Wednesday, October 18, 2017

'Tis the Season for Great Christmas Books......


I know, I know....it's not even Halloween yet.  BUT, while scrolling Amazon tonight I came across a few upcoming Christmas releases that you can pre-order now.  And if you are anything like my girl, Amy....she LOVES her holiday themed books.  She literally drinks them up when they publish.  

Comment with any up coming Holiday books that you know of so we can share with others.  



There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York…

Santa is coming to New York!
Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple CafĂ© is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!
Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.
If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!



Releasing November 10, 2017











For most of her life, Becca Monroe’s been running. The urge to see what lay beyond the next horizon took her away from Donner’s Mountain and the man she loved. Now, back for what will surely be her grandfather’s last Christmas, she’s caught in a tangle of unresolved emotions that leave her torn between the impulse to flee and the desire to stay.

Jack Donner never stopped loving Becca, even though she deserted him. Better than anyone else, he knows how cruel it would be to fetter her wild spirit, and he doubts she could ever be happy living in one place, on his mountain.

Can memories of Christmases past remind Becca what truly matters? And can love convince Jack to give her one more chance, even if it means risking his battered heart?


Releasing on November 10, 2017

Pre-order  Price 1.99 








’Tis the season for second chances…

Serena Hunter loves her new life in the sleepy Devonshire countryside! It’s a world away from her crazy past as the wife of American bad boy rock star, Ritchie Dangerfield.
Now she spends her days making delicious chocolate using milk from the local dairy and she finally feels that everything is back on track. That is, until her handsome ex-husband arrives in the village to win her back…
Away from the limelight, Serena gets to know Ritchie all over again and realises that maybe a second chance at love is the Christmas miracle she’d been dreaming of all along?
A perfectly festive read to curl up with this Christmas. Perfect for fans of Caroline Roberts, Cathy Bramley and Heidi Swain.

Releasing November 5, 2017
Pre-Order $5.99









By the bestselling author of the Three Wise Men Box Set (USA Today bestsellers list November 2016) – a series of individual sexy contemporary Christmas romances. Read in any order and enjoy!

Book 4: If Kisses Were Snowflakes

Nice with a touch of naughty… a new Christmas Wishes romance by Serenity Woods.

When Angel Matthews books a vacation on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumbria at Christmas, she plans to follow in the footsteps of St. Cuthbert and spend some time alone, to recover from the trauma of the past year, and to plan her future.

She doesn’t plan on being stranded by the tide, and having to hide in one of the refuge boxes for five hours in the wintry weather. 

She doesn’t expect to be rescued by a Ragnar-Lothbrok lookalike who seems to think she’s his shield maiden.

And she certainly doesn’t anticipate the way he not only thaws her frozen heart, but sends her thermostat soaring.

A relationship with the wounded but wonderful Halvar Carlson is definitely going to put her on Santa’s naughty list. But how can she possibly say no to such a sexy Viking?

Book 1: Santa’s Secret
Book 2: White-Hot Christmas
Book 3: His Christmas Present
Book 4: If Kisses Were Snowflakes


Releasing November 5, 2017 
Pre-Order $3.99








A fabulously festive romantic read, perfect to curl up with by the fire this Christmas!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the little flower shop…

Florist Rachel Jones might spend every day making beautiful bridal bouquets at her little flower shop, but her own love life is wilting as quickly as a bunch of dead roses.
Luckily, the arrival of handsome detective Anthony Bascombe, the new tenant upstairs is the perfectdistraction! Although there’s a catch, Anthony isn’t looking for love – he’s looking for her ex-fiancĂ©, Patrick…
But as the snow begins to fall and her little shop fills with mistletoe ready for Christmas, will Rachel manage to melt Anthony’s heart?
Fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Christie Barlow will love this heartwarming read from the bestselling author of Marry Me Tomorrow.



Releasing October 27, 2017
Pre-Order $ 5.99








Amy's 4 star Review of On A Tuesday by Whitney G.




We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday...


Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I'm a "domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego." (I do have something huge. It's not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She's sexy as hell...And a virgin.

