Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Cover Reveal - The Scene by Roxy Sloane




Title: The Scene
Series: The Scene #1
Author: Roxy Sloane
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Designs
 Release Date: July 15, 2015



Blurb

Miami. The city of sex, sin — and secrets.

I came here with one mission: solve the mystery behind my brother’s death. 
Somebody’s got answers. 
Somewhere, I’ll find what I’m looking for.

I didn’t bet on Xavier. He’s my way into the scene — and my biggest threat. 
I should keep my distance, but I can’t stay away.

I'm playing with fire, and I just pray I don't get burned.




The Scene Part 2


Release Date: July 22, 2015





The Scene Part 3


Release Date: August 5, 2015









Author Bio

Roxy Sloane is a romance junkie with a dirty mind. She lives in Los Angeles with her hot ex-military hubby and her two kids. She loves writing sexy, complex stories about pushing the boundaries and risking it all.




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Book Blitz - Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy




Title: Some Girls Do
Author: Clodagh Murphy
 Release Date: June 24, 2015



Blurb

Claire Kennedy, aka internet sensation NiceGirl, is the anonymous author of a steamy sex blog. Little do her fans know that bookish Claire isn't quite as experienced in the bedroom as her online persona. But everyone makes stuff up on the internet, right?

Except that NiceGirl attracts the attention of London publisher Mark Bell. Handsome, charming and successful, Mark is soon offering Claire the life she's always dreamed of - a steady relationship, the literary world of London and a hot book deal.

But when Claire enlists the help of brooding artist Luca to brush up on her sex skills before Mark discovers she's a fraud, things begin to get complicated ...






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Author Bio


Clodagh Murphy lives in Dublin, Ireland. She is a compulsive writer, an inveterate dreamer, a devoted aunt, an enthusiastic traveller and an expert procrastinator. She loves writing funny, sexy, romantic stories with lots of kissing. Her writing heroine is Joan Wilder from Romancing the Stone.



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Release Blitz - Handle Me with Care be Helen J Rolfe




Title: Handle Me with Care
Author: Helen J Rolfe
Genre: Romantic Fiction
 Release Date: June 30, 2015



Blurb


Does true love come along more than once in a lifetime? Maddie Kershaw doesn’t think so. She lost the love of her life in the 9/11 attacks, and since then has hopped from one casual fling to the next. But when she delivers an erotic cake to a one-hundredth birthday party by mistake, she meets Evan and starts to believe in second chances … until she realises there’s a risk of getting hurt all over again.

Evan Quinn is serially single, yet when he meets Maddie he feels an instant connection, so much so that he confesses on their first date that he may have testicular cancer. Was it a mistake to tell her? He wants Maddie more than he has ever wanted any other woman. But he doesn’t want her pity.

With the odds stacked against them both, finding love won’t be easy. But beneath the Australian sun, a Happy Ever After could be worth fighting for.




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Author Bio

Helen J. Rolfe writes uplifting, contemporary fiction with characters to relate to and fall in love with.

Before she started writing books, Helen J.Rolfe worked in I.T. until she came to her senses and studied journalism and writing. She wrote articles for Women’s Health & Fitness magazines as well as newsletter content and media releases for a not-for-profit organisation. In 2011 the fiction bug bit and Helen has been writing fiction ever since.

After fourteen years of calling Australia home, Helen has returned to the UK with her husband and two children.

Find out more at www.helenjrolfe.com and follow her on Twitter @HJRolfe.



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Release Day Blitz - The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey

Title: The Allure of Julian Lefray
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: June 29, 2015
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From: JosephineKeller@LLDesigns.com

To: LilyNBlack@gmail.com
Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!

Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT's “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.

I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you're thinking- "But Jo, what’s the problem?"

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all...

XO,
Jo 




I needed this book! Not just because R.S. Grey has become a favorite author of mine, but because before The Allure of Julian Lefray, I read something that had me in tears. I was in a pit, and this book was a rope. I laughed, I swooned and I fell for a charming, suited businessman by the name of Julian, as I climbed from the pit. It was oh, so good!

Wanting to work in the fashion industry, and make in New York, is a dream for Josephine Keller. And her first break comes in the form of a job as an Executive Assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs.

Except her boss isn't the titular designer, it's her devastatingly handsome, older brother, Julian. She needs her job, which means Jo also needs to keep her hands and her mouth to herself. But...did I mention devastatingly handsome?

