Monday, 24 July 2017

REVIEW: EVERY LITTLE KISS by MARINA ADAIR


Every Little Kiss
Sequoia Lake #2
By: Marina Adair
Releasing July 18th, 2017
Montlake Romance
 
 
 
In Every Little Kiss (Sequoia Lake #2) by Marina Adair, Liv Preston is determined to do whatever it takes to bring fun back into her son's life after two years of heartbreak. However, nothing seems to be working until Ford Jamison and his dog, Bullseye, come into their lives. However, Ford is hiding a secret and when Liv discovers just what that secret is, will she be able to forgive him or will their chance at happy ever after be lost forever due to Ford not being game enough to tell Liv the truth of why he's come to Sequoia Lake?

Ms. Adair is a master when it come to writing contemporary romance, and when she combines such a romance with the setting of a small town, she delivers a remarkable and magnetic read just as she has in this second book of her Sequoia Lake series. The way this story started had me enjoying this book immediately due to the heroine and her dilemma. Liv would do anything for her son, and I liked how she took charge to make sure her little boy would get back his favorite toy without it looking like it's been through the wringer and experienced unpleasant happenings.

As for the dialogue, it was well-written, captivating and I loved how it illustrated the challenges Liv and Ford face throughout this story superbly. The emotions and reactions of both the main characters had an effect on me, and I couldn't help but sympathize with Ford because of his connection to Liv's past and the grief she's still suffering. Furthermore, Ford charmed me with his flirting and his kindness towards the heroine's son. I also liked how kind and caring he was to the secondary characters and that he would do anything for the heroine because she deserves happiness again.

While the heroine, she's a fighter, which is proven by all that she's done since the death of her husband. She will do anything for her son and I liked how determined she was to help him, even if it meant doing everything she could to secure the job she wanted, so she could be there for her little boy more. I also liked how she handled her mother-in-law, because the woman needed to realize that Liv was the one to make the decisions when it came to her son and no-one else. Yet, what I enjoyed most about Liv is how she helped to bond her son and her mother-in-law better.

Overall, Ms. Adair has penned another fantastic read for this series where the chemistry was instant and intense; the romance was hot and proved how good Ford was for Liv; and the ending was completely satisfying due to what Ford does to prove his love for the heroine. No way isn't he going to do whatever it takes to win her back. I would recommend Every Little Kiss by Marina Adair, if you enjoy second chance romances or books by authors Catherine Bybee, MK Meredith, Jill Sanders or Erin Nicholas.

 
BLURB
There’s nothing that single mom Liv Preston won’t do if it means making her six-year-old son smile again. After a heartbreaking two years, her little family is due for some fun in the sun. She just didn’t expect to find it in the big, rugged, Search and Rescue hero next door—who shows her just how exciting, and sexy, life’s adventures can be.

As head of Reno’s K-9 search division, Ford Jamison knows what it takes to make life-and-death decisions on the fly. He doesn’t hesitate, doesn’t do regrets, and has never doubted his instincts—until he makes a promise that turns his world upside down. Desperate for redemption, he returns to Sequoia Lake, only to find himself face-to-face with his past…and the one woman he can’t have. Not when his secret would destroy her—and everything she holds dear.

For Liv, finding love once was a gift. Finding it twice seems impossible, until the moment Ford’s lips meet hers. Love doesn’t always come easy, but when it’s right, it’s worth fighting for…
 
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BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: EYE CANDY by JESSICA LEMMON

 
Don’t trust lust at first sight. 
 
 
EYE CANDY
Real Love #1
Jessica Lemmon
Releasing July 25th, 2017
Loveswept

 
 
 
In Eye Candy (Real Love #1) by Jessica Lemmon, Jacqueline 'Jackie' Butler and Vince Carson are best friends that will do anything for each other. So, when Vince offers to coach Jacqueline in order to help her secure a date or even better getting up close and very personal with a man, Jackie decides to take him up on the offer. However, the more time she spends with Vince, the harder it is to deny how she feels about him. Will Jackie be able to convince Vince that they can be more than friends, or do their past heartaches have too much hold over them for the pair to ever achieve happy ever after?
 
