Wednesday, 26 April 2017

REVIEW: BOMBSHELL by CD REISS


Bombshell
Hollywood A-List #1
By: CD Reiss
Releasing May 1st, 2017
Montlake Romance
 
 

In Bombshell (Hollywood A-List #1) by CD Reiss, Cara Dumont has a rule -- no working as a nanny for celebrities. But when the job she recently accepted falls through, she finds herself assigned to gorgeous movie star, Brad Sinclair and his five-year old daughter; a daughter he's only just recently learnt he had. Will Cara be able to do her job without falling for Brad, or will Cara find herself needing to defend herself against the media storm that's bound to happen if they learn a Hollywood A-Lister has fallen for his kid's nanny?

I've heard a lot of good things about Ms. Reiss's books, and so I just had to read one for myself, and I've got to say that I really enjoyed this first book of her Hollywood A-List series. The way this story started had me empathizing with the hero's little girl, as she's been placed with a father she's never even met after having just recently lost her mother. How is a girl so young supposed to deal with such lose? Will anyone be able to help Brad's daughter? However, it was from the moment that the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time in this story that I loved, as Brad is used to getting everything his own way and he wants Cara as his daughter's nanny.

Both the main characters kept me entertained from start to finish due to their back stories, their growing relationship, all they go through within this story and how they interact with the hero's little girl. She's adorable and so easy to love that I could understand why Cara finds it hard to walk away from her, even though she knows it's in her best interest to do so, because celebrity fathers as gorgeous as Brad Sinclair are trouble with a capital T. Moreover, I could sympathize with all Cara's been through in her past and could understand her reasons for becoming a nanny. It gives her the chance to share her big heart and kind nature with children, even though it's hard for her not to get attached and hard not to be reminded of all that she's lost. But what I liked most of all about the heroine is that she wasn't afraid to challenge Brad by saying whatever was on her mind when it came to his parenting and how he should handle things differently now that he has a child in his life. No way can he continue the celebrity life -- the parties and his womanizing ways. He needs to set a good example for his daughter and be able to put her first.   

While Brad, he's cocky and confident; typical Hollywood type with his attitude and behavior. Not that all celebrities are as much of a womanizer as Brad is or into the parties like he is. Still, I must admit I liked how much the hero grows throughout this story, and how he proves he can be a good father by the tough decisions he has to make for his career. I also liked that he didn't give up on his pursuit of Cara, because they had something special. Of which, their sizzling chemistry shows that, especially once it spills over onto the pages in very steamy sex scenes that do justice to their chemistry.

Overall, Ms. Reiss has penned a really good read in this book where the dirty talk ups the sexual tension and didn't bother me like it sometimes does. The way this story ended had me concerned for Brad's daughter, but I liked how things worked out for all in the end. The hero needed to put his daughter first and he certainly does that with the decision he makes concerning his career. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped things up perfectly, because of the double surprise Brad had for Cara. I would recommend Bombshell by CD Reiss, if you enjoy Hollywood Romances or books by authors Alessandra Torre, JT Geissinger, Karina Halle or Katy Evans.

      
 
 
BLURB
From New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, a standalone romance about a nanny, a Hollywood star, and a love they never expected.

Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it’s the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever.

Cara DuMont isn’t exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.

But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she’s in for a world of trouble. Because there’s something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken…
 
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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: A CHARMED LITTLE LIE by SHARLA LOVELACE


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A Charmed Little Lie
Charmed in Texas #1
By: Sharla Lovelace
Releasing April 18, 2017
Lyrical Shine
 


In A Charmed Little Lie (Charmed in Texas #1) by Sharla Lovelace, Lanie Barrett never meant to lie to her aunt just in order to make the woman happy while she was dying. But now with the reading of her aunt's will, she finds herself in a bind because the lie could lose her everything. Then again, perhaps not, when she meets Nick McKane; a gorgeous man who seems too good to be true by suggesting they get married. Will their marriage of convenience lead to true love, or will their relationship fears lose them the best thing that's happen to them?

