Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blog Tour - Angel Steel / Sweet Temptations

Today we are featuring an excerpt from an upcoming book called Sweet Temptations by Angel Steel.  The book should be released 1/31/13.  We also have a rafflecopter attached so you can get a few chances at winning a copy of the book.  Happy Reading!  

Skylar had no idea why she said no to him. God, he was gorgeous. The front of him looked even better than the back, his black hair was short, with just a hint of a curl in it, his green eyes had her mesmerised and she couldn’t look away. Nate’s chest was hard as rock and felt too good, she thought. A small amount of hair lightly covered his chest and a trail ran from his navel down below his low riding jeans.
 She wondered what it would be like to run her hands all over him and slip them into his jeans. That thought made her blush. She grabbed another glass of cold water to cool her down and forced herself to stop thinking of things to do to him. She must be stupid, thinking that a guy like him would let her do things like that to him. He would be the type that went for those bimbo-looking girls, the body to die for but no brains. A girl could only dream of what she really wanted in a guy and he, of course, was two hundred percent alpha male to the core. She reluctantly went back to what she was doing, unpacking as much as she could before her girlfriend came over to help.
Friday afternoon came and Skylar finally finished unpacking the kitchen, bathroom, lounge, and lastly her bedroom, which was a pain. Her four-poster bed wouldn’t go up right and she was close to calling Nate to help, but then thought better of it as it would likely sound corny and might be seen as her trying to get him into her bedroom. She laughed at the thought and instead decided to call her girlfriend to help, but before she even got a chance to dial her number the phone rang in her hand.  
Hello,” she said.  
Hey, Skylar. I’m heading your way. Be at your place in five, okay, girl?” her girlfriend, Chantal, said.  
With a smile she replied, “Okay girl, I’ll see you soon. Wine is chilling in the fridge for you, plus I need your help with my bed, okay?” I’ll see you real soon.” And she hung up. Within fifteen minutes, Chantal arrived. “Hey girl, what’s been happening?” “I’m fine, it’s been rough the last couple of days with the move and all,” she replied. “So what’s the plan tonight? After we do the bed, we both need to go out. I don’t want to stay here and drink myself silly. I want to actually go out this time and see humans,” Skylar said with a laugh. “I was thinking we should go down to Joey’s for drinks and maybe a couple games of pool. We haven’t done that in a while.” 

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Monday, January 28, 2013

How to Misbehave (by Ruthie Knox) Release Day!

Note: "How to Misbehave" is a 99 page novella

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Release Date: January 28, 2013

"How to Misbehave" is book one of the Camelot series

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What woman can resist a hot man in a hard hat? Beloved author Ruthie Knox kicks off her new Camelot series with this deliciously sexy original novella, in which a good girl learns how to misbehave . . . with all her heart.

As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she’s hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?

Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature’s fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she’s ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own—unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed?

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Battered Not Broken (by Ranae Rose)

Release Date: December 16, 2012
Battered Not Broken rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Ravishing Romances review disagree! 
Read Kristin Anders's review here.
MsRomanticReads blog reviews here.
Guest reviewer KAME reviews here.

How are the sex scenes?
Despite being extremely descriptive, passionate and intense, they were a tad repetitive.

How are the story lines?
The multiple storylines were engrossing, powerful and very well written.

Would you read it again?

Back of the Book

Ryan Moore forged his own path when he defied his wealthy family’s expectations by joining the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man. After a period of service that’s cut short by an IED explosion, the lingering physical and mental effects of war result in an isolated struggle to exist in the civilian world. He throws himself into competitive MMA fighting – the one thing he’s still able to excel at, even if every match is a risk he can’t afford to take.

His first encounter with amateur female fighter Ally Rivera ignites a spark of desire he hasn’t felt since before a bomb left its marks on his life and his body, but his flirtation with her turns out to be anything but harmless. She’s struggling to hold together a family ravaged by violence – a feat that isn’t easy when her father has been imprisoned, leaving her vulnerable to relatives who run a local gang. Can two unrelenting fighters overcome challenges they couldn’t defeat alone, or do the wounds of war and crime run too deep for even love to heal?


Battered not Broken by Ranae Rose is a sizzling contemporary romance about two incredibly different people who have been battered by life’s traumas, feeling discouraged and alone, yet throughout the story, endeavoured to rediscover hope, meaning, purpose and love.

