Monday, April 24, 2017

How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall

From Forever Romance:

Rules are made to be broken . . .

If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." So far, I haven't. I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford, no idea what I'm going to do next and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful . . . oh yeah, and a billionaire.

It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me.

I'm good at doing what I'm told in the bedroom. The rest of the time, not so much. And now that Caspian's shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it's him I want. Not his wealth, not his status. Him. Except that might be the one thing he doesn't have the power to give me.

Welcome to our first triple threat review where all three of our BiblioJunkies have read and are reviewing the same book!  We had such a blast doing this and comparing notes, so we hope you enjoy it too!  


I’d just come off of reading my first Alexis Hall novel, Glitterland when I picked up HtBaB a few days later. Admittedly I was hoping for more of the same as I was still on this glorious high but I quickly learned that HtBaB is something entirely different. Yet it felt familiar. Like Fifty Shades of Grey familiar. The similarities just kept popping up at me and I don’t know if that was Hall’s intent. (I even texted Nat asking if it was just me and we both agreed that we were seeing the same things.)

I finally stopped noticing the similarities and instead began to feel that Hall was giving this storyline a bit of a shake-up. While Caspian like Christian remains the aloof guy, Arden is the opposite of the meek Ana of Fifty. In fact, he’s the one who keeps pushing and pursuing Caspian. It didn’t matter to me that Arden is slightly adrift without a clue about his future. He’s fun and has a tendency towards self-deprecation in such a British way which means that I automatically love him. I really am hopeless when it comes to that.

By the end, I came away with a better sense of Arden than I did Caspian which is okay because this book is about him determining what he wants even if the rest of his life isn’t in order yet. Caspian seems to thaw a little and I’m trusting that Hall will show us what Arden sees and senses in him sooner rather than later.

I liked the book a lot. I know there’ll be readers who’ve read Fifty Shades who'll have a hard time letting go of the comparisons and I get that. I managed to shed that hindrance and I feel it’s mostly because I was so drawn to the dynamics between Arden and Caspian; how Arden’s naïve, witty, playful personality countered Caspian’s solemn nature. Two distinct opposites clashing is so compelling to me. And there's something alluring about them when they're together and in the right moment. I also appreciated the dynamics with his best friend and family. It’s a joy to see some positive modelling of relationships between them, and it helps that they’re also engaging characters in their own right. My only question is how the prologue – which seems out of place once you’re done with the story - plays in to the rest of the series. I suspect that the subsequent books will answer that. In the meantime, I've added them to my "want to read" list and I'll try this whole patience thing as I wait for them. (Alexis, I'm suffering here.)

So basically, I’ve come to three important conclusions after reading HtBaB. One, my author-crush on Alexis Hall is perfectly intact. Two, I will be reading more of his books. And three, he can be my Scrabble partner because it’d be fun and he's brilliant with words!

I have loved Alexis Hall since I first read Glitterland - it's easily one of my favorite romances.  I haven't read all of his books (I'm a terrible fan) but the few I have read have been stellar.  I enjoy the prose and sharp humor that seems to be just as much as a part of Alexis Hall as it is of his books.  When Shel and Bel told me this was releasing soon (I've been woefully behind on everything it seems), I jumped at the chance to read it with them.  

The prologue was intriguing and I was slightly confused by it.  BUT, it all ties in before the end of the book.  A different (to me) and brilliant way to introduce other characters' feelings when the story is told in first person.  The first couple chapters had me laughing out loud with awkward situations and Hall's signature humor.  Then I kept reading and I was overwhelmed by a feeling of deja vu. Wait a minute.....Then it hit me that this was a retelling of 50 Shades of Grey. The initials of the main characters were the same.  Their educations/jobs were almost the same.  Wait, What?  I was both taken aback and amused by Hall's naughtiness. 

I wouldn't call this a parody (although, if you want a good 50 Shades parody, check out this).  It wasn't any more over the top than 50 Shades. To be fair, 50 Shades is pretty over the top.  I would consider How To Bang A Billionaire  a straight up retelling.  Much like a modern retelling of a fairy tale.  In a lot of ways he made it what it should have been - Arden isn't the naive wet blanket that Anastasia is and stands up to Caspian way more than Anastasia ever stood up to Christian.  I also loved that Arden's best friend was just that.  A BFF without a hidden agenda of unrequited love.  But it didn't seem to be poking fun at 50 Shades so much as somewhat re-framing the story and maybe poking fun at the readers.  I'm still trying to work that out in my head as the whole deja vu experience left me feeling a little off kilter. 

