Friday, September 19, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of REVEALING US, book 3 in the Inside Out Trilogy by Lisa Renee Jones

I’ve read every installment of the Inside Out Series so far and I’m so ready for the STARZ mini-series. With REVEALING US, book three in this fab series by Lisa Renee Jones, we finally discover all the secrets – or do we?

***purchased a copy for my own personal reading but am sharing my honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for REVEALING US:

The third installment in the sexy Inside Out erotic romance series—in the seductive tradition of Fifty Shades of Grey.

You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets...but will those secrets bind them together--or tear them apart?

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Sara McMillan and Chris Merit travel to Paris, France to find out if they truly are meant to be together and to find out what’s happened to Sara’s friend, Ella Ferguson. Once in Paris, Sara confronts a part of Chris’s life she must decide she can handle even as she feels lost in a strange city, unable to speak the language, and not even comfortable with the food. Chris has promised to reveal the truth about his past, and she has promised to handle it without freaking out and leaving him, but when she meets two women who are a great part of his past, she struggles to pull an inner strength forward to resist running. When they discover someone else is looking for Ella, Sara becomes concerned the events surrounding Rebecca are repeating themselves, and dealing with Ava is more than enough right now.

Lisa Renee Jones managed to keep us on the edge even as the series starts to come to a close - or does it? She manages to dangle yet another mystery in front of us at the end of this one, but not wishing to give away too much, I’m not going to say anything more. REVEALING US by Lisa Renee Jones may not be as intriguing, as edge of the seat, or addicting as the first two books, IF I WERE YOU and BEING ME, were but it begins to give us closure even as it dangles the carrot for more yet to come.

If you haven’t read this series, I don’t want to give away too much but I highly recommend you do. There’s so much hoopla over that SHADES movie coming out, but this is the series you won’t want to miss when it premieres on STARZ – dates still unknown, and we’re getting very anxious, Lisa. ;-)

I highly recommend REVEALING US by Lisa Renee Jones, not because it’s the best read but because it starts us on the road to closure, which we need for Sara and Chris. If you haven’t dipped your toes into this seductively erotic romance series then by all means, do. Start with IF I WERE YOU, follow it with Rebecca's Lost Journals before moving on to BEING ME and REVEALING US. And don’t miss the novellas, featuring Chris and Mark’s stories from their point of view, either. They give great insight into the men, and then you'll want to read NO IN BETWEEN, the 4th book in the Inside Out series, just as I do. Next!

Happy Reading Everyone!

REVEALING US, an Inside Out novel by Lisa Renee Jones, Gallery Books, available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Release Blitz for FACING THE MUSIC by Andrea Laurence + #KindleFireGiveaway

Facing the Music
by Andrea Laurence

In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

For fans of Kristen Proby and Colette Auclair, Facing the Music hits a perfect balance between small-town romance and big-time success. Follow Ivy and Blake as they fall back in love and figure out what does matter in the end…


EXCERPT:

Ivy pressed her hands against Blake's shoulders, pushing him gently until he was lying back on the blanket.

“What are you doing?” he asked.

“Whatever I want to.”

Blake arched his eyebrow at her, but he didn’t complain. He held perfectly still as her nimble fingers moved down the front of his shirt, undoing each button and exposing the expanse of skin beneath it. Her palms ran over his skin, relishing the feel of his chest hair tickling her hands. She leaned forward, letting her tongue glide along his collarbone, and then she crept down his body to the button of his jeans.

“Your hair tickles,” he said.

Ivy gathered up the long, wavy strands of her hair into one hand and swept them over her shoulder. “Do you want me to stop?”

“Not on your life,” he said between tightly gritted teeth as her fingertips brushed the edge of his waistband.

“That’s what I thought,” she said with a smile. “Now, stop complaining.”

Ivy settled between his legs, resting on her knees as she unbuttoned his jeans. She tugged at his back pockets, pulling his jeans down the length of his legs and throwing them out of her way. She moved back over him doing the same with his underwear, which thankfully, this time, were a pair of charcoal-gray boxers. They slid easily out of her way, leaving nothing between her and her goal.

She leisurely traveled back up his legs. Her fingertips gently brushed along the puckered pink scars of his calf and across his kneecap. By the time she reached his upper thigh, he was nearly trembling. Ivy wasn’t sure if it was with anticipation, emotion, or pain.

