Blog Tour ~ Stranded With My Stepbrother by Madison Collins ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

StrandedWithMyStepbrotherBook: Stranded With My Stepbrother

Author: Madison Collins

Genre: Contemporary Erotica

Release Date: October 12, 2015

A standalone taboo romance. No cliffhanger. 18+

On the way to our parents wedding in the mountains, the mother of all snow storms attacks, leaving me stranded in a remote cabin with my new stepbrother.

My hot as hell, I-need-to-change-my-panties because-they’re-soaked, cocky asshole of a stepbrother, Bentley McAllister.

The kicker of it all?

The only items he’s packed are liquor and condoms, and he’s looking at me like he wants to put both to good use.

My name is Sierra, and my libido can only take so much.

Send help!

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Review ~ Blade Dance by D. L. McDermott

BladeDanceBook: Blade Dance

Series: Cold Iron #4

Author: D. L. McDermott

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 222

Published: Pocket Star, September 21, 2015

Source: Publisher

Boston schoolteacher Ann Phillips knows better than to trust the Fae, but when one of her second graders turns up to class with both arms covered in magical tattoos, she has no choice but to turn to Finn MacUmhaill, the dangerous and charismatic Fae crime lord who controls Charlestown, for help.

Finn MacUmhaill, leader of the Fianna, has had his eye on Ann Phillips for months, but a recent showdown with an old enemy has left his house broken. Between the crippling blow dealt to the Fianna and his son’s recent defection, he hasn’t had time to woo the pretty redhead. When she turns up on his doorstep asking for his help, he thinks he’s found the way to win her, but before he can act, the child goes missing, kidnapped by a rogue Druid who has discovered the key to destroying the wall between worlds.

Now, Finn and Ann must ally themselves with an old adversary—the treacherous Prince Consort—to save the boy, or risk the destruction of the wall that keeps the corrupt Fae Queen and her Court at bay…

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Another book in a favorite series finished in the blink of an eye. I feel like one minute I was anxiously settling in with a hot drink and getting comfy, and the next, the book was over! How, pray tell, am I expected to wait so long until the next book?

Fae are probably the least known creatures by yours truly. I was first introduced to them in yet another favorite series, and after that, this one happened. I’m not complaining though. I’m happy to be learning different aspects of the Good Neighbors in different stories, from different authors, and honestly? I enjoy them all immensely.

Never disappointing with this series, especially in the last few books, are the heroes and the heroines. Fae, although believed to be cruel and deadly-with good reason-, turn out to have conscience and hearts after all. And the women they rightfully fall for are the epitome of strong and confident female characters.

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Review ~ Get Real by Tellulah Darling

GetRealBook: Get Real

Series: Get Real #1

Author: Tellulah Darling

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 358

Published: Te Da Media, September 26, 2015

Source: Publisher

Francesca Bellafiore is a good Jewish girl, living up to family expectations that she use her magic to heal others. Underneath, she’s a wannabe badass with her heart set on becoming a detective and solving magical crimes. But nice girls don’t disappoint their moms.

Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it’s a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo covert ops. The role is wearing thin and Rafael longs to be part of a team.

When Francesca meets Rafael at a friend’s party, she’s taken by the sexy stranger. Until he speaks. Beautiful plumage doesn’t compensate for spectacular ego. Rafael finds Francesca’s sweetness a turn-on. For about five minutes. Judgmental golden girls are more trouble than they’re worth. Then a terrified girl with reality warping powers, locked and loaded on their destruction, whisks the pair to Manhattan. Francesca and Rafael are caught in a web of magic, minions, secrets, and enough sexual tension to power NYC. Desperate to prove themselves, their only chance to save the city and survive is to team up, trust each other–and maybe even fall in love.

Provided they don’t kill each other first.

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At the risk of sounding shallow-but really, what are covers, if not reader magnets?- I solemnly swear that I picked up this book based first and foremost on its awesome cover. Just looking at it made me quite the happy gal. That coloring, that pose with the cover models, that potential bad girl making an appearance from behind the good girl façade of the heroine, and the ever so trouble bad boy of course. All was in that gorgeous cover and after skimming through the plot, I was a goner.

I gotta say I’m still a baby when it comes to New Adult. I can be confused with the classification, but what the book wanted to tell was loud and clear. Although I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the genre, I truly believe that I can enjoy a good book no matter what it’s about. And did I find this world of humans with magical abilities interesting? Oh yeah.

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Review ~ My Stepbrother The Groom by Lexi Maxxwell

MyStepbrotherTheGroomBook: My Stepbrother The Groom

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Author: Lexi Maxxwell

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: e-book

Page Count: 264

Published: Sterling & Stone, March 23, 2015

Source: Publisher

He’d be perfect if he wasn’t getting married … and if he wasn’t about to become her stepbrother. Romantic humor has never been so deliciously tempting. It’s been a rough day for Ella Roberts.

First, her social-climbing mother Valerie dragged her to yet another wedding — something that always reminds Ella that real life offers few happily-ever-afters.

Second, Valerie’s goal isn’t to have fun at the event, but to schmooze clients for the family wedding business that Ella’s hated forever.

And third (after too much wine, and being mocked by her black sheep sister for “letting Mom bind you with her bitch chains”), Ella gets a text from her latest disposable boyfriend, Chase: NOT WORKING OUT. SORRY. I HAVE YOUR GYM SHOES.

But things are finally looking up. The handsome, charming, successful man Ella meets at the bar fills her with flutters and makes everything better. Gazing into Nathan Hayes’s kind blue eyes, Ella can almost believe that love at first sight is true after all.

It’s too bad that in just two months, Ella’s mother will be marrying Nathan’s father … in a double wedding with Nathan and his fiancee Natasha.

She should run from her feelings for Nathan. She should back away and find a new mediocre man to amuse her. But Ella’s been unlucky in love too many times to ignore what she feels … and so for Ella, “taboo” turns to “game on” instead.

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I know this book is shelved as a romantic comedy, but unfortunately for me, it was neither romantic nor a comedy. Sure, I laughed a few times at the very beginning, to a few inner monologues of Ella, but that was the extent of the comedy. She quickly became too childish and too immature, and too odd to relate to her in any way.

I like this kind of lightly taboo stories. Nothing between actual family members, but stepsomethings via marriage or other. They provide a healthy relationship with just enough of delightful sexual chemistry and charge. But did I get that in this book? Not at all. I’m really sorry to say that from its cover to its plot I had high hopes for this book, but the characters turned out to be extremely disappointing, the plot the weakest I’ve ever seen, and the ending, unfortunately, was something I looked forward to while reading for those exact same reasons.

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