Saturday, 18 November 2017

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: RUNNING IN SNOW by RENEE REGENT



Running in Snow: A Holiday Novella
by Renee Regent
Releasing November 7th, 2017
Royal Turtle Publishing
Genre: Women's Fiction, Romance

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This novella is a really quick read with two stories in one and both from the heroine's point-of-view.

Noelle's promise is about a woman that doesn't do Christmas because of things that happened in her past, but for the sake of her relationship she's determined to celebrate the holiday for the first time in years. Will she be able to push through her pain to have a good time? Certainly, this story offers a depth of emotion to the point where I almost cried for the heroine and all that she's been through in her past that makes Christmas a difficult time for her to celebrate.

While Eve's hope is about a woman that sees the New Year holiday as unlucky for her. Will this year's New Years Eve be different? Will she find love with her Mr. Right? Eve goes through a tough time in this book in not knowing anyone at the party she's at and her next door neighbor coming to her rescue, but I liked that the curse she feels the holiday is was finally broken.

Overall, in both stories, Ms. Regent has delivered a good and enjoyable read where the heroines have really nice chemistry with their heroes. However, I just wished that Eve's Hope, the second story, was a bit longer. With only three chapters everything that happened to the heroine happened a little too quickly.



Two heartwarming tales of love and redemption. And snow.


Noelle’s Promise

Does your past define the future?

Noelle has one cardinal rule─never, ever celebrate the holidays. But now she’s promised to spend them with her boyfriend, Logan, and his extended family. As the festivities begin, bad memories surface. She manages to suppress her anxiety and join in the celebrations, until an unexpected incident sends her fleeing into the night. Can she overcome her past before it ruins her future?

Eve’s Hope
Can a holiday be unlucky every year?


When her heater goes out in the middle of a rare Atlanta snowstorm, reclusive Eve accepts the invitation to her handsome neighbor’s party. Expecting to be bored to tears, she encounters a few surprises before the countdown to midnight begins. Can she survive just one New Year’s Eve without her bad luck kicking in?


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A lifelong entrepreneur, Renee Regent spent most of her life writing for business, but never lost her love of writing stories. Being an incurable romantic, she now writes stories about mismatched people who beat the odds to be together, with a surprising twist or two.

Renee lives in Atlanta with her husband, three cats and four turtles. When not working or writing, she can be found sitting on her deck enjoying nature. Wine may or may not be involved….




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REVIEW: HOPE FOR CHRISTMAS by STACY FINZ


Hope for Christmas
Nugget #10
By Stacy Finz
Releasing October 10th, 2017
Lyrical Shine


In Hope for Christmas (Nugget #10) by Stacy Finz, Emily McCreedy always wished that Christmastime would bring her a miracle, but when she receives a strange note alluding to her daughter's abduction seven years ago, Emily knows she shouldn't get her hopes up. However, when Emily starts receiving more communications about the daughter she's never forgotten, will she finally find that Christmas is a time of miracles or will she be left disappointed for another year?

What an utterly engaging read Ms. Finz has penned in this book that tugged at my heartstrings because of the heroine's back story and everything she goes through because someone is stirring up painful memories due to her daughter being abducted years ago. Will Emily get her daughter back? The way this story started had me smiling, as Emily is a wonderful mother and has found happiness again. Happiness that is much deserved after all that she went through when her daughter was abducted. However, it was from the moment that Emily receives some news that she doesn't know whether to take seriously or not that had me reading this story quickly, determined to discover whether the news will pan out or not. Will Emily be given a miracle?

As for the dialogue, it was powerful, emotional and I loved every moment the hero and heroine converse, because Emily needs the support her new husband  gives her, as she becomes more and more invested in the investigation into her daughter's abduction. Will Emily get her daughter back or will she be left disappointed again? Moreover, the heroine is resilient and courageous in dealing with what's happening as they get closer and closer to discovering what happened to Emily's daughter years ago. I also liked that she continued to reassure Clay that he's the man she loves and that he shouldn't be threatened by her ex-husband being back in their lives.

