Wednesday, 21 February 2018

New Release Book Review: For The Sake of His Heir by Joanne Rock





Title: For the Sake of His Heir
Series: The McNeill Magnates #6
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2018



Blurb

When a marriage of convenience is the only answer…things get inconvenient.

Gabe McNeill is done being manipulated. By everyone from his ex-wife who abandoned him and their baby to the grandfather forcing him to remarry. Now the only way Gabe can ensure his son’s inheritance is if Brianne Hanson agrees to be his bride. They’ve always kept things strictly business and this is no different…until she falls into his bed and all bets are off!







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*****
My Thoughts


For the Sake of His Heir is a nice addition to the Harlequin Desire line.

In this book, Gabe McNeil finds himself wanting a marriage of convenience to not only fulfil his grandfather’s wishes so he gets a slice of the family business for his son but also to create a stable family in the event his ex-wife ever decides to fight for custody for their son.

Brianne Hanson, Gabe’s landscape gardener, is who he asks to marry.

Brianne agrees to not only help Gabe for his reasons but for her own. Brianne’s grandmother is not only suffering from poor health but she is being harassed by her daughter-in-law, Brianne’s stepmother.

I really like Brianne. Her childhood was not a happy one and she carries many of these issues into her adult life. There was a depth to her character that I did not see in Gabe in this book. The Gabe in this book did not seem like the Gabe in earlier books, especially in his drive to create beautiful woodwork.

The story whisks us from sunny Martinique to cold NYC and on to desolate and even colder Wyoming as Brianne and Gabe fight their feelings and later fight for their marriage. They may come from polar financial positions but they are suited as a couple.

I enjoyed meeting the Wyoming relations. I assume the setting was done as a set up for their own books in the future.

*****




Excerpt

The curtain of hazy snow and steam around them gave the sense that they were all alone in the world, a veil of cold mist separating them from everything but one another.
Or maybe the wine was going to her head. She felt a sweet happiness all over to be with Gabe. It was dangerous, perhaps, to feel that way. But she’d never been with a man like him, someone strong and noble, kind and warm hearted.
And so very sexy.
Her eyes dipped to the top of his chest above the water as he drained his glass and set it aside, his triceps flexing in a way that made her want to take a bite.
“I certainly didn’t expect a wedding gift.” He shook his head, a wry smile kicking up one side of his mouth. “We’ll have to make our own rules for this marriage since the regular conventions aren’t going to apply.”
“Like tonight, for example.” She hadn’t meant to say it out loud, but there it was, floating on the cold breeze before she could take it back. Drawing a steadying breath, she explained herself. “I don’t need to worry about your expectations because—”
“Because there are none.” He cupped her shoulders with his hands, a warm weight that anchored her in the swirling water. “I thought we deserved this time together to get to know each other as more than friends, but I will be glad just to talk to you tonight. To learn how to make you happy.”
“I know that.” She wanted to close her eyes and concentrate on how his hands felt on her. To soak up all the sensations of being with him. “You never made me feel like you brought me here for more than that, but still…it’s a wedding night. I can’t deny I’ve been thinking about the possibilities of what that means.”
His thumbs skated a slow circle over the tops of her shoulders, a subtle touch that set the rest of her on fire.
“I’ve been doing plenty of thinking of my own,” he admitted. “But that doesn’t mean we have to act on it.”
If he kept touching her, though, the possibility of her launching across the hot tub to kiss him was very real.
“When I said I wasn’t all that experienced, I didn’t mean to suggest I’ve never been with a guy. Of course I have.” Though she had kept her virginity longer than any of her friends, haunted by her stepmother’s taunts long after they should have lost their power to hurt her. “I just don’t feel like I ever got high marks. You know?”
“Sex shouldn’t be a graded assignment.” He said it with one-hundred-percent seriousness.
But she laughed anyway, because it was a strange conversation for a wedding night. “Right. I get that.” She flipped a damp piece of hair out of her eyes as she warmed to the discussion. “But when I decided to lose my virginity, I think I was probably…too determined. I did some research and felt well-prepared, but in the end—epic fail.” She shook her head, remembering the expression on her boyfriend’s face afterward. It hadn’t been blissful pleasure.
More like being shell-shocked, maybe.
“The thought of you researching to the point of being over prepared is going to animate some very good dreams for me.” He never stopped touching her. His thumbs trailed down the satin straps of her bra in the back. Then in the front. Over and over. “It’s my turn to be intrigued.”
“I think I was studying techniques that were too advanced for a beginner.” She shrugged, the water around her splashing with the movement. “But I don’t like looking foolish, and I’d waited so long to give sex a try that I put a lot of pressure on myself not to make it obvious that I was a first-timer.”
“What about afterward?” Gabe’s knee grazed hers under the water and she didn’t skitter away because it felt too good. “Didn’t things get better once the first time was out of the way?”
“I wasn’t keen to repeat the experiment at the time.” She retrieved her wineglass and took another small sip. “But now, I think maybe I’d like to.”



