Friday, October 21, 2016

Quick Bang (Five More Wishes - Book 3) by Elise Sax

Kindle Edition, 1, 110 pages
Published August 18th 2016
In the third book of the Five More Wishes Series, Norma Blaze is off limits to her brother’s best friend, Stone Jenkins. But that doesn’t stop him from eating at Norma’s café every evening. The Blue Plate Special is good, but Stone craves more forbidden fruit and only has eyes for Norma. When a huge storm hits Summer Island, Stone checks up on Norma as the lights go out, and the two finally let their desires take over. Just as they think they’ve reached their happily ever after, someone crashes their party and the night takes a dangerous turn. It’s up in the air whether they’ll survive the night or if their attraction is true love or merely a Quick Bang.

Quick Bang is the hot and hilarious third novella in the Five More Wishes series. Each novella is roughly 100 pages with NO cliffhanger.

My Thoughts…

I loved the first two books in this series.    The fact that this is a novella is wonderful.    I have found that every now and then I need a break and reading a quick and easy read.    Elise Sax is great at writing these novellas.   Each book has an ending, there is no cliffhanger and there is an entire story.    

I could see how this book was going to go, there were no big surprises yet I really enjoyed reading it.     It was not earth shattering but it was entertaining.     The characters were relatable.  Stone and Norma together were kind of hard for me to understand.   I mean okay, so they have been attracted to each other forever, but I just didn’t feel the sparks between them.    I would have liked more.  

The Five More Wishes series is fun and quick.   

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"Elise Sax will win your heart." -- Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author 

"Fans of laugh-out-loud romantic suspense will enjoy this author as she joins the ranks of Janet Evanovich, Katie MacAllister, and Jennifer Crusie."--Booklist

"Elise Sax will make you laugh. Her larger-than-life characters jump off the page and make crazy seem like a fun place to hang out."--Christie Craig, New York Times bestselling author of Texas Hold 'Em

“Elise Sax belongs on every bookshelf." -- Melissa Foster, New York Times Bestselling Author

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Driving on the Left by Gail Ward Olmsted

Paperback, 262 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Jericho Road Press
Like Mother, Like Daughter?

A summer fling changed the entire course of Jackie Sullivan’s life. Back then, she trusted her instincts and took a chance on love. Now she’s at a crossroads and has a big decision to make. How much is she willing to sacrifice for the man she loves?

Her daughter Becca’s got her own problem- a secret that could threaten her carefully planned-out future. Romance is the last thing on her mind this summer.

Jackie and Becca planned to explore the beautiful Irish countryside during a relaxing vacation, but when Becca falls for tour guide Sean, she wants to explore much more. Will Becca resist temptation or follow in her mother’s footsteps? Sean may be just too good to pass up.

This book is for anyone who believes in the power of love and its ability to make you all sorts of crazy. Written as a sequel to JEEP TOUR, it can be enjoyed as a standalone read as well.

My Thoughts…

The relationship between Jackie and Becca was interesting.   They are mother and daughter, they seem very close, and they are going on an overseas vacation together.   I saw so much of myself in Jackie, the mother.   The need to control, make decisions, and question Becca’s actions are something that I find in myself.    It does drive my family crazy sometimes just as it drove Becca crazy sometimes.     As with most mothers Jackie was worried that Becca was going to follow in her footsteps and make mistakes.   But in my mind Jackie didn’t make mistakes, she made choices that were what she needed in the different situations.   These choices pushed her to be the person she is today.    I felt like Becca had her life together, sure she could have done some things different but overall she was living a good, healthy, and happy life.     I believe this is called living. 

The story itself is wonderful.    Sean is a great tour guide, although I would have loved to have more description of what was being shared during the tours.    I felt the interactions between the characters were realistic, the friendships believable, and the arguments realistic.        Although this is the story of Becca and Jackie, the other characters on the tour had their stories to tell and I enjoyed them also.    

Driving on the Left is a cute, fun story for someone looking for a love story with wonderful family dynamics.  