Having only recently discovered Ms. Lovelace's books, I was really looking forward to this new series by her, and I've got to say that this first story of her Charmed in Texas series does not disappoint. Not only because this story contains the marriage of convenience trope, but because it has well-written dialogue that was amusing at times, especially the moments where Lanie causes quite a buzz amongst the townspeople with her wardrobe malfunction and her possessiveness of Nick. It also has a wonderful array of characters that I loved in the hero and heroine as well the secondary characters of Carmen and Allie and characters that I loved to hate in Nick's ex, members of Lanie's family and others that have their own agenda in trying to get Lanie to give up everything she'll inherit.

The dialogue and main characters were compelling, as Nick and Lanie have many decisions to make. Since the reading of the will and all it entails isn't easy for Lanie to accept, because she's forced to spend three months in the small town of Charmed where it seems almost everyone wants what has been promised to her if she fulfills the terms of the will. Can she and Nick convince everyone that they're in love and their marriage isn't a sham? Will Lanie realize she's not her mother before it's too late and she ends up losing her chance at happy ever after with Nick? Will Lanie accept her shot at her dream job?

Furthermore, I liked how Lanie kept surprising me. She's strong and brave by what she does when she first meets the hero, then by getting married to Nick and trying to fulfill the terms of the will, considering she never imagined herself being back in Charmed for an extended period of time. I also liked how feisty she is towards people that tick her off, especially several secondary characters that don't know when to quit. That don't understand that neither she or Nick are interested in their pathetic games to prove that the couple's marriage is a sham.

While Nick, he charmed me from start to finish with his willingness to help Lanie and how protective he becomes of her when dealing with the secondary characters that don't want her to receive everything she'll get in the will. Moreover, his back story is an interesting one, as his ex seemed like a typical rich girl growing up; always expecting to get her own way. Will Nick realize that Lanie is the right woman for him before it's too late, or will his ex worm her way back into his life? They do share a daughter together, so he'll never be completely free of her.

Overall, Ms. Lovelace has delivered an incredible read in this book where the chemistry between Nick and Lanie is intense, had me hooked while keeping me wondering if their relationship would ever go from platonic to physical. The way this story ended took me by surprise, because of how things turn out for Lanie when it comes to the will and how things sour between Nick and Lanie. However, I really enjoyed how they worked things out. Nick isn't about to let fear hold either of them back from achieving their happy ever after and I loved how he proved it with his words and his actions. I would recommend A Charmed Little Lie by Sharla Lovelace, if you enjoy the marriage of convenience trope, the fake relationship trope, small town romances, or books by authors Kimberly Kincaid, Tracy Brogan, Jamie Beck or Catherine Bybee.

 

BLURB:
Lanie Barrett didn’t mean to lie. Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make a dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it? Lanie thinks so, especially since her beloved Aunt Ruby would have been heartbroken to know the truth of her niece’s sadly loveless, short-of-sparkling existence. Trouble is, according to the will, Ruby didn’t quite buy Lanie’s tale. And to inherit the only house Lanie ever really considered a home, she’ll have to bring her “husband” back to Charmed, Texas for three whole months—or watch Aunt Ruby’s cozy nest go to her weasel cousin, who will sell it to a condo developer.
Nick McKane is out of work, out of luck, and the spitting image of the man Lanie described. He needs money for his daughter’s art school tuition, and Lanie needs a convenient spouse. It’s a match made . . . well, not quite in heaven, but for a temporary arrangement, it couldn’t be better. Except the longer Lanie and Nick spend as husband and wife, the more the connection between them begins to seem real. Maybe this modern fairy tale really could come true . . .
 
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I didn’t look back, and I didn’t care. Nick’s hand was warm in mine, and when we reached the dance floor they’d cleared a space for, he tugged back gently to make me turn around. The look in those dark eyes nearly took out my knees. He pulled me into his arms, leaving no room for imagination, and I let my hands slide up his chest to his neck, and around back as his eyelids grew heavy.

