Thursday, March 26, 2015

Release Day Review & More : My Seductive Innocent (A Once Upon A Rogue Novel #2) by Julie Johnstone



My Seductive Innocent, A Once Upon A Rogue Novel Book 2

Miss Sophia Vane, a hoyden of the first order, makes an unlikely match when she weds Nathaniel Ellison, the rich and wary Duke of Scarsdale. What starts with an unexpected friendship soon blooms into a fiery passion. But a betrayal plunges Sophia into the thorny world of London Society and entangles her in a labyrinth of manipulation and jealousy that will test the strength of her marriage. Behind her husband’s sudden icy facade, Sophia believes dwells the caring, passionate man she loves. To break through the barriers and reclaim their happiness, they must do more than simply cast away their pride. They must fight for their very lives.

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Nathaniel Ellison, the Duke of Scarsdale is the last man in England to want to marry. He knows one day he must wed to beget the requisite heir,but emotions will have no part of it. If and  when that time arises he will make sure the bride knows there will be no love. Nathan's mother gave a new meaning to the mommy dearest moniker and even though she is long gone, she still has her clutches on Nathan's psyche. To him women are all conniving liars.

Sophia Vane's life has been one trial after the other, and unless she can free herself and her nine year old brother from their father, Frank's grip, their existences are only bound to get worse. Sophia has basically lived a life of servitude to Frank since birth and the corrupt man will use his children in any way he can for monetary gain.

In his travels, Nathaniel saves Sophia from being accosted in Frank's tavern, she thanks him and in return offers to aid him in finding a local address in order to purchase a horse. On the way danger strikes, leaving Nathan shot and Sophia his only aid. Once Sophia has Nathan safely away in Frank's tavern following doctor's orders for his survival, she realizes Frank has a truly nefarious plan to get rid of her and become rich in the process.

When the duke becomes aware of Frank's plan he denies the knave and tries to return to London without further trouble. However, once again seeing Sophia in need, his honor takes over and he frees Sophia and her brother from more pain. Marrying Sophia is the only remedy to the situation but Sophia wants love, not just convenience. 

Once Nathan has Sophia in his home he is at a loss. Bringing this girl from the working class and making him his duchess is bound to cause issues, but he is determined to make the most of it. As time passes, Nathan comes to see that Sophia is nothing like the typical women who have wreaked havoc on his life, but she is witty, intelligent and a force to be reckoned with.

Just as they begin to settle into their lives tragedy strikes leaving Sophia suddenly alone and Nathan enslaved. Will Sophia be able to continue on in the role that Nathan gave her? Will Nathan survive the insurmountable odds that keep coming his way. The only way to find out this and so much more is to grab MY SEDUCTIVE INNOCENT by Julie Johnstone and dive in.

I'm pretty sure that just by my summary you can tell I LOVE this book. Author Julie Johnstone has written a brilliant story of love overcoming all the odds. Sophia may be my favorite heroine to date. Her sheer will and fortitude makes everyone around her take notice, especially the one man who never wanted a wife. Nathan is such a contradiction with his verbal denials while demonstrating his caring personality. Apart they are really strong characters, but together they are intense. MY SEDUCTIVE INNOCENT is a winner on all levels and I strongly recommend it to all. 

~KIMBERLY~ 


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review and Giveaway: The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress by Erica Ridley



Neither pretty nor ugly, spinster Miss Jane Downing thinks herself unmemorable. At the ripe age of four and twenty, Jane has had enough and even though she knows that at her age she is unlikely to marry, she wants to experience passion at least once in her life.

Captain Xavier Grey returned from the atrocities of war a changed man. A shadow of the man he once was, he now prefers to be alone and not  subject others to his poor company. Alas, one woman clearly sees what he does not and still admires the man who returned from war, even when Xavier would like to forget it all.

When after a brief meeting in London, Jane Downing appears on his doorstep, the Captain is baffled why an unaccompanied lady would so blatantly disavow the rules of proper society and leave herself open to ruin.When Jane plainly explains to Xavier her wants and needs, his shock leads to attempting to steer clear of touching her. His decision to remove her from his home is thwarted by falling snow but he knows that being in close quarters with her may lead to trouble. While in each other's company Jane still alludes to her wants while Xavier finds other things to do, like get to know one another better as friends. Can this broken man resist the desire so obviously between them or will Jane succeed in her plan for her ruination? Well you will just have to grab Erica Ridley's The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress to find out! 

