Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Book Blitz: His Dirty Girl by Jax Hart

Title: His Dirty Girl
Author: Jax Hart
Genre/Age: Romance/Erotica
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
SynopsisBy day Ashley is a good little nurse, but at night she dreams of being his dirty girl.

The notes are blurring on the page. 
I can't think.
I can't speak.
This man mesmerizes me and I'm in danger of losing everything if I give in to my desire for him. 
But it's not going away.
I've never had such dirty thoughts...never wanted a man to do such dirty things to me. 

Ashley Hill is trying very hard to make a new life for herself. Falling for her new boss was not on her to-do list. But she can't control her hormones when he's around. In her dreams, she is safe to explore her deepest desires, but what happens when the lines between fantasy and reality become blurred? Will Ashley put her career in jeopardy just to be his? 

I've wanted her since the first second I saw her wearing those tight ass scrubs. My mouth waters and my palms itch every time she walks by, and my dick...well you can guess what he's doing.

Everything is getting so damn hard. I don't care that she is off-limits. I need to make her mine, STAT.

WARNING this is a panty-melting, quick and dirty read! Standalone HEA.

Authors Note: This is book one of the Deep Desire series. Each can be read as a stand alone.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Shifting Darkness by Kate Wendley

Title: Shifting Darkness
Author: Kate Wendley
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: Forest of Darkness Series (Book Four)
Publisher: Moonlight Magic Publishing
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisAfter a lifetime of lies, he didn’t know who he was anymore, so how could he ever be what she needed? 

Vince grew up believing he was only part werejaguar… a hybrid. He had supernatural abilities but no cat inside him. Found out by the community he’d been trying to hide from, his eyes are suddenly opened to everything he’d ever believed about himself, all of it a lie. It’s now a race against time as he fights to heal his broken body before sexy Penny, a werecoyote, finds out he’s not the man she thinks he is.

Penny was good with computers, not men. But when hot as the sun Vince came along, she did something she’s never done before… she tried her hardest to be nice. And it almost worked, until she realized he was keeping things from her.

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Secrets, secrets, everywhere...

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Vince is a hybrid werejaguar. Or so he thinks. His inability to shift into his animal form has plagued him since he was old enough to understand what a shifter is. Living in hiding with his mother, among the humans, Vince is better able to hide his shakes and over-clumsy nature as humans know nothing of the supernatural world around them.

Everything changes for Vince when he receives an invitation to a secret club that only magical creatures like himself are welcome. Overcome by curiosity, he visits the place that houses vampires, werewolves, and other beasts alike. When his eyes land on a hot and quirky werecoyote, things really turn interesting and Vince is suddenly a little more open to the idea of joining the paranormal family.

Penny is just debugging a computer and minding her own business when a mysterious and handsome guy comes into the bar. He's everything she's ever hoped to find in a man. But even better, he actually seems like a nice guy, a rarity in her circle of friends. The fact that they have some things in common and he looks at her like he wants to scoop her up and take her home gives Penny all sorts of wicked thoughts.

But no matter how much Vince likes Penny and wants to fit into this new group of creatures, there are secrets about himself that even he doesn't know about yet. And his struggle to shift into his jaguar form becomes a quest that consumes him, leading him to close himself off from the one woman who wants to know him the most.

I really enjoyed this book and it's the first of this series that I've read. It probably wasn't ideal for me to start with the fourth book, however. We don't only follow Vince and Penny throughout the story; there is also Anthony, the Master Vampire. And the vamp's story is a continuation from previous books so there was a little bit of confusion for me while I tried to figure out who was who and how they fit in the story. And there are a lot of players here.

That being said, I think the author does a pretty nice job of introducing each character, especially the most important ones. The first chapter did make me pause, though. It was like being dumped into the middle of a scene where Anthony had already met Vince and we missed the first conversation that started this whole thing. It might have been in a previous book or maybe the author just wanted to start off with some action in the scene. I'm not sure. After that, though, I really didn't have any trouble keeping up.