Roberta Flack crooned softly,  
“Nice save.”
“I tried.”
“How was the punch?” he asked.
I wound my fingers into his hair and pulled his head down.
“See for yourself,” I said, the last word finished against his lips.
Sparks ignited throughout my body as our lips met. Soft. Slow. Wet. Needing. Our bodies moved as one with the music, so close, so tightly pressed together I could feel his heart beating. My hands traveled slowly back down his chest and around his middle as his came up into my hair. When his tongue ran over my top lip, I knew he could feel my gasp. And when I pulled him in deeper to taste him, I felt the low growl in his chest rumbling against mine.
His fingers twisted in my hair as he dove deep and then pulled back, deep again and back, teasing me, pulling back to kiss my lips one at a time, as I kept clinging tighter. I was drunk on it. Breathing shallow. My fingers curling into his shirt with the need for more
The first time…ever I kissed…your lips…
It was erotic, the way he kissed me. The way I kissed him. Slow, matching our movements. Intimate. Electric and emotional at the same time. And so full of desire and barely restrained need, that my body was trembling with it when he held my face and leaned his forehead against mine.
I wanted to keep my eyes closed. Absorb the feel of him, the song, the words, the taste. Just hold on to it a little longer. But I felt the heat of his gaze and my eyes fluttered open. And everything inside me turned to liquid fire. No one—ever—had looked at me like that. Had wanted me like that. The mirror image of what was churning inside me was all over him. In the desire mixed with the trouble haunting his eyes. This wasn’t the game. That thought hit me like a sucker punch to the gut. This was—

His mouth covered mine again, hungrier, hotter, and I melted into it. The burn in my chest at the realization of just how fucking real this was, stole at my breath, and I didn’t care. It was more than we were supposed to be doing but—God, it was so good. It was so good my heart felt like it was swelling to the size of the room. Wrapping around us as his hands cradled my face and he broke from the kiss, moving his lips along my face, my cheeks, back to my lips, both of us breathing fast. It was . Nick was giving me the more. It wasn’t just physical; it was bursting inside me.


When he pulled me to him, I buried my face in his neck and held him as tightly as I could as the words slowed to an end. I didn’t want it to be over. I didn’t want to let go.

I could hear my heart in my ears, pounding with every breath. He smelled like soap and something woodsy and Nick, and I always knew that but being up close enough to lick him made the smell intoxicating.

The music stopped.
 The lighting was changing. I had to let go of him, and the second I moved he backed up too. Just a little. Just enough for me to see the mouth I’d just gotten to know intimately. His gaze fell to my lips as well, before dragging up to my eyes. Things had changed. In the course of time it took for that song to make its evolution, our reality had shifted. And the real kicker was that I think we both knew it already had.
 
 
 



Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs.  She is the author of five stand-alone novels including the bestselling Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart Of The Storm series, and the fun and sexy new Charmed in Texas series.
For more about Sharla's books, visit www.sharlalovelace.com, and keep up with all her new book releases easily by subscribing to her newsletter.  She loves keeping up with her readers, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Tasty Q&A with Sharla Lovelace
Describe yourself in five words or less
1. Snarky (Might be kind of scary that this was the first one that came to mind.)
         2. Introverted
         3. Sneaky
      4. People-watcher (notice how I hyphenated to get an extra word? Yeah, see #3)
         5. Dog-lover (it worked last time)
 
Can you tell us a little about your book?
It’s about lying! LOL. Truly, it’s about when all your little white lies catch up to you, and what the hell do you do then? You make up a gargantuan sized one to cover them, and then hope it doesn’t swallow you whole. Unless it’s in the form of a hot sexy get-under-your-skin man….then by all means swallow!  (I did not just say that.)

Lanie and Nick’s story was honestly one of my favorite books to write—EVER. It was so much fun, and such a runaway train ride with no hands!  I loved literally watching them fall for each other, I loved Lanie’s spunk! I loved every second of it, and it birthed the town of Charmed, so I hope you will love it as much as I do.
 
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
I Hope You Dance
 
Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
My phone and a hair tie on my wrist. (That’s 2. Damn I have trouble following rules.)


What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?
I adore writing intense scenes with either sexy-smexy chemistry burning up the page or fast snappy dialogue. Sex scenes before the sex…with the tease and the tension and the snarky back and forth talking…I love that.  Also fights are a blast with all that emotion churning around.  Dialogue is always the most fun. I groan to write description…


Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Everyone says this, but seriously, never give up. I met Sandra Brown at a writer’s conference, and she was behind a table signing for a line of hundreds, and when I got up there I said “Everyone in this line wants to be you one day.” She looked at me and said, “You’re here. You’re already halfway there. Don’t ever stop learning and don’t ever stop writing. You’ll get here. One day, maybe I’ll be in your line.” I never forgot that. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing by any means, but my first book was published almost exactly 5 years ago, and now A CHARMED LITTLE LIE is my 10th published book, and I’ve just finished writing my 12th.  Don’t give up on your dream. Also, remember that you write about life, and to do that you have to live. There are times (deadline evil times) that you have to stay in a cave and pound out words, but outside of that, find a balance and enjoy your life. It will show in your writing when you do…and when you don’t. If you write romance, kiss your husband every day. And if you are writing about hot sex and he is one of your readers, you’d better be prepared to give up the goods. Saying you aren’t in the mood after penning being banged against a wall—doesn’t cut it honey. ;)


Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I wouldn’t be here without you, and I love and adore you so much for taking the time to buy my books and give my stories a try. And when you email or message me to tell me about it…oh my God you just don’t know the rainbows and unicorns that fill me up. Nothing is more important in this job than readers. When I make you happy…when I make you laugh or cry or feel something that you are moved enough to tell me about…my God, ice cream isn’t even as good as that. It’s close. But not quite. ;)
 
 




 



























 
 

 





 


 


 


 

 

 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

RELEASE BLAST - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: CAUGHT LOOKING by JODY HOLFORD


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By: Jody Holford
Releasing April 25, 2017
Penner Publishing
 


In Caught Looking by Jody Holford, inheriting a house from her Aunt is the best thing to happen to Frankie Vaughn. Instead of continuing to put on a happy face when she's anything but in living the life of a socialite, Frankie moves to Minnesota only to discover three boys living in the rundown home she's moving into. Will she give the boys shelter and the chance at the life they might not get if they go into foster care, or will her growing relationship with suspended major league baseball player Ryan Walker; a man who has been recently falsely accused of taking drugs keep her from being the wonderful guardian the boys deserve?

Ms. Holford really impressed me with the last book she released, and this book was just as entertaining, fast-paced and a story that captured my undivided attention from the very beginning, because of the changes Frankie is determined to make in her life. She needs to get some space between her and her family, otherwise she'd drown in the fakeness of high society and never escape. Will the small town she's moved to help her find happiness? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine met that I loved, because Ryan does his best to remain impartial to the heroine, but it's palpable that he's attracted to her and doing his best to fight it.

As for the dialogue, it was well-written and intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the hero; and all this couple go through once Frankie discovers the three kids inside her Aunt's house. Ryan is a big time baseball player who has been betrayed by those he should have been able to trust. Will he ever be able to trust another woman? Will he ever be free from his wife and best friend's betrayal enough to play baseball again? Then there's the situation with the three boys Frankie finds in her Aunt's house. They've been through so much, and I could understand why the heroine was so hesitant to make the decision about whether to put them in Foster Care or not. How could she do it when there was the possibility that they'd be separated? Especially when all the boys had were each other.

Both the main characters were well-developed, extremely riveting and I loved every moment they conversed. Frankie wasn't afraid to tell Ryan off when he was being a jerk or acting jealous. Those moments made me smile, especially when they're talking about the state of the house the heroine is moving into and when he gets jealous over another man wanting to spend time with Frankie. I also liked how kind, caring and determined the heroine was to help the three boys, as they need someone like her; someone that won't give up on them.

While Ryan, I felt sorry for him when it came to everything that's happened to him, which forced him to take mandatory leave from his baseball career. The paparazzi are intolerable, forcing him into hiding until everything is sorted. What decision will he make in the end? Will he retire or return to his career? Furthermore, I liked the decisions that Ryan made when it came to his career, his future with Frankie and everything he does for the kids. Really, he's good for them the way he encourages them to follow their dreams, which is proven by what he does for Carter.

Overall, Ms. Holford has delivered a delightful read in this book where Ryan and Frankie have plenty of chemistry. It also delivered moments where I could feel the character's emotions along with them, most especially towards the end with the news Frankie learns. However, in saying that, the way this story ended was perfect, as Ryan was determined to win Frankie back by any means necessary. Does the saying 'a way to a woman's heart is through her stomach' ring true? Is Frankie happy about what Ryan has done to prove he wants to be with her?

And lastly, the epilogue warmed my heart, because of the tight bond Frankie and Ryan still have with the three boys, despite what happened. The boys certainly have the hero and heroine wrapped around their little fingers. I would highly recommend Caught Looking by Jody Holford, if you enjoy books by authors Jennifer Shirk, Victoria James, Sonya Weiss or Coleen Kwan.



