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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Release Blitz, Dare Me Once by Author Shelly Alexander


Who thought one harmless, little dare could cause so much trouble?

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Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances… 

  Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself. 

  Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager. 

  The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other…or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.

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Review by Barbara

I just adored this book. The storyline was funny, refreshing and exciting. The author took an everyday human issue (life with a special needs child) and put it with a romantic yet humorous storyline that will literally just melt your heart. I’d also like to say Kudos to the author for her portrayal of Ben. He is one fantastic kid that sees the world clearer that most adults I know.

Life is not easy, especially when you carry the load for your family, internal secrets or when your heart is torn between what you want to do and what you have to do for those you love. But those issues are just the case for Trace and Scarlett, the main two characters in Dare Me Once.

Scarlett has come to the resort island in an attempt to start over and hide from the scandal of her past. All she wants is to start her new job and do it so well that her “little white lies” won’t matter. However, she doesn’t count on 10 baby Ducks or an adorable young boy and his father messing with her plan. As for Trace, all he wants is to take care of his son Ben. Ben is autistic and the most important thing in his life no matter how lonely he is on the inside. 

I can’t recommend this book enough. I laughed, smiled, worried and cheered throughout the book and I just know everyone who reads it will do the same. 2 Thumbs Up and 5 stars for a Must Read, Feel Good, RomCom that once you start it, you won’t be able to set it down.

Review by Kathy 

Her life fell apart quickly and in a harsh way leaving her no choice but to take her profession, change her name and leave her home for a small island resort in the hopes of rebuilding her life, at least until the sins of her father would die down and not effect her anymore. With that, Lily Barnes was born and Scarlett Devereaux was placed in a box and pushed to the back of her mind. The place was remote and with any luck, her past would not find her at Angel Fire Falls. 

This is a wonderfully written book with a storyline that will not only grab you and bring you through her journey, but it will also entertain you, make you smile, sigh, and hope with all you have that Trace and Lily will be able to make things work between the two of them. Oh, there are a few bumps in the road for them, but when the secret comes out, will love be enough to hold their love for each other together or will a past that was not her making ruin her life for good?

The characters are well written and so very likeable that you wish you were a part of their lives. The entire family are wonderful and people that you would love to know. Trace is a single father with a little boy who is Autistic, on the higher side of the spectrum, and is just a delightful little boy. Trace is handsome, built and has a wonderful heart. But his heart belongs to his son until he gets to know the enchanting Lily, who has come to work for the resort to help get it back to the way it was years before, to bring the vacationers back. She's smart, inventive and has a way of getting people to do what she needs them to do for her ideas to work. And she manages to get Trace's attention, not only by her looks, but also by the way she deals with his little boy. He has never had someone to treat his son the way she does for being someone that isn't family. Their relationship builds even though they decide not to pursue it because she is his employee and she's been there and done that..it didn't end well. Their rule soon crumbles to the ground as their feelings get the best of them. But you know, things don't always run smoothly in these things and Trace has to deal with his ex-wife who is now wanting to take Ben (his son) from him.

This is a wonderful book, a wonderful love story and one that I highly recommend.


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Author Bio

  Shelly Alexander’s first published novel was a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. She is an Amazon #1 bestselling author in numerous categories, including contemporary romance, contemporary women’s fiction, and romantic comedy. Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in business for twenty-five years. With four older brothers and three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels…and has been hooked ever since. Now, Shelly spends her days writing novels that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. She lives in the beautiful Southwest with her husband and toy poodle named Mozart. 

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Trust - Release Blitz with Giveaway

Title: Trust
Series: Things That Matter #1
Author: Casey Diam
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 17, 2018


Five years ago, my mom, dad, and sisters were assassinated.
I should have died that night.
I still question my mental state because I had no proof those same killers were after me. Yet still, I’d been trying to outrun my past and the men responsible for what happened that night.
Until I met him, Caleb Connor.
Caleb became my safety net and I found I couldn’t pull away from him. Couldn’t run away from him. And if sanity hadn’t been lost on me, I would have recognized he was the last person I should have let into my life. The last person I should have trusted.

My life has been anything but normal until Paige. She was supposed to be an opportunity, my father’s next target.
I should have stayed away. It should’ve been that simple. But it wasn’t.
Paige was my main ingredient to changing everything, and in order to do that I needed to get inside her head. It wasn’t easy but when it happened, a line was crossed we never knew existed.
Now Paige has to confront her past and everything that torments her at night, because a look into the past was the only solution to everything we’d been afraid of questioning.
Who am I, and who was she?

