…My Secret Fantasies by Joanne Rock

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Don’t we all wish we would be like Miranda and end up on a hot guy’s horse ranch? I loved how Miranda’s writing on her own novel was therapeutic for her. For Miranda her novel was a diary of sorts. And who hasn’t written about their crush in one way or another? Rock didn’t just slap that info in there, she built up to it so it made sense. It built Miranda as a character.  That is one of the things I love about Rock’s books, the heroine’s are strong but imperfect, in a good way, and their lives have affected who they are during the story,and before we meet them. They aren’t just characters on a page, they are women that we can all relate to. The fact that Rock took the popularity of reality television and how it has shaped our culture and how we look at things, making regular people celebrities, was new and fresh and different. Miranda wasn’t looking to be famous she was looking for an escape from her family and insecurities which only made things worse.

Damien was fantastic in his own right, too. I loved how he was trying to make a name for himself and distance himself from his infamous family. He was strong,(really) stubborn, and humorous. I also loved how he was completely knocked for a loop by meeting Miranda. Those kind of stories where the hero is completely blindsided by love are the best! He knew wanted her but he was not expecting love.

My favorite thing about the book was that it was written in first person POV(point of view). It allowed me to really get inside of Miranda’s head and really be there, not just read about two people from a distance, but really immerse myself in the story, to be Miranda. My favorite line is, “I’m writing about what I want–sexually.  And after we met I realized that it was you.” I wrote “Go Gutsy Girl” in pencil underneath it because it was such a great line!

My only issue was there was huge build up(and emotional issues for Miranda) regarding her ex and when he entered the scene(I’m being vague about the specifics because I don’t want to give anything away) it all happened really quick. The build up didn’t quite go with the resolution. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, it was believable, but I would have just preferred the resolution to be longer. And the “villian” really wasn’t a nice guy so for him to get what was coming to him was satisfying.

The love scenes were amazing…and hot! But it is a Joanne Rock book, so of course, they’re hot. These two connected immediately and their chemistry sizzled between the sheets…and in the hot tub. (And who doesn’t love a good hot tub scene?)

I will definitely recommend this book to…well…everyone!

And stay tuned for the review of  Damien’s brother’s story in My Double Life. 

*And the book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Joanne! And a big thanks to Lola with Lola Blog Tours as well!

 

My Secret Fantasies

By Joanne Rock

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Adult

Release Date: December 17, 2013

Blurb:

Joanne Rock’s MY SECRET FANTASIES is her second “Forbidden Fantasies” release for Harlequin’s Blaze miniseries. MY DOUBLE LIFE (Harlequin Blaze 5/13), her first, is a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award nominee. Both books are told from a first-person heroine perspective, while the hero’s point of view remains in the more traditional third person. We fall in love with the hero right along with the heroine!  The heroes of the two books are brothers, but the stories read well as stand-alones.

Fantasy come to life…

All I wanted was to escape the media frenzy I left behind in L.A. and open a cute little shop on the Sonoma Coast. Simple, right? But Damien Fraser—the hunky property owner—isn’t exactly thrilled about my reality-TV-star status. Still, I’m pretty sure that all he needs is a little creative convincing…and I’ve learned I can be very creative.

I started writing a naughty novel, and with every sexy scene I write, things between me and Damien get really hot. Now the hero in my book is starting to look more and more like Damien, and I’m well on my way to becoming my brazen sexpot heroine. But when my real life and my fictional life collide, my fantasies just might cost me all of my dreams….

 

You can find My Secret Fantasies on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18168533-my-secret-fantasies

You can buy My Secret Fantasies here:

– Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/My-Secret-Fantasies-Forbidden-ebook/dp/B00E1UY5HO

– Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-secret-fantasies-joanne-rock/1115951601

– Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/my-secret-fantasies

 

 

Excerpt:

….So when the door of the oversized pickup opened with a squeak, I looked.

            And saw the hottest guy ever emerge.

            Now, maybe it was the heat that seemed to spotlight this hunky slab of muscle and manhood as he stood beside the open door of the truck. He glistened with sweat despite a temperature that probably only reached the mid sixties. He took the tail of a well-worn t-shirt and used it to mop his forehead.

            In that moment, his abs were exposed to my dazed, spellbound eye. He was pin-up sexy. Lean and taut, he looked like he’d pulled about two million inverted push-ups to achieve so much delicious definition in that six-pack. Better yet, he was tanned bronze and I felt like I’d been given a VIP pass to the hottest show on earth.

            What a gift in an otherwise hellacious day. My heroine Shaelynn couldn’t have done any better.

            “Are you Miranda Cortland?”

            I shook my head to clear it of fantasies that grew more explicit by the minute. The demi-god across the road did not just talk to me.

            I realized I’d stopped to stare and felt just the slightest twinge of embarrassment to be caught in the act.

            Giving him a lopsided smile, I told myself to get moving. Then realized he’d somehow known my name.

            “Excuse me?” I had to shout since two cars barreled by in either direction.

            “Are you Miranda?” he asked, his deep voice carrying easily over the distance. He slammed his door shut and jogged closer.

            To me.

            I blinked. Confused. Dry-mouthed.

            Because now that I saw the guy’s face, he was a whole lot more than just hot abs. Streaked with sweat and a light coating of dust, he looked like a local laborer in his t-shirt and jeans. Although- knowing good clothes when I saw them from years of shopping vintage- I realized he wore very good clothes. Those boots and jeans were both out of my price range.

            “