Monday, 19 February 2018

COVER REVEAL: HARD CRUSH by MIRA LYN KELLY



 Hard Crush
By Mira Lyn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Releasing March 6, 2018

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Blurb

HARD CRUSH is a sizzling standalone romance from USA TODAY Bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly.

A jaded billionaire.
The girl who got away.
A second chance has never been so sexy.

ABBY
Technology has it out for me. And I’m not talking about my ever-ailing phone or the temperamental Smart Board in my classroom. I’m talking about the internationally hailed “Tech Genius” formerly known as the boy I used to love.

It was bad enough seeing that cocky smile staring back at me from my newsfeeds, the gossip sites, and—fine—the scorchingly hot men’s fitness magazine I bought in a moment of weakness. But now he’s back home, teasing me with the memories I’ve tried to leave behind, crowding into my space and taunting me with the kiss I can’t resist. I know it’s only a matter of time before I lose him again. He’s already told me he isn’t staying, warned me he’s changed. I know better than to let him get too close, so why can’t I push him away?

HANK
They call me a visionary. An innovator. Hell, last week a headline touted me as the billion-dollar geek keeping Silicon Valley’s panties wet. Try living that down. Strip away the media BS, and I’m just a tech-minded guy with my eyes on the future and no time for a past I can't change. So what am I doing following the sweet sound of its laugh back to the woman who passed on our chance at forever?

I tell myself all I want is to say hello. To see her smile. Just a few minutes to pretend we’re still the “us” I thought would never end. But once I've had a taste of the too tempting woman she's become, a few minutes isn’t enough.

The man I am today is used to getting what he wants, and I want her.
The problem? She wants the guy I used to be.

Ten years later, all that’s changed is… everything.






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Excerpt

I take her hand and remember the thousands of times I’ve done it before. “I’m glad we got to talk. It’s been too long.”
A few strands of her hair catch in the breeze and I tuck them behind her ear. Only just like with hearing my name and holding her hand, the tactile sensation from the soft strands between my fingers stirs up memories I thought safely put to bed. It gives me ideas I shouldn’t be considering.
“Hank?” Abby whispers, quiet and confused. “What are you doing?”
Losing my mind. “Giving us a better goodbye.”
My fingers curl in so the backs of my knuckles stroke her soft cheek. This is so messed up. I know what I’m doing is wrong, but she’s looking up into my eyes.
I kiss her.
By adult standards, it isn’t much of a kiss. A single brush of my mouth against hers and a lingering contact I’m not quite ready to give up. And yet that barely-there kiss has my heart slamming against my ribs and fire racing through my veins.
It’s like I’m fifteen again. Except instead of this being my first kiss with Abby, it’s our last, and I don’t want it to end.
I’m not talking about not wanting it to end like I didn’t want all the other Abby stuff to end before.
No, this is different.
I. Don’t. Want. This. To. End.
But too soon, that soft clinging contact is gone, leaving only the warmth of her breath against my lips.
One breath.
Two.
Three.
I open my eyes, realizing I’m not the only one still holding on. Abby’s free hand, the one that isn’t still trapped in mine, is wrapped around my tie.
She hasn’t let go.
A shadow passes over her eyes. “You’re not in Chicago for good.”
She isn’t really asking, but she wants to hear me say it anyway. She wants to remind us both that fundamentally nothing has changed. That we need to stop this before it goes too far, and hell, I know she’s right.
“I’m not. Tomorrow’s just a business trip, but all indications are I’ll be out of Chicago in a few months if this deal goes through.” And even if it doesn’t, there will be something else. There’s always something else.
It’s the deal breaker that lost me this woman ten years ago. After the way Abby grew up, she couldn’t watch me leave and she wouldn’t wait for me to come back. I didn’t understand until it was too late the first time around, but now I do.
And with her in my arms, it’s good that neither of us loses sight of the fact that this fundamental difference between us hasn’t changed.
She nods her understanding, and I wait for her to take a step back, for the shake of her head and quiet laugh. Only it doesn’t come. Instead, her eyes drop back to my mouth and the world around us starts to slow. Because I know that look. I fucking love that look.
But this has to be a mistake. We aren’t teenagers. We aren’t starting something new.
So what am I doing, uncurling my fist to sift my fingers into the dark silk behind her ear? Using that hold to tip her head back? Waiting until her heavy-lidded stare finds mine again?
What am I doing?
Only it doesn’t matter what I’m doing, because then Abby is the one tugging at my tie to bring me closer. She’s the one murmuring her agreement that this is a much better goodbye a scant inch from my mouth.
She’s the one short-circuiting my brain, and now the only thing I’m thinking is that I can do much, much better.
This time when my lips meet hers, there’s nothing barely-there about it. I kiss her hard, gathering her close, then closer still as she opens beneath me with a shuddering gasp I feel all the way through me.
Her fingers knot in my hair, then race over my shoulders and neck. Christ, her touch is electric, building the charge in my chest by the second.
We’re breathless and frantic. Devouring each other with a hot need that edges the line of control.
Just another minute and we’ll stop.
Just another taste.
My hand wraps in her hair and she moans around the thrust of my tongue.
Yes.
The part of my brain that’s still functioning is rolling through the data… 
We’re in a parking lot.
The press is camped out on the other side of the school.
I don’t do serious, and this is the girl I learned how to love with.
We should stop. No maybe about it.
But Abby’s breasts are pressing into my chest as she wraps her arms around my neck, and now there’s another part of my brain speaking up… and this is the part I know better than to listen to. It’s the part that dirty-talked me into climbing up the old oak outside Abby’s bedroom window… when her parents were home. It’s the part that swore up and down security wouldn’t notice if I let myself back into the lab at MIT after hours just to finish my experiment. And right now, it’s casually noting the parking lot is empty.
It’s asking me why, if the press knew we were back here, they aren’t calling my name to score a frontal face shot.
“Hank,” she gasps, and there’s no more mental chatter. I press her against the car, pinning her with the weight of my body.