His hand reached out and snatched her wrist as she moved higher. “This hardly seems fair,” he said. “You’re wearing entirely too much clothing for me to be wearing so little.”

“Who’s doing this? You or me?”

Blake acquiesced and released her hand. He crossed his arms behind his head, giving himself an excellent vantage point for overseeing her activities. “You are, ma’am.”

“That’s right. Now are you going to keep critiquing everything I do, or do I need to put something in your mouth to shut you up?”

A wicked grin crossed Blake’s face as he looked at her. “May I offer a suggestion?”

“I have several ideas of my own,” she said. ---FACING THE MUSIC


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.

If you’d like to learn more about Andrea and her books, please visit her website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

AUTHOR SPONSORED GIVEAWAY



FACING THE MUSIC by Andrea Laurence, Pocket Star, available now in ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Books-A-Million.
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of KISS OF WRATH, a Deadly Angels novel by Sandra Hill

KISS OF WRATH is the fourth Vangel book in the Deadly Angels series by Sandra Hill, and it’s very possible this one will touch the heart harder and with more angst than any has so far.

***I purchased this one in print for my own personal reading and am sharing my honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for KISS OF WRATH:

No wicked wenches or wild rampages…it's been centuries since Mordr the Berserker was turned into a Vangel-a Viking Vampire Angel-as punishment for his sin of wrath, and he's been frustrated ever since. It's not so bad being stuck in modern-day Las Vegas. What better place to slay Lucipires, or demon vampires, than the original Sin City. But then Mordr Sigurdsson's mission is expanded to a new assignment: protect lust-worthy Miranda Hart.

Miranda's well-ordered life turned into chaos when she unexpectedly inherited her late cousin's five children. Now, her cousin's dangerous husband is about to be paroled, and she needs a miracle to keep them all safe.That miracle arrives on her doorstep in the form of a very buff, handsome man with a very strange name. Mordr wants nothing to do with a red-haired wench or children. Miranda wants nothing to do with gorgeous hunk who claims to be a Viking.

As Miranda and Mordr give in to temptation, they must decide if they fit in each other's worlds-before their enemies close in on them.

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Miranda Hart never expected to become a mother overnight and certainly not to five rambunctious children – three boys and two girls. Now she’s got a full house, and has just discovered the children’s dangerous father is about to be released from a prison halfway house. She also needs a new nanny for the kids, preferably one who can keep them safe as well as well-behaved. So far, none of the candidates has been the answer to her prayers, at least until she comes home to discover a gorgeous Viking ruling the house with an iron hand.

Mordr Sigurdsson is not a happy Viking Vampire Angel. He hasn’t been a man of good humor since he came home from a-Viking to discover his village destroyed, and his children brutally murdered. Seeking vengeance, Mordr allowed the Sin of Wrath to swallow him by way of his grief, and so Michael the Archangel gave him the chance to become a Vangel and work off his sin or head straight to Hell and into the clutches of Satan. Mordr, along with his six brothers, decided to take on the mission of the VIK, but now Michael’s given him a new mission – Miranda Hart. Not only is he supposed to protect a woman who has sparked his libido for the first time in over a thousand years, but she also has five children who remind him every moment of his beloved own, and their brutal deaths. He’s wondering how he’ll survive it all even as he begins to care about the sexy redhead and her five bratlings.

Sandra Hill brings a sense of intense grief to Mordr, which immediately has us wanting to hug him and give him comfort in his loss of his darlings, Kata and Jomar, but which also helps us understand his Sin of Wrath. His grief for them is so strong he carries it even as he tries to deal with the five Jessup children – touching them, especially little Linda, makes him feel faint. Yes, faint.

KISS OF WRATH by Sandra Hill is a wonderful addition to the Deadly Angels series featuring the sexiest Vangels, or Vampire Angels, to grace the pages of a book series. Even with the angst of grief, the fear of children in danger, and Mordr’s Sin of Wrath, which he uses to battle the Lucipires or demon vampires, Sandra gives us humor and levity to offset the touchingly sad aspects of Mordr Sigurdsson’s story. The cast of characters in this Deadly Angels novel goes beyond the usual and even the unusual. The children are the funniest, most annoying, delightful, and loveable kids ever and it’s not difficult to understand how both Miranda and Mordr fall head over heels in love with them all.

