September 30, 2018

Blog Tour Promo Post: Hot Winter Nights by Jill Shalvis

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Who needs mistletoe? Most people wouldn’t think of a bad Santa case as the perfect Christmas gift. Then again, Molly Malone, office manager at Hunt Investigations, isn’t most people, and she could really use a distraction from the fantasies she’s been having since spending the night with her very secret crush, Lucas Knight. Nothing happened, not that Lucas knows that—but Molly just wants to enjoy being a little naughty for once... Whiskey and pain meds for almost-healed bullet wounds don’t mix. Lucas needs to remember that next time he’s shot on the job, which may be sooner rather than later if Molly’s brother, Joe, finds out about them. Lucas can’t believe he’s drawing a blank on his (supposedly) passionate tryst with Molly, who’s the hottest, smartest, strongest woman he’s ever known. Strong enough to kick his butt if she discovers he’s been assigned to babysit her on her first case. And hot enough to melt his cold heart this Christmas.



It took Lucas Knight longer than it should have to realize he had a woman in his bed, but to be fair, he had a bitch of a hangover. Even worse than that, last night was a blur, prompting him to take quick stock. One, there was a bundle of sweet, soft curves against him. Two, his head was currently threatening to secede from the United States of Lucas. And three, his side hurt like … well, like he’d been shot.
It’d been two weeks since he’d gotten caught in some crossfire on the job and he hadn’t yet been cleared for more than light duty – something he’d obviously managed to ignore last night given that he was palming a nice, warm, feminine ass.
Think, man.
Straining his brain, he remembered taking a pain med before going to O’Riley’s Pub to meet up with some friends. A client had been there, someone he’d recently helped save from a multi-million-dollar corporate espionage. The guy had ordered shots to toast to Lucas and … shit. Knowing better than to mix pain meds and alcohol, he’d hesitated, but everyone had been waiting on him, glasses hoisted in the air. Thinking just one shot couldn’t hurt anything, he’d knocked back the drink.
Clearly, he’d been wrong, and it’d been enough to mess him up big time, something he hadn’t been in years, not since his brother Josh had been killed. Shoving that away for another time – or never -- Lucas cracked open one eye, but when his retina was stabbed by a streak of sunlight glaring in through the window, he immediately slammed it shut it again. Taking a deep breath, he told himself to suck it up and opened both eyes this time, learning two additional facts.
He was naked and completely uncovered.
And the woman snugged up at his side was rolled up in his comforter like a burrito.
What. The. Hell.


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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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August 20, 2018

Book Review/Promo Post: All the Way by Kristen Proby

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With over 1.3 million copies of her books sold, Kristen Proby has become well-known for her strong, witty characters and unforgettable love stories. Following the success of Proby’s Fusion series, we are thrilled to introduce the new Romancing Manhattan series, starting with All the Way. Readers will escape to Martha’s Vineyard with the spirited London Watson and her captivating love interest Finn Cavanaugh as they navigate their way through love, grief, and family. 

Finn Cavanaugh is known for being a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. He owns a successful law firm with his brother and brother-in-law in Manhattan. On the rare occasion that he has down time, he spends it at his home in Martha’s Vineyard. But when Finn’s troubled niece goes to stay with him for the summer, he’s reluctant to take time off from work. That is, until he meets his beautiful new neighbor, London.  
London Watson is a Tony Award winning actress on Broadway. When tragedy strikes her family, leaving her alone and injured, she flees Manhattan. Hoping she can figure out how to pick up the pieces of her life, London is convinced that she’ll never be able to return to the stage. But when she meets the charming young girl next door and her sexy uncle, they soon lure London out of her shell as she finally begins to heal from the wounds of her past. 

But when London feels confident enough to return to the spotlight, she’s dealt another devastating blow. Will the newfound love between London and Finn be enough to conquer all? Or will it be over before it has a chance to grow?

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I remember the days when Kristen Proby was starting out as an indie author. I met her a few times at indie author signing events. She's super sweet and as her stories progressed, I always find myself picking up one of her books whenever I need a break from Young Adult fiction. 

All the Way is the start of the Romancing Manhattan series and a pretty good start to a new series. London Watson is an actress on Broadway who recently suffered a devastating blow to her family and her shiny career. While recuperating in Martha's Vineyard, she runs into Finn Cavanaugh, her parents' sexy lawyer, and his niece. Sparks and an instant attraction between the two is obvious. However, their relationship starts off rocky and continues to be so. 