I enjoyed this book but didn't love it.  I had a really hard time separating this from and, in turn, not comparing it to 50 Shades the entire time I was reading it.  It really impacted my ability to completely immerse myself in the story. Honestly, I am not sure I can ever form an opinion of it without my prior reading clouding my view.  But, I can tell you this.  Every person I have talked to and every review I have seen by readers that have not read 50 Shades, greatly enjoyed this book. So, I am going to suggest you go with their unclouded recommendation.


As the only BiblioJunkie to have not read 50 Shades, I didn't have the same problems as Nat and Bel when reading HBB.  I definitely recognized the similarities, having heard people talk about 50 Shades ad nauseam and having seen the movies, but they didn't distract me from the hilarity that was Arden.  

I thoroughly enjoyed HBB.  I thought Caspian was a dick and Arden was a mess, but they came together in an entertaining train wreck.  I'm not a big fan of the SM of BDSM, so the prologue had me worried, but at the end of HBB I was full of smiles.  And full of love for Alexis Hall.

Despite Natalie's recommendations, I hadn't read any Alexis Hall before HBB.  I loved it so much, I immediately bought Glitterland.  I admit, I don't like it nearly as much as I did HBB, but I will reserve final judgment until I finish, someday when my ARC TBR isn't out of control...  As for the next in the Arden St. Ives series, I will be first in line to read it.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis Sale!

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes the sexy, standalone novel, ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE, on sale for $1.99 in the eBook format for a limited time only! Grab your copy today at this amazing price!

You know Jill Shalvis is a favorite over here at BiblioJunkies HQ!  We adore her quirky heroines and awkwardly hilarious couples, so if you haven't read Jill Shalvis (and really, why haven't you?!) then you can get this Heartbreaker Bay book for only $1.99!  Check out Shel's review here.

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There’s no such thing as a little in love . . .

Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . .

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as . . .

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along . . .


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His hand caught her, long fingers wrapping around her elbow and causing all sorts of unwelcome sensations as he pulled her back around.
                “What?” she asked.
                “Waiting for my apology.”
                “Sure,” she said agreeably. “When hell freezes over.” She lifted her chin, grateful for her four-inch heels so that she could almost, kind of, not quite look him in the eyes. “I’m in charge of this building, Archer, which means I’m in charge of everything that happens in it. I’m also in charge of everyone who works for this building.”
                He cocked his head, looking amused again. “You want to be the boss of me, Elle?” he asked softly.
                I am the boss of you.”
                Now he outright smiled and her breath caught. Damn, stupid, sexy smile. And then there was The Body. Yes, she thought of it in capital letters, it deserved the respect. “If you don’t want to be walking funny tomorrow,” she said, “you’ll stop invading my personal-space bubble.”
                Complete bravado and they both knew it. She’d only been at this job for a year and it’d come as a surprise to her that he’d been in the building at all. An unfortunate coincidence. Before that it’d been years since they’d had any contact, but she still knew enough to get that no one got the better of him.
                He was quick, light on his feet, and physically strong. But that wasn’t what made him so dangerous to her. No, it was his sharp intelligence, his quick wit, how he was willing to go as dark as he needed to in order to do what he thought was right.
                And then there was the biggie—the way he had of making her feel shockingly alive.
                He did as she asked and stepped back but not before pausing to make sure they both knew who was in control here, and it most definitely wasn’t her.
                No one did intimidation like Archer, and in his line of work he could be in a coma and still intimidate everyone in the room. He had muscles on top of muscles but didn’t look beefed up like a body builder might. Instead his body seemed lean and seriously badass, with caramel skin that strayed from light to golden to mocha latte depending on what the season was, giving him a look of indeterminable origin.
                And sexiness.
                It worked for him, allowing him to fit in to just about any situation. Handy on the job, she imagined. But with her he was careful. Distant. And yet she’d seen the way he sometimes looked at her, and on the rare occasion when he’d touched her, like when he guided her through a door with his hand low on her back, he let himself linger. There was always a shocking and baffling yearning beyond both the glances and the touches.
                That, or it was all just wishful thinking.
                Not that it mattered since he still held back with her. The problem was she yearned too. Yearned for him to see her as a woman, strong and capable enough to stand at his side.
                But after what they’d been through, she knew that would never happen. She turned away, annoyed by how her entire body had gone on high alert as always, every inch of her seeming to hum beneath the surface.
                She should have just emailed him.