Once I started this story by Erica Ridley, there was no putting it down. I simply intrigued with the premise and how Jane's dilemma would be solved. Both Jane and Xavier are strong and lovable characters whose personal tales of woe are so engaging. The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress is the second in  the Dukes of War series and it is a great read. 

~KIMBERLY~ 



Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she 
decided to be a writer when she grew up. 

Now, Erica is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest 
series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from 
battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England. 

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-
lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of 
Budapest. 


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review of Pleasured by Candace Camp



Just as the Munro women who came before her, Meg Munro has been the healer for the people of Kinclannoch in the beautiful Scottish highlands. The beautiful Meg lives carefree  and answers to no one, exactly like her mother and her mother before her. Munro women do not marry, even if they find true love. 

The minute the widowered Damon, the earl of Marduin returns to his family estate with his young daughter in tow, he sees the village healer he has to have her in his bed. His pursuit of the high spirited lass however is riddled with constant refusal. Damon isn't used to being turned down and he steps up his quest for her surrender consumes him to distraction. 
Even though Meg suffers a strong attraction to Damon, she resists.  Damon's belief that since Meg lives on her own and comes and goes as she pleases, that she is no innocent. This does not help his pursuit.

When Meg can no longer resist Damon, they both experience passion neither knew could exist, but what is a lowly village healer and an Earl to do when so much rides against them? Sometimes passion and desire isn't enough to overcome  differences. Or can it? Find out by grabbing Pleasured by Candace Camp to find out.

Pleasured by Candace Camp is a sweeping historical romance that uses the beauty and mystery of the Scottish highlands to bring together two people of such different worlds. From the very first I adored Meg Munro and her tenacious will. Who wouldn't love a carefree slip of a woman who goes by the moniker Red Meg Munro? Meg's beauty and intelligence melt the earl's cool exterior until she has him firmly under his spell. Damon is not your typical peer of the realm and his relationship with his daughter and those around him proves that. His dark and brooding figure commands attention but Meg will not fawn over him. I love the jibes and banter between them. It adds so much to story, and what a wonderful story it is. 

~KIMBERLY~ 




Thursday, March 19, 2015

SPOTLIGHT ON ~FOREVER MINE by MONICA BURNS~

Looking for a wonderful time travel novel with a superb story? Look no further than Monica Burns ,FOREVER MINE
#BOC Member, Joann M. says "Time travel, romance and a great storyline can't get much better than this book. Loved it."

Her future lies in the past

When a bomb explosion thrusts Victoria Ashton backward in time to 1897, she’s forced to impersonate the Countess of Guildford. Despite Victoria’s attempts to convince the earl she’s not his wife, her counterpart’s infidelity, lies, and ill-tempered personality makes the task almost impossible. Worse, Victoria finds herself falling in love with a man who loathes her. Only when the earl learns to trust her does she realize her future lies in the past. But love always comes at a price, and she must make a painful sacrifice in order for them to be together.

Her love is what will save him


Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford has been searching for his missing wife for three weeks. Rumors of him being guilty of murder make him unwilling to believe his wife’s latest in a multitude of lies. But the changes in Victoria continuously surprise him. Despite his best intentions, he finds the contempt he once felt for his wife turning into something deeper and stronger. But when danger threatens to separate them forever, he must forge a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spotlight and Giveaway ~The Glittering Life of Evie McKenzie by Delancey Stewart~


Pride & Prohibition!
New York socialite Evie McKenzie is happy. At least, she tells herself that she must be since she has a ring on her finger from the man of her dreams and the city’s hottest speakeasy named in her honour. But a secret job as a gossip columnist brings the elusive and sinfully seductive Jack Taylor back into her orbit, and resisting him is twice as hard second time around.

For speakeasy manager Tug Hadley, the roar of the twenties is practically deafening – her eyes and ears are full of opportunity, and she’s ready to grab life with both hands. If only the man she loves weren’t engaged to her best friend…

Beneath the bootlegged booze and beaded flapper dresses, Evie and Tug must decide how much they’re willing to risk to get what they want in this most decadent era of high-stakes hedonism.

Don't miss this fantastic romantic sequel to Prohibited!



EXCERPT:

Evie made her way to Jack’s office, rehearsing her words in her mind. She would ask him in a strong voice, letting him know that it was simply a favor, and only that she needed an escort, nothing more. She wouldn’t sigh or melt in his presence, she would remind him that she was engaged to be married. She told herself all these things as she walked.

