Sunday, November 30, 2014

Braydon (Alluring Indulgence #6) by Nicole Edwards: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nicole Edwards comes the sixth searing adventure in her Alluring Indulgence erotic romance series, which follows the seven Walker brothers and their sizzling-hot love interests!

Braydon Walker has always shared everything with his identical twin brother Brendon—hopes, dreams, career choices, and yes, even women. Known for tag-teaming their love interests in every way imaginable, Braydon is surprised and unnerved when he finds himself wanting to keep their newest lover all to himself. Will the twins’ relationship evolve to fit this new mold, or will Braydon’s desire for independence tear them apart?

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Author Bio:

Nicole lives in Texas with her husband, Colt, three kids and four dogs. It's quite the household and most of the time you'll find her locked away in her office... writing. When she's not, you'll likely find her reading, swimming, or hanging out in the yard with the dogs, doing her best to keep them in line. (And no, it doesn't usually work)

Ever want to let that other part of you loose? The part that has secret desires and taboo fantasies? Well, that's what brought about Nicole Edwards. She's an alter ego. In truth, she's a full-fledged part of me. The secret part made up of sinfully hot desires and erotic thoughts. Get to know how Nicole's naughty mind works by checking out her books!

About me... hmmm...

Ok, I've been asked to provide a little bit of "real" information about myself. That's harder to do than you think it is, especially for someone who has difficulty talking about themselves. ;) But, here goes...

I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a kid, I loved creative writing and as I got older, I got acquainted with those voices in my head and that led to putting my stories on paper. And now, here I am all these years later, spending my days doing what I love most. I decided to give myself over to writing full time in 2012 and I haven't looked back. I spent nearly 13 years in the corporate world and I have to say, this is a bit of a change (just a little) and I am loving every second of it.

I live in Texas with my husband and three amazing kids and our four beloved dogs. If I'm not writing, I'm usually reading. I devour everything I can get my hands on. I love romance of any type and being an Indie author myself, I'm always looking for new Indies to support. I haven't always been into reading, but about eleven years ago, I picked up a book - I'm pretty sure it was by Nora Roberts - and from there, I haven't stopped. Before I began writing full time, and my characters started taking up so much of my time, I was reading about 200 books a year. That has dwindled somewhat, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't read.

An interesting fact... I don't watch television - aside from the occasional news anyway. I will go see a movie or two rarely, but for the most part, I get all of my entertainment from a book. Some of my favorite authors include J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, Lora Leigh, Jane Rylon, Lori Foster, and Jaci Burton just to name a few.

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Review by Yvette:

In the fictional universe of Nicole Edwards, the author creates stories where sexual experimentation is as much a way of life as eating, sleeping and breathing. Her characters engage in illicit and taboo sexual acts with complete abandon, fulfilling their deepest desires and making no apologies for doing so. Going into Braydon, the sixth book in the author's Alluring Indulgence series, I was expecting more of the same. Imagine my surprise when the books' protagonists are instead thrown into an unrelenting emotional maelstrom, forced to face the consequences of recklessly succumbing to their baser instincts. Braydon follows the evolution of the twisted love triangle between the three main protagonists – Braydon, his twin brother, Brendon, and their shared partner, Jessie – as they each attempt to redefine their roles in their unconventional relationship.

Braydon Walker and his twin brother, Brendon, have a history of sharing women, including their most recent love interest, Jessica Prescott. Their previous sexual encounters have always been about seeking physical pleasure and removing emotions from the equation, at least until Jessie came along and Braydon realized the depth of his feelings for her and how those feelings could impact his relationship with Brendon. The author's decision to designate all three of these individuals as narrators only complicates matters, as feelings of confusion, heartache, and despair emanate from multiple directions. While the strong familial connection between the Walker brothers has been integral to the success of the Alluring Indulgence series, Braydon exposes the weakness in Braydon and Brendon's seemingly impenetrable bond.

