Tuesday, 22 May 2018

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: WITHOUT PROMISES by DELANCEY STEWART


     

           

Without Promises
Under the Pier #2
By Delancey Stewart
Releasing May 21st
Entangled Publishing




Trent McNeil was a classic trust-fund kid until he watched a team of firefighters save his family home. From that moment on, he rebelled against the path his parents were determined to keep him on. Now a San Diego firefighter, he knows he'll eventually be expected to take over the family empire. But until that day, his only plan is to have fun and enjoy life.

After a childhood of upset and uncertainty, Amy Hodge is going to make something out of herself. She has her future all planned out. She's starting medical school and is going to be busy...far too busy for a relationship. But she does have time for a quick fling before she buckles down and concentrates on her studies.

Amy quickly realizes that playboy Trent is not all he seems to be. Never relinquishing control and sticking to her plans has done well for Amy, but no one has ever made her want to throw caution to the wind like this sexy firefighter.


           
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In Without Promises (Under the Pier #2) by Delancey Stewart, Trent McNeil has never wanted to run his family's company, but he's been groomed to take over for his dad for years, even though he's been enjoying his time as a firefighter. With time getting closer to his father retiring, Trent finds his life taking a turn for the better when he meets Amy Hodge. However, they're complete opposites and his family aren't the easiest to please. Will Trent be able to convince Amy to take a chance on him or will they go their separate ways because they're too different?

This was a fantastic and riveting second book Ms. Stewart has delivered for her Under the Pier series where I absolutely loved the main characters, but with the secondary ones Trent's mother had me cursing her because she's a total witch; and the dialogue drew me in immediately, as the heroine is resilient and brave when it comes to how she meets Trent because she's normally not so outgoing. Will Trent be able to win Amy over, especially when she won’t have time for a relationship once she starts medical school?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine because she's been through so much and she's finally turned her life around to be working her way to becoming a doctor. Moreover, the heroine is resilient and courageous with everything she faces when it comes to Trent's family. I also liked how kind and caring she was towards Trent's sister and how she would do anything to help someone that needs her. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was the close relationship she shared with her sister and that they would do anything for each other, which was proven by what her sister was willing to sacrifice to help Amy achieve her dream of becoming of doctor without having to worry about how she was going to pay for medical school.

While the hero, I felt sorry for him when it comes to expectations and the persistent pressure his parents put on him to settle down and do right by his family. Why doesn't he stand up to his parents, especially his mother? Furthermore, the hero is confident, determined to do what's right by family after things that happen and I liked how tenacious he was to win the heroine over. Will he be able to win her over when his mother is such an interfering witch that thinks she knows what's best for her son?

Overall, Ms. Stewart has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong; the romance was wonderful and had me liking these two together; and the ending had me worried because of what happens, but made me completely happy because there's no way Trent can let Amy get away from him a second time. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as the hero is determined to not let the heroine go because he wants her forever. I would recommend Without Promises by Delancey Stewart, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope or books by authors Cary Hart, Kennedy Layne, Kelly Jamieson and Gina L. Maxwell.




                   


          



  
A sexy smile slid across his face as he looked at me, maybe picturing me with jet-black hair, and then his eyes dropped to my lips, causing a little jolt of energy to dance in my stomach. I didn’t do it on purpose, but I licked my bottom lip, and his eyes widened slightly.


What the hell was that? Now he thinks I’m trying to seduce him or something. God, I’m terrible at this. This. This is why I don’t date.


I stiffened, but Trent’s smile didn’t fade. He was still watching me, and his hand found mine where our thighs touched beneath the edge of the bar. His strong fingers wrapped around mine, and I felt my breath catch at the contact.


“Can I kiss you, Amy?” His voice was sandpaper.


Oh my God. Say yes.


I nodded, and he gently wrapped his other hand around the back of my neck and pulled me toward him, his mouth lingering just centimeters from mine. I closed the distance, curious to feel his mouth on mine, to taste those perfect laughing lips, to press myself into this easygoing playboy and absorb a bit of his light.


