30 April 2014

REVIEW: TAKE MY BREATH AWAY BY CHRISTIE RIDGWAY

ABOUT THE BOOK:

From USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway comes a sparkling new series set in the California mountains, where Hollywood glamour meets rustic charm, and the sparks fly among the unlikeliest of couples… 

Poppy Walker has a plan to restore the family resort, and she's sticking to it. So when a good-looking guy with plenty of cash rents one of her half-repaired vacation cabins, she figures he's just what the handyman ordered. But when a storm blows through, it takes down some trees, her roof and then…her self-control. Even though she's been burned before by a wealthy passer-through, she can't stay away from the brooding but gorgeous stranger in the bungalow next door. 

Former teen idol turned Hollywood exec Ryan Hamilton wants a private place in which to endure his very personal heartbreak. Finally, at this rustic mountain cabin, he has all the seclusion one man could want—until sparks begin to fly with his sexy, formerly chilly landlady. By the time the weather dies down, they're both hot, bothered and certain they're still wrong for each other. But there's no telling how they'll face the new storm brewing on the horizon.


Book One in the Cabin Fever Series. DUE OUT: 27MAY14.

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MY REVIEW:

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. 

This is one of my favorite books by Ms. Ridgway to date.

It was heartfelt and very romantic with true to life, realistic characters. A true comfort read. It's the perfect book to introduce the series and I look forward to more.




29 April 2014

REVIEW: THE TROUBLEMAKER NEXT DOOR BY MARIE HARTE

ABOUT THE BOOK:


SHE'S SWORN OFF MEN
It's been the day from hell for Maddie. Instead of offering a promotion, her boss made a pass. She quit, then got dumped by her lukewarm boyfriend. As the fiery redhead has a foul-mouthed meltdown, her green-eyed neighbor Flynn McCauley stands in her kitchen...completely captivated.

UNTIL HE THROWS A WRENCH INTO HER PLANS
He was just there to fix the sink as a favor. He's not into relationships. She's done with idiots. But where there are friends...sometimes there are benefits. And sometimes the boy next door might be just what you need at the end of every day.

INTRODUCING...THE McCAULEY BROTHERS
Welcome to the rough-and-tumble McCauley family, a tight-knit band of four bachelor brothers who work hard, drink beer, and relentlessly tease each other. When three independent women move in next door, all hell breaks loose.

THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES AND WILL BE OUT 3JUNE14!



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MY REVIEW: 

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. 

Be warned... this book is SMOKIN HOT! 

Often times when a book is this HOT, the rest of the book seems to suffer. Not the case here- the story and characters are really good, despite(at least for me) a bit of a rough start in the writing style. 

Filled with humor and extremely likable characters, this book was a home run for me. 

I look forward to reading the next book in the series. 

24 April 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAY: REVIEW: Bluegrass State of Mind by Kathleen Brooks

Happy Thursday!

I can't believe another week has gone by already- so welcome back. If it's your first visit, I'm happy you stopped by and hope you'll return. Either way, thanks for stopping by this week. Today we are having a review(listed below). 

Normally I post upcoming Thursday info at the end of my blog but I'm just too excited about what's ahead. So be sure to check back in May - it will be a month a filled with things related to RT Con (huge book lover's convention). We will be discussing past RT Conventions, New Orleans themed books, and plenty of giveaways(hint - some signed books from this year's convention).

  
Now for the review: 


ABOUT THE BOOK:

In the first book of the Bluegrass Series, McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?



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MY REVIEW: 

I liked the idea of this book very much and was excited to read it. Sadly, it just missed the mark for me.

I couldn't get over my annoyance concerning the REPETITION.

I didn't mind some of the stereotypical things. The fact the relationship seemed a bit forced was not that big a deal  but maybe that was because I wasn't invested in either character much. I think there was too much "telling" in the writing which made it hard for me to have any connection to the book in general.

Would I try another book by Ms. Brooks? Perhaps, because I see something I like- even if it's small. 

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17 April 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAY: OOPS, I MEANT TO DO THAT?

Welcome back readers!


So what are we talking about today?

It's a subject that I think can and does generate quite a bit of conversation among readers.

We're talking about mistakes in fiction books.  And it's something I've encountered from authors in e-book and paper format from self-pub, small press, and big name publishers.

