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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Tangle (Dogwood Lane #2)






Title:            Tangle  (Dogwood Lane #2)
Author:        Adriana Locke
Release Date:     July 2, 2019
Releases In:        Kindle Unlimited, Paperback, Audiobook
Quick:            Sparks fly between a die-hard romantic and a sexy cynic in this fresh, funny romance from    USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke.





Synopsis:       

That cream-filled, caramel-topped doughnut should have been hers. Still, Haley Raynor can’t deny that the pastry thief with the dreamy blue eyes looks even more delicious. But moving in on a handsome devil like Trevor Kelly is bad news for a die-hard romantic like Haley. Trevor doesn’t believe in love. She does. Giving in to a fling and Trevor’s irresistible charms can’t end well. Can it? What can it hurt to give it a shot?

Girls always fall for Trevor, and in the end, he always ends up looking like a bad-boy cad. Still, spending some time with Haley and her smart-talking, kissable mouth sounds pretty perfect. Besides, he’s only going to be in Dogwood Lane for one week. How much trouble could they possibly get into?

The only answer? A “no falling in love” contract. All Trevor and Haley have to do is follow the rules and resist the attraction sizzling between them…before their hearts get completely tangled up in temptation.

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Giveaway:

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Review:


4 out of 5 stars ARC Kindle Copy for Review from Net Galley and Montlake Romance.

I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.  

Haley Raynor bad day was only going to get worse since the cream donuts she was eyeing was already sold out.  The owner of said donut Trevor Kelly hears her pathetic story and gives her his donut.

She is a romantic and he just in town for a week.  The chemistry heats up as they end up having a fling.   What will happen at the end of the week when he goes?  Can a girl have her donut and love at the same time?

Once again Adriana Locke brings us small  town love to life and cream filled donuts.





I stand under the soft glow of a string of lights. My arm slides against a slick, waxy leaf as I back away slowly from Trevor.

He’s eating me alive with his eyes. Sizzling the sides of my face where his thumbs gently stroke my skin. Setting my body ablaze with the look that he just might break.

I ache. Every piece of my body demanding contact from this ridiculously good-looking man. With every press of the pad of his thumb, another ripple of want shoots through my veins.

I’m not sure if the humming sound pulsing around me is coming from the greenhouse or inside my body, but the continuous pressure quickens my thoughts.

I want him. I want him here and now and whatever happens after, I’ll deal.
And that’s it.

“I’m warning you,” I tell him. The lines around his eyes bend as he narrows them. “If you start kissing me this time, you better not stop.”