The book is written in third person but jumps back and forth between the few core characters that are sort-of narrators. I actually think this was a nice writing method and allowed the story to move more quickly. Don't get me wrong. This is a long book. But I managed to still finish it in two sittings and never really felt the weight of the word count because the story was constantly and steadily moving along.

The characters are colorful and lively with quirks and entertaining dialogue. Penny was adorable and Vince was a layered character who I liked, for the most part. I did get a little peeved with Vince after a while. His unwillingness to share things with Penny throughout the story did not leave me with much hope for their future. If he isn't honest with her now, I don't know if she can trust him to be later on. I'd rather see my couples come together and work through problems as a team so I can see a HEA is believable. But that's just my preference.

I do have to say that the naughty scenes really surprised me, in a good way. There aren't a lot of them, per se, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ones that we got. Those intimate moments were when I think Vince and Penny's budding relationship really shined the most for me.

In closing...
This book has definitely left me interested in reading the first books of the series. Four suns!

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Review: Heart of Delight by Jenna Jaxon

Title: Heart of Delight
Author: Jenna Jaxon
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Handful of Hearts Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Rising Phoenix Publications
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisHe’ll do anything to be her heart’s delight—except tell the truth 

Gabriella d’Adventure is on a mission. She has come to England as a lady’s maid in pursuit of the Duke of Rother. When she meets Horace Carpenter, valet to a marquess, she is delighted to enlist his aid in gaining her heart’s desire: a meeting with the duke. But will her growing feelings for the handsome valet interfere with her plans for the duke? 

The eccentric Marquess of Halford, Hal to his friends, is tired of the demands of Society, especially his father’s decree that he marry this Season. When a breathtaking young woman intrudes on his solitude, he is captivated and introduces himself as his valet in hopes of learning more about her. Despite his fear about the true motive behind Gabriella’s quest to meet the Duke of Rother, Hal agrees to help her gain an audience with him, all the while praying his deception won’t ruin his chances of winning her love.

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So many lies and so little time...

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Hal is being forced to take a bride and fill a nursery. When his good friend turns him down, he's unsure if he'll ever find a woman to marry who doesn't make him want to jump from a bridge out of boredom. That is, until a lady from France stumbles into his life. The problem, however, is that she thinks Hal is a valet, instead of the marquess that he is. Now, I wonder where she'd ever get that idea? *glares at Hal*

Gabriella is on a mission to gain an audience with a certain duke. When she comes across a valet who offers to help her, she can't deny his assistance or the spark between them. And when the man's kisses turn her body to mush, she's even more determined to accept his help if it means more of those scandalous smooches.

But with the lies and secrets piling up between Hal and Gabriella, it's a wonder that either of them can breathe. And after those secrets come to light, there will be more than one wedge between our couple and their happy ending. It will take some forgiveness and a bit of "proof" to settle the score.

This was an easy read and a feel-good story. I smiled a lot, laughed a few times, and even held my breath a time or two. The pacing was pretty steady, if not a bit quick, and it's a novella so I think it took me an hour tops to finish it. The romance is limited to kisses only, but the story was really sweet and heartwarming.

As for the plot, I can't say that it was entirely unpredictable. I guessed fairly early what Gabriella's real reason for meeting the duke was. And I had an inkling as to how the "proof" might be found. Yet, the story was still engaging and entertaining. It was a nice evening read with likable characters and a hint of mystery thrown in.

The romance was a little fast in forming but not entirely unbelievable since couples did tend to fall into what they considered to be love a bit quicker back then. Most couples may only ever meet a few times before marriage was proposed so this couple's immediate fascination with each other wasn't rushed for me. I didn't love all of the lies being told by a certain gentleman, but understood his reasons for doing so. I'm glad everything worked out for him in the end.

In closing...
I hope Celinda finds her own match. She was a great secondary character and side-kick! Four suns!

