Monday, October 19, 2020

#Review of Dare You by Mari Carr #ContemporaryRomance

 


In the two years since her divorce was finalized, Josie’s life has become one long, boring routine. She has her hands full as a single parent, and while she’s not looking for a serious relationship, she sure wouldn’t mind getting laid. So she creates the “Howl List”. Every full moon, she will indulge in a different sexual fantasy. Right at the top? Sex without strings.

Fate leads her to the Blue Moon bar. After all, what better place to howl? And when she meets Jake, the sexy bartender, and engages in some red-hot sex with a stranger, her resolution seems to be off to a great start.

At least, until Jake dares her to give him all her full moons…

 

My Review

I really enjoyed Jake and Josie's story. Jake was hard not to love and Josie was the type of person who you want to find their happily ever after. 

There aren't nearly as many single mom romances as their are single dad ones, so I enjoyed seeing how that was dealt with in the story. Josie's ex is a thorn in her side and has an ego to boot. He created a good deal of drama in the story, but I was pleased with how the author dealt with the situations that arose.

As is implied in the blurb, there is quite a bit of sex in this book, but it in no way takes away from the story. I plan to add more of this author's books to my TBR list.

Have you read Dare You? Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of it. 

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About The Author


Virginia native Mari Carr is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller of contemporary sexy romance and romantic suspense novels. With over two million copies of her books sold, Mari was the winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Passionate Plume award for her novella, Erotic Research.

Writing a book was number one on Mari’s bucket list and on her thirty-fourth birthday, she set out to see that goal achieved. Too many years later, her computer is jammed full of stories — novels, novellas, short stories and dead-ends, and she has over a hundred published works, including her popular Wild Irish and Compass books, along with the Trinity Masters series she writes with Lila Dubois.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

What Is Self Publishing And Is It Right For You? #WriterWednesday

Have you ever heard an author say they're self-published? Twenty years ago, very few authors were self-published and if they were, they weren't selling a lot of books. Since Amazon came on the scene, however, all that has changed.

 

So what does self-publishing mean exactly? 


In self-publishing, the author is the publisher. There's no agent. There's no publishing house investing in story. It's all on the author. 

 

This is a popular option for writers who like to retain control of the publishing and marketing process. When an author signs with a traditional publisher, they are often giving up a lot of control. Many times, they don't even get a say on the cover or the title of the book. By self-publishing, the author has control over all of it. 


While this can be exciting for some, it can be scary for others. When an author self publishes their book, they are responsible for lining up editors, cover designers, formatting, and all of the marketing. There's also all the expenses that come with those things. 

 

This can be daunting, but it can also be exhilarating. Some authors want that control. They want to be the one to decide to put an object on the cover or a picture of a couple in a loving embrace. They want to be able to choose who their editor is going to be. And they want to be able to adjust marketing strategies at a moment’s notice as the market changes. 

 

So, is self-publishing right for you?

 

 



 

Sherri picked up her first romance novel when she was twelve and immediately she was hooked. She would stay up reading long after everyone else in her house had gone to bed, needing to see the hero and heroine get their happily ever after. But Sherri never imagined becoming an author.

At the age of thirty, all that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternative ending to give the characters the happy ending they deserved.

Since then, writing has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create.





Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Indulge: A Finding Anna Novelette Is Available For Pre-Order #FindingAnnaSeries #Romance


 Available: November 10, 2020

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To celebrate their first year together, Logan has rented a cabin outside of a small town in Minnesota. Three days with no interruptions. No jobs, no phones, and no distractions. Just him and Lily…and some kinky fun.

 

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***This is book 1 of a 4 book series.*** 

Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent's death. As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and mentor, Daren, leads him to buying a slave.

Thrust into a situation he never thought he'd be in, Stephan can't walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.

Brianna knows only one thing: she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing. Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?
 

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Monday, October 12, 2020

#Review of Too Tempting by Bethany Lopez #Romance

 

Gabriel "Gabe" Lewis retired from the NFL and returned home to Cherry Springs. He combined his passion for football with camping and is now the owner of a football camp for teens. His summers are dedicated to spending time with family and teaching his campers about the sport he loves.

