Friday, 23 February 2018

REVIEW: THEIR UNBEARABLE DESTINY by REINA TORRES


Their Unbearable Destiny
Orsino Security #3
By Reina Torres
Releasing February 20th, 2018
Self-Published





No matter how much they tried to stay apart they couldn’t escape the pull between them.


Uberto was the youngest of the three Orsino brothers, but he’s no baby bear. Called back their ancestral village in Italy, it takes one chance meeting on the cobblestone street to bring his past rushing back into his life. Has he learned enough to earn his mate’s forgiveness? Or is he still the odd bear out?


Emiliana Bruno was unique. A female bear shifter hadn’t been born into their clan for generations, to the point where it had seemed only a legend. When she became Uberto’s mate she expected to be his equal as well, but there was a fine line between gentleman and chauvinist.


It broke her when he left, even if she told him to go. Now, he’s back and she knows she not only has to fight her father’s antiquated views, it will be Uberto, too.


Emiliana’s plans to keep their relationship all ‘business’ to help protect the clan and their town goes just about as well as the ultimatums that they threw at each other a decade ago. Only this time instead of throwing down a gauntlet, it’s pieces of clothing.


Will these two mates finally see eye to eye or are the obstacles between them as final as they are deadly?

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In Their Unbearable Destiny (Orsino Security #3) by Reina Torres, Uberto Orsino is one determined bear, especially when a clan meeting brings him home to his ancestral village and home to the woman who has always owned his heart. However, Emiliana is still as stubborn as ever and Uberto finds he has his work cut out for him if they're to ever be together. Will Uberto be able to convince Emiliana to give him a second chance, or will the unthinkable happen and they both walk away from each other for good?

I have loved this series from the very first book because the brothers are completely compelling and strong men that fall hard for their Ms. Right and I've got to say that this book was just as good as the first two. Really, it was entertaining right from the beginning, as Uberto is back in his ancestral village and determined to win back the woman that is his soul mate. Will Emiliana give Uberto a second chance?

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, their past history and the obstacles they face on their journey to happy ever after including an interfering father that thinks he's doing right by his daughter and the clan with the decisions he makes but doesn't have a clue and overcoming the reasons that kept them apart for so many years. Will either be willing to compromise to be together? Will Emiliana realize that Uberto has changed before it's too late? Moreover, the heroine is strong, brave, and I liked that she wants to help people. I also liked the moment she begins to realize that Uberto is not the same man he was years ago when they first mated, especially when it comes to him being really close with his sister-in-laws and I liked that he was there for the women with his advice.

While the hero, he's confident, doesn't back down from a challenge and I liked how determined he was to win Emiliana over. She's the only woman that's ever had his heart, which is proven by how he responds to other women with friendliness but not his usual charm. I also liked that Uberto doesn't give up on the heroine, even though she gives him every reason to with her stubbornness and her determination to be independent when all she wants is to be his equal. 

Overall, Ms. Torres has delivered a fantastic read in this book where the chemistry between this couple is intense and increases with every moment the heroine pushes the hero with her need to be his equal instead of someone he needs to take care of; the romance was hot; and the ending took me by surprise because of what the clan wanted of the heroine when it came to her future, but had me liking that both Uberto and Emiliana were willing to fight for their future together. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up brilliantly, as the Orsino brothers have what they needed most -- love, family and happiness. I would recommend Their Unbearable Destiny by Reina Torres, if you enjoy paranormal romance, second chance romances, or books by authors Celia Kyle, Mina Carter, Eve Langlais and Nancy Corrigan. 
























































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His for the Week
By Alice Gaines
Releasing February 19th, 2018
Entangled Publishing





Sex columnist Désirée “Rae” Knight is in a bind—and not the kind she usually likes. Her newest assignment, and possible big break, is an article for her magazine on the sex resort that just opened. The only problem is it’s couples only. Although she writes about having red-hot sex, she’s been single longer than she’d like to admit. Enter her coffee shop crush, who she’s been secretly ogling every morning. Trouble is, he doesn’t know she exists.

When Nate Winslow recognizes the shy, quiet woman at Sufficient Grounds as the author of the sex columns that fuel his fantasies, he’s surprised. And the last thing he expects is an invitation to join her at a sex resort. But his answer is hell yes!

Rae and Nate have enough chemistry in the bedroom to set the sheets ablaze. When Rae insists they limit their relationship to sex only, Nate agrees since he’s burned out on love. But the more they push each other’s boundaries, the more they realize one week won’t be enough.