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Review & Tour: When A Lady Dares by Tara Kingston

Title: When A Lady Dares
Author: Tara Kingston
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Her Majesty's Most Secret Service Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format: ebook via Tasty Tours
Rating: ✺✺✺.5
SynopsisSophie Atherton knows a liar when she sees one. Perhaps because she’s so skilled at deception herself. Searching for clues to a string of mysterious deaths, the secret operative for the Crown has connived her way into a phony medium’s confidence. When a dashing archaeologist seeks out the charlatan’s services, Sophie suspects he’s after more than a long-lost heirloom. Their electric attraction storms her defenses, but loving the rakish scholar would threaten her investigation and the life she’s crafted.

Gavin Stanwyck is a man on a mission. Masquerading as a treasure hunter to trap the spiritualist, he's drawn to the medium’s enigmatic assistant. As treacherous forces close in, passion awakens his hardened heart—he’ll protect Sophie at all costs, but he cannot give her his love. Uniting to survive a sinister plot, they must tear down their defenses and learn to trust their hearts

“The way I see it, you set forth a challenge. I am debating whether or not to accept it.”

“A challenge?” She frowned. “I don’t follow.”

He unfolded his arms and stalked to where she stood. Gently, his hands draped her shoulders. Strong, but without pressure. Without violence. “You said I would have to try harder for you to be convinced I am a scoundrel. What is that, if not a challenge?”

Words hovered on the tip of her tongue but failed to escape her lips. He shouldn’t be holding her, regardless of how warm his hands were against her body. He shouldn’t be so very near. She drank in subtle notes of sandalwood on his jaw and his throat. He shouldn’t be studying her with those perceptive eyes, a glint of sensual interest darkening his sapphire irises.

She drew in a breath, even as he held her closer still. If she’d detected any hint of danger, she would’ve brought him to the ground with a well-placed knee or a calculated swing of her weighted reticule against the pulse point behind his ear. But this man did not present that nature of a threat.

No, the danger in his touch was more subtle. More insidious. And ultimately, far more powerful. She could not betray the effect he had on her. She could not give him that weapon against her.

“I meant what I said.” A miracle, how steady she held her tone. “When I look at you, I do not see a cad. I see a man in need of answers. The only question is, what are the answers you truly seek?”

“And if I kissed you? Would you think me a rogue?”

The heat in his gaze kindled a spark deep within her, but she steeled herself against the sudden and powerful need. She could not let on how delicious his breath felt against her cheek, how good…how right…it felt to be in his arms.

“No.” She lifted her gaze to lock with his. “I would think you a man, with a man’s desires and needs. Nothing more. Nothing less.”

“You are a temptation I could not have anticipated.” A tiny muscle in his jaw tensed. “And I…well, I am a bloody fool.”

His hands slid lower, settling on her leg-of-mutton sleeves, and he dipped his head. She might’ve imagined the sound, but his breath seemed a sigh. And then, his lips claimed hers in a kiss.

Oh, my, such a delicious caress. Shock rippled through Sophie’s veins, coupled with an instinctive alarm. Not fear. Far from it. Rather, this man’s touch should not feel so very tempting, so very tender. So maddeningly right.

Award-winning and best-selling author Tara Kingston writes historical romance laced with intrigue, danger, and adventures of the heart. A Southern belle-out-of-water in a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives with her real-life hero and a pair of deceptively innocent-looking cats in a cozy Victorian. A former librarian whose love of reading is evident in her popping-at-the-seams bookcases, she’s thankful for the invention of digital books, thereby eliminating the need for yet another set of shelves. When she’s not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara enjoys movie nights, cycling, hiking, DIY projects, and cheering on her favorite football team.


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Everyone has secrets to spare...

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Sophie is undercover and working as a psychic medium in order to gain information about her employer, a man who could be responsible for a string of murders happening around the city. Her job requires her acting skills to be top-notch while she remains alert. It's too bad that one of her new patrons is causing her normally sharp mind to go haywire.

