Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Peek In The BiblioBin #204


Welcome to our Stacking the Shelves post! 


Stacking the Shelves (or as we like to call it, A Peek in the BiblioBin) has been created by the folks at Tynga's ReviewsIt's a way for bloggers to share what books they've won, received for review, purchased, borrowed from the library or friend, received as a gift, grabbed off the bookshelf, etc.



For Review:




One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards




Purchased:



The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Get Lucky (A YA Anthology) by various authors



Borrowed:



The Paris Wife by Paula McLain



The Pursuit (Fox and O'Hare #5) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Forevermore (Darkest London #7) by Kristen Callihan

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From Forever:

Miss Layla Starling, the young, beautiful, and extremely wealthy heiress, is the talk of London. Until now, she's managed to evade the marriage noose. Despite the fact that she is unfortunately American, she's received a staggering number of offers. And turned down every one. St. John Evernight does not want to admit the relief he feels every time he hears that she has rejected one of her suitors. Which is unfair of him. Layla deserves to be happy. But he can not offer her happiness. He will never be normal, never be anything but a freak in her world. So St. John resolves to keep his distance, until he is recruited by the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals to guard Layla. For she is in grave danger, and he is about to learn the full extent of his powers. 


Source: advance e-galley received from the publisher



Forevermore is the seventh and final installment in the Darkest London series and will be bittersweet for anyone who has been following the series since the beginning. It's true even for someone like me who has only read a few of the books because no matter where in the series you pick up, it's one of the most fascinating and captivating series you'll come across. 

As with the previous books there are connections that run deep and some of them not always good. In Forevermore, young Layla is being raised by Augustus, the Judgement demon. She knows that he's not her father and the identity of her mother, while known to him, is a secret mainly to keep Layla safe. She grows into a remarkable young woman who attracts plenty of attention, and it this world, some of that attention is unfortunately otherworldly and dangerous. Enter St. James or Sin Evernight, a childhood friend who has gifts of his own. He and Layla have always had a connection and are destined to be in each other's lives. Destiny is a recurring theme throughout the story. As Layla comes into her own powers, it's up to Augustus and Sin to help keep her safe as she trains and prepares her for her future. 

Even though I've only read two of the books in this series (Firelight and Soulbound), I had no trouble immersing myself into this one. Callihan provides background on characters without it taking away from the pace of the story. If anything it only set my resolve to read the other books because all these characters are brilliant, especially the women! This was something that was obvious to me since Firelight - the women are dynamic, fierce and smart. They make the Darkest London world stunning.

Fans of this series will be sad to see this end. I love that Callihan brought back some previous characters, two of them very dear to me, as if bringing this back full circle. If you're new to this, you should start from the beginning - you won't be disappointed!

~ Bel 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen Cover Reveal

Happy Wednesday! And it's made even happier because we have the cover reveal for Hard Hitter, the second book in the Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen! Mark your calendars - it comes out January 3rd, 2017.

You may now proceed to drool away ...





He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score...

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.

After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good...
 


   
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Waiting on Wednesday (191)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that highlights future releases that we are excitedly anticipating.



AvengedBy Marnee Black
Publication Date: June 26, 2016

Three terrifying months. 

That’s how long Kitty Laughton has been at the mercy of the scientist who experimented on her town, killing over a dozen people and giving the rest of them unique powers. But Kitty doesn’t feel powerful, especially when she learns the crazy man plans to test his research on more unsuspecting people. She refuses to let anyone else die, but trapped with no one to help her she’s out of options…that is until sexy and exasperating Nick Degrassi arrives.

Special-ops soldier Nick blames himself for Kitty’s capture, and he’ll do whatever he can to free the quiet beauty, but close quarters and a shared secret bring an attraction that neither of them expected. With the organization that started it all making mercenaries for hire, Nick and Kitty must save themselves and stop a madman…before it’s too late.



His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret, #1)
By Lilah Pace
Publication Date: July 19, 2016

The first in an enchanting new male/male romantic duology from Lilah Pace, author of Asking for More and Begging for It ....

James, the handsome, cosmopolitan Prince of Wales, is used to being in the public eye. But he's keeping a king-sized secret...James, next in line for the throne, is gay.

He’s been able to hide his sexual orientation with the help of his best friend and beard, Lady Cassandra. Sometimes he feels like a coward for not coming out, but he daren’t risk losing the crown. If he did, the succession would fall on his deeply troubled younger sister, Princess Amelia. To protect her, James is willing to live a lie.

While on holiday, he meets Benjamin Dahan—a rugged international reporter with a globe-trotting, unattached life—who catches far more than James's eye. And when Ben is transferred to London, it seems fate may finally be smiling on James.

