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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

**BOOK PROMO** BETTER DATE THAN NEVER BOXED SET (Books 1-6) by Susan Hatler

The Better Date Than Never box set from USA Today Bestseller Susan Hatler includes six contemporary romance novellas from the bestselling series, Better Date than Never. Dating is so much easier when you have good friends to lean on. . . . 

(Love at First Date, Book #1) 
Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life. . . . 
Holding Rachel’s bright yellow dishtowel under Chester’s saliva-dripping mouth, I panicked at the morphed sounds he was making. “Hang in there, dude.”
I shifted him in my arms then slammed on the metal bell some more. “Does anyone work here?”
“Can I help?” A male voice came from behind me.
“Yes, this dog got into my purse and—” I paused mid-sentence as my gaze met dark gray eyes that sent a bolt of adrenaline through me. My heart flipped in my chest. Not an appropriate reaction when Rach’s dog could be dying. “I-I think he ate something toxic. Maybe my lip-gloss? Are you the vet? Can you give him that charcoal stuff to make him barf it up?”
He studied Chester’s half-open mouth. “Try setting him down. I’ll take a look.”
“Thanks.” I knelt, still holding the towel under his mouth—because, ew, slobber all over the place.
The vet dropped to his knees next to Chester and pried his little jaw open.
Hech! Hech!
As he examined the dog’s throat, I couldn't help checking him out. There was something going on behind those dark eyes that had me dying to learn everything about him. Where he was from, what made him tick, what he looked for in a girl . . .
My pulse slammed into overdrive.
Weird that the vet was wearing sweats, though. Maybe he’d finished with his last patient and was going for a run? Definitely looked like a guy who worked out regularly. Yeah, that’s what I should be thinking about while my friend’s dog was gagging for his life. What was wrong with me? Focus, Ellen. “Can you save him?”

(Truth or Date, Book #2) 
Truth or Dare is all fun and games until a spontaneous dare has Gina falling for the office playboy. 

(My Last Blind Date, Book #3) 
Should Rachel risk another dating disaster by trying yet again for love? 

(Save the Date, Book #4) 
Kristen swears off men, but temptation swoops in when her sexy friend Ethan starts flirting with her. 

(A Twist of Date, Book #5) 
Will Melanie have to follow her best friend’s narrow dating rules in order to find lasting love? 

(License to Date, Book #6) 
Kaitlin agrees to five dates in five days only to fall for the mysterious bartender who’s there to witness them all.
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REVIEW: BREAKING UP WITH BARRETT & FALLING FOR FITZ (THE ENGLISH BROTHERS, BOOKS #1 & #2) by Katy Regnery

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Breaking Up with Barrett is the first of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are all on the look-out for love. 

(Except Alex. He's a womanizing manwhore. And maybe Stratton, because he's wicked hot, but super awkward around girls.)

Barrett English, aka "the Shark," is the fair-haired, first-born of the English brothers, and the CEO of the oldest, most prestigious investment banking firm in Philadelphia. He rules the boardroom with an iron fist, refusing to take no for an answer and always getting his way.
Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.
When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?
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*All books in The English Brothers series are 50,000 words/200-pages long. The RWA classifies this length as "Short Contemporary Romance."

