Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Once And Always by Elizabeth Hoyt

OnceAndAlwaysBook: Once And Always

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt as Julia Harper

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 24, 2015


Small town cop Sam West certainly doesn’t mind a routine traffic stop: speeding ticket, stern warning, and sayonara. With a whopper of a blizzard closing in, that’s all he has time for. But the lawbreaker he pulls over is anything but typical. From her mile-long legs to her razor-sharp wit, Maisa Bradley is like nothing Coot Lake, Minnesota, has ever seen . . . and she’s about to take Sam on the ride of his life.


Whoever said blood is thicker than water probably wasn’t related to a former Russian mobster. But an innocent mix-up and rumors of stolen diamonds soon have the Russian mob taking an unusual interest in the sleepy little town—and Maisa facing heated scrutiny from a certain tall, dark, and handsome deputy. Sam’s dazzling blue eyes beg her to reveal all her secrets, but how much should she tell? Getting snowed in with the sexiest lawman in the frozen north may not be the worst way to decide.



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Review ~ Just The Way You Are by Beverly Barton

JustTheWayYouAreBook: Just The Way You Are


Author: Beverly Barton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 353

Published: Zebra Books, January 27, 2015

Source: Publisher

Mary Beth Caine has always been the good girl in her small Mississippi town. But when a big, protective, shamelessly sexy stranger offers to console her on the night of her disastrous engagement party, Mary Beth lets him–only to discover that Parr Weston also happens to be the older brother of her fiancé, Bobby Joe.

Parr left Mississippi after years spent holding his family together. Now that he’s back, he can’t steal Bobby Joe’s woman, and he sure can’t offer Mary Beth the tidy happily-ever-after she deserves. But everything about the petite beauty–from her flame-gold hair to her artless sensuality–makes him crave her more. Love or lust, right or wrong, all he knows is that nothing has ever felt like this before, and walking away will be the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. . .



I honestly, honestly don’t know where to start with this book. I think the saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ was meant for this one. You guys know I can be shallow at times when it comes to covers, and I admit I was first attracted to this book because of it. Reading its plot-and even though yours truly isn’t much of a fan of love triangles- I wanted to give it a chance. Unfortunately though, it wasn’t a very pleasant experience.

I love small town romances. The southern charm. It usually feels like home to me, these people connecting with each other and being a big family. Sadly for me, the characters in this book lacked that southern charm that I was looking forward to. The hero and the heroine were not likable people at all. They meet while the heroine, Mary Beth, is engaged to the hero’s younger brother, and though I could understand an undeniable spark that they had to fight-and eventually lose- against, but they made things out in such a way that not only I couldn’t feel sorry for their predicament, but also I secretly wished some sense would be knocked into them.

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Blog Tour ~ Review, Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Game Play by Lynda Aicher

GamePlayBook: Game Play

Author: Lynda Aicher

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Release Date: February 16, 2015

One night, one time, nothing more. That’s all it was supposed to be. They’d agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates’s merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers’ brawny hotshot. She couldn’t get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn’t expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they’d gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan’s quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he’s healed?



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Review ~ Out For The Count by Michele Mannon

OutForTheCountBook: Out For The Count

Series: Worth The Fight #3

Author: Michele Mannon

Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 240

Published: Carina Press, December 8, 2014

Source: Publisher

Bracken Kelly is a hardass. An undercover narcotics detective who’s gotten in too deep with a biker crew and landed himself in big trouble with Internal Affairs. Posing as a boxer and uncovering the meth being run out of Reno’s toughest underground MMA fight club is the only way to clear his name, but he’ll need to convince a female featherweight with a smart mouth and a hotter body to let him train her, first.

Huntley Wittaker left a lot behind when she moved to Reno—her family business, her overprotective brothers, her psychopathic ex-boyfriend and her Southern Belle persona. In Nevada, she can be whatever she wants to be. And what Huntley wants to be is a fighter. All she needs is the right trainer. The domineering brute of a biker who answers her ad isn’t it, but he’s all she’s got.

Bracken has a job to do and this time, he plans on succeeding, even if that means getting sweaty with Huntley outside of the ring. But as he and Huntley grow closer and Bracken’s lies turn into truths, they’ll be faced with a different kind of fight—the one for each other.



I admit, I seem to have a turbulent relationship with Michele Mannon’s Worth The Fight series. In the first book, I simply couldn’t click with the premise, in the second, though I stumbled at the beginning, I caught up and loved it, and this one, I find it hard to explain how I felt. Which is why I’m going smack in the middle in my rating.

Bracken Kelly is an undercover cop. We met him in the previous book as the brother of the hero, MMA fighter turned model, Caden Kelly. Since he was still undercover and going through some tough stuff, we never got a chance to know him.
We’ve watched all the cop shows, we know what we’re dealing with when it comes to undercover cops who get involved with gangs who fight and deal drugs and god knows what else. So, by the time we meet him again, Bracken is not in a good place psychologically.

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Blog Tour ~ Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Wonderland by Rob Browatzke

WonderlandBook: Wonderland

Author: Rob Browatzke

Genre: Romance, MM

Release Date: February 2, 2015

Boy Meets Boy. Boy Loses Boy.

Boy Goes to Wonderland…

After six months of hot-and-heavy dating, Alex is ready to say goodbye to the sex-drugs-and-dance-till-dawn lifestyle and settle down with the love of his life, Steven. He even bought an engagement ring. But when Steven finds an illicit party favor in Alex’s pocket, the powder hits the fan. Steven breaks it off, and Alex heads out to drown his sorrows—in Wonderland…

The hottest, hippest nightclub in town, Wonderland is where every boy’s dreams come true. Where the DJ, Hatter, spins the maddest tracks, the Caterpillar sells the trippiest drugs, and the Queen of Hearts sends every drag diva off with her head. Still, Alex can’t stop thinking about Steven—even while being seduced by a pair of twinks who are tweedlehot and tweedlehotter. Things only get weirder when Alex learns that Steven is missing—and an anonymous phone call warns him that he’ll never see Steven again…unless he eats this, drinks that, and dives deeper down the rabbit hole of decadence. This certainly isn’t just another weekend—in Wonderland…



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