Worldly wise, heartrending Ally Rivera, is a passionate, self contained young woman. From a sickening incident in her teens, her family core had been shattered beyond repair. Ally was crippled by guilt. Survivor’s guilt. Carrying her burdens institutionally  she justified their permanence with ‘what ifs’, believing that she was responsible for the chain of events that the crime created. Ally’s life was repetitive and predictable. Her only visible passion was as a fighter in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in her city of Baltimore. That is until Ryan literally bumps into her at the gym at which she trains.

Seriously gorgeous with a mix of mischief, reserved Ryan Moore was a former Marine turned MMA fighter, having recently returned from Afghanistan. Having ‘survived’ an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast, like Ally, he suffers from re-curing nightmares as well as debilitating migraines. Ryan was stubborn, trustworthy, gallant and scarred, both internally and externally. Yet, Ryan seemed contradictory to Ally. On one hand, his meticulous attention to detail especially toward his spotless car, yet on the other hand, his total disregard for his health; fighting in the ring, which could literally kill him. His decision to start afresh in Baltimore, forging his own path, defying his unsupportive, wealthy family, proves to be a fated move. Ostensibly, he is trying to rebuild his life. In reality, he was trying to find a reason to live.

As their relationship progressed, it was a poignant and momentous moment when Ally believed she could be "someone who healed instead of hindered." In many ways, this woke her up out of her quiet, derailed existence. Ryan made her feel. Ally loved selflessly, was mature beyond her years, and was gutsy; especially evidenced when she tackled Ryan’s rejection, while common sense urged retreat. In Ally, Ryan found purpose, direction, joy, and saw the chance to heal.

Their love-making was sensuous and described in explicit detail. Frequently.

“He worked his tongue over and below her clitoris, running the tip of it between her lips, teasing her entrance. The glide of his tongue over her sensitive skin was wet, hot and explosively intimate. He took the time to get acquainted with her every fold and swell, as if he wouldn’t rest until he’d tasted every bit of her.” OH!

The story was told from Ally’s POV, although, at times, I would have loved to have been inside Ryan’s head. Occasional repetitive phrasing proved distracting as I read. (How many times do we need to read how blue Ryan’s eyes were?) Greater variety in the sex scenes would have sweetened the deal too. Despite this, Battered not Broken was an engaging and engrossing book. There was mystery, tension, pain, joy and danger all vying for and receiving thorough attention.

Renae Rose has a wonderfully descriptive prose.

Their bodies were so close that the sound of his pleasure seemed to physically permeate her, making her every nerve ending in her body hum with the thrill of his gratification.”

The title was apt (and I have to say, I loved the cover–so realistic!). Her comprehensive research into all things related to sufferers from, and carers of those afflicted by TBI’s must be applauded. In addition, she skilfully enabled the reader to have a terrific grasp on the angst and sorrow of those who return from war. 

This was not a light read, but one that is sad yet hopeful, ascetic yet sensual, sorrowful yet jubilant. If this is an example of Ranae Rose’s writing, I can fervently say that I’ll be back for more.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Binding Arbitration (by Elizabeth Marx)

Release Date: June 17, 2012
Binding Arbitration rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

"Binding Arbitration" has a prequel novella titled "Cutters vs. Jocks"

How are the sex scenes? 
Sensual, realistic but not overly descriptive. 

How are the story lines? 
Excellent. There are many engrossing issues to be resolved, multiple narratives all captivating. 

Would you read it again? 

Back of the Book

Through the corridors of the Windy City’s criminal courts, single mother Libby Tucker knows exactly how far she’ll go to save her cancer-stricken son’s life. The undefeated defense attorney is prepared to fight, but the cost of this victory requires revisiting old heartache.

Seven years ago, Libby had a one night stand with Aidan Palowski that ended in a pregnancy and him deserting her at their college graduation. Libby has worked her backside bare for everything she’s attained, while Aidan has been indulged since he landed in a pile of Gold Coast money. Libby fears asking Aidan to live up to his biological duty could jeopardize the only thing the jock worships: his celebrity baseball career. But when Aidan learns about his son’s desperate need, it pricks open the wound he’s carried since he abandoned Libby and the child.

Aiden wants to recapture what he lost and redeem his desertion. Libby wants his DNA. Will the two needs be met? Will they resist unresolved passion?


Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx is a contemporary romance set in Chicago. It took a little effort on my part to keep reading initially, mostly due to the writing style. However by the time I finished, I was ready to go right back to the beginning and start again.

It has your two classic Hero and Heroinethe bull-headed and cocky Baseball star Aiden Palowski, and the underestimated but brilliant attorney Elizabeth (Libby) Tucker. In some ways, it was also the cliche story of the one night affair producing a son, who was then intentionally hidden from his egotistical father in an attempt of normalcy by the mother. But that was where the familiar story ended.

Despite being incredibly arrogant and brash; the gorgeous, mouth watering Aiden is difficult to dislike. In reconnecting with Libby, his festering wounds of denial and regret resurfaced. He was ashamed of his inaction regarding his child. Deep down, he knew that his worst mistake had been letting Libby slip away. Hiding behind arrogance was a thoughtful, generous man, who had left rather than facing feared rejection from the woman he loved. Had always loved.

Successful, brilliant, sexy and seemingly self assured, Libby Tucker was the heroine who could pack a punch, especially with her prodigious vocabulary. Her plight was harrowing, with the insidious disease of Leukemia crippling her bright, bubbly son, her world. She would not allow herself to be discomfited by Aiden, and fall once again under his captivating spell. She had once loved Aiden, but he broke her heart and abandoned her. She vowed never to let love into her heart, to avoid it ever being broken again.

Their love as a couple was incredibly believable. It seemed to grow gently, giving it credibility, rather than being rushed, forced, or implausible. Their chemistry, once we got there was hot; especially shower sex. 

“It was steamy and frantic. I was enraptured, the beating of my heart and my pulsing thrusts pounded out the sprays from the showerheads… I saw flashes of erect nipples, as they rubbed against my chest hair…she clutched me so hard I erupted inside her like lightening.”

There is so much to this story; from the profound quotes at the beginning of each chapter and out of the mouth of a wise-beyond-years six year old boy, the essence of familyits expectations and disappointments, the detailed fight of Leukemia, forgiveness and blame, the pang of death, the hope in love.

The story moved between funny, poignant, sensual, sad and powerful with impeccable timing and finesse. The author took risks that were gutsy, but ones that I feel paid off! Thankfully, due to its length, the book managed to deeply explore the many facets of the characters, flaws and strengths, and their plight in forgiveness, loving and overcoming preconceptions. It was well written with wonderfully descriptive prose. Many phrases such as
“Having my tonsils removed by a Volvo mechanic would have been more fun” dotted the dialogue providing comedic relief. It was enjoyable switching narrator between Aiden and Libby.

I laughed, cried, mourned, groaned and was thoroughly engrossed. This is not your everyday sweet romance, but a tough going, soul stretching journey that will engage you, cause you to yearn for happiness for the characters, and keep you guessing as to where the author will take you. There were times where I could not bring myself to but skim the chapters, parts too sad for me, as a mother, to read. Despite this, it was a brilliant book, one that I highly recommend.

Binding Arbitration includes a few editing problems such as missing, misspelled and incorrect words such as "it" for "is". I do not take off stars for bad editing, just warning those who are OCD about this.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

My TBR list - I'll never catch up

Do you ever feel like your "To Be Read" list will ever get smaller?  

I'm having anxiety over mine lately.  Each time I finish another book, I find 5 more to add to my list.  It's like these books breed.  Like a book knows you are about to finish and it decides to make more books to add to your list.  

As of today I believe I have approximately 212 books on my "To Be Read" list.  Oy!

Even if I read a book every 2-3 days I will never finish this year.  It's almost defeating.  It almost makes me crazy.  But then I remember that I'm not alone.  I know people that have longer lists than me!  

How long is your list?

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Operation: Endeavor, Book #2 of When the Mission Ends (by Christi Snow)

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Book Release Date:  January 2, 2012
Operation: Endgame rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
When the Mission Ends series rating:  4 out of 5 stars

"Operation: Endeavor" is book two of the When the Mission Ends series
Read Maddie's review of book one, Operation: Endgame

How are the sex scenes?
"He breathed heavy and shallow and passion filled his eyes..."
"Having him within her was heaven..."
"She was trapped by the emotion she saw there 
as much as she was imprisoned by his hard, pulsing body."

