Monday, June 29, 2015

Once Upon a Cowboy (Whisper Creek #3) by Maggie McGinnis


When a short life filled with emotional and physical abuse takes its toll on the teen aged Star, her beloved grandfather saves her by giving her means to escape the downward spiral her life was taking. Now thirteen years after changing her identity, continuing her education and now a business owner, Jess Alcott is getting ready for one of her best friend's wedding with a idyllic trip back to the Whisper Creek dude ranch in Montana, where both of her best friends have moved after finding the loves of their lives. A place where Jess feels at peace until her past threatens to drag her back to the trailer park she so desperately wished to leave forever.

Cole Driscoll never told anyone in his family he was accepted to university years ago. Family tragedies including the death of his only sister and his brother's departure from home made him out his life on hold. Now he wonders what it would be like to fulfill those dreams he had when he was fresh out of high school. Jess Alcott's reappearance makes him rethink those dreams and puts new ones into his head. This time, however, Jess is different somehow, she seems troubled and her demeanor guarded. Even with a dude ranch full of matchmakers trying to throw these two together at every turn, the secrets being kept threaten to keep them apart. Coming clean about her past may be more than she can handle, but if Jess can just open up to Cole, he could be her greatest ally.

And yes, we have need for tissues in Maggie McGinnis' third book, Once Upon a Cowboy (A Whisper Creek Novel). Jess clearly has risen above her awful past to become an upstanding person. She has done it on her own and lets few people in. Her best friends Kyla and Hayley give her strength to be who she is, but still she is missing the one thing to make her life complete. Finding out all of the wrong done in her previous life as Star makes one angry for her and admire her will. Her story is not for the feint of heart, she's had a tough life but she overcomes such adversity making Jess a solid and beloved heroine. Seemingly committed to single life, Cole seems more the player than he actually is and once his friends and family get involved, his single days are numbered. The handsome cowboy, Cole is protective of his own and as honorable as a cowboy should be. He is attuned to Jess and needs to nudge her into seeing that she is meant to be at Whisper Creek and meant to be with him.

Once Upon a Cowboy by Maggie McGinnis is a modern day fairy tale set in the West that will have you run a gamut of emotions before all is said and done. Ms. McGinnis once again leaves me in awe and cements her place at the top of my must read list.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jennifer Butler's Guest Review of CARNAL RISK by Kym Grosso

Carnal Risk takes readers on an adrenaline ride through the eyes of Garret and Selby…two very different people that find each other when they least expect it.
 Garrett Emerson and Selby Reynolds meet under unique circumstances. Their mutual friend Lars has brought them together because he knows that Selby can assist Garrett at his company, Emerson Industries.  Garret is caught unaware of Lar’s true intentions and is not pleased with the situation of how they met, neither is Selby. With a little (or a lot) of reluctance on both their parts they agree that Selby will work at Emerson until the position of CTO can be filled. What neither Garrett nor Selby anticipated was the fierce attraction that they share.
 When Garrett first sees Selby is immediately smitten. When he finds her in his office he comes to realize that she is more than just a pretty face and a smoking hot body. She’s beautiful, intelligent and unlike many of the woman he has dated in the past. Garrett starts to pursue her with the single minded focus that made him successful in the business world and in his personal life with Club Altura.
At first garret is afraid to introduce her to his lifestyle of adrenaline activities. He sees something in her and wants to break past the box she has placed herself in. The more time he spends with her the more he realizes that he is starting to care for her. Selby knows that Garrett is hot and not like the guys she usually dates. But she can’t seem to help herself from going out with him. Being afraid to take risks she realizes that Garrett could be the biggest risk of all.

 I really loved Garrett and Selby’s story.  Garret is not your typical Billionaire playboy. Yes he is rich…but he wasn’t born that way he worked hard for what he has. Selby is an extremely intelligent and beautiful woman. But socially…she has contained herself. After suffering a traumatic experience when she was a child she is not willing to step out of her comfort zone socially.   Through Selby’s own determination and assistance from Garret she breaks free of the life she has lived for years.


