Wednesday, 31 January 2018

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: TEMPTING LOVE by KELLY ELLIOTT




       

Tempting Love
Cowboys & Angels #3
By Kelly Elliott
Releasing January 30th, 2018
Self-Published



Can a woman actually make you feel like you’re losing your damn mind? Yes. If she is Corina Miller. The only woman who has ever made me long for something more, and let me tell you, that has me all kinds of messed up. After months of ignoring my feelings, it’s clear to me I’ve fallen for those piercing blue eyes and sexy smile. But is it too late? Have I pushed her into the arms of someone else? Hell no am I letting that happen. I’m on a mission to win the heart of the only woman I’ve ever cared about—and the only thing standing in my way is one stubborn and pissed off Corina. I always did like a challenge.  

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In Tempting Love (Cowboys and Angels #3) by Kelly Elliott, Mitchell Parker shared a fantastic night with Corina Miller, but ran scared when he realized how deep his feelings were for her. But now, he's determined to make things right between them, and when she becomes homeless, Mitchell offers her a place to stay because it's the perfect opportunity to get her alone in hopes she'll give him another chance. Will Corina give Mitchell a chance to make things right between them, or will the pair go their separate ways?

This is another fantastic addition to this series, even though I was left with unanswered questions when it came to a couple of things that happened through this story. Who wrote a certain message on the wall? What came of the murders that were talked about? However, in saying that, this story was very engaging; had me completely hooked from beginning to end due to the main characters back stories, their growing relationship and every interaction between the hero and heroine as well as between the main and secondary characters that has left me so looking forward to the next instalment of this series. 

The way this story started with the prologue had me wondering whether Mitchell will realize how much Corina means to him before it's too late. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time since their one-night together that had me liking that Corina doesn't make things easy for Mitchell, especially not after everything he's put her through. How long will it take Mitchell to win Corina over? W

Both the main characters are relatable, likeable and have such strong chemistry between them that had me reading quickly, determined to discover how long it would take for Mitchell to win Corina back since their chemistry seems impossible to ignore. Moreover, the heroine was strong and brave when it came to dealing with things that happen such as the loss of her home and things that the hero has to tell her in case the situation escalates. I also liked that she gave Mitchell a second chance, because he so deserves one after realizing that he can't go on like he's been going on. While the hero, he has some big decisions to make and I liked the ones he did make when it came to his job and his future with Corina. I also liked the little bit of competition the hero had in someone vying for the heroine's affections, because he deserved it after everything he's put the heroine through in running scared. However, what I liked most of all about the hero was the tight bond he shares with his family and that they aren't afraid to offer him advice when they think he's being stupid. 

Overall, Ms. Elliott has delivered a wonderful read in this book where the dialogue between either main character and the secondary characters in the Parker siblings had me smiling or laughing because of many of the conversations; the very steamy sex scenes did justice to this couple's intense chemistry; and the ending had me loving that these two finally managed to get their happy ever after. All I'll say is - what an adventure their relationship has been and will continue to be. I would recommend Tempting Love by Kelly Elliott, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Melanie Harlow, Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward and Katy Evans.




         



I followed him, my hands shaking as I grew angrier by the second. “That’s it? You’re going to let me move out?”
Mitchell reached for his keys, then turned to me. “I can’t force you to stay here, Corina. If you’re unhappy, then yes, you should leave. Do I want you to? No, I don’t. I know I fucked up, but if you’re going to throw it in my face every goddamn chance you get, then you’re right, this won’t work.”
He headed to the stairs that led down to his front door. My heart raced, and I knew I couldn’t leave it like this. Closing my eyes, I called out to him. “Mitch! You never asked me to the Pecan Street Honky Tonk.”
Stopping, he looked back up at me. “What?”
I swallowed hard and took in a quick breath. “The dance, you never asked me. And well, Lane asked me.”
Sadness swept over his face. “What did you tell him?”
Wringing my hands together, I answered, “I haven’t responded…yet. I was waiting for you.”
Mitchell rushed back up the steps and stopped in front of me. I don’t think I’d ever felt my stomach dip like it did when he raced toward me. He cupped my face and leaned in. My chest rose and fell with each breath as I waited for him to speak. His touch sent a flurry of butterflies through my chest.
“Corina, will you go with me to the street dance next weekend?”
My teeth sank into my lip, and I watched as his eyes filled with lust.
“Yes.” I smiled and added, “But only as friends.”
The corner of his mouth rose into a sexy smirk. God, how I loved that smile of his. “It’s a date, then.”
“As friends,” I added.
He leaned down and pressed his lips to mine. Before I could even process his lips, they were gone and he was stepping back. “I’ll take it. For now.”