Author Bio


Hard core romantic, stress baker, and housekeeper non-extraordinaire, Mira Lyn Kelly is the USA TODAY bestselling author of more than a dozen sizzly love stories with over a million readers worldwide. Growing up in the Chicago area, she earned her degree in Fine Arts from Loyola University and met the love of her life while studying abroad in Rome, Italy… only to discover he’d been living right around the corner from her back home. Having spent her twenties working and playing in the Windy City, she’s now settled with her husband in rural Minnesota, where their four amazing children and two ridiculous dogs provide an excess of action and entertainment. When she isn’t reading, writing, or running the kids around, she loves watching the Chicago Blackhawks and action/adventure movies, blabbing with the girls, and cooking with her family and friends.


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Leaving Everest
By Megan Westfield

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Twenty-year-old Emily Winslowe has had an adventurous upbringing. Daughter of a Himalayan mountain guide, she has climbed Mount Everest and other peaks most Americans only dream of. But for all her mountaineering prowess, she's lacking some key experiences. Namely, guys. Especially one guy in particular—Luke Norgay, her childhood best friend who she hasn't seen since he left for college in the United States two years ago.

Luke unexpectedly reappears as a guide just in time for the Everest climbing season. He's even more handsome than she remembers, and that something that had been building between them during their last season together is back in front of them, bigger than ever.

The problem is, there's a detail about Emily's past that Luke doesn't know. It's the reason she ended up in the Himalayas in the first place...and the reason she must make it to the summit of Mount Everest this year. It's also the reason she would never consider following him back to Washington after the climbing season ends.

But first, they'll have to survive the mountain.

Purchase Link: Entangled Publishing



Megan Westfield grew up in Washington State, attended college in Oregon, and lived in Virginia, California, and Rhode Island during her five years as a navy officer. She is now a permanent resident of San Diego, along with her husband and two young children. Aside from writing and her family, her great passions in life are reading, candy, and spending lots of time outside hiking, skiing, camping, climbing, running, and biking.


Connect with Megan Westfield and learn more about her upcoming books at www.meganwestfield.com.

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Straight Up Irish 
By Magan Vernon





I need a wife if I want to help save my family’s billion-dollar pub empire. There’s just one problem: I never plan on marrying. So, I need someone who understands that this is just another business deal. I don’t do commitments. And my brother’s executive assistant, Fallon Smith, fits that bill.