Trent’s lips met mine softly, and they stayed pressed gently there for a beat, and then he moved, slanting his mouth against mine, pressure building. We were facing each other fully now, and I let go of his hand and slid my palms up his arms, lingering on those swollen biceps. Trent rose to stand between my knees where I perched on the high stool, deepening the kiss. For what felt like long moments, I was lost in the push and pull. It was like being taken out by a wave, giving myself to the undertow and letting go, being sucked under into sweet, cool, dark water.


When he broke the kiss and pulled back to look at me, a wide smile spread across his face.


“Exactly what I expected,” he murmured. “Fucking perfect.”




                 



   
“I'm not big on labels, but there are a few that fit me (not necessarily in this order. Or maybe in this order):
- wine drinker (and wine geek)
- mother of small boys
- military spouse
- writer
- chocolate eater
- ice cream addict
I write about emotional connection and intimacy, and love giving readers smart, sexy books to curl up with.”

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Delancey Stewart is an award-winning author who writes romantic fiction with humor and heart.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She's been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wineseller.

A wife and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.
           
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REVIEW: HOT ASSET by LAUREN LAYNE


Hot Asset
21 Wall Street #1
By Lauren Layne
Releasing May 22nd, 2018
Montlake Romance




A sexy agent hounds Wall Street’s hottest new wolf in an exhilarating novel from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he’s met his match in Lara McKenzie—a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees.

An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case—the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading—could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger.

She’ll do anything to prove he’s guilty. He’ll do anything to prove he’s not. But it’s only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It’s become a pleasure—and there’s more at risk than she ever dreamed.

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In Hot Asset (21 Wall Street #1) by Lauren Layne, Ian Bradley is in trouble and unless he can prove his innocence, he's going to be arrested for a crime he didn't commit. However, he knows finding the information he needs is going to be difficult, especially with the SEC agent assigned to his insider trading investigation determined to do everything she can to find the evidence to prove he's guilty of what he's being accused of. Will Ian be able to charm the SEC agent enough to prove he's innocent or will he go down for a crime he didn't commit and lose his chance at happy ever after with the first woman that has tempted him into considering more than casual hook-ups?

What an highly-entertaining, fast-paced, enchanting read Ms. Layne has delivered in this first book of her 21 Wall Street series where the main characters were incredible due to their back stories and everything they go through on their journey to happy ever after including this pair going from enemies to lovers and what happens during the investigation that makes the heroine question things when it comes to her job. With the way this story started, it had me hooked as Ian is charming, confident and charismatic and I loved the moment Lara and Ian come face-to-face because there's plenty of chemistry between them, and yet, she knows who he is but he has no clue that she's about to turn his life upside down. What will he think of her when he discovers her identity?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the hero. He's been through a lot in his life, but he didn't let his life hold him back. Instead, he's done well for himself, which is proven by everything he's achieved. While the heroine, she's ambitious; hard-working; determined to find the truth and get justice, if Ian or someone else is guilty; and I liked every decision she made throughout this story, as it shows she has integrity and won't let someone get away with committing a crime. 

Overall, Ms. Layne has delivered another incredibly captivating read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was off-the-charts; the romance was hot and had me loving this couple together; and the ending had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after because they face tough obstacles to be together, especially with what happens. Will Lara find the evidence to help Ian? Will Ian be cleared or will he go down for the crime he's being accused of? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly because Ian is more than ready to take his and Lara's relationship to the next level and show her that she's the one. I would recommend Hot Asset by Lauren Layne, if you enjoy the enemy to lovers trope or books by authors Jessica Lemmon, Kira Archer, Jennifer Probst and Lucy Parker.







Praise for Hot Asset


“[A] playful romance…Layne populates her world of high-stakes finance with charismatic characters, and the fast-paced story works well with the simmering sexual tension between the leads…It’s easy to root for this couple.” Publishers Weekly
“Layne can always be counted on to create an engaging, steamy, and thoroughly rewarding reading experience.” —RT Book Reviews





Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in eight languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers WeeklyGlamourThe Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

REVIEW: CHEF SUGARLIPS by TAWNA FENSKE


Chef Sugarlips
Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies #1
By Tawna Fenske
Releasing May 18th, 2018
Self-Published



Sean Bracelyn can whip up a saffron-laced lobster risotto in his sleep, but relationships? That’s one recipe he hasn’t nailed. Not that he has time, between launching a new restaurant and building a luxury resort with his awkwardly-blended family. But when his dream girl nearly knocks him unconscious with a dead turkey, it’s all Sean can do to keep his eyes on the gazpacho and off Amber King’s perfect curves. 