But what began as a torrid fling grows into something far more intimate and powerful. Soon James will have decide who he is, what he wants from life and love, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for the truth...
 




Roller Girl (Lake Lovelace, #3)
By Vanessa North
Publication Date: July 25, 2016

Recently divorced Tina Durham is trying to be self-sufficient, but her personal-training career is floundering, her closest friends are swept up in new relationships, and her washing machine has just flooded her kitchen. It’s enough to make a girl cry.

Instead, she calls a plumbing service, and Joanne “Joe Mama” Delario comes to the rescue. Joe is sweet, funny, and good at fixing things. She also sees something special in Tina and invites her to try out for the roller derby team she coaches.

Derby offers Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she’s never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at derby, the tension between her and Joe cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can’t help but want more.

With work still on the rocks and her relationship in the closet, Tina is forced to reevaluate her life. Can she be content with a secret lover? Or with being dependent on someone else again? It’s time for Tina to tackle her fears, both on and off the track.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby Release Week Blitz

Easy Kisses - Available now


Kristen Proby does it again with EASY KISSES, the sexiest new addition to her Boudreaux Series! EASY KISSES is a Contemporary Erotic Romance novel and is the 4th book in Kristen’s New York Times bestselling The Boudreaux Series. This book is available now so be sure to grab your copy today!

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ABOUT EASY KISSES:

The Boudreaux Series. Sexy. Intriguing. Easy.

Simon Danbury, an internationally sought after motivational speaker, helps women from all walks of life with love, self-esteem, dating and career building skills. Handsome, witty and wealthy, Simon seemingly has everything a man could want.

But appearances can be deceiving.

While Simon may have the answers for millions of women all over the world, when it comes to his own love life, he’s a giant, sexy mess. Divorced, and convinced that he’ll never love again, the very last thing he expects is one Charly Boudreaux.

Charly doesn’t want to be at this seminar in the middle of nowhere, but her sister made her go. She’s the one who has her life together. Great career, amazing family, nice home, and loyal friends. So what if she doesn’t have a man? She doesn’t need one. If she’s learned anything in her almost thirty years, it’s that men are more trouble than they’re worth.

And they have a nasty habit of breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces.

So she’ll sit through all of Simon’s touchy feely crap and go home and get on with her life. Except Simon isn’t really spouting crap, and when he smiles at her, the butterflies are ridiculous.

Never mixing business with pleasure, Simon finds Charly, a bright spot in a universe that’s been dark for too long. But will he be able to resist her?

And why would he want to?

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Excerpt:

“Hi there, handsome.”
“Well, hello, love.”
“You know,” I say as I lock the door behind him, then walk to my counter to close out the till and get ready to leave. “I’ve discovered that since you’ve been here, you’re very bad for my productivity.”
“How is that?” He leans on the counter and braces his chin on his fist, watching me.
“I’m closing the shop early, for one.”
“I do believe the sign in the window says you close at six.” He checks his watch. “And look at that, it’s six.”
“I haven’t actually closed at six since…well, I don’t remember. I usually chat with customers, redesign displays, shop for new stock. But most of that has been set aside because I seem to be spending most of my time with a certain sexy Brit. It’s a good thing you’re cute.”
He raises a brow and stands to full height, taking my breath away. His ink is on display again in a simple black T-shirt, stretched over wide, muscular shoulders.
Where did my knees go again?
“Cute, am I?”
His accent gets even thicker when he’s turned on, and it’s on full blast now.
“Adorable.”
He slowly circles around the counter and leans into me, pinning my hips against it. His lips are inches from mine.
“I don’t think a man is supposed to be cute.
“No?” Oh, God, I can’t breathe right when he’s this close to me. His hands are on my hips now, his fingers under the hem of my blouse, and then gliding up my skin and over my bra to cup my breasts.
“We shouldn’t do this here.” Is that my voice? I sound breathy and turned on, which is pretty accurate.
“No one is here,” he says and brushes feather-soft kisses over my cheek to my ear. My body is one giant shiver. Thank God for the giant display I built today that blocks us from outside traffic.
As if by their own volition, my hands make their way down the back of his jeans to cup his very fine ass just as he nips my neck, making me gasp.
“How cute am I now?” he whispers, never taking his lips from my skin.
“You’re just precious,” I reply, hearing my own accent thicken along with his cock pressed to my belly.
“You make me laugh,” he says, smiling against my neck. “You make me so hard it hurts. And I’m grateful that you’re wearing a skirt.”
“Why is that?”
He reaches down and balls the material in his fists, raising it above my waist.
“You’re not wearing panties,” he says with surprise, his blue eyes pinned to mine.
“Not today.”