With its unusual foundation, the would-be relationship between Braydon and Jessie is complex to say the least. They each yearn for the other with a considerable passion but are too afraid to voice their feelings for fear of the repercussions. It's a sweet kind of torture, being privy to their innermost thoughts and knowing what each individual is feeling but having to wait until they are emotionally equipped to confront their true feelings. Messy and complicated entanglements - romantic or otherwise - aside, Braydon is about the title character's journey to becoming his own person - shedding his assumed role as one half of a whole and asserting his own distinct personality.

Rating: 4 Stars

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The Shape of My Heart (2B Trilogy #3) by Ann Aguirre: Blog Tour Dream Cast & Giveaway


Some people wait decades to meet their soul mate. Courtney Kaufman suspects she met hers in high school only to lose him at seventeen. Since then, Courtney's social life has been a series of meaningless encounters, though she's made a few close friends along the way. Especially her roommate Max Cooper, who oozes damaged bad-boy vibes from every pore.

Max knows about feeling lost and trying to move beyond the pain he's been on his own since he was sixteen. Now it's time to find out if he can ever go home again, and Courtney's the only one he trusts to go with him. But the trip to Providence could change everything because the more time he spends with Courtney, the harder it is to reconcile what he wants and what he thinks he deserves.

It started out so simple. One misfit helping another. Now Max will do anything to show Courtney that for every heart that's ever been broken, there's another that can make it complete.

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About the Author:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

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GLITCH (Corporate Hitman Vol.1) by Olivia Linden & LeTeisha Newton: Author Spotlight w/ Excerpt & Giveaway


Liam Gallagher, AKA Glitch, is the brain behind a trio of corporate criminals. Formerly known as one of the most notorious hackers in cyberspace, he now works to keep Hawk Global Industries one step ahead of its competitors.

But there's a catch. Being blackmailed to do what he does best isn't how Glitch plans to spend the rest of his life, and his partners in crime feel the same way. When an old flame crosses his path unexpectedly, Glitch and company learn that betrayal is on the horizon for them. It's time to put a plan in motion and reclaim their freedom, once and for all. Things are going to get pretty nasty along the way, even a little sexy, but it's all in a day's work for a Corporate Hitman.

*Part 1 of a 3 part series*

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About Olivia Linden:

Olivia Linden, a native New Yorker, was raised between Queens and San Antonio, TX. Currently living in Florida with her 10 year-old son, she decided it was time to follow her dreams of becoming a full time author. Her creative itch began when her elementary school principal posted one of her stories in the halls of her school. She was only seven at the time, but old enough to understand how integral writing would be to her future. From that moment on, reading and writing became her two greatest passions.

Olivia is a newbie to the industry, but she hasn’t stopped writing since she found her literary voice all those years ago. Jaded Hearts, her first published novel, mixes her big personality, with a sexy yet humorous tone. It is her philosophy that laughter is essential to making it through even the toughest situations.

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“So you think I’ve been looking for you like some lovesick woman with stars in her eyes? Is that what you think of me?”

Shit, she was pissed.

“That’s not what I think of you, but I just wanted to...” he tried to explain but Araceli stopped him with a sharp poke to his chest.

“The only thing I expect from you is your honesty,” she said as she poked him again. “I didn’t come here for some sort of fairytale ending. I came here to find the only man that I have ever connected with in my life. I know what the fuck I need and want. So as long as you’re a man of your word we should be fine,” she finished, attempting to poke him again, but Glitch grabbed her wrist before she did.

Her feisty rant was probably meant to set him straight, but all it did was make him unbelievably aroused. His chest heaved slightly as the intensity of his desire for her made its rounds through his body. The ache in his groin, the hardening of his cock, the urge in his hands to touch her, and the need to taste her with his mouth.

“You know what I do need?” Her voice lowered to a sultry, edgy purr, and she flicked her little pink tongue across her bottom lip as they continued to gaze into each other’s eyes.

“Tell me,” he demanded, his voice hoarse from lust. “Tell me what you need.”

“Take my clothes off. The only thing I need right now is to feel you inside me. That’s one thing that I have expected.” Her voice was full of need as she leaned her body closer to his.

