Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: Raphael’s Fling by Alix Nichols

Raphael’s Fling 
Alix Nichols

Publication date: November 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
My name is Mia Stoll and I dream about publishing a monograph on medieval Paris. Problem is, I’m better qualified for writing a handbook on how to go from a budding scholar to a pregnant runaway in three easy steps.

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My sister Eva carries a torch for the wrong man. Here’s the gist of my sermons to her: “Drooling over your hunky astronaut boss is a loser’s trek to Calamity with three stops along the way: Heartbreak, Job Loss, and Spinsterhood.”

The thing is, I’m in a terrible—you could even say impossible—position to lecture Eva.
I’m attracted to my own boss.
Raphael d’Arcy is funny, smart, and uber-rich. He’s also smoking hot. That alone should have scared me away, were I not such a dolt, my academic achievements notwithstanding.
But there’s more.
Raphael is France’s most notorious playboy who doesn’t do relationships. He does one-night stands. If sufficiently intrigued, he might do a fling. Which is the most I could ever hope to have with him—a short-lived fling.
So what, right? It’s not the end of the world.
But consider this: Getting my heart broken by Raphael d’Arcy is the least of my worries. Some very serious merde has been piling up in my life lately.
And it’s about to hit the fan.
Raphael’s Fling is a standalone sexy romance in the Darcy Brothers series. No cliffhangers. Guaranteed: a swoony bad-boy hero, laugh-out-loud moments and a happily-ever-after




Author Bio:
Alix Nichols is a caffeine addict and a longtime fan of Mr. Darcy, especially in his Colin Firth incarnation. She is a bestselling author of romantic comedies set in Paris.



At the age of six, she released her first rom com. It featured highly creative spelling on a dozen pages stitched together and bound in velvet paper.
Decades later, she still loves the romance genre. Her spelling has improved (somewhat), and her books have made Amazon Top 100 lists, climbing as high as #1. She lives in France with her family and their almost-human dog.





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Cover Reveal: The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost

The Fireproof Girl 
Loretta Lost

Publication date: September 29th 2016
Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance
Abandoned at birth, Sophie Shields grew up in abusive foster homes, escaping into books and computers for solace. When the constant danger became too much to bear, she ran away, thinking she could survive on her hacking skills alone.
That was until she met Cole Hunter. He became the only person she could trust: her family, her friend, her partner-in-crime. Her everything. After struggling through college and starting their lives together, she believed that nothing could ever tear them apart.
Until it did.
And she’ll do everything in her power to fix what is broken. If it isn’t too late…
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When Cole was nine years old, he watched his whole family burn to death in a house fire. Fueled by years of obsession, he started one of the world’s leading architectural firms, with a mission to design homes resistant to fire, earthquakes, floods, and every threat known to man.
Sophie was his secret weapon. She was his purpose. Since they were teenagers, he was determined to build a better life for her, so she could finally be safe, and they could be together.
But disaster has always followed Cole around, ripping away everything he loves. This time, if he isn’t careful…
His enemies might just take him down.



Author Bio:
Loretta Lost is a USA Today bestselling author who writes stories where very bad things happen to good people. Mystery, tragedy, and danger complicate her unique romances between characters who will do anything to protect each other.
In the two days of summer that she gets in Canada, she grows a garden of the hottest peppers in the world. She loves using these peppers to torture her guests and challenge their manhood. This could be why she isn't married.
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Review: Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare



Do You Want to Start a Scandal

Author: Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Series: Spindle Cove #5
Pages: Hardcover, 272 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: September 27th 2016


Summary:

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library.
•Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan?
•Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall?
•Perhaps the butler did it.

All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.

But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit … and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.

Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?




Review:

This was exactly what I wanted it to be!
Cute, hotilicous and swoony. Perfect historical.

I love Tessa Dare. She is one of my favorite historical romance authors. In fact she is one of the reasons I even read historical romance. I kinda stumbled over one of her books in the library and decided to give it a try. And quite enjoyed it. Ever since I periodically indulge in the genre. Dare is still one of the few authors who's books I will read, regardless. I don't care about the summary or cover or anything else, if it's written by her, I totally will give it a go.
When I requested Do You Want To Start a Scandal, I thought for some reason it was part of the Castles Ever After Series, which is my favorite series of Dare so far. So I kinda just requested it, no questions asked. (I saw later that it was wrongly marked in Edelweiss) But honestly, I saw her name and that was it anyway. I should mention in my defence: I did read the summary, and I liked it as well.