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set:
Professional football for me. Law school for her.

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life.

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it's seven years later, on a Tuesday...


**This is a full length second chance romance, inspired by Adele's "When We Were Young"**





As I'm branching out to not MC books I stumbled across this release thanks to Ramblings Beneath The Sheets. Let me tell you it was really good. 

Grayson is the typical star jock. He's the number 1 draft pick and headed for the NFL. Struggling with a few courses, Grayson needs a tutor. Charlotte is the most beautiful girl he has ever laid eyes on .. she is the full package. Surely she won't resist ...

Charlotte cannot believe her newest student really thinks she would be interested in him. She is smart enough to know the minute he gets what he wants he will be gone. But on a Tuesday her life will be changed forever on all accounts. 

This was a great read. The characters are well written and you get flashes to the past and forwards to the present. Tuesday's will never be the same! 

I absolutely love the cover. It's simple and perfect. Seriously perfect ... this is my first book by Whitney and it's a definite keeper! Free on KU!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Bound by Vengeance (Ravage MC Bound, #3) by Ryan Michele





Vengeance: punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.

Austyn Cruz’s life has been turned on its axis. She’s done with sitting on the sidelines while those around her deal with her problems. 

Growing up in the Ravage MC, there’s always been someone at her back. Now it’s time for her to deal with her problems on her own. That is, until the guy she’s lusted over and loved for more years than she can count decides to claim her.

Only, it’s too late. He’s too late. Everything has changed.

Ryker James lives by one rule: live free. His past does not define him, but it does decide to give him a wakeup call after years of lying dormant. It’s time to face his demon and make sure, once and for all, it never comes back into his life. All the while protecting the one and only he’s loved for longer than he should. 

Two people tied together by their pasts. Two people searching for vengeance. Will the retribution they seek tear them apart, or bring them together? In the end, justice will be served … the Ravage MC way. 


** Bound by Vengeance (Ravage MC Bound Series Book Three) is a standalone full-length novel. You do not have to read the Ravage MC series nor Bound Series to follow this book, but if you’d like to see where it all started, you really should. **








Release three of our favorite spin off from our favorite MC - The Ravage men and their families. 
Austyn is our lead female in this release. And yes .. Ryker. The bad boy waiting to take what is his. 

Austyn gave us some glimpses in to her horrific ordeal suffered at the hands of a mad man. The family knows some of her trauma but no one knows it all. Feeling as if she deserves very little and probably nothing, Austyn struggles to fight the demons within. 

Ryker has been waiting - looking for the right time. But Austyn is withdrawn and she is the Prez's daughter. Proving himself may serve difficult as there are black and dark places to light up. 

This was another fantastic love story. My heart - woah - poor Austyn. I wanted her to be stronger but her ordeal took it's toll. Ryan once again has gifted us with keeping up with the MC and all the characters we love. Amazing - heart tormenting - beautiful. 

Thank you for the ARC! I cannot wait for the next and I hope it's a certain girl we are wanting to know in whose arms she ends up in. Eeeekkkk! 

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Undaunted: The Kings of Retribution MC by Crystal Daniels and Sandy Alvarez



As the VP of Kings of Retribution MC, I live and breathe this life. After suffering the loss of two women in my life, I grew cold and indifferent to the idea of love. I don't need to let anyone in. I've seen the aftermath it can leave in its quake.
The last thing I'm looking for is someone to fill the void.
Until-- Bella Jameson
Struggling to keep my head above water, my only concern is taking care of my sister. The last ting I expected was to fall in love with a tattooed biker, Logan Kane. With evil hiding in the shadows, I have no idea the danger my sister and I are about to face.

Will they overcome their demons in the end, or will they lose each other in the process? Lies will be told, secrets will be revealed, and what was once lost... will be found.








Bella is fighting to make a better life for she and her little sister. Her mothers continued flaws in choices of men haven't provided the best life. It hasn't been terrible but it hasn't been every girls dream. Her father was a brutal man and you think her mother would have learned. One frustrating morning turns Bella's entire life into a whirlwind that she wasn't looking for. 