And don’t forget to grab the first three books in the Boudreaux Series on sale for a limited time only!


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ABOUT KRISTEN PROBY: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.   Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.      

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The Hard Count by Ginger Scott Teaser Blitz

We are beside ourselves with excitement for The Hard Count, the latest from Ginger Scott that's coming out on July 15th! And because we're nice over here, we're sharing this lovely teaser and book trailer. This should hold us over until we have The Hard Count in our hands. Enjoy and don't forget to check out the excerpt here!  ~ Bel




   
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THE HARD COUNT
Mature YA Contemporary Romance-Stand Alone
Scheduled to release: July 15, 2016


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Blurb:

Nico Medina’s world is eleven miles away from mine. During the day, it’s a place where doors are open—where homes are lived in, and neighbors love. But when the sun sets, it becomes a place where young boys are afraid, where eyes watch from idling cars that hide in the shadows and wicked
smoke flows from pipes.

West End is the kind of place that people survive. It buries them—one at a time, one way or another. And when Nico was a little boy, his mom always told him to run.

I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, daughter in the perfect family.
Life on top.
Lies.
My world is the ugly one. Private school politics and one of the best high school football programs in the country can break even the toughest souls. Our darkness plays out in whispers and rumors, and money and status trump all. I would know—I’ve watched it kill my family slowly, strangling us for
years.

In our twisted world, a boy from West End is the only shining light.
Quarterback.
Hero.
Heart.
Good.
I hated him before I needed him.
I fell for him fast.
I loved him when it was almost too late.

When two ugly worlds collide, even the strongest fall. But my world…it hasn’t met the boy from West End.


About the Author: 

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless and In Your Dreams.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).


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Due Diligence by Anna Zabo

Due Diligence (Takeover, #3)*** ½
From Intermix:


A business trip leads to a surprise encounter with an old flame in this sexy romance from the author of Just Business.
 
After Fazil Kurt breaks up with his girlfriend, a business trip to Seattle offers some much-needed time away. Sent by S.R. Anderson Consulting, Fazil is there to help audit Singularity Storage, a company they are trying to save. His first discovery is intriguing to say the least: One of Singularity's engineers is Todd Douglas, Fazil’s first love.
 
He knows better than to get personally involved on a job like this. Back in high school, Todd broke Fazil’s heart more times than he could count, but both men have grown so much since then—and Fazil never could say no to Todd...



Source: This book was received from Penguin/Intermix and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.






Review:

Oh man.  Anna Zabo has done it again.  I just love the Takeover series.  I mean, we won’t discuss how many times I’ve re-read Just Business.  And now I can add Due Diligence to my comfort read list too.  Full of emotional moments, hot magic time and a guaranteed HEA.

Fazil Kurt has my love for life.  Add him to my list of book boyfriends now.  And what’s crazy is that he’s not my typical forever boy.  But from the very first chapter he just leaped off the page.  He’s dedicated and focused yet his inner turmoil was palpable.   It’s an excellent combination that made him unbelievably three dimensional.

It took me a longer time to warm up to Todd.  In the beginning, I got a vague feeling that he was gaslighting Fazil.   The only reason I dismissed my gut instinct was because this is a romance and he was definitely one of the heroes.  Also, I fully admit, I fell in love Fazil instantly so I immediately wanted to protect him and believe that he could do no wrong.  So poor Todd got the brunt of my distrust.   But things are never exactly the way we see them and there is always the other person’s side to the story.  No gaslighting here.  Just misunderstandings paired with insecurities that never completely went away after their teen years.

Once I was truly convinced that Todd was a nice guy, reading the push and pull between these two characters was a goose bump inducing treat.   Seeing them work through their shared history and trying so hard to not repeat it, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, was an emotional experience.  It was also hotter than hell.  The sex scenes in this book are rough and just a little dirty.  Let’s just say that Ms. Zabo certainly knows how to make her characters set my tablet on fire.  

My only complaint while reading this story was the one-sided insta-love.  One sided because it was only on Todd’s part.  Fazil was much more cautious and guarded with his feelings.  If you know me, insta-love is a really hard sell.  To be fair, Todd’s actions and feelings were totally in keeping with his character.  And let’s be honest, my own Fazil-love is probably clouding my judgement.  Again, poor, poor Todd.  This likable fellow is really getting some undeserved reservations from me. Oy!

If you are looking for a super-hot and satisfying romance, a love story that will engage you emotionally and serve up a perfect Happy Ever After, read Due Diligence right now!  And if you haven’t already, read the other two in this series.  You won’t be disappointed.


Nat