Friday, December 19

Blog Tour Review Crush by JC Emery

Young love is always perfect. Until it's not.

Cheyenne Grady is a total daddy's girl to her bad-ass father, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club. She's funny, and kind, and she just wants that deep, earth-shattering love like her dad has with her school secretary, Holly. But Cheyenne's been looking in the wrong direction, because the only good that can come from the way she looks at Jeremy Whelan is a lesson in heartbreak.
Jeremy always wanted to prospect for the Forsaken Motorcycle Club and wear the same patch as his father. When a life-long dream becomes reality, Jeremy realizes that the outlaw lifestyle is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it easy on relationships. He wants to be a good man, but temptation is everywhere.
Cheyenne is beautiful, and strong, and exactly what Jeremy could have forever. As long as he doesn't screw it up.

Love is never more powerful than the first time.

About the author:
As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor's degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can't imagine a climate more beautiful.
JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories-- and everything has at least a splash of romance.
EXCERPT
"You're throwing your future away for a boy who isn't going to give a shit in six months. You want me to stop getting in your business, then you need to start making better choices."
"You're wrong," I say through falling tears. "He loves me."
"I'll bet he thinks he does," he says. "But you're going to school. Holly has worked too hard to keep you on track for your education for you to throw it away because you want some asshole's attention. As it is, you had to get your GED because you couldn’t get your ass to class."
"It's not like that," I wail. I don't even bother to wipe the tears away. Every word he says is meaner than the last. They slam into my gut and practically pierce my heart one after the other.
He needs to stop before his words split me in two. Maybe if he knew the reason I missed so many classes he would understand. Maybe then he wouldn't look so disgusted with me. No, then I'd have to deal with the entire club's disapproval.
"I was eighteen once," he says. "It's always like that. He wanted your pussy, and now that he's got it, he's going to leave you behind. He's Forsaken now, Chey. He won't be faithful." Dad's words have fallen to a whisper. His shoulders have dropped and the intensity of the moment has passed. He just looks pained.
Good. Misery loves company.
"I'm not going to leave him no matter what you say," I mutter through a series of hiccups.
"You don't get it. It's painful thinking about going away, and I won't do it to him or to me. I love him, sometimes so much it hurts. It feels like it's crushing me from the inside out."

My Review:
Cheyenne Grady is the daughter of a Forsaken Member. The Forsaken MC has been an ever present entity that exists in the shadows of her life, but there is much more to this world than she truly knows. It is her family, but on the brink of adulthood things are about to change. This is about her discovering where she fits into this world, and her introduction into the reality of this world. Jeremy is quite similar having a Father as a member, but he has always been certain of his future. The patch is his focus. That is until crossing paths with Cheyenne Grady becomes about more than acknowleding a common acquaintance.
This is by far my favorite so far. Jeremy has always come across as a snot nosed little punk, and I loved peeling this character back to see his true colors. The transformation from boy to man has been quite an experience. Side lined with the previous stories it is fun to watch alternate versions of scenarios from all the books wrapped up here. Cheyenne will transform as well. While she was not always whiny and difficult she does have a tendency to pull the princess card. Her teenage "know it all" personality is racing her down the a path of destruction, but it is her character changing in its own way. Opening her pretty eyes wide to what it actually means to be Forsaken, and what her future as part of this club means. She is a very naive girl, and Grady has made sure that the true working were always spared on Chey's ears. Although, he must not have accounted for her curiosity. It is nerve wracking to watch her pushing into this world knowing that she should be cautious when shaking this bee hive.
Every other MC novel that I have come across displays this world to a unknowing victim. This was a very unique story of love between two kids of the life. Crush been a fresh twist into the world, and livens the story up a bit. This has been JC Emery best yet. She has created a world so intricate, and the story has continued to build over all these books. I have loved every opportunity to dig into the characters of the Forsaken MC. Crush seems to bring the absolute danger to a bit of a calm, so I am left anxious to see what Emery has enstore for the future of this series.

A surprise from Kristen Proby

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby has been sitting on a secret, and we get to share it with you today! We think all of her readers across the board will be thrilled to hear what's coming next!

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  Dear readers, As you know, the With Me In Seattle Series came to a close earlier this month with the eighth and final installment, FOREVER WITH ME. I've been steadfast in my decision that there would be no further stories from the series, no spin-offs, nothing more. In my mind, it was complete. And I still feel that the Montgomery/Williams families are complete, and I maintain that I'm happy with their happy-ever-afters. But, I've also heard you when you've said that Asher, Matt Montgomery's partner in TIED WITH ME, deserves to have a happily ever after for himself and his daughter Casey. So, when the lovely ladies from 1001 Dark Nights asked me to participate in their wonderful project, I thought long and hard about whose story it should be about. Seattle is finished, and I've moved on to New Orleans for the new Boudreaux Series... And then it occurred to me: why not do both, and offer a companion novella to each of the series? And so, because you, the reader, has been so insistent that you want to see Asher and Casey find their perfect person, I'm excited to introduce you to EASY WITH YOU. I think you're going to love Asher and Lila's love story this spring... Happy Reading, Kristen Proby

