Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mariah Stewart - The Last Chance Matinee review and giveaway

I've heard of Mariah Stewart, but sadly enough, I've never read her books until this one! And let me just tell you, reader friends, this one was fantastic! The premise is so different and interesting and I didn't want to pull myself away from how things would work out (or not) for Cara, Des and Allie.
I enjoyed getting to know these ladies.  I liked getting glimpses of them before they started working together. They are building and mending relationship and figuring out a new way of life. I was immersed in their journey and couldn't wait to see what would happen with the theater.  Were things as bad as they could be or manageable? I also enjoyed seeing things through a teenager's eyes. She had a lot of spunk and sparkle and was good for her mom. I liked that the book had all three women in it, but spent a little more time on Cara. I enjoyed watching her newfound relationships happen and I thought this book was a great start to the other books in the series.  I'm definitely hooked and loved how this story flowed. It's not a cliffhanger per se, but I'm now anxiously awaiting the next book so I can learn more of their progress and see what is happening in their lives. Grab this book today! 

**ARC provided by NetGalley for my honest review**



Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
$16.00 Trade Paperback Original
ISBN: 9781501144905
Fiction
Book 1 in the Hudson Sisters series
Look for Book 2 in 2018 and Book 3 in 2019!



Praise for The Last Chance Matinee:
“The combination of a quirky small-town setting, a family mystery, a gentle romance, and three estranged sisters is catnip for women’s-fiction fans, and the backdrop of the faded movie palace adds a fascinating element to the story. Stewart’s lively, warmhearted series starter [The Last Chance Matinee] will have readers eagerly awaiting the second installment.”
Booklist

“A good read, with a nice blend of mystery, family drama, and romance. Readers will look forward to the next installment.”
Library Journal

About The Last Chance Matinee:
From the New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart comes the first novel in her all-new series, which follows a trio of reluctant sisters who set out to fulfill their father’s dying wish and, in the process, discover the truth not only about their pasts but about each other—and themselves—in a way that will forever alter their futures.

When celebrated and respected Fritz Hudson passes away suddenly, he leaves a trail of Hollywood glory in his wake—and two separate families who never knew the other existed. Allie and Des Hudson are products of Fritz’s first marriage to Honora, a beautiful but troubled starlet whose life ended tragically. As his relationship with Honora was unraveling, Fritz was simultaneously falling in love on the Delaware Bay with New Age hippie Susa—but while Fritz adored Susa and fathered daughter Cara with her, he never quite managed to come clean about his West Coast Family.

Now Fritz is gone, and the three sisters are brought together under strange circumstances: there’s a large inheritance to be had, specifically one that could save Allie from her ever-deepening debt following a disastrous divorce; allow Des to open a rescue shelter for abused and wounded animals; and give Cara a fresh start after her husband left her for her best friend; but only if the sisters upend their lives and work together to restore an old theater that was Fritz’s obsession growing up in his small hometown in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Will the sisters come together to turn their father’s dream into a reality – and will they come away with far more than they bargained for?

About Mariah Stewart:
Mariah Stewart is an award-winning New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous novels as well as several novellas and short stories. She lives with her husband and two rambunctious rescue dogs amid the rolling hills of Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she savors county life and tends her gardens while she works on her next novel. Visit her at mariahstewart.com and follow her on Facebook.com/AuthorMariahStewart and on Instagram @mariah_stewart_books.

From the Preface, The Last Chance Matinee:
Everyone is familiar with the adage “write what you know”; it’s a saying that has dictated much of my decades-long career in publishing. But this time, it was what I (or rather, my mother) didn’t know that formed the basis for this first book in my new Hudson Sisters series.

When my mother was in her mid-forties, she received a letter from a woman named Alice, the wife of her recently deceased cousin Bill. Alice thanked my mother for the sympathy card she’d sent her, and finished her note by saying, “You do know that Bill was your half brother, right?”

Ah, no. She did not.

…Of course, I was fascinated. My grandfather died when I was four or five years old, and I have very little memory of him other than his deep, hearty laugh. I’ve been thinking for years that this foundation of a love child and secret siblings would make a great story; but not knowing all the facts, I was free to fill in the blanks—and so I did. Years passed before I felt I had the right story in my head. This is that story. I hope you enjoy my version of what could happen under such circumstances.