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First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

Source: advance e-galley provided in exchange for an honest review

Are we really on number 4 in the Game On series? I don't know why that shocks me but it does. The Hot Shot is firmly placed in the adult world with Finn "Manny" Mannus, the star quarterback of the New Orleans team facing off against one of his toughest opponents, Chess Copper, a no-nonsense photographer who seems immune to his charms. Being set in NOLA gives the story a little more spice but the real heat comes from this duo and their sweet, semi-slow burn affair that I couldn't get enough of.

I've read all four Game On books so far and I have to say that I feel a special connection to this one. In her previous books, I was a voyeur watching events as they happened to the characters. For some reason as I was reading The Hot Shot I felt as if I was Chess looking straight at Finn, interacting with him and pretty much internally drooling over him. I enjoyed their growing friendship which gave me a good sense of who they were as individuals. Their deepening bond is honestly the best thing about how their unlikely friendship and by the time they do take their relationship to that intimate stage it's well...amazing! What did it for me is that Finn is not the typical arrogant athlete. He exudes confidence but in an un-douchebag way, plus there's just something wholesome about him that made him stand out to me. I think it just has to do with maturity - his party-boy phase is behind him and he's looking to make a solid connection with someone who gets him. Chess does that for him and it's lovely to see a woman so self-assured also be honest with him. They click naturally and in Finn's world that's a premium. He doesn't have to be concerned with any hidden motives because she's not some sycophant. I can't tell you enough how I completely enjoyed their dynamic. What comes as a surprise is that I half-expected some ridiculous dramatic problem to pull these two apart but that never came. Instead, their challenges can make or break any couple. I held my breath for how that would turn out. Angst has its place but sometimes it's nice to see that the characters have some sense about them, you know? Being upfront despite their hesitations - I wanted to hug them so badly.

Back in January I'd re-read The Hook Up which is a feat because as much as I'd like to I don't have a lot of time for re-reads. But that one was burning a hole in my brain. Oh boy do I love Drew "Battle" Baylor but since reading The Hot Shot, he has some serious competition in Finn. Kristen Callihan has given me all the things I love in a sports romance: the chemistry and the fast quips. It's more grown up and like I said, that slow burn makes it all worth it in the end!

