Sunday, March 1, 2015

ARC Review: No One Like You (Barefoot William Beach) by Kate Angell

No One Expects a Curveball


For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step--and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.

Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan's two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it's Atlas who won't budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she's calling the dog out--unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they're feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .  
    
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 28th 2015 by Kensington
ASIN
B00ONTR4V2
edition language
English

Review:
This is one of my favorite books by Angell. When I started this book I knew this was going to be a read that I couldn’t put down and I was right. I stayed up all night just to finish this book.

I loved Beth and Rylan! I thought they were perfect for each other.  Rylan hires her to be his assistant because he isn’t attracted to her, but he comes to find out that he is. At first he thinks they have nothing in common, but as the story unfolds he sees they are more alike than he thought. Little by little you can see how much she affects him and when his teammates start coming around he starts to see her as they do. Rylan is adorable when he is trying to guess Beth’s size when he is finding an “I’m Sorry” gift from Atlas.

Beth really doesn’t have any family, but the way she takes to Rylan’s friends and family is amazing, like she belonged with them from the beginning. The more time he spends with her the more he can see Beth in his future which was really sweet.  You can tell she was more than his assistant even though it started out that way.

I loved how his dog plays match maker. Angell wrote Atlas perfect. I couldn’t stop laughing when he did the things he did like playing dead in the middle of the street, pushing Beth and Rylan together literally, and the way he acted with them both. He was the perfect family dog and just had a personality about him that you fall in love with.

Angell really brought this story to life through her writing. I do wish there was more baseball, but overall it was an outstanding read. It was a cute, sweet, funny story that will have you laughing out loud. I like that their love story wasn’t rushed and went at a pace where you can see it unfold from day to day. This is one of the best books I have read so far this year and it will be a re-read for me in the future.  I can honestly say I cannot wait for the next book.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hold Blitz with Claire Kent

 

Hold by Claire Kent
Publication date: February 24th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Science Fiction

Synopsis: 

Find the strongest man there. Give yourself to him in return for protection. It’s the only way you’ll ever survive.
Convicted of a minor crime, Riana is sentenced to a prison planet—a dark primitive hold filled with convicts vying for power. Her only chance of survival is with Cain, a mysterious loner who has won his territory in the prison through intelligence and brute strength. Sex is all she has to offer, so she uses it. She’s under no delusions here. No one is ever released, and no one ever escapes. Survival is all she can hope for—until Cain.
An earlier version of this book was published under the same title and a different penname by Ellora’s Cave. It has since been substantially revised and expanded.



Purchase:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TVMLRXM
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Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940151741118
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id969820569
 
 

Excerpt:
He’d leaned forward to cup his hands under the running water when he sucked in a sharp breath and stiffened suddenly.
Something about the way he moved told Riana something she should have known before. “Are you hurt?”
He didn’t answer. Didn’t even acknowledge the question as he leaned down toward the water again.
Instinctively, Riana got up and walked over to him. “Seriously, are you hurt? I should have asked before. Was it from the fight yesterday?”
“I’m not hurt,” he gritted out, reaching for a towel.
While he was distracted by drying his face, Riana pulled up the side of his t-shirt to expose the side he’d seem to favor a moment before.
His entire side was a mass of ugly, purple bruises.
“My God. Cain. My God!”
He jerked away. “They’re bruises. Nothing to whine about.”
“They look horrible,” she said, trying to get his t-shirt pushed up more so she could see the extent of the damage. “Why didn’t you say anything? And you did all those exercises this morning. It must have hurt like hell.”
He gave her an unpleasant look. “Are you through?”
“No,” she said, too upset to even consider whether she was being wise to press her attention on him in this matter. “Can I see how bad it is?”
“Why?”
“I know some first aid. If you broke a rib or something—”
“I didn’t break a rib.”
But he didn’t object when she’d pushed his t-shirt up and then carefully pulled it off over his head. The bruising went from his left shoulder blade all the way down his side and forward toward his lower belly.
Riana brushed her fingers along the damage, wishing she could remember more of her medical training. “This must be why you didn’t want to fight just now.”
He tensed palpably. “I could have taken them easily.”
“I’m sure you could,” she assured him quickly. “I didn’t mean to imply you couldn’t.” She winced as she noticed a particularly dark bruise on his lower side. “But this looks terrible. Thorn did a number on you.”
Her voice had been gentle, but it was clearly the wrong thing to say—yet again. Cain stiffened and pulled away. “I promise he looks worse.”
She blinked up at his closed-off face, and she realized he was still bristling with a wounded masculine ego.
What the fuck was wrong with men anyway? No matter how tough and rugged they were, they still managed to be sensitive about the slightest hint they weren’t invulnerable.
“I’m sure he does,” she said lightly, instead of following her urge to complain about his acting like a baby. “He must look so bad he’s been afraid to show his face all day.”
This apparently was the right thing to say. Cain relaxed and gave a snort of what almost sounded like amusement. “I’m pretty sure I broke his nose.”
“Good.” She smiled and continued inspecting the damage on his body, making instinctive note of the rippling muscles of his back and the scattering of course dark hair on his chest. “I hope it heals crooked.”
He didn’t respond, but she saw the corner of his lips quirk up. This time it was longer than a moment. It wasn’t a full-fledged smile, but it was closer than anything she’d seen.
She ran her fingers down his back—pretending to check for damage but mostly because she found the smooth, strong planes irresistible. “I wish you’d told me about your bruises before,” she murmured. “Last night I mean. When we were… I hope I didn’t hurt you.”
He turned on his heel, so sharply she didn’t expect it. Facing her, he reached out to grab her by the hips. “Nothing about last night hurt,” he said, his voice as thick and rough as gravel. “I’m not that injured.”
Then, as if to prove his point, he slid his big hands back until they were spanning the curve of her ass. He lifted her up to a position where she automatically wrapped her legs around his waist.
“Your bruises,” she gasped, squirming as she tried not to put any pressure on his damaged side.
He started to walk, his grip so strong there was no sense in fighting it. “I told you. I’m not that injured.”
 

