrong, and I’m going to prove it to him. If I can stay away from his devil lips, that is. Lips that cut me down and kiss me in the same breath, leaving me certain he’s on a mission to ruin my life.
And maybe my heart.
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StaciHart
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Piece of WorkElizabeth's Review



3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time


Review copy provided by Author


3.5 Stars for a book that I both enjoyed and was very frustrated by...
What I enjoyed: Seeing Rin (our heroine) learn to embrace herself and celebrate the things that make her different. I appreciated seeing her blossom and stand up for herself. Her giving heart made her an easy character to like. I also enjoyed the slightly taboo work relationship and the sparks that immediately flew between Rin and Court.
My Frustration: that Rin’s giving heart led her to quickly forgive Court’s bad behavior. I would have liked to have seen him having to work a little harder to earn her forgiveness, especially given the number of times he behaved badly. I was also left wondering about the age difference between our two main characters. The situation makes it obvious that Court is older, but we don’t know by how much.
Overall: the good definitely outweighed the frustrating parts and Ms. Hart delivered a fun book with a couple that I enjoyed getting to know. The overall secondary cast is fairly small, but Rin’s three roommates play a large role and I hope we get to see more of them in the future.

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