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tempting Tristan by Melissa Foster & GIVEAWAY

New Release........
Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alphas from the Harborside Nights series.

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault—he leads with his heart, not his head—and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar...

Alex has spent eight years in the Army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star—for the incident that nearly cost him his life, and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But the closer Tristan gets, the more Alex's walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real series of stand-alone romances that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster with LGBT themes.

My Thoughts…

This is Tristan’s story but I need to find an Alex.     He’s military, well ex-military, he’s in charge, and he is hot!  Together Tristan and Alex make so much sense.   They deserve each other, they respect each other, and they know when to push each other.    

Tristan has been burned badly in past relationships causing him to swear off all relationships.    Then Alex walks into his work.     I could literally feel the world tilt.     The attraction, the chemistry, and the sparks fly.    Never was there a doubt that these two would be together.  

Melissa Foster wrote a hot, steamy romance book but what stuck out to me is the communication between Alex and Tristan.     They didn’t know each other well and instead of jumping to assumptions they took the time to talk, discuss issues, and work through what could have pulled them apart.     I liked that they didn’t run out and broadcast their problems but they kept them within their relationship.  It was also amazing that Alex went out of his way to be friends with Tristan’s friends.    

I recommend picking up Tristan’s story.    Tempting Tristan is a wonderful story of love, respect, family, and friendships.     

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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CATCHING CASSIDY is a SILVER MEDAL Winner! Readers' Favorite Award, Realistic Fiction 

Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents' death and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands--but that's what best friends are for, isn't it? Having each other's backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family's summer home--but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along? 

It's impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt's past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn't want to lose the one woman who's shared his past and owns his heart.

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Discovering Delilah
DISCOVERING DELILAH is an New Adult Lesbian Romance (#LGBT)

After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.

Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.

When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.

Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.
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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Boots and Bedlam (Sweeney Sisters #3) by Ashley Farley

Kindle Edition, 137 pages
Expected publication: October 18th 2016 by Leisure Time Publishing

 ‘Tis the season for chaos.

Wedding bells will soon be ringing in the Lowcountry. All Sam Sweeney wants is to marry her man on Christmas Eve surrounded by family and friends. But emerging complications, some humorous and some not so humorous, threaten to converge and derail the best-laid plans during the busy stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Amidst the chaos—dealing with real estate, planning a wedding, running a seafood market, honoring traditions, and contending with teenagers—even the weather rears its head when the weatherman forecasts a white Christmas. Never has family support been more needed, but will it be enough to restore order and save the day?

Escape to the Lowcountry this Christmas where romance, intrigue, and holiday merrymaking await you.

My Thoughts…

If you are looking for a quick, fun, and entertaining read Boots and Bedlam is perfect.      The Sweeney sisters are full of adventure and great family bonding.    Once again my favorite part of the story is the making of memories and the holding onto the family traditions.   I have a family that is full of traditions and I wouldn’t give them up for anything.   

I also enjoyed Sam’s son.    He is home for Christmas with his DIVA girlfriend and things happen.    Not so good things but his reaction is what proves what an amazing mom Sam has been.    His upbringing shows him that everything is not as it seems.     While Eli is not his biological father the support he shows both Sam and her son prove what an outstanding guy he is.  

Boots and Bedlam is the third book in the Sweeny Sister’s series by Ashley Farley.   I have been lucky enough to read the first two but truly believe that this can be picked up as a standalone book and the reader will enjoy it.  I highly recommend reading this entire series, in any order.  

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Between Heaven and Hell by David Burnett & GIVEAWAY

One war….
Opposing sides…
It’s a recipe for heartbreak.
In a war that pits Lucifer against the Army of Heaven, it’s a recipe for disaster.

The lives of Adryel and Ramael, two young angels who are in love, are altered forever when God determines to create humans.

His decision is met with scorn from Lucifer, one of the archangels. The humans, he asserts, will cause evil and chaos throughout creation. God’s proposal, he says, is flawed. As Lucifer debates the plan’s merits with another archangel in Palace Square, their discussion turns into argument. Argument leads to insults, rocks are thrown… and battle lines are drawn.