Overall, it was a good read. Plot was good with even amounts of foreshadowing that ultimately lead to a decent ending. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle, The Boudreaux, Love Under the Big Sky, and the Fusion 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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August 6, 2018

Blog Tour Book Review: Wild Hunger (Heirs of Chicagoland #1) by Chloe Neill

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As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of an ambassador brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

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**Disclaimer: I received a review copy from Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in exchange for a honest review**

As a hardcore Chicagoland fan, I was heartbroken when the series came to an end. The ending was perfect and did justice to all of Chloe's hard work. It also left enough material for Wild Hunger to start. Wild Hunger starts with Elisa, daughter of Ethan Sullivan, Master of Cadogan House and Merit, Sentinel of Cadogan House. There is a time skip, since this is Elisa's story. Elisa just finished studying abroad at École Dumas, Europe's only university for supernaturals. She's currently "interning/working security" with Maison Dumas, one of the most prestigious vampire Houses in Europe. The book start with Elisa and her European friends packing up to escort the leaders of Maison Dumas (and other Houses) to a peace summit in Chicago. However, right out of the gate, we get to see Elisa in action. While in Europe, she also trained as a swordswoman and it definitely shows when a little mayhem breaks out in the streets of Paris. 

After this ordeal, Elisa and company head to Chicago for the summit. Past characters from the original Chicagoland series do make an appearance or are mentioned so that we know what they've been up to. As you would think, not everyone is interested in peace talks. Trouble breaks out, an assassination occurs, and all hell breaks loose. This puts Elisa in a precarious position. Her loyalty to Maison Dumas and to Cadogan House will be tested. Of course, we do get to see the next generation of Chicagoland sups, like Connor Keene (yum). He's got his own problems with the Pack to deal with.  I really liked the angle Chloe took with Wild Hunger. While we do see some of our favorite characters, this is Elisa's book and we do get to see her shine, stand on her own merits, and see her as an individual; not just as the daughter of the Master and Sentinel of Cadogan House. Overall, I enjoyed this book. There were a few subplots that I was not expecting and some subplots that I totally saw coming, but made me deliriously giddy. I am looking forward to the sequel!


Enter the Wild Hunger Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs August 6 through August 17 on Chloe’s web site.

What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

  • A Wild Hunger tote bag and bookmark
  • A Stuffed “Connor Keene” Wolf Keychain
  • A gorgeous box of Ladurée French Macarons (You’ll find out why in WILD HUNGER!)
  • Amazon Kindle
  • $50 Amazon gift card!!
  • Bookmarks and swag!

In addition to the grand prize giveaway, which will be given away on Chloe's site, enter to win to a Chicagoland swag pack. The swag pack has the following goodies:

  • A Wild Hunger tote bag and bookmark
  • A Stuffed “Connor Keene” Wolf Keychain
  • A signed Chloe Neill book
  • Assorted Chicagoland and Devil’s Isle bookmarks and swag

About the Author

Photo by Dana Damewood

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest.  When not writing, she bakes, knits, Pins, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)
Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Romance Writers of America. 
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Wild Hunger Blog Tour Schedule

Week One
Monday, August 6 – The Consummate Reader
Tuesday, August 7 – Moonlight Rendezvous | Books of My Heart
Wednesday, August 8 – Book Dragons 24/7
Thursday, August 9 – MeliH
Friday, August 10 – A Book Fanatic Obsession | Silence is Read
Week Two

Monday, August 13 – Loves Great Reads
Tuesday, August 14 (Release Day) – Snoopydoo’s Book Review | The Saucy Wenches Book Club
Wednesday, August 15 – A Great Read | Book Nook Nuts
Thursday, August 16 – Urban Fantasy Investigations | Goldilocks and the Three Weres
Friday, August 17 – Dawn’s Reading Nook | Besties & Books

March 17, 2018

Blog Tour Book Review: To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

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Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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Some spoilers abound! You have been warned. 