~ Bel

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She sits quietly as I eat, and shakes her head when I offer her a sandwich section. Because I’m hungry, and because I don’t like the idea of her having to wait for me to eat, I wolf down my food. The brownie follows with a few, quick bites.
Wiping my hands on a napkin, I set the plate and empty can on a side table, and then let out a contented sigh. “Thanks. I needed that.”
Her smile is small and quick. “I should have fed you as soon as you got here.”
“I’m good now.”
Chess braces her hands on the seat and leans forward to watch her feet as we slowly rock the swing. Silence descends, thick and awkward, and for the first time in her presence, I’m at a loss for words.
I don’t know this girl. Not really, and yet I’ve inserted myself into her life with a determination I usually reserve for winning games. Except I have no endgame here. I told her I want to be friends. But how does that work for us? 
Our friends and lives couldn’t be any more different. Parties for me are self-congratulatory events, filled with people whose one focus seems to be bolstering my ego, followed by me searching for a quick hookup. And my friends are all part of football in some way. We talk football or sports. It’s a narrow focus life, but it’s my comfort zone. That chafes too, knowing I live a life that seems wild and free to outsiders but is actually small and structured on the inside.
The silence has stretched too long. I should go. But I don’t move. If I go, I know it will be the end of whatever this is. Embarrassment will have me avoiding seeking her out again. Likely, she’ll do the same. And that will be that.
The knowledge sits like a stone on my chest.
“I’m sorry about my friends,” Chess says. “They can be uncomfortably brazen.”
“So can mine.” I shrug. “Your friends are…fun.”
Her lips pull tight. “They can be. But they were definitely giving me—and by extension—you shit tonight.” She bites her bottom lip. “I don’t think they know what to make of you.”
“So I wasn’t imagining things.”
“’Fraid not.”
The novel sensation of being a fish tossed into the wrong pond grows. I’ve taken away Chess’s fun by coming here, and I’m sorry for it.
“I shouldn’t have asked you to come here,” Chess says in a low voice.
She’s only echoing my thoughts but the stone sitting on my chest pushes harder against my ribs.
Chess makes a small sound, as if she’s trying to laugh but can’t. “Parties suck when you arrive halfway through and don’t know anyone.”
“I know you,” I point out quietly.
She turns and the porch light illuminates her face. Green eyes met mine and hold, as a slow, true smile curls over her cherry lips. Something inside of me shifts and slides. I want to kiss Chester Copper. Haul her onto my lap and make out with her like we’re teenagers hiding out at our parents’ party. But that’s not what she invited me here for.
“I wanted to see you,” she confesses in that husky morning voice that goes straight to my cock. She turns away and stares out into the darkness. “It’s weird, you know? But hanging out with you was so unexpected it kind of felt like I imagined the whole thing.”
I know exactly what she means. My hand settles next to hers, close enough that our pinkies touch. That small point of contact sparks along my skin, makes me want to move closer. I hold steady because I don’t trust myself not to act. “I wanted to see you too,” I tell her. “It’s been a long fucking day.”
I hadn’t planned to admit that, but it feels good to tell her.
Chess eases back against the seat and then curls her fingers over mine with a light squeeze. The unexpected touch holds all my attention. It’s nothing more than a simple offer of comfort, and here I am twitching in my seat as if she’d cupped my dick instead. I’m in so much trouble here because this woman is getting to me in ways I don’t know how to navigate. But I don’t pull away. Not one fucking chance of that.
Chess speaks, pulling me attention back to our conversation. “So tell me about it.”
I can’t remember the last time anyone asked me to tell them about my day. Likely, no one ever has.

So I do. And with every word that leaves my mouth, a little bit more of my stress eases. No, I don’t yet truly know Chess. And yes, our lives are different. But there’s no way I’m ending this. Because when it’s just her and me, everything else falls away. I’m not going to let myself forget that again.

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal , best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall Release Day Blitz


Author: Alexis Hall
Series: Arden St. Ives, #1
On Sale: April 16, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours
eBook: $4.99 USD

The first book in an all-new m/m romance trilogy by RITA Award-winning author Alexis Hall!

Rules are made to be broken . . .

If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." So far, I haven't. I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford, no idea what I'm going to do next and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful . . . oh yeah, and a billionaire.

It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me.

I'm good at doing what I'm told in the bedroom. The rest of the time, not so much. And now that Caspian's shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it's him I want. Not his wealth, not his status. Him. Except that might be the one thing he doesn't have the power to give me.




Alexis Hall was born in the early 1980s and still thinks the twenty-first century is the future. To this day, he feels cheated that he lived through a fin de siècle but inexplicably failed to drink a single glass of absinthe, dance with a single courtesan, or stay in a single garret.

He did the Oxbridge thing sometime in the 2000s and failed to learn anything of substance. He has had many jobs, including ice cream maker, fortune-teller, lab technician, and professional gambler. He was fired from most of them.

He can neither cook nor sing, but he can handle a seventeenth-century smallsword, punts from the proper end, and knows how to hot-wire a car.

He lives in southeast England, with no cats and no children, and fully intends to keep it that way.


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

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In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...
Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe... 
Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

Source:  Advanced e-copy in exchange for an honest review.  

I've seen these Patricia Briggs books pop-up in my recommended reading lists for years because I love books like the Chicagoland Vampire Series by Chloe Neill, but like you I have a never-ending TBR pile, plus books to review, a social life I attempt on occasion, family, friends, and a demanding career, so I saw them, but I didn't really see them, if you get my drift.  Then one day I was looking for something paranormal to read during some unexpected down time and I happened to walk by Moon Called in the library.  I was back to the library the next day to get the next four books in the series... and a few days after that to get the next four.  Needless to say, I fell in love with Mercy Thompson and her rag-tag crew of miscreants.  What took me so long to read these?!  I was definitely missing out.  And if you haven't read the Mercy Thompson series, you are missing out too.  