Ramael is second in command of the Army of Heaven. His loyalty never waivers.

Adryel casts her lot with Lucifer. Swayed by his arguments, she leaves Ramael and all else she holds dear. She wages war for Lucifer’s cause and, refusing to renounce him, is exiled in hell. From there, she tempts the humans to join their cause.

Adryel yearns to tell Ramael her love for him has not dimmed. She will risk any punishment, even hell’s lake of fire, in order to speak with him. But how can he return her love when she has done more to thwart God’s plans for humanity than have all of the other angels in hell combined?

My Thoughts…

I am a huge fan of David Burnett so when this book was offered to me I could not wait to read it.    In true Burnett style I was pulled right in from the very beginning and could not wait to keep reading.    Between Heaven and Hell is a different type of story than I usually read and is different from the other books of David Burnett’s that I have read.   

Adryel is an angel rebelling against God’s creation.    When faced with the choice of believing that creation is a good thing or following Lucifer’s path Adryel chooses Lucifer.    I found it interesting how she talked herself into believe what Lucifer was telling his followers.    I could feel the deceit, I wanted to tell her not to believe, yet… she had to.   She had to do what she felt was right.    

When Adryel was on Earth, seeing the world for the first time, meeting humans, seeing animals, and tasting the fruits I could feel her amazement at all the God had created.    I imagined what I would have felt had I been in her place.      The awe, the wonder, and the not knowing all of what she was seeing was perfectly portrayed.    

David Burnett wrote an eye opening, thought provoking story.    The ending was my most favorite.    

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David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.

David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

My week in review....

This is a recap of what happen on my blog this week.  

Friday I reviewed Chosen Wolf by Stacy Claflin... Read my Review HERE

Victoria is a werewolf who can’t shift… and it’s slowly killing her. 

Since leaving her family’s pack, Victoria has acquired many enemies. One of them has cursed her with the inability to turn at the full moon. Each un-shift is painfully worse than the last, breaking bones as well as her optimism.

Before finding the cure, Victoria must figure out who is behind it, and that proves harder than it would seem. Even with the high witch, a valkyrie, and a former troll king on her side, the mystery only continues to deepen. A cursed body is unearthed and friends disappear.

Can Victoria and her new pack find the cure in time save both her and their missing friends?

Thursday I have a Promo Post of Devil Sent the Rain...See post HERE

 The heart can be an assassin. Detective Billy Able knows that from experience.

Fresh from solving Memphis’ most sensational murder case, Homicide Detective Billy Able and his ambitious new partner Frankie Malone are called to a bizarre crime scene on the outskirts of town. A high society attorney has been murdered while dressed in a wedding gown. Billy is shocked to discover he has a very personal connection to the victim. When the attorney’s death exposes illegal practices at her family’s prestigious law firm, the scandal is enough to rock the southern city’s social world. In a tale of the remnants of Old South aristocracy and entitlement, twisted by greed and vengeance, Billy must confront the secrets of his own past to have any chance at solving the murder of the girl he once knew. But as he seeks the truth, he’s drawn closer to an embittered killer bent on revenge—and eliminating the threat Billy poses.

Wednesday I had another Promo Post of Teetotaled... See post HERE

In Maia Chance’s follow-up to her acclaimed Prohibition-era caper Come Hell or Highball, Lola Woodby is hired to find a diary, but soon the diary owner’s future mother-in-law is murdered.

After her philandering husband died and left her penniless in Prohibition-era New York, Lola Woodby escaped with her Swedish cook to the only place she could—her deceased husband’s secret love nest in the middle of Manhattan. Her only comforts were chocolate cake, dime store detective novels, and the occasional highball (okay, maybe not so occasional). But rent came due and Lola and Berta were forced to accept the first job that came their way, ultimately leading them to set up shop as a Discreet Retrieval Agency, operating out of Alfie’s cramped love nest.