I highly recommend KISS OF WRATH, book four of the Deadly Angels series by Sandra Hill to all who love paranormal, to all who are fans of Lynsay Sand’s Argeneau series, and to anyone who hasn’t dipped their toes into the world of the slightly fantastic but still true to life reality, created by this talented author. Even if you aren’t a fan of paranormal, or have never tried any, check out the Deadly Angels series and do yourself a favor by falling in love with the sexiest Viking Vampire Angels ever, and learn their stories – sin by sin.

Happy Reading Everyone!

KISS OF WRATH, a Deadly Angels novel by Sandra Hill, Avon Romance, available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HOWLS 'N BITES Book Blitz for Authors A. C. James and Sarah Mäkelä + Pre-Order Sale and #Giveaway!

FALL INTO EVER AFTER Series, a paranormal romance box set, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author A.C. James coming November 4, 2014. It’s only available for 99¢ during preorders—Get your copy before the price goes up to $4.99!








CRY WOLF Series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Mäkelä coming November 4, 2014, will make you howl for more. Get four incredible books for 99¢. It won’t stay that way for long. So preorder your copy today!



ETERNAL EVER AFTER – Book 1:

His past holds a secret that becomes her nightmare.

Arie Cush has a secret that he thought he'd left behind. When his past follows him to Chicago he must protect someone that reminds him of all the painful memories he's tried so hard to forget. But when every touch from her sets his heart and body on fire--he finds it hard to maintain his aloof façade.

Holly Ellis has secrets of her own. An encounter with the handsome stranger who frequents her coffee shop reveals a vampire with baggage. Even though it might be more than she bargained for, she can't resist the one person who understands her. But her life is in danger and a supernatural threat could reveal the underground world of vampires to humankind in this Gothic Cinderella re-telling.

FALLEN EVER AFTER – Book 2:

He can’t lose her when danger strikes again.

Arie Cush wanted Holly from the very first moment he met her. A night at the Hellfire Club (HFC) is filled with old friends and new danger. The long-standing feud between the faeries that run the Chicago Crew and a lethal toxin puts Holly and other fledgling vampires in danger. Can they stop a vampire-fae war that’s been brewing for nearly a century?

BEYOND EVER AFTER – Book 3:

The half-demon unleashed a force that can tear them apart.

On the night, Daeveena, a half-fey, half-demon walked out of the Hellfire Club, she left a tide of destruction, but everyone figured that was the end of it. No one imagined that she would steal something so valuable. Can Arie discover who is harboring her before he loses everything?

As a special BONUS readers get Winter Promises: An Ever After Christmas Story that takes place between book one and book two!




THE WITCH WHO CRIED WOLF – Book 1:
New Adult Paranormal Romance

Be careful what you wish for…

A potion gone wrong: Mia Brooks is a reluctant witch, with powers that she tries to hold in check. But when her magic gets mixed up, supernatural forces are unleashed and suddenly she’s being pursued by werewolves—that she didn’t even realize existed…

Hidden emotions: Ethan Parker, Mia’s brother’s best friend, is home from deployment for the holidays. Mia’s not only hiding from werewolves, she’s trying to keep her feelings for Ethan secret; it would be a disaster if he knew she’s been nursing a long-time crush…

The power of love: things take a terrifying turn when Mia and Ethan are attacked by a werewolf. Ethan is amazed when Mia reveals her paranormal prowess as she tries to shield them from danger. But can she really protect them from the darkness that lurks? And how can he tell her that, for ages, he’s been denying what he really wants? Mia...

COLD MOON RISING – Book 2:
New Adult Paranormal Romance

Passions flare when the cold moon rises…

Kelly: a normal college girl, who knows what she wants—to survive her final exams, and find someone to share her life with. Studying with Jacob is becoming too hot to handle; she’s falling for him, but he’s going too fast…

Jacob: a not-so-typical frat guy, who hides a secret—he’s a werewolf. Whenever the moon is high, he’s driven to shed his human form and satisfy his powerful desires. He craves Kelly, but she’s pushing him away…

Fallout: Jacob can smell Kelly’s arousal, but she insists she doesn’t want sex. A wolf can only take so much before his natural instincts win out. When the tension between them explodes, Jacob has no choice but to walk…