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Dear Readers,
I wonder if you're getting sick of my Katy Regnery reviews yet? I think I could copy and paste the beginning of each one to the next because I always begin with telling you that this is my new favorite. I say it because I mean it, 100% percent do I mean it. So...Barrett English and Emily Edwards are my absolute favorite of Katy's characters so far!
Now that we have that out of the way...
I want to describe this as a friends to lovers book but that doesn't really cover it because Barrett and Emily have known each other since Emily was born and I'm not even sure if I could classify them as friends. Their family's friendship's go back generations. The English's are the wealthy, well-respected family and the Edwards, the help. For basically their whole lives, Emily and Barrett have harbored feelings for each other but neither have ever let on to anyone else that the feelings exist. Then one day, Barrett approaches Emily with a proposition. He will pay her $100 p/hour to play his fiance at business related events. She needs money for rent and bills so she can hardly turn it down. Plus it doesn't hurt that she'll get to spend time with him. 
They quickly discover that playing the part of a happy couple is something they want to make real, but in an effort to hold onto Emily, Barrett makes a decision that he'll have to keep secret from her. Business and personal lines are crossed and secrets are revealed. Emily's maturity and level-head are what makes this story truly great but my favorite thing is that not once does Barrett worry about him and Emily being from "different worlds", in fact there is a moment where it's brought up and the way he deals with it almost brought me out of my chair, I was so impressed!! *picture me as an audience member on The Arsenio Hall show waiving my fist and whooping* 
If you're looking for a story full of angst and drama, you'll need to look elsewhere. If you're looking for a true love story a lifetime in the making then pick this book up now!!!
Falling for the English, one brother at a time,
Jaime

 
"Falling for Fitz" is the second of five books about the Philadelphia-based, wildly-handsome English brothers who are absolutely not on the look-out for love. 
(Except Barrett, who fell in love when he was 8-years-old. And Fitz, who met the girl of his dreams at 19. And maybe even Weston, who just doesn't know it yet.)



Fitz English and Daisy Edwards fell in love during one magical summer when they were teenagers.\
Years later, they meet again, and both are shocked to discover that the feelings they had THEN are just as deep and real NOW. There's a little snag, however. It seems that Daisy is engaged to someone else, and she's come home to get married.
Can Fitz gets Daisy to fall for him all over again before it's too late? Find out in "Falling for Fitz"!

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*All books in The English Brothers series are approximately 50,000 words/200-pages long. The RWA classifies this length as "Short Contemporary Romance."

Dear Katy,
I hereby dub you my Queen of Romance. I don't have anything bad to say about your books, ever. Do you realize that since you first approached me to review your debut novel By Proxy in August 2013 that you have published TEN books? TEN, that's a lot of books in one year and even more impressive that I have fallen in love with each of them. They just keep getting better and better and, although I know you are working tirelessly to put out even more, you can't write them fast enough for me. 
I am falling in love with the English brothers, one story at a time. I still call dibs on Barrett but boy did Fitz give him a run for his money. This is a second chance love story done right!! 
I hate that Fitz and Daisy had to go through what they did when they were young but understand that maybe it was necessary to get them to the place they needed to be in order to get their HEA. 
Their story was sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time. It was definitely a more emotional read than Barrett and Emily's story, but in a good and honest way. 
I love that Barrett and Emily's story continued into this book and that we are being introduced to each English brother slowly and can't wait to see where they all end up when the series is complete. 
Thanks for writing all of this awesome,
Jaime 

*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
Katy Regnery, Amazon best-selling author, has always loved telling a good story, and credits her mother with making funny, heartwarming tales come alive throughout her childhood. A lifelong devotee of all romance writing, from Edwardian to present-day, it was just a matter of time before Katy tried her hand at writing a love story of her own.

As it turned out, one love story turned into a series of six Heart of Montana romances, following the love lives of the Yellowstone-based Lindstrom siblings. When Katy's fans asked her to turn up the heat, she cheerfully started her Enchanted Places series, which offered steamier romance to her readers. Katy was also proud to offer a stand-alone romance, The Vixen and the Vet, written as a benefit for Operation Mend, just in time for Fourth of July, 2014.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories of all are the messy and unexpected ones.

Katy hosts a #LunchtimeLiveWithKaty party every day from 12:00-1:00pm EST. on Facebook & Twitter. 