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Review by Kathy

What an amazing read! This is an absolutely incredibly intriguing, gut wrenching, exciting, hot and full of mystery read that once it is started you find that you are hard-pressed to put it down until you....slam into that wall that is the cliffie! The story line reads as a murder mystery, however there is so much more to this story as you follow Paige years after her parents and sisters are murdered. Naturally, being the only one to survive that night, you expect for her to be on edge, always looking over her shoulder, always moving from place to place, but what you don't expect is the very thing that will grab your interest and hold it. When you reach the end, you know that there is no way you will not be reading the next book to see what happens. Who is Paige?? Who is Caleb for that matter? Yes, his father appears to be the one who had her family killed, but why? Can she really trust Caleb or is he going to end up being the one who will lead her to her demise? Oh and I will not leave out their bedroom scenes because those are not only hot, but also sweet as Caleb does all in his power to make sure that her first time is everything it can be, and every time after that! Still, giving him her virginity was one thing. Giving him her complete trust is a totally different thing!

I cannot say how much I enjoyed reading this book and I definitely want to read the next one to see what happens next. I need to know!!! I highly recommend this wonderfully written book!


A large man who looked like he lifted boulders for a living walked toward me, and as he lifted his head, there was no hiding the shock on his face. He quickly lowered his head and crossed the street. His strange reaction set me even more on edge, but my apartment was only fifty feet away, so I just picked up my pace. I wish I had been paying attention because, what if he were coming from my apartment? What if there were more of them there waiting for me? I couldn’t go upstairs. 
They’d found me. I just knew it.
I inhaled a few breaths to calm myself before an idea ensued.
Caleb’s apartment complex was behind mine on the opposite side of the street. Maybe I could go to his place because there was no way I wouldn’t be freaking out all night on my own. Besides, if I went to his place, it would be a distraction. Chills ran down my spine, and I looked behind me, continuing my walk past my own apartment and to the coffee shop a block ahead. I turned down the street next to the coffee shop and did a full circle, dialing Caleb’s number when I was a few feet away from the entrance to his apartment.
My heart jolted as a voice came from behind. “Changed your mind?” 
I spun around, and he was smiling, a hood pulled over his head and hands tucked into his pockets.
“Uh, um . . . were you following me? Why aren’t you inside already? It’s been at least twenty minutes since you dropped me off. And where did you come from?”
He grinned, removing his hands from his pockets and placing them on my hips. Then he turned me toward the door. “There’s nothing wrong with being careful, Paige, but you wouldn’t be standing here if you didn’t feel like you could trust me.” 
As he passed a hand around me to shove a key into the lock, I knew he could be right, but I shouldn’t trust him. My mind wandered as I tried to push aside the heat radiating from his front onto my back. 
“If I had known you were following me, I wouldn’t be here.”
“There’s also nothing wrong with a guy making sure the girl he likes gets home safe.” 
His other hand slid away from my hip, and I noticed its absence right away. I liked his touch. It was comforting, and I wanted him to keep touching me, keep consoling me. 
He stepped inside, raised his eyebrows, and held the door open. “It’s up to you.”

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Hope - Book 2 in the series

Releasing July 31, 2018

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Some years ago, Casey rediscovered her passion for writing and hasn’t stopped writing since. Her favorite genre is romance with a little angst, which is why she writes sexy, funny, sweet, and emotional stories that are a bit more in depth, but so much fun to read.

Casey has a ridiculously short attention span and loves her coffee and tea without sugar and milk. Apart from reading or writing, she loves to snowboard, even when she’s catching an edge and face-planting in the snow. She absolutely loves it!

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Title: “Sico” 
Series: Areion Fury MC #5
Cover Design: Esther E. Schmidt
Cover model: Jacob Schmedes
Photographer: Pen Fotografie
Release Day: July 17, 2018

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Sico is a callous man; no feelings, and no love for himself nor for others. That is until a certain woman spikes a surge of possessiveness inside him. Enough to claim her as his ol’lady on the spot without knowing her background. Realizing she’s not whom she appears to be, he finds himself feeling unworthy and works hard to become the very man she deserves.

Simi lives behind a mask. Events from her past have pressured her into labeling herself to prevent more damage in the future. For her it is easier to hide behind a lie; because people, no matter if they are close or not, will always judge.

When a club enemy strikes, retaliation draws blood and fighting is no longer an option but a necessity. The choice to do what’s right may lead to clearing a path for the future or create one where the fire of hell will take away everything that’s innocent and pure. Lives are lost, hearts will merge, but will there be a future left or will the need for blood and revenge drown everyone in its path?

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Review by Barbara

WOW did I ever love this addition to the Areion Fury MC series. This is Sico and Everleigh’s story and Oh My what a story it turned out to be. Ever since the day Sico claimed her (even if it was sorta by accident) these two have been like oil and water. They kinda have this love/hate thing going on, well more like love the sex time but hate everything else. But when Sico takes the heat for the club’s latest retaliation, it throws Sico and Everleigh in each other’s hip pocket for days, and Ms. Schmidt has does a remarkable job of telling their story that you’ll feel your right there in those hip pockets with them. (Trust me you’re gonna love it there too). The story is fast paced, funny, hot as heck and exciting, in true Areion fashion. I don’t do spoilers but I will say this club is 100% about brotherhood. They take care of their own no matter what and this is oh so true in Sico. 