For the purpose of my blog post today, I'm not talking about spelling or grammar (although that can be extremely annoying if there are more than a few mistakes) - no, I  talking about factual mistakes or continuity(the heroine is 30 on page one and 26 on page forty or has blonde hair on page 10 and is suddenly red headed on page 15).

I know that some historical romance readers out there get very hot under the collar with factual mistakes. For me, since history was never my strong suit, I'd never know if that zipper in her boots(s) was proper was not. And personally I don't mind if historical characters use modern words in the dialogue.

When books are fiction, I pretty much don't care... most of the time.   IT'S FICTION- so I expect a certain amount of artistic license.  I guess I sound a bit wishy-washy on the subject. 

So that leaves me on occasion to wonder, when an author makes a multitude of mistakes WHY? Did they get missed during editing, did the author forget, did the author just not know???  

My guess is mistakes in ages, names, hair color etc. are just editing mistakes- again- not to big a deal if it happens once or twice.

Factual mistakes... with the Internet there's no reason not to try to be accurate - for example I read a book (years ago) where the heroine was using a semi-auto gun but the author had written the mechanics of it all wrong. 

Told you I was wishy-washy. And again a few mistakes, maybe not such a big deal. But when I'm paying for that hardcover (some of which, before any discounts, have almost a THIRTY dollar price tag)  or that first time paperback author - it can be maddening to have something riddled with mistakes.

On a side note, I'm one of those readers that will actually read (and enjoy) the author letters, dedications, acknowledgments, introduction, etc.. I feel if the author has taken the time to write one, the least I can do read them. Besides, when the author writes a "Dear Reader" letter I always feel like I'm being let in on a secret.  Plus lots of authors will sometimes thank people/websites etc stating any mistakes are their own. 

AH HA! So that explains it! :) 

Also, I think if the book is compelling, great plot, fab characters etc, I'm more willing to forget about or probably don't even notice mistakes. I don't red pen or highlight mistakes in books and I've never written an author to complain to them about any mistakes. In fact, there's a reason I haven't mentioned any authors in this blog-I read and don't write (and I'm deeply aware that no matter how hard I try to take care when I write my blogs...um yeah. Again- there's a reason I read rather than write.)  So I'm tipping my hat to those that do write- good, bad, or ugly. 

What did my friends have to say on the subject?

Find out now by visiting: 

Ann@Romancing the Readers

Karen@The Many Faces of Romance

And don't forget to return on 24Apr14 for our reviews of: 



12 April 2014

REVIEW: Her Perfect Mate by Paige Tyler

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

He's a High-Octane Special Ops Pro
When Special Forces Captain Landon Donovan is pulled from an op in Afghanistan, he is surprised to discover he's been hand-picked for a special assignment with the Department of Covert Operations (DCO), a secret division he's never heard of. Terrorists are kidnapping biologists and he and his partner have to stop them. But his new partner is a beautiful, sexy woman who looks like she couldn't hurt a fly—never mind take down a terrorist.
She's Not Your Average Covert Operative
Ivy Halliwell is no kitten. She's a feline shifter, and more dangerous than she looks. She's worked with a string of hotheaded military guys who've underestimated her special skills in the past. But when she's partnered with special agent Donovan, a man sexy enough to make any girl purr, things begin to heat up...


OUT 6MAY14



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MY REVIEW:

I was given an ARC of this book for an honest review.

HOLY SMOKES!

Run and pre-order this book! Trust me, you won't be sorry. Ms. Tyler's strong voice is a breath of fresh air into the genre.

This is one sexy paranormal romance!  

Fast paced, with kick ass characters, it will have you wanting to read it in one sitting.  

I can't wait for more! 



11 April 2014

REVIEW :Talk Dirty to Me by Dakota Cassidy

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Former mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best—make that only—friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business…if she meets a few conditions: 

She's got to live in Landon's mansion. 

With her gorgeous ex-fiancĂ©, Caine Donovan. 

Who could also inherit the business. 

Which is a phone sex empire. 

Wait, what? 

Landon's will lays it out: whoever gets the most new clients becomes the owner of Call Girls. Dixie has always been in it to win it, especially when it comes to Caine, who's made it clear he's not going down easy. (Oh, mercy.) Can Dixie really talk dirty and prove that she's cleaned up her act? Game on! 

