‘Just One Night’ by Kyra Davis

jon kdSTORY: Kasie Fitzgerald knows who she’s supposed to be. She’s a rising-star-workaholic at a global consulting firm. She’s the fiancée of a well-connected man who’s won the approval of her parents. People know that she’s reliable, serious, proper, cautious, pragmatic, and yes, a little predictable. She’s who Dave and her family want her to be.

But as her thirtieth birthday looms, buried feelings begin to resurrect. Her friend takes her to Vegas for one last wild and crazy night. In a dress much shorter and sexier than anything she has ever dared to wear before, she hits the blackjack tables. And meets him. Under the tailored clothes it’s clear that this is a man who is intense, powerful, and maybe even a little dangerous. With a touch of trepidation she accepts his invitation to get a drink, and before long, she’s in his hotel room.

She never gets his full name. Perhaps his anonymity is one of the reasons she’s able to give herself over to him and to the moment so completely. Perhaps it’s why she’s just had the most exquisite and passionate sex of her life. Shaken by her own behavior, Kasie tries to chalk it up to one crazy night. But when the mysterious gentleman she’s just had a fling with shows up in her office—as the CEO of a firm her company does a billion dollars of business with a year, demanding that she handle his account, and so much more—things will never be the same again. And there’s no telling where this will go…

REVIEW: The above blurb would have you believe that the heroine knows herself. No. She does not. She’s all over the road and I didn’t like her one bit.

As a matter a fact, I hated the plot. I also didn’t like that the story has only heroine’s point of view. I truly think the reader would have benefited by knowing at least Dave’s and Robert’s point of view.

Listen, if you’re into erotica and a heroine who’s cheating on her fiancé, I think you’ll love this story, otherwise, skip it.

Melanie for b2b

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‘Speak No Evil’ by Tanya Anne Crosby

sne tacSTORY: Lifting the veil of secrecy on a grand Southern family in decline, author Tanya Anne Crosby explores the lives of Caroline, Augusta, and Savannah Aldridge, three sisters who share a dark past and an uncertain future…

Caroline Aldridge was surprised by the number of mourners at her mother’s funeral. Evidently the newspaper heiress who had caused her children so much pain was well-loved by everyone else in Charleston. Now she was gone, leaving behind countless secrets-and a few demands: Caroline and her sisters must live together for one year or lose their inheritance. And Caroline must take over “The Tribune.” But a killer is making headlines, and Caroline may have unwittingly stepped into the crosshairs…

A series of kidnappings and murders resurrect the sisters’ memories of their brother’s disappearance as a child-and Caroline fears she may be next. Yet in the midst of her turmoil, she may be rekindling a romance she’d extinguished long ago. With Jack back in her life and the tattered bonds of sisterhood slowly mending, Caroline hopes the family can restore its position in Charleston society-unless a sinister force beyond their control tears them apart forever…

REVIEW: This is the first book in the series about the Aldridge sisters, Caroline, Augusta, and Savannah and the plot revolves about their memories of their brothers disappearance years ago. First up is Caroline and I have to say that she was an interesting and complex character.

The story is well written and the characters are well developed, making this story interesting and suspenseful.

If you’re a romantic suspense reader, I highly recommend you pick this one up because the ride will be thrilling and you can check all these off: action, romance and complex relationships.

Melanie for b2b

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Spotlight on Kerrelyn Sparks and ‘How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days’!

HtTaB ksBOOK BLURB: Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy—and her father’s life.

Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage…until he discovers she’s vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?

If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?

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TEASER:

Leo ripped off his gloves and threw them down, along with his bow and quiver. Then he drew his sword and pointed it to the sky. “Now!

Lightning broke through the dark clouds, racing toward him. He widened his stance and braced for impact. It struck his sword, fracturing so that a dozen smaller streaks shot off in a circle around him.

The major portion of the lightning sizzled down his sword, eager to reach his flesh. It hit his bare hand and jolted him so hard he fell to his knees and dropped the sword. The dozen fractured shards rebounded, drawn to him like a magnet. They pounded into him, jerking him back and forth. Thunder cracked over him so loud his ears rang.

Power surged through him, so fierce and scorching he thought his skin would melt, his guts would boil, and his head burst like a kernel of corn dropped into a fire. Pain and power, power and pain, he could no longer tell the difference. He only knew he wanted it, wanted to drink it in, soak it up, and claim it all.