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**TEASER TUESDAY**

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Take Me teaser
Title: Take Me (a romance boxed set) 

Authors: Victoria H. Smith, Ursula Sinclair, Raven St. Pierre, Olivia Linden, Kenya Wright 
Genre: Romance/New Adult 
Release Date: July 29, 2014


 

Monday, July 28, 2014

REVIEW: THE NAUGHTY GIRLS BOOK CLUB by Sophie Hart

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A quaint suburb. A quiet little book club. A very naughty reading list.
When Estelle sets up a book group in order to increase custom to her struggling cafe, what follows is more mind-blowing than she could have ever imagined...
As the first book club meeting flounders, Estelle suggests a spot of erotica to spice things up.
Inspired by their naughty novels, this group of shy suburban readers shake off their inhibitions and soon discover that their own lives can be just as scandalous...
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Sophie Hart lives in London with her boyfriend and her collection of naughty books. She likes to spend her time going on nice holidays, making half-hearted attempts to exercise, and lusting after Daniel Craig.


Dear NGBC, 
Could this book be any more relevant right now? With all of the hoopla surrounding the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, this story pretty much hits at the heart of the problem. Is reading erotica the beginning of the downfall of marriage and relationships or is it just the beginning of the revolution that could save them? 
I fell in love with each member of this book club, some slower than others, but inevitably I found something familiar about all of them, which is what really drew me in. Every one of them could easily be one of my friends, or even me. They all had their own insecurities and doubts about themselves and especially when it came to trying to embrace the subject matter at hand. Does reading erotica, and enjoying it, make you a deviant, is it empowering or degrading? 
The book was made that much more interesting when the subject matter was weaved into each characters personal story-line, sometimes with a great outcome and sometimes, not so much. I'm happy that the group was so eclectic and that it wasn't just a book club full of sexually depraved, horny, single women. The inclusion of Rebecca and Sue, both married woman; Estelle, the single mother and divorcee; Reggie, the single male and of course Gracie, the single feminist, rounded out the group to perfection. 
I think that every small town should have their own book club just like this. I wish that I had this type of group around me. For now I'll settle for my amazing Internet friends who don't judge me for the books I read, but, even better, they embrace me because of it!! 
To finding your book bliss and not being ashamed.
-Jaime

*I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

**BLOG TOUR STOP & GIVEAWAY** TWIST OF FATE by Jaime Whitley

Lilly Hughes hates traveling, but her job requires it. Learning her flight gets grounded leaves her stranded with no place to go.
Silas Harper is on his final stretch of R&R and just wants to get to his destination when fate intervenes putting him in the company of Lilly. 
Intending never to see each other again they settle for one night of heat and passion. Denying their undeniable connection they part ways as agreed, but will they stay parted forever? Or will a twist of fate bring them back together?
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Jaime Nicole Whitley is a wife and a stay at home mom to her two children. She grew up in New Jersey where she continued her education and became a medical assistant before moving to Las Vegas. She now lives in North Carolina where her husband is stationed with the Army. Jaime also co-writes novels under the name Lena Nicole.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

**BLOG TOUR STOP, EXCERPT, DREAMCAST, AUTHOR INTERVIEW, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY** SONG CHASER (CHASERS #2) by Kandi Steiner

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Title: Song Chaser
Series: Chasers #2
Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: July 1, 2014

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For more than a year, Tanner West has tried to shake his feelings for his long time best friend, Paisley Bronson. She was the perfect girl to fit the lyrics in all his favorite songs – the girl he had always wanted. When she fell in love with another man before Tanner had the chance to tell her how he felt, he was left with no resolve to find love again. Burying himself in school and easy girls has become his new lifestyle, but when Kellee Brooks shows up at his favorite bar, he begins to think there may be another verse to his song, after all.
Kellee Brooks moved to New York City for one thing: escape. Growing up in a small town where her entire life was planned out for her, she’s desperate to break free and find herself without following the same path as her mom. Kellee thought working at the local dive bar would mean more money for school, but when she meets the smoldering, scarred honey eyes of Tanner West, she finds there’s much more hiding in the smoky building than just a few tips.
With Paisley still haunting Tanner and Kellee vowing to save anyone the trouble of loving her, will the pain and fear keep them apart – or will they find a way to rewrite their song together?
Break free with this heartbreaking story of letting go and letting love in.