And after reading it, I am beyond pleased to have gotten a review copy. I am just wondering why it took me so long to pick it up..
As I mentioned right up front. I got everything I wanted and more.

Dare's is queen of slightly different female characters and broody hot heros. And just like always we get both. I love Charlotte. Her ideas, her way of looking at the world, her loyalty and her big heart.
She is a genuinely sweet person, who is not as experienced and clued up as she likes to think, but she is tenacious and endearing and brave. I absolutely love that she is uber-messy. LOL. Just one little example how Dare creates unique characters. But she has plenty of flaws- she is stubborn to a fault and has quite a few insecurities.
Piers is the typical broody alpha who has great ideas of how to work thing out, but no idea about love. He is protective and sweet. He has his own issues as well.
As we get to know them both better, we get to understand where they coming from. Both do step up and embrace change and yet stay true to themselves. (A common theme in Dare's books, one I really like)
The chemistry between them is palpable. BUT I love their sparing of minds the most. Their witty exchanges and teasing. Just swoony.
I love how Dare somehow redeemed the awful mother. She was, I am afraid to say, the worst ever- throughout the entire series. But somehow we get to see why she is the way she is and more than that we get to see the love she has for her daughters.
Then there is Edmund. Brilliant little brat. LOL. Just thinking of tidbits like that, make me still smile
I think Dare did a fabulous job at the character building in this one. The MCs are multifaceted and deep people and so is the guest cast. Each one of them managed to surprise me somehow. The entire cast has some odd little idiosyncrasies that make them feel real.

Though this is completely character driven, we get a nice glimpse of the period. Totally fictional story, yet it is quite accurate historically. Another thing I like about Dare's books.

The writing is clever, beautiful, sensual and insightful. Which is besides the brilliant character building why I adore Dare so much. I have come to expect nothing less from her.

The storyline is absolutely enticing. I loved every little twist and turn. The romance super predictable and yet so swoony, it left me grinning like a fool. I loved the mystery and even more the unveiling of it. In one word: FAB!

So here I am totally fangirling. In awe of Dare's cleverness and writing prowess. And all I can tell you is: READ IT. If you have never read a historical romance. This is a good one to start with.
While it is part of a series, it works as a stand alone. If you are OCD about reading order (unlike me who read this series completely out of order) just read the series, it's worth it. It's full of swoony moment, clever strong heroines and hot broody males.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cover Reveal: Iniquity by Melody Winter

Iniquity 
Melody Winter
(Ascent, #1)
Publication date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Athena Harrow is about to turn twenty-one, but there will be no celebration. What is there to celebrate when the world is ruled by demons?
She hates the darkness the demons brought with them and longs for the light to return to the world—a world she only vaguely remembers. The people in her forest village blindly accept the life the demons forced upon them, even tolerating the yearly ascension ceremony where all the girls who have turned twenty-one are either sent away to serve the Master Demon or left in the village and forced to procreate.
But Paymon, the assigned village demon, selects a different role for Athena, a role that pits her against the village. While she adapts to her new life, Erebus, a younger, more powerful demon, arrives, and Athena must play a dangerous game with his emotions in return for information about the demon’s reign of darkness.
As Athena’s dreams of restoring the light begin to fade, her life with Erebus takes an unexpected turn, and this time it’s her life being put to the test.
Set in the forest around Buttercrambe in North Yorkshire, England, INIQUITY explores the frightening, darker side of romance and the uncontrolled emotions it can unleash.




Author Bio:
Growing up, Melody showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but ended up working in finance. Melody is convinced the methodical times she spends working with numbers fuel her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.
Melody Winter lives in York, North Yorkshire, England with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the nearby beaches at Scarborough and Whitby. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures.





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Monday, September 26, 2016

Blitz: Tinsel, Sand & Snow: A Christmas Collection by Kat & Stone Bastion

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Tinsel, Sand & Snow: A Christmas Collection by Kat & Stone Bastion is available today!

Be sure to treat yourself to Christmas early this year. And it's a perfect eReader-stuffer for all your romance-loving friends.
PLUS visit Kat & Stone Bastion's Facebook page today for a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway. Further details below...