Fallon needs help with her grandmother’s expenses, and her pretending to be my fake wife is a way we can make that happen. She’s not my biggest fan, but we can help each other and then go our separate ways. That she’s beautiful and I enjoy spending time with her–doesn’t matter. When all of this is done, she’s heading home to America, and I’ve got a company to run.

A fake wedding and a whole lot of whiskey. What could go wrong?

Purchase Link: Entangled Publishing




Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amuck around her Texas ranch.


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Cinderella and the Geek
By Christina Phillips




From Christina Phillips a sexy, new romance with a hero you won’t forget…
I'm not looking for love or a Happily-Ever-After because I know how that ends. I just need to concentrate on my degree and look after myself. But there's something about my boss, Harry, I can't resist. It's crazy since he's so hot and smart it should be illegal.

And then, just like Cinderella, I have my night at the ball and a midnight kiss, and for a week all my sexy daydreams come true. That fake date changes my life in a way I could never imagine. It turns out, Harry wants me too. 

But I’m off to pursue my dreams, and he’s taking his business to the next level. There’s no way this fairytale has a happy ending, but that doesn’t keep me from wishing for it.

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Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.


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REVIEW: A WEEK TO BE WILD by JC HARROWAY



A Week to be Wild
By JC Harroway
Releasing February 1st, 2018
Harlequin Dare



Harlequin DARE, a new romance series featuring strong, independent women and sizzling hot heroes. Harlequin DARE stories push the boundaries of sexual explicitness while keeping the focus on the developing romantic relationship.

Libby Noble is done with men who live on the edge, but sexy British billionaire Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very personally! She’ll agree to play his game…but only by her rules!

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In A Week to be Wild by JC Harroway, losing her fiancé was hard for Libby Noble and it's made her wary of men that live life like it's one bid adventure. However, when she strikes a deal with British Billionaire Alex Lancaster, she finds herself being coaxed out of her comfort zone. There's just one thing she wants...and that's to be able to remain in control at all times. Will Libby be able to move on from the lose of her fiancé to give Alex and her a shot at happy ever after, or will she run scared from another chance at love and happiness?

What an enjoyable and engaging read this author has delivered in this book where the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine, had me hoping she'd give the hero a chance; the dialogue was riveting and had me really liking this couple together, as the heroine needed to be pushed out of her comfort zone in order to heal from her past; and the fast-paced storyline had me hooked due to the obstacles these two have to overcome to be together. Will the hero and heroine be able to help each other heal from the losses they've suffered in their pasts? 

I really liked both the main characters, and I could understand why the heroine was running scared when it comes to the hero's need for adventure and his reckless ways. However, in saying that, I liked Libby's resilience and her determination to take a chance on the hero, as she conquers a lot more than I thought she would when it comes to the adventures the hero takes her on; adventures I thought she'd never have anything to do with after how she lost someone she loved. While the hero, he's used to getting what he wants and I liked how much the heroine challenged him. I also liked that he was willing to play by the heroine's rules, even though it's hard for him to do so since he likes being the one in charge. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was that he was willing to accept the heroine's advice when it came to his family situation, as he needed to repair his relationship with his mom.

Overall, this story was a really good read where the chemistry between this couple was heady and intense; the romance was fan-your-face hot; and the ending had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after, as the heroine needs the hero just as much as he needs her to be able to heal from the wounds of their pasts. I would recommend A Week to be Wild by JC Harroway, if you enjoy the mysterious strangers trope or books by authors Anne Marsh, Jackie Ashenden, Lisa Childs and Clare Connelly.



























































Sunday, 18 February 2018

REVIEW: THE PENTHOUSE PACT by CATHRYN FOX


The Penthouse Pact
Bachelor Pact #1
By Cathryn Fox
Releasing February 12th, 2018
Entangled Publishing



Billionaire software developer Parker Braxton knows everyone wants something from him. That's why he made a multi-million-dollar bachelor pact with his friends to never marry. But he never counted on running into, literally, the quiet but sensual Layla Fallon.

Layla isn't afraid of hard work. Still, there is no light at the end of her student-loan tunnel. When Stuck-Up Suit—Parker Braxton—accidentally runs her over, it's the last things she needs. She refuses his help, but he's persistent. He’s also handsome, kinder than she ever expected, and she’s doing her best to ignore her attraction. Which is harder than it sounds when she’s recuperating at his penthouse.