2 Thumbs up for a Great addition to the series and 5 stars for a sexy, wonderful storyline that I highly recommend every MC lover read. And may I add, that I can not wait for book #6, Calix’s story. Something tells me Calix has met his match and holy cow it’s going to be a hot time for sure. Kudos to Ms. Schmidt for one phenomenal series that just keeps getting better and better. If you haven’t started the Areion Fury Series, there is no better time than now to join us on this amazing ride. 

Review by Kathy

Before writing my review of this book, I checked out other reviews because...well, just because. There was one in particular, along with comments that made me decide to start my review off like this: 

Not everything you see or hear about someone is always the way things really are. Not all people are really who they portray themselves to be. Such is the story of Everleigh and Sico. What you get with their story is a glimpse into what makes people the way they are, they way they want the world to see them, and for one of these, it out of self-preservation, out of a feeling that she has put upon herself because of a horrible act which is forced upon her by someone she trusted in her life, with her heart. After that, she felt that she was a slut, a whore. She even went about portraying herself as such, but Sico saw something in her. It drew him to her and he claimed her for himself before he even knew what he was doing. Their hate/hate relationship and the banter..ok arguing between the two of them is entertaining, to say the least. So is watching their relationship bloom, and Sico find that he does in fact have a heart and that heart does know how to love. After claiming her, he never went with any other women, she was the only one he wanted (even if he kept that to himself for a bit). But let me tell you....when these two get together...the heat is so intense that you can feel the heat through the pages. 

Oh..and for vengeance...what happens to the ex and his two buddies that made up that FORCED THREESOME...Man...that was epic! 

I loved these characters. I love Everleigh's strength. To go through what she did and to pull herself up and move forward was amazing. Although she did take what happened to her and put the blame towards herself at first, pinning herself as a whore, not being able to brush off the dust as Calix states, she is finally able to put all of that behind her. It's her fears that have her pushing hard at Sico and anything he wants. But he is persistent and a hardass a lot of the time. He, having never known love or how to give it, is struggling with these feelings that are attacking him. He doesn't know what they are and doesn't understand how to handle them, so he behaves as he always has. But he does take a bit of twisted satisfaction in that their relationship is him pushing and her getting angry and firing back. He admires her for that. She doesn't back down from him. All it takes is a few words from Calix to open both of their eyes, which in turn, opens their hearts. 

An absolute new favorite of mine now, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. 

Just remember...you can't always judge a book by it's cover! Don't judge these characters until you know their story!

The Series

Sico can be read as a complete standalone. 
But if you'd like to know all the characters 
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Review Tour Branded by Stacy Gail

Title: Branded
Series: Brody Brothers
Author: Stacy Gail
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 2, 2018 
Publisher: Carina Press


You want my hands on you, Celia. Making you shiver, making you moan, making you scream. Admit it.

Celia Villarreal had wanted those things with Ryland Brody, Bitterthorn’s golden boy—and wanted them badly enough to make a fool of herself one idiotic night months ago.

Naughty children shouldn’t touch what they don’t own.

Rejection always stings, but putting a move on Ry had devastating consequences. Now, her regret burns as bright as her need—until Ry, as glorious as ever, makes her an offer that might finally be her ticket out of town.
I’m not your enemy, darlin’. If you give me half a chance, you’ll see that I can be your hero.

When working together leads to grinding all naked-like with the very cowboy who’d seen her at her worst, Celia is afraid she’s made a mistake.
Until the truth comes out.

This is who we are, from now on. Say it. Feel it.

Once Ry’s past motivations come to light, Celia must decide if she can give him another chance, or turn her back on Bitterthorn—and the one man who’s always wanted her—for good.

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Review by Barbara

What a down right adorable story. At least that’s one way of describing this fun flirty romantic storyline the author has given us with Branded. If fact, for me, the story and characters were so well written I felt like I knew the townsfolk and exactly how they were thinking and feeling as I read along.

You gotta love a storyline where the man knows what he wants and goes after it to the point “No” is just not acceptable. Which is exactly what Ryland, the eldest of the Brody brothers does. But the rich bossy rancher has one problem, Celia, the object of his desire. You see, Celia wants nothing more than to avoid Ry and move away from their small country town after the drunken life altering mistake she made involving him at her birthday celebration. A mistake that has made her the pariah of the town even months afterwards. Can Ry convince her to give him a chance or will he finally hear that “No” the rest of the world can’t seem to say to him?