Zoey Zahn is a quirky, introverted writer and self-proclaimed geek. When she's asked if she’ll accompany her nephew, Christopher, to camp, Zoey agrees, envisioning quiet evenings of writing in the great outdoors. After she stumbles upon Gabe, however, quiet evenings alone are the last thing on her mind.

The chemistry between Gabe and Zoey is undeniable, but as camp ends, a brewing storm causes their blooming relationship to fumble. All Gabe knows is that Zoey is Too Tempting to deny, and he's determined to overcome the obstacles between them to be the man she deserves.

 

My Review

I had some mixed feelings about this one. The story had some unique elements, which I enjoyed. And it dealt with some of the realistic fallout from the central conflict of the story. My biggest issue was how quickly said conflict was resolved. I just wish the author would have drawn it out a little more and gave us a glimpse of them talking it out.

Other than that, however, I enjoyed the story. The set up was fun and provided a great backdrop for the couple's romance. Gabe was great and Zoey was very much the typical writer getting swept up in her stories and having inspiration strike her at the least opportune times.

I read a review that said the reader was uncomfortable with the story line, however, I didn't have an issue with it. There are plenty of books where the roll is flipped. I liked how the author took a rather common trope and turned it on its head.

Have you read Too Tempting? Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of it. 

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About The Author

 


Bethany Lopez is a USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She's a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre. 
When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible. 
Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!

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Monday, October 5, 2020

#Review of My Best Friend, The Billionaire by Serenity Woods

 

Never fall in love with your best friend…

I met Hal on the first day of high school.
I also fell in love with Hal on the first day of high school.
But although we were good friends from the start, I knew he’d never be mine.
He’s gorgeous, confident, sexy, and he’s also incredibly rich.
I’m scarred – physically and emotionally – quiet, and my family has always been poor. The two of us are poles apart.
So I’ve trained myself not to think of him in that way.
Not to think of kissing him, undressing him slowly.
Of sliding beneath the bedclothes. Of having his hands on my skin.
I don’t think of it at all.
I can’t. Because Hal never stays with a girl for long, and if he were to have me, then leave me, my heart would break into a million pieces, and I’d never be able to put it together again.
But then he tells me he’s fallen in love with someone. I try to guess who, and he just smiles.
“Izzy,” he says patiently, “it’s you.”
Oh no.

 

My Review

Serenity Woods has become one of my favorite authors. Her stories are always well written and the romances pull you in and have you rooting for the couple to get together. 

This story was no different. Hal and Izzy have been best friends since they were kids, and have liked each other for about as long. When Hal breaks up with his girlfriend, he decides he's done playing games and decides to go after what he wants...Izzy.

The beginning for their relationship was really cute as they transitioned from being best friends to more. There was a side story with his ex that I could have done without, but it also provided some drama and conflict for the story outside of the relationship itself.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. This is the first in a series, and I'm sure I'll be checking out the second book soon.

Have you read My Best Friend, The Billionaire? Leave a comment below and let me know what you thought of it. 

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About The Author

 

USA Today bestselling author Serenity Woods writes sexy contemporary romances, most of which are set in the sub-tropical Northland of New Zealand, where she lives with her wonderful husband and gorgeous son. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Read This Steamy Excerpt From Strictly Professional