Sparks fly. Hearts flutter. But falling for Layla could cost Parker more than just several million dollars.


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In The Bachelor Pact (Bachelor Pact #1) by Cathryn Fox, making a deal with his best friends was supposed to keep Parker Braxton safe and never considering marriage, especially since if he loses, it would cost him millions. However, when he accidentally runs over Layla Fallon -- the woman that makes the perfect coffee -- he finds himself inviting her to stay at his apartment while she recuperates from the accident. Yet, the more time he spends with Layla, the more he finds himself doing the one thing he swore he'd never do -- wanting love, family and happiness with the right woman. Will he be able to convince Layla to give him a chance, or will Layla's need to protect herself make her walk away from the love and happiness she deserves?

I am a huge fan of this author, and I've got to say that this is one of the best starts to a series by Ms. Fox yet. Really, the pact Parker and his friends made is an interesting one and was one of the reasons this story was a total page turner for me because I couldn't wait to read more about it. However, in saying that, there were plenty of other reasons this story was so entertaining and that's because of the wonderful main characters that had plenty of electrifying chemistry, but get off to a rough start with what happens to Layla because of Parker. 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, as both have lost people they care about and it's tough for Parker to believe the best in people because everybody wants something from him due to him being rich. However, I liked that Parker was honorable and willing to do anything he could to help Layla through the tough times she suffers throughout this book with what happens to her in the beginning and then to keep her living with Parker. I also liked how confident and persuasive the hero could be to get his way because he wants to make certain the heroine is all right. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero is how protective he was of the heroine, especially when what happened was affecting her personally when it came to her job. While the heroine, she's really independent and hates to have to rely on others, which is understandable because she doesn't trust easily. I also liked how Layla challenged the hero with her stubbornness. Really, she had me smiling at various times throughout this story.

Overall, Ms. Fox has delivered an utterly enthralling read in this book where I'm looking forward to more of this series and where the romance was hot and potent and had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after. The way this story ended had me loving how Parker was willing to fight for their future and I loved the way he went about it. It was sweet and adorable (words that wouldn't make the list) and had me crying happy tears. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up brilliantly, as Layla and Parker are so good together. I would recommend The Penthouse Pact by Cathryn Fox, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope, or books by authors Naima Simone, Kira Archer, Miranda Liasson and Jenna Bayley-Burke.




















































REVIEW: HOW TO ENSNARE A HIGHLANDER by MICHELLE MCLEAN


How to Ensnare a Highlander
The MacGregor Lairds #2
By Michelle McLean
Releasing February 12th, 2018
Entangled Publishing



When Lady Elizabet Harding’s family is targeted by the notorious Highland Highwayman, she finds herself wounded and an unwelcome guest of the charming outlaw who’d ruined her reputation earlier that day. Elizabet only wants to get even for her family’s downfall, but the more time she spends with the scoundrel, the more complicated her feelings become.

By day, Laird John MacGregor graces the court of Charles II. By night, he exacts revenge on his enemies – one of whom is betrothed to the fiery heiress who has, quite literally, fallen into his arms. The daughter of one enemy and promised to another, Elizabet should be the last person John wants. Yet even as she exasperates him, she is all he has ever desired for himself. When her life is put in danger, he will do anything necessary to protect the women he never expected to love…even if it means they cannot be together.

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In How to Ensnare a Highlander (The MacGregor Lairds #2) by Michelle McLean, Lady Elizabet Harding will do anything not to marry the man her father has chosen for her. So when she's wounded and taken after a Highwayman targets her family, she's determined to make the most of it, especially once she discovers the identity of her mysterious Highland Highwayman. But with his enemies closing in, Laird John MacGregor will do everything he can to protect Elizabet. Will he be able to keep her safe, so they have a shot at happy ever after, or will his enemies make sure they're never able to be together?