~ JENNIFER BUTLER~

Friday, June 12, 2015

20 Questions With Kat Martin ~AGAINST THE TIDE~


Please welcome the awesome Kat Martin for a Quickfire Questionnaie! 


1. Morning, noon or night?
  Definitely night.

2. How do you like your steak?
   Medium rare, seared nice and crisp on the outside.

3. What was the last film you saw?
    Taken 3 Liam Neeson on pay per view.


4. What's your favorite place to watch TV? 
   Sofa in the living room.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
   Paris, or somewhere in France.

6. What did you eat for breakfast?
   Melon and cereal

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
   Steak and baked.  Also gourmet cooking.

8. What foods do you dislike?
   Raw fish and anything to do with animal insides.

9. What kind of car do you drive?
   Mercedes Benz E 350.   Love it!

10. What are your favorite clothes?
   Black jeans with sweaters and scarves.

11. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
   France, China, Japan, Italy, just about anywhere.  I love to travel.

12. Weapon of choice?
   Glock 19.

13. Where would you want to retire?
   Beach or mountains.  I'm still open to suggestions.

14. Gold or Silver?
   Gold.

15. Where were you born?
   Tulare, California

16. What is your favorite sport to watch?
   Horseracing for excitement.  Golf for relaxation.

17. Are you a morning or a night person?
   Night person.  I love to sleep late, stay up late.  Don't get to do that often.

18. Do you have any pets?
   Had a cat.  Love cats, but they don't travel well.

19. Any new or exciting news you'd like to share?
   Against the Tide just hit the NYT #7. Very exciting.  More Brodies to come!

20. Nickname? 
  Kitty Kat

AGAINST THE TIDE
By Kat Martin
Release date: 5/26/15

BACK COVER COPY

Secrets—and safety—melt under a midnight sun…

Liv Chandler is running for her life, and the cops haven’t been able to do a thing to help. But there’s one man who makes her feel safe, no matter what…rugged charter boat captain Rafe Brodie.

To Rafe, Liv is a beautiful mystery, one he can’t ignore. He means to unearth her secrets, and in the process, if luck is on his side, maybe the spark between them will ignite.

But Liv’s past is more dangerous than Rafe could guess, and when his first mate turns up dead, she fears that she’s next. That there’s something else coming she can’t see. That even Rafe and the remote village of Valdez, Alaska can’t protect her forever…

SHORT BLURB
Secrets and Danger Threaten in the Land of the Midnight Sun…
Liv Chandler is running for her life.  She can’t trust anyone, not even the one man who makes her feel saferugged charter boat captain, Rafe Brodie.
Rafe is determined to uncover Liv's secrets,  but the beautiful café owner has a past more dangerous than Rafe can guess.  Something terrible is coming…and even in remote Valdez, Alaska, Rafe can’t protect her forever.
REVIEW QUOTES
“Martin’s latest novel leaves readers breathless with the absorbing combination of mystery and romance.” —RTBookReviews

“This book is action packed. It has plenty of suspense and I love that the story wasn't just given away. It all evolved into something fabulous. It will have you looking for the other Brodie books.” —Crystal’s Reviews

What are readers saying about AGAINST THE TIDE?
“A sexy romantic thriller I didn't want to stop reading.” —Paige, Mertztown, PA
“Thrilling, suspenseful and keeps you hanging on till the very end! And...delicious romance!” — Misty, Galt, CA
 “This book was a great read!  Characters were intriguing.  Story was easy to get swept away with.” —Elissa, Collegeville, PA
“Awesome book from start to finish. I was hooked right away & couldn't put it down!” —Amy, Las Cruces, NM
“Sexy and Intriguing read. A must read if you love to get caught up in love and romance and danger.” —Kristen, Oklahoma City, OK
“I loved it! Kat martin describes the scenes with such detail it feels as if you're right there in the story. Loved the characters and the whole plot.” —Lisa, Slippery Rock, PA
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IDENTIFIERS

ASIN: B00ONTR60Q
ISBN: 9781420133868
ISBN-10: 1420133861
ISBN-13: 978-1420133868

GIVEAWAY ALERT! 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RELEASE WEEK HAPPINESS WITH: Against the Tide (The Brodies of Alaska #3) by Kat Martin





Against The Tide by the incomparable Kat Martin is a veritable roller coaster ride of action and suspense with a sizzling romance that grabs the attention.