And forgot them promptly when she arrived at Jack’s open office door. He stood in the far corner, looking for something in his bookshelf, his dark hair and strong back to her. The cut of his suit revealed the taper of his waist, the broad expanse of his shoulders. He leaned over slightly to look on a lower shelf, and Evie was struck again by the way he moved – like a dangerous animal.

She watched him search as long as she dared, and then cleared her throat.

Jack spun around, surprised, and an expression of wonder crossed his face before it was quickly replaced with his usual cool facade. ‘Miss McKenzie,’ he said, his voice a silvery rumble. ‘What a nice surprise.’

Evie felt self-conscious in front of Jack, as she always had. At least back in the days when he’d been a club proprietor and she’d been a debutante sneaking out of her parents’ house, she’d had the buzz of alcohol to cover her discomfort. Here, in the light of day in an office at the University, she had no such help. ‘I hope you’ll forgive the intrusion,’ she said.

Jack crossed the small room, and gestured to a chair in front of the large dark wooden desk.

‘No intrusion,’ he said, still not smiling. There was amusement dancing in his eyes, though. He knew how unsettling his presence was to Evie.

She sat as indicated, and then stared at her hands for a long moment. Finally, she remembered her promises to herself. Strong, decisive. Just asking for a favor. ‘I ...’ She felt incapable of speech.

‘Are you concerned about your grade, Miss McKenzie?’

She looked up at him. ‘Please, Jack. Call me Evie.’

The line of his lips softened, and something in his eyes warmed. He nodded slightly.

‘That’s not it. I came because I’d hoped you might be willing ... that you might, ah ...’

‘I’m willing,’ he said quickly, taking the chair beside her.

She laughed. ‘But you don’t know what I’m about to ask!’

‘You’re nervous,’ he said, smiling. ‘So I have a few ideas what you might be about to ask.’

‘Well, it’s a favor, really. It’s just ... It’s something Roger can’t do for me.’

‘I believe there might be a good number of things that Roger can’t do for you.’ Jack raised an eyebrow.

Evie felt the color crawl up her cheeks. She cleared her throat as Jack leaned forward slightly. ‘Well, you see, there’s a ball. And I need an escort. It’s for work.’ She added the last part quickly and then regretted it.

‘Work? I didn’t realize you had a job, Evie. Tell me, what is it that you do?’

Every word from his lips sounded as if it dripped with suggestion, though the words themselves were not incendiary in any way. Evie felt as if she’d need a bath once she finally left his presence; the reactions he caused within her were humiliating and seemingly uncontrollable. She crossed her legs tightly.

‘Yes, well.’ She pulled at the collar of her blouse, though it was nowhere near her neck. ‘I’m a reporter, actually. And this is a political affair, so I’ll need to go and speak with some people ...’ She felt as if she were rambling, but Jack seemed to hang on each word. ‘Will you take me, Jack?’

Jack smiled wide. ‘I would like nothing more.’ He said it simply, and there seemed to be no subterfuge in his words or his manner. Evie suspected it was the first honest sentiment he’d ever offered her. ‘Tell me when to come for you.’

Evie dug the invitation from her bag and held it out to Jack. He took it from her grasp, letting his long fingers overlap hers for a brief moment. The touch sent chills through Evie and an embarrassing wetness developed between her legs. She pulled her thighs together more tightly.

‘This weekend?’ Jack mused. ‘Not much notice. I think that will be fine, though. Shall I pick you up at your parents’ house?’

Oh God, her parents! Evie hadn’t thought of what a stir having Jack arrive at her house might cause. ‘No,’ she said, her mind spinning. ‘I’ll meet you at Maison. In front.’

‘That doesn’t seem proper.’

‘I’m engaged. There’s a lot about this that isn’t proper.’

Jack smiled again, and this time the devilish look returned to his eye. ‘True,’ he said. ‘I’ll wait for you there on Friday, then.’

‘Thank you, Jack.’ She said the words quietly, and Jack leaned in, as if he was absorbing them from the very air between them.

He stood and stepped before her, holding out a hand in offering. She took his hand and rose to face him, aware of the searing heat of his touch on her hand, his solid form just inches from her.

His grip on her hand tightened slightly and he moved forward, just enough that their bodies were practically touching.

Evie knew she should step away. She should turn and leave Jack’s office, go back to her life. She was an engaged woman. But when Jack inclined his head slightly and his hot breath danced along her neck, she felt her reserve failing. When Jack’s tongue darted out and rimmed the edge of Evie’s ear, her knees threatened to give. And when his strong hand found its way around the small of her back, drawing her against the full length of his body, she knew there was no going back.

‘I ...’ She tried to fight it, but there was no fight in her.