—Mariah Stewart


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Friday, March 24, 2017

LP Lovell and Stevie J. Cole - Three Players release blitz



THREE PLAYERS

BOOK #3 THE GAME SERIES

 

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One contract.

Two guys.

Three Players.

Four strikes.

Five rules.

Six zeros.

Seven days.

No safe words.

Are you game?

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

LP LOVELL


Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. 


She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.


Lauren is a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy. 


LP loves to hear from readers so please get in touch.

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STEVIE J. COLE

Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel. 


Raw. Gritty. Love.

Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.


P.S. Stevie's greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!


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Meghan March - Take Me Back review

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We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and I carried her off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying “I do” doesn’t guarantee a happily-ever-after. Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we’ve built. It’s time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work. I’m not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything. Two damaged people. Countless secrets. The fight of our lives. We might be broken, but we’re not done.


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MY REVIEW

Wowwwwww! My emotions are a wreck after reading this, but in the best possible way. Hats off to this fantastic writer, though! She never ceases to amaze me with the things in her head!
I really enjoyed how this book not only flipped from each of their perspectives, but also showed us, the reader, the things leading up to this point in their lives.  I'm going to go ahead and tell you ... clear your calendar! Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down. This book was quite the adventure and one I can't recommend enough! Meghan writes in such a way that the reader feels what her characters are going through and as things progress, finds themselves on the edge of their seat. EVERYONE needs to read this beauty from Meghan! Seriously.... go one-click!

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Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kennedy Ryan - Bruise plus a Grip and Flow giveaway

Bruise

Kennedy Ryan shares a special post on the inspiration behind "Bruise," the original piece written for her latest release Grip.

(Scroll to the end for the full poem & a signed paperback giveaway.)

Am I all of your fears, wrapped in black skin?” The cursor flashed a warning at the end of the line I’d just typed. Read on its own, the words seared the page, an incendiary challenge. A jagged line in the sand that could shove half my readers to one side, and half to the other. I needed to be careful. I wanted to be fearless. I had to be honest. The hero of Grip, my latest release, Marlon James (Grip to his fans), is a rising hip-hop star, but he’s more than that. He’s a lyricist and a poet. He’s a black man, concerned about black men vulnerable to cops who should be protecting them. He admires officers who run toward danger when most of us run away. He wonders what he can do to bridge the gap between the two. I took several risks writing Grip, confronting, in the context of a love story, prejudices that are often blatant, but sometimes remain hidden even from ourselves. No issue weighed heavier on my mind than that of black v. blue. In the story, Grip gets stopped DWB. Driving While Black, for those unfamiliar. Probably somewhere else in mainstream romance, readers have sat behind the wheel in a black hero’s perspective, glanced in the rearview mirror, seen those blue lights flashing, and wrestled with the fear, frustration and anger born from years of being stopped for no reason...but I haven’t read it. And as I wrote it, I remembered my own husband’s accounts of being stopped most of his life; of him and his friends lying on their stomachs on the ground while their cars were searched. I recalled the first-hand accounts I’d read of black and Hispanic men, even in the last few months in LA, Grip’s hometown, stopped and searched so much more than their counterparts. But I also thought of my friend’s husband, a good cop, a good man who faced down fear every day to protect people like me. Of her anxiety when tragedy strikes, when travesties happen. Incidents that I watch on television from the safety of my couch while her husband wades knee-deep into danger. I wanted to tell both sides of this story. I didn’t want to debate or persuade. I wanted readers to listen; to hear the other perspective. To consider. To understand. To empathize. These are the building blocks of resolution. Our country is more divided than we’ve been in a long time, and many of those divisions still, sadly still, fall along the lines of race. I don’t know how we resolve anything in this current climate. I don’t think we do unless we exchange perspectives; manage to communicate with one another in lower decibels, in reasonable thoughts, in something besides shouty caps on Facebook and Twitter. In Flow, the prequel to Grip, Bristol, the heroine says, “...before we say our words, they’re ammunition. After we’ve said them, they’re smoking bullets. There seems to be no middle ground and too little common ground for dialogue to be productive. We just tiptoe around things, afraid we’ll offend or look ignorant, be misunderstood. Honesty is a risk few are willing to take.” And yet it requires honesty, and giving each other grace to speak with candor and respect, even if sometimes ineloquently. It requires that we step into the other’s shoes. Usually, we are not all right or all wrong. We are more nuanced than that; the issues more complex than black and white. Or in this case, black and blue. This story models that, I hope. In my small corner of the world, with the only tools at my disposal, my pen and my voice, I hope I demonstrated that. I hope someone on one side of that jagged line in the sand understood the person across from them a little better after reading GRIP. This wasn’t about my personal outrage; my indignation as I watched black men gunned down this summer during traffic stops. It wasn’t about my horrified grief as I watched cops in Dallas ambushed, killed. It wasn’t just about either, and it was completely about both. One of my favorite communicators says sometimes we choose between making a point and making a difference. I really hope, in some small way, the words to “Bruise,” the original piece I co-wrote with a spoken word artist for this book, volley right past just making a point, and manage to make a small difference, even if the only difference is that one person chooses to listen and tries to understand. There are so many other things I could say; so many statistics I could cite to sway you to one side or the other. But instead, I’ll let “Bruise” speak for itself. And for those on both sides of that jagged line in the sand.