Ms. Lemmon shows her brilliance as a writer in this friends to lovers romance where the main characters and dialogue kept me enthralled from start to finish with everything they go through. The way this story started had me amused due to the conversation between Jackie and her friend, Kayla. What do they really know about the guy she continues to ogle every time she sees him? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine have their first conversation that had me completely captivated, as Vince is funny and it's palpable he's protective of the heroine. He doesn't want to see her hurt again after her divorce and will do anything to undermine the guy Jackie seems to be showing interest in. Will his tactics work?
 
As for the dialogue, it was compelling, well-written, and I utterly enjoyed every moment the hero and heroine conversed, even when it seemed their relationship was on shaky ground due to their trust issues. It was also intense due to the main characters back stories, as both have been hurt by their past relationships, which has effected them in not wanting to do forever after again. Will their chance at love be forever this time around? Moreover, the heroine is resilient and I liked how determined she was to listen to the hero's advice, even though things don't work out as well as she hoped. I also liked that the heroine took a chance on Vince, even knowing she could lose his friendship if things didn't work out between them.
 
While the hero, I loved the ways he helped the heroine in making sure she got more productive dates than just coffee dates. The role playing had me cheering for the heroine, because who knew Jackie had it in her to be so seductive when it came to getting what she wanted. Furthermore, I liked how confident and determined the hero was to win the heroine's heart, even though he tricked her at first to get close to her and hopefully help her see that they can be more than friends. 
 
Overall, Ms. Lemmon has penned a superb read in this book where the secondary characters entertained me as much as the main ones; the chemistry between this couple was powerful and spilled over onto the pages in hot and nicely-detailed sex scenes; and the ending had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after, because the words they say to each other are perfect and prove love is worth fighting for and that they shouldn't let their past relationships effect their future together. I would recommend Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope; contemporary romance stories told from the first person point-of-view of both the hero and heroine; or books by authors Carly Philllips, Bella Andre, Lauren Layne and Kelly Elliott.
 
 


BLURB
Don’t trust lust at first sight. One woman chooses reality over fantasy in this friends-to-lovers romance. 

Jacqueline:
 
As an adult woman—and the vice president of a marketing firm—I shouldn’t be waiting by my office window to ogle the mystery man who jogs by every morning at 11:45. Sure, he’s a gorgeous, perfect specimen of the human race, but I can’t bring myself to hit on a total stranger. However, my best friend–slash–colleague Vince Carson thinks I should do more than talk to the guy. In fact, he’s borderline obsessive about “getting me laid.” (His words.) But the more time we spend together, the more it’s clear: The one I’m falling for is Vince.
 
Vince: Jackie Butler’s got it bad for some pompous, over-pumped A-hole who struts his stuff past her window. That doesn’t bother me. I know she deserves nice things. What does bother me is that she friend-zoned me big-time last year, so I can’t ask her out myself. But what if I set her up with Mr. Steroids? Then, when he breaks her heart, I can swoop in and save her like the nice guy I am. Everything’s going according to plan . . . until we share a ridiculously epic kiss. And suddenly anything is possible.

 
 
 
 