Overall, Ms. Finz has delivered a fantastic read in this book where the chemistry between Clay and Emily is so strong that nothing can break them apart and the ending of this book shows that Christmas is a joyous time and one where miracles do happen. I would recommend Hope for Christmas by Stacy Finz, if you enjoy a story about hope, acceptance, finding forgiveness and Christmas miracles; or books by authors Marina Adair, Jill Shalvis, Darcy Burke and Donna Alward.




This Christmas in snow-capped Nugget, California, the gift of a second chance is all anyone can wish for . . .

Sparkling lights, sugar cookies, a fragrant tree—Emily McCreedy is checking off her list for a perfect holiday with a new baby on her hip, two adorable stepsons hunting for presents, and her husband’s love shoring up the life she rebuilt after the unbelievable tragedy of losing her young daughter to abduction seven years ago. 

But the merriment dims when Emily receives a strange note alluding to her daughter’s disappearance. Emily’s sure Christmas miracles are only for TV movies, but with each new communication, she finds herself face to face with the one thing that matters most—hope.
   

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REVIEW: CLOSER TO YOU by JILL SANDERS


Closer to You
Haven, Montana #1
By Jill Sanders
Releasing October 10th, 2017
Montlake Romance




In Closer to You (Haven, Montana #1) by Jill Sanders, Tyler McGowan and his brothers have done everything they can to keep their family's oil business from going under. So, no way are they going to sell. But with Kristen Howell representing the company she works for and pushing for Tyler to even just consider looking over the proposal she's come to deliver, Tyler finds it hard to turn her away. Will Tyler be able to extinguish the offer and win Kristen's heart, or will the fact that they're too different keep them apart?

Ms. Sanders has an astonishing ability to write small town contemporary romances with a small dose of suspense, and this first book of her Haven, Montana series launches a series that is bound to keep readers coming back for more, especially considering the McGowan brothers are the triple S threat -- sinful, selfless and successful. Really, they're a bunch of good guys that had me liking the tight bond they share. The way this story started had me sympathizing with the hero, as things aren't going right for him. Will he be able to get things sorted out? Will his brothers stop giving him a hard time over things that he does such judging him because of the Christmas present he brought for their mom?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and the small dose of suspense towards the end of this book. It was also compelling because of the way the hero and heroine interact with each other, as Kristen does her best to win Tyler and her brothers over because she has a job to do in convincing the brothers to sell their company. Will Tyler and his brothers sell? Will Kristen find a way to convince the brothers, even if it means resorting to dirty tactics like her boss wants her to? Moreover, the heroine is resilient, persistent and I liked how determined she was to win the hero and his family over, even if things don't work out the way she wants them to. Certainly, Kristen is good at her job, but the McGowan brothers are stubborn and she's going to have to be at her best to win them over.

While the hero, he and his brothers haven't had it easy since the death of their father, but Tyler is smart, determined to see their family legacy continue to succeed and I liked how he handled everything that was thrown his way when it came to someone determined to see things go wrong for the McGowan brothers by creating several incidents that could possibly put them out of business. I also liked how determined the hero was to win the heroine's heart, especially once he realizes how much the heroine means to him.

Overall, Ms. Sanders has delivered a really captivating read in this story where the chemistry and romance was magnetic; and the ending had me completely delighted by how things turned out for the hero and heroine. Certainly, Tyler was determined to do whatever it takes to make Kristen his, especially after all that they go through towards the end where one of the main characters find themselves in danger. I would recommend Closer to You by Jill Sanders, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope, the mysterious strangers trope, or books by authors Barbara Freethy, Ruth Cardello, Melody Anne and Melanie Shawn.



New York Times bestselling author Jill Sanders strikes gold with a sizzling series about oil-rich playboys whose hearts are up for grabs.

No one’s more surprised than Tyler McGowan when he discovers he has a knack for running the family’s oil business—a role he took on after his father’s sudden passing. Now, to keep the old man’s legacy afloat, Tyler’s giving up his playboy ways and settling into small-town life. But his newfound resolve is tested when trouble strides into his office in five-inch heels.

