Review ~ Breaking His Rules by Alison Packard

BreakingHisRulesBook: Breaking His Rules

Series: Feeling The Heat #4

Author: Alison Packard

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 126

Published: Carina Press, September 8, 2014

Source: Publisher

Losing fifty pounds is an incredible achievement. But for Melissa Atherton, progress doesn’t come with praise—a scathing comment from an evil cousin at a bridal shower threatens to crush her new self-esteem. Who will she bring to the upcoming wedding? Showing up without a date would be humiliating. It just isn’t an option.

Personal trainer Jake Sawyer was attracted to Melissa before she lost weight, but her progress has him floored. When she admits she plans to hire a male escort—and why—his heart all but breaks. Melissa’s come too far to be knocked down, especially by her own family. He’ll go as her date…and figure out a way to keep his hands to himself.

But when a steamy hotel room encounter takes them both by surprise, Jake balks. He’s sworn never to date one of his clients, not again. And Melissa can’t bear to be just friends with the man who treated her so tenderly, even if it was only for a weekend. Jake’s helped her see she’s strong enough to stand up for herself, but will she find the strength to pursue the only man who’s ever seen the real her?

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You know that feeling when, after having many, many, many debates with yourself, you finally decide to sign up for the gym, and meet your personal trainer who just so happens to be one of the most caring, sweetest, sexiest men on the face of earth, who not only likes you for who you are from the start, becomes your friend and helps you get your confidence back, but who also helps you better yourself and understand your own body’s needs-both health wise and carnal- instead of having you give up your favorite foods, and finally falls in love with you and breaks his own rules for your sake? No? Me neither. Lucky Melissa does though.

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Review ~ Facing The Music by Andrea Laurence

FacingTheMusicBook: Facing The Music

Series: Rosewood #1

Author: Andrea Laurence

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 250

Published: Pocket Star, September 15, 2014

Source: Publisher

In this sizzling and hilarious contemporary e-book romance, pop sensation Ivy Hudson returns to her small town to face her ex. Only trouble is, she made her Taylor-Swift-like career with the hit song “Size Matters”—and the football hero has had to live it down ever since.

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

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I always get a little more excited when I start a new series that takes place in a small town. I think it’s a sign that one of these days I should get in my car and leave for such a town, one that’s named something like ‘Harmony’, or ‘Happiness’, or, you know, ‘All The Sexy Men Are Here’. Something simple and just for my needs. For this series though, I have to make do with Rosewood, hometown to one famous singer named Ivy Hudson, who caught the fame train for her well known break-up songs, and one ex-NFL player, now coach to the local team, Blake Chamberlain. I’m not a big fan of second chance stories, but this one was different. Not only was the story funny and the characters likable, but the whole second chance plotline takes place years away from the first one. So I was able to make my peace with that. And you know, because this is a small town where everyone knows everyone else, people stick up for each other, and there’s a big family line with potential heroes for future books. Plus, the town festival. I’m a sucker for those.

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Review ~ Taking Control by Jen Frederick

TakingControlBook: Taking Control

Series: Kerr Chronicles #2

Author: Jen Frederick

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 280

Published: Pear Tree LLC, September 2, 2014

Source: Author

I thought I needed only one thing in my life–the money and power to crush one man. But the moment I laid eyes on Victoria Corielli, my thirst for revenge was replaced by my craving for her.

No rule would keep me away; no obstacle too large to overcome. Not her will, not our differing social positions, not my infamous past. When she lost everything, I helped her pick up the pieces. When she trusted me with everything, she sealed her fate.

I’ve convinced Victoria she can put her heart in my hands. Now I have to protect it–from her shady stepfather and my business rivals, from enemies known and hidden. I’ll do anything to keep her. And I might have to prove it, because now Victoria”s risking more than her heart to be with me; she’s risking her life.

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I broke into at least ten little pieces reading this book. A part of me kept chanting the old saying ‘too good to be true’ the Ian version, another thought Tiny wasn’t the Tiny I came to know in the first book, then there was that little piece that kept wondering just how the hell was this whole thing going to end, whether Ian and Tiny would get their happy ending, would they resolve their issues, settle their emotions and move on, what was the deal with some of the supporting characters as the part of me concerning them was dying to know, and well, would the bad guy get his much deserved, hopefully painful, end? Rest assured, I get all my answers. Or, perhaps, more like I get all my answers concerning Ian and Tiny and their connected problems, feelings, their shared bad guy. So all the basic answers I need to close the book, give out a little sigh of relief and settle for a good night’s sleep for all is right in the world. Except for the moment those supporting characters I felt sympathy for come to my mind and I wonder how they’re doing. Well, that nagging thought is only slightly regrettable since I did get my happy ending. For Ian and Tiny of course, I’m still waiting for mine. Hear that, fate? Or whoever deals with this stuff? How about you, the guy who’s going to rock my world, I’m still waiting for you.

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Spotlight ~ Excerpt &Giveaway ~ Facing The Music by Andrea Laurence

FacingTheMusicBook: Facing The Music

Author: Andrea Laurence

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 15, 2014

Publisher: Pocket Star

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters,” hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

 

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Release Sale & Giveaway ~ Darkly Dreaming

DarklyDreaming2Book: Darkly Dreaming

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Authors: Kristen Painter, Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Cate Rowan, Danielle Monsch

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Format: Boxed Set

Release Date: September 15, 2014

Fall into magic and fall in love with DARKLY DREAMING, an anthology from five award winning and bestselling writers in fantasy romance.

Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven’s MASTER OF CROWS, a renegade mage must battle a god for his soul and decide if his fate—and the fate of nations—is worth the life of the spy he has come to love.

Experience sword, sorcery, and mythical beings as never before in STONE GUARDIAN, the first book of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch. Larissa’s sheltered world is destroyed when she is targeted by Necromancers. With nowhere else to turn, Larissa forms an uneasy alliance with Terak, leader of the Gargoyles. Will Terak be Larissa’s salvation, or her downfall?

Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all. In HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter, Jessalyne leaves a sheltered life to tame her dangerous magic by becoming apprentice to a powerful sorceress, but she’ll need the deadliest man in the realm to get her there safely. If they don’t kill each other first.

Be swept away in KISMET’S KISS by Cate Rowan. In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. But he never imagined that healer would be a woman.

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in THE SCRIBE, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own?

 

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