Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Intercepting Love Cover Reveal

Displaying Intercepting Love.jpgTitle: Intercepting Love 
Author: LP Dover    
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours
Blurb:
Both have what she wants … but only one has what she needs.
Working with professional athletes and helping them recover from their injuries has always been Kate Townsend’s dream, but after an accident left her scarred and heartbroken years ago she refuses to let what happened in her past happen again. Staying focused is the key, as well as not letting her feelings interfere with her job … no matter the circumstances. All of that is easier said than done when not only one, but two men crave her healing touch, igniting every single desire she’s denied herself for so long. Cooper Davis, NFL’s star quarterback and most eligible bachelor, packs up and leaves his home to move across the states to the East Coast after an injury results in the embarrassing trade to another team. Bitter from the pain, he deals with his problems through drugs and alcohol—almost ruining his football career—until he meets the one woman who makes him want to feel; the same woman who refuses to give up on him no matter how many times he screws up. He has to have her, and he’s not going to stop until he makes her his. Especially, now that someone else threatens to take her away.
Motocross champion and local bad boy Luke Collins never takes no for an answer. For the past four months he’s used his charms to get what he wants, and now he’s so close to getting the girl of his dreams … if she’ll give in just once. One time is all he needs, and he’s never been known to fail, but he’s also never had to fight for a woman’s affections. Only one man will win their way into Kate’s heart, but which one will intercept the other and take what they want? Which one will she choose?



Displaying LP Dover.jpgUSA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her
husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.
Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cold Moon Rising by Sarah Makela

Cold Moon Rising (Cry Wolf, #1.5)Book Description:
Passions flare when the cold moon rises… 

Kelly: a normal college girl, who knows what she wants—to survive her final exams, and find someone to share her life with. Studying with Jacob is becoming too hot to handle; she’s falling for him, but he’s going too fast… 

Jacob: a not-so-typical frat guy, who hides a secret—he’s a werewolf. Whenever the moon is high, he’s driven to shed his human form and satisfy his powerful desires. He craves Kelly, but she’s pushing him away… 

Fallout: Jacob can smell Kelly’s arousal, but she insists she doesn’t want sex. A wolf can only take so much before his natural instincts win out. When the tension between them explodes, Jacob has no choice but to walk… 

Kidnapped! Kelly is abducted by evil scientists who’ve mistaken her for a female werecat and, despite their differences, Jacob has to try and find her. But it’s a race against time and the lunar tides. The scientists have taken Kelly to their lab and turned her into a shapeshifter for real. The full moon is rising, and soon neither Kelly nor Jacob will be able to control their inner beasts. Who knows what the consequences will be when they are consumed by unquenchable animal lust…

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this novella.  Kelly is a typical college student who has a hot study partner in Jacob.  He is a unique guy and she has a palpable attraction to him and him to her.  After a study session gets a little too heated for her, Kelly tells Jacob to leave and then all manner of things break loose!  She is kidnapped and taken to a lab where they are going to experiment on her.  Oh and she finds out the truth about Jacob and things she thought were impossible were in fact quite real.
I liked both the main characters here.  Kelly was a good college student that just got in way over her head.  She wanted Jacob, he wanted her but she wasn't ready.  I was happy to see that Jacob respected her wishes (even if he was a jerk about it).  Not to mention that he was a part of a world that she had no clue existed and that she couldn't be a part of without something drastic happening.  The ending did leave me hanging and I can't wait for what happens next.
I rate this a 4/5.  I cannot wait for the next in this series.