Kidnapped! Kelly is abducted by evil scientists who’ve mistaken her for a female werecat and, despite their differences, Jacob has to try and find her. But it’s a race against time and the lunar tides. The scientists have taken Kelly to their lab and turned her into a shapeshifter for real. The full moon is rising, and soon neither Kelly nor Jacob will be able to control their inner beasts. Who knows what the consequences will be when they are consumed by unquenchable animal lust…


THE WORF WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE – Book 3:

Some magic can’t be unspun…

Meddling in magic…
If Mia Brooks could turn back time, it would be to when she used her fledgling magic to craft a potion for an injured werewolf. It nearly killed the Pack Alpha, and now the lives of her witch mentor, Jessa, and her soldier boyfriend, Ethan Parker, have been changed forever. Jessa is in hospital after a vicious werewolf attack. And, Ethan, having being bitten, is becoming a werewolf himself.

A wolf at the door…
Mia can’t turn back time, but she can try to make things right with the two people she cares about most. She’s keeping Jessa’s shop, Eternally Magick, open, and she’s there for Ethan as his inner wolf grows. But, by the next full moon, his transformation will be complete. Can she really be the mate of a half-man-half-wolf, living within the law of the Pack?

Under his spell…
Struggling to contain his new lupine senses, Ethan goes missing on active duty. When Mia realizes her werewolf lover has been abducted, she knows must harness every magic power she possesses to get him safely back…


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

A.C. James

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author A.C. James writes paranormal romance and erotica, includingEternal Ever After which was featured in the bestselling Spice Box anthology. She pounds out sexy scenes at her keyboard where romance is laced with horror in hot stories of vampires and bad boy werewolves. Her stories feature strong heroines and alpha heroes, with plenty of action, twists, and turns that will keep you turning pages.

A.C. resides in northeast Pennsylvania where she entertains her husband with her imaginative yarns and quirky sense of humor. She spends her time drinking large vats of coffee while taming two toddlers by day and writing by night. Recovering video game beta tester and tech geek who grew-up going to cons and watching SmackDown. There’s probably some cosplay pictures around somewhere of her dressed up as Bloodberry from Saber Marionette J. Just don’t tell anyone.

To learn more about Ms. James visit her website, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Sarah Mäkelä

Sarah Mäkelä loves her fiction dark, magical, and passionate. She is a paranormal romance author, but she's written all over the romance spectrum with cyberpunk, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy...even a sweet contemporary romance!

A life-long paranormal fan, she still sleeps with a night light. In her spare time, she reads sexy books, watches scary movies (and Ghost Adventures), and plays computer games with her husband. When she gets the chance, she loves traveling the world too.

To learn more about Ms. Mäkelä visit her website, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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EVER AFTER Series by A. C. James, available November 4, 2014 at Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Kobobooks, GooglePlay, iBooks, and ARe.


CRY WOLF Series by Sarah Mäkelä, available November 4, 2014 at Amazon, Barnes &Noble, Kobobooks, GooglePlay, iBooks, and ARe.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review Stop on the CRAZY FOR HER, book one in the K2 Team series by Sandra Owens Blog Tour + #Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the CRAZY FOR HER, book one in the K2 Team series by Sandra Owens blog tour. I’ve never read any of Sandra’s regency romances but I will say, if she writes them as well as she does this series, I’ll be adding them to my TBR list. Please read my thoughts on this exceptional series debut, and then stick around for a giveaway!

***eARC provided by author in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for CRAZY FOR HER:

When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when she reveals her own hidden passion.


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Logan Kincaid lost his best friend, and fellow Navy SEAL in a mission to retrieve one of their own. As a man of honor, he’s unable to get past the guilt for not keeping Evan Prescott safe and bringing him home to his wife and unborn child. When Evan, in his last breath, made Logan promise to take care of his family, he never expected how far that promise was going to take him. What made things more difficult for Logan was for as long as he’s known Danielle, Evan’s widow, he’s been in love with her. Feeling responsible for making her widow was painful enough to keep him watching her from afar but when she needs his help, he can’t turn away but must remind himself she belonged to Evan and always will.