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  EASY WITH YOU, a companion novella to both the With Me in Seattle Series and her upcoming Boudreaux Series, will be releasing March 24, 2015! Now you can see some of your favorite characters again while they interact with some new ones. We're so excited to get Asher and Lila's story! Check out the cover for the novella and all the information on EASY WITH YOU below!
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ABOUT EASY WITH YOU:
Nothing has ever come easy for Lila Bailey. She’s fought for every good thing in her life during every day of her thirty-one years. Aside from that one night with an impossible to deny stranger a year ago, Lila is the epitome of responsible. Steadfast. Strong. She’s pulled herself out of the train wreck of her childhood, proud to be a professor at Tulane University and laying down roots in a city she’s grown to love. But when some of her female students are viciously murdered, Lila’s shaken to the core and unsure of whom she can trust in New Orleans. When the police detective assigned to the murder case comes to investigate, she’s even more surprised to find herself staring into the eyes of the man that made her toes curl last year. In an attempt to move on from the tragic loss of his wife, Asher Smith moved his daughter and himself to a new city, ready for a fresh start. A damn fine police lieutenant, but new to the New Orleans force, Asher has a lot to prove to his colleagues and himself. With a murderer terrorizing the Tulane University campus, Asher finds himself toe-to-toe with the one woman that haunts his dreams. His hands, his lips, his body know her as intimately as he’s ever known anyone. As he learns her mind and heart as well, Asher wants nothing more than to keep her safe, in his bed, and in his and his daughter’s lives for the long haul. But when Lila becomes the target, can Asher save her in time, or will he lose another woman he loves?  




Author photoABOUT KRISTEN PROBY: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.

Monday, December 15

Review: Inspire by Cora Carmack

Title: Inspire
By: Cora Carmack
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
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Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


While it took me the first few chapters to get into the characters and plot line - once I got in it, I couldn’t get out.  I thought Carmack developed some great leading and supporting characters in this book.

Kalli meets Wilder at a grocery store and realizes that when she looks at him, there is a feeling that she has never had before with a mortal human.  Most connections that she has with humans are so that she can inspire their art so that she can release her energy and if a relationship evolves, then it is a timed relationship; too much of her can make the person mad.  However, Kalli feels a strong connect with Wilder when she meets him, a stringed connection if you will, but before she allows herself to long for it, she runs away because she knows that she dangerous to him.  And for most of this story, the twisted Fates keep bringing Kalli and Wilder together, teasing them with their connection, and Kalli keeps her secret and continuously pulls away.


I was expecting for this book to be a well-written love story that gives the readers the push and pull of the impossible love between these two characters, but what I did not expect were the small twist and turns that Carmack included that gave the ending a completely different edge than what I was expecting…and yes, it was a great ending.  It actually broke my spirit a little when I realized that the second part of this book is coming out sometime in 2015.  I need it…now! J

Review: Seducing the Princess by Jen McLaughlin

Title: Seducing the Princess
By: Jen McLaughlin
Series: Shillings Agency #3
My Copy: Ebook from Publisher
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Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who's been denied what she needs for too long. And he's just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her.

When she's with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can't disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and a hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn't the Prince Charming her country expects…even if he's exactly what she needs.




I genuinely thought that that this book was adorable in most parts and sexy in the others and it made it an all around good read.  When Gordon first meets Isabelle, he is just scoping her out before he starts her detail but the cute interaction between the two in the coffee shop sets up a great feel for how these characters are with each other and how the flow of the set up will be. 

What I liked about this book was that Isabelle is a princess and can be very posh when needed but when she gets around Gordon, she is an average girl. Like when they get caught in the rain, she doesn’t freak out, she runs through it and smiles the whole way.  With Gordon, Isabelle can let her hair down so to speak and just be a woman who is attracted to a man instead of being a princess who lives and breathes the rules for her country.


Gordon has fought for his country and has the mental and physical scars to prove it but being with Isabelle makes these scars less pronounce.  She not only tempts him but also puts him at ease.  I liked how bluntly he tried to teach Isabelle to do things for herself every once and a while.  After learning the secret to why she is visiting the US, he tries to open her mind and tell her how she doesn’t have to do this for her country; that she should do it for herself.  It pulls at Isabelle because she is stuck in this ‘between a rock and a hard place’ limbo and it helps make her character more real and defined.

Sunday, December 7

Review: Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo

Title: Boarded by Love
By: Toni Aleo
My Copy: Amazon.com
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Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.

She’s my game changer.

He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.

I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.

Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.
You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?

Especially when you’re boarded by love.


Toni Aleo’s Assassins series is one of my favorite hockey series.  All characters I love and adore; well, all that I have read.  This new series is just right along those lines but deals with a younger set of characters.  Even a character that we have been introduced to in the latest Assassin book, Claire, Phillip’s niece. 