VINCE
Admittedly, giving Jackie advice on how to get a guy to sleep with her is not my best plan.
“Okay, Butler,” I say, fully focused on Jackie now. “Let’s hear it.”
She stops scribbling on the napkin in front of her, and I bite back a smile. Since I’ve given her a few tips, she has been frantically taking notes. She’s a planner. I’ve always been more go-with-the-flow.
She reads over her notes, squinting in concentration, her lips moving as she reads. Then those golden brown eyes hit mine and she gives me a resolute nod. “I’m ready.”
Her tongue swipes pink lips, making them glisten and making me regret again the route I’ve chosen to take with her. Part of me concedes I could call it off and tell her what I really want, but I know her. She’s barely convinced she can ask a dude out, so her best guy friend throwing a date on the table would be an automatic no.
“Let’s see it,” I say, kind of excited to see what she’s come up with.
She takes the empty seat next to me and leans heavily on an elbow, fist under her chin. “Hi. I’m Jackie.”
I blink several times in quick succession at the transformation from my scatterbrained best friend to a gorgeous woman giving me bedroom eyes. She’s pretending. I’d do well to remember that.
“Vince,” I introduce.
She straightens in her chair and frowns. “Shouldn’t you pretend to be J.T.?”
“I’m not that good of an actor, Butler.” And I’m not pretending to be that jerk.
“Fine.” She rolls her eyes, then slides into seduction mode so swiftly I find myself impressed. She’s better at this than she’s let on. “Do you have a last name, Vince?”
“You know my last name, Butler.”
“Call me Jackie.” She gives me a slow bat of her lashes.
My smile is real, and when I lean closer, I don’t even do it on purpose. “Well, Jackie. Last names are irrelevant, don’t you think?”
Her chest lifts as she takes a breath, and I’m not shy about checking out her cleavage, exposed down the V of her shirt. Normally I wouldn’t look so obviously, but this is a game. Our game.
“That’s very assuming of you, Mr. No Last Name.” She quirks her lips in that way she has, and my smile broadens. “But let’s say”—she moves her half-full wineglass onto the cocktail napkin she wrote on—“for argument’s sake, you’re right, that last names are irrelevant.” She runs the tip of her finger along the rim of her glass like she’s doing it absentmindedly.
She’s doing it on purpose. I can tell.
Damn. She’s good.
“We should have a real date before making plans, don’t you think?” she asks, her eyes on mine.
“Yes.” Hell, yes. “Dinner, at the very least.”
“And then if dinner works out . . .” She lets that statement hang and my heart beats triple time as I wait for what comes next. “We can talk about dessert.”
“We can talk about dessert now.” I’m transfixed on her and the idea of exploring our new dynamic.
Ohmygod.” Her eyes go wide. “Would he say that?”
I give myself a mental shake when I realize I was caught up in the conversation. It was one I wanted to be real, and she was thinking about Running Man.
“Probably,” I say, the spell broken. “Guys are assholes. Like I said.”
I lean back in my chair, find a TV, and stare blankly.
“But if that’s the case, I’ll have to have sex with him sooner than I planned.”
“No, you don’t, Jackie.” I hear the anger in my own voice. Because . . . “You don’t have to have sex with anyone. You could go to drinks, dinner, and dessert with this guy—you could end the night with tonsil hockey on your front porch or his, and you can still say no.”
She purses her lips. I hate the idea of her kissing that jackass. No matter what kind of person he is—even if he’s a volunteer firefighter who raises orphaned squirrels so they can perform at the local senior center—I hate him.
“Tell me you know that,” I say.
“I know I don’t have to. That’s not what I meant. I don’t want to chicken out. I want to get the first one over with. Like you did.”
I tip my head back and groan aloud. I can’t help it. I’m the example for her return to the dating world? Much as I don’t want to admit it, fair is fair. I salved my wounds with girls like Polly, so why can’t Jackie do it with J.T.? Jackie’s my friend and I care about her. I can’t make a double standard now.
“Besides, he’s really hot,” she says, her face going glowy.
“Spare me.”

 
 

 
A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

Jessica is a social media junkie who loves to hear from readers. You can learn more at her website.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: ONE WEEK WITH THE MARINE by ALLISON GATTA

Title: One Week With The Marine
Author: Allison Gatta
Genre: Sexy Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2017
In One Week with the Marine by Alison Gatta, Avery Forrester loves her friends with benefits relationship with US Marine Holden Morris. Except when he comes to town this time around, she finds he's wanting to change the rules of their arrangement. Will Avery give their relationship the chance it deserves, or will she continue to let her fear of relationships keep her from being with the man she's always loved? 

It took me until the hero was introduced into this story for me to completely warm up to it, but in the end, I really enjoyed it because of the tough obstacles these two face on their way to happy ever after. Such as overbearing parents that believe Avery isn't good enough for their son, a heroine that isn't ready to give up her independence since she doesn't want to be like her mother, and a hero that faces a tough decision when it comes to his career. The way this story started had me totally amused due to what the heroine is doing with her friend and what they're talking about. Condoms make for interesting conversation, especially when the words 'balloon animals' are added in. Will Avery's good friend Myla be able to convince the heroine that relationships can be a good thing?

As for the dialogue, it had me smiling at times and had me sympathizing with the main characters at other times. Holden's parents put too much pressure on him and I could understand why he reacts the way he does. Couldn't they be a bit nicer to Avery for their son's sake? I could also understand why Avery dislikes being around them, because they have nothing nice to say. Don't they understand the saying 'if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.' Furthermore, I liked how determined the hero was to win the heroine's heart, because he has a plan that includes forever after with her. Will he be able to accomplish most of the things in his plan?

While the heroine, I could understand why she acts the way she does, because getting close to people means she could get hurt. However, I liked that there isn't anything she wouldn't do for those she cares about, especially when it came to the suggestion her friend Myla gave her about keeping a journal. Does what Myla suggested really work? Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is the decision she made towards the end of this story that proves she will do anything to be with the man she loves.

