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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Giveaway & Review ~ A Beautiful Thought (Beautiful #5) by Alicia Rae


~ Book Synopsis ~

As a physical sports therapist, Gail Bennett is accustomed to working with gorgeous athletes every day, but after falling for a few of these attractive men, she has been left heartbroken one too many times. When Gail’s hours at work are unexpectedly cut, she must find a way to continue helping her parents pay for her sister’s education. Reluctantly following her best friend’s advice, Gail takes on a roommate with the one man she has been avoiding since the first time she laid eyes on him. 

Damon Johnson loves a challenge, and he is not the type of man to back down when he wants something. From the first moment he meets Gail for dinner, he feels an inexplicable pull between the two of them. In his determination to have her, he finds himself helping her in any way he can. Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love? One thought could change everything.
Title: A Beautiful Thought
Author: Alicia Rae
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: July 14th 2014
Cover Design: Okay Creation Sarah Hansen
Event organized by Literati Author Services, Inc.
Purchase links:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22500940-a-beautiful-thought?ac=1




Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...




My Thoughts:

A Beautiful Thought was the fifth book in the Beautiful series. It was a great stand alone. This was the first book of this series that I've read. :-( I can tell you that it is just the first though, because I will be reading the others!

I absolutely adored the characters. The heroine, Gail, was very selfless, caring, hard working, and compassionate. Damon, the hero, is a great guy who is very deserving of a great girl. He is hard working, successful, also family oriented, handsome, caring, and fun. The other characters are wonderful too! I can't wait to get caught up on all of their stories.

Gail has been hurt many times by trusting and falling for the wrong men. She has too many responsibilities to worry about her love life but it hurts and she has a bit of an inferiority complex and lack of trust in men because of those mistakes.

She finds herself in a situation that requires some assistance from somewhere and her best friend makes a suggestion that brings her and Damon together.

The more time they spend together, the more they find themselves falling in love.

This romance was more on the sweet side but still had some steam! These two (actually all of the couples) are perfect for each other. It was nice to read something without having to do a psych analysis on the characters.

This book was steadily paced, the page length was moderate, and the plot was engaging.

I would recommend this to those of you looking for a sweet romance with great characters. :-)

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. I really enjoyed it. I cried a time or two, laughed, and sighed. I can't wait to read the rest of this Beautiful series!


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Release day for ~ Strike (Spark, #3) by Jennifer Ryder with a giveaway


* This is an adult post! If you are easily embarrassed by things of a sexual nature or are under 17, please stop here and visit my blog another day!*

Strike Blurb
Fast. That’s how I like life, especially my two great joys: bikes and women. I’m committed to exclusively riding one, but not the other.
Until April.
A sexy-arse freelance photographer who’s travelled the world, and doesn’t do long walks on the beach or romantic candlelit dinners. She enjoys running with the bulls and food spicy enough to make your hair fall out. If that weren’t enough to get me hard, she rides a mean mother of a motorcycle.
I’ve gotta have a taste of this wildcat.
~Spencer (Jones)

I don’t do fast. Not anymore. I’ve got my career, my independence, and since I fled Spain to come back home I promised myself that I wouldn’t be put second—or third, for that matter—again.
Then I meet pretty boy Spencer.
He’s smooth, oozing the most potent pheromones probably known to modern science, and he’s making a move on me. One kiss was almost enough for my promise to dissolve.
My head says no—my treacherous body screams yes. I’m gonna make Spencer work for it. Make him fight for the chance to have me, because I know that deep down I’m worth it.
~April MacIntyre

Title: Strike (Spark, #3)
Author: Jennifer Ryder

Genre: Steamy Erotic Romance 

Expected Publication Date:
August 30, 2014 :-) 

Purchase Links:

Amazon US 

Amazon UK

Kobo * B&N * iTunes

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22467867-strike

Prologue
SPENCER (JONES)
My head pounds, alerting me to the fact that I’m alive. Barely. I run my hand over my bare chest to find a set of fingers clad with rings. The hand tightens, sharp nails scratching my skin as they sweep over my ribs. I shudder with the realisation that she’s still here. That was not part of the plan.
Her hand continues over to my hipbone, and curls around my side. I turn to see her face buried in the pillow beside me, a cascade of fiery red curls tangled down her back, a strong contrast to her pale skin.
I strain to lift my head off the pillow, and there he is. Ryan. On the far edge of my king-sized bed, face down, bare arse and all.
Fuck.
I’m here again. My life on repeat.
My liver screams out its hate for me, and my body aches in silent protest. And why the fuck is my arse sore?
I wriggle to release myself from her hold.
I don’t like them to stay, but Ryan and I were obviously too fucked-up to care. I must’ve passed out, because normally I deal with their exit.
I don’t do mornings. I don’t do awkward. I like simple hook-ups, and then “see ya”; No expectations, no complications.
This here looks complicated.
Walking naked across my bedroom, the floor littered with condom wrappers and clothes, I pick up a rogue black leather shoe and throw it at Ryan’s arse.
He chokes on his snore, and stirs. “Hey, what the fuck, man?” He rolls over, thankfully tugging the tangled sheets with him to shield his dick. I don’t need a vision of his giant cock in the back of my head today.
“What’s up is that you and Princess Redhead need to leave, buddy. I gotta get to work,” I whisper loudly. Working for Dad today is totally gonna blow.
Ryan swings his legs off the bed, and stretches his arms over his head. “Well, you never fail to disappoint, man. Guess I’ll catch ya next time I’m in town.”
I take a white crumpled towel that I must have left on the floor yesterday and wrap it around my hips. “That depends, mate. If you’re the reason my arse is sore, then this was the last time. Oh, and you might just get the shit kicked out of you.”
He chuckles quietly to himself. “You don’t remember?” He grabs his jeans from the floor in front of him, and slips them on.
“Remember what?” Oh no. Ryan did not go there. I’ll kill him. On instinct, my teeth grind against each other, and I breathe out heavily through my nose as I stalk towards him.
He holds up a hand. “Relax,” he says, as he juts his chin towards the redhead. “Miss Ginger Sex Fiend over there brought toys.”
“Fuck,” I gasp. I’ve seriously gotta lay off the drink.
“Now, get outta here. I’ll take care of Ginger.” Ryan winks, and runs his hands through his mussed up sandy-coloured hair.
Yeah. I need to get to work.



New Adult and erotic romance writer, and author of the Spark series. The second book in the five part series, Spike, is to be released on 28 May 2014.

A sexy imagination, a life-long love of books and a sucker for romance, Jennifer Ryder couldn't stifle her creativity any longer.

Writing steamy adult romance has become her new focus. Living on a rural property in New South Wales, Australia, she enjoys the best of city and country.

Her loving husband is ever willing to provide inspiration, and her two young cherubs, and sheep that don't see fences as barriers, keep life more than interesting.

Jennifer placed third in the International Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award 2013.



If you haven't already started this series, it all began with Spark.

Spark (Spark #1) ~ You can see my review for it here.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19276998-spark

Spike (Spark #2) 


 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21453843-spike


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This is one of the reasons that I hate waiting for new books to come out. I read Spark along time ago and then I lost track and now I am behind in this series! I really liked Spark and I was so eager to read Spike but somehow I missed it. :-( Now I have to play catch up with not only Spike but Strike as well!

Do you ever have that problem?




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Friday, August 29, 2014

Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush by Victoria Pinder take two with a giveaway!


Synopsis:

Penny moves back to Miami to start her a job with a list of things to accomplish.

1. Find a place to live.

2. Avoid her gold-digging mother.

3. Reconnect with old high school friends: her best friend Sandra, the dramatic Eva, the dark Michael, her half-brother Wyatt, and her former crush Jay.

Jay may have kept her firmly in the “friend zone”, but that didn’t stop her from wanting more. Her five friends have stood by her through some difficult times and she’ll need their help now to accomplish her first two goals.

As soon as Jay sees Penny, he puts his plan into motion. His investors need to see him with a stable woman, one who isn’t all flash and no brains; Penny fits the bill perfectly. There’s just one hitch—he wants more.