Olivia Chandler has been on the run from a criminal element and ends up in Valdez, Alaska as the new owner of the Pelican Cafe. She tries to lead an under the radar life, but when it comes to boat captain Rafe Brodie, under the radar is a bit difficult.

Rafe Brodie is not going to sit idly by and let the murderer of one of his boat hands go free. When Liv and Rafe combine forces to hunt for the murderer they are in for a more than they bargained for including an attraction to one another that cannot be denied. For as much as Liv has been attemepting to steer clear of the attractive Rafe, he welcomes the most evident sparks that ignite quickly. 

Along with the imminent danger that follows the pair, the budding romance that drifts between Rafe and Olivia makes Against the Tide a must read. Rafe and Olivia are strong characters with a lot of conviction and determination. They play well off one another and following along with their trials and tribulations is a thrilling quest. 

~Kimberly~ 


AGAINST THE TIDE
By Kat Martin
Release date: 5/26/15

BACK COVER COPY

Secrets—and safety—melt under a midnight sun…

Liv Chandler is running for her life, and the cops haven’t been able to do a thing to help. But there’s one man who makes her feel safe, no matter what…rugged charter boat captain Rafe Brodie.

To Rafe, Liv is a beautiful mystery, one he can’t ignore. He means to unearth her secrets, and in the process, if luck is on his side, maybe the spark between them will ignite.

But Liv’s past is more dangerous than Rafe could guess, and when his first mate turns up dead, she fears that she’s next. That there’s something else coming she can’t see. That even Rafe and the remote village of Valdez, Alaska can’t protect her forever…

SHORT BLURB
Secrets and Danger Threaten in the Land of the Midnight Sun…
Liv Chandler is running for her life.  She can’t trust anyone, not even the one man who makes her feel saferugged charter boat captain, Rafe Brodie.
Rafe is determined to uncover Liv's secrets,  but the beautiful café owner has a past more dangerous than Rafe can guess.  Something terrible is coming…and even in remote Valdez, Alaska, Rafe can’t protect her forever.
REVIEW QUOTES
“Martin’s latest novel leaves readers breathless with the absorbing combination of mystery and romance.” —RTBookReviews

“This book is action packed. It has plenty of suspense and I love that the story wasn't just given away. It all evolved into something fabulous. It will have you looking for the other Brodie books.” —Crystal’s Reviews

What are readers saying about AGAINST THE TIDE?
“A sexy romantic thriller I didn't want to stop reading.” —Paige, Mertztown, PA
“Thrilling, suspenseful and keeps you hanging on till the very end! And...delicious romance!” — Misty, Galt, CA
 “This book was a great read!  Characters were intriguing.  Story was easy to get swept away with.” —Elissa, Collegeville, PA
“Awesome book from start to finish. I was hooked right away & couldn't put it down!” —Amy, Las Cruces, NM
“Sexy and Intriguing read. A must read if you love to get caught up in love and romance and danger.” —Kristen, Oklahoma City, OK
“I loved it! Kat martin describes the scenes with such detail it feels as if you're right there in the story. Loved the characters and the whole plot.” —Lisa, Slippery Rock, PA
LINKS


BUY LINKS




SOCIAL MEDIA


Twitter: @katbooks https://twitter.com/katbooks

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/luvromance/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kat-Martin/e/B000AQ0OJQ/

IDENTIFIERS

ASIN: B00ONTR60Q
ISBN: 9781420133868
ISBN-10: 1420133861
ISBN-13: 978-1420133868



New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.   She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels.  Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last eleven books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.  Both AGAINST THE WILD and AGAINST THE SKY, her latest release, took top ten spots.  AGAINST THE TIDE the 3rd book in the Brodies of Alaska series will hit shelves in a couple weeks!

Visit Kat's website at www.katmartin.com 

Or look for her on Facebook  at Katmartin/author.