REVIEW: This is the first book in The Embraced series and I found it fun and fast pacing, as well as entertaining. In it you’ll find a tortured hero, a virginal heroine, plenty of villains and a lot of magic.

I was impressed with the world the author built, but disappointed at the romance, which hardly had any time to grow before it bloomed full force.

This was truly enjoyable to read and I would have had no trouble recommending it to even tweens, except it does contain sex scenes that are not suitable for them. Maybe the author should consider making this available to them as well, without the “R” rating.

If you’re this author’s fan, you’ll love this story and anxiously await the second installment to this series, So I Married a Sorcerer, which is coming out in August.

Melanie for b2b

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Sparks, Kerrelyn_CREDIT Jennifer Berry Studio 16AUTHOR BIO: Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters. To learn more about her paranormal, historical, and upcoming out-of-this-world fantasy romances, please visit Kerrelyn on Facebook, Twitter, or her website at www.kerrelynsparks.com.

Kerrelyn loves hearing from readers, even those who howl at the moon. Letters may be sent to P.O. Box 5512, Katy, TX 77491-5512. If you would like bookmarks and signed bookplates, please mail a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to her P.O. Box, and she will send those items to you.

Spotlight on Amelia Grey and ‘Last Night with the Duke’!

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lwtd-agBOOK BLURB: Could finding love be his greatest scandal of all?

The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind–until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity.

Esmeralda Swift considered herself too sensible to ever fall for a scoundrel, but that was before she met the irresistibly seductive Duke of Griffin. His employment offer proves too tempting for her to resist. She can’t afford to be distracted by his devilish charms because the stakes are so high for his sisters’ debut Season. . .unless one of London’s most notorious rakes has had a change of heart and is ready to make Esmeralda his bride?

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TEASER:

“Twenty-five and never been kissed.” His voice was low, and soft. “I find that very intriguing.”

His hold over her intensified. There was something about his unobtrusive interest in her that stirred her wom- anly passions to an anticipation she couldn’t have known existed.

Her throat ached with an increasing need that was al- ways denied—to feel his lips caress hers. Perhaps he found it intriguing she’d never been kissed, but she found it discouraging that she’d never had the opportunity to know what it felt like to be kissed. She wanted to know.

Putting all her sensible, inner declarations aside, and willing her voice not to quiver, she asked, “Are you offering to change that, Your Grace?”

REVIEW: This is the first story in The Rakes of St. James series and I found it lighthearted and fun. I believe the faster pace of it might have had me enjoying it even more.

As for the characters, they were well fleshed out, but I missed that special spark of chemistry between the two.

If you love your romance to have a little mystery and humor, then this one’s for you.

Melanie for b2b

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©2013GulfReflectionsStudioIncAUTHOR BIO: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Amelia Grey read her first romance book when she was thirteen and she’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since. Her awards include the Booksellers Best, Aspen Gold, and the Golden Quill. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award.

Her books have sold to many countries in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and most recently to Japan. Several of her books have also been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Amelia is the author of twenty-five books. She’s been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida. Her first book with St. Martin’s was The Duke in My Bed.

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‘The Bastard’ by John Jakes

tb jjSTORY: One man’s quest for his destiny leads him to the New World and into the heart of the American Revolution

Meet Phillipe Charboneau: the illegitimate son and unrecognized heir of the Duke of Kentland. Upon the Duke’s death, Phillipe is denied his birthright and left to build a life of his own. Seeking all that the New World promises, he leaves London for America, shedding his past and preparing for the future by changing his name to Philip Kent. He arrives at the brink of the American Revolution, which tests his allegiances in ways he never imagined.

REVIEW: This is the first book of the Kent Family Chronicles as well as my first read from this author and I loved it. I now must acquire all nine books because this is just a start to this saga. I would highly recommend this author to all of the aspiring writers out there. This should be a must read for all of them because John Jakes is the master of not just story telling, but characterization. Everyone you meet in this story has a purpose and is three-dimensional.

I also have to praise the setting. This story envelopes the worlds of France, England and America. If you’re a fan of the American history, you’ll love meeting Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere.

The three P’s are all checked out, and you’ll love the prose as much as the plot because the pace is fast and furious and I enjoyed every second of the ride the author offered.

If you’ve never read this novel, I highly recommend you do it.