Amber’s done with guys propping her on a pedestal. Transforming her family’s reindeer ranch into a country chic wedding venue is consuming enough, and the last thing she needs is an extra serving of love drama. So what is it about the stupid-sexy chef that gets her desires bubbling like a pot of hot spaghetti? 

Keeping their distance is tough enough before Sean and Amber get tossed together by wacky weddings, lingerie mishaps, and a surly three-legged cat. When Sean’s mom shows up to dish out huge helpings of family drama, a big secret threatens to spread faster than a kitchen fire.

Can Sean and Amber find the right blend of sugar and spice, or will love fall flat as a burnt soufflé?

BUY LINK:  Amazon



In Chef Sugarlips (Ponderosa Resort Romantic Comedies #1) by Tawna Fenske, Sean and Amber are two people not looking for a relationship. He's busy working alongside his family to build and open a luxury resort and launch a new restaurant while Amber is determined to make a go of the country chic wedding idea she has for her family's reindeer ranch. However, when Amber turns to Sean for help, he's more than happy to lend a hand. Yet, the more time they spend together, the more they find themselves falling for the other. Will Sean and Amber take a chance on each other or will family drama force them apart?

Ms. Fenske writes some wonderful romances that encompass a good dose of comedy and fantastic characters and this book was such a pleasure to read with the hero and heroine's growing relationship making me smile constantly. The way this story had me hooked, especially from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time because of what happens. Certainly, the heroine knows how to surprise a guy.

As for the dialogue, it was a delightful combination of intense moments due to the main characters back stories and playful banter between the hero and heroine that had me loving their every interaction. Moreover, the hero is hard-working, determined to do what's right and I liked the relationship he has with his siblings. Certainly, they're supportive, even with the trouble they face due to family secrets. Will Sean open up to them about what's going on? While the heroine, she's determined to prove she's just like every other woman. That there's nothing special about her. Why does every guy put her on a pedestal? Furthermore, Amber is determined in her pursuit of turning her family's reindeer ranch into a country chic wedding venue and I loved that she would do anything to achieve it, even if it means keeping a bride happy by doing something requested of her.

Overall, Ms. Fenske has delivered a captivating read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance was heady, convincing and showed how right these two are for each other; and the ending had me loving the hero's determination to win back the woman he's fallen for. I would recommend Chef Sugarlips by Tawna Fenske, if you enjoy romantic comedies or books by authors Penny Reid, Jana Aston, Emma Hart and Erin Nicholas.






















































Friday, 18 May 2018

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: HOW TO TEMPT AN EARL by TINA GABRIELLE



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London society is cruel for a young woman whose father is an avid gambler. Miss Grace Ashton is not one to stand idly by while her family becomes destitute. Donning a mask, she slips into the night and attends the infamous Raven Club to confront the proprietor. But nothing prepares her for the sinfully attractive and wealthy Ian Swift.

Ian is intrigued when Grace walks into his gambling club but refuses her offer of a few jewels to pay her father’s large debts. Unbeknownst to anyone, Ian has inherited the Earldom of Castleton, and he must reluctantly take his place in Society. But Ian’s manners as a gentleman have suffered. He needs a tutor, and he knows the exquisite lady standing before him is the answer.

But soon tutoring turns to flirting, which unfortunately lands both of them in...marriage?

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In How to Tempt an Earl (The Raven Club #1) by Tina Gabrielle, Grace Ashton is one determined woman, but convincing Ian Swift to accept payment for her father's debts or to help her isn't going to be easy. However, when Ian proposes to wipe her father's debts in exchange for helping him re-enter society, Grace accepts the deal. But when things start to heat up between them, will they find themselves tied together forever to avoid a scandal or will they both walk away from their chance at happy ever after?