WOW! This book blew me away. Keep in mind that this is not your typical sea creature-prince love story. At the beginning, I was expecting a predictable love story full of strife and plot armor, but nope! There are certainly elements from the Little Mermaid, but with a twist. Princess Lira is a bloodthirsty siren with sharp claws and she's gunning for the position of heir to the Sea Queen. The Sea Queen is her mother, but I'm saying 'mother' loosely here. She's a stone-cold, manipulative bully who rules the sirens through fear and pain. The emotional, mental and psychological trauma that Lira goes through is immense and heartbreaking. All the same, Lira still wants her mother's approval and will do anything to get it. This is where the hearts of princes comes in. From what I know of mythology, sirens were similar to mermaids and had voices that would enchant sailors to their locations, to crash and die. Super romantic, amirite? In this particular world, sirens were created by the Goddess Keto and there was havoc. Humans versus sirens. Sirens would enchant sailors or princes to come close enough for them to rip out their hearts. Literally, stealing the hearts of men. Some background: stolen hearts give the siren who took them power, especially the hearts of princes. 

Like the Sea Queen, Lira is a ruthless killing machine. She has killed 17 princes and took their hearts as a source of power. Unlike her mother, Lira has slowly developed a fan base of sorts. Lira is close the age of ascension and Mommy Dearest is having none of that. Finding fault with Lira's recent "transgressions," she is sentenced to a human-like existence as punishment. As if being stripped of her very identity and power wasn't punishment enough, Lira is recused at sea by none other than the famed "Siren Killer," Prince Elian. Elian has a personal grudge against sirens and certainly has no qualms hunting them down. When Elian hears of an ancient power source that could potentially destroy all sirens in existence, he will stop at nothing to attain this power. 

A steady plot and character development for the main characters, as well as the secondary cast members. The world-building and mish-mash of historical locations gives readers a vibrant picture of what Elian and Lira see. I felt the ending was final enough, though I would welcome a sequel if Alexandra Christo wrote one. Overall, I did enjoy reading this book.

About the Author

Hi, I’m Alexandra! I’m a twenty-something writer from England who likes baking, marathoning Korean dramas, and writing about characters with questionable morals.
My books are mostly YA, mostly fantasy, and mostly show that I let my imagination run a little too wild.
My debut novel To Kill a Kingdom is a story about killer sirens and killer pirates, who team up and try very hard not to kill each other. If you like Disney’s Little Mermaid, I hope I haven’t destroyed your childhood memories of it.
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March 6, 2018

ARC Book Review: Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

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(Alpha and Omega #5)
By Patricia Briggs
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$27.00 / 320 pages
March 6, 2018

In her bestselling Alpha and Omega series, Patricia Briggs “spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters, and magic and, my, does she do it well” ( Now mated werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham face a threat like no other–one that lurks too close to home…

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn…
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I'm a long-time Patricia Briggs fan and I have been waiting for the next Alpha and Omega book to come out. This book did not disappoint. The main premise of the book surrounds the mysterious wildlings, members of Bran's pack, but at the same time too wild to be with others of the pack. In the timeline of events, this book/events take place during the second half of Silence Fallen, the tenth Mercy Thompson book. Charles and Anna (plus everybody else) are on their own when something goes wrong with one of the wildlings. Charles being the powerhouse that he is, goes to investigate with Anna. Apparently the pack's location isn't so secret anymore. There are strangers walking through the Marrok's territory. Foiling an attempted abduction, a mystery unfolds and a plot of revenge unfolds as Charles and Anna try to find the traitor in their midst, before anyone else gets hurt. In this book we get more back stories to add to each of the top tier members of the pack (i.e. The Moor, Leah, etc.). Overall, it was an enjoyable read.
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Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.**
**Mini bio taken from her goodreads page

February 5, 2018

Blog Tour Book Review/Giveaway: About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

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(Heartbreaker Bay novel #5)

When love drives you crazy . . .

When sexy Joe Malone never calls after their explosive kiss, Kylie shoves him out of her mind. Until she needs a favor, and it’s a doozy. Something precious to her has been stolen and there’s only one person with unique finder-and-fixer skills that can help—Joe. It means swallowing her pride and somehow trying to avoid the temptation to throttle him—or seduce him.
the best thing to do . . .

No, Joe didn’t call after the kiss. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy. And Kylie, after all she’s been through, deserves a good man who will stay. But everything about Kylie makes it damned hard to focus, and though his brain knows what he has to do, his heart isn’t getting the memo.
… is enjoy the ride.

As Kylie and Joe go on the scavenger hunt of their lives, they discover surprising things about each other. Now, the best way for them to get over “that kiss” might just be to replace it with a hundred more.