 




 

Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings. Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few. Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012. Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she’s not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings. To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website. www.kellyelliottauthor.com

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TEASER REVEAL: SMOOTH-TALKING COWBOY by MAISEY YATES

   

From New York Times best selling author Maisey Yates,

comes SMOOTH-TALKING COWBOYthe first standalone novel in her Gold Valley Series!

SMOOTH-TALKING COWBOY releases on February 20, 2018.

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Welcome to Gold Valley, Oregon, where a rough-and-tumble rancher and the girl next door are about to learn that opposites attract.

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing. But first she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm and knack for getting under her skin, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero—but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.

Luke likes his life—and his women—uncomplicated. So why does good girl Olivia heat his blood like no one else? She’s always been off-limits, but the more time they spend as Gold Valley’s hottest new “couple,” the more real it’s starting to feel. Luke was supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he’ll ever let go.
 

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world. 

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Monday, 29 January 2018

BOOK BLITZ: ICING ON THE CAKE by ANN MARIE WALKER

 

Icing on the Cake
Wild Wedding #2
By Ann Marie Walker
Releasing January 30th, 2018
Swerve



Notting Hill meets The Prince & Me in Icing on the Cake, the second standalone laugh-out-loud romance in Ann Marie Walker’s Wild Wedding series

Cassandra Miller doesn’t have time for men. She’s far too busy trying to open a cupcake shop with her silent partner and best friend, not to mention catering her brother’s wedding. And let’s face it, it’s not like Prince Charming is going to stroll into the bakery and sweep her off her feet.

Henry has been a prince his entire life but for one wild wedding he wants to be nothing more than an “Average Joe”, or in this instance, “Average Hank”. However, when a case of mistaken identity and a batch of burned cupcakes ends in a night of passion, Cassie and Hank must decide if theirs is a recipe for disaster or the makings of true romance.

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Ann Marie Walker writes steamy books about sexy boys. She’s a fan of fancy cocktails, anything chocolate, and 80s rom-coms. Her super power is connecting any situation to an episode of Friends and she thinks all coffee cups should be the size of a bowl. If it’s December she can be found watching Love Actually but the rest of the year you can find her at AnnMarieWalker.com where she would be happy to talk to you about alpha males, lemon drop martinis or supermodel David Gandy. Ann Marie attended the University of Notre Dame and currently lives in Chicago.

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COVER REVEAL: BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by SARA WOLF


In a new series Publishers Weekly has listed as “one of the most anticipated YA's of 2018”, we're excited to share the cover for Bring Me Their Hearts! NYT bestselling author Sara Wolf delivers a fast-paced, gritty fantasy sure to thrill fans of Holly Black, Sabba Tahir, and Sarah J. Maas.


Bring Me Their Hearts
Ruthless Song #1
By Sara Wolf
Releasing June 5th, 2018
Entangled Publishing



A lush, unique new fantasy trilogy about a girl tasked with stealing the prince’s heart…literally, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lovely Vicious series.

Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.




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Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.































































BOOK BLITZ - REVIEW: AFTER HOURS by MELINDA DI LORENZO



After Hours
Business or Pleasure #1
  By Melinda Di Lorenzo
Releasing January 2, 2018
Lyrical Caress
Contemporary Romance/Erotica




Desire never takes time off . . .

Six foot two. Lips to die for. And boy, can the man fill out a suit. The gorgeous stranger sending Aysia Banks steamy looks from across the bar is the perfect way for her to take her mind off her high-stress job, and maybe even forget about her ex.. An invitation to dance leads to a smoldering night, which turns into a weekend of uninhibited, toe-curling, blow-your-mind passion. Things are starting to look up for Aysia—until Monday morning . . .

Another city, another company to save. It’s nothing new to executive Marcelo Diaz, who’s used to calling the shots and getting what he wants. But what is different, is Aysia: the vixen he spent the weekend rewriting the entire playbook with. But before Marc can take things any further he’s shocked by what he discovers . . .

Marc was hired to keep his employer’s reputation squeaky clean.

Part of Aysia’s job is to enforce her department’s strict no-dating rule.

And they work for the same company.

Now, with their red-hot connection doused by office policies and politics, Aysia and Marc try to put their fling behind them. It should be easy. But when a behind-the-scenes power play threatens their careers, they’ll have to bring their hearts to the table . . .



In After Hours (Business or Pleasure #1) by Melinda Di Lorenzo, Aysia Banks knew getting involved with a co-worker was a recipe for disaster, especially since there's a no fraternising policy within the company where she works. So, now she's single again, and determined to focus on her career. However, she never imagined meeting a man that could make her forget herself. Yet, when she discovers that they both work the same company, Aysia is determined to keep things strictly professional. But with someone determined to mess everything up for her, will she trust Marcelo 'Marc' Diaz -- the man she has such an intense connection with, or will she walk away from her chance at happy ever after because of the rules?