Author Bio


Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly--love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.


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Cover Reveal: The Birthday List by Devney Perry

We are so thrilled to bring you the cover for THE BIRTHDAY LIST from USA TODAY bestseller Devney Perry releasing on April 3rd, 2018!


Happily married to her college sweetheart, Poppy lived a blessed life with the husband of her dreams. Then everything changed. She is no longer a wife. She is no longer the envy of her single friends. Now, people look at her with pity as they whisper a single word behind her back.

Widow.

Years after her husband’s tragic death, years of pain and sorrow and wishing for the life she’ll never get back, Poppy decides to finish Jamie’s birthday list. She’ll do the things he wanted to most. Because maybe, just maybe, if she can complete his list, she can start to live again.

Poppy expects going through the birthday list will be hard. She expects it to hurt. But what she doesn’t expect is Cole. Could the man who delivered the news of her husband’s death and shattered her heart be the one to help her put it back together again?


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New Release Book Review: #1 RIVAL by T. Gephart


#1 Rival, an all new standalone friends to lovers, Romantic Comedy by T. Gephart is NOW LIVE!

     

Synopsis

Lauren Harper wanted four things.
Respect.
Success.
Happiness.
And to annihilate Roman Pierce.
Sure, he was a smooth, smart and sexy attorney who made the senior partners at their law firm cream their pants. But he was also an annoying cocky jerk who she’d been competing with since they had both been hired over a year ago.
And Lauren didn’t care how amazing his smile was or how hot his body was underneath that suit—the firm-sponsored fun run had a lot to answer for—he was a ruthless, ambitious prick who would stop at nothing to climb the corporate ladder. He’d even climb over her given half the chance. Sadly, she’d probably enjoy that.
No.
That wasn’t what she was supposed to be thinking.
She did not want him climbing over or under her, or doing anything else to her.
He was the enemy. Destroying him was the only option.
Wiping that smug, beautiful grin off his gorgeous, obnoxious face, a bonus.
Now, if she could just keep her objective in check and obliterate him before he did the same to her.

  

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My Thoughts

Ladies and Gentleman!!! In this corner we have Lauren Harper. And in the other corner, we have Roman Pierce. 

Let’s have a good, clean fight. Come out at the bell. Ding ding!

OK, these two don’t actually fight in a ring but they aren’t far off it at times. It’s a battle of wills, intelligence and attraction between Lauren and Roman with the winner making partner at their law firm.

One of the best things about this book is that Lauren and Roman are equals in so many ways. They’re both passionate, talented lawyers. They’re quick-witted and regularly indulge in razor sharp verbal battles. They admire each other. They’re attracted to each other and, at least in the beginning, they’re fighting their feelings for one another.

This was my first T Gephart book and I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait for more books in this series.

*****
    

About T. Gephart

T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T’s approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. 

Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have travelled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident who didn’t lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn’t let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colourful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey – she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.

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New Release: Break Down by Rebecca Norinne





Title: Break Down (Dublin Rugby #4)
Author: Rebecca Norinne
Cover Designer: Rebecca Norinne
Release Date: February 21, 2018


Blurb

He knows his place on the pitch, but life is a whole other game.

All his life, Liam Donnelly looked and wondered. Could he? Would he? And then, finally, he did. But when he sampled a taste of that forbidden fruit, his whole world came crashing down, his position with Dublin Rugby right along with it. When the chance to ply his trade in Edinburgh comes along, Liam jumps at the offer, knowing it could be his best opportunity to start fresh and get back to the man he once was. But one look at Chef Lachlan MacLeod-his knowing, whisky-colored eyes, the abrasive scruff dotting his jaw, and the colorful ink lining his forearms-and Liam's wondering all over again. Can he? Will he? His heart says no, but his body says yes. 


He's conquered his own demons; can he help another man do the same?

Out and proud Chef Lachlan MacLeod has no problem with who he is, except he has a history of hooking up with bi-curious straight men. He's vowed never to go down that path again, but when Liam Donnelly shows up in his restaurant, his eyes filled with heat and secret longing, Lachlan can't help himself. He knows the closeted rugby player is a terrible idea, but the man calls to him in a way no one ever has before. What started as a safe way for Liam to explore his sexuality quickly morphs into something much deeper, and now Lachlan wants more. But can his heart reconcile what his head already knows-that loving the gorgeous, broken athlete might actually mean letting him go?