Monday, 24 June 2019

Smut University

Smut University 
by USA Today bestselling author Kahlen Aymes.
Available Now!
This is a series or short reads, priced to own, but also in #KindleUnlimited!
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
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35k word Novella (part 1 in the series) 
Welcome to SMUT UNIVERSITY! 
The Art of Sex… In Writing. 
The name alone would have made it the most sought-after writing course at Columbia, but it didn’t hurt that the professor was smoking hot!
Addison Tomms was an aspiring romance novelist and senior Creative Writing Major at the prestigious Ivy League university.  The class was packed and judging by the tongues wagging and the obvious swooning by the male and female student body alike, she figured she was one, in maybe a hundred, serious writing students in the auditorium. 
Addy knew Dr. Jackson Michaels was a New York Times bestseller many times over, and secretly, she devoured his books. His love scenes set the pages, and her body, on fire.  It was no secret that the associate professor teaching the course was sexy… but was he as really as sexy as his words?
Addison had her answer on the very first day of class when the handsome Dr. Michaels taunted and teased his students with what the class actually entailed; all watching with mouths agape. He was a thousand percent more stunning in person than the television entertainment interviews she’d seen or any of the photos that she and her best friend, Michelle, had spent hours searching online.
Something stirred deep inside her when his sensual eyes raked over her because she’d been the only one brave enough to answer his first question.  Her reaction was physical; his gaze felt as if he’d actually touched her, and she was more and more intrigued.
Addy knew this man would rock her world… but it wouldn’t just be between the pages. 
SMUT UNIVERSITY (Part One) Excerpt
His eyes locked with mine.  “Miss Tomms,” he said my name without asking who I was. A shiver ran through me that he remembered; like it foreshadowed some earth-shattering scene about to come.  Those intense eyes framed by incredibly dark lashes.  The strong jaw. The broad, muscular shoulders.  God, that face.  That f*cking sex hair.  Up close it was criminal how incredibly sexy he was. He was utterly stunning.
My breath left me in a soft rush, and I sucked in another so I could speak.  “Dr. Michaels,” I acknowledged with a small nod.
He had a file box in front of him that held the graded papers separated alphabetically by dividers.  He reached in and slowly pulled mine out.  Maybe this weird tradition he had of insisting the first assignment was printed out was his way to bring his students face-to face in order to press upon us just how intimidating he actually was.  And, he was.
There was admiration in his eyes as they roamed over my face and hair, lingering on my mouth.  I couldn’t help looking at his.  His lips were as perfect as the rest of him, the lower one full and begging to be bitten.  I cleared my throat.  I felt like helpless prey; paralyzed by a mixture of fear and adulation; the venom of his incredible eyes and his scent.  Whether it was his will to eat me alive or seduce me, it was certain that I would succumb to either in that moment. My heart thrummed inside my chest, blood rushing in my ears, wetness pooling between my legs.  Oh, God, my legs went weak and I struggled to stand.
His long fingers bent the stack of stapled paper so that the grade was hidden from view when he held it out to me. I held the book bag to me with one arm and reached for the document with the other hand.
He pulled it back for a second, denying it to me, his brilliant eyes still burning, but now teasing into mine.  I cocked one eyebrow in question and a hint of a smile graced his luscious mouth.  “I’d like to see you in my office, tomorrow. I have office hours from four to six.  Does that work?”
My mind was racing; wondering at the reason behind his request at the same time as my heart fell into the pit of my stomach.  Did I totally screw up the assignment?  I felt like I was about to throw up and wished the earth would open up and swallow me.
He cleared his throat.  “Miss Tomms?  Does that work for you?”
“Ummm," I stammered. "Yes, professor.  See you then.”
“Excellent.”  He handed me the paper, his eyes still not breaking contact.  I felt like I was falling into the deepest end of the ocean, drowning and only he could save me. I was in trouble.
“Yes, sir.”
My heart felt as if it would fly from my aching chest as I took the paper and turned, concentrating on walking without rushing to the far left of the room, taking the side stairs up to the marble lobby and then walking out of the building.  I wanted to look at the grade as I clutched the still folded assignment in my hand, but something inside me hesitated.  My heart felt like it would explode as I opened the folded pages and then, in astonishment flipped through the rest.  There was no grade.  No editorial mark-ups.  Nothing.
"What the f*ck?" I exclaimed.

Review:


4 out of 5 stars Kindle Copy for Review

Hot professor teaching a writing class on smut is not hard to get excited about.  But you know you are supposed to stay away from as a student but you just cannot resist the temptation even on your first day of class.

Soon you will be under his spell and eventually under him.


Meet the Author
Kahlen is a USA Today Bestselling author, who writes sizzling hot, deeply moving romantic fiction in New Adult/Erotica/Adult Contemporary,  Her books have been on several bestseller lists including Amazon, Publisher's Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and USA Today.
While all of her stories are sensual, hot, full of love, romance and angst, readers should expect fresh plots, compelling characters and an abundance of steamy scenes on each series/story.  NO COOKIE-CUTTERS Allowed!
Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music & theater, loves reading romance, dystopian, and fantasy.  Her favorite things include music, dancing, cooking, animals, & long walks with her iPod, conjuring up her newest book boyfriend.  