Thank you to the author for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hope in the Mourning Bible (NIV)

Book Description:
WHEN A CASSEROLE OR A GREETING CARD ISN'T ENOUGH. Grief is one of life's toughest challenges. During such times it is difficult to know where to turn. Yet in the midst of your deepest despair, God reveals Himself and His promises for a better tomorrow. The NIV Hope in the Mourning Bible works to bring a peaceful sense---in the midst of the coldest winter---that spring will one day come again. The collection of devotions and prayers warmly offer inspiration and hope based in God's Word and his promises to those who have lost loved ones. This Bible emphasizes the love and hope that your Lord has for you even during your darkest days. Features* Complete text of the NIV, the world's most popular modern-English Bible* Daily devotions written for and by those who have experienced the loss of a loved one or who are helping a loved one through extended terminal illness* A prayer appendix featuring 52 prayers based on the book of Psalms* Short reflections and song lyrics for meditation * Resources page containing information for those seeking additional help


My Thoughts:
The Bible is my absolute favorite book, without question.  That being said there are several different translations and different devotional topics from them.  This is a NIV version devotional Bible for those in mourning.  I thought the devotional topics and the way they were addressed were quite good.  I had some issues with the NIV translations on some verses and the changing of the book names.  Realistically, I believe this Bible can help those working through a loss.  I grew up on the NKJV version and while the translations are close, I would use the devotional portions of this Bible with the NKJV were it me.
I rate this a 3/5.  I believe it will help those in mourning, I just have reservations about some of the differences with the translation.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Beautifully Wounded Cover & Title Reveal!!!!




Title: Beautifully Wounded
Author: Susan Griscom
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Reveal Host: Lady Amber's Tours
"This was a wonderfully gripping story about rising above oppression, finding salvation, discovering beauty and joy in the little things, and the transformative properties of true love..." -- Literal Addiction Book Club

After a not-so-wonderful young adulthood—shuffled from one foster home to another—Lena Benton had hoped marriage would be her ticket to happiness. Wedded a year after high school graduation, Lena was certain she’d found her knight. But when Troy Harington’s true colors surface shortly after their glorious day of elopement, things aren’t quite as rosy as Lena had envisioned. When an unforeseen event turns ugly, all she can do is ... run!

But does she run far enough?

Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming carefree sort of guy, known for his eagerness to help injured animals find their way back into the wild. When Lena Benton walks into his bar, he’s once again swept off his feet with concern and desire to help the wounded. Will he risk having his heart torn apart again when the memory of the fawn he rescued as a child resurfaces?

18+ due to sexual content and mature subject matter.

This will be a two book series, but both books in The Beaumont Brothers can be read as a standalone.
I daydream often and sometimes my daydreams interrupt my daydreams. So I write to remember them. If I didn't write, I think my mind would explode from an overload of fantasy and weirdness. To the annoyance of my friends and family, my characters sometimes become a part of my world. During my childhood, I would frequently get in trouble in school for daydreaming. Eventually, my vivid imagination paid off and I had the privilege of writing and co-directing my sixth-grade class play—a dreadful disaster, though not from my writing, of course, I must blame it on the acting.

I enjoy writing about characters living in small quaint towns and tend to lean toward the unusual and spooky.