I'm so happy. I feel bouncy, and positive, and like I could take my yoga pants-clad butt out and find me a charming, sexy man (ignoring the fact I'm married for a second...*gulp*), and it's all because of this book. The Allure of Julian Lefray is exactly that. Alluring. It's playful and light, and so easy to get lost in, you won't release that hours have passed until you're closing the book and wishing it could have been longer.

Admittedly, there were times when I thought Jo was being a bit of a martyr, and I wanted her to be honest (with herself and Julian) about her feelings and her situation, but it worked for the overall story, so no biggie. I can deal. Because I really enjoyed Jo's character otherwise. She was perky, funny and sassy. Her little quirks, her occasional bumbling awkwardness (one scene in particular reminded me of one of my favorite movies, Love Actually) and her drive to make it all together made her the kind of gal I'd like to be friends with. In fact, I possibly am; she shares a lot of traits with some of my favorite people.

And Julian... Sigh, he was completely swoonworthy, and quite different to the plethora of jerky, asshole men that flood the romance market. Sure, he had his moments, but he was just a good, solid, smart, hot-as-hell man, and one that went all in. Gotta love that!

I'm hoping that Ms. Grey has more of the excellent secondary characters in store for us in the future. I liked getting to know nosy Dean and crazy Lily, and I'm certain that next time I am in a pit, their story would do wonders for helping me out. Please, Ms. Grey?

~ Review by Beth





I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things... everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I'm a comedy geek and love all things "funny". Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.



Review - Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton


Title: Dead Ice
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #24
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Release Date: June 9, 2015



Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancĂ©e.

It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed…







I have followed this series for a long time. I read on through good and all the bad. There's just something about it I can't resist, can't turn away from. Something about this series that keeps me reading, that means I can't put it down, usually long after my bedtime. Even the bad ones, I just can't stop. So, while reading this newest, I was pleased to see that it changed things up quite a bit! 

For one, I didn't have to hear Anita talk nonstop about her guns. They are a part of her, and there, but not the focus of pages and pages. Her life isn't any simpler, perhaps it's more complicated since Anita and those closest to her are planning a wedding and commitment ceremony. However, so much of the angst that has been overdrawn was gone. Instead, we witnessed character interactions that were much more believable and honest, and much more fun to be around. 

Anita gets over so many of her hang ups; hang ups about being with women and about her men seeing others. Watching her learn to feed more on anger was awesome! It's such a perfect power for her. Also, instead of her powers jumping out and surprising her and everyone else, she accepts them, and rocks them like the badass she is. She works with the police on a particularly disturbing case, and there is enough focus on it in this book that it remained relevant throughout the book. 

Despite a few annoying moments, I'm really pleased with this new addition to the series, and I desperately hope the next ones continue with the changes that bring it back around to the series I fell in love with in the first place!
~ Review by George




Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of two series that mix mystery, fantasy, magic, horror and romance. Her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novels from Berkley Books began with GUILTY PLEASURES (now a hugely successful graphic novel from Marvel - the first sexy paranormal comic ever!) and continues with the SKIN TRADE, number seventeen in the series, in which Anita's complex personal and professional relationships with a master vampire and an alpha werewolf continue to evolve. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's Ballantine series features Fey princess and private investigator, Merry Gentry and there are now six novels exceeding one million copies in print. She lives in St. Louis County Missouri with her husband Jonathon Green, daughter, one pug dog and one boxer/pug dog.



Review - Tessa Ever After by Brighton Walsh


Title: Tessa Ever After
Series: Caged in Winter #2
Author: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: May 5, 2015



In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for. 







Well-written. Fun. Sexy-as-hell. A great, albeit simple, story with a killer ending. That's Tessa Ever After. And that's all I could ever ask for in a book. 

After falling pregnant at 17, the now 22 year old Tessa isn't looking for a party boy or a womanizer. She has a daughter and responsibilities, and she needs someone that is ready for a built-in family. And her brother, Cade’s best friend isn't that. 

Jason is the ultimate playboy, and responsibility isn't what he's after. But the more time he spends with Tessa and Haley in Cade's absence, the more he wants to. And with his parents pressuring him to take up the mantle in the family business, all Jason wants is to keep Tessa for himself. But is he ready? 

This was one of those so-easy-to-read-you-don't-even-notice-the-time-passing books. Most anything could have been happening while I was shut up in my room with Tessa and Jase, and I'd probably not have noticed. Especially when I got to that adorably perfect ending… 

Tessa Ever After started a little slow, but once it hit its stride, it REALLY hit it. I love brother's best friend romances, and this was an excellent example of it; the tension between friends was there but not overplayed and it allowed for some awesome moments between Tessa and Cade, Cade and Jason, Jason and Tessa. Plus, the conflict resolution wasn't cookie-cutter -- it was a bit different and I appreciated that.