Thursday, 13 June 2019

On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner

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On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner
Release Date: June 13, 2019
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On the Rocks, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Kandi Steiner.
Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.
That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild.
And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancĂ©.
He’s trouble.
Dirty, sweaty, rude trouble.
No matter how many times I repeat it, I can’t escape Noah in our small Tennessee town. And the more I run into him, the more he infuriates me. Because he sees what no one else does.
He sees me—the real me.
The me I’m not sure I’m allowed to be.
I’m Ruby Grace Barnett, the mayor’s daughter. Soon to be a politician’s wife, just like Mama and Daddy always wanted. Soon to fulfill my family’s legacy, just like I always knew I would.
Until the boy everyone warned me about makes me question everything, like whether the wedding I’m planning is one I even want.
Everyone said Noah Becker was nothing but trouble.
If only I had listened.
A stand-alone, contemporary romance.
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Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!
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Blog Tour.pngExcerpt:
I watched from the sidelines as Betty schooled Noah on the final dance scene from the classic movie — and one of her favorites. Noah, bless his heart, took it in stride. He held her hands, spun her gently, even went under water completely to give Betty some sort of “lift” that made her feel like Jennifer Grey. That was when her smile was the largest — her eyes closed, face cast upward, arms out in the same iconic flight stance that the actress had done. If I wasn’t laughing so hard, I might have cried at the sentiment. After a dozen more run throughs, Betty called for a break, and the two of them swam up to the side of the pool where I sat. Betty took the lemonade I offered her, sipping and hollering across the pool at Mr. Buchanan — who was seated under the umbrellas. Noah rested his arms on the concrete edge, crossing them and resting his head on his forearm before he peered up at me through lashes still dripping with water. His eyes were an endless blue, the light from the pool reflecting off them like a tropical dream. “Enjoying your entertainment this afternoon, Miss. Barnett?” I bit my lip against a smile. “Very much so, Mr. Becker. I never knew you were such a great dancer.” “Oh, you should see me on the actual dance floor. I can two step and waltz and cha cha with the best of them. And don’t even get me started on what happens when ‘Watermelon Crawl’ comes on.” “I’m sure it’s quite entertaining,” I mused, still dangling my feet in the cool water. “When do I get to see your dance moves?” I barked out a laugh at that. “Um, that would be approximately… never.” “Never?” he asked, popping his head up off his arms with a look of injustice. “But you’ve seen all my moves, now. I show you mine, you show me yours. Isn’t that the deal?” “I never agreed to that.” He narrowed his eyes, running his forefinger and thumb over the stubble on his chin before he nodded. “I see…” Then, a wicked gleam came over those blue steel eyes, and before I could so much as scream, his hand wrapped around my wrist, tugging forward until I was off the ledge and under water. I popped up instantly, not even able to open my eyes against the chlorine yet before I was swinging at him. “Noah!” He laughed, catching my advances easily and pulling me into him. I blinked several times, shaking the drops from my eyes before I glared up at him. “You jerk. Mama’s going to kill me for ruining my hair.” “Mama will live,” he said, and then one arm wrapped around my waist, the other taking my hand in a leading position. “Now, let’s dance, little lady.” With one pull of my hand and push of my hip, I spun away from him, reeling back in like a yo-yo and falling in line with his steps before I realized what was happening. Surprise ripped through me, brows shooting up to my hairline as he somehow managed to smoothly twirl me around that metaphorical dance floor even with water hitting us waist deep. My feet felt sluggish, the moves slower than if we were in boots on a hardwood floor, but somehow, that made it even more fun. I laughed and laughed as he danced me around — until he had the bright idea to flip me like a swing dancer. I emerged from the water beating on his chest again, which just made him laugh harder. And when we were breathless, Noah tugged me to the side of the pool again. “Thank you for the dance,” he said, both of us still breathing heavily as he wrapped his strong, rugged hands around my waist. For a moment, he just held them there, the rough pad of his thumbs smoothing over my exposed hip bones. My smile fell, chest still heaving as my eyes slipped to his lips. I didn’t know why I looked at them. I didn’t know why I couldn’t look away. Noah swallowed, tightening his grip on my hips before he lowered in the water a little and helped push me back up onto the edge of the pool where I’d been seated before. Once I was steady, he released his hold on me, backing away with a distant look in his eyes that I couldn’t decipher before he tore them from me and looked at Betty, instead.


Review:

4 out of 5 stars Kindle Copy for Review

Small town mayor’s daughter was always told he was a bad boy and to stay away from but I did not listen as a kid and even now as an adult.  But it is hard to stay away from each other in a small town.