Available Now...
Amazon US * B&N * iBooks * Kobo

Tinsel, Sand & Snow on Goodreads

For the first time, Kat & Stone Bastion share Christmas romances from three different genres in one special collection. All have been loved as standalones by new readers of their books. The Bastions hope you enjoy the stories together in Tinsel, Sand & Snow.
Tinsel, Sand & Snow: A Christmas Collection includes…
~ Three Christmases ~ 4.9 star contemporary romance
~ The Espionage Effect ~ 4.5 star action & adventure romance
~ Bound by Wish and Mistletoe ~ 4.6 star Scottish historical romance
…PLUS a bonus scene for Three Christmases:
An Island Kind of Christmas
…PLUS a bonus scene for Bound by Wish and Mistletoe:
An Angel Turned Santa Claus
*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Scorching (explicit) sex scenes.
Fire extinguisher highly recommended.

***Due to mature themes and adult language, this box set is for those 18 and older.***



Praise for the Books in Tinsel, Sand & Snow...

On THREE CHRISTMASES:
Three Christmases couldn’t have been more perfect...The No Weddings Series is one of the best I have read that follows one couple.”
~ Lives and Breathes Book Blog
“Full of happiness, friendship, love and hot sexiness, Three Christmases is yet another gem from The Bastion’s that is so very perfect for this holiday season!”
~ Under the Covers Book Blog
On THE ESPIONAGE EFFECT:
“Amazing! James Bond spy games fun with a splash of erotic romance. It's twisty and turny and kept me on the edge from cover to the end.”
~ Jezabell Girl & Friends
On BOUND BY WISH AND MISTLETOE:
“I LOVED it! Bound by Wish and Mistletoe is, to my mind, a perfect entry in the historical/paranormal fiction genre and has quite a bit to offer.”
~ Fab Fantasy Fiction
“Move over, Julia Quinn and Sabrina Jeffries! Kat Bastion is an absolutely gifted author and deserves to be recognized for her talent.”
~ LovesHistorical Book Reviews



TINSEL, SAND & SNOW Release Day
$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway
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About Kat & Stone Bastion:

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Kat Bastion won several awards for her bestselling debut novel Forged in Dreams and Magick.

Kat and Stone Bastion’s bestselling first novel No Weddings and the No Weddings series were named Best of 2014 by multiple romance review blogs.

When not defining love and redemption through scribed words, they enjoy spending their time mountain biking and hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
Stay in touch with them on their social media pages...
Blog * Facebook * Kat's Twitter * Stone's Twitter * Website





Review: 


Tinsel, Sand & Snow has all my favorites by Kat and Stone Bastion nicely gathered together.
So perfect for me.. and all the fans of the authors. Add to that, that all of them are set around the holidays and you get a perfect little gift.

I really enjoyed re-reading my favorite works by the authors. And two things stood out for me:
-I love the writing style and character building - as you know those are super important for me.
-BUT more than that, they are very diverse authors. Reading three different setting side by side, hammered that home. I love all three setting and I really adore the character building in all three. Each has its completely own feel, bound together by the wonderful writing style.

Three Christmases being the most "realistic"is set in modern day US. The last of the No Weddings Series, works well as a standalone. But frankly be OCD about this one, read the other 3 as well, because you don't wanna miss all of Cade - or the slow burn chemistry and wonderful building of a interesting relationship (neither the smut) My favorite in the series and rereading just reaffirmed this. Cute story line, interesting characters and just swoony.

The Espionage Effect is has a fabulous James Bond feel to it, is set mostly in Mexico and comes with all the goodness I have come to expect from the Bastions. It is more smutty than the other books, which for many of you will appreciate I am sure. Sadly this is a standalone, I mean sadly because I really like the world it was set, I love the mystery and I was am still hoping that there will be more set in this world.

Bound by Wish and Mistletoe is a novella set in Kat Bastions Series Highland Legends. Set in historical Scotland,it features alpha-dudes and kilts. It is totally smutty-licious and sizzling. Great intro into the series, even if it is set after the first book. I hope that the re-release means Kat will be publishing book 2 in the series soon?

Basically, if you like the Bastions, get yourself a holiday treat. If you don't know them, this is a great entry to their works.
For me it brought home the fact that I am actually waiting on several of their novels to be released. The next one being Rule Breaker from the Unbreakable series, a spin-off from No Wedding (release date: 11/6/16). Tinsel, Sand & Snow was a nice little tie-me-over until then and wonderful reminder why I love the authors.

Great holiday read and a must for lovers of the genre


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