My paranormal playing field delves into a different milieu, abandoning vampires and werewolves, but not discounting them. Someday I might like to write a novel about vamps and those furry creatures. But for now I like the bizarre mixed with romance. A strong hero or heroine confronted with extraordinary forces of nature, powers and capabilities gets my blood running hot.
The late afternoon sun filtered through the window shining right in Lena’s eyes, and making her squint from where she sat on the sofa. I got up and closed the drapes, which made the room dark, so I flipped the switch on the lamp beside me. I sat in the old easy chair that my uncle spent many nights in, blowing on his harmonica. Uncle Joe once played and sang in a band when he was my age, and from what I’d heard by the awesome sounds he’d produced just sitting in that chair, he was pretty good. He’d been my musical inspiration, and I thought of him as I strummed out a new tune on my guitar that had been floating around in my head for several days. The words were coming together, and as I jotted them down, rearranged the flow, their meaning hit me like a crate full of bricks. I was writing a song about Lena. Like the fawn I’d nursed back to health when I was a kid. A song about a broken spirit on its way to healing, I hoped.
Brodie had been right, of course. I had wanted Lena from the moment I first set eyes on her. I knew when I watched her walk in the bar she was beautiful, even with her black eye. She was a beautifully wounded and broken soul that I couldn’t turn my back on. I had been instantly drawn to her as her bruised, damaged body limped from the door to one of the stools at the bar.
Lena spent the days lounging on our sofa, and nights in the spare bedroom with the door locked. Though she never said anything about locking the door, I heard the click each night when she shut the door. I couldn’t blame her, not after what she’d gone through. I let Rufus stay with her at night to give her a sense of protection. Not that Rufus would or could protect her—he was just a lovable lump of pure unconditional love mostly. Well, at least he’d keep her feet warm while she slept, I mused. It’d been hell every night, knowing she was sleeping right in the next room. However wrong it was to want her, I couldn’t shake the feeling. I knew it would have to be her decision though. If there was ever going to be something between us, she would have to initiate it. I could wait. If she even wanted me.
Lena was healing and gaining her strength back. I figured she was still pretty sore, but she smiled a little more often. I’d gone out and purchased some more clothes for her. I bought three pairs of jeans and about seven tops. I also bought her a pair of running shoes and some workout clothes, as well as a baseball cap. I told her, once she was well enough, in addition to self-defense training she had to start going out with me on my daily run.
By the end of the first week, the swelling in her eye had subsided, and the black and blue hues surrounding it turned a greenish yellow tint. Though I didn’t know firsthand, she told me the bruising on her side also showed signs of healing and had turned to the same light color.
I heard Lena sigh from where she stretched out on the sofa, and I glanced up. She looked bored silly. I turned over the paper I’d been scribbling notes and lyrics on, and went to fetch my spare guitar. I handed the wooden six-string to her and sat beside her.
“Do you know this one?” I asked, strumming a tune.
“No, teach it to me.”
“Okay, listen.”
She listened then strummed, mimicking my fingers.
“You’re quick,” I said.
I played some more, and she copied each note immediately after me. I nodded. “That’s it. Let’s start at the beginning.” We strummed the tune as if we’d been playing together for years. When the song finished she laughed, the sound of her laughter filled the room with warmth. “That was fun,” I said.
I played a few notes of the song I’d been toying with, and she quickly picked up the tune and followed along. She was good. “What is that?” she asked. It’s really pretty.”
“Thanks. Just something I’ve been playing around with in my head.”
“Well, it’s beautiful. I hope you finish it.”
“Does it have any lyrics?”
“I’m working on them. Come on, let’s run through that other one again.”
We played a few more tunes that she knew until she stopped and grinned. “Oh, I’ve missed this. Troy smashed my guitar into pieces early on in our marriage. He came home one evening when I’d been working on a new song, trying to work out the kinks you know. Anyway, dinner was on the stove simmering.” She’d hardly touched the wine I poured for her, but picked it up and took a small sip, placing it back down before repositioning her fingers along the strings. “He’d come in complaining about something at work and wanted to know why his dinner wasn’t on the table. At that moment, I realized I should get up and see to it, and when I put my guitar down, he picked it up and smashed it against the wall. He said his dinner should have been my first priority when he came home. He expected me to be attending to him, not sitting around playing with toys, so he smashed my guitar. He said next time it would be my face.”
I cupped her chin in my palm. She must have felt self-conscience at the gesture and flinched.
“Sorry.” I lowered my hand.
She looked down at the guitar and gently splayed her fingers across the frets. Picking up the glass of wine with her other, she took a quick sip then frowned. “I think I need some water.” She leaned the guitar against the side of the sofa and stood.
I stood as well and tenderly took her arm at the elbow, stopping her from leaving. She turned and looked up at me, bewilderment evident in her eyes. She was close to me, our chests nearly touching. “I’m sorry he treated you so badly,” I whispered—my lips just a couple of inches from hers.
Apprehensive, I searched her blue eyes, looking for a clue, a hint as to what she might be feeling. How would she react to my touch? The last thing I wanted was to stir up memories of unwanted dirty sex.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bodyguard Reunion by Margaret Daley

Book Description:

REUNIONS CAN BE DEADLY

Teaming up with an old flame is not what bodyguard Chloe Howard would call a smart move. Nine years ago Chloe and T. J. Davenport worked on a case together, fell in love, then went their separate ways. Now she's reunited with the fearless bodyguard to protect a controversial couple on a book tour through Texas. And the reunion reminds Chloe of dreams best forgotten. She knows she has to keep her emotions in check so their clients' protection remains their top priority. Protection that is the only thing keeping them from falling prey to a stalker's deadly schemes.