Plum Orchard, Georgia, is about to get even juicier…


OUT 29APRIL14


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MY REVIEW:

I received an ARC of this book from NETGALLEY for an honest review.

I said in my review of Ms. Cassidy's novella that kicks off this series (Talk This Way) that it was filled with snark and heart.

Talk Dirty to Me is no different - another home run and more snark and heart. It's also VERY touching(you may need tissues) and filled with great characters. Although it took me a bit a longer to connect with the book, it was still an enjoyable worthwhile read. 

I look forward to reading the next book in this series! Something to Talk About is due out 27May14.


10 April 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAYS: CYNTHIA EDEN GIVEAWAY

WELCOME BACK READERS

This week we are giving away a copy of Fear For Me by Cynthia Eden.

Not many authors can do what Ms. Eden does. And that's write FABULOUS FIVE STAR READS in multiple genres and at the same time!

Ms. Eden always writes books that suck you in from the get go- fast paced, sexy, high octane reads. Yeah, I'm a fan girl (even if I'm a bit behind on her works).


Good luck and Happy Reading!


ABOUT FEAR FOR ME:

She’s the obsession two men share: one wants her love, the other wants her life.
A shared passion for justice first brought Baton Rouge district attorney Lauren Chandler and US marshal Anthony Ross together—when each played their part in bringing down the infamous Bayou Butcher. The sparks flying between the two made it clear they weren’t just a legal dream team. Then desire had to make way for duty, and what they had was done. But it would never be over.
Five years later, it’s none other than the Butcher who gets things started again, when his shocking jailbreak reunites the lawyer and the lawman…and reignites their love. But this time, the pair is in danger of being permanently parted—by a killer with revenge on his mind, and Lauren on the top of his list. As a new wave of terror sweeps through the streets and swamps of Baton Rouge, one man will pit his boundless passion against another’s relentless hate, for the life of the woman who obsesses them both.

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And don't forget to check back next week- 17April - where the topic is Oops, I meant to do that?

08 April 2014

BLOG TOUR- REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAY



ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Move over 50 Shades, there’s a new romance in town. Superstar Wendy Williams brings on the heat in her first ever, no-holds-barred, down and dirty, romance novel.
Kimberly Kind is trying to get beyond her roots. A successful, beautiful, smart lawyer, she’s finally finding direction in her life and getting out of the streets. But a terrible accident threatens to throw her carefully laid plans off course. Now Kim’s hiding a huge secret… one that could threaten everything.
Enter King. A perfect mix of Justin Timberlake and David Beckham, the man oozes sex and has more swagger than anyone Kim’s ever met. Their chemistry is off the charts. But after passion-filled nights, the intensity of their emotions takes both of them by surprise.


Love was not supposed to be an option. Now it’s the only thing holding them together. When their pasts come back with a vengeance, can love possibly be enough? 




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wendy Williams is the host of The Wendy Williams Show and The Wendy Williams Experience, her top-rated daily radio show. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Wendy Williams Experience, and she writes a weekly column for Life & Style magazine.









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MY REVIEW: 

I received an e-book ARC copy of this novel for an honest review.


I love Wendy Williams. Her show never fails to make me think, and smile. And when I found out she was writing a (new) fiction book...Can you say excited?

Hold Me in Contempt is pure Wendy. What I mean by that, is she shines through on each and every page. The book, although easy to read( I wanted to devour it in one sitting), isn't exactly an easy story. Her characters Kim and King aren't perfect. In fact, they are deeply flawed, very real and at times downright unlikable.

Although billed as a romance, dire-hard romance readers may be disappointed- in my opinion there is only a slight romantic tone to the book. It's also written in the first person point of view.

I couldn't help but think as I read Hold Me in Contempt, that it has all the makings for a movie. Also because the book ends with many loose ends, I can't help but wonder if  a follow-up is to come. 

This is a memorable read, because it made me think and generated a long conversation between myself and a fellow blogger(who is also part of this review tour). 

And good, bad, or ugly isn't that what we want in a book? Something that sticks with us long after we've turned the last page. 

Hold Me in Contempt will do just that. 








03 April 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAYS: NOT ANOTHER HOLIDAY ROMANCE!



What side of the fence are you on?