“Fuck your clothes,” Glitch growled as he pulled her roughly against him. She gasped lightly in surprise of his sudden action but sighed deeply when his lips brushed the sensitive flesh of her neck. Firm as steel, his erection taunted her as his hips flexed into her. His fingers dug into her flesh as he bunched her skirt up around her thighs, and she began to understand his meaning. Araceli was glad she decided to dress up for their dinner, forgoing the sweats that were her normal hacker attire. Even though, something told her he would have just ripped them away with the intensity in which he handled her.

“Kiss me,” he commanded.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bigger Than the Sky (Serenity Point) by Harper Bentley: Author Spotlight Review & Giveaway


Five years ago, I left my fiancé, hotter than hot Navy SEAL Kade Kelly, at the altar.

No, I’m not an idiot.

Yes, I had my reasons.

Now I’ve made a new life for myself working at a large firm in Richmond and I’ve left the past behind. Or so I thought.

Upon returning to my hometown of Serenity Point, Virginia, to take care of some business, I find that Kade’s now home for good and he’s none too happy about my being here.

Two months. That’s all I’m staying then I’m out of here. Unless I believe the town’s pink-haired psychic’s prediction. Or embrace the sense of belonging I feel at being back home. Or give in to the emotions stirring inside when Kade's attention is suddenly on me.

He scares the crap out of me.

He thrills me.

He used to tell me our love was bigger than the sky.

I always knew ours was a once-in-a-lifetime love. So how can he be so sure it can happen again?

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About the Author:

Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 22 years. Although she’s managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought.

After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.

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Review by Michelle:

I am a big fan of Harper Bentley so of course when I heard about Bigger Than the Sky and its irresistible premise, I was chomping at the bit to get my hands on it. Fans of second chance romance and smoking hot alpha males are sure to love this one. Bigger Than the Sky has a little of everything, it is sweet and adorable, charming and amusing, passionate and undeniably steamy.

Kade is a man of few words which makes every one that does come out of his mouth that much more important. He is a sexy ex-SEAL who is deliciously dominant, alpha to the extreme, and is determined to get what he wants. In this case, it seems he wants Amelia back and will not be deterred. His unwavering resolve, his touching gestures, and his surprisingly concise yet moving, succinct yet beautiful sentiments makes you wish for a Kade of your very own and crave a another shot for these two. All this appeal definitely makes you question Amelia's sanity at least a little bit.

Turns out Amelia has her reasons and they happen to be really good ones. She may have been a bit off her rocker for completely walking away from all that is Kade Kelly, but she is a wonderful winsome character that you just can't help but love. She is super cute; rambling when nervous, quirky in her old fashion verbiage, a lovable storyteller with a unique and delightful perspective, sense of humor, and charm. She is also extremely relatable. With everything that has happened to her and the way that she was forced to shut off her emotions to make it through the five years since her wedding day, she has become a little suspicious, a bit pessimistic, pretty untrusting, and sometimes self conscious and insecure. Sure, none of us want to have these feelings or ever have to act on them, but at one time or another they have snuck up on the best of us and this sense of camaraderie makes it very easy to identify with and feel for Amelia and her situation.

Kade and Amelia's reunion is shaky and volatile yet intense and electric from the very start. With Amelia's return to town come old feelings, great memories, and a flood of emotion that once unleashed and combined with Kade's dominance and sex appeal lead to some delightfully sweltering encounters. The perfect balance of romantic love story and steamy bedroom behavior, there is no doubt that these two were meant to be, but only after a few life lessons and not before the right time in their lives.

There was a bit of extra drama that I didn't really feel was necessary right at the end especially since I was still wondering what the heck happened to Peyton and why was she so easily deterred after all, but there was nothing that detracted from the story. These things merely left you with a question or two in the end.

Bigger Than the Sky was a little bit of everything wrapped up in one charming and enjoyable package. It leads nicely right into Kade's brother's intriguing and sure to be painful story. I can't wait to read more about Brody and Piper.

Rating: 4 Stars

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