 
AUTHOR BIO:
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Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she's not writing, she teaches English at the university level.

She also writes romance novels under the penname Noelle Adams.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lisa Renee Jones has put her Tall, Dark and Deadly series bundle on sale for $2.99! Get it Now!

Blurb:   

 

 

 
Tall, dark, and deadly, these three brothers run Walker security. Each brother is unique in his methods and skills, but all share key similarities. They are passionate about those they love, relentless when fighting for a cause they believe in, and all believe that no case is too hard, no danger too dark. Dedication is what they deliver, results are their reward.

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Below the Belt Tour/Playlist & Giveaway with Sidney Halston


Below the Belt
Worth the Fight # 3

By: Sidney Halston

Releasing February 10th, 2015

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Blurb 

 

In Sidney Halston’s latest sizzling MMA romance, a former title contender turns the tables on his knockout trainer with a lesson in seduction.

Once one of the most sought-after names on the mixed martial arts circuit, Antonio “Scarface” Marino watched his career go down for the count as he chased skirts and made tabloid headlines. Now he’s finally making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to Francesca Silva, a Brazilian bombshell as tough as any of her fighters. But who’s the real Francesca: the trash-talking trainer who rides him hard, or the vulnerable woman who blushes at his touch?

Francesca went to the mat to sign Tony because she believes he still has the potential to bring big success to her gym—if she can keep his head in the cage and out of her personal life. After a short-lived marriage soured her on love, a one-night stand is all she can handle. Now Tony’s kisses are stirring up complicated feelings—especially when he agrees to face her ex in the ring. Francesca’s used to freezing guys out. But Tony’s tempting her to give in to the heat.

 

 


Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22926842-below-the-belt?from_search=true

 

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Playlist.

 

I can’t write without loud music beating into my ear buds. Every book brings a new playlist. Just like I can read the same book ten times, or see the same movie a zillion times, I tend to listen to the song that I am obsessed with at the moment in a constant loop. So, I’ll stick to the same songs over and over until the obsession wears out or until I’m on a new book. I do think that the music influences the story, for this particular book, BELOW THE BELT, one particular song had a big impact at the final scene (hint hint).

 

Here’s my playlist for BELOW THE BELT. I will warn you—it’s all over the place. Completely disjointed…..

 

Oh, and because of Tony’s Cuban heritage, I found myself listening to some Spanish music. Pick them up and listen to the words…I promise you’ll melt.

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my playlist.

 

 

Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran

 

Drunk in Love by Beyonce

 

Viveme  by Alejandro Sanz and  Laura Pausini)

 

Tu De Que Vas by Franco De Vita

 

Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin

 

Latch by Disclosure

 

Say Something by A Great Big World

 

Dark Horse by Katy Perry

 

Black by Pearl Jam

 

You Found Me, The Fray

 

Alone by Heart

 

Author Info  

Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain, or even simpler, “Just Do It” Nike.

And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red, among four other novels currently in the works, including the sequel to Seeing Red. That first pen stroke sealed the deal and she fell in love with writing.

Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading… She’s a reader first and a writer second.

When she’s not writing or reading her life is complete and utter chaos trying to balance family life with work, and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

 

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