Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Release Day & Giveaway: The V Card by Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente


   

A brand new sinfully sexy standalone romantic comedy from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente, THE V CARD is about all of the seduction and emotions that come when one woman is ready to ditch her V card and enlists her brother’s best friend to teach her the art of seduction! What happens next when he agrees to help her get top marks in seven days are lots of steamy and heartfelt moments. THE V CARD is available now!

 

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A brand new sinfully sexy standalone romantic comedy from bestselling authors Lauren Blakely and Lili Valente!

When you think about how easy it is to lose keys, phones, sunglasses and your dignity on social media, you might figure it'd be a cinch for me to ditch my V Card.

You'd be wrong.

At 25, I run a successful business, live in a fantastic apartment, and have fabulous friends to go out with any night of the week. And yet I'm still a card-carrying member of a club I don't want to belong to anymore. Good thing I know just the man for the deflowering job—my brother’s business partner and best friend.

Graham Campbell is charming, smart, and, I’m told, oh-so-skilled in the sack. As long as I keep my eyes on the prize, there’s no way this pluck-the-flower project could possibly complicate matters.

***

Work and pleasure. As the CEO of a fast-growing company, I've been enjoying both to the fullest. What do I do when the board throws me for an unexpected loop so I can keep my business in my hands? I enlist the help of my best friend's little sister since she holds a big stake in the company. But then I learn there's another big stake she wants.

The one between my legs.

I can do this. Seven nights to teach her everything I know in the bedroom. There's no way I'll fall for her, even though she’s earning top grades in every single sinfully sexy lesson. And turns out I’m learning something too. The trouble is I don’t have the answer key to what to do when I fall hard for her.

And that throws a whole new hitch in my plans.


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"Their chemistry is scorching hot...The V Card is charming, feel-good entertainment punctuated by searing heat, heartwarming moments and the magic of New York City."

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Excerpt


As we settle in, the busboy brings the waters, and I cut to the chase. “So, I hate to crash the Sunday Funday vibe, but I invited you to brunch with an ulterior motive. I need a favor.”
She spreads her napkin on her lap with a raised brow. “What kind of favor?”
“I need you at next Monday’s board meeting. As you know, we lost an important account last month when Beaux Rêves in Paris went with a cheaper option. Obviously, they aren’t our only account, not by a long shot. But given how volatile the industry has been lately, I need to make it crystal clear to the shareholders that selling isn’t the right path. With the number of mergers and acquisitions going on, they’re seeing dollar signs, but quick money isn’t the answer. That’s where you come in.”
“You want them to hear from me because of my shares?” she asks, her brow furrowing. “We don’t have anything close to a majority.”
Though CJ inherited Sean’s share of the business when he passed away, that’s not why I need her at the meeting. CJ has a way of putting people at ease, of winning their trust and confidence. She’s a successful business owner in her own right—her accessories company Love Cycle Creations is growing by leaps and bounds every year. Plus, she was courted early on by an accessories conglomerate and she declined—totally the right call, as her company is now a rising star in her field.
I nod. “Of course, but that’s not the only reason. I need to convince them that now is not the time to explore getting into bed with a huge multinational retailer. And to do that, it’ll help to hear from someone with an insider’s stock holdings and an outsider’s perspective. I want them to hear from you in particular since you went through something so similar with Love Cycle.”
“On a much smaller scale, though. My company is tiny compared to Adored.”
“Size doesn’t matter.” I pause to wiggle an eyebrow for effect. “Well, in this case.”
A faint blush spreads on her cheeks. “You and the innuendo.”
“I do love innuendo. I also love Adored. That’s why I want to keep it the way it is—growing, profitable, and independent. I don’t want it swallowed by some faceless corporate giant.” A smile teases her lips for a moment and then disappears. I can’t read her at all, so I’m on the edge of my seat, waiting for an answer. “Please, CJ,” I add when she stays silent for a long beat. “I need you.”
“You need me,” she echoes, her brow smoothing as she sighs. She takes a drink of water, sets down her glass, and runs the tip of her tongue across her lips.
I watch her tongue move, wondering why I’ve never noticed how amazing her mouth is. She has the bee-stung lips of a cover girl, in a shade of pink so deep it brings to mind flushed, hot, intimate things.
Things I should be thinking of in her presence.
In anyone’s presence.
Resist, Campbell, resist…
Finally, just as I’m gearing up to beg, she looks up, a mysterious smile curving her lips. “I know exactly what you need, Graham.”
Damn, that sounded…naughty.
I reach for my water glass, needing something to cool me down since innocent words from a woman I’ve known forever are sending my thoughts straight into the gutter.
“But before I agree to your request,” she adds, her fingers drumming lightly on the white tablecloth, “I need something from you, too. Something I’ve been thinking long and hard about. Very long. And very hard.” Her eyes meet mine, trouble flickering in her gaze.
Glass halfway to my lips, I freeze.
Christ. Who the hell is this sexy-as-sin woman, and what has she done with CJ?