For more on the role of race in Grip, check out Mara White's piece in The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58b96fd5e4b0fa65b844b200

Signed paperbacks of GRIP & FLOW, the prequel, are up for grabs on Kennedy's Facebook page!

ENTER HERE:

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“BRUISE”
Copyright (c) Kennedy Ryan, 2017
Am I all of your fears, wrapped in black skin,
Driving something foreign, windows with black tint
Handcuffed on the side of the road, second home for black men
Like we don’t have a home that we trying to get back to when
PoPo pulls me over with no infractions,
Under the speed limit, seat belt even fastened,
Turned on Rosecrans when two cruisers collapsed in
Barking orders, yeah, this that Cali harassment
Guns drawn, neighbors looking from front lawns and windows
I know cops got it hard, don’t wanna make a wife a widow
But they act like I ain’t paying taxes, like your boy ain’t a citizen
They think I’m riding filthy, like I’m guilty pleading innocence.
They say it's ‘Protect & Serve’, but check my word
Sunny skies, ghetto birds overhead stress your nerves,
They say if you ain’t doin’ wrong, you got nothin’ to fear,
But the people sayin’ that, they can’t be livin’ here . . .
We all BRUISE,
It’s that black and blue
A dream deferred,
Nightmare come true
In another man’s shoes,
Walk a mile or two
Might learn a couple things
I’m no different than you!
You call for the good guys when you meet the bad men,
I’m wearing a blue shield and I still feel the reactions
When I patrol the block, I can sense dissatisfaction
There’s distrust, resentment in every interaction,
Whether the beat cop, lieutenant, sergeant or the captain
We roll our sleeves up and we dig our hands in
I joined the force in order to make a difference,
Swore to uphold the law, protect men, women and children,
These life and death situations, we make split-second decisions
All for low pay, budget cutbacks and restrictions
We’re ambushed in Dallas, now where’s all the chatter
Gunned down in Baton Rouge, don’t blue lives need to matter?
Not just a job—it's a calling, a vocation,
My wife’s up late pacin’, for my safety—she’s praying,
And yet you call me racist? You wanna trap me with your phone?
I’m just a man with a badge trying my best to make it home.
We all BRUISE,
It’s that black and blue
A dream deferred,
Nightmare come true
In another man’s shoes,
Walk a mile or two
Might learn a couple things
I’m no different than you!

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"The story reads like a movie . . powerful and intoxicating ... and sinfully sexy. GRIP has everything—dynamic characters, soulful plot, and a lesson at the end that will change the way you look at life. One of my favorite reads this year. Maybe ever. 5 massive, gripping stars from me!" -- Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling Author
 
About GRIP:
Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.
I know.
I’ve been doing it for years.
I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.
And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.
Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.
All that’s left is friendship and work.
He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.
I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.
It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.
And it remembers all the things I want to forget.

Download Flow, the prequel to GRIP, TOTALLY FREE!
Read on WATTPAD: http://w.tt/2kUo8Yk

About FLOW:
In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry. Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager. But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world, and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it. From completely different worlds, all the things that should separate them only draw them closer. It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?   FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.

