REVIEW: Chase Me by Tessa Bailey

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful, Book 1) by Tessa Bailey
Contemporary Romance published by Avon Impulse 17 Mar 15

This is the start of a new series featuring three girls who become roommates in New York City. First up is Roxy Cumberland, an aspiring actress, who’s estranged from her family for having the courage to pursue her dreams. As a struggling artist on her way to her big break, she delivers singing telegrams, which leads her to knock on the door of gorgeous playboy Louis McNally’s brownstone dressed as a pink rabbit.  Without any visible way of getting in touch with her, ingenious Louis hires her to deliver another telegram to himself.  This definitely does not make a promising start to a romance, but…

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EXCERPT: Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes

Monday, March 16, 2015 13:00
Posted in category Excerpt, Quacking About

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If you’ve not read this Sweetest Kisses trilogy by Grace Burrowes, well, all I can say is you’re missing loads of fun with three of the sexiest brothers. They’re attorneys, run a law firm together – which I thoroughly enjoyed, being a former freelance court reporter – and they’re so different from one another so there’s not a boring moment to be had, especially when each meets their prospective heroines.

Each of those ladies is just as unique – a famous concert pianist, a former foster care child who’s now an attorney, and, in this case, a woman who will fight to the end for the young boy who needs her love as much as she needs to be his mother. Oh, did I say these books are also full of every emotion imaginable to go along with all that fun?

So get to reading! We have a tidbit to introduce you to Mac and Sidonie from this third book in the series. Enjoy!

Summary:

He loves her, she loves him not…?

In the third novel of The Sweetest Kisses series, single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled foster son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor, MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid reminds herself she’s not interested in the neighbor-despite his kindness, pragmatism and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees the vulnerability beneath her pride, and he’s determined to change her mind…

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REVIEW: Kiss Me Hello by Grace Burrowes

Monday, March 16, 2015 1:44
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Sandy M’s review of Kiss Me Hello (Sweetest Kisses, Book 3) by Grace Burrowes
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 3 Mar 15

I have been waiting for MacKenzie Knightley’s book since I started this trilogy. He’s the oldest brother and takes the job seriously, a man to be reckoned with in the courtroom, and he’s not dated in ten years. That alone is the curiosity that makes this character so intriguing. You just know his story will be emotional and compelling. Ms. Burrowes doesn’t let the reader down in any respect as we get to know this hero and his heroine.

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REVIEW: Southern Comforts by Nan Dixon

Sunday, March 15, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of Southern Comforts by Nan Dixon
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin Super Romance 1 Dec 14

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Harlequin release. Every time I read any of their lines, though, I realize why category romances are always going to be part of my reading future. These little stories are jam packed with feeling and the characters are those who could live next door. This is my first book by Nan Dixon and it won’t be my last. I’ve already met all the Fitzgerald sisters and I can’t wait until I have each of their books read.

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REVIEW: In the Cards by Jamie Beck

Saturday, March 14, 2015 0:00
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Sandy M’s review of In the Cards by Jamie Beck
Contemporary Romance published by Montlake Romance 9 Dec 14

This is one of those books that you come across once in a blue moon that you think is not your thing. As I was reading the first chapter, I told myself more than once that this story was not going to work for me, maybe I should just put it down and move on. Fortunately, I decided to keep going, and I’m very glad I did.

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REVIEW: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Friday, March 13, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega, Book 4) by Patricia Briggs
Paranormal Romance published by Ace Books 03 Mar 15

In all the flavors of paranormal and wolf shifter stories, Charles and Anna continue to be two of my favorite characters. Ms. Briggs skillfully blends in various paranormal elements with a stand-alone spine tingling mystery that holds the reader spellbound.  With the deepening intimacy and comfort in their relationship, it’s time to consider the addition of children. So it comes as no surprise that saving children is at the heart of the mystery that the two are plunged into when Charles takes Anna to visit an old friend. The pacing, as the story unfolds, is superb as the reader is quickly drawn into a world of show horses, werewolves, and manic fae.

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REVIEW: Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Thursday, March 12, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverVeena’s review of Rock Hard (Rock Kiss, Book 3) by Nalini Singh
Contemporary Romance published by TKA 10 Mar 15

This contemporary series from paranormal author Nalini Singh is a fantastic addition to her repertoire, the crowning glory of which is the romance between a mouse and t-Rex.  Charlotte (the Mouse) and Molly (Rock Addiction) are best friends and their stories overlap and interweave with each other, even if this one comes almost a year after Molly’s story. Gabriel Bishop (t-Rex) is an absolutely scrumptious hero, who stands head and shoulders above the famous rockers who are the larger-than-life heroes of the rest of this series.  The cute and witty lead-ins to each chapter totally enhance the reader’s pleasure and deserve an A+ rating of their own.