What people are saying about Song Chaser - 
“This story will have you cheesy smiling, tearing up, mad, sad – every emotion will be brought out. READ THIS SERIES!” – Lyndsie, Mean Girls Luv Books

“You will laugh, cry and want to slap the crap out of Tanner a couple of times; I guarantee it! 5 *WINK* READ!” – Jessi, Book Flirts by Jessi

“Kandi Steiner has done it again….only even better.” – Booked on Romance

“Song Chaser is a great story on how 2 people can overcome their pasts and make a song of their own. 4 smooches!” – Sarah, Red Cheeks Reads

“It was beautiful. I hate to admit it (don't kill me Corbin!! I LOVE YOU BOO!) but I seriously loved Song Chaser more than Tag Chaser.” – Sam Stettner, Sammie’s Book Club

My heart feels like it’s about to beat right out of my chest. Tanner is looking at me like he’s not good enough to touch me and like he can’t keep his fucking hands off me all at the same time. I inhale deep, my breath shaky as I try to find the words to say. I want to talk about it more – about what she is to him, about when she’s coming and what I’m going to have to deal with – but right now all I can think about is how his hands feel on my waist, and how I wish he would touch every inch of my body with those hands.
“Kiss me,” I breathe.
Tanner doesn’t waste another second. His lips find mine, soft and gentle at first, but then a fire consumes us both and I’m biting his neck as he lifts me from my chair. He kisses down my collarbone and then back up to my ear, sending chills cascading down my arms and legs. I moan softly, running my fingers through his hair and tugging a little as I pull his lips back to mine. He slides his tongue between my lips and takes my mouth, deepening the kiss as his hands explore my body.
“How long until dinner?” he pants between kisses.
“Maybe twenty minutes.”
“That’ll do,” he replies, carrying me to the couch.
Tanner’s hands are hungry as he positions himself on top of me, pulling the straps of my tank top down to kiss my shoulders. He nips and sucks softly, trailing a line from my shoulders, to my neck, across my collar bone, and back again. Slowly, he kisses a little lower, sucking at the swell just above the hem of my top. I
inhale sharply, my fingers gripping his hair.
“You taste so sweet,” he mumbles against my skin, lighting it on fire. He lifts my shirt and slowly kisses down my stomach, stopping just above the hem of my shorts. He blazes a trail of fire with his tongue from one hip to the other, working the buttons and zipper until he has my shorts loose enough to pull down my shaking legs and throw across the room. He smiles up at me, his sexy half grin silently killing me, and then he completely takes my breath away – because he pulls my panties off with his teeth.
With. His. Teeth.
Suddenly, my heart is beating in my throat. I’m not a virgin, but I’m definitely no where near as experienced as Tanner, no matter how cocky my fa├žade may be. My legs are shaking uncontrollably and I feel it start to move up to my hands. Tanner stops kissing my thighs and looks up at me, concern laden on his face.
“Are you okay?” he asks, moving to position himself on top of me again. He brushes the hair from my face
and pulls my shaking hand to his lips, kissing my fingers softly as he waits for me to reply.
I nod, though not confidently. “I hate admitting this to you, but I’m not that experienced.”
He smiles devilishly, his eyes lighting the fire in my stomach again. “You think I don’t know that? Why do
you think I’m going so slow?”
I let out of a puff of air, “This is slow?”
His grin grows wider, “Trust me – if I had it my way, your ankles would have been on my shoulders the first night I saw you.”