Now they’re in danger of losing the business they’ve barely gotten off the ground—they haven’t had a job in months and money is running out. So when a society matron offers them a job, they take it—even if it means sneaking into a detox facility and consuming only water and health food until they can steal a diary from Grace Whiddle, a resident at the “health farm.” But barely a day in, Grace and her diary escape from the facility—and Grace’s future mother-in-law is found murdered on the premises. Lola and Berta are promptly fired. But before they can climb into Lola’s red and white Duesenberg Model A and whiz off the property, they find themselves with a new client and a new charge: to solve the murder of Grace’s future mother-in-law.

Tuesday I featured Conspiracy of Raven by Lila Bowen....See post HERE
The sequel to Wake of Vultures, where a rich, secret world is hiding beneath the surface.
Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now her destiny as the Shadow is calling.
A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And Nettie must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on a dangerous mission that is pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.
When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?

Monday I started my week with Bayside Evening by Stacy Claflin... See my review HERE

She’s single and stuck. His relationship is going nowhere. Will the next wedding they plan… be their own?

Dakota Hunter is great at wedding planning but terrible at finding a guy. Each one she encounters is worse than the one before… until she meets Clay. There’s one teensy problem: her attractive new assistant has a long-term girlfriend.

Clay Harper is thrilled to land his new job with Dakota, surrounding himself with happy couples day in and day out. But when he sees true love in person, he realizes his own relationship is far less than happy. It doesn’t help that being around Dakota feels easy. It feels right.

As Dakota and Clay grow a deeper connection, Clay’s girlfriend refuses to go down without a fight. Can the wedding planners go from seeing happy couples… to being one?

As a special giveaway for reading to the end of this post, leave a comment telling me what your favorite post of this week is and why and I will gift a $5 gift certificate to B&N or Amazon to the winner.     Entries will be accepted until Saturday 10/22 at midnight.  

Friday, October 14, 2016

Chosen Wolf (Curse of the Moon Book 2) by Stacy Claflin

Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published September 29th 2016
Victoria is a werewolf who can’t shift… and it’s slowly killing her. 

Since leaving her family’s pack, Victoria has acquired many enemies. One of them has cursed her with the inability to turn at the full moon. Each un-shift is painfully worse than the last, breaking bones as well as her optimism.

Before finding the cure, Victoria must figure out who is behind it, and that proves harder than it would seem. Even with the high witch, a valkyrie, and a former troll king on her side, the mystery only continues to deepen. A cursed body is unearthed and friends disappear.

Can Victoria and her new pack find the cure in time save both her and their missing friends?

Chosen Wolf is the second book in the Curse of the Moon series by USA Today bestselling author, Stacy Claflin. It’s a paranormal romantic suspense saga that features gripping supernatural drama, surprising twists, dynamic characters, and heart-pounding romance.

Read Chosen Wolf today to satisfy your craving for a heart-pounding paranormal tale.

**It's highly recommended that you read Lost Wolf (book 1) first, due to a continuing storyline.**

My Thoughts…

The Curse of the Moon series is wonderful!    Chosen Wolf is the second book in the series and picks up exactly where the first, Lost Wolf, ended.     This series does have to be read in order but they are pretty quick reads and once you start I can guarantee you won’t want to stop.  

Victoria and Toby have reconnected but have to keep their relationship a secret, Victoria can’t shift at the full moon, and someone is chasing her down.     All of this sounds like an amazing story and it is.    Victoria is a strong, self sufficient, and sexy woman.   I love these characteristics when I read a book, especially a shifter book.      I am on board with the whole ALPHA male storylines but a strong woman will win out for me every time.    Toby is a great compliment to Victoria.   He is the leader of the pack, a professor at the local college, and respectful of the Victoria.     He encourages her to be strong, become her own person, and live her own life.   Yet, he does everything possible to protect her and keep her safe.    These two are some of the best shifters I have read about in a while.

Stacy Claflin has a great series.   I can’t wait for more, I need to read more, and I am hoping that it will happen quickly.    Chosen Wolf is a book that sent me on a roller coaster.     I recommend picking up your own copy of this entire series.   

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