Overall, Ms. Gatta has delivered a hot and riveting read in this book where the chemistry was exciting, the romance wonderful and I hope Myla, one of the secondary characters gets her own happy ever after. The way this story ended wrapped this story up nicely, as Avery and Holden overcome the odds of disapproving parents, career goals and deciding whether their relationship will be a long distance one. Yet, what I liked most of all was the decision the heroine made to be with the hero. No way is she letting him get away. Not when she can do her job anywhere. I would recommend One Week with the Marine by Alison Gatta, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope or books by authors Jennifer Blackwood, Samanthe Beck, Nina Croft and Candace Havens.

Synopsis
Best friends with benefits…  

Avery Forrester has never been the type to settle down—not to one place, not to one job, and certainly not to one man. Still, when her long-term best friend with benefits comes home on leave with a plan—including marriage and children—she realizes she’ll have to do something drastic in order to keep him. Luckily, drastic is what she does best.   …isn’t enough anymore.  
U.S. Marine Holden Morris has never backed down from a challenge. And this time, that challenge is persuading wild child Avery Forrester, the woman he’s loved his entire life, to marry him. He wants the whole deal—a wife, a family. But convincing her to become a military wife won’t be easy. Then again, he knows Avery—in every way possible. Armed with that kind of knowledge—carnal and otherwise--how can he possibly fail?
 
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EXCERPT
"You wanted to give this a try. This, us, thing."

"I do." He scrubbed a hand over the bristle of his chin and she fought back the urge to drool. Why did he have to look like a damn Brawny advertisement during their serious discussion?

She joined him on the couch. "Okay. Let's do it. I've made a list of terms and conditions--"

"No terms, no conditions." His mouth was a hard line of determination. He slid closer--so that her knee grazed the firm muscle of his leg. Even that slight touch sent an electric spark surging between her thighs. He had her. It was over. A one hit K. O.

"Then what--"

"You'll belong to me--"

"Belong seems a little caveman-ish--"

"We're together. That's it." He cupped his strong hand around her nape and every ounce of air in her body was gone. There was only him, the mintiness of his breath, and the scorching heat of his firm lips as he kissed her. She responded to him without thinking, deepening the touch until she lost herself in the swirl of his tongue, the taste of his mouth. When he pulled away, the room was spinning, moving in slow motion circles and all she could see was the handsome face in front of her. If this was the hard sell, then she'd fallen for it. Hook, line, and sucker.

 
About The Author
Allison Gatta is an avid writer of steamy contemporary romance, an obsessive viewer of bad television, and an occasional player of overly-complex board games. In her free time, she thinks up fun, new characters and argues with her family over sci-fi trivia. She is a firm believer that Voldemort would vanquish Darth Vader in a duel.   Allison lives in the bustling city of New Haven, CT with her husband and their scrappy pup, Sophie. She is fueled by coffee and feedback, so feel free to get to know Allison though twitter (@Allison_Gatta), Facebook (Allison Gatta), or her website www.AllisonGatta.com.

   
 

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: CASUAL AFFAIR by MELANIE MUNTON


About the Book:


Bea Paxton is a free spirit. She loves her fledgling interior design business, having fun, and she loves men. But only temporarily. Rule #1 is no relationships, no love, no commitment. She likes being in charge. It’s the only way to protect herself from getting hurt again.

Zane Price is the perfect candidate for a steamy time—beautiful, built, and British. Plus, he’ll soon be moving back to England. Really perfect.

Well...except for the fact that he’s her biggest client. And he doesn’t play by her rules. Hell, no. He wants more. Much more. Which is definitely not on the agenda.

Unfortunately, his kisses are nothing short of toe-curlingly awesome. And he is distracting her—a lot—from doing her job.

She needs to stay away from him. Her livelihood depends on it.

But Zane always gets what he wants. And he wants Bea. But for right now? Or forever...?

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In Casual Affair by Melanie Munton, Bea Paxton loves life, her career as an interior designer and to keep her relationships with men casual to keep herself from ever being hurt again. So, her new client Zane Price is just the right man to have a fling with. She finds she can have fun and keep her heart from getting involved, because he'll only be in the country until she finishes the job she's been hired to do for him. However, the more time Bea spends with him, the more she finds herself getting attached. Will Zane be able to convince Bea that they're meant for each other, or will Bea ruin everything because of her fear of getting hurt again?