 
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Sometimes loving enough means letting go…
Major league baseball player, Ryan Walker, takes a mandatory leave of absence to escape the paparazzi and the false drug charges against him. All he wants is a little peace of mind out in the middle of nowhere.

Eager to rid herself of the empty socialite life, Frankie Vaughn moves to a rundown home in Minnesota that she inherited from her aunt. But Frankie is shocked at what she discovers inside: three young boys. When Ryan discovers that Frankie, his new neighbor, has taken on the three homeless kids as her own, he has a new hope for humanity.

Despite how easily and lovingly Ryan takes to Frankie and the boys, his past just might be the reason Frankie can't adopt the boys. Now, Ryan must choose between loving them or letting them go. Can he walk away from what he's been looking for all along?

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As he edged near the property line, he caught sight of toned, shapely legs swinging from the branch of a tree. His neighbor was doing pull-ups. On a tree.

“What the hell are you doing?” Ryan said the words to himself, his finger sliding off of the trigger. Frankie hadn’t heard him. Her earbuds’ cord was connected to the iPod strapped to her arm. He repeated his question, louder, and she startled, dropping from the limb she’d been holding. Pulling her earphones out, she smiled and gave a surprised laugh. Lust curled tight in his stomach at the sound. Which pissed him off since he didn’t need more complications in his life.

“Hey. Didn’t see you there, neighbor.”
She wiped the sweat off her brow with the back of her hand. Strands of hair were escaping the ponytail sitting high on her head. She put her hands on her hips, gulping in air, still smiling. His eyes roamed over the tone and definition of her arms. Arms weren’t supposed to be a turn on. They were just something to have wrapped around you. Along with legs. But legs were a turn on. Still, he couldn’t take his eyes off of her arms. They led up to sleek shoulders and a graceful collarbone. When his eyes met hers, she was grinning and he knew he’d been caught looking.
“You’re doing pull-ups on a goddamn tree?”
“Um, it’s my tree,” she said, looking back and forth between him and the tree. Small as she was, the tree didn’t look like it could hold its own branches, never mind a person’s weight.
“Actually, it’s smack in the middle of our property line. So stay the hell off it and get a pull-up bar.”
She rested a hand on the bark and smiled at him with something like fire flashing in those blue eyes. Her breath was a bit uneven, but firm. “I’ve never shared a tree with anyone. It feels like a big step.”
He bit back a smile. “Funny. This tree needs to be cut down. It’s rotted.” He kicked at the trunk to show her what he meant.
“Don’t kick our tree,” she said, not even trying to hide her smirk.
“It’s not safe.” Jesus. She was hard to be irritated with. Which, oddly, only irritated him more.
“And as much as I appreciate your neighborly concern, Ryan, I can take care of myself. And our tree. See, my home gym isn’t quite set up yet so I’m using what’s available. If you want, we can work out a schedule for tree use.”
There was as much sarcasm in her stance as in her tone. This time, the grin spread before he could stop it.
“You’re feisty.”
“You’re a jerk.”
“Yeah. But it’s still not safe. I have an extra pull-up bar in my garage. You put it in the frame of a doorway. I’ll grab it and bring it over,” he said, hoping the gesture served as an apology.
Which he was man enough to admit she deserved from him.
Frankie’s eyes widened and she took a step back, wariness overshadowing her amusement.
“No thanks. I’m not ready for visitors.”
He arched an eyebrow. “I wasn’t planning on coming for tea.”
She gave a rough laugh. “I don’t need anything from you, Ryan. I’ll pick another tree. Or do push-ups.”
She backed away, the unease in her eyes fascinating the hell out of him. She didn’t want him over. And not because he was a jerk. She waved one perfectly shaped arm over her head as she went back to her house.

He turned the weed trimmer back on, purposely turning his body in the other direction. He wasn’t going to stand around and watch her go, even across her yard. He’d never watch a woman leave again. Once was enough.
 
 

Jody Holford is a multi-published author who has a soft spot for happily ever after. So much so, she tattooed the words on her arm. She’s a mom and a wife, a friend, sister, daughter, teacher, and book-lover. Her stories have a little bit of heat and a lot of heart. And maybe, some swoon-worthy moments that will make you smile.
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