Logan has lost two women in his life already. The two most important women and the only women he ever trusted and cared for. The third .. well .. she liked money and he didn't have enough. Loneliness isn't really anything he worries about as the MC is his family. However partying isn't his game either. In one swoop an Angel changes everything for him. 

This is a great MC read. There is a little of everything along with a small twist of events. Bella is a very strong female lead which I loved and of Course Logan is the perfect alpha male. 

Click this one up for a night! You won't regret it. 
Thank you for the ARC -

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Double Crossed (A Cobras MC Novella) by Colbie Kay







****Warning****
This novella is potentially triggering for victims of domestic abuse.

Snake
Thirty years ago I had everything I wanted until one drunken night destroyed it all.
Twenty-four years ago my life was destroyed once again. My daughter was taken from me and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it.
Now I have my daughter back and the life I lost all those years ago. Seems like everything should be perfect, right? Wrong.
As secrets unfold, people get crossed and lives are changed forever. Will I be able to hold everything together? Will I gain new beginnings or lose again? Will two motorcycle clubs still coexist when everything is said and done?
This book is intended for 18+ due to subject content
Quiet Country Satan's Sinners MC Book 2 should be read first.







This is one messed up book. It's not dark or anything there is domestic abuse, so be warned but the situation of Victoria and Snake is a total poop storm.

In love at 17 Victoria found her forever until one night she found out she actually hadn't. Snake was just that. Running in to the arms of another man in another MC she made a huge mistake. Leaving her child behind to save her own life knowing he wouldn't hurt their son she fled. Now back at her old place not only is her son there but so is Snake. 

Snake screwed up and he's paid dearly. The woman he has only lived is back but now what? He betrayed her. Maybe the past can stay there or maybe it gets worse. 

This was so messed up crazy good. Loved the story the characters and the supporting characters. Hank you for the ARC! I apologize for the not timely review as sickness took over! 


Friday, October 13, 2017

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of The Promise of Forever (The Promise Series Book 2) by K.L. Jessop




December: that special time of year that excites me like no other. 
When Tamzin King stumbled into my life two years ago, I knew I had to make her mine.
Which I did.
The promises we made that December have stayed with us. They’ve changed us and created an unconditional love that no one can break. 
She is my everything. 
But when fear of what the future might hold suddenly hits me, it’s enough to knock me off kilter. 
I’m a man who stands by his word. I put those I love first, and I never break the promises I keep. 
Until the day that I do.


***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language and sexual situations***








Ok can you just stop it now. This is the follow up read to The Promise of December with Tamzin King and Noel. See .. Just stop it. I cannot tell you how much I love these two characters. Look at the cover ... It's stunning ... Beautiful choice and perfect depiction of Tamzin and Noel ... Sigh ...

Tamzin and Noel's world is changing but their commitment to each other is forever. They are the priority. They are each other's why. Until now ... Noel finds the pressures of work hindering his time with Tamzin and those he loves. Vowing that he won't break any of his words he said to the love of his life, Noel finds himself struggling to balance it all. 

This is a wonderful heartfelt tremendous read for the holidays or anytime of the year. It's definitely going in my book as a favorite. There are exceptional secondary characters that I hope we will see in the future. This family needs to live on for a bit longer. 

Thank you for the ARC .

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Gun Shy by Lili St. Germain



HAVE YOU SEEN THIS GIRL?

In the middle of a fierce snowstorm in Gun Creek, Nevada, a teenage girl disappears without a trace.

The second girl in nine years.

Identical cases. Identical conditions. Only last time, the girl was found. Dead, stuffed in a well beside the creek that feeds the town's water supply.

The killer was never found.

As the small town mobilizes and searches for newly vanished Jennifer Thomas, one suspect comes to the fore. But did he do it? Or is there something else at play? Something nobody could have anticipated?

For Jennifer's friend Cassie Carlino, the worst is yet to come. As she pins MISSING posters to store windows and joins the search, she begins to suspect that Jennifer's disappearance might be closer to her than she could have ever imagined...