Kristen Howell has spent the last five years working her way up the corporate ladder. And somehow it’s landed her smack-dab in the middle of nowhere: Haven, Montana. It’s her job to convince the head of McGowan Enterprises to sell. But the tall and rangy hunk is proving to be exceedingly stubborn—and overwhelmingly hot. When someone attempts to derail her negotiations, Kristen is ready to get down and dirty. But the sparks she and Tyler are throwing near the oil field may be dangerously combustible…

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Friday, 17 November 2017

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: HE LOVES ME...KNOT by RC BOLDT


We are super excited to celebrate RC Boldt’s newest release, HE LOVES ME…KNOT with you! Follow the tour for reviews, excerpts, and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card PLUS 3 runner-ups will win an ebook copy of their choice from RC Boldt’s backlist title
HE LOVES ME…KNOT by RC Boldt tells the story about what happens when Emma Jane’s new boss is the same man she left at the altar eight years ago. Fans of BEFORE WE WERE STRANGERS by Renee Carlino and WAIT by A.L. Jackson will devour this angsty yet sweet and sexy second chance romance. Because sometimes love needs a second chance…

He Loves Me...KNOT
By RC Boldt
Releasing November 14th, 2017
Self-Published




In He Loves Me...KNOT by RC Boldt, eight years ago Emma Jane left her groom at the altar and ended up estranged from her family. Now though, she's thriving as an advertising account executive and loving her life. However, there's always been something missing and that's the man she loved -- Knox Montgomery. She never expected to see him again, but now Emma Jane finds that Knox is her new boss. Will they be able to work together without the past interfering, or will they fight for their second chance at forever after by finally opening up to each other about why things went wrong between them?

After finishing this story, which was absolutely enthralling and can easily be read as a stand-alone, I have found a new author to add to my auto-buy list. Really, this book had everything I love in a contemporary romance such as amusing moments that had me charmed by the fabulous main and secondary characters; compelling dialogue that had me loving the friendship between Emma Jane and her best friend, Becket; and loving the renewed relationship between the hero and heroine that proves how much they still love each other.

The way this story started with the prologue had me sympathizing with the heroine, as she's nursing a broken heart and finds the perfect ally in someone that isn't going to betray her like she believes Knox did. How much help will Becket give her? How far does his high-profile life as a star quarterback reach when it comes to helping Emma Jane? However, it wasn't just the prologue that had me hooked. It was also the way this story kept changing between the past and the present and showing us how in love the hero and heroine were until everything went awry between them. Why did Emma Jane leave Knox?

As for the dialogue, it was riveting and I loved this couple's relationship as there's unfinished business between them that needs to be resolved for the pair to either get closure from their past or be able to move forward from it and get their second chance at forever after. Moreover, the heroine is driven, resilient and I liked how determined she was to prove to the hero that she can handle anything he asks of her. While the hero, he's hard-working, driven and I liked how he goes about winning the heroine back once he realizes how much he wants her back. I also liked how he pushed the heroine to prove how good she is at her job. Can she land the accounts he asks her to land?

Overall, Ms. Boldt has delivered a fantastic read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was off-the-charts; the wonderful romance does justice to this couple's intense chemistry; and the ending had me loving how these two find their way back to each other after things go awry between them as old insecurities rear their ugly head. Will Emma Jane be able to forgive Knox? However, it was the final chapter that wrapped this story up perfectly, as readers discover how far Knox and Emma Jane have come in their relationship since finding their way back to each other. I would recommend He Loves Me...Knot by RC Boldt, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Lily Kate, Rebecca Shea, Lauren Blakely and Jana Aston.





Sometimes love needs a second chance…

I never looked back after skipping out on my own wedding, even if it did leave me estranged from most of my family. Eight years later, I have the life I’ve always wanted. As an advertising account executive, my world is damn near perfect.

Until I come face-to-face with my past. With the man I once loved. The man who holds my future in his hands. The man who’s hell-bent on getting even with me for leaving him at the altar.

Even with all the unfinished business between us, I still love Knox Montgomery. The only problem?

He loves me…KNOT.