Add STILL (Grip #2) to your TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34642932-still  

About the Author:
Kennedy loves to write about herself in third person. She loves Diet Coke…though she’s always trying to quit. She adores her husband…who she’ll never quit. She loves her son, who is the most special boy on the planet. And she’s devoted to supporting and serving families living with Autism.
And she writes love stories!
Twitter: @Kennedyrwrites
Instagram: @kennedyryan1

J. Kenner - Wicked Grind cover reveal

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We are very excited to bring you the cover from New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author J.Kenner for WICKED GRIND. This is a brand new standalone releasing on July 11, 2017.

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Sometimes it feels so damn good to be bad

Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.

Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.

Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.

But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?

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J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit. JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck. Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages. In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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Liliana Hart's MacKenzie Family 2017 Tour and excerpt

One novel and four novellas promise to take readers back into New York Times bestselling author Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie Family with hot and steamy stories readers are sure to lose themselves in. Delve into the world you all know and love, and grab your copies today!

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  A Letter from Liliana Hart:
Dear Readers, I’m thrilled to announce the MacKenzie Family World is returning! I asked four of my favorite authors to create their own characters and put them into the world you all know and love. These amazing authors revisited Surrender, Montana, and through their imagination you’ll get to meet new characters, while reuniting with some of your favorites. These stories are hot, hot, hot and packed with action and adventure—exactly what you’d expect from a MacKenzie story. It was pure pleasure for me to read each and every one of them and see my world through someone else’s eyes. They definitely did the series justice, and I hope you discover four new authors to put on your auto-buy list. Make sure you check out Spies and Stilettos, a brand new, full-length MacKenzie novel written by me. This will be the final installment of the MacKenzie series, featuring Brady Scott and Elena Nayal. After eighteen books of my own and nine books written by other bestselling authors in the MacKenzie World, it’s going to be difficult to say goodbye to a family I know as well as my own. Thank you for falling in love with the MacKenzies. So grab a glass of wine, pour a bubble bath, and prepare to Surrender. Love Always, Liliana Hart

MacKenzie Family 2017 – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
March 20th
Ashley Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
K.T. Castle – Review & Excerpt
SBB Reviews – Excerpt
March 21st
Book Corner Divas – Review & Excerpt
KatyaRath – Excerpt
Naughty Book Eden – Excerpt
Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
March 22nd
Bookaliciousbabes Blog – Review & Excerpt
Girls With Books – Review & Excerpt
Kick Back & Review – Review & Excerpt
Novel Addiction – Review
March 23rd
Bobo's Book Bank – Review & Excerpt
Kimberly's Hot Reads – Review & Excerpt
Unstuck Pages – Review & Excerpt
March 24th
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

  

Experience the MacKenzie Family Series Here…

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 Liliana Hart’s SPIES & STILETTOS (A MacKenzie Family Novel) New York Times bestselling author Liliana Hart returns to her bestselling MacKenzie family with her trademark of “Passionate Romantic Suspense & Spine-Tingling Mystery” in SPIES & STILETTOS… Elena Nayal has worked for MacKenzie Security for years. Quiet and unassuming, she stays in the shadows of the world’s most elite clandestine agency. But she’s trained relentlessly after hours, and her only thought is to be strong enough to track down and kill every last one of the men who brutally attacked her. Lieutenant Brady Scott is no stranger to special ops. He commands the greatest SEAL team in the history of America. But fighting for the woman he loves turns out to be the most difficult mission he’s ever been on. He must decide whether to let her walk into a suicide mission on her own, or ignore every rule he’s sworn to follow.

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  NEVER SURRENDER - Kaylea Cross
Kaylea Cross’s NEVER SURRENDER (A MacKenzie Family Novella) New York Times bestselling author Kaylea Cross dives into Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with NEVER SURRENDER… As the Bagram crew assembles at a guest ranch in Montana to celebrate the wedding of two of its own, everyone expects a fun week-long vacation enjoying some much-needed downtime together. But in the picturesque foothills bordering the ranch, a hidden danger lurks. When the guys stumble upon evidence of a domestic terrorist cell during the bachelor party, it puts everyone directly in the crosshairs of a lethal enemy determined to remain unseen, unleashing a wave of danger every bit as deadly as what they faced back overseas. Then a shocking revelation from the past comes to light, and it may be the key to winning the fight. Now they must come together as a team to eliminate the threat, before they wind up gathered for a funeral instead of a wedding.