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REVIEW: Undertaking Love by Kat French

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 0:00
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Book CoverStevie‘s review of Undertaking Love by Kat French
Contemporary Romantic Comedy published by Avon 17 Feb 15

One of the great things about e-first publishing is that it gives readers more than one chance to spot new books that may be of interest. I missed this one’s initial release, but managed to catch up with it when it made the jump to print, and was generally delighted by the interactions of US-born Marla and Irish-born Gabriel as they both try to bring their seemingly opposed services to rural Shropshire.

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REVIEW: Bring On The Dusk by M.L.Buchman

Monday, March 9, 2015 23:52
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Veena’s review of Bring On The Dusk (Night Stalkers, Book 11) by M.L. Buchman
Contemporary Romance published by Sourcebooks Casablanca 03 Mar 15

Mike Gibson, the ultimate D-Boy, captured my imagination from the first when Emily Beale and her team dropped him off in the desert of Afghanistan disguised as a tribesman. Since then we’ve had the good fortune to meet him in other books, anticipating his book.  Mr. Buchman delivers a story that is as unique and compelling as the man and the woman who’s his perfect match. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: Unraveled by Lorelei James

Monday, March 9, 2015 0:02
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Sandy M’s review of Unraveled (Mastered, Book 3) by Lorelei James
Contemporary Erotic Romance published by NAL 3 Mar 15

I knew this twist on the Dom/sub concept would be in great hands with Lorelei James at the helm. I’ve not read this often, and even when I have it’s not worked that well, but in this instance a sexy, alpha hero who is submissive in the bedroom? Especially when he doesn’t realize it and doesn’t even believe it at first? And while there’s a lot of sizzle and heat going on, it’s the emotional aspect these characters go through that brings the world into focus for everyone involved.

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REVIEW: Vanished by Kendra Elliott

Sunday, March 8, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of Vanished (Mason Callahan, Book 1) by Kendra Elliot
Romantic Suspense published by Montlake Romance 17 Jun 14

What could the disappearance of an eleven-year-old school girl from an affluent neighborhood have in common with the violent murder of a meth-addict prostitute in one of the poorest neighborhoods of town? Sit back and get prepared to thoroughly enjoy the twists and turns of this excellent plot as you try to find the answers to this question. This book is a first for me by Kendra Elliot, and I can definitely attest that I will be back for more of her well-crafted suspense. Read the rest of this entry »

REVIEW: The Best Man for the Job by Lucy King

Saturday, March 7, 2015 0:00
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Veena’s review of The Best Man For The Job by Lucy King
Contemporary Romance published by Harlequin KISS 01 Jun 14

This is one those books where the excerpt pretty much tells you the story minus any thoughts and emotions that the characters portray. The book has an interesting twist, but, even so, I never did get invested in either the story or the characters.
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REVIEW: Forbidden To Love the Duke by Jillian Hunter

Friday, March 6, 2015 0:56
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Veena’s review of Forbidden To Love The Duke (Fenwick Sisters Affairs, Book 1) by Jillian Hunter
Historical Romance published by Signet Books 03 Feb 15

This book is a delightful romp as James, Duke of Ellsworth attempts to seduce and tempt the governess. He first met Ivy Fenwick at a masquerade ball and kissed her. Would things have taken a different turn if he hadn’t left for war and Ivy’s father hadn’t been killed in a duel, labeled a cheater? It’s hard to tell because the reality is that James has never forgotten Ivy and she’s never forgotten her first kiss, but the intervening years have been hard on both of them. Now James wants a castle for his mistress, her as governess for his wards – dash it, perhaps he’d rather have her in his bed instead of his planned mistress and she…

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SPOTLIGHT: Which London Steampunk Character Are You?

Thursday, March 5, 2015 15:00

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If you’re a fan of Bec McMaster‘s London Steampunk series, then no doubt you have a favorite character.

How about if you could be any character from the series? Would you choose your favorite?

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EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

Thursday, March 5, 2015 13:00
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Bec McMaster brings together the threads she’s spun in her earlier books for a thrilling conclusion to the  London Steampunk series.  If you haven’t read this series, then you’re in for a treat as you get to experience Victorian England straight out of the imagination of the author, particularly the oh-so-not-romantic relationship between the young queen and her beloved husband.

Aramina is a lady-in-waiting to the queen, a rare female blueblood who holds a position of power at court.  Try as she can to hate Leo and get her revenge against the Barrons family for their treatment of her father, she just can’t seem to resist him. The chemistry between these two will raise your temperature as you follow her into the dregs of London in search of Leo’s secrets. All the characters from the earlier series come on stage to play their part in bringing the series to an exciting finish.

Sourcebooks is offering up a copy of Of Silk and Steam in a Rafflecopy giveaway, so be sure to get your entry in ASAP!

Summary:

ENEMIES. ALLIES. LOVERS.

When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

A woman of mystery, Mina’s long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something, and he’s determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn’t expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort…or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.

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