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Joe studied her. “I asked you once before, but now I’m going to ask you again. Is there something going
on between you two?”
She tossed up her hands. “Why do you both keep asking me that about each other?”
His eyes narrowed. “I thought nothing was going on.”
“And before today, I could’ve passed a lie detector test on that,” she said.
“What happened today?”
She paused. Not because she had anything to be ashamed of, but because she wasn’t quite sure what
had happened.
She sighed. “It’s nothing.”
“Try again,” Joe said and gave her the very male universal go on gesture.
She rolled her eyes. “Fine. He . . . finally made a move on me.”
Joe didn’t budge. Not a blink, not a muscle twitch, nothing, but she could’ve popped corn off the electric tension coming off him.
“Describe ‘made a move,’ ” he finally said.
She crossed her arms. “And again, how is this relevant to my case?”
He just gave her that careful stare again and she thought wow, those eyes of his should be registered as a lethal weapon, because she found herself opening her mouth and spilling her guts. “He kissed me.”
“He kissed you.”
“Yeah,” she said. “Do you know that you often repeat what I say?”
“What kind of a kiss?” he asked.
She was momentarily bewildered. “I don’t know. It was a kiss. A normal kiss. A nice kiss.” She cocked her head at him. “How many kinds of kisses are there?”
He just looked at her for a long moment before coming toward her. He backed her to the wall and pressed his big hands on either side of her head.
“There are many kinds of kisses,” he said.
Her breath had backed up in her throat, where her heart had lodged, pounding wildly. “S-s-such as?”
“Such as this one.” And then he leaned in and covered her mouth with his.
At the touch of Joe’s mouth, Kylie’s brain stopped being capable of rational thought. His tongue gave a knee-weakening stroke against hers and she let out a shockingly needy moan as she clutched at him, fisting her hands in the material of his shirt at his chest. Only when he’d thoroughly plundered and pillaged and left her boneless did he lift his head and
look into her eyes.
“Wow,” she whispered, fully aware she was still holding on to him like he was a lifeline, but the bones in her legs had liquefied. “I mean . . .” She shook her head. “Wow.”
He nodded. “Yeah. So to be clear, that wasn’t ‘a normal kiss’ or even ‘a nice kiss.’ It was a ‘wow’ kiss. Any questions?”
“Just one,” she said softly. “Can I have another?”
Joe didn’t have to be asked twice. His mouth immediately descended again, his fingers sliding into her hair to change the angle of the kiss to suit him. It was a controlled, alpha thing to do, but she had only one thought—nothing about the usually carefully, purposely leashed Joe was in control at the moment.
And she liked it.
She had no idea how long they went at it because she was in absolute heaven. Who knew that the man could use his preferred silent mode to communicate in a way that she finally approved of?
Only when she was completely breathless and about to strip him down to his birthday suit did she manage to pull back.
“Any more questions?” he asked, also a little bit breathless, which was more than slightly gratifying. Dumbly, she shook her head. His eyes softened and he gently he stroked his thumb over her bottom lip. “And FYI? Gib’s an idiot.”

Whew! This book was HOT!! While this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Jill Shalvis is one of my favorite Avon authors and I love her books. The Heartbreaker Bay series is a favorite. Why? All of the female characters are ladies I'd like to have drinks with and all of the male characters I want to sigh over. This time around, we focus on Kylie Masters and Joe Malone. For those of you who read the previous book, you know that K & J shared a steamy kiss in an alley (not the best location, but it happened). And then.....he doesn't call. It's not because they don't know where they can find each other. Their list of mutual friends overlap so much it would give John Venn heart palpitations. Back to the story, Kylie has had a rough go at life. Her parents had her when they were in the late teens/early twenties; obvious not equipped to raise a baby. "Dad" abandoned them without a second glance and "mom" was selfish to think of anyone else's well-being except for hers. Luckily, Kylie's grandpa took her in and raised her. Fast forward, Kylie is working as a woodcarver and her carved penguin keychain goes missing. She's adamant that it was stolen from her. She enlists Joe to help her find her carved penguin. Why is a little keychain so important? It was the last item her grandpa carved before he passed. Did that tug your heartstrings? It did? Good. Spending time with Joe was the last thing Kylie wanted to do, but she desparately wants her keychain back; especially when someone sends her Polaroids of her keychain in scenes of peril. As tension between J & K grow, the hunt for the keychain and the sociopath goes on. 
I was definitely picking up some sexual tension from another pair of characters. I usually take it as confirmation that they are a future pairing (and I can't wait!). Overall, I liked this book. The book progressed nicely and had a nice thriller vibe going on for some parts of the book. 


New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website,, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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