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USA Today bestselling author, Alice Gaines is the author of several full-length books and dozens of shorter works. She lives in Oakland, California with her pet corn snake, Casper. While Alice isn’t writing or reading, you’ll find her pottering in her garden or cooking something in her kitchen. She’s passionate about her church and funky soul band, Tower of Power, not necessarily in that order. Alice loves to hear from readers. E-mail her at authoralicegaines@gmail.com. If you visit her website at http;//www.alicegaines.blogspot.com and sign up for her newsletter you’ll be entered to win her hand-knitted and crocheted projects.

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The Test
The List #1
By Tawna Fenske
Releasing February 19th, 2018
Entangled Publishing



This is a test. A test of every life decision Lisa Michaels has ever made.

Lisa thought she’d gotten everything right: The nicest condo, the right career, the best hair, and a perfectly adequate sex life with her stockbroker fiancé. But when the fiancé ditches her at the altar, Lisa’s left questioning every decision she’s ever made. What if her instincts have been steering her wrong all along? And what if she tested that theory by spending one month doing the exact opposite of what she’d normally do?

A crazy-hot fling with a tattooed steelworker from the wrong side of the tracks seems like a good starting point...

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When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA-nominated, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, stepkids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.


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Thursday, 22 February 2018

RELEASE BLITZ - REVIEW: INSATIABLE BACHELOR by RUTH CARDELLO



Insatiable Bachelor
Bachelor Tower #1
 By Ruth Cardello
Contemporary Romance
Releasing February 22, 2018

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Blurb

Meet Dalton. He happily lives in the Bachelor Tower where women are allowed to visit but never stay for more than one night. It's a dream come true until his entire life is turned upside down by one irresistible woman.

Dalton: Women are a perk of my lifestyle. I work hard. I deserve to play harder. But I didn’t get on the Forbes List of Rising Entrepreneurs by getting lost in the baggage and disruption that comes with dating. I’ve seen dozens of men fail when they fall in love. Pathetic.

That's why I chose the Bachelor Tower. It was designed by a genius, my hero: the late, Garry F. Sinclair. He created an all-male haven for ambitious men who want to live like kings and play by their own rules. Casino nights, a fully equipped gym and lap pool, cigar and Scotch bar, and a media room with screens the size of the average movie theater. The list is endless. I easily network with men trying to launch their careers or those at the top who want to stay hungry. The best part: the tower attracts women, beautiful women who hang out in the lobby bar and vie for an invite upstairs. Easy, like fishing in a barrel.

Until Sinclair dies and Penny Fuller moves into the apartment next to me because the new owner doesn't share his vision.

Everyone agrees Penny can't stay. I don't want to get involved, but she doesn't understand the lengths my fellow building mates will go to to get her out. She's not only irresistibly sexy and painfully optimistic, she's also in real danger.

Siding with her would be career suicide.

Betraying her was never my intention.




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In Insatiable Bachelor (Bachelor Tower #1) by Ruth Cardello, the bachelor tower is a place where rich and successful bachelors live and Dalton just happens to be one of them. However, it seems things are about to change when Penny Fuller moves in next door to him. Yet, Penny's only there to get things organized for her sister, and once the time she's agreed to stay is up, she's out of there. But with the men in the building creating havoc for Penny and making life difficult, she might leave sooner. Will Dalton be able to find a way to convince Penny to take a chance on him, or will she walk away because Dalton is too set in his ways and will never be able to fully trust her?

What a splendidly-crafted, fast-paced, incredible read Ms. Cardello has delivered in this first book of her Bachelor Tower series where opposites attract; the dialogue was a wonderful combination of intense moments due to the main characters back stories as well as what the heroine goes through with the men in the building and playful banter that had me loving every interaction between this couple, as Penny proves to Dalton that friends and relationships are worth having.

The way this story started had me smiling immediately, as Penny is one determined woman that isn't going anywhere no matter what some arrogant and gorgeous man believes. Doesn't he know that things don't stay the same forever? Moreover, the heroine is resilient and I liked how determined she was to do the right thing by her sister, even though the things the men in the building do are annoying and should make her want to get even, and yet, she doesn't let it bother her. Really, the heroine surprised me with her whole 'nothing negative will ever get me down' attitude. While the hero, he's confident, cocky, and doesn't trust easily. Yet, I liked that he let the heroine in and was determined to do anything he could to help her, even if he has to get a little sneaky in order to be able to do that. I also liked how hard he's worked to get to where he is in his life and that he was willing to offer advice to those that need it. But what I liked most of all about the hero was how protective he was of the heroine and that he would do anything to make sure the others don't make her leave the building. 

Overall, Ms. Cardello has delivered an exceptional and well-written read in this book that launches an amazing start to this series that has me looking forward to the next book; and where the chemistry between this couple was off-the-charts and spills over onto the pages in smoking hot sex scenes that do justice to their chemistry. As for the way this story ended, I was worried for one of the main characters, but I liked that everything worked out for the best when it comes to this couple achieving their happy ever after. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up wonderfully because of what the hero does to prove he wants their relationship to last forever. I would recommend Insatiable Bachelor by Ruth Cardello, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope, the enemy to lovers trope, or book by authors Melody Anne, Kathleen Brooks, Melissa Foster and Jennifer Probst.









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Ruth Cardello hit the NYTs and USA Today for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence that her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of readers.

What Kindle Reviewers write about her:

"Wow hot at every page. Heart stoping, fear raging, mind blowing wonderful."

"I'm a true fan of Ms. Cardello. I ran on to her first book a few years back and have been hooked ever since. I could go on and on about the story line of this book, but I'm not. All of her books are total page turners, unique, heart wrenching, and I love them all. There isn't two alike in the bunch and I feel like I know the characters personally. I personally read 97 authors books. And I buy every book they put out. This author is in my top 10. Great job and keep them coming."

"Love this series. Got me to start reading again. I look forward to the next book. Thank you for giving me the love of reading back."

Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York--then came full circle and moved back to New England. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she's not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm or connecting with her readers online.


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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: DEVIL IN TARTAN by JULIA LONDON


   

From New York Times bestselling author Julia London, comes

DEVIL IN TARTAN

the fourth novel in her Highland Grooms Series!

DEVIL IN TARTAN is now available.

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Devil in Tartan
The Highland Grooms #4
By Julia London
Releasing February 20th, 2018
HQN Books

Lottie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior. For survival, she orchestrates the siege of a rival’s ship and now holds the devilish Scottish captain Aulay Mackenzie under her command.

Tied, captive and forced to watch a stunning siren commandeer the Mackenzie ship, Aulay burns with the desire to seize control—of the ship and Lottie. He has resigned himself to a life of solitude on the open seas, but her beauty tantalizes him like nothing has before. As authorities and enemies close in, he is torn between surrendering her to justice and defending her from assailants. He’ll lose her forever, unless he’s willing to sacrifice the unimaginable…
   

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In Devil in Tartan (The Highland Grooms #4) by Julia London, Lottie Livingstone will do anything to save her family from losing their home, but she never imagined herself illegally commandeering a Mackenzie ship captained by Aulay Mackenzie, a man she finds intriguing and soon falling in love with. But with her enemies closing in, will Lottie and Aulay achieve their happy ever after; or will they do everything they can to protect the other, even if it means walking away from love and happiness?

Having not read the other books of this series, I was so glad that this one could be read as a stand-alone, and I loved how this book started with what happens between the hero and the heroine that makes the hero realize he should never let his guard down. Will he be able to find a way out of the situation he finds himself in? Will the heroine be able to earn forgiveness from the hero for what she does?

As for the dialogue, it was intense and entertaining due to the main characters back stories, as the heroine is desperate and really believes she has no other choice but to do what she does to the hero. Furthermore, I really enjoyed both the main characters and the obstacles they face on their journey to happy ever after including whether the hero will have the heroine prosecuted and whether the heroine will get in trouble with those that sent her and her family fleeing their home in the first place. Really, the heroine is resilient and determined to take charge once things begin to go south. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was her determination to take responsibility for everything she does and her determination to make things right for Aulay after what happens, even though it seems impossible that she'll ever be able to make things right. 

While the hero, it was hard not to be affected by his back story, as the sea and sailing has always given him what he needs because he's never really felt like his family are proud of him. I also liked how he handled everything he goes through, even though his pride has taken a major hit because of what happens at the beginning of this story. Yet, what I liked most of all about the hero was how protective he was of the heroine, especially when trouble gets closer for the hero when it comes to the person that could take her family's home. 

Overall, Ms. London has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was intense because they're enemies; the romance was delightful and had me liking this couple together; and the ending had me loving the hero's determination to prove to the heroine that she's the one for him. I would recommend Devil in Tartan by Julia London, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the enemy to lovers trope, or books by authors Christi Caldwell, Suzanne Enoch, Cathy Maxwell and Jess Michaels. 




      

         







   


Julia London is the New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical romance series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch and The Perfect Homecoming. She has over 100,000+ Facebook followers, is the recipient of the RT Book Reviews for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. You can visit her website JuliaLondon.com. She lives in Austin, Texas.  
   

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COVER REVEAL: SCORING OFF THE FIELD by NAIMA SIMONE



Scoring off the Field
WAGS #2
By Naima Simone
Releasing March 12, 2018
Entangled Publishing

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SYNOPSIS:

Tennyson Clark is getting a life. First step: quitting her job as assistant to Dominic Anderson, star quarterback for the Washington Warriors, her best friend … and the man she’s been secretly in love with for years. But since the gorgeous, if overprotective playboy has only ever seen her as his BFF, she’s finally ready to relinquish her tattered fantasy and move on. Enter steps two and three: new job and new man.

Football is Dominic's life, and with his contract soon up for renewal, all his focus needs to be on the game. But Tennyson—dependable, logical Tennyson— is making that next to impossible with her mysterious new job and her sudden interest in online dating. He doesn’t do relationships. But the thought of another man touching her sexier-than-hell curves has him suddenly wanting more from his best friend.

Indulging in hot, dirty, what’s-my-name sex with no strings and lots of benefits is simple, uncomplicated…until it’s not.

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EXCERPT

What the hell is this?” Dom leaned closer to the computer, scowling.

Tennyson glanced at the screen. And silently groaned. Fuck a duck, where was a mudslide, earthquake, or the Rapture when you needed them?

“Tennyson,” he growled, and she shifted her attention from the smiling profile picture of Adam Rutheridge, the guy she’d been communicating with online for the past several days, to Dom.
“What?” she asked, opting to go with innocence. Not that she had to explain her decision to give online dating a try. This whole thing fell under the heading of “Not Dom’s Business.” Heaving a heavy, much aggrieved sigh, she shook her head. “You act like millions of people don’t frequent dating sites every day.”

“You’re not millions of people,” he pointed out. “And what do you need this,” he waved a hand at the screen, “for?”

“Well, unlike you, I don’t have the opposite sex throwing themselves at me in droves,” she pointed out.

“That’s bullshit,” he countered. “You’re beautiful. Any man would want to date you.”

Except him. To him she was beautiful like the little sister who would be pretty even with braces, pigtails, and bad acne. The platitude was nice but empty. “Right,” she scoffed. “I don’t know why you’re so upset. It’s not like this is a new thing.”

“These sites are filled with nuts and perverts who like to make lampshades out of women’s skin.”
She blinked, her lips falling open. “Um, wow. You might want to cut back on Homicide Hunter.”

“This isn’t a joke.” He jabbed a finger at Adam’s cute blue bowtie dotted with miniature gold poodles. “His user ID is HappilyEverAdam for fuck’s sake,” he snarled.

She lifted a shoulder in a half shrug. “I thought it was clever and sweet.” When his growl rolled through the room like a foreboding clap of thunder, she held her hands out, palms up. “Give me some credit. It’s not like I’m going to meet him at midnight in an abandoned warehouse. I know the rules. Public place which I’m driving to and from. He can’t exactly skin me alive in a crowded restaurant, can he?” she drawled.

But her sarcasm bounced against him like a medicine ball…filled with lead.

“Tell me you don’t actually plan on meeting this guy,” he said, his voice even, calm. Ominous.
“Not that it’s any of your business, but yes.”

“Forget it. Not happening,” he ordered in the same tone he used to snap out plays on the football field. Hard. Quick. With a full expectation of being obeyed.

Oh hell no. A matching fury surged within her, hot, swift, and with thorns.

“As much as you like to believe you’re my brother, you’re not. I don’t need to ask your permission to date or consult you on how to go about it. When you start letting me veto or approve your hit-it-and-quit-its, then we can talk. But until then? Back. Off,” she snapped.

Those storm-filled eyes narrowed on her, his full lips flattening into a grim line. Silence, thick and alive with tension, thrummed between them. Intensity seemed to emanate from his powerful body, and he studied her with that same penetrating, concentrated focus. The weight of it touched her face with a pressure that was almost tactile. As if his gaze had transformed into a hand that gripped her face between large, calloused fingers, holding her in a firm, implacable grasp.

His scrutiny dropped to her breasts, and the air in her throat sizzled and evaporated. The black, V-neck top she wore seemed too skimpy and too stifling at once. She couldn’t force a word past her suddenly too-tight esophagus as he frowned and returned his gaze to her face.

Too afraid of herself, of her body’s reaction to him, to remain seated on the couch, she launched to her feet. The heels of her ankle boots clicked against the hardwood floors as she crossed the room toward the desk.

And safety.



ABOUT NAIMA SIMONE

USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days—and nights— writing sizzling romances with a touch of humor and snark.

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.



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