Do you enjoy Holiday Themed Romances? Do you read them all year or seek them out based on the Holiday/Season?

Hi readers!  And thanks for stopping by to check out this week's topic. I hope you leave a comment, I'd love to hear you weigh in.

Ah.... the Holidays....

There was a time when Holiday themed romances were few and far between. Although it seems the bulk of the Holiday Romances center around the Christmas Season there are plenty more special times of year out that(some of which have been written about already).

I remember before Paranormal Romances became all the rage, I would stockpile the few that would be published to read around Halloween as a "treat". Now....  well.....meh....

In my opinion, some of the Holiday Romances that are being published(I said some) don't really have a strong Holiday feel. If I'm reading a Holiday Romance, I want that date to be an important if not intregal part of the story line. Typically I like to read my HR books at the time year they relate too- although I've been known to jump on the "Christmas is July" bandwagon.

I'm going to end my two cents on the subject with mentioning two of my very favorite Holiday Romances (one is more of a novel though): 






ABOUT THE BOOK:


This Christmas, Emily Merkle (just call her Mrs. Miracle) is working in the toy department of Finley's, the last family-owned department store in New York City. And her boss is none other than Jake Finley, the owner's son. 

For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family gatherings were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means only one thing to him—and to his father. Profit. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat. 

Holly Larson needs a miracle, too. She wants to give her eight-year-old nephew, Gabe, the holiday he deserves. Holly's widowed brother is in the army and won't be home for Christmas, but at least she can get Gabe that toy robot from Finley's, the one gift he desperately wants. If she can figure out how to pay for it… 

Fortunately, it's Mrs. Miracle to the rescue. Next to making children happy, she likes nothing better than helping others—and that includes doing a bit of matchmaking! 
This Christmas will be different. For all of them.

AUTHOR LINK:  Debbie Macomber






ABOUT THE BOOK: 

Eight-year-old Lucy Turnbull knew better than to wish for a pony that Christmas in 1937. Her mother had assured her in no uncertain terms that asking for a pony was the same as asking for the moon. Besides, the only extra mouths they needed at their boarding house were the paying kind. But when an interesting pair of strangers comes to town, Lucy starts to believe her Christmas wishes might just come true after all.




AUTHOR LINK:  Melody Carlson




What did my best friends say in their blogs on this topic? Find out now:


Ann@Romancing the Readers

Karen@The Many Faces of Romance

01 April 2014

REVIEW: TALK THIS WAY- DAKOTA CASSIDY

ABOUT THE BOOK:

NOW OUT AS AN E-BOOK NOVELLA

In her sexy new series, bestselling author Dakota Cassidy introduces the Call Girls, a spirited group of friends ready to take on lust, love and everything in between…. Find out where it all began in this delicious novella!

If life is like a box of chocolates, Cat Butler has tasted them all—and decided on none. It's no wonder she can't keep a job, even though her mother's health depends on it. Just when she finds herself up a creek without a paddle—again—a benevolent friend throws her a lifeline. In the form of a job at, of all places, a phone sex hotline. Not exactly what she had in mind, but if it pays the bills for her mom's expensive nursing home, what's the harm?

Successful entrepreneur Flynn McGrady knows a thing or two about responsibility. So when his mother has a stroke, he knows the right thing to do is relocate to Atlanta to be near her while she recovers. He's got a plan for everything—except for feisty Cat, who finally gets his mama to talk again. Talk dirty, that is, and he's not pleased. Cat is gorgeous and sassy to boot…too bad she's not the type to settle down.

Cat and Flynn may have bigger fish to fry, but the sparks between them are hotter than hell. And when they finally give in to temptation, the results are explosive. Can a girl who follows her heart and a guy who follows his head find their way to forever?

Want more sizzling stories of the Call Girls? Their exploits continue in Talk Dirty to Me, available soon from Harlequin MIRA.


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MY REVIEW:

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. 

I love Dakota Cassidy. Her books never fail to make me smile, laugh and sometimes cry. And they always,always touch me. I like to think of her as a comfort read. And with the start of this new series.... well that just cements what I've just said.

Talk This Way, has the SNARK from her Accidentally Paranormal Series and the HEART from The Ex Trophy Wives...making it a PERFECT book! 

Filled with her trademark humor and larger than life characters, Talk This Way is well worth the read and a promising start to this new series.