There's so much to love in the Mercy Thompson series.  Mercy is half Native American, married to an Alpha werewolf, friends with fae and vampires alike.  There's a lot of diversity in this series.  I like that the heroine is Native American, that one of her best friends is gay, that the werewolves come from all different backgrounds and ethnicities, as do the vampires.  Mostly I like that Mercy is a grown ass woman capable of being in love with an Alpha werewolf and telling him to go to hell when he becomes too over-protective or overbearing.  That while Mercy often has help in surviving her adventures, she's not helpless.  In fact, she's probably the most capable of all the badass supernaturals she deals with.  She's able to admit when she needs assistance and accept that assistance, but is never the damsel in distress in need of saving.  More often than not, she's the one saving all these super beings and the big strong men.  Mercy is a heroine we can look up to and admire (even while we envy her being surrounded by all these gorgeous super beings).  

Silence Fallen is book 10 of the series and finds Mercy and Adam separated by an ocean and new enemies.  While no one knows better than Adam that Mercy can handle herself, he is understandably worried to discover she's being held by the Lord of the Night.  While he launches a rescue mission, Mercy, being Mercy, escapes.  And that is just where the fun begins.  

You would think that a series would begin to feel repetitive or too over the top ten books in, but Silence Fallen was fresh and interesting.  A bumpy, yet fabulous ride for the reader as Mercy gets into her own unique brand of trouble and finds new and thoroughly entertaining ways of surviving.  And when you get to the end of Silence Fallen, email me or send a message on Facebook or twitter, because I love the symbolism of this ending so much (at least what it symbolizes to me) and need people to discuss it with since my fellow BiblioJunkies don't love paranormal and urban fantasy like I do and I can't spoil anything for you!

Of course, now I'm sad that I'm all caught up and the next book likely won't be out until next year.  Why do you torture me so?!  I guess I have to go back and re-read them all!

~ Shel

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Guarding Mr. Fine by Helenkay Dimon

In this steamy novel of seduction and international intrigue, two brave men are stripped of their defenses—and exposed to dangers and desires that simmer below the surface.

As an agent with the CIA’s special activities division, Seth Lang lives for risk—and yet he’s stuck playing bodyguard to the U.S. consul general in Munich. Although Seth’s last assignment nearly killed him, babysitting some desk jockey in a suit sounds way too easy. But when he lays eyes on the new top man, tactical expert Rick Fine, Seth’s thrilled to see just how hard this job is going to get. Mr. Tall, Dark, and Quiet has a body worth guarding—and he requires hands-on attention day and night.

Dispatched to a German consulate to expose the murder of his predecessor, Rick finds himself in an extremely vulnerable position. He needs a man like Seth—in so many ways. This mission will inevitably plunge them both into jeopardy, but each new threat only brings them closer. Rick just hopes that he can keep his deepest, darkest secret hidden—or else risk imperiling a relationship they’re both fighting for their lives to protect.

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Congratulations to Helenkay Dimon for her RITA nomination for Guarding Mr. Fine!  The book definitely deserves the nomination and we hope you will all check it out!

If you are a fan of romantic suspense, Mr. Fine is for you.  It's full of spies, intrigue, murder, and two clueless men falling in love - what's not to enjoy?  Mr. Fine is the third book in the Tough Love series and they just keep getting better.  This installment is heavier on the humor and lighter on the angst, which was awesome.  Am I the only one that feels overwhelmed by all the angsty books lately?  I mean, angst has its place and is awesome sometimes, but sometimes I need something less rip-my-heart-out and more laugh-out-loud.  Helenkay is great when you need some suspense or some laugh-out-loud.    

Anyway, back to the amazing Mr. Fine...  Seth and Rick come together to investigate the death of a diplomat in Germany.  These are two intelligent, capable men and when they get together sparks fly and trouble follows.  Mr. Fine has a quick pace and plenty of twists to keep you interested.  I recommend the Tough Love series to any fan of the genre.  