Their pretend date sets off a whirlwind of plots. From mothers who want to control their children’s lives to the loss of her exciting new job, Penny’s world turns upside down. She knows she can overcome all obstacles except one—she’s falling for Jay all over again.

Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush

by Victoria Pinder

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 2014

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Purchase Links:

Amazon * B&N

Jupiter Garden Press (Print)

Jupiter Garden Press (ebook)



http://bit.ly/1uU5opr


Book Trailer


Excerpt:

Chapter One

Jay Marshall pressed his lips together as he held the phone. His hands curled into a ball then straightened. He stared out his bay windows overlooking the ocean. Another beautiful day on the beaches of South Florida, not that he cared. Sunshine never filled him with joy. The humidity outside suffocated the spirit, but somehow, with this deal, he'd break free.

"Yes, you'll see I mean business, Mr. Danvers. My business plans are long term." 

Danvers sucked in his breath, as if he were doubting the sincerity of Jay's words, then told Jay. "And I'll meet your girlfriend. It's always telling with people from Miami. Flashy women and cars do not make good investments on my end."

Jay gritted his teeth and tugged at his free ear, but kept the phone on the other. Miami advertised plastic women on the highway as a special brand. Flashy came with the area code. Instead he nodded his head and told the potential investor, "I understand. See you next week."

He hung up the phone and stared out the window. The brightness showed his reflection and his grim frown. Jay needed to win. His eyes squished together. He’d pay the price for success. He had no other choice.

Jay's mind raced to his technical girlfriend. Eva was the epitome of flashy, beautiful, and fake. She'd been a friend since high school, and two months ago, they¹d ended up dating. On paper the award winning dramatic actress, his money, and their history should be a match. Yet he couldn't imagine his entire life videotaped.

If he walked away from her, there would be no regrets. His investors hoped he had a nice, sweet woman on the side. His cousin and her friend, Penelope, flashed in his head before he dropped the thought.

He pushed his hand on the glass window before he stepped back into the shadows of his office.

Darkness didn¹t suit him either. Nothing stirred inside him anymore, though he craved something. Anything other than boredom from the sticky heat of his life.



He shook his head and poked his head out of his office. His secretary sat there typing. "Call Eva. Set up an appointment for us to talk today."

With the click of the door knob he rolled up his sleeves. He needed the deal to put his goals in line with his investment portfolio.

His eyes narrowed in on the first words, long term growth.

Long term read to his eyes like a rescue rope. He blinked. Life should be lived with
long term goals to reach. Freedom meant change.

Today, he'd break up with Eva. In his heart, he'd always hoped for a woman that tugged at his heart strings. But hopes didn't earn freedom. He'd prove to himself, and the others, John Jay Marshall came out of the game of life on top.


Meet the Author:

Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.

She always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious.



The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love will be published from Soul mate Publishing. Mything the Throne will be published with Double Dragon Ebooks. Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published with Jupiter Press.


Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency.

Also she’s the Vice President of Programs for the Florida Romance Writers. She’s gone to multiple conferences and intends to continue. Her website is www.victoriapinder.com.

Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.






My Thoughts: 

In case you missed the previous post about this book, I decided to do a two part review when I accidentally signed up with to different promoters. I discovered my folly while I was away and the connection wasn't great. I had already read the book so

I decided to complete my review in to parts. You can read part one here.

The characters were likable (most of them) and they helped to make this read just a little better. :-)

There are a few smaller plots amongst their romance, such as the problems that both main characters are given from there mothers, a secret that Penny has had to keep from her friends concerning another friend, Jay's secret business transactions, trouble with Penny's job, and more. 

This was a quick read and it was smoothly paced. 

This book had romance, some danger, thugs, mommie dearest contenders, friends, a secret scheme, coffee, and more.   

My only complaint was that the ending wasn't a definite HEA. I'm hoping that it will be more fleshed out in the next book.

This book was quite enjoyable and I hope to read Sandra and Wyatt's story!

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion.





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