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Barely a minute passes before the din of light conversation ebbs to complete silence when a man enters the room and heads straight for the opposite end of the table. I can only see the back of him as he takes long, powerful strides, one hand grasping a thick binder. Something seems so familiar about him... My eyes track his movements, and my forehead creases as I try to place him.

His suit is well tailored and it’s evident the man works out because even beneath the black pinstriped dress pants, his backside is firm, the fabric doing nothing to mask his powerful, muscled thighs. When he moves to set the binder down, his suit jacket shifts and hints at a firm, flat stomach beneath the button-down shirt. My appraisal continues down to his hands when he draws one hand back from the binder.

An odd sensation overtakes me, and a rousing awareness crackles within the air, causing me to immediately grow still.

Then he turns, fully facing everyone in the room, and it’s in this moment my breath is completely robbed from me.

As if in shock, my mind refuses to operate on all cylinders, acting sluggish. I continue to take in the sight before me, cataloguing my observations. The square jawline that used to remain clean-shaven now has a short, neatly trimmed beard of the same dark shade of brown as his hair. My eyes skim over the straight nose that has the faintest bump on the bridge from the time when he was five and fel—

Sweet Lord, no.

As the man’s identity dawns on me, my eyes flicker over my coworkers seated around the large table before I return my panicked gaze to the individual who’s garnering attention with his commanding presence.

He surveys everyone in attendance and those piercing green eyes, framed by dark lashes, scan each person and slowly travel around the table. My heart skips a beat when his eyes lands on me. If I weren’t scrutinizing so intently, I wouldn’t have caught the slight pause, the faint shift in depth of his gaze, as it grows frigid before he continues his perusal of the remainder of the staff members.

My throat grows dry and I immediately wish I’d brought my water bottle along. A stick of gum, even. Anything.

I should’ve known better than to think my past wouldn’t catch up to me at some point.

In my case, however, it seems my past is the new owner of my place of employment.

Knox Montgomery. The man I left at the altar.


RC Boldt currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl.

































COVER REVEAL: CRAZY FOR THE BEST MAN by ASHLEE MALLORY



Crazy for the Best Man
Crazy in Love #2
By Ashlee Mallory
Releasing November 27th, 2017
Self-Published

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As an entertainment reporter, Anna Blake strives to be the first to get the scoop on the city’s hottest celebrity gossip. But when the competition outs her as the long-lost sister of the bride in what’s been heralded as the wedding of the year, Anna’s forced to go undercover as a bridesmaid to find the scoop that just might save her job.

Best man Nick St. Claire hasn’t forgotten that Anna almost cost him his first election ten years ago. When she appears as a less-than-enthusiastic bridesmaid right before he’s set to announce his senate candidacy, he’s more than suspicious. To ensure the wedding—and his campaign announcement—goes off without a hitch, Nick makes a bargain with Anna: be the model maid of honor, and he’ll give her access to an exclusive story that’s sure to save her job.

But in between dance lessons, bridal showers, and football game fun, these longtime enemies might discover there’s something bigger to fight than each other, something a lot like…love.
“One wedding bell. Two wedding bells. Three wedding bells,” Janie hollered, singing the countdown she’d mandated for today’s game.

Nick sized up the competition on team “pink”—or so the bedazzled tee shirts its members wore so identified, thanks to Janie’s skills with a glue gun. Chris, Josh, Trish, and Anna glared fiercely at him and the blue team as Janie counted. Nick just hoped that Jake and Megan would stop with the flirting and focus on what was happening on the field.

He meant to win this thing.

“Break!”

That was the defense’s cue to charge the other team and the lucky person who might be carrying the ball. In this case, it was Chris, which meant an all-out fight to tag the professional football player, who thought he couldn’t lose. Nick sprinted after the guy who, although fast, had been too cocky and miscalculated how close Nick was to overtaking him.

Or so Nick thought until the moment Chris tossed the ball directly to Anna, who was just outside the end zone. In two seconds, she crossed the line, making the touchdown.

Damn.

Winded, Nick paused to catch his breath, unable to miss Chris charging Anna and picking her up in a roar of excitement. To Nick’s surprise, instead of ordering the hulk to put her down, she laughed out loud, her head falling back as if she was actually enjoying the moment. For reasons Nick couldn’t identify, the action pissed him off.