While this book might be simple in terms of story -- there are no major, crazy, twisty or dark turns here -- it was still captivating. The ease of the story allowed the characters to shine, and shine they did. I loved both Tessa, for her strength and her just-like-me parenting, and Jason, for his openness, his kindness and his complete swoonworthiness. 

Tessa Ever After is one fun, charming and hot book, and my first from Brighton Walsh. It absolutely won't be my last.
~ Review by Beth


The blurb for Tessa Ever After really intrigued me, and I knew I had to read it. 

Tessa had to grow up at a young age, since she ended up pregnant at 17. Her older brother, Cade's best friend, Jason has always been there. Now at 22, with Cade no longer there to help her, Jason is the one who is there for Tessa while he's gone. 

I enjoy a good brother's best friend book, and this one was written quite well. Cade warns both Tessa and Jason not to get involved with each other, but they want each other too much to listen. Tessa and Jason worked quite well together as couple, since they have known each other for a while and just click. Jason was also great with Haley, Tessa's daughter. 

They both had problems they were trying to work through, and it was an interesting ride to see if they would follow their hearts, or do what was expected of them. The ending was great and it wrapped the book up nicely. 

I really liked this story. The characters were very likable and I was rooting for them to be together and have and HEA. This was my first book by Brighton Walsh, but it won't be my last, as I will definitely be picking up Cade and Winter's story!
~ Review by Leah




Brighton Walsh, author of Caged in Winter, Plus One and Season of Second Chances, spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.




Review - Priest by Sierra Simone


Title: Priest
Author: Sierra Simone
Release Date: June 29, 2015



There are many rules a priest can't break. 
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I've always been good at following rules. 
Until she came. 
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I'm twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again. 
I am a priest and this is my confession.

***Priest is a standalone, full-length novel with an HEA. For mature audiences only.***









This is the kind of book I want to force everyone around me to read. I want to talk about it, I want to gush over it, and I want everyone to love it as much as I did, or just shut the hell up. It was so beautiful. There was sex, of course. Hot, dirty, and sometimes kinky sex. The weird thing is though, it never really rang as truly blasphemous. The sex, despite its style, is depicted as a reverent, worshipping and closer-to-all-things-holy act. Which, let's be honest, good sex really is. 

The relationship was tortured. This was not an acceptable relationship; it is forbidden, taboo, wrong. Yet, how can love and consensual acts really be wrong? This book delves deeply into that question, and the answers are hard to deal with. It was easy to immerse myself into these characters; they were so solid that I felt disjointed with reality as I refused to come up for air until I had finished. 

This was not one of those stories that frustrates you because characters are stupid, and don't realize/act on/ communicate their feelings and therefore are kept apart. This couple knows how they feel, they act on it many steamy, ‘oh my god, I need batteries’ times. They vocalize their feelings, sometimes sweetly, sometimes aggressively. The outside world, however, just can't allow their passion, and the unjustness of this genuinely broke my heart. 

I was so invested in their love, and how they were going to achieve the seemingly impossible, because I refused to believe they couldn’t work it out. I desperately prayed for a happy ending, for the sake of my heart, my nerves, and the fate of my poor Kindle if it ended up getting thrown against a wall. It was just all around a beautiful experience, one I would absolutely recommend, and one I will look forward to repeating.
~ Review by George


I stumbled across this author one night browsing Facebook and when I read the blurb to Priest, I said, ‘I. Must. Read. It’ and my goodness, am I glad I did. It was sinfully delicious!! Many might think this is too taboo, and it might be, but go in with a open mind and I can assure you that you will never be the same. Even though it it's filled with plenty of sexiness, there is still a beautiful story to be told!

I want you to experience what I got to experience, how sinfully hot and forbidden this story was. How Tyler battled with his inner demons in doing what was right, even when doing what was wrong was more appealing and exciting to him. I just cannot express to you how hot, dirty (in a good way) and exciting this book was. 

“This is so wrong,” I said, moving my mouth even closer. I could smell her, and she smelled like heaven, like soap and skin and the delicate female scent that every man hungered for. “But just one taste,” I murmured, talking more to myself than to her now. “God wouldn’t punish me for just one taste.”

“My little lamb,” I whispered. “You are so very, very wet right now.”

I would love for everyone to read it and see that this is definitely not like any other book out there!! Beware you WILL need an extra pair (or two) of panties and LOTS of batteries!!
~ Review by Kara






Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.