Gavin is undercover, too. But his mission is personal after a close friend took a tumble over the side of a bridge. Gavin is sure that the city's well-known psychic is to blame and so he's taken it upon himself to investigate the man and his shady dealings. What Gavin doesn't expect to find is a woman working for the brute, a lady who is much too clever to fall for all of that psychic nonsense.

In order to get closer, Gavin desires Sophie's help in making contact with his dead father. And her boss is more than happy to lend his assistant for a hefty sum, despite Gavin's strange requests. Only, Sophie sees right through Gavin's claims. She knows he has hidden motives and she's worried he might interfere with her own investigation. A battle of wills ensues and where there is passion there are always stolen kisses to follow.

This book is heavy on the plot and really sort of heavy, overall. I found it to be quite wordy most of the time and even repetitive, on occasion. Some of the phrases the characters use are repeated and since there isn't a lot of dialogue, those instances stood out to me. The pacing for the first half is on the slower side but it does pick up in the second half.

That being said, the premise of the story is quite interesting. Usually, when I read a historical romance with a spy element, only one of the characters is incognito. In this case, we have both main characters on their own missions and coming to their own conclusions. It was interesting to see two different investigations and where they merged.

As for the characters, I liked both Sophie and Gavin. I loved Sophie's independence and intelligence. She was brave, sometimes to her own detriment, but she was always prepared to defend herself. She was far from a fragile damsel. Gavin wasn't a weak character, either. He was smart and his humor entertained me more than once. I did get a little annoyed by his stubborn refusal to admit his feelings to himself, though. He really held on tight to that idea that he could never again love anyone.

In closing...
Mysteries to be solved and secrets around every corner. 3.5 suns!

Spotlight: Harlequin's Deception by Candi Fox

Title: Harlequin's Deception
Author: Candi Fox
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: The Naked Truth Series (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
SynopsisTen years ago, the world as we know it changed. The shift is what it became known as. Overnight, paranormal beings came out of the proverbial closet. Something, in reality, had shifted. Those who had no idea they were paranormal were awakened to a new reality. 

Ten years in and Harlowe Lake Kelly, Harley to her friends, is back in her small Oklahoma town, widowed and striking out in a new career, namely, a successful magic agency. Her uncanny abilities at using potions, spells, and other means at solving supernatural crimes, thrust her into a partnership with local law enforcement. 

Things would be great if it wasn’t for the three sexy, but deadly, men who stand at all corners of her new life. Lucien, the ancient, alluring Vampire who has made it clear he wants more than Harley’s luscious curves. Cowboy, who wants to possess her in every way imaginable, and Aiden. The newcomer who has strict orders from his Vampire boss... but she senses has his own agenda. 

But in a world where things and beings are never what they seem, life isn’t promised and love comes with many strings. So what’s a girl to do to untangle those strings?

Candi Fox, co-host of the wildly popular radio show Candi and Company with over 900 thousand listeners began her venture in the paranormal at the tender age of two, when she witnessed her first apparition. From that moment on the paranormal seemed to follow her. No matter where she moved, the house she lived in the house next door, or the house down the street always seemed to be haunted. 

She often wondered if she drew the spirits to her. Little did she know that she was indeed a magnet of sorts. It wasn't until she was in her late twenties that she found people who could not only explain her gifts, but would also help her hone them. Armed with this new knowledge she began to openly explore hauntings and other paranormal phenomena.

Growing up in Indiana lent her the opportunity to explore many famous haunted places including the Hannah House, which was once part of the Underground Railroad. A little over two years ago she moved to Tulsa, OK and has began to explore the haunted landscape in a new state.

Candi lives with her husband, and furry children in Tulsa. She is passionate about the occult, saving and rehabilitating horses, horseback riding, magic, all things mystical and has her Reiki Mastery.

She uses her own paranormal experiences as well as her own life traumas to write from a grounded and realistic perspective about subjects that are hard to talk about and even harder to feel for yourself.

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