My Thoughts:
Loved this one.  Chloe doesn't know who her partner on the next bodyguard assignment is until he shows up.  T.J. was the man she thought was 'the one' for her, but he chose to move for a job and she didn't go with him.  Now, they are teamed up to protect a husband and wife who are out to share a message that God has given them.  Only problem is, someone wants them quieted...permanently.  Being so close to a man she was in love with, brings back those old feeling but both T.J. and Chloe are professionals and know lives could be lost if they aren't focused.
I really liked the way the author put this book together.  Chloe and T.J. have a past.  It isn't a bad one, it just is a past.  They were in love but it didn't work and both wonder if it would have.  T.J. is the head of the operation but treats her as a partner which I liked because then both were strong characters.  The people they were to protect were likable (if a bit naive).  Overall it was a great story with good characters.
I rate this a 5/5.  It was a good addition to the Guardians series.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sincerely Yours by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes and Ann Shorey

Sincerely YoursBook Description:
In this collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers, four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life--and perhaps lifelong love. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote and controversial hospital, readers will love being swept into the lives of four young women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

My Thoughts:
Completely enjoyed these novellas!  It is a 4 in 1 package.  
Moonlight Promise.  Camilla is running away when she lands smack in the middle of it all.  This one has romance, suspense and mystery.  
Lessons In Love.  Marigold writes under MM and everyone thinks she is a man.  Keeping her identity to keep her job is a trick and there is a lot of little deceptions and problems.  Truth is so much easier to keep straight.
One Little Word.  Lorraine has to marry or lose it all.  She finds out her brother is alive and maybe that will solve all her problems.  The style in this one flows quite well.
A Saving Grace.  Grace has to save her friend.  This one is a bit different from the others but still good.  I liked the commitment here.
I emjoyed the similarities and differences in each of these stories.  The authors are all talented and I will absolutely read more from them.
I rate these a 4/5.  I enjoyed each of these individually and the collection is really good.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Spring #2)Book Description:
Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she'd never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He's loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she's back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she's hiding secrets from her family, and she's strangely attracted to the man who's always called her "squirt." Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  Jade has left her family because her love has been killed.  She has not dated and she doesn't want to.  As she goes to school, she waits tables, and finally agrees to a date.  She gets date-raped and she goes home.  Through a series of events, she needs to tell the family but things happen where it can't happen.  Daniel is the mayor of her home town and is going to help Jade.  He figures out her secret and is determined to help her, even if she doesn't want it. 
I loved that Daniel was such a good guy.  Jade had so many problems and was trying so hard to just take care of everything herself that it was great to have Daniel there.  Daniel was being groomed for other things but the fact that he'd been in love with Jade since they were younger was a good addition.  I love that God was woven through the story and that the author handled some really delicate subjects with great care.  I will absolutely be reading more from this author!
This was a 5/5.  It was a good romantic book with some serious issues.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via litfuse).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Book Blitz! Eyes Only by HK Sterling!!

Title: Eyes Only
Author: HK Sterling
Genre: Suspense Romance Thriller 18+
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours

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Short Blurb: In the shadowy world of covert operations, romance is sometimes the name of the game.


Long Blurb: In the shadowy world of covert operations it's hard to tell the good guys from the bad. Is there even room for romance? Sometimes romance fits in only too well. Read along with the twists and turns of "Eyes Only" where trust is a rare commodity and you'll never know which side to root for until the very end.