HERO AND HEROINE:
Finding Just the Right Match

When I come up with a story idea, one of the most import aspects and sometimes the most difficult, is to find the right romantic match.  The right hero for the right heroine, two people who, by the end of the novel, will fit perfectly together.  Since AGAINST THE TIDE centers around Rafe Brodie, a rugged outdoorsman, man of the sea, a hardworking male with a very high sex drive, I needed a woman who was his equal.  That meant she had to be tough, strong, hardworking, and though she might not realize it at first, a woman with a very passionate nature. 
Olivia Chandler is all of those things but she’s also a woman with secrets.  Though she’s drawn to Rafe, she knows they can never share a relationship.  Her life is in jeopardy.  Very powerful people want her silenced, and involving Rafe might wind up getting him killed.
But a mutual friend has been murdered and Rafe and Liv are both determined to find the man who killed him.  As the two of them work together trying to help the police solve the crime, Olivia comes to respect and admire Rafe, and she is wildly attracted to his dark good looks and amazing body.
Still, she might have to flee Valdez at a moment's notice.  And there is possible threat her past poses to Rafe.
As the story develops, Rafe comes to believe Olivia needs a man in her life, one strong enough to stand up to a woman like her.  He wants Liv in his life, but from the start, he has knows she's a woman with secrets.  For their relationship to work, Rafe needs to know what those secrets are.
As trouble deepens for Liv, another danger surfaces, one even more threatening. 
AGAINST THE TIDE was a fun and interesting book to write, and matching the two of central characters, finding ways to bring them together during their dangerous, desperate adventure added to the mix. 
I hope you enjoy AGAINST THE TIDE, and next year watch for INTO THE FURY, Rafe's cousin Ethan Brodie's story.
Till then, happy reading and all good wishes, Kat

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Kiss for Lady Mary (The Marriage Game #6) by Ella Quinn

Mary Tolliver has been hiding from an unscrupulous cousin who wants to marry her for her dowry. All Mary wants is to marry for love and if she can't have that, she would rather be alone. If she can stay hidden for a year, until she reaches her majority, she will be free to live as she sees fit. After a close call with her cousin, Mary's unconventional grandmother devises a plan for Mary to live on an estate as the absent owner's imaginary wife.

Bachelor Kit Featherton runs from the idea of marriage but when he discovers that an impostor is parading around his estate as his wife he rushes to the long untended estate to find his "wife" taking care of all he should have been. When he finds Lady Mary is much more than the poser he thought, he mindset changes and he begins to see a future with this woman. Lady Mary, however is holding out for love or nothing at all and if Kit Featherton thinks that his roguish good looks will sway her, he is very wrong. 

With a little help from Mary's and Kit's grandmothers and their matchmaking scheme, the chase is on to see if Mary indeed will become the wife in fact or will she take on a season she never had and find another suitor. 

A Kiss For Lady Mary by Ella Quin is the sixth installment of The Marriage Game series and it is a delightful read. There are more than a few times that I would have quite enjoyed smacking both Kit and Mary in the head and yelled "snap out of it". This hard-headed pair has such a time admitting what they have is the real thing that it's frustrating to sit back and watch and not be able to intervene. I adore Kit's sense of honor and his protective stance when it came to Mary and her awful cousin and I do admire Mary's aptitude and intelligence. A Kiss For Lady Mary is a well calculated chase that is a charm to read.

~KIMBERLY~

Monday, May 11, 2015

No Gentleman for Georgina (The Notorious Flynns) A Novella by Jess Michaels


Some of the advantages of being friends with a duke as well as being the manager of his elite gentleman's club, is being invited to his parties where the ton gather. Paul Abbott also enjoyed the ability to be able to catch glimpses of the woman he has had feelings for going on two years. 

Georgina Hickson is very much the proper miss. Leaving her life plans to her father is a trial she can no longer endure. For  some time she has garnered hidden emotions for Mr. Abbott and the time has come for those emotions to come to light. Georgina's attraction to Paul is a revelation for the man who feels she is too above him for a relationship to work. Leave it to a woman whose passion has been sparked to fight for what she ultimately wants, especially when the thought of an arranged marriage hangs over her head. 