I should have known better not to enter the place where he just happened to be as I was looking for a gift for my fiancĂ©e that things will quickly change.  He knew me too well as he questioned my wedding and everything I wanted including him.


Sometimes we all want things that we know we should not want or have.  But the heart will usually win out in the end.  A heartwarming, small town read.

About Kandi:
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer, and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.
Connect with Kandi:
Mailing List: bit.ly/NewsletterKS
Facebook Reader Group: (Kandiland): facebook.com/groups/kandischasers
Kandi Steiner may be coming to a city near you! Check out her “events” tab to see all the signings she’s attending in the near future:

Monday, 3 June 2019

Rock Me from New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips is FREE for a limited time!

Grab your FREE copy today!
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The pop star and her bodyguard...

A pop star in danger.

Her reluctant bodyguard.

A past they can’t deny.

Summer Michelle is on the verge of ultimate fame.

Ben Hollander has sworn off mixing business with pleasure.

But keeping his hands off of the sexy songstress is easier said than done and once the threat is neutralized, will she choose fame over love?

ROCKING AT BOOK BONANZA ANTHOLOGY

The Rocking at Book Bonanza Anthology, an exclusive collection of samples by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors appearing at Rocking at Book Bonanza in Dallas Texas, August 9-10, 2019, is available now!

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Each author personally selected an enticing preview of their work for you to sample. There is a convenient link at the end of each story so you can purchase the full novel without having to search for it.
Additionally, if you are planning on attending Book Bonanza there is a link to preorder the book directly from the author.
All the authors featured in this digital compilation will appear at the official Rocking at Book Bonanza meet and greet function Friday night, August 9th, 6-8pm at the Book Bonanza event.
This is a for-charity collection. It is not available anywhere else and will be removed from sale a week after the Book Bonanza signing.
**All the proceeds associated with Rocking at Book Bonanza, Volume 1 and 2 will be donated to The BOOKWORM Box, a 501(c) (3) organization founded by New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover that believes in the power of a good book and the power of giving back - together we create good deeds, great reads.**

Featuring

Aly Martinez, Brittainy Cherry, Carly Phillips, Ginger Scott, Heidi McLaughlin, Ilsa Madden-Mills, JA Huss, Julie Richman, Kate Stewart, Katie Ashley, Kennedy Ryan, Kristen Proby, Kylie Scott, Meghan March, Michelle Mankin, Rachel Van Dyken, and Willow Aster IMG_1451
Download your copy today!
Volume 1
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/RockBB1
Volume 2
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/RockBB2
Connect with the Authors
Aly Martinez
Brittainy Cherry
Carly Phillips
Ginger Scott
Heidi McLaughlin
Ilsa Madden-Mills
JA Huss
Julie Richman
Kate Stewart
Katie Ashley
Kennedy Ryan
Kristen Proby
Kylie Scott
Meghan March
Michelle Mankin
Rachel Van Dyken
Willow Aster

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Carly Phillips and 1001 Dark Nights Knight Brothers Novella

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She used to be his. Now she’s about to marry another man.

Will he let her go … or will he stand up and take the bride?

Take the Bride, an all-new sexy standalone novella in the Knight Brothers Series from New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips and 1001 Dark Nights is available now!

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Ryder Hammond and Sierra Knight were high school sweethearts. Despite him being her brother's best friend, their relationship burned hot and fast…and ended with heartbreak and regrets.
Years later, she’s at the altar, about to marry another man.
He’s only there for closure, to finally put the past behind him.
But when the preacher asks if anyone has a reason the couple shouldn’t wed, she turns around and her gaze locks on his.
Suddenly he’s out of his seat.
Objecting.
Claiming.
And ultimately stealing the very pissed off bride and taking her to a secluded cabin.
He wants one week to convince her they’re meant to be, to remind her of the fiery passion still burning between them.
When their time together is up, will she walk away and break his heart this time, or will he finally have the woman he's wanted all along?
**For fans of Carly’s Knight Brothers, Take The Bride is book two in that series.**
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
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Download your copy today!
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Meet Carly Phillips
Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire, and she loves everything about writing romance . She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. She has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a romance author. Carly is the author of over fifty romances, and is a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller. She loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com. Hi Res IMG_9487.jpg
Connect with Carly
Stay up to date with Carly by joining her mailing list: http://www.carlyphillips.com/newsletter-sign-up/ Sign up for Text Updates of New Releases: http://tinyurl.com/p3upm5s Join Carly’s Addicts: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CarlysAddicts/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/carlyphillips Website: www.carlyphillips.com


