31 August 2016


From New York Times Bestseller, Kendall Ryan, comes a sexy new standalone novel.

My tempting, and very alpha friend Sterling Quinn is someone I consider off-limits.

It's not just that we're friends, he's also a cocky, confident, and British, which means he's a walking aphrodisiac.

But lately he's been giving me the look. You know the one. When he thinks I'm not paying attention, and his gaze lingers for too long.

And then we start working together, and that's when the sexual tension between us gets so thick, I want to hack through it with a machete. I want to make all these deep feelings I've harbored for him disappear, because there's no way this can end well.

The lines between business and pleasure become irrevocably blurred, and I'm stuck between a rock, and Sterling's very, very hard place.

Rather than keep a level head about our growing attraction, Sterling wants to go all in, showing me just how explosive we can be together.

But I've been around long enough to know that this British bad boy is more than my heart can handle. I'm not about to be cast aside like yesterday's underwear when he's done having fun.

Sterling’s never been told no, and he's not about to put his ego aside and play by my rules. But I never thought he'd fight so dirty.

*This is a spin-off from the HITCHED series, but can be read as a standalone.

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

30 August 2016


Feminist Manifesto or Gossipy Good Time:
Why Can’t a Book Be Both?
High-Concept New Novel from New York Times, USA Today & Washington Post
Bestselling Author Sarah MacLean Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Read!

“There’s something very realistic in great romance — namely, that women have the right to demand relationships that are based on equality and honesty and trust and, yes, a great sex life. Why should we settle for less than those things? That’s a scary question for a lot of people, but it’s a critical one for women. We should gain from our relationships. And if we don’t, we shouldn’t be in them.”
(Sarah MacLean, as quoted in BookRiot)

A SCOT IN THE DARK is Miss Lillian Hargrove’s tale.  She’s done something…rather rash and brash, something that could forever ruin her in polite society.  And why not? It’s not like any of her guardians (and there have been seventeen, in total) have ever paid any attention to her.  When a famous artist and star of the stage, Derek Hawkins (and readers, you will have to guess what pop culture icon this ‘poppinjay’ is based upon!) declares that Lily is the muse he has been searching for, she falls for the charismatic cad…hook, line, and sinker.  He makes her pretty promises, and entices her to pose for an absolutely scandalous portrait, one he swears will never see the light of day…until he publically reveals that he will unveil the nude, “more glorious than Titian,” will be unveiled at the Great Hall of the Royal Exhibition in one month’s time.

Enter the Duke of Warnick, lovely Lillian’s most recent guardian…and one who did not even realize she existed until her scandal hit the broadsheets.  This Highland Devil, a veritable giant of a man, is also known as the “half-hearted duke,” having inherited, through sheer bad chance, a title and myriad estates that he never wanted.  Indeed, Warnick loathes all things British, and dislikes nothing more than the aristocracy itself.  But he’s not one to let a responsibility slip: not the properties that fall within his oversight, nor his entailments…nor the beautiful ward who has fallen under his protection.

Warnick travels from Scotland to London with a single goal: get Lillian married off before that damned painting ever sees the light of day.  It seems to be the perfect resolution to an awful muddle – until Lillian declares that she needs no one to “save” her – she will only marry for love…and the one man whom she most wants is Warnick himself…the one she can never have.

By Sarah Maclean
On-Sale August 30, 2016
Hardcover ISBN 9780062465849 ½ Mass Market ISBN 9780062379429
eBook ISBN 9780062379443 ½ Digital Audio ISBN 9780062562869

Nothing scandalous…but of interest about our (equally novel) author:

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

A graduate of Smith College and Harvard university, Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies, including at the National Book Festival’s first ever Romance Pavilion. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." The New Yorker proclaimed, “Romance novelist Sarah MacLean has reignited the genre with a bolder edge. She interprets the romance novel as a crucial component of feminist literature.” Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

“This is my feminist book,” divulged New York TimesUSA Today and Washington Post bestselling author Sarah MacLean about her newest book, A SCOT IN THE DARK (Avon Books, ISBN 9780062379429; eISBN 9780062379443; on-sale 8.30.16).  This is quite a statement from a woman who is widely acclaimed for being one of the more prominent feminst writers in the genre. And, like every great book, A SCOT IN THE DARK imparts a message – but MacLean had such fun writing it!  This is the second book in her Scandal & Scoundrel series, which takes a “TMZ in the Regency” approach to storytelling: all the drama between the pages is ripped from modern-day tabloid headlines!  Here, we get a delectably gossipy spin on the Jennifer Lawrence “sex tape” scandal.