No Gentleman for Georgina by the indomitable Jess Michaels is a wonderful continuation in the Notorious Flynns saga. This novella is teeming with passion, desire and fulfilment. Paul Abbott has always been a distinctive character in the previous tales and this tale and finally he gets his day in the sun. Georgina is superb. Once the lady knows her mind, there is no stopping her. Every word Ms. Michaels puts to the page is a joy to read. No Gentleman for Georgina may be a novella but it is a memorable one that will capture your attention and make you believe in love.

~KIMBERLY~


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Defying the Earl (Regency Charms #1) by Anabelle Bryant


His estate is almost in ruin. Valerian St. David, the handsome Duke of Dashwood is in dire straights after having inherited his title and all the debt along with it, as well as a spendthrift gambling, inventor of a brother who always sees the bright side of things instead if facing the problems head on. Putting their heads together to find a solution to their problems, Jasper suggests that Valerian become an anti-matchmaker for money. He would break apart the budding matches of the ton's sons and daughters at the bidding of their rich mamas and papas. Very inventive!

After having lost her parents in a carriage accident that also maimed her beloved sister, Wilhelmina Montgomery decides that becoming a matchmaker will help to pay for the costly treatments her sister needs in order to get well, and her first job would be any easy one since she is sure that the pair already are close to an engagement and they only need a slight push. Only problem is the handsome man she met on the street prior to a dinner party where the man, Valerian St, David now is trying to thwart her efforts with the couple. 

Never wanting to marry himself, Valerian does not fully see the implications of what he is doing, only the pounds that will go to repair his home and pay the help's wages. Honestly, what would a poor aristocrat have to offer a wife? When Valerian actually opens his eyes and truly sees the beauty and intelligence before him in the form of Wilhelmina, who is so aptly nicknamed Whimsy, he knows he could be in trouble in more ways than one. 

Whimsy holds Valerian at arms length at first, not knowing his true intentions, but once she opens her lonely heart to his, his acceptance of that it half the battle. Can two wayward souls with two seemingly different agendas that inevitably hope for the same outcome see what is in front of them? Read the clever and fast-paced tale that answers those questions, Defying the Earl by Anabelle Bryant. 

This first tale by skillful storyteller, Anabelle Bryant, in her Regency Charms series, Defying the Earl is thoroughly entertaining with it's twists and turns. Poor Valerian is at the mercy of the would-be groom's father and his political ambitions. When the father flip flops on the wanted outcome of the anti-matchmaking efforts Valerian has devised, the game changes completely, leaving Valerian in the middle of a mess on one end and with a potential romance on the other. I do so like him, even in his emotional ignorance, which actually makes it more adoring when he wakes up. Whimsy is one hell of a heroine, with guts, a big heart and loads of determination. Defying the Earl is yet another notch in Anabelle Bryant's buckle that deserves a resounding yes in the must read territory.

~KIMBERLY~ 


LET'S PLAY 20 QUESTIONS WITH ANABELLE BRYANT



1.       Morning, noon or night?   
     Morning

2.       How do you like your steak?
  Never (sorry)

3.       Last film that you saw?
  Cinderella

4.       TV Show?
 Naked & Afraid and Married at First Sight (bet you didn’t see that coming – Lol)

5. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?  London with frequent visits to Paris

6.       What was breakfast today?
      Coffee & toast – damn, I’m boring.

7.       Favorite cuisine?
      Mexican

8.       What kind of car do you drive? 
   Mercedes

9.       Favorite clothing accessory? 
   Bracelets (lots of them)

10.   Weapon of choice? 
     Sarcasm

11.   Gemstone? 
  Diamond…are there others?

12.   Sport? 
     Baseball

13.   Nickname? 
    Anabella

14.   Pets?
   No – but I really want a golden lab

15.   Alcoholic beverage? 
   Mojito

16.   Color?  
  Pink

17.   Pet peeve?
  Not getting what I ordered, discovered after I leave the drive-thru

18.   Flower?
 Daisy

19.   The one thing you can’t live without?
 Internet service


20.   Last words?
 I wish I could have listed more pet peeves…