If you haven't read Helenkay Dimon, I suggest you check her out.  She's a prolific writer with an impressive backlist.  We had the pleasure of meeting her at RT a couple of years ago (and hope to see her in Atlanta in a few weeks) and definitely invited her to join us on BFF island for fun and frivolity.  :-)  Check her out at here.  


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

TWIST (Dive Bar #2) by Kylie Scott Blog Tour

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When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they're emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets... apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.

Source: advance e-galley provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Imagine yourself in one of the worst, most embarrassing scenarios to meet a stranger and you'll have a slight inkling as to how Alex feels when she walks into the Dive Bar to finally come face-to-face with Eric Collins, the guy she's been emailing back and forth with for several months. She thought it'd be a great idea to surprise him...on his birthday. Except that it wasn't Eric in those emails but his brother Joe who was pretending to be Eric all along. And Joe doesn't look like Eric with the gorgeous face that she fell for. You know what she is? Mortified. The universe is playing a horrible joke on her. So now she's stuck alone in this town for the night realizing what a horribly bad decision this was. She intends to be on the first flight out but is thwarted when she comes down with the flu and has to stay on a few extra days until she gets better. So who plays nurse for her? Joe, the very guy who humiliated her. This cruel universe is really having a laugh now! He works for her forgiveness and tries to undo the damage he caused. She becomes less angry as she sees a man who has ambition, motivation and is loyal to a fault. Pretty soon she's falling for him and he for her and well times.

While the story does give way to some heavy moments - in a couple cases heartbreaking - Twist offers Kylie Scott's trademark humour and shenanigans. The first chapter is set up so perfectly: I winced and cringed because everything about it spelled doom. Naturally, I LOVED it! Trust Scott to dream up with these blundering entrances. The best part is that her characters are able to shake them off and come back stronger. And of course there's heat. I particularly enjoyed Alex's internal monologue whenever she felt herself being drawn to Joe's natural charisma and his hot body. Let's not forget that. Eventually it's like, "Eric who?" for her. As always, our two main characters are surrounded by an amazing group of friends and there's even a special appearance by a fan favourite. 

Twist was a quick read for me because when it comes to Kylie Scott - whom I have dubbed my fairy Godmother of Fun - I go crazy and devour her books immediately. Twist is an entertaining extension of the Stage Dive series that dips its toes a little into that world but avoids the over-the-top lavishness of the rocker lifestyle while still keeping it in the family. Every time I had to reluctantly put the book down I couldn't wait to dive back into it. Yes, pun intended. Trust me, it's oh so awesome ;-)

~ Bel

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

TWIST by Kylie Scott Release Day Blitz


That's right - Joe Collins has finally arrived and Alex Parks is keeping him in check. This is the second book in Kylie Scott's Dive Bar Series and it's a sexy, good time! Bel will have a review of the book tomorrow but in the meantime, please enjoy this brief excerpt and order your very own copy if you haven't already. 

From New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott comes the second sizzling stand-alone novel in the Dive Bar series!
When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot bearded bartender Joe Collins only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.
Alex Parks is funny, fascinating, and pretty much everything he's been looking for in a woman—except that she lives across the country. Soon they're emailing up a storm and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets...except the one that really matters.

When Alex pays Joe a surprise visit, however, they both discover that when it comes to love, it's always better with a twist.


Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from





“I wanted to talk to you a bit more about what happened between us online,” he said, his mouth a serious straight line. “How I came to use my brother’s profile.”
Ugh. “I’m pretty sure I found out everything I needed to know last night.”
“I didn’t mean to lie to you, Alex.”
“Once is a mistake.” I crossed my legs, kicking my black leather bootie back and forth. So I was a little aggravated. Sue me. “Months’ worth of e-mails is not. You could have introduced yourself to me, Joe, told me who you really were. You chose not to. Christ, no wonder you kept putting off meeting. I should have known something was wrong.”
“You’re right. I shouldn’t try to sell you excuses.” A big sigh from my “friend.” “Truth is, I’m not used to being the bad guy. Usually I’m the one cleaning up my brother’s messes.”
“Lucky me.”