What an utterly captivating, fast-paced, exciting read Ms. McLean has delivered in this second book of her MacGregor Lairds series where the main characters kept me engaged because of what's going on with Elizabet and whether she'll be able to get out of her betrothal and whether the hero would get his revenge against those that killed his brother. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time that had me reading quickly, determined to discover what the hero would do in that moment. Would he fight for Elizabet?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and everything this couple go through on their journey to happy ever after including whether the hero and heroine can overcome their biggest obstacles of all -- the hero's need for revenge and how it will impact her family if he gets it; and the trouble they face that could have dire consequences for the pair. Moreover, I liked how the heroine handled everything she goes through, which is a lot. Really, she's resilient, courageous and I liked how determined she was to find a way out of her engagement, even though it seemed impossible. While John, he's such a memorable hero with his desire for revenge and his determination to protect the heroine, even though it seemed he could only do so much because he believed he couldn't give her what he wanted. I also liked how far the hero was willing to go to get revenge, which is proven by everything he does. 

Overall, Ms. McLean has delivered a fantastic read in this book where the chemistry between this pair was strong and had me hoping for the best for this couple; the romance was wonderful; and the ending had me worried for this couple because of the trouble closing in and whether they'll come out on top. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because of what the hero and heroine are willing to risk for their future happiness. I would recommend How to Ensnare a Highlander by Michelle McLean, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the opposites attract trope, or books by authors Stacy Reid, Eliza Knight, Heather McCollum and Jess Michaels.

























































REVIEW: PLAYING HOUSE by AMY ANDREWS


Playing House
Sydney Smoke Rugby #5
By Amy Andrews
Releasing February 12th, 2018
Entangled Publishing




Eleanor is content with her boring life—mostly. She’s even fine being the quirky sister in a bevy of beauties. So imagine her surprise when one of her brother’s Sydney Smoke mates hits on her at an engagement party. Her. The weird sister, who wears vintage dresses and prefers her books to parties.

Bodie is shocked the next morning to find the soft, sexy virgin who seduced him with corsets is his best friend’s little sister. If he could kick his own ass, he would. And two months later, she’s got an even bigger surprise for him. Now he needs to convince the corset-loving wallflower that he loves her uniqueness if they’ve got a chance at forever.

He always did love a challenge…

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In Playing House (Sydney Smoke Rugby #5) by Amy Andrews, Eleanor is ready to finally throw in her V-Card, but having sex with Bodie -- her brother's best friend -- is more than she bargained for, especially when she discovers she's pregnant soon after their one-night together. Bodie is determined to make things work between them by asking her to move in with him. But as they start to get to know each other, will Bodie be able to prove that he wants to make their relationship permanent or will Eleanor walk away to protect herself from getting hurt?

If you've never read any books by Ms. Andrews, I definitely suggest starting with the first book of this series. Really, each book is such a wonderful read and the heroes of the Sydney Smoke Rugby team are endearing and so fantastic that I can't get enough of them. However, with this story containing the brother's best friend trope -- one of the best tropes in my opinion -- I was so looking forward to reading it, and I've got to say that Ms. Andrews does not disappoint. 

The way this story started sets the fast-pace of the story and I enjoyed the moment the hero and heroine met for the first time, as the heroine is shy and innocent and meeting Bodie is quite an experience since he's everything she's not in the way he's confident and not afraid to get amongst people and mingle. Furthermore, both the main characters are compelling and I loved the interactions between them, as Eleanor can be herself when she's with Bodie and not feel like her quirkiness is boring to him like it seems to be to others such as her family. I also liked the heroine's resilience in regards to everything she goes through, which isn't easy and brought tears to my eyes in the moment when this couple's relationship goes awry before they find their way back together. 

While the hero, he's confident, can be very persuasive when he needs to be, and I liked how determined he was to prove to Eleanor that he can be everything she needs. I also liked how he fought for their relationship when it came to her brother who happens to be his best friend. Things get very tense between them, which is understandable, but I liked that Bodie wasn't about to give up Eleanor because his best friend believes his sister should be off limits to the hero.

Overall, Ms. Andrews has delivered a wonderful read in this book which provided a rollercoaster ride of emotions that I could feel along with the characters; and where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance full of heat and passion; and the ending had me loving what Bodie does to win back the heroine and show her that he understands her almost better than anyone. I would recommend Playing House by Amy Andrews, if you enjoy the brother's best friend trope or books by authors Naima Simone, Jami Davenport, Marquita Valentine and Sarina Bowen.