In Gun Shy, USA Today Bestseller Lili St. Germain weaves her unique brand of darkness and grit into a much-anticipated psychological thriller that early readers are calling her best work yet. Evocative, atmospheric and gripping, this book will stay with you long after you're finished reading.











Holy smokes - Gypsy Brothers doesn't have anything on this new release. 
So there is a huge cast of characters in this release which means I hope that we have another great series on the way which complete mind benders ... Because let me tell you this one did not disappoint. 

I would say at minimum this is a psychological thriller. A killer who got away. Lives changed forever. Some may get out alive but others won't and maybe just maybe the killer isn't all that much of a stranger. 

Gun Creek changes you. There is no opportunity and there is no way out for some. Leo and Cassie's plan was to leave but then everything changed. Everything they dreamed of lies now in tattered bits. 

I'm not sure what else to say than get this book. There are dead bodies and missing people ... Scary moments that I thought I would wet my pants before it was over. Just wait ... Situated yourself because once you start reading you aren't putting this one down. 

Thank you for the ARC -  Oh and once you read it go back and stare at the cover for a minute ... Perfect ... Eeekkkk!

Amy's 3 star ARC Review of Sick Fux by Tillie Cole




When Ellis Earnshaw and Heathan James met as children, they couldn’t have been more different. Ellis was loud and beautiful – all blond hair, bright laughs and smiles. Heathan was dark and brooding, and obsessed with watching things die.
The pair forged an unlikely friendship, unique and strange. Until they were ripped apart by the sick cruelty of others, separated for years, both locked in a perpetual hell.
Eleven years later, Heathan is back for his girl. Back from a place from which he thought there was no return. Back to seek revenge on those who wronged them.
Time has made Heathan’s soul darker, polluted with hatred and the thirst for blood.
Time has made Ellis a shell of her former self, a little girl lost in the vastness of her pain.
As Heathan pulls Ellis out of her mental prison, reviving the essence of who she once was, down the rabbit hole they will go.
With malice in their hearts and vengeance in their veins, they will seek out the ones who hurt and destroyed them.
One at a time.
Each one more deadly than the last.
Tick Tock.

Dark Contemporary Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, disturbingly sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language and very mature topics. Recommended for ages 18 and over.











This book needs a very large warning on the front pages. The theme is extremely dark. Don't let the Alice In Wonderland vibe fool you. Rabbit and Dolly are bat shit crazy. Having said that I don't mind a dark read but this one was way past the dark side. 

I'm not going to lie it was hard for me to finish because there were times I thought nope ... nope and more nope. But if you like to tap in to your darkest places where there is no coming back then this is your read. Make sure you keep the lights on. LOL! 

I can't say much because you really need to go in to this one blind IF this is your type of read. The characters are well written as well as many interesting secondary characters but it was a little much for me. I like dark, but I don't care for the depths of hell -- it wasn't my cup of tea but try for yourself. There are a lot of five star reviews for this one out there so take this for what it is .. only my opinion.

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Go to Hail (The Hail Raisers Book 2) by Lani Lynn Vale





Everybody has problems. But Travis? Yeah, he has so many problems that he finds it hard to breathe sometimes.

He spends five years catering to his ex-wife’s every want and need—all to make it possible to continue to see his child.

He isn’t supposed to fall in love with a woman, but he does.

He isn’t supposed to find someone that is willing to put up with his ex-wife’s crazy antics, but he has.

He isn’t supposed to be happy, but he is.

And all it takes is his ex-wife finding out about his new-found peace for things to change.

***

Hannah saw him and knew he was the one.

All it took was one look into that haunted man’s eyes, and she was lost, never to be found again.

She thinks she has it all. His love, a new baby made with that love, and a house to raise their blended family.

She’s wrong, and Travis’ ex-wife is out to prove it.

***

Travis doesn’t deserve Hannah. All he’s done is hurt her.