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Jay Crownover’s AVENGED (A MacKenzie Family Novella) New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover brings heat and heart to Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with AVENGED… Girl meets boy… On the worst night of her life when she’s decided to take a drastic step that there is no going back from. Girl is used to sitting by, letting fate deal cruel hand after cruel hand to good people with soft hearts and she’s had enough. Girl thinks it’s time to fight back against fate and against men who aren’t careful with all the precious things a woman in love has to give him. Fate shows girl who’s boss and turns her world and plans upside down without breaking a sweat. Boy meets girl… On the best night of his life when he’s decided that he’s going to make moves to be the man he was always meant to be instead of the man he was trained and conditioned to be. Boy is used to a solitary life, quiet in the woods and knowing the only thing that might be looking for him is trouble and trouble is no longer his stock in trade. Boy thinks it’s time to show trouble who’s boss, even if this trouble has big blue eyes and a body made to make men stupid. Trouble only gets the upper hand if the boy falls prey to its temptation. Trouble turns the boy’s quiet, serene life sideways without any effort. Trouble is fun and fate has a wicked sense of humor when it comes to this boy meeting this girl.

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Lynn Raye Harris’s HOT WITNESS (A MacKenzie Family Novella) New York Times bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris adds her unique twist to Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with HOT WITNESS… The MacKenzies partner with the Hostile Operations Team to protect a woman who witnessed a crime from a notorious mobster.      

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EXCERPT 

Eva’s heart beat like a wild thing. Her fingers curled into Jake’s cut and her mouth, after the initial shock, slipped open. His tongue found hers, slid against it, encouraged her to kiss him back.

She did. Ravenously. In the back of her head, she kept telling herself this had to stop, that she did not need to encourage him. It was crazy to encourage him. Not to mention she had no clue what to do with him if she did.

But he tasted so good, a little like beer, a little like mint. His body against hers was hard and big, but he didn’t scare her. He should because he was a badass biker and she didn’t like that type, but he didn’t.

She was still processing what he’d told her about coming here for her. He hadn’t figured out who she really was, which was probably a good thing. If he knew she was Heather Collier’s little sister—the shy, plump, mousy little sister who’d smiled shyly at him and mooned over him when he’d been in her class—well, he wouldn’t be kissing her like this, that’s for sure.

But he was kissing her and even though she should make him stop—because she didn’t like bikers and never would—she told herself she could enjoy it for just a few more moments. She could pretend this was still high school and sexy Jake Ryan had noticed her, of all people.

He put a broad hand on her hip and tugged her in close—and she gasped at the evidence of his arousal. It also sent a thrill of shock and apprehension through her. 

She was not prepared to deal with this, and certainly not right here in the middle of one of the Brothers of Sin’s bacchanalias. And if Brandon found out? Dear God. She didn’t like to think what that meant for her, or for Jake.

Jake’s fingers squeezed her hip, the other hand he’d threaded into her hair tightened—and then he let her go. Just like that, he pushed her gently away and stepped back. She zeroed in on his mouth—that beautiful, sexy mouth—and felt her heart sting that it was over while confusion rolled through her.

“Gotta go, Eva. But damn, girl, I wish I could stay.”




  WICKED HOT - Gennita LowGennita Low’s WICKED HOT (A MacKenzie Family Novella) New York Times bestselling author Gennita Low adds international intrigue and suspense to Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with WICKED HOT… A US operative/businessman had been kidnapped in Indonesia. He has a vital piece of information that would get the US government in trouble. But Indonesia is a country with with over 17000 islands, with plenty of jungles in which to hide. Off-the book NSA fixer, Kirk Ryan, approaches his cousin, Archer, who works at the MacKenzie Securities for help with tracing a phone call. He also needs a translator familiar with Indonesian. Not a problem. MacKenzie Securities’ troubleshooter, Jade, has plenty of connections. In fact, there is a translator she knows who is in Indonesia right now. Surya, GEM contract agent, really doesn’t want to do anything but lie on the heated beaches of Indonesia and just enjoy her first holiday in years. But she owes Jade Jax a favor and her friend’s calling it in. And the favor comes in a six-foot-two package of irresistible and wicked male. It’s just a translation job. She would help and maybe get to know the man for a day or two. What could go wrong?