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Author Bio:
H.K. Sterling is an author with Breathless Press known for stories with imagination, intelligence, a kick, and twist endings. H.K. likes to focus her writing on suspense, science-fiction, shorts, and anything that is spicy and unexpected. Sometimes her books may even go dark. H.K. lives in Virginia with her husband who graciously puts up with her passion for writing. H.K. currently has a Mystery/Thriller out: A Taste For Killing; and two short stories in the Breathless Press Anthology, My Bloody Valentine. Her new book, A Taste For Danger has just been accepted for publication and Breathless Press also just published H.K.'s short-short titled Eyes Only. H.K.'s books are suitable for 18+.

Catch up with H.K. Sterling on the following media:
Twitter: @HKSterling
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/HK-Sterling/426989014069244?ref=hl
Email: HK.Sterling@aol.com
HK Sterling "Undercover Blog": http://hksterling1.blogspot.com/

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Excerpt:

"I dunno, maybe I had a wild hair that night or maybe I was going a little bit stir crazy. In any case, I think Charlie sensed it and that’s why he made the suggestion. So this one time, I decided I'd go to the restricted bar. What harm could it do? I'd have a few drinks with Charlie, hear some old Marine stories, and call it a night.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
Isla Aldon was her name. My eyes found her as soon as we stepped in the bar. A crowded bar too. And she was a short thing."

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Most Scandalous Proposl by Ashlyn Macnamara

A Most Scandalous ProposalBook Description:
In Ashlyn Macnamara’s stunning romance debut—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries—two childhood friends in Regency England discover love with the most unlikely of partners: each other.
After watching her beloved sister Sophia pine over the ton’s Golden Boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly-named Earl of Clivesden…the man of Sophia’s dreams.
Since resigning his Cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has set Julia in his sights, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover more than friendship driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when she refuses him and her father announces her betrothal, he fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society…
…and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book.  The ton is exactly the place where Mrs. St. Claire wants her daughters to be.  Neither has made a match yet and have turned down multiple offers of marriage.  Sophia has been entranced with a man that every woman in the ton has wanted (and several of them have had) for the past five years.  Julia has a best friend in Benedict and is none too happy when the object of her sister's affections turns his sights on her.  Both sisters do plenty to get the tongues wagging all across the ton and perhaps just find their perfect matches after all.
I loved that this book wasn't simply focused on one couple.  Sure it was about a love triangle of sorts, but not just one!  There was plenty of scandal.  I'm not sure which of the gentlemen was my favorite, though I truly did fall for Benedict.  He was so strong and determined.  The same could be said for Highgate.  I completely didn't like Clivesden and his friend.  I also wasn't overly fond of Mr. St. Claire, but that was exactly what the author wanted.  It is a great story about sisters and their love, bot for each other and for the men in their lives.
I rate this a 4/5.  If you love historical romance and waltzing around with the people of the ton, Ashlyn Macnamara has a book here that you will love!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Night of the Hunter by R.A. Salvatore


Book Description:

R.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga continues as dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden returns to Gauntlgrym with old friends by his side once again, as they seek to rescue Bruenor’s loyal shield dwarf-turned-vampire. But not only do Drizzt and his allies face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but they must cross through a colony of drow, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt Do’Urden dead.
My Thoughts:
This was a great Salvatore book.  It is a part of the dark elf books but the start of another section of them.  Drizzt is back and he and his allies are set for a rescue mission.  There is danger on all sides but Drizzt and his allies forge ahead.  It doesn't matter what stands in their way, they will conquer it.
I have really liked Drizzt in all of Salvatore's books and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.  It didn't disappoint.  We were back in the land of the elves, dwarfs and all manner of other creatures!  There was plenty of action.  Everyone has a back story and Salvatore does a great job of weaving old and new together.  Just great story and can't wait for more (I gotta stop now before I give away any spoilers!).
I rate this a 5/5.  That is for those who know the back story, if you aren't familiar with this series, I would suggest starting at the beginning but this is a seriously good book in the series!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.