Monday, 16 July 2018

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: ONCE UPON A PLAYER by CHRISTINA PHILLIPS



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Falling for the player was never part of the plan…

Violet

When my mum gets sick, I volunteer to fill in for her and clean some hot jock’s penthouse. I’ve heard all the rumors about him, so the plan is get in, clean some toilet bowls, and get out. After my last experience with a “sports hero,” I’m done with that sort of guy.

But Lucas Carter is full of surprises. He wants to help me clean and is nothing like the toad the press has made him out to be. Resistance may be futile for some girls, but not me. Then he asks me to help him with the interior design of his new place. I can’t say, no. It’s going to look great on my resume.

Unfortunately, spending time with Lucas is dangerous. He’s so charming and sweet, but I can’t let myself forget––once a player, always a player.

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In Once Upon a Player (British Bad Boys #2) by Christina Phillips, Violet has sworn off athletes, especially after what her ex-boyfriend did. However, there's something about Lucas Carter that's hard to ignore. Yet, cleaning his apartment is all she's ready for. But Lucas has other ideas and is determined to win her over. Will happy ever after be possible for these two?

Having really enjoyed the first book of this series, I was looking forward to more of it and I've got to say that this second book of Ms. Phillips British Bad Boys series was absolutely engaging, fast-paced and was a story I loved right from the beginning due to the heroine's reaction to what she's walked into and whether she can play nice with the hero considering his profession and the fact that he's a total player who has set his sights on her. Can Violet handle the hero's charm without giving in like so many other women do? 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and it's understandable why the heroine doesn't want another relationship with someone that plays the same sport as her ex because look how much of a disaster that was due to what her ex did. How could she trust that Lucas wouldn't stray when a better offer came along? However, in saying that, I liked that Violet finally got a little revenge against those that hurt her. Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous, hard-working when it comes to her studies and her job and I liked that she took a chance on Lucas, even though it isn't easy for her. Can she trust him? I also liked the close bond she shares with her family and her best friend, as they're really good at giving advice and helping her whenever she needs it. 

While the hero, he's confident; charming; has a tight bond with his twin brother, even though they're as different as chalk and cheese; and I liked how determined he was to win the heroine over, which is more difficult than he thought it would be because he's used to women being into him the moment they meet him. I also liked the hero's determination to get back to the game he loves, even though there's every chance he might not be as good as he once was because of his injury.   

Overall, Ms. Phillips has delivered a fantastic read in this book where the chemistry between Violet and Lucas was intense; the romance was satisfying and had me loving that the heroine took a chance on Lucas because he's a good guy; and the ending had me cheering for this couple's happy ever after, especially after how things go awry in their relationship. Luckily, both are determined to make things right between them and I liked how one of the main characters went about it. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, as I liked the choices these two made in order to be together. I would recommend Once Upon a Player by Christina Phillips, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope, the enemy to lovers trope or books by authors Robin Bielman, Lexi Lawton, Jen McLaughlin and Cindi Madsen.








Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is a multiple finalist in the 2012 – 2014 ARRA Awards for Favorite Erotic Romance, Favorite Contemporary Romance and Favorite Paranormal Romance. She has been published by Entangled Publishing, Tule Publishing, Harlequin Escape, Penguin/Berkley Heat and The Wild Rose Press, and is also indie published. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia and helped establish the inaugural Professional Development for Authors program, and has been a member of the editorial team for the RWA’s monthly newsletter, Hearts Talk. She loves hearing from her readers!

Christina is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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Friday, 13 July 2018

COVER REVEAL: INFINITE by CECY ROBSON


Infinite

Carolina Beach #3
By Cecy Robson
Releasing August 15th, 2018
Self-Published

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Hale Wilder, aka the Anaconda of Wall Street, spent his childhood fighting to be the best to win his father’s love. He was the best student and the best athlete, who grew into a successful businessman and took the finance world by storm. Want to retire before you’re forty-five? He’s got you. Need your millions to be billions? He’s your man.

Young, rich, and powerful, Hale was unstoppable, until a company scandal destroys his reputation and threatens to bring down everything he’s bled for.

Becca Shields is the kickass public relations goddess spinning scandals to gold and launching has-beens into superstardom. She never expected to see Hale again—not following the humiliating night when her family caught them on the beach, barely clothed.

When Becca discovers Hale is in trouble, she can’t turn her back on the boy who was once her world and the man she never forgot.

Hale never thought he’d have another shot at greatness or with Becca. Now that he has both, he won’t let either go without a fight.


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I shut the TV off when she turns to answer the next question. Not because I don’t want to keep watching, but because I do. Jesus Christ in heaven. When the hell am I going to get over this woman?
“Did you turn it off?” Sean asks.
There’s enough sound coming from his end of the line that I can still hear Becca’s voice. Unlike me, Sean is still watching. He and Becca remain close, but then again, they never got as close as Becca and me got on that beach.
“I have work to do, Sean,” I say, trying to keep my voice casual. “Anything else you want to tell me?”
“Yeah.” He takes a sip of his drink. “I think Becca broke off her engagement.”
I straighten, every muscle along my spine turning to stone. For once, I’m glad Sean’s not around. I don’t want him to see me like this. 
“To the owner’s son, Paris,” Sean adds. “Hmm. Or is it Lynda? Could be Brooklyn or maybe something fancy like Minnesota. Whatever his name is, he’s out of the picture. Did you see? She’s not wearing a ring no more.”
I didn’t bother looking, but if Sean’s telling me, it’s because he did look. Ever since learning she accepted that jackass’s proposal, I’ve forced myself to stop wondering what could’ve been between us. Who the hell am I kidding? I’ve never stopped wondering about us. How her hair fanned over my shoulder and the feel of her when I climbed on top of her.



 

DON'T MISS THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE CAROLINA BEACH SERIES

 

INSEVERABLE, A Carolina Beach Novel, #1

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ETERNAL, A Carolina Beach Novel, #2

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Cecy Robson is an author of contemporary and new adult romance, young adult adventure, and award-winning urban fantasy. A double-nominated RITA® Finalist, Winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and published author of more than twenty titles, you can typically find Cecy on her laptop or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine.


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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: I THINK I LOVE YOU by LAUREN LAYNE


They were "just friends." Until one tried to teach the other the art of seduction ... And became thoroughly seduced.



I THINK I LOVE YOU
Oxford - Book 5
By Lauren Layne
Releasing July 10, 2018
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A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

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In I Think I Love You (Oxford #5) by Lauren Layne, Brit Robbins is sick of guys putting her in the friend's zone, so she's decided the only way she's going to get a guy interested in her more is to ask her best friend for lessons on the art of seduction. However, the more she learns from Hunter Cross, the more she finds herself falling for her best friend. Will things work out for the best for Brit and Hunter or will they lose their friendship and their shot at happy ever after?

I have loved this series from the very beginning and I've got to say that this story was another wonderful addition to it and the perfect way to wrap this series up. Really, it was very entertaining, fast-paced and the way this story started drew me in immediately, as Brit needs advice and who better to ask than her best friend. Will Hunter give her the answers she needs? 

As for the dialogue, it was very enthralling due to the close friendship Hunter and Brit have since the heroine needs someone to help her and who better to help than a man that's into casual dating, who is charming and knows how to grab the attention of the opposite sex without too much trouble. Will he be able to help Brit? How far is Brit willing to go to get Hunter's help? Furthermore, the hero is confident, charming and I liked how determined he was to help Brit once she managed to find a way to make him understand how much she needs him to teach her the art of seduction. I also liked the tight friendships these two share with their work colleagues, as they desperately need the sound advice several of them offer. 

While the heroine, she's resilient, courageous, independent, sassy at times and I liked the challenge she provided the hero, as he begins to see Brit in a new light and finds it harder and harder to resist her. I also liked the heroine's attempts to prove she can seduce a man when she realizes how hard it'll be to convince anyone to help her. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was the decisions she made towards the end that shows how willing she is to go after what she wants and that's a future with Hunter. Really, I love the initiative she shows.

Overall, Ms. Layne has delivered a really good read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance was hot and had me loving that they gave into their chemistry; and the ending had me loving that both were willing to fight for their happy ever after because these two are meant to be together. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, as all the team of Stiletto and Oxford are the best of friends and are so happy with the people they've each found. I would recommend I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne, if you enjoy the friends to lovers trope, the opposites attract trope or books by authors Jessica Lemmon, Tawna Fenske, Miranda Liasson and Jana Aston.















Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers WeeklyGlamourThe Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.























































BLOG TOUR - SPOTLIGHT: GIVING UP THE BOSS by VICTORIA DAVIES



Giving Up The Boss
By Victoria Davies
 Contemporary Romance
Releasing July 9, 2018






Executive assistant Lori has finally said those three little words to her boss, Jackson Sinclair, that have haunted her for months–– Goodbye, I quit. Yep. That happened. Then she sort of ran over him. It was an accident. No. Really. It was. Now he can’t remember anything––and it’s up to her to keep his billion-dollar corporation running until he gets his memory back. 

Billionaire Jackson Sinclair wakes up in a hospital to a life he can’t remember. The only person who feels familiar is Lori. The more he learns about his past, though, the more it disturbs him. He was kind of cold, and he can’t imagine why the lovely Lori put up with him. And she is lovely, as in, he can’t stop thinking about her. But he has a company to save, and there’s no time for that sort thing. Especially when it seems like his assistant is hiding something from him. 

As his condition shows no signs of healing, Lori can’t help wonder what’s best, telling the truth about his accident and losing the man of her dreams or keeping quiet and living the best lie of her life. 
  
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Victoria Davies’s passion for writing started young. Luckily she had a family who encouraged believing in magic and embracing imagination. Her love of storytelling developed from stories quickly scribbled in bright pink diaries. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy but she never lost her love of the written word. Writing is not only a way to silence the wonderful voices in her head, but it also allows her to share her passions with her readers. Currently she writes from Toronto, Canada. While she has a healthy love for traveling and exploring the unknown, this corner of the world will always be her home.   

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Monday, 9 July 2018

REVIEW: A MERCIFUL SILENCE by KENDRA ELLIOT


A Merciful Silence
Mercy Kilpatrick #4 
By Kendra Elliot
Releasing June 19th, 2018
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In the fourth book of the Wall Street Journal bestselling series, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick must unlock the mystery of a mass murder, and the secrets of its silent witness…
For Mercy Kilpatrick, returning to rural Oregon has meant coming to terms with her roots. Raised as a prepper, Mercy is now relying on her survivalist instincts to defend her town from the people the law can’t reach. But this time, an investigation calling up a dark past for her and police chief Truman Daly may be hitting too close to home.
A rainstorm has uncovered the remains of five people—a reprise of the distinctive slaughter of two families twenty years ago. Except the convicted killer is in prison. Is this the case of a sick copycat, or is the wrong man behind bars? One person might have the answer. The lone survivor of the decades-old crimes has returned to town still claiming that she can’t remember a thing about the night she was left for dead. As the search for the truth becomes more dangerous, Mercy fears that the traumatized woman may not have buried her memories at all. She might be keeping them a secret. And there’s a price to be paid for revealing them.

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In A Merciful Silence (Mercy Kilpatrick #4) by Kendra Elliot, when a rainstorm unearths a mass murder, Mercy Kilpatrick is called in to investigate. Knowing that similar crimes happened years ago, Mercy must look into the past to see if there's any connection, especially when there was a survivor. But the deeper she gets into the investigation, the more danger it brings to her and those she loves. Will Mercy be able to solve the case or will she pay the price no law officer should have to face in losing someone she loves?

What a wild and thrilling ride Ms. Elliot takes readers on this suspense-filled book that offers some chilling moments because of what happens to the hero; and where emotions run high for not only the heroine but some of the secondary characters, as Mercy does her best to solve the case she's investigating. The way this story started drew me in immediately because it sounds like it's going to be a harrowing investigation, considering Mercy needs to factor in past crimes and discover whether the same person that did it back then is the same person committing the crimes now or whether they have a copycat. Will Mercy get to the bottom of what's going on before another person gets hurt or even killed? 

With the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and everything Mercy and the man she loves go through to get justice for the victims. Will Mercy be able to keep her head on straight, even when those she cares about are in trouble? Moreover, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked how good of a law enforcement officer she is in the way she remains the constant professional, even though there are moments where I couldn't blame her if she happened to break down. 

Overall, Ms. Elliot has penned another fantastic read for this series where the ending had me on the edge-of-my-seat with worry for Mercy and her partner and whether they'd put an end to what's happening before anything more bad than has already happened happens. Will Mercy come out on top? I would recommend A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot, if you enjoy romantic suspense or books by authors Melinda Leigh, Laura Griffin, Allison B. Hanson and Tee O'Fallon.