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Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Breech's Fall by D.D Galvani


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Breech's Fall - Book 2 Devil's Wind Series
Book Release: March 21, 2018
Photographer: Reggie Deanching
Models: Connor Smith and Jess Epps
Artwork by: Tammie Smith - Renegade Cover Designs



Blurb
From the moment Jiji steps foot inside the Devil's Wind clubhouse, Breech can't get her out of his head. She's beautiful, smart and sassy-all things that drive Breech's need to it's breaking point. But she's not for him. She's his best friend Fighter's little sister. He can't hit it and quit it with Jiji, like he does the others. Either he's all in or Fighter will have his balls.
Jiji knows exactly what kind of man Breech is and no matter what kind of fire he sets off in her lady parts, she has no intentions of getting mixed up with him and becoming another one, of the many women, he leaves in his wake. She has goals she's working towards and the world of bikers doesn't fit in with what she has planned.
But when trouble comes knocking and Jiji finds herself in a terrifying situation, it's Breech and the Devil's Wind that must step in to save her. She just hopes they make it in time.


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EXCERPT: 
     What the hell is wrong with me, I fumed! I know better than to let him get to me. And now Opry had gotten an eyeful. Shit, fuck, piss, damn. I recited the litany as I walked down the hallway. 
     I refuse to be one more in a long line of women warming his bed. The damn man was hot and he knew it. He had all the girls at the club drooling over him. Tish said he hadn't been sleeping with any of them in a while because she heard a couple of them talking the last time she was at the club before her wedding. They were bitching that he hadn't been fucking any of them. It made me smile to know that he probably did have blue balls.
            
     My lips tingled, still feeling his kiss there, I looked up then the door behind me opened and Opry stuck his head out. "ummm Jiji, you look like you're in a daze babe, you ok" I flipped him the bird, but kept on walking. I could hear his laughter following me.
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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

New Release: Baby Maker by P Dangelico


Baby Maker by P. Dangelico
Publication Date: February 20th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance




Stella Donovan’s biological clock is a ticking time bomb.
The successful financial manager has spent her adult life building a career and neglecting her personal life. Problem is, she doesn’t believe in marriage. Not after watching her mother be treated like garbage by her father. Nope, marriage is not for her. All she wants is a baby. All she needs is a man to agree to her terms.
Dane Wylder, recently retired NFL tight end and future Hall of Famer, wants a baby.
Naturally, marriage is off the table. He’s not the marrying type. Women are great––as long as they’re trying to get into his bed and not his heart. But after years of living only for himself, he’s ready to be a father.
Sparks fly when a successful financial manager and a legendary football player enter into a legal agreement to have a kid together. They planned on everything––they just didn’t plan on each other.


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New release Book Review: Fresh Catch by Kate Canterbary


His walls might be tall,
but I wasn't afraid of the climb.


Title: Fresh Catch
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: February 20, 2018


Take a vacation, they said. Get away from Silicon Valley's back-stabbing and power-grabbing. Recharge the innovative batteries. Unwind, then come back stronger than ever.

Instead, I got lost at sea and fell in love with an anti-social lobsterman.

There's one small issue:

Owen Bartlett doesn't know who I am. Who I really am.

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I don't like people.

I avoid small talk and socializing, and I kick my companions out of bed before the sun rises.

No strings, no promises, no problems.

Until Cole McClish's boat drifts into Talbott's Cove, and I bend all my rules for the sexy sailor.

I don't know Cole's story or what he's running from, but one thing is certain:

I'm not letting him run away from me.

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My Thoughts

What a wonderful book! Set in sleepy seaside town in Maine this romance takes on the persona of the sea itself. Sometimes it’s calm, other times it’s stormy but always there’s a consistency. And in this story it’s the consistency of the character’s feelings for each other. Feelings of attraction, desire and ultimately, love.
When technical issues ground Cole McClish’s boat in Talbott’s Cove, it’s Owen Bartlett that rescues him from pirates. Yes, pirates, because Cole’s mind just moves in these mysterious ways.
Having being ousted as CEO of his own company, Cole has retreated from his old life with plans to regroup and reconquer. His immediate to attraction is unexpected and yes, unwelcome. Unwelcome because he has no idea if Owen feels the same way about him.
Owen’s years as a lobster fisherman have kept him tethered to the one place. He is lonely but accepting of this since every attempt to find “the one” has meant these people leaving him behind.
The relationship between Cole and Owen is delightful. They skirt around each other, each wanting to jump the other’s bones but unsure of their advances will be welcomed.
Their slow path to physical intimacy ultimately works in their favour as they take the time to know one another. And these two men are complete opposites! Cole is social shandy drinking brainiac who embraces all technology. Owen, on the other hand, is a “liquid pinecone” drinking solitary curmudgeon who believes in physical labour and living by your instincts. Their differences make for some terrific conversations and banter. As for the sexual tension? It’s explosive!
While the book’s focus remains clearly on Owen and Cole, there are secondary characters that shine brightly. I am very curious to know more about Neera Malik, who works with Cole. She has piqued my interest.
This is my first MM romance. I cannot say that this book has converted me to this genre but I am glad I read it. It’s a fantastic love story and another great Kate Canterbary book.

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Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.




New Release Book Review: For The Sake of His Heir by Joanne Rock

Title: For the Sake of His Heir Series: The McNeill Magnates #6 Author: Joanne Rock Publisher: Harlequin Desire Genre: ...