How are the story lines?
Solid. A little predictable, but a little intriguing and solid.

Would you read it again?
Back of the Book

Colton Robertson left his career in the Air Force to come home and help his family heal. Unfortunately, his reception was not quite what he'd hoped for and he ended up as a roommate to hippy dippy yoga instructor Penelope Pruitt. 

Penelope has spent her life under the restrictive thumb of her parents and she doesn't want to do the same with the straight-laced, serious Colton. But when it becomes apparent that Penelope's life is in danger, Colton won't settle for anyone else protecting Penelope besides him.

Opposites attract and that's definitely the case with Colton and Penelope. On the surface, they don't have anything in common, but as the sparks fly and the danger ramps up, their passion is inevitable.


Operation: Endeavor by Author Christi Snow, is the second book in her thrilling Romantic Suspense series When the Mission Ends. It picks up soon after the end of Operation: Endgame, which would be beneficial to read prior to Endeavor. There are more hot ex-military men, more steamy sex scenes, and more suspenseful moments to keep you guessing!!

Oh uber Alpha-Male Colton! Seriously – how is one meant to cope when you read this: 

“I promise I could fulfill you better than he ever could.” Okay – I. Was. Hooked.
Meet our Hero Colton Robertson– he was serious, competent, dynamic, sexy and totally in command. (Did I mention he was sexy?? I was only just getting my lust under control from Jake!) Having been thrust into a parenting role at the tender age of ten years, Colton, the elder brother of Cassie and Chris, was a natural leader. He had only just retired from his highly successful career in the Air Force, to come home to help his family heal. In many ways, he was a man always alone and isolated, with the twins having each other, and Jake. His tendency to be overbearing also corresponded with his aloof façade, which was perhaps part of his allure. He was extremely easy to admire, and yes, I will say it again, lust after!

For so long, beautiful, intelligent and feisty Penelope Pruitt, could only equate independence with singleness, having fought for control of her life from her manipulative and unsupportive parents. Her dread of being controlled far outweighed her deeper yearnings for love, nurture and desire. Ultimately, she is a Heroine to love – particularly as she ‘has to take book wherever she goes”. (I think we might be related!) She was perceptive, gutsy and sassy, yet beneath a strong façade, hid a loving, generous heart, a woman desiring the country homestead, complete with the non-negotiable wrap around porch and swing.

Penelope didn’t need or want overbearing. As Colton’s admiration and attraction for her grows, his need to protect was triggered, especially as she became embroiled in a mysterious and lethal situation ostensibly concerning her Bookstore. She’s beautiful inside and out, and Colton is completely beguiled by her, but will he be willing to bend to a new shape without compromising what comes so naturally to him? He’s unrepentantly autocratic, extremely sexy, and sends chills throughout her body when near, but, will Penelope be able to receive love from one so strong and naturally domineering?

Once again, Christi Snow delivered an engrossing, engaging and sizzling romantic suspense. Hot, blistering sexual tension then chemistry, a mystery to be unraveled  perpetrators of evil, cleverly masked behind their facades of reputable citizens, touches of humor and a deeply coded sense of family/friendship, and you have a hit in my mind. There was a good mix of predictable with unexpected twists and turns. The author successfully took the malevolence up a notch with Operation: Endeavor, and I am now eagerly awaiting the next book! Gah!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

The Reluctant Countess (by Wendy Vella) Release Day!

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From rising romance star Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.

Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Enchanting Ella: Stick a Fork in it, it's Overdone

I'm having one of those weeks.  Every book I read is repeating the same erotic love scene move over and over again.  I'm starting to run the books altogether in my mind.  A nipple nibble here, a grabbing member there.  It's all starting to sound the same. 

I suppose the only way to alleviate this issue is to throw in a different genre now and then to mix it up.  Staying within the erotic themed books has made me realize it's hard to keep it fresh and new.  These new writers need to up their game and use new language.  Use fresh new characters and names.  Fresh new storylines.  That's not easy.  Trust me, I'm struggling with it myself.  

So I've thrown in a few other genres to mix it up.  I've downloaded some mystery and thrillers along with some new adult.  Maybe a fresh perspective of other things out there will end my writer's block.  

Am I alone?  Are you seeing repeat scenes in all of your reading?  