She’s done everything in her power to keep everyone happy, but the more she tries, the harder his ex-wife pushes. Until one day, there’s nothing left to push.

Hannah leaves, and Allegra wins.

But Travis isn’t willing to let her have her way any longer.

He fights back, and only gets a bullet to the chest to show for it.








Love this book -- With the same humor we are used to and great characters in this release how can it not be a five star. The story of Travis ... its a heart breaker and a full box of Kleenex. Insert a crazy ex wife that wants nothing but to cause drama and keep happiness at bay -- maybe a box of Kleenex and a fist punch to the face is more like it. 

Hannah loves her man -- Travis loves his woman Hannah but the crazy ex is constantly using their child against him making him put his new family on the back burner. Inserting herself in to his new life was not the plan. Hannah is a saint for sticking with him but how much longer can she tolerate the antics of a woman who claims she wants nothing to do with him. How much longer can the woman he loves and the life they want survive a constant battle of insanity with a crazed woman. Hannah has always put herself behind all of Travis' needs in order to keep him able to see his child but enough is enough. 

Travis and Hannah have a story of ups and downs -- one that could be a true story in many ways. The characters are exceptionally written and you feel the emotions pouring from them. In life you have to decide if you battle together or apart -- what we have here in this release is a battle of strength, love, and courage to keep what you love glued together no matter what the cost. 

Loved this release and highly recommend all of Lani's books. The characters are fantastic and it's a happy read. It's the full deal. Click this one up and cozy up by the fire. Bring on Travis and Hannah. You won't regret the one click. Thank you for the ARC! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Amy's 4 star ARC Review of Pitch Please (There's No Crying In Baseball #1) by Lani Lynn Vale



Baseball is life, the rest is just details.

Everyone who’s played the game has heard those words a time or two. But Hancock has heard them his entire life from his parents. His family has lived and breathed baseball even before he started little league.

Hancock “Parts” Peters has a name that inspires grins across many faces, but the moment those faces get their first look at him, those grins slide away.

Hancock is gruff, filterless, and doesn’t give a crap who he offends. He is the only man in baseball who doesn’t care if he gets an endorsement or not. He’s there to play the game. He’s there to win. He’s there because baseball is his life.
People think he’s a jerk.

And maybe he is. But if that’s how he has to come off to get people to leave him the hell alone so he can play in peace, so be it. The less people he has to worry about offending, the better.

***

Don’t let the fear of striking out hold you back. 

Sway Coffman didn’t mean to rock the boat. She was just there to do her job.

Sure, she was a woman in a man’s world. Yes, she beat out several of those men to get the job as head athletic trainer for the professional baseball team, The Texas Lumberjacks. And yeah, she now got hate mail from those men.

But she’s good at her job, and she earned the position.

What she is not good at, however, is talking to men.

Men seem to see her curvy hips, large breasts and thick thighs and automatically think she is incompetent. Because surely a fat girl couldn’t get the job treating some of the most fit and athletic men in the world, right?

Wrong.

This fat girl got the job, and she is proud of it.

What else did she get?

The attention of the sexiest bearded man she’d ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on.

It was enough to bring to her down to her knees…in front of that man, the hot and grumpy baseball player, Hancock Peters.











Hancock Peters and Sway Coffman are a dynamic team in this new series. We have the Lani-isms as I call it and that keeps the pages turning. Hancock is brass and crude but likable in an odd way. He is definitely a strong male lead and has his reasons for the jerk outwardly character. 

Sway has beat out the men determined to get the job as head trainer for the Texas Lumberjacks and now proving herself is going to be harder than she ever imagined. Her appearance isn't the easiest to deal with either ... makes for an interesting combo.

I did like the story but I will be honest I wasn't head over heels with the constant fat girl comments. I know the author was trying to make a point that big is beautiful which it is but it was a little too much. I felt like it ended up sounding more sarcastic than pulling for the bigger girl although I know again that is not the case as I have read Lani numerous times over. 

Click it up and see what you think. I'll read the next in the series for sure as I love her work. This one is good but not her best. Thank you for the ARC.