Tag Chaser (Chasers #1)
See My Review HERE
Paisley Bronson is a 27 year old successful advertising professional, but the most exciting part of her life happens outside of work. Claiming the life of a Tag Chaser toward the end of her college career has taught her one thing: Never get too close. She has enjoyed her dating lifestyle, but when her best friend makes a bet that she won't ever be able to date a normal guy, her competitive nature takes control and she vows to change the game.
When Paisley meets the incredibly handsome and practically perfect Corbin Ray, she begins to think keeping her word might be easier than she thought. But when an accidental discovery reveals that Corbin is in the Army, she knows she must run the other way and never look back. Although it kills her, she aims to move on and look for a new prospect.
There's just one small problem.

Paisley's been assigned a new client at work, and his name is Corbin Ray.
Will Paisley and Corbin give in to the chemistry between them, or will their past and present complications keep them apart?

Fall in love with this fun and irresistibly naughty game of cat and mouse.

Who inspired you to start writing?
My mom, definitely. She's actually very into reading like I am and is a great writer herself. I hope to one day convince her to write a novel, too. She inspired me when I was very young and encouraged me to pursue my love of writing, no matter what. Everything I've written from awful love poems in high school (yuck!) to decent pieces in college, she has always been there for me.
Why romance?
Great question! I have no idea. I always pictured myself writing non-fiction or nothing at all, but one of my final capstone courses in college was an advanced fiction course that really turned me on to the possibilities of creating a story. Why romance specifically? Well, we could blame it on my husband for showing me love so early in life, but it's probably more Disney's fault than anyone else's. I'm a girl, I love to love, what could be better than romance writing?
How do you write your novels?
Sporadically and without any structure at all. Sometimes I'll be driving and I'll whip out my phone and record something to write down later. Sometimes I'll write a scene and sometimes I'll just write about my character to get to know them better. Eventually, I sit down and map everything out so that I don't forget anything (blonde moments are a habit for me) and then I slowly start piecing it all together. It makes sense to me, but if I told any of my professors this they might kill me lol.
When did you know you wanted to write a novel?
Honestly, it hit me out of the blue. I got the idea for Tag Chaser when I was in the shower and I just couldn't shake it. I was dreaming about the characters, writing random scenes in my head, and just thinking about them constantly. I decided it was a sign to stop being so scared of failure and just write it. The way I see it, the worst thing that could happen is no one likes it - and in that case it will still be loved by me and that's what matters.
Why should readers pick up Tag Chaser?
Tag Chaser is a unique story that I think hasn’t been told yet. Often times we fall in love with characters who are so perfect, either individually or for each other. Tag Chaser is about exploring our imperfections and learning not to fight that chemistry that sometimes we just feel, whether it’s easy or not. I think anyone who reads Tag Chaser will laugh and love, and those are both two very beautiful things.




Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.
Kandi 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 die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).
When Kandi isn’t working or 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 beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.


Tanner, 
I will admit that I fell a little bit in love with you in Tag Chaser, until you did that thing that you did (readers, it's not required for you to read Tag Chaser first, but it's really good and I suggest that you do!) and then I was a little upset with you. I was excited to read your story and see if you could redeem yourself. 
You'll be happy to know that, for the most part, you definitely did. 
I was happy to see that you might finally be getting over Paisley and I love that Kellee was the girl who was getting you there. I appreciate that you were honest with her from the start about your leftover feelings for Paisley and that you didn't let it become some big secret you were trying to keep from her in hopes of it never catching up to you. Even more, I love that she was able to see that you were still struggling with those feelings but was able to try to be there for you as a friend to help you get through a tough time. It was refreshing to see two characters in a book being honest and open about things instead of trying to pretend that things were different than they actually were. 
I still struggle with your decision towards the end and seeing how you still let your past stop you from having the future you deserved. I'm still not clear on your thought process there and wonder if you really felt the way that you did, or if you just thought that you had for so long, that you didn't want to let that go. 
The way that music was so infused into everything you did was great. Who doesn't appreciate a good song that makes you FEEL, right? I don't think there is a person alive that doesn't have certain songs that bring them back to a certain memory or feeling they had for a moment in time or for a special person. 
Here's to writing your perfect song!
-Jaime

*I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review




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