Dani Prescott is a regency romance novelist, single mother of a darling little girl named Regan, and just when she thought she was tough enough to handle most anything thrown at her after losing her husband, now she’s terrified. She’s getting strange phone calls from a man who eerily sounds a lot like her deceased husband, and even claims to be him. Her brain tells her it’s impossible but her fear has cringing with dread. She calls the one person she knows will be there for her, or so she hopes – Logan Kincaid. He’d been a friend to her since the night she’d first met him and Evan. Perhaps had things worked out differently, it might have been Logan who’d won her heart instead of Evan but right now, she needed someone to tell her she wasn’t going crazy.

Logan’s expertise is what’s needed to uncover the mystery of the phone calls and someone pretending to be her husband, but Logan’s heart keeps pulling him into thoughts of Dani in his arms, his bed, and forever in his life. Logan wonders if he should tell her how he feels and fears her response even as Dani desires Logan in her bed and can't help but wonder if he was the one she always loved.

CRAZY FOR HER, book one in the K2 Team series by Sandra Owens rocks as a series debut from an author who normally writes regency romance. I love military-based heroes and heroines so I was immediately drawn to this story and I’m so glad I read it. I always love the honor and brotherhood felt between the men and women of military units but when it comes to Navy SEALS, it’s unique and never ending. The connection between Logan and Evan extends beyond life and it’s what Logan struggles with every moment in regards to Dani and Regan. As much as he loves her and wants to be part of their lives, he feels a betrayal to his fallen brother every time he allows himself a moment of surrender to his desires. Dani is torn between her loyalty to her deceased husband and the friendship she has for Logan. When she discovers the angst he carries from his youth, she recognizes him as a tortured hero just like the ones she writes about in her novels. Like any good heroine, she wishes to rescue him in the same way he rescues her.

I highly recommend CRAZY FOR HER by Sandra Owens to anyone who loves a good hero saving the day romance, but which is truly a tortured hero rescued by the love of a good woman second chance romance with action, angst, and more twists and turns than you’d ever expect. Hooked from the start then glued to the pages, I was eager to see what happened next, and then surprised at what did happen. Looking for something to drag you away from the same ol’ - same ol’, read CRAZY FOR HER by Sandra Owens, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, I think you’ll be as excited as me about what comes next in the series.

Happy Reading Everyone!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A native of Florida, Sandra once managed a Harley-Davidson dealership, before switching from a bike to an RV for roaming the open road (though she’s also chased thrills from sky-diving to upside-down stunt-plane flying). In addition to Crazy For Her—a 2013 Golden Heart Finalist for Romantic Suspense—her works include the Regency Romance novels The Letter, winner of the Golden Quill Award, and The Training of a Marquess, winner of the Golden Claddagh Award. A member of Romance Writers of America, and potential cat owner, she lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina.

If you’d like to learn more about Sandra and her books, please visit her website, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.



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Monday, September 1, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of HARD TO HOLD ON TO, a Hard Ink Novella by Laura Kaye

I hope you’ve tried out the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye. If you haven’t, you should by all means, and please read in order since one really does take up where the last leaves off. If you have read the first two novels in the series, you’ll want to read HARD TO HOLD ON TO, a Hard Ink novella by Laura Kaye – it’s emotional, touching, and keeps the series charged and moving forward.

***I purchased my copy for my personal reading but am sharing my honest and unscripted review.

Blurb for HARD TO HOLD ON TO:

Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves--which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.
  
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Easy Cantrell feels protective over Jenna Dean as he hasn’t felt about anyone in a very long time. He helped rescue her from the clutches of Bruno and his henchmen who’d left her bruised, traumatized, and unconscious. Now that he has her safely within the protective haven that is Hard Ink Tattoos, Easy isn’t going to leave her alone for as long as she wants him close. Wrestling with his own demons, he doesn’t believe he deserves the gentle touches she gives him and the look of admiration and possibly more he sees in her eyes. He has a secret, and it’s tearing him apart.

Jenna understands better now what her sister, Sara suffered at the hands of Bruno and why she did all she’d done to protect Jenna from the world of bad, which Church and his men wish to perpetrate on them because of their father, but she needs to stand on her own. She wants Sara to stop taking care of her, but knows she still needs a strong shoulder to lean on. She finds it in Easy Cantrell, the man who makes her feel safe, calm, and more beautiful than she’s ever felt in her life. She wants to give back to him and when he reveals his secret to her, she doesn’t turn away but embraces him in a way only she can.