“Today’s cult of celebrity is nothing new,” divulges the author, who has spent several years pondering the sudden confluence of brand-name, self-made/super-star families, such as the Kardashians, and tracing this trend back to the early 1800’s.  “The people of the Regency were as fascinated with the glitterati of the time as we are with our modern day celebrities -- made famous for being famous. In the 1830s, tabloid newspapers were obsessed with society, with people made famous simply because of their name, rank, and holdings. Setting modern scandal down in an historical setting allows me to distill our obsession with celebrity and create characters and stories that seem at once larger than life and surprisingly familiar.”

What people are saying about Sarah MacLean…

“Romance novelist Sarah MacLean has reignited the genre with a bolder edge. 
She interprets the romance novel as a crucial component of feminist literature.”
― The New Yorker

"Funny, smart, feminist and roastingly hot."  ― BookRiot.

“This book shouldn’t simply be read, it should be savored. Slowly. And more than once….
It’s one gorgeous read.” ― USA Today

“When it comes to crafting wonderfully escapist love stories composed of equal measures of sexy romance and sharp wit, literary newcomer MacLean is unrivaled.” ― Chicago Tribune

“For a smart, witty and passionate historical romance, I recommend anything by Sarah Maclean”
Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author

“Sarah MacLean is the romance writer who will surprise you every time.” ― Jezebel.com, Sheroes of 2014

“This delightful historical romance has a satisfying modern sensibility.” ― NPR, Best Books of 2013

“Stunning romance... Brilliant, seductive, and intensely engaging.” Library Journal, Best Books of 2014

“At moments heart-wrenching, at moments comedic, at all times entertaining and satisfying.”
― Kirkus Reviews

“This is not just a marvelous deep-sigh romance, but a story in which the intensity and profound significance linger long after the tale is done.” ― RT Book Reviews

“Rocked my socks, blew my mind, and caused me to make the Good Romance Novel noise.”
― Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches Trashy Books

“This is one of those books carefully layered where each scene, each word has meaning and I could re-read it a dozen times and still discover new things in the story.” ― DearAuthor.com

“Wow, what a great book! I love it. One of the best wrenching-heart scenes ever...Fabulous!” ― Eloisa James 

29 August 2016


I am the Porn Prince.

Ada Frost
Releasing Aug 29th, 2016

This is my world, my kingdom. I sit on the throne and control the empire I created.

My skill? Providing illicit pleasure to thousands. If there is a fantasy to fulfil, my company will provide it.

I am the Porn Prince.

The cold hearted producer at Stone Industries who creates the hottest porn in the business.

But every ruler has an Achilles heel, and mine is chaos.

Abigail Warner is chaos.

From the moment she entered my office my world was turned upside down. She is my passion, my fantasy and everything I never wanted in life. The chaotic infuriating mess of a woman is everything I hate and avoid.

So why can’t I stop watching her.

Why do I crave her?

One taste and I know she will destroy me.

So a little bit about myself. I love to read, and create stories for others to enjoy. I've always been told I have a vivid imagination, I just lacked the confidence to pursue putting it onto the written page. But finally I embarked on making a single dream come true.

I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any in that genre really. But it has to have a beautiful happy ending, I know reality isn't like that, but I read to excape real life not re-live it. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily.

I live in Yorkshire, England with my family, and many pets. When I'm not writing I am a very busy mummy and wife. My family is my world, my purpose and I am proud to be a part of their lives.

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25 August 2016



My name is Cyndi and I'd like to thank you for stopping by for another round of book talk on Book Club Thursday (BCT).

Each week myself and two best friends (Ann and Karen) blog all about books or book related themes. To learn more about each of us and BCT please take a peak at the page tab at the top of my blog.

This week is our Reading Challenge. 

In a nutshell, we picked 12 Challenges and we then had to find a book that matched one of them- then read and review. To learn more by visit the page tab at the top of my blog.  

For my Challenge, I decided to pick : Guilty Pleasure.