He gritted his teeth as Chris slid Anna down his side and back to the ground, the blonde smiling and pushing at his shoulder flirtatiously. When did she learn to turn up the charm like that? It was almost like…like she was enjoying the attention.

Ignoring the couple, he joined his team’s huddle, where, with only five minutes left, a winning strategy was the priority. “All right. Remember, get in T formation and do whatever you have to to stop Chris from getting through. Jake? Megan? Be ready.”

They lined up again, Dax ready to count down and put the ball into play. It was hard to miss the shine of excitement that flashed across Anna’s face as she stared directly at him.

Nick immediately had his defenses up. But the ball was in play in the next second and he didn’t have time to think about it as Dax threw it to Jake, their decoy, and Nick raced to get into position. As planned, Jake handed the ball off to Megan and, just when the heat was on her, she stopped, took aim, and threw it back in Nick’s direction.

Taking a few steps back, Nick moved toward the ball, which was still in the air, reaching his hands out to snatch it and—

A smaller, lithe figure jumped up in front of him, snagging the catch and cradling the ball in her arms as she continued her arch backwards until she slammed full force against him, knocking the air—and his center of gravity—out of him. Nick landed on his back, a throbbing pain in his jaw becoming more pronounced from where her head had slammed on their landing.

Wait. Their landing…?

Yep. Anna Blake was now splayed across him, her arm tangled under him and her soft breasts pressed directly against his right shoulder, her other arm clinging to the ball.

Her head bobbed up, and her eyes widened in surprise.

Grapefruit. That was what she smelled like. Vanilla and grapefruit. Fresh and sharp but also sweet and…succulent. Kind of like her.

He blinked. What the hell was wrong with him? That had to be the stupidest thing that had ever crossed his mind. He must have hit his head harder on impact than he thought.
Nick gazed up, aware that the group had gathered around them. Anna must have become aware of them, too, as she rolled off him and onto the ground.
“You two okay?” Janie asked.
“I’m fine. Just trying to salvage my pride,” Anna said, still lying on the ground.
“Nick?” Dax asked.
Nick sat up, rubbing his jaw. “Me, too. Just had the wind knocked out of me is all.”
Chris reached his hand out to Anna and pulled her up in one motion. “That a girl! Looks like you need to take a page from this beautiful woman’s play list, St. Claire. She just successfully intercepted the ball.”

Now that any concerns of real injury were dismissed, a cheer went up among Janie’s team. It was hard to miss the smile of satisfaction on Anna’s face as she glanced back at him.

He nodded his head in acknowledgment, willing to give credit where it was due.
She’d outmaneuvered him. He could own that.

But he’d be damn sure not to let it happen again.

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SYNOPSIS:

For most of his life, James Thornhill accepted that his family would never see him as anything but a failure. But as the new CEO of Thornhill Management, he's been given another chance to set things right. First order of business? Settling a nuisance lawsuit and bringing the pesky but dedicated employment attorney on board as part of his team. Second order of business? Resisting the prim but fiery attorney who has somehow become utterly indispensable in his life.

Quinn Taylor has grown up always doing what was right and, likens herself to a modern-day David taking on the Goliaths of the world. Goliaths such as the CEO of Thornhill Management. Playing babysitter and muse to the overindulged CEO was not what she had in mind, but with mounting debt making even a cup of coffee a luxury, Quinn's ready to swallow her pride and get in bed with the devil. Something that, the more time she spends with the man, becomes increasingly enticing. But the stakes are too high for either of them to risk an interoffice fling...until an unexpected trip to Quinn's hometown brings a long-denied simmering attraction to a boil. They'll have to decide what they're willing to risk and how far they're willing to fall if love doesn't conquer all.

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Ashlee Mallory is a USA Today Bestselling author of Romantic Comedy, Suspense, and Thrillers. A recovering attorney, she currently resides in Utah with her husband and two kids. She aspires to one day include running, hiking and traveling to exotic destinations in her list of things she enjoys, but currently settles for enjoying a good book and a glass of wine from the comfort of her couch.





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