HARD TO HOLD ON TO, a Hard Ink novella by Laura Kaye is everything we expect from the Hard Ink series, but it touches your heart so intensely I dare you not to shed a few tears when Easy reveals his secret. I actually lost to a sob while reading the passage and wanted to reach into the pages to hug the big man with a gentle soul. Laura packs more than you can imagine into this novella and does not leaving us lacking for anything. You can’t help but stay glued to the pages, torn by the emotion, and cheering for Easy and Jenna. I can't wait to read the next one, HARD TO COME BY.

I highly recommend HARD TO HOLD ON TO by Laura Kaye to everyone who has read the first two novels in the Hard Ink series because it's Easy's story. And to everyone else who hasn’t yet experienced this amazing romance series, what are you waiting for? It’s a must read series, currently culminating with this amazing novella which brings an important issue to the forefront, one which should never be ignored or pushed aside. Thank you, Laura and God Bless our military.

Happy Reading Everyone!

HARD TO HOLD ON TO, a Hard Ink novella by Laura Kaye, Avon Impulse, available in print (Sept 30) and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Unwrapping a Review of SLOW HAND, a Hot Cowboy Nights novel by Victoria Vane

Anyone who has been following my reviews for any length of time knows I’m a huge fan of Victoria Vane. Some of her books, I’ve loved more than others, but I read each one with great anticipation of an enjoyable sexy read. Well, my darlings, she has blown me out of the water with the first book in her brand new contemporary series called Hot Cowboy Nights. Hot is an understatement – SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane is hot cowboys and more.

***eARC provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unscripted review

Blurb for SLOW HAND:

In rural Montana...

Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who's torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He's on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She's a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs.

Even the lawyers wear boots...

Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father's death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand...

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Nikki Powell does not like to fly – at all – so when she encounters every imaginable thing that can go wrong while traveling from Georgia to Montana, she’s not happy. Then as if things can’t get any worse, the truly worst thing happens. She has no choice but to hitch a ride the last leg of her journey with, not only the man she thought a typical arrogant, womanizing cowboy, but he happens to be the lawyer handling her deceased estranged father’s estate – and he’s gorgeous sexy.

Wade Knowlton is returning home to try to talk his brother into selling the declining family ranch for a huge sum of money when he notices a beautiful damsel in distress who has missed her flight and is crying on the floor. Being the chivalrous guy he sometimes regrets being, he gives up his seat for her and drives the long hours from Denver to Bozeman, Montana. When he receives a frantic call from a woman who claims to have lost her wallet, phone, and who knows what else, but managed to have his phone number, he tells her to wait where she is in Bozeman and he’ll get there as soon as possible. She turns out to be the same damsel in distress from the airport. Life just keeps getting more interesting by the moment for Wade, but he’s not too very sorry he helped the beautiful Nikki – not yet anyway. Never did he think she’d break his heart after he rescued her.

Just when I think Victoria Vane can no longer surprise me with her talent and amazing characters, she does it again. Her sensual romances continue to burn up the pages of every book she conjures. SLOW HAND, the first book in the Hot Cowboy Nights series is hot, hot, hot! Wade Knowlton is the sexiest man to wear cowboy boots and a hat. He also happens to be lawyer who gives new meaning to the word briefs. I was in love with this man before I got a third of the way into the book, and was ready to kick Nikki in her damsel in distress hot ass if she didn’t get him into bed soon.

The banter between these two characters was enough to make me worry about my reader overheating. The secondary characters brought humor, emotion, angst, and reality to the story without overpowering Wade and Nikki’s growing attraction for each other. Wade had his own cheering section, and Nikki was on the right performance track as far as his family and friends were concerned. She had nothing to lose and everything to gain from her visit to Montana yet she was willing to throw it all away because she was afraid to open her heart to falling in love.

SLOW HAND by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page turning steamy sexy, and the romance between Wade and Nikki make you wish you could pull Victoria’s characters straight off the page and into real life. I'm beginning to think Victoria could write a phone book and make it sexy. I highly recommend this amazing first book in a brand new contemporary series coming to readers and bookstores this November. I wish it were sooner because you don’t want to miss this one. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Happy Reading Everyone!


SLOW HAND, a Hot Cowboy Nights novel by Victoria Vane, Sourcebooks Casablanca, release date – November 4, 2014, to be available in print and ebook formats at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
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