This was a fun, hot and captivating read, which started off brilliantly with the way Zane is determined to show Bea that deciding whether she's the right person for the job he's offering doesn't need to be a major interview, and instead, that there's fun to be had. Although, it's palpable he's already decided, because she's an interesting woman that he's determined to get to know better. Will they give into their instant and intense chemistry straight away?

As for the dialogue, there was playful banter and hot dirty talk that led to even hotter intimacy, which proved these two are great together, if Bea can let her guard down enough to let Zane in. However, the teasing banter was balanced exceptionally well by the intense moments due to the main characters back stories. I couldn't help but feel sorry for Zane, as he feels such guilt over what happened to his mother that he feels he'll never be able to leave England permanently to give a relationship with Bea the chance it deserves. Can he find a way for them to be together? I also liked how persistent Zane was in his pursuit of Bea, because the heroine needs someone to show her that not everyone is out to use her. That there are still good men in the world that want a woman for who they are, not what they bring to the relationship in terms of family connections. 

While Bea, she's confident, hard-working and a free-spirit that isn't afraid to speak her mind, especially when it comes to her work. I also liked how far she was willing to go for Zane when it came to the job she's doing. She's nothing if not a perfectionist. Then there's the close relationship she has with her sister and the challenge they issue each other. Will Bea win in pushing her sister into going after the man she wants?

Overall, Ms. Munton has delivered a really good read in this book where this couple's chemistry was strong, the sizzling romance heats up the pages and had me determined to discover whether Zane would win Bea over, and the ending left me with a smile because of the decision the hero made. He needed to put the past to rest and forgive himself. Yet, it was the words the hero and heroine say to each other towards the end that had me totally jubilant, as Bea is no longer afraid to admit how much in love with the hero she is. I would recommend Casual Affair by Melanie Munton, if you enjoy books encompassing free-spirited heroines that find love or books by authors Jess Dee, Cathryn Fox, Alison Gatta or Joya Ryan.


 
Meet the Author:

Melanie grew up in a small town in rural Missouri. After marrying her husband, she decided she wanted to try coastal life. A few months later, they moved to North Carolina where she discovered her passion for writing, and they never looked back.

Melanie’s other passion is traveling and seeing the world. With anthropology degrees under their belts, she and her husband have made it their goal in life to see as many archaeological sites around the world as possible.

She has a horrible food addiction to pasta and candy (not together…ew). And she gets sad when her wine rack is empty.

At the end of the day, she is a true romantic at heart. She loves writing the cheesy and corny of romantic comedies, and the sassy and sexy of suspense. She aims to make her readers swoon, laugh out loud, maybe sweat a little, and above all, fall in love.

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ENTANGLED PUBLISHING HISTORICAL RELEASE BLAST

 
What an exciting release week for historical romance! I'm so excited to celebrate these releases! Some of these are part of a series, but they are all standalone stories.
 
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A Dance with Seduction
by Alyssa Alexander
Release Day: July 24, 2017
 
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Vivienne La Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancers and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her, Maximillian Westwood.
 
 
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An Earl for the Archeress
by Elizabeth Watson
Release Day: July 24, 2017
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Lady Mariel is an archeress of unrivaled skill, as is Robert, the Earl of Huntington. With a tongue as sharp as her arrows, Mariel wants nothing to do with the gallant earl. Robert is intrigued by his Scottish wilding but they are no match made in heaven.
 
 
 
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My Hellion, My Heart
by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan
Release Day: July 24, 2017
 
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Lord Henry Radcliffe can only exorcise the demons of his past through physicality. Intent on scandalizing London, Princess Irina Volkonsky is a hellion and every gentleman’s deepest desire. She knows better than to provoke the earl, but will stop at nothing to win the heart of the only man she’s ever loved.
 
 
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The Importance of Being Scandalous
by Kimberly Bell
Release Day: July 25, 2017
 
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Nicholas would give up his family and his fortune if Amelia would ever see him as more than a childhood friend. He’ll go along with her scheme, even if it means ruining both, because he’s got a plan that will change her mind.
 
 
 
To celebrate these releases, Entangled Publishing is giving away a Historical Tea Time prize pack with a Royal Albert Teacup & Saucer set, a tea sampler, and 4 print Entangled Select Historical books! Enter here.
 
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