Review:

4 out of 5 stars ARC Kindle Copy for Review

A woman is about to get married but her wedding is interrupted by an ex sweetheart.   What will happen when he interrupts her wedding and literally sweeps her off her feet?  He then kidnaps her to a secluded cabin for a week.

Will they rekindle their romance and give love a second chance or will this be the end of whatever they had?  Once again Carly Phillips gives us a fun and flirty romance that you cannot put down till the end in this novella.

She used to be his. Now she’s about to marry another man.
Will he let her go … or will he stand up and take the bride?

Take the Bride, an all-new sexy standalone novella in the Knight Brothers Series from New York Times bestselling author @carlyphillips and @1001darknightsbooks is available now!

Download your copy today→ http://mybook.to/TaketheBride

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Wherever It Leads Sale!



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Grab Wherever It Leads by Adriana Locke  for 99 cents 4/21-4/25!

Smooth. Sexy. Irresistible.
Those qualities equal only one thing.
Big. Freaking. Trouble.

Brynne Calloway knows that anything that seems too good to be true usually is. Fenton Abbott and his cashmere voice, Adonis body, and a magnetism like no other clearly falls into that category. But what’s life without a little risk?

It was supposed to be a rebound, an uncomplicated escape from reality. But nothing ever goes as planned. Fenton turns out to be so much more … in ways Brynne never sees coming.
 

Editorial Reviews:
"Sexy and hot with page sizzling romance. Fenton Abbott is the picturesque book boyfriend who will have you swooning and wishing you wore bikinis." - Heidi McLaughlin, NYT and USA Today Best Selling Author

"Wherever It Leads lead me exactly where my heart needed to be. Locke has developed complex characters, a story with depth, unexpected turns, and sexy twists. A ✮✮✮✮✮ read for me." - SL Scott, NYT and USA Today Best Selling Author

"Locke has a way of always adding an element of danger and intrigue to her stories that's just understated enough to allow the love story to shine through. This one is no different. I loved it!" - Mandi Beck, author of the Caged Love Series

"Hands down, Wherever It Leads is Adriana Locke's best work to date!" - Shera, Book Lovers Obsession

"This a fun, flirty and sexy read with a bit of mystery and intrigue. Pure unadulterated fantasy!" - Dawn, Blushing Babes Are Up All Night Book Blog


EXCERPT #1-
Fenton is standing in front of the windows that line this room too. One hand is pressed against the glass, the other holding a phone to his ear. He looks in complete control, dominating, and it makes my mouth water. His charcoal grey suit is stretched across his wide shoulders, his legs shoulder-width apart. It’s the sexiest thing I have ever seen. Lord help me when he turns around. The door closes softly behind me. As if in slow motion, Fenton turns. The setting sun is to his back, almost like the universe is showcasing his splendor in case there was any doubt of his perfection. He slips one hand in his pocket, a slow smile spreading across his face. “I’ll call you later,” he says into the phone and puts it in his pocket too. All I can do is take him in. He’s doing the same as his gaze caresses me from head to toe. Even from the other side of the room, I can feel him skirting my curves, skimming my jawline. It’s visual intercourse, if that’s even a thing, and I’m ready to climax. The top button of his shirt is undone, his tie gone. A dark belt wraps his narrow waist, giving him a look of sophistication. His jaw has a spattering of stubble and I wonder what it would feel like beneath my fingers. The energy in the room crackles as he draws near. My breathing is rapid-firing and I take a deep breath to try to sort it out before he reaches me. I fumble with what to say and what to do. I’m not the smoothest on dates anyway, but with this Adonis? God almighty. I don’t know him well enough to know how to even address him. Come to think of it, I know three things: his name, he’s gorgeous, and he currently holds all the power. And I’m ready to remove all of my clothing. So I guess that makes it four.