What a brilliant start to this new series Ms. Gabrielle has delivered in this book where the main characters captivated my attention from the moment they were introduced and kept me entertained from start to finish due to their back stories and everything they go through on their journey to happy ever after including whether the hero can overcome his past to be with the heroine. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time where this story drew me in completely, as the heroine is determined to get the hero to listen to her. Will she succeed in her plan?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the hero, because secrets have a way of coming out and I could understand why he chose to walk away from everything the way he did. No way would he allow his father to dictate his life the way the man had planned. Moreover, I could sympathize with the hero because it mustn't have been easy to be him growing up and feeling so unwelcome because of what his mother did. However, he's done well for himself, despite everything his father put him through and I liked how far he's come in his life. He's successful, confident and I liked that he didn't allow anything to stand in the way of what he wanted. Will he be able to win the heroine over? While the heroine, she's resilient, courageous and I liked that she would do anything for her family, even if it means putting herself in a situation that might not be safe and could land her in trouble if anyone knew she was visiting such a place as the hero's establishment. I also liked how much of a challenge she provides the hero because he needs someone that doesn't give in or give up easily.

Overall, Ms. Gabrielle has penned a fantastic read in this book, which has me looking forward to more of this series and where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance wonderful because Ian certainly knows how to treat a woman right, especially one so inexperienced; and the ending had me loving the hero's words to the heroine because he wants her in his life and nothing is more important to him than her. I would recommend How to Tempt an Earl by Tina Gabrielle, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the opposites attract trope, or books by authors Stacy Reid, Jess Michaels, Darcy Burke and Tara Kingston.






Meet the Author:


Tina Gabrielle, an Amazon best-selling author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. She is the author of adventurous Regency historical romances: A Spy Unmasked, At The Spy’s Pleasure, In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Entangled Publishing and Kensington Books. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews. Tina loves to hear from readers. Please visit her website to join her newsletter and enter her free monthly contests and giveaways.

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BLOG TOUR - REVIEW: NO COWBOY REQUIRED by JOANN SKY



No Cowboy Required
Biggest Little Love #1
By Joann Sky
Releasing May 14th, 2018
Entangled Publishing




Grace Harper is a pro at handling the unexpected—which comes in handy when she inherits the ranch she ran away from years ago…along with a young, autistic stepbrother she’s never met. And because nothing ever goes easy for her, Grace finds her frustrating, sexy ex-flame, Noah, taking care of JJ. But if she’s getting out of this nowhere town, she’ll have to find a way to keep from throttling Noah—without kissing him first.

Noah Taylor may be enemy number one to Grace, but she needs his help. He knows the girl he used to love is still there, beneath the heels and fancy clothes, so he’ll help her—and keep his distance like she says she wants. Only the more time they spend together, the closer he wants to get. Graci has no intention of staying, but she belongs in his arms—he just has to prove it to her.

 BUY LINKS:  Entangled PublishingAmazon


In No Cowboy Required (Biggest Little Love #1) by Joann Sky, returning home is hard for Grace Harper, but when she inherits a ranch she hasn't spent time at in years and becomes the guardian of her young, autistic stepbrother, Grace knows she doesn't have a choice but to face her past. However, being around Noah Taylor again isn't easy, especially after he broke her heart. Yet, the more time she spends with him, the more she finds herself falling for him all over again. Will Grace be able to give Noah another chance, or will she walk away from her second chance at happy ever after?

What a cute, heartfelt, captivating read Ms. Sky has delivered in this book where the main characters were relatable, likeable and had me loving their growing relationship as they find their way back together; the dialogue was compelling, as the heroine gets to know her adorable stepbrother while fighting her feelings for Noah for fear of getting hurt again; and the obstacles these two face to be together had me wondering whether they'd ever be successful, considering how determined the heroine is to return to her life. 