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About The Authors

   
A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 85 times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In December she'll release THE V CARD, a sinfully sexy standalone romantic comedy co-written with Lili Valente. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter  

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USA Today bestselling author Lili Valente writes both naughty things and funny things (that are also naughty). She has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale. These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.        

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Cover Reveal Blitz: Bleu Balls by Tara Lain


Bleu Balls
(Balls to the Wall Series #7)
By Tara Lain

Blurb:
Double trouble. The McMillan twins, Robin and Bobby, are renowned for their talents—both as fine artists and for thrilling the various men who catch their eyes. As different in style and personality as their DNA is identical, they’re nonetheless best friends who divide and conquer, with Robin doing the serious painting and Bobby adding the sunny salesmanship.

But when their most important client decides Bobby must wield the paintbrush, the brothers revert to childhood tactics and switch places. Then along comes Micah, a handsome doctor who’s attracted to Bobby but invites Robin out to try to please his homophobic brother, and Paolo, the pain-in-the-butt client who thinks he’s wooing Bobby when he’s actually after Robin. Paolo harbors his own hidden pain that weirdly intersects with Robin’s, but pride and privacy conspire to produce what will either be a masterpiece—or end up as Dogs Playing Poker.



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Release Date
January 9, 2018


Excerpt


Anson said, “This is Paolo Lind. His architectural firm designed this building and is its largest tenant.”

Robin stared right at the man. “Cool.”

Lind nodded but said nothing. He glanced up, met Robin’s gaze for an electric instant, and then shifted away. Ridiculous that a man so gorgeous should be such an asshole.

Anson said, “So, Ms. Etheridge, show us what you brought.”

Valerie stood her tablet on the table and began scrolling through photos of their projects. “As you’ll see, the McMillan brothers have the scope and grandeur to handle a project of this size but still maintain a contemporary, even leading-edge look. No kitsch that murals tend to fall into because the artist doesn’t know what to do in that large a work.”

She was doing a good job. Robin tried to listen, but his gaze kept drifting to the architectural masterpiece across the table.

She pulled out a portfolio of drawings and sketches to give them a sense of the immediacy of their work. “You can see the boldness of line and form.”

The architect stared at Robin’s portfolio with a slight crease between his dark, arched brows. Suddenly he looked up. “Excuse me, but we’ve already seen their work for others. Do you have a design to show us or not?”

Valerie paused for a fraction of a second too long, but then she dove in. “Mr. Lind, to do a design for a project of this size would require many, many hours of time—all on speculation. My clients are sought-after artists.”

Lind pushed the portfolio across the wide, slick table. “So are all the people we’re considering for this project. Obviously, your clients must not value the commission.”

Well, shit. Robin grabbed the portfolio. At the back were some sketches, and he ripped one from the plastic sleeve that held it. He turned it over and pulled three markers from his pocket—he didn’t leave home without them. Bold lines flowed across the paper as he drew. He glanced up at Lind, who stared at Robin’s moving hand. “So tell me. Do you design a lot of buildings on spec, darling?” Lind scowled at him. Robin looked back at the drawing and took his thumb, wet it, and smudged some of the lines. “Yeah, no, right? Because all you have to sell is your design talent. Just like me. This building we’re sitting in is a really good design. Not the best I’ve ever seen, but really good for Orange County. You need a mural that reflects that design, and you’re a good enough architect to know with one glance that I’m that guy.”