This is the first book I've read by Ms. Di Lorenzo, and I've got to say that I can't wait to read more of this series after finishing this book, as it was a captivating read with fantastic characters, riveting dialogue and a fast-paced storyline that had me hoping for the best for Aysia and Marc, as they have some tough obstacles to overcome. Will Aysia break the rules again because she and Marc are good together and he could be 'the one'? 

The way this story started had me hooked from the very beginning, as Marc is determined to do a good job and isn't about to let anything interfere, which is proven by the way he learns who is good for the company and who isn't. Will he fire anyone? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine came face-to-face for the first time where this story gets very interesting, as Marc knows who Aysia is from something he recently found at work and he's determined to protect her. Will his plan to protect her backfire?

Both the main characters were fascinating, likeable and I enjoyed their interactions, as Marc was determined to win the heroine's heart, even though that isn't easy after she learns they work together. I also enjoyed their back stories, as Marc didn't have it easy after what happened with his dad, but at least the family had a loyal friend in the man he's come to work for. Moreover, the heroine was strong and brave in taking a chance on Marc, even though she's breaking the rules and could get herself in trouble due to what's happening that the hero is determined to protect her from. I also liked how important her job was to her and that she wasn't going to let anything stand in her way of getting ahead in her career. While the hero, he's confident, charming and I liked how determined he was to win Aysia's heart, because he knows Aysia is the woman for him. Really, nothing and no one will stand in his way. Certainly, not what someone is holding over him about Aysia.

Overall, Ms. Di Lorenzo has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance full of exquisite heat and passion; and the ending had me worried for this couple's happy ever after as Aysia feels betrayed, but had me liking how Marc makes things right with her. His words and actions certainly go a long way in making sure she understands that he would do anything for her because she's the woman he wants forever. I would recommend After Hours by Melinda Di Lorenzo, if you enjoy workplace romances or books by authors Vicki Tharp, Laura Carter, Abigail Strom and Virginia Taylor.






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Amazon bestselling author Melinda Di Lorenzo lives on the beautiful west coast of British Columbia, Canada, with her handsome husband and her noisy kids. When she's not writing, she can be found curled up with (someone else's) good book. Visit the author at melindadilorenzowrites.blogspot.com, find her on www.facebook.com/MelindaDiLorenzo, and follow her at twitter.com/melindawrites.


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Sunday, 28 January 2018

REVIEW: THE HUNT by CHLOE NEILL


The Hunt
Devil's Isle #3
By Chloe Neill
Releasing September 26th, 2017
Berkley


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels--the hunter becomes the hunted in a New Orleans devastated by a Paranormal war....

When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it. 

Now the weight of Liam's own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she'll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....

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In The Hunt (Devil's Isle #3) by Chloe Neill, being apart from Liam Quinn has been hard for Claire Connolly, but she's doing her best to cope with the distance he's put between them since he now has his own secret he needs to keep hidden. But when Liam is accused of murder, Claire will do everything in her power to prove his innocence, no matter how hard it is to work alongside him to do just that. Yet, the more they investigate, the more dangerous things begin to come. Will Claire be able to help Liam prove he's innocent, or will time run out for the pair?

This series just keeps getting better and better, and this third book of Ms. Neill's Devil Isle series is the best yet, and has me looking forward to where this author takes readers next. However, with this book, it takes readers on quite the adventure filled with plenty of suspense and action, as Liam and Claire work to prove his innocence, which isn't easy. Will Liam find out who is setting him up to take the fall for the murder? Will he be able to protect Claire from the danger that seems to be drawing closer and closer? 

As for the way this story started, it definitely had me hooked and as the story progresses, it becomes exciting in terms of the danger and what Claire and Liam have to do to keep themselves safe. However, I couldn't help but feel sorry for Claire in the beginning, as she's lost a lot in her life. Yet, at least she's given a purpose with Liam in big trouble. Moreover, Claire and Liam are brilliant characters and I love how Claire helps him to deal with the incredible but dangerous power he has that could cost him everything. I also liked how resilient and courageous Claire is when it comes to confronting Liam and standing up to him when he was being difficult. Since things between them are rocky with Liam not trusting himself to be around Claire because he believes it's too dangerous for her. Will they ever be able to get back to the way things were? Will Liam trust Claire to be able to take care of herself when she's around him if his power gets out of hand?

Overall, Ms. Neill has delivered an exceptional read in this book where the chemistry between Liam and Claire is still as strong as ever; and the ending had me on the edge-of-my-seat and worried for the main characters. Will they come out on top against the bad guys? I would recommend The Hunt by Chloe Neill, if you enjoy Science Fiction and/or Fantasy books or books by authors Darynda Jones, Nalini Singh, Keri Arthur and Devon Monk.