The way this story started drew me in immediately and had me sympathizing with the heroine, as it's not easy for her to return home to the ranch she left years ago. Since it holds many memories -- both good and bad. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time where things get very interesting, as the hero hurt the heroine badly, even if he did what he did for the right reasons and because he's altruistic and wouldn't let anything hold her back from achieving her dreams. 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and everything these two face on their journey to happy ever after, as big decisions need to be made, especially when it comes to the future of the heroine's stepbrother and whether the heroine can ever forgive Noah for what he did. Moreover, the heroine has accomplished so much in her life and I liked how determined she was to return to her life, which isn't going to be easy because she's responsible for someone else. How could she change her stepbrother's life so much when he loves the ranch? Then again, the heroine is resilient, brave and I liked that if it's in her power to do what's right for the young boy than that's what she'll do. How could she not consider his feelings?

While the hero, he's confident; a good guy, which is proven by his relationship with the heroine's stepbrother and all that he does for the little guy; and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine back, even though he has quite the battle on his hands. However, I couldn't help but feel sorry for him when it comes to the situation with his father. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was the tight bond he shares with the heroine's stepbrother. It was adorable and shows that not only does the young boy need Noah in his life but that Noah needs him too and there's no way he's going to let the boy go so easily. How could he make Grace understand that the ranch and the town where they live should be where her stepbrother should stay? 

Overall, Ms. Sky has delivered a wonderful read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense; the romance on the sweet side, but had me loving how determined the hero was to show the heroine how much he still wants her; and the ending had me loving the heroine's decision. How could she not realize what a great guy Noah is and that second chances are worth fighting for? I would recommend No Cowboy Required by Joann Sky, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors LE Rico, Jennifer Hoopes, Annie Seaton and Elsie Davis.





She looked around at the bareness, her gaze eventually shifting up to the loft, still filled with hay. And memories. Memories she wanted to forget but couldn’t, like the bittersweet memories of Noah. Her friend, her knight, her once-upon-a-time everything. Goose bumps ran up her spine. This loft had been their kingdom, where they’d dreamed big when they were small. Later, it became a refuge, where they experimented with alcohol. And each other. A place where they planned their escape, where they—

“Hello, Gracie.”

She whirled around at the sound of his voice, as familiar as if she’d heard it hours—not years—ago. But the man standing in front of her wasn’t the boy she’d left behind. Dark stubble had replaced peach fuzz. The lanky, thin frame she remembered had morphed into broad shoulders and hard muscle. Hard-work-earned muscle, not gym-sculpted. His stance was confident, proud. Imposing.

He stared up to the loft and then shifted his focus to her. “Remembering old times?” The mischievous glint in his eyes hadn’t changed, nor had other things. His hair was still thick and black, one random curl hanging over his forehead. His dark blue eyes were still as deep as Lake Tahoe. His lips? Firm, full… Were they still totally kissable? Her mouth dried at the thought, and heat sprawled through her stomach, then lower.

What was wrong with her? She wasn’t a teenager anymore. This was the guy who’d broken her heart, pulverized it. And it wasn’t like she was Celibate Celia in New York, pining over him. Noah Taylor shouldn’t affect her body, shouldn’t affect her anymore.

And he shouldn’t be here.

This trip was supposed to be in and out, nice and easy. Sell the ranch, scoop up JJ, and skedaddle.

Noah’s gaze rolled down her body, lingered on her too-high heels, then climbed back up. “The City’s treated you well,” he said.

Bronzed abs peeked through the rip in his dirty T-shirt. Reno had treated him well. Very well. Not that she’d ever admit it, especially to him. 




Grace Harper is a pro at handling the unexpected—which comes in handy when she inherits the ranch she ran away from years ago…along with a young, autistic stepbrother she’s never met. And because nothing ever goes easy for her, Grace finds her frustrating, sexy ex-flame, Noah, taking care of JJ. But if she’s getting out of this nowhere town, she’ll have to find a way to keep from throttling Noah—without kissing him first.

Noah Taylor may be enemy number one to Grace, but she needs his help. He knows the girl he used to love is still there, beneath the heels and fancy clothes, so he’ll help her—and keep his distance like she says she wants. Only the more time they spend together, the closer he wants to get. Graci has no intention of staying, but she belongs in his arms—he just has to prove it to her.