He kept drawing, slashing lines and swirling in flashes of golden yellow, but the main theme was blue, baby. With a sneer, he slid the abstract, wild, free creation across the table and stood up. “You can keep this, because no matter who else you hire, they can’t begin to do what my brother and I can do. But you’ll fuck up your building because, for whatever reason, after an acquaintance of thirty seconds, you don’t like me. Maybe you don’t like gay guys in eyeliner. Maybe you’re just an asshole. Hell, you want reasons to dislike me? You should get to know me. I can give you a boatload of reasons, but not liking my earrings is a pretty dumbass basis on which to choose an artist, and you, of all people, should know that.” He leaned over, signed the drawing with a flourish, flicked his fingers, and made the paper jump. “Good luck with your building.”


He crossed the conference room and walked out just as the sportswear chick yelled, “You tell ’em, cutie.”


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About the Author



Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 32. Her best-selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Paranormal Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft.  She lives with her soul-mate husband and her soul-mate dog near the sea in California where she sets a lot of her books.  Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Audiobook Review: Somehow, Some Way by Jennifer Probst

Somehow, Some Way 
(Billionaire Builders #2.5)
by Jennifer Probst
Narrator by Madeleine Maby and Lance Greenfield


Blurb:
Bolivar Randy Heart (a.k.a. Brady) knows exactly what he wants next in life: the perfect wife. Raised in a strict traditional family household, he seeks a woman who is sweet, conservative, and eager to settle down. With his well-known protective and dominant streak, he needs a woman to offer him balance in a world where he relishes control.

Too bad the newly hired, gorgeous, rehab addict is blasting through all his preconceptions and wrecking his ideals...one nail at a time....

Charlotte Grayson knows who she is and refuses to apologize. Growing up poor made her appreciate the simple things in life, and her new job at Pierce Brothers Construction is perfect to help her carve out a career in renovating houses. When an opportunity to transform a dilapidated house in a dangerous neighborhood pops up, she goes in full throttle. Unfortunately, she's forced to work with the firm's sexy architect who's driving her crazy with his archaic views on women. Too bad he's beginning to tempt her to take a chance on more than just work...one stroke at a time....

Somehow, some way, they need to work together to renovate a house without killing each other...or surrendering to the white-hot chemistry knocking at the front door.



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Viviana's Review: 
LOVE this series! Bonus that Lance Greenfield is one of the narrators. LOVE HIM!
I got to see Brady and Charlotte "together" when I read "All or Nothing at All" and I was completely curious about the 'how' their journey.

I loved seeing their banter and how they evolve. Each have their own quirks and beliefs on how not only of how things are done but also what they want in life. 

Great characters and awesome story makes this an FANTASTIC listen! 

Narrator Reviews: 
Did I mention how I love Lance? Both Madeleine's and Lance's performance bring the characters to life and make a great story even better!!!




Rating: 4.5 Stars - LOVED IT - Couldn't put it down! 




Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Audiobook Review: Dragon Burn By Donna Grant

Dragon Burn
(A Dark Kings Novella)
by Donna Grant
Narrated by Antony Ferguson 

Blurb: 
In this scorching Dark Kings novella, New York Times best-selling author Donna Grant brings together a determined Dragon King used to getting what he wants and an Ice Queen who thaws for no one.

Marked by passion

A promise made eons ago sends Sebastian to Italy on the hunt to find an enemy. His quarry proves difficult to locate, but there is someone who can point him in the right direction - a woman as frigid as the north. Using every seductive skill he's acquired over his immortal life, his seduction begins. Until he discovers that the passion he stirs within her makes him burn for more....

Gianna Santini has one love in her life - work. A disastrous failed marriage was evidence enough to realize she was better off on her own. That is until a handsome Scot strolled into her life and literally swept her off her feet. She is unprepared for the blazing passion between them or the truth he exposes. But as her world begins to unravel, she realizes the only one she can depend on is the very one destroying everything - a Dragon King.