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Wallbanger (by Alice Clayton)

Release Date:  November 25, 2012
Wallbanger rating:  5 out of 5 stars

How are the sex scenes?
Fabulous! Real, warm, fun and sensual!
How are the story lines?
Wonderful. Rich, believable and very funny!
Would you read it again?
Definitely! And again after that too!
Back of the Book

Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a KitchenAid mixer, and no O (and we're not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O.

Adding insult to O-less, since her move, she has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she's ever heard. Each moan, spank, and-was that a meow?-punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has, yep, you guessed it, no O.

Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has, well, mixed results. Ahem. With walls this thin, the tension's gonna be thick...


Wallbanger by Alice Clayton is a deliciously fun, memorable Contemporary Romance set in San Francisco. With her trademark mix of silly and steamy, it was an engaging, feel-good novel with sparky, lovable characters, strutting pussy cats, wonderful descriptive prose, and loads of laughs.

Our heroine, Caroline Reynolds is a funny, intelligent, confident woman and a very talented interior designer - not decorator! She surrounds herself with her two equally crazy best friends Mimi and Sophia, has a wonderful job and lives with her mischievous cat, Clive. As she moves into her new apartment, she discovered that her neighbor was a bit of a cad with noisy nocturnal activities!  The majority of the story is heard from her point of view, which includes her humorous inner debates between Brain, Backbone, Heart, Nerves and Lower Caroline, with the constant update on 'The Return of O', her missing Orgasm. This kept me both entertained and frequently giggling.

With Caroline’s tendency to provide monikers for those she met, her self described status as “hot and sexy”, and shamelessly naughty humor, (my favorite kind of girl!!) it is no wonder the devilishly handsome neighbor, Simon Parker could not resist her. 

Simon is of course, the perfect specimen of male – tall, drop dead sexy gorgeous, piercing blue eyes, complete with an arrogant smirk guaranteed to charm and woo. Their first encounter with each other with Simon clad only in a sheet, and Caroline in what created her nickname of “Nighty girl”, was so exasperatingly funny, that you knew you were about to embark on an entertaining ride!

Simon, a successful Photographer, had been carefully hiding from love. He had witnessed in his parents’ marriage, natural, open affection, complete without false fanfare and wistfully recalled that they "...used to hold hands all the time. Not for show." His constant travels allowed him to remain un-tethered, but Caroline's open, warm and truly accepting nature finally cracked open his long-held clasp of singleness, offering him a face to call ‘home’.

In many ways, that's the love Simon had held out for. His 'harem' was temporary, safe, fun. Caroline was not looking for a boyfriend, feeling contentedly single, and was particularly determined to avoid the man seemingly unable to sustain monogamy. It was fun to read their comical journey into friendship through their ‘truce’, as they both waged internal wars determined to resist each other, despite the flirtation and taunting.

There is spark, intensity, innuendo, sexual tension and snarky banter from the start, and as the story progressed, so did their antagonism and despite best intentions, their interest.

Needless to say, resistance was eventually futile. Initially their journey of each other wasn't lustful and frenzied. (Well, not completely!!)  Caroline felt 'worshiped' by Simon. "With sweet kisses and soft touches, he began the process of getting to know my body, and it was exactly what I needed." Whilst in that ‘aahh moment’, Caroline then describes them as "Flaily and My Snorey Pants." Funny!

But when they finally had completed exploring gently, well.... the lust freely ran through their bodies 'like a freight train'. You will not be disappointed!

What makes their friendship/relationship believable however, is the genuine care and easy comfort with each other. Beyond the joking and fun, something special is forming.

Alice Clayton is extremely talented. Her ability to create beautiful, romantic moments, interspersed with splashes of unexpected humor, is brilliant. Caroline and Simon's banter is quick-witted, snappy, spiced with innuendo and downright hilarious. The supporting characters are given the perfect amount of airtime and storyline, and her stunning description of Spain, (and, cough, Simon), causes you to feel as though you are there, luxuriating with Caroline as she explores and enjoys and gazes at the shirtless ‘oozing sex’ Simon.

Wallbanger is the most refreshing romance I have read all year. The author takes her time exploring Caroline and Simon. From their initial zing of attraction/exasperation to continuous, feisty banter and from a little heartbreak to soulful and sensual love-making - it's clear why this couple became fabulous and true friends. The book leaves you feeling satiated. A MUST read book!  

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