This is a wonderfully written RomCom with a sassy sexy strong female (Celia) and a very handsome, bossy cowboy (Ry) leading the way.  In my humble opinion it’s a story you don’t want to miss out on. I highly recommend grabbing up this wonderful book that is packed full of southern charm, hospitality  and romance. Not to mention it sets the tone for the series to come, and this reader can’t wait for the next Brody to fall. I give Branded 5 stars and a Hardy 2 Thumbs Up!!! 

Review by Kathy

What a fun, sweet, hot little read that will keep you engrossed and page turning until you hit the last page. When a man knows what he wants and he goes for it, it makes the read really interesting. And that is just what Ryland Brody does when he locks eyes with the beautiful Celina. But not before he teaches her a little lesson about safety. See, when a woman is drunk she can't go grabbing a man's butt and not expect something to happen. He just wanted to make that lesson one that she would remember. There are men out there that wouldn't have the restraint that he had and it could have ended badly for her. Unfortunately, now, the whole town is avoiding her (with the exception of a few of her closest friends). She wants to leave this small town and never return and it is all because of one mistake that she made when she was drunk. Or so she things. 

These characters were amazingly written and pure joy to read. Although Ry is so damn bossy that sometimes I wanted to slap the taste out of his mouth, he was also sweet talking and charming. Celina is beautiful, smart and sassy and has had a crush on the Brody men until that one night changed everything. Now, the tables have turned and Ryland is now chasing her and has all but hog tied her to keep her. Will he win this battle of wills???

Great little read and I cannot wait to see what happens to the next of the Brody brothers. I highly recommend this book!

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“You wanted twenty-four hours to make your decision, so that’s exactly what you’re going to get. You will be taking this project on, whether you know it or not, so there’s no point in you saying otherwise.”
“No, I won’t.” She didn’t even realize she was going to stomp her foot in her fury until she did it, and something crunched underneath it.
Crunched…and wriggled.
Her muffled scream coincided with her launching straight up and into Ry’s surprised arms, her own arms wrapping around his neck in a stranglehold.
“What the…?”
“Bug!” It was the best she could do.
“A scorpion? Did you get stung?” In an instant he had her inside, carrying her at a near-run to set her on the huge kitchen island topped with a slab of dark gray granite. “Celia, are you stung?”
“It crunched.” God, God, why didn’t he understand the horror?
“Which foot? The right?” Untangling himself from her strangler’s grip, he picked up her foot by the ankle, bent to examine it… and began to smile. “Looks like a small, garden variety beetle.”
“It’s still there?”  Her screech had now reached super-sonic levels. “Get it off, get it off, get it off!”
When he burst out laughing, she vowed that one day she would kill him. Slowly.
“Okay, I’m getting it off, though this is your own damn fault.” Still chuckling, he turned and ripped a wad of paper towels off the roll suspended under the weathered-finish cabinets. “This is South Texas, woman. You know better than to run all over creation without shoes.”
“Don’t talk. Bug. Get it off.”
“Yeah, I heard you. Along with the rest of the county.” Grinning, he wet the paper towels and with quick efficiency swept the bottom of her foot clean. “There we go, all better. Wanna see it?”
“Ugh, no! God, just…no, no, no, no, no. Ugh.”
“I’m going to take a wild shot in the dark and guess you don’t like bugs.”
Valiantly she fought off a shudder of revulsion and tried to remember how to communicate without screaming. “The first time I saw a tomato hornworm I almost blacked out. Nearly ended my love of gardening then and there.”
“You still look like you might faint.” Tossing the towels into the nearby trash, he leaned his hands against the counter on either side of her and dipped his head until his face was level with hers. “Want me to carry you to bed, darlin’?”
Her eyes met his, and for a full second her heart stopped beating. The question hung between them, full of such wild possibilities it made her breathless, and a startling flash fire of hungry awareness scorched her skin until she thought she might be glowing with it. Then the memory of being spanked for being a naughty child reared its ugly head, and that heat morphed into prickling humiliation.
Deliberately she shifted her gaze to the spiky tribal tattoo on his right forearm—mainly because no one with a double-X chromosome could breathe when looking into those devastating green eyes—and tried to edge away from him. “No, I’m fine. Except I’m not fine,” she couldn’t help but add, at last giving in to the shudder. “I think I need some antiseptic. And a foot bath. And maybe surgery, because I can still feel it wriggling and crunching. Ugh.”
Another burst of laughter erupted from him, and to her shock he rested his forehead on her shoulder. “God, you’re killing me with the cute.”
He was so close, so warm, so freaking touchable… “Laugh all you want, but I’m not joking. I think I’m traumatized.”

“What you need is a distraction. I got just the thing.” Still chuckling under his breath, he lifted his head and caught her mouth with his.

Meet The Author

A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail wrote stories between events to pass the time. By fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a skating coach who was also a romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from PNR and cyberpunk to contemporary romance at night, both dreams have come true.

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