Melanie for b2b

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Book Tag / I Dare You

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How is it that I’ve never heard of BOOK TAG/ I DARE YOU?! This is such a fun game! I’d like to thank Addicted to Romance for taking the dare.

I hope she’ll not mind me hijacking this awesome idea and doing it on b2b. I just couldn’t help myself and wanted to share it with all of you. Neither of us know where this originated (she got it from Books and Beauty Are My Bag) but if anyone can tell us who originated this awesome questionnaire, we’d love to know so we can give credit to them.

RULES:
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.

Here I go!

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

If we’re talking about my “literal” shelf, which is in my office, then it would be all of Madeline Hunter’s Medieval romances (I bought them all at the same time at my local used book store).

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current: Maureen Driscoll’s new book (which I’m editing as we speak) Where Hearts Meet, which you’ll be able to purchase in spring.

diw lkLast: Lisa Kleypas’s latest historical  ‘Devil in Spring’ by tem lkLisa Kleypas (which I liked a lot)!

Next: Liz Carlyle’s ‘The Earl’s Mistress’ has been waiting for awhile for me to pick up, so that’ll come next 🙂

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

This one’s easy, although I can never say that I hate books. I’ll say the book everyone went crazy over and it left me disappointed. That would be ‘Duke of Sin’ by Elizabeth Hoyt  😦

fsog elj4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

This one’s easy too  😉

It would have to be ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’!

5. What book are you saving for retirement?

LOL! Maybe I’ll break and pick up ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’?!

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

o dgNever EVER read it first!!!!! I’d like to savor the story and ponder the ending!

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I love the acknowledgements. They tell us a lot about the author.

8. Which book character would you switch places with?

Claire Fraser from Outlander’. I would doo it in a New York second to take her place for sc dkeven a minute. You can make of it what you will 🙂

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I come from ex-Yugoslavia, Serbian region and ‘Serbian Cooking: Popular Recipes from the Balkan Region’ by Danijela Kracun is tdmg ldpfilled with wonderful recipes of the dishes I remember my grandma used to make.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

I was attending a my first RT Convention in 2012 here in Chicago, and I was in the elevator with Lila DiPasqua who had offered me an ARC of her book, ‘The Duke’s Match Girl’ (which I liked a lot).

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?nr rd

I did. On our first wedding anniversary I gave my husband Rodney Dangerfield’s book of jokes, ‘No Respect’, because he used to tell me jokes when I was going through a painful time. By the way, he is very bad at telling them.

kisa jd12. Which book has been with you most places?

It has to be ‘Knight in Shining Armor’ by Jude Deveraux. It’s one of those books that stays with you forever, and by now its pages are worn out, but Itkam hl just can’t get rid of it. I love it!

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

It has to be ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. I tried reading it a few times and finally did after I saw the movie.

14. Used or brand new?

Now, any! Kindle too! But long, LONG time ago, when I was just a wee one, I looked forward to my father’s return from a trip, because he always bought me books. All brand new and smelling of print shop….

the-last-of-the-mohicans-(1992)-large-picture15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

No, never. But I did see the movies and I loved them 🙂

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

I think ‘Last of the Mohicans’ movie was much better than the book, or at least what I saw in my mind’s eye as I read it.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

LOL! You bet I did. Grace Burrowes’s books have a knack for making me hungry because some of her heroines can really cook and serve some delicious meals.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

It has to be my friend Zora. We’ve been friends since High School and we love our romances, so when she reads a good book, she’ll call me and brag about it until I buy the book.

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

This one is hard because I always try to stick to a certain genre and hardly ever leave that comfort zone. And if I ever do, then it has to be because I love the author… Hmmmm…. I got nothing…. but if I do come up with something, I’ll be sure to come back to this question.

Now for tagging, I tag Maureen Driscoll, Carol Cork, Collette Cameron and Caroline Fyffe! I’ll look forward to reading their answers  😉

Melanie for b2b

 

‘Coveted’ by Shawntelle Madison

c smSTORY: Sometimes What You Covet Is Impossible To Keep

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.

REVIEW: I don’t usually read paranormal stories but this one had such an interesting blurb that I thought I’d give it a try. Now I wish I never did.

I didn’t like the main characters, I didn’t like the plot and I had a hell of a time finishing it. In the end I wondered if I would have at least liked the writing but even that left me cold.

If you’re looking for a very light fare in urban fantasy, you just might give it a go. But if you’re looking for a bit of a romance within the pages, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed.

Melanie for b2b

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