For me this theme translated into picking a book/style/genre etc that might cause someone to scratch their head (in other words a book etc that may not be everyone's cup o noodles).

I picked a Young Adult book. YA fiction is genre that I can take or leave for the most part. I'm way past the targeted age group and never read much it when I was (college reading level in grade school). However, there are a handful of authors I enjoy and topics/themes in YA I like.

When I saw the cover and read what the below book was about, I knew I had to get it. 

In this honest, frank, and funny debut novel, four best friends make a pact during their senior year of high school to lose their virginities—and end up finding friendship, love, and self-discovery along the way.

To be honest, the sex pact wasn’t always part of the plan. 

Layla started it. She announced it super casually to the rest of the girls between bites of frozen yogurt, as if it was just simply another addition to her massive, ever-evolving To Do List. She is determined to have sex for the first time before the end of high school. Initially, the rest of the crew is scandalized, but, once they all admit to wanting to lose their v-cards too, they embark on a quest to do the deed together... separately.

Layla’s got it in the bag. Her serious boyfriend, Logan, has been asking for months.

Alex has already done it. Or so she says.

Emma doesn’t know what the fuss is all about, but sure, she’ll give it a shot.

And Zoe, well, Zoe can’t even say the word without bursting into giggles.

Will everything go according to plan? Probably not. But at least the girls have each other every hilarious, heart-warming, cringe-inducing step of the way.

From debut author Lindsey Rosin, Cherry is a coming-of-age, laugh-out-loud tale of first times, last chances, and the enduring friendships that make it all worthwhile.

I have to start off by saying that I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!

In fact- you should - no need- to read it for so many different reasons.

It reminded me of my own teenage years(long ago lol) and my own first time.

It also reminded me of those 80s style "losing it" movies but with an updated/modern flair.

Cherry centers around four female best friends and the pact they make to "lose it" by graduation. Equal time and development is spent with each of the four and I can't say that I had a favorite of the four. Okay...maybe I did...LOL

Each girl has her own feelings about her virginity and the journey she takes to "lose it". Since I don't read much YA, I was shocked how sexually explicit this book was for the targeted age group-the flap says ages 14 and Up(perhaps I am out of touch). The heart and core of each girl's journey and who she becomes is a powerful message that I think young girls-hell women too- should to read about. This is 100% a GIRL POWER novel. 

And I'm going to say that Ms. Rosin, in my humble opinion, is the Judy Blume (think Forever) of today. 

Cherry is beautiful, raw, and bittersweet. Hard to put down, with authentic dialogue and pacing. It's also cinematic (screams make me into a movie)- BUT when you know Ms. Rosin's background how could it not be. (Big happy face)

I'm a total fan girl!


23 August 2016


The men of Alpha Dog, a second chance program for at-risk teens, work hard and play hard. And when it comes to protecting the women they love . . . nothing stands in their way.

Danielle Hill used to live on the wild side, until a surprise pregnancy forced her to get her act together. Now her whole life revolves around her young son, and she will do anything to keep Noah’s heart protected, even if it means avoiding the Marine who makes her want to be oh so bad . . .

Tyler Best loves his family, his friends, and his life, and he plans on living it to the fullest after nearly losing it. But Tyler didn’t bank on running into a beautiful blond with blazing green eyes and temper to match his. Tyler always thought he wasn’t ready to settle down, but Dani and Noah make him rethink his playboy ways . . .

Only just as these two start to build something, a shadow from Dani’s past comes back to haunt them. But Tyler will do anything to keep her and Noah safe . . . anything.