Claire is a great character to get to know and watch how she grows in this book.  Plus, it was also to see the Assassins characters make some minor appearances as well; especially, Phillip and Reese.  But back to Claire—she now is at a university studying business, working at Reese’s dancing studio, and has a sassy side job that she has been keeping a secret from her uncle and a new man that enters her life.

Enter Jude, a hockey player and a player all around.  The moment that he sees Claire, he knows that she is game changer and can think of nothing else besides her.  A relationship is formed and starts to become serious but there are a few things that end up throwing a wrench into it.

First, both Jude and Claire were fantastic and a fantastic couple.  They brought out the best in each other and took their relationship series, even though neither had ever been in a serious relationship before.  And, their fast and intense love for each other was believable.  Sometimes, authors can’t pull that off but Aleo did.

Secondly, there were some awesome moments throughout the whole book that showed the Assassin family and a wedding—if that doesn’t make you happy then I don’t know what will.

I will say that this book seemed long in some parts.  Maybe it was my anxiousness that had me worrying about what will happen when Jude and Phillip find out that kept me on the edge and wanting to get to that part so I could see how it would play out but I don’t know.  All I know was that it was a long read for me.


I am interested to know whom the next series is going to be about;  Jude’s brothers or some of the minor hockey players that where introduced.

Tuesday, December 2

Release Day Launch: Forever With Me by Kristen Proby

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We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Kristen Proby's FOREVER WITH ME! FOREVER WITH ME is an erotic contemporary romance, and is the final book in the bestselling With Me in Seattle Series!

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  FOREVER WITH ME Synopsis: From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle Series comes the end of a saga… Dominic Salvatore seemingly has everything a man could want. He’s found a new relationship with his father and the entire Montgomery family. His vineyard, Cuppa di Vita, is a success. There’s only one thing that eludes him: a certain driven, intelligent, and sexy as hell blonde named Alecia. Alecia works tirelessly building her event planning business. It’s the most important part of her life. Despite the beautiful, lavish weddings she organizes, Alecia is convinced that the idea of true love is a myth. While Dominic is a sexy, intriguing man, welcoming the handsome Italian into her bed, and her life, is a risk she’s not so sure she’s willing to take. However Dominic isn’t used to taking no for an answer, and it’s not long before these two are burning up the sheets and discovering a connection that neither can deny. But will it be strong enough to last forever? “I’m going to eventually make you understand how amazing you are, tesoro.” – Dominic Salvatore

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EXCERPT: “You know what rhymes with drunk?” Sam asks. “Sex!” “Nuh uh,” Meredith replies with a frown. “But fuck does!” “Drunk and fuck do not rhyme,” Mark says with a surprised laugh. “It’s closer than sex,” she says defensively. “Everything rhymes with sex when you get to have it with an apa,” Jules says. “Julianne,” Nate warns her. “It’s true!” “What’s that like, anyway? I’ve always wanted to know.” “You can’t have sex with my husband.” Jules frowns for a second, then a smile spreads over her gorgeous face. “Well, maybe you can.” “No,” Nate replies quietly, “she can’t. No offense, Alecia.” “None taken.” I grin at the crazy-hot man. “You’re hot as fuck, though.” “He really is,” Jules agrees happily. “And the apa…wow.” “Will you get one?” I ask Dominic, just as he takes a sip of wine, and he immediately chokes. “Fuck no.” “Maybe I’ll have to find someone with one,” I say thoughtfully. “Just to give it a try.” “That’s it.” Dominic stands with me in his arms and doesn’t even set me down as he begins to stalk out of the tent. “Where are we going?” I look over his shoulder and see the others laughing and watching us leave. I wave happily and they all wave back. They’re so friendly. “I’m going to teach you a lesson, tesoro.” “A lesson?” I giggle and bury my nose in his neck, breathing him in. “I’m kind of dizzy.” We pass by the barn. I can hear voices, heavy breathing and Meg giggling. “I think we found Meg and Will,” I whisper into Dom’s ear, as he hurries past. “Merde, I didn’t need to ever hear that,” Dominic grumbles, making me giggle more. He strides around the store building, where I stood a few hours ago with Jules and Natalie, sets me on my feet, and pins me against the wall. “I dare you,” he begins with fire in his bright blue eyes, “to say again that you’re going to go find another man to fuck.” “Um, it was a joke, babe.” His eyes narrow and his nostrils flare, and I know I’m in big trouble. “Are you jealous?” I ask incredulously. “Not usually,” he says. “I’m not the jealous type, but what’s mine is mine, Alecia. And you’re mine. What I have with you, I don’t want with anyone else. You’re all I fucking think about.” He’s gathering my skirt in his hands until it’s bunched around my waist, and he slips his finger inside the elastic of the crotch of my panties and brushes the lips of my pussy, making me gasp. “Dom!” “That’s right.” He bites my lower lip, then soothes it with his tongue and pushes his finger farther into my panties. “Me. I’m the only one who can touch you here, or anywhere. This is mine.” FWM Available Now Author photoAbout Kristen Proby: New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.  

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