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About the MacKenzie Family Series Authors:

  Liliana Hart - author photoLiliana Hart: Liliana Hart is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author in both the mystery and romance genres. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she’d found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music. Liliana is an avid reader and a believer in all things romance. Her books are filled with witty dialogue, steamy sex, and the all-important happily-ever-afters her romantic soul craves. Since self-publishing in June of 2011, she’s sold more than 1.2 million ebooks all over the world.   Visit Liliana Hart’s website. Kaylea Cross - author photoKaylea Cross: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.   Visit Kaylea Cross’ website.

  Jay Crownover - author photoJay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and Welcome to the Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.   Visit Jay Crownover’s website.

  Lynn Harris - Author photoLynn Raye Harris: Lynn Raye Harris is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the HOSTILE OPERATIONS TEAM SERIES of military romances as well as 20 books for Harlequin Presents. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former-military husband, two crazy cats, and one spoiled American Saddlebred horse. Lynn’s books have been called “exceptional and emotional,” “intense,” and “sizzling.” Lynn’s books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide.   Visit Lynn Raye Harris’ website.

  Gennita Low - author photoGennita Low: New York Times bestselling author Gennita Low writes sexy military and techno spy-fi romance. She also co-owns a roof construction business and knows 600 ways to kill with roofing tools as well as yell at her workers in five languages. A three-time Golden Heart finalist, her first book, Into Danger, about a SEAL out-of-water, won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Romantic Intrigue. Besides her love for SEALs, she works with an Airborne Ranger who taught her all about mental toughness and physical endurance. Gennita lives in Florida with her mutant poms and one chubby squirrel.   Visit Gennita Low’s website.  

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Susan Stoker - Claiming Grace review


Claiming Grace ( Book 1 of 2 in the Ace Security Series ) by Susan Stoker

Date of Publication: March 14, 2017

Blurb



For Logan Anderson, moving on from a traumatic past means moving back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Colorado, to start a personal-security business with his brothers. But it's not long before Logan runs into Grace Mason, his best friend from high school…and the woman who never answered his letters during his Army years.
Grace was pleasantly surprised to see Logan return to Castle Rock, despite their falling-out ten years ago. Everyone always assumed they would end up together, including Grace, who had eyes only for him. But as Logan eventually escaped their town, Grace got pulled further into her family's controlling grasp—and farther away from the man she loved.
Now, united by scars both visible and not, the two must fight to free Grace from the suffocating hold of her family. But the Masons won't let go easily—and they'll do whatever it takes to keep the couple apart.

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My Review

So I have to say, I've met Susan and she's super sweet and fun! And even though I bought several of her books, I haven't had a chance to read them due to my blog schedule but she's been on my radar for awhile. I was excited to get the opportunity to review the start to her new series! And I was immediately hooked in Logan and Grace's world.
I liked how the beginning of this book showed the brothers struggle and how Ace Security was started. We got a glimpse into their past and why they wanted to start their company.  Then we start to see Logan and Grace in their lives.  Logan and Grace have been avoiding each other, even though their friends want them to talk.  They each are doing their own thing, now in the same town. Because of Grace's friendship with Felicity, we start to see the hold her parents have on her life. And let me tell you, reader! My blood was about to boil when we first started seeing Grace's home life. Her mom and dad have GOT TO GO! Despite the craziness around her, Grace is a strong woman, looking for a way to live her life. I felt a mix of horror, sadness and mad at the life she was living. I was cheering her on.
I liked that Grace and Logan had a past.  She knew he was someone she could trust. And she was still attracted to him and wanted to know the man he had become.  He, too, felt her pull and wanted to help and get to know her.  Their story is a slow simmer that developed into a hot burn and I was completely captured by them.  I didn't want the story to end and I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book. I loved that we saw glimpses of new characters and what was to come next in this series. Now I find myself anxiously awaiting Claiming Alexis. Grab this book today! 


About Susan Stoker




New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She's married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.
She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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