Viviana's Review: 
A quick read that moves the overall arc slightly forward and I do mean slightly. This is the 11.5th book in a series that has begun to drag, unfortunately. I LOVED this series, unfortunately, it seems like Donna, the author is trying to appease readers in the "writing more stories" in this world vs. completing the series which would provide the readers with the much desired questions to their answers and maybe create another spin off. There is no doubt that Donna is a great story teller and has created both a world and characters that readers love. For me, I think its an issue of finally learning who Rhi's Dragon King and how things will end. 

The story has the usual Sexy Dragon King who declares how love isn't for them, a heroine who happens to be able to provide some sort of answer to what the Dragon Kings are seeking. SIDE NOTE: these are the two factors that keep repeating over and over again in all (if not most) of the previous 11 books. and as soon as I read it in this one, I sighed in frustration. Back to the story, the usual Sexy Dragon King, Heroine being used to further the Kings cause, sexy time, action between the good guys and the bad ones. Then we get closer to the end where we learn a little something new and end of story.

Though it says that this can be read as a standalone and it totally can, but I think readers would get more out of the story if they have read the previous books. 

Narrator's Review:
Antony has narrated the entire series and continues to rock! His performance is great, providing each male character with their own voices and he does a really good job with the female characters. Its not overly done. 


Overall, its a good read and better than "okay". I am looking forward to see what the next full length book brings. 


Rating: 2.5 Stars - It was better than Okay :) 


Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Audiobook Review: Filthy Scrooge By Taryn Quinn

Filthy Scrooge
By Taryn Quinn 
Narrated by Kai Kennicott & Wen Ross 

Blurb: 
Making deals is my specialty. And tonight, my terms are...her.

I hate Christmas. For years, I've avoided the holiday entirely.

Until Kandy Kane enters my life - the same seductive mystery woman I danced with at a club last night. When she shows up at my company the next day as our Christmas party planner, she's desperate for help with her little problem.

My hot elf in striped tights needs a last-minute Santa.

And I need her. In every way possible. And this time, she's not going to run. Alone in my remote cabin for the weekend, she's going to be mine in every way she knows and a few she doesn't.

Except she's hiding a secret. So am I.

She's a virgin.

And I'm the bastard who is going to ruin her for any other man...unless she ruins me first.

Author's Note: While Filthy Scrooge is a standalone short novel that can be listened to without listening to any other story, you never know when characters from our other books may show up.



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Viviana's Review:
I've never read anything by Taryn and totally picked up this book because of the narrators. This was also a quick listen (4hrs & 49mins). There is a bit more to the story that the blurb doesn't include. However, the majority is there and you end up with a steamy quick read.

I liked both characters though I think Lincoln's "scrooge" behavior could have been done better if there was more shared by secondary characters. It seemed off at the beginning. Gets better towards the end as we learn more about him and the reason for his scrooge attitude. Kandy on the other hand, seems to have been made to run a business that involves Christmas. From her name to her view on life.

Lincoln and Kane meet at the beginning of the book but remain strangers until she walks into his office. Their initial meeting was full of chemistry but nothing came of it. This could have created a great opportunity to have that tension between the two, however, they jump right into it. I was bummed about that. I would have loved to have seen more tension and bantering to create and increase that chemistry.

This was a quick "fall from lust into love" story and when its this quick (over four days) I tend to scoff at it especially when there is little interaction (besides the physical) between them or when we don't 'see' things from a character's perspective that would be an "Oh that's why they fell for each other" type of moment. There were a few potential moments but again, not fully explored.

Perhaps it was due to the shortness of the story that it seemed like something was missing to make it a much better story.


The Narrators Review: 
If it wasn't for the narrators, this would have become a DNF read. They gave a depth to the characters with their performance that wouldn't have been there if not for them.

Both Wen & Kai are a great team that play off each other very well! Each provide the characters with individual voices/tones allowing different personalities to come out as well.


Overall, it was a quick read with great narrators. I liked it. It was okay. Would I re-listen? Nope.

Rating: 2 Stars - I liked it. 



Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book by the Narrators in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Audiobook Review: Mercy by Debra Anastasia

Mercy
by Debra Anastasia
Narrated by Muffy Newtown and Zachary Webber

Blurb:
He taught me to kill. Murder is in my blood now. It runs through my veins and though I hide the monster I see in the mirror with ink, it doesn't keep him from coming out.

My street name is Mercy, but I never show any. Except for her. I watch Becca, though she doesn't know. She saved me a long time ago; the day my father killed my mother. Her bravery turned her into a target.

My father holds a grudge and knife with the same proficiency, and Becca is the focus of his hatred. And I'm the only monster who can save her.


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Viviana's Review: 
I never read anything by Debra Anastasia and now I'm waiting to see what she releases next! I listened to the audiobook and WOW! Both Muffy's and Zachary's performance were brilliant and completely brought the characters to life!

There is so much more to the story than what the blurb shares and its one I couldn't put down! Nix is an anti-hero who will draw you in and you'll completely fall in love with him! Becca is a strong, independent and smart woman. The two compliment each other in various ways and bring out the best as well.

The secondary characters are also great! I'm really looking forward to Animal's book! We got to see different sides of both Nix and Becca through their conversations and interactions with the secondary characters which added volumes to the story!

Narrator's Review: 
One of the many things I love about Zachery's performance and his narration is that he brings a vulnerability to the character with the use of his voice. The vulnerability adds dimension to the characters. However, he still brings the "Alpha Male", strong man performance.

Muffy's able to provide each of the characters with their own voices and tones and OMG, her 'guy' voice is oh so yummy! Her range is great and her performance rocked!!

Overall, a great read that has romance, suspense, humor, little drama considering and little to no angst! The narrators really brought the story to that next level!


Rating: 4.5 Stars - LOVED IT - Couldn't put it down! 




Disclaimer:
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.



Friday, December 1, 2017

Cover Reveal Blitz: Deadline by Jennifer Blackstream



Excited to be able to share with you the cover of DEADLINE by Jennifer Blackstream! 




Deadline
(Blood Trails Series, Bk 1)
By Jennifer Blackstream

Blurb: 

As a witch with a dark past, Shade Renard knows the Otherworld isn’t always successful at policing itself. Humans don’t believe in magic anymore, and their ignorance renders them easy prey. So when an FBI contact hires her to consult on a possible haunting in a missing persons case, Shade seizes the opportunity to see justice done.

Her case takes an unexpected turn when an undead crime lord shows up on her doorstep. A bold thief stole the vampire’s little black book of secrets—and he’ll pay a lot more than an FBI consulting fee to get it back. To collect, Shade will have to confront a rogue sorceress, a vengeful wizard, and a lethally seductive fey, with only her wits, her growing magic, and a sarcastic pixie familiar.

Success means bringing a killer to justice and taking the first step to redemption. Failure means a war between humans and the Otherworld.

No pressure.



Available on January 16th 2018

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About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Blackstream is…odd. Putting aside the fact that she writes her own author bio in third person, she also sleeps with a stuffed My Little Pony that her grandmother bought her as a joke for her 23rd birthday, and she enjoys listening to Fraggle Rock soundtracks whether or not her children are in the car.

Jennifer doesn’t have spare time, but she makes it a point to spend at least one night a week with her sibling binge-watching whatever show they’re currently plowing through (currently Numbers on Netflix), and she ferociously guards quality time with her son and daughter. She cooks when she has the sanity for it—adding garlic to the recipe whether it calls for it or not—and tries very hard not to let her arachnophobia keep her out of her basement on laundry day.

Jennifer’s influences include Terry Pratchett (for wit), Laurell K. Hamilton (for sexual tension), Jim Butcher (for roguish flair), and Kim Harrison (for mythos). She is currently writing the series of her heart and her dreams, the series that has been percolating in her brain for the last decade…Blood Trails. An Urban Fantasy Mystery series that will combine the classic whodunit spirit with a contemporary fantasy setting. Expect mystery, magic, and mayhem, with characters that will make you laugh, cry, and probably stare at the screen with your jaw hanging down to the floor. Well, that’s how they affect Jennifer anyway…


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