Cali inched her way down the staircase. She could hear Matthew already in the kitchen and braced herself to see him again.
He was facing away from her when she entered, reaching into the silverware drawer. When he shut the drawer, he seemed to sense her, looked over his shoulder, and smiled. She felt her stomach do a little flip.
“Good morning.”
She pushed a lock of her hair behind her ear and took her usual seat at the island. “Good morning.”
Matthew brought two bowls of fruit and two muffins over before sitting down beside her. He grabbed a muffin and started eating.
Cali stole several glances at him, but he continued to stare at his food. It was like she wasn’t even there.
He speared his last piece of fruit with his fork and paused before taking a bite. “Did you have anywhere you needed to go today? I know my presence is intrusive but it shouldn’t stop you from your normal activities. I’ll try to make myself as inconspicuous as possible.”
She froze with her fork midway to her mouth. Was he really doing this? Again? Was he really going to ignore what had happened? What kept happening?
Dropping her fork down in her bowl with much more force than necessary, Cali stood and marched over to the sink. She couldn’t believe him.
The bowl clattered against the stainless steel surface of the sink as she not so gently placed it inside. She stood with her hands gripping the sink, trying to breathe through the emotions running through her.
Cali felt Matthew come up beside her and whirled around to face him—ready to do battle.
“Cali? What’s—”
“Don’t you dare ask me what’s wrong!”
He stood there looking lost.
She clenched her fists, trying to keep her temper in check, but she was livid. Was he really this clueless?
“You’re really going to do this, aren’t you?” She didn’t really expect an answer. “Again.”
Matthew gave no response. Other than to flex his jaw, he didn’t move.
Cali combed her fingers through her hair in frustration and then let her arms fall back down to her sides. She needed to get away, so she pushed off the counter and walked away. “I give up.”
She only made it two steps before Matthew grabbed her arm to stop her.
He scanned her face as if he were looking for the answers to solve the world’s deepest mysteries. “Cali?”
“How many times?” she asked. “How many times and then you just close down and act like nothing happened?”
 “Three,” he said, his voice flat.
She stepped closer and looked into his eyes. She hadn’t expected him to answer her. Or if he did, she was expecting something more along the lines of, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’
Matthew met her gaze with firm determination. “In my office.”
He took a step closer. “In your office.”
Cali watched the movement of his throat as he swallowed. The room seemed to be getting warmer.
Matthew took another step, closing the distance between them. “Last night.”
Her heart was hammering in her ears. He was right in front of her now. Close enough that she could feel the heat radiating off him. Close enough that she could smell the cologne he was wearing.
“That’s how many times I’ve almost kissed you,” he whispered, his breath ghosting across her face, his lips mere inches from hers.
She couldn’t pull her gaze away from his.
“Four.” He said it so soft she could barely hear.
Cali’s heart skipped a beat and it felt as if all the air had been sucked out of the room.
He tilted his head forward, bringing their lips even closer. “Tell me no, Cali. Tell me to stop.”
Matthew’s eyes were pleading with her—almost begging her to stop him—but she remained silent. She wanted this. More than anything she wanted this.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Review: Love Under Construction by M.C. Cerny



Hunter Hart knows construction.
He knows relationships hurt after watching his parents self destruct.
Somehow he forgot all the warnings when Taylor Jane Bryant blasted through the crumbling foundation around his heart.

Taylor Jane Bryant knows home design.
Well... she thinks she knows based on marathon sessions of her favorite television show.
Now she's all grown up and ready to nail the last stud, Hunter Hart.


A romantic comedy by M.C. Cerny, Love Under Construction is book one in the Love By Design series. Come meet a sullen, stubborn hero with a 2x4 stuck up his rear about falling in love, and a heroine who has watched every episode of the Property Brothers ready to flip her dream house. Between every construction nightmare possible, animals that need to move out, and friends determined to interfere, what could possible go right? Step into a small town with a big heart, and laugh your way into love. Each book in the LBD series is a standalone HEA romance.

My Review:

I liked Hunter and Taylor Jane and wanted to see their romance flourish (I'm a bit of a sucker for a good friends to lovers romance). These two have been friends since high school and have a long history. There's always been an attraction there, but they haven't acted on it because they were afraid it would ruin their friendship.

This is a blue collar romance, as the title implies, which I love. Taylor Jane buys a fixer upper and convinces her best friend, Hunter, who owns his own construction business, to help flip the house.

There are some funny bits in the story, but there are also some things that while probably meant to be funny just got on my nerves...mainly two of their friends. It really pulled the book down for me as they were always turning up when all I wanted to do was focus on the developing relationship between Hunter and Taylor Jane.

The writing was good and the editing was solid. I won't be continuing this series because the next book involves the two characters that got on my nerves in this one. However, I will most likely check out other books by this author.

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About The Author




M.C. Cerny fell in love with books after experiencing her first real ugly cry reading, Where The Red Fern Grows. Her debut romantic suspense novel, Flashpoint was written in a series of post-it-note ramblings that would likely make her idol Tom Clancy and her mother blush. She is a post graduate of NYU, and calls rural NJ home with her menagerie of human and fur-babies. When M.C. is not writing, you'll find her lurking in Starbucks, running stupid marathon, singing Disney show tunes, and searching out the perfect shade of pink nail polish. xoxo 

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