Dani pointed to the far wall of cages, oblivious to his disgruntlement. “Those are all the dogs whose time here expires. Feel free to take them out into the holding room”—she indicated a white door that had a sign reading holding room— “and do whatever you gotta do.”
Turning her back on him, she squatted down in front of a large cage and opened it. Tyler bent down to see a massive gray dog with black spots and stripes. The dog lifted his head slightly, his floppy ears pricking as she cooed.
“Hey, Fugly, how you doing, bud?” Dani’s hand glided over the dog’s head and neck, and he relaxed back on his side with a whimper.
“What happened to him?” Tyler asked.
“Someone hit him with their car. A yard crew behind them stopped and picked him up, brought him here, but there’s only so much I can do. The X-rays show he needs leg surgery, but my regular doctor is off today, and the prick subbing for him won’t do a damn thing to help.”
Tyler came closer, squatting behind her. The dog lifted his head and met Tyler’s gaze with soft green-gray eyes. Rex’s eyes had been a dark brown, nearly black, but the expression in this dog’s eyes was still the same—filled with trust. This dog wasn’t afraid of humans; he expected them to help him, to ease his pain.
Tyler’s chest clenched. Although he’d trained several dogs since Rex, he hadn’t experienced this pull, this kinship. This big, gray dog was calling to him, and he couldn’t ignore it, no matter how crazy it seemed.
“Release him to me.”
Dani spun his way so fast, she nearly knocked him back. “What?”
“Release him to me, and I’ll run him down to my veterinarian. They’ll go over the extent of his injuries and let me know what he needs.”
Dani stared at him, her gaze wary. “Why would you do that? And what about the dogs you’re supposed to evaluate?”
What the hell was he doing? He wasn’t even sure the dog was trainable, let alone what his injuries were.
But he could still remember Rex’s body as it cooled and stiffened in his arms. There had been nothing he could do to help Rex, but he could help this dog.
“If you will run interference for me with that guy, I’ll drive . . .” Tyler hesitated to call the dog the bullshit name. “I’m sorry; he needs a better name than Fugly.”
Dani laughed, but her voice shook a bit as though she might cry. “The workers that brought him in were calling him that.”
“Not anymore. Whatever his name is, I’ll drive him up there, drop him off, and come back here. If his owners show up, you can give me a call.”
“I don’t have your number.” She closed the cage door and stood up.
“The front desk has it, but do you have your phone on you?” he asked.
“Yeah, I’ll go get it.” She left the room, and Tyler studied the dog. He was probably a good hundred and fifty pounds, which wouldn’t be a problem to carry, but if he had more injuries they couldn’t see, Tyler was concerned about jostling him around and doing more damage. He’d ask Dani if they had a stretcher when she got back.
She came back through the doors and handed him her phone. “Here.”
Tyler stood up, staring at the screen saver of a smiling toddler with his arms wrapped around Dani’s neck. Well, shit, that sent whatever attraction he’d had crashing to the ground. He had three rules for hooking up: Be honest from the get-go, no sleeping over, and definitely no repeats within the same week. And then there were the types of women he steered clear from.
No crazies. No attached or married women. And definitely no single moms.
No ifs, ands, or buts about it. He had watched his own mom get screwed over enough times to know that if you weren’t ready, just stay far away.
Clearing his throat, he swiped his thumb over to her contacts and put in his information. “Cute kid.”
“Thank you.”
“He yours?” he asked.
“Yes, he’s mine.”
Was it just him, or did she sound defensive?
“How old is he?” Tyler handed the phone back to her, disappointed that she was off limits.
“He’s almost two.” Dani slipped her phone into her pocket. Her curt responses told him she didn’t want to discuss her child with a complete stranger, and he couldn’t blame her.
Apparently, he was just a nosy, interfering bastard today.
“About Fugly. I was going to just carry him out, but I’m afraid of causing more damage.”
“He doesn’t have internal bleeding, at least not that showed up on the X-rays. Most of the impact from the car occurred on his back end. Plus, I gave him a dose of pain meds when he first came in, and it should last him a while.”
“Okay then, you get the door, and I’ll get the dog.”
Dani unlocked the cage again and unhooked the dog’s IV, wrapping the tubing over the mobile pole by the cage. As gently as he could, Tyler reached in and picked up the dog, who tried to thrash for half a second before Tyler spoke firmly. “Stay.”
The dog stilled, and Tyler stood up with him in his arms. “It’s gonna be okay, boy.”
Dani opened the doors as they went, but once they got to the lobby, Lab Coat Guy spotted them and spluttered, “What do you think you’re doing?”
Dani puffed up. “He’s taking the dog to his vet, since you won’t do anything to help him.”
Tyler had to admire the set of balls on Dani as every eye in the room swung on Lab Coat, pinning him with accusation.
“I didn’t say anything like that. I told you his prognosis wasn’t good and he was suffering.”
“And I wanted a second opinion, so we’re getting one.”
Tyler grinned, following Dani out the door. Pausing for half a second, Tyler gave Lab Coat a warning look. “I haven’t had a chance to evaluate the dogs yet. They’d better all be there when I get back.”
Lab Coat swallowed hard, and as she closed the door, Dani laughed. “I think he just pissed himself.”
Tyler liked her laugh, light and tinkling, like Christmas bells. “You’re pretty terrifying yourself.”
“I don’t let bullies push me around,” she said. “Where are your keys?”
“Right pocket.”
When the warmth of her hand pushed into his pocket and grabbed his keys, he couldn’t help his physical reaction. It was just too close to the groin, and the way she pressed with seeking fingers against him was enough to give him a semi. Despite it being October, it was still in the mideighties in Sacramento, and Tyler could feel beads of sweat dribbling down the sides of his face as she continued her search; he told himself it was just the heat getting to him.
Luckily, she hadn’t seemed to notice, and once she found the keys, she unlocked the doors and pulled open the back door of the Alpha Dog van.
“Hang on.” She ran back inside while Tyler waited, the dog’s weight making his arms burn.
Suddenly, she was back and climbing past him into the backseat of the van.
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“Isn’t it obvious? I’m coming with you. You’re going to need someone to hold onto him while you drive, and besides,” she said, her expression a soft mask of worry, “I don’t want him to be alone and scared.”
Tyler nodded, knowing exactly what she meant. He’d been rescuing dogs his whole life, much to his parents’ exasperation. He remembered the first dog he’d brought home at nine, a skinny black dog with matted fur and a rank odor. When his mom had told him he couldn’t bring the dog inside, he’d teared up and told her, “But, Mom, he’s so hungry and scared.” His mom had caved like a big old softy, and his dad left, coming back with food, bowls, and a collar and leash. He’d named the dog Barney, and he’d been the start of Tyler’s love of dogs.
The fact that Dani appeared to have the same passion made him like her more. Cute, funny, didn’t take shit from anyone? Plus, he’d bet his last dollar she was great in bed.
But the tiny, smiling little boy on her phone screen was like a big fat stop sign. He didn’t do single moms—at least, not when he knew about the kid.
Laying the dog gently into the back, he watched her settle his head in her lap and begin stroking his gray coat. Suddenly, she looked up at Tyler, those green eyes filled with gratitude and . . . Hell, he had no idea, but it was a first for him.
“Thank you.”
Tyler slammed the door to the van without responding, grabbing the keys out of the passenger door.
Tyler Best, bleeding-heart dog rescuer.
He climbed up into the driver’s seat, preparing to take off.
“Really, why are you doing this?” she asked from behind him.
Adjusting the mirror so he could see her, he gave the only answer that made sense. “Why not?”

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

What makes your hero, Tyler Best, heroic?

Best is heroic cause he has an amazing heart underneath all that womanizing charm...and when he cares, he is a force to be reckoned with. Dani thinks Best is heroic because of the way he treats her son, Noah. Although she tries to keep her distance, but when Best catches Noah, that was the moment she truly softened toward him.

What makes your heroine, Dani Hill, heroic?

Dani is heroic to me because she always puts her son, Noah, first. She makes mistakes like we all do, but she truly wants to be a good mom. That's all any of us can hope for, right?

Name one thing you must have while writing? Why is it essential to you?

My music, because it helps set my mood for the manuscript and inspire scenes as I go.

What’s your favorite military romance on film?

I would probably have to go with The Lucky One because it has a happy ending. Most military romances on film don’t.

What is one fun fact about Best we won’t find out in the book?

When he's on leave in July, Best goes to San Diego Comic Con and sits in on the panels, especially the Whedon ones. ;-)
My favorite line from Best is, "You should be apologizing to the great Joss Whedon, not to me." Mostly because I like the closet nerd aspect of this super cool guy.

Celebrity cast your heroine Dani!

Caroline from The Vampire Diaries for my Dani inspiration, especially with her hair in a ponytail. Plus, she has the perfect combo of tough and vulnerable.

Who’s a writer you admire?

Julia Quinn because she can blend humor, emotion, and romance so well. My goal is to do the same with ease, just like her.

What’s a book people should read once they’ve finished HERO OF MINE!

If you haven’t read Ignite by Karen Erickson, it is a wonderful start to her Wildwood series, which is phenomenal!

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