‘I know.’ Jack’s voice was soothing, and the hardness of his body against her was overwhelming. Evie couldn’t help herself. Her arms went around him, her hands finding the tense, firm muscles of his back as her head tilted back in surrender. 
  
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

BRENDA NOVAK FOR THE CURE OF DIABETES



Greetings to all. I know this isn't my usual type of post, but I really wanted to put a spotlight on the efforts that author, Brenda Novak and her friends are taking for this year's fundraising for the cure for diabetes. In the past there have been auctions taking place to help raise money. This year, Brenda and friends are changing it up a bit and the results are wonderful. There are three very special boxed sets and a special cookbook that will be out on May 1st, but they are all up for pre-order now on Amazon.
This is a fabulous way for everyone to help a great cause and also grab some pretty awesome reads by a group a spectacular authors. Helping out is as easy as a click of the mouse. Won't you help? 

Sweet Talk Boxed Set (Ten NEW Contemporary Romances by Bestselling Authors to Benefit Diabetes Research plus BONUS Novel) 

In 2014, the boxed set curated by Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research (titled A SWEET LIFE), raised almost $100,000 net to the charity in only one month. This year we’re back for a second helping, and you can indulge, too! This heart-warming, limited edition collection features ten BRAND NEW contemporary romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors...



You can make a difference while you read! All proceeds from the sale of SWEET TALK will be donated to the Diabetes Research Institute via Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research.

Sweet Dreams Boxed Set (Thirteen NEW Thrillers by Bestselling Authors to Benefit Diabetes Research)

Sweet Seduction Boxed Set (Fourteen NEW Erotic Romances by Bestselling Authors to Benefit Diabetes Research plus BONUS book!)



Love That! Brenda Novak's Every Occasion Cookbook with Jan Coad (All Proceeds Go To Diabetes Research)

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has written more than fifty novels. She is also a mother of five, and there is nothing that turns a woman into a fighter more quickly than a threat to one of her children. When her youngest son was in kindergarten, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She’s spent the years since trying to juggle her career with the demands of providing healthy meals for her large and boisterous family, managing her son’s diabetes care and raising money for research. To date, she’s raised $2.5 million and is continuing her efforts with the sale of this cookbook, which includes her own personal recipes (all her healthy favorites) along with recipes collected from friend and co-author Jan Coad.

For more about Brenda’s fundraising efforts, please visit www.brendanovakforthecure.com , where you will learn about three limited edition box sets—SWEET TALK (11 contemporary romance stories, including WHEN WE TOUCH, a Brenda Novak classic), SWEET DREAMS (13 thrillers, including HANOVER HOUSE, the kick-off to Brenda’s new suspense series) and SWEET SEDUCTION (14 hotter stories a la FIFTY SHADE OF GREY). These sets include brand-new novels and novellas from some of today’s most popular authors (for less than $1/story), and all proceeds go to the University of Miami’s Diabetes Research Institute to help fund a cure for her son and everyone else suffering from this disease.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

GUEST BLOGGER STACEY AGDERN ON ROMANCE AND COUNTRY MUSIC



Hi!  I’m Stacey, and I’m a huge fan of both country music and romance novels.  Both things are treated by mainstream society with a heaping degree of scorn, and most of the time, both are seen by the other fandom as a last bastion of potential acceptance.  The country music lover who snarks about romance novels they haven’t (and never will read), and the romance reader who thinks country music is the worst possible genre to love(despite the fact they’ve never listened to a note). Yet when reality sets in, fans of country music and romance novels are more similar than they would ever think.
First, when scorned by mainstream media, we create media sources that will cover and review examples of our favorite items.  Scorned by the mainstream media. Romance novels are reviewed by tons of adamant and excited bloggers, from excited readers to publisher and mainstream media backed websites.  There is even a pretty mainstream magazine, as well as a brand new fanzine.  Country music has a similar system of reviews, from country divisions of mainstream magazines to a whole network of country music devoted radio and television stations.
Second, when excluded by mainstream award shows, we create our own.  The RITA awards, the RNA prize, the ACM, the CMA and the CMT buckle (and more) showcase the best our favorite medium has to offer. 
Third, we give other fans a chance to gather and meet each other in a safe space.  Multi author signings attached to conferences, huge multi-day events and Fanfest.  Each allows creator and excited fans a chance to interact, even for a little while.
We are outsiders, doing things that are outside the purview and the interest of mainstream media.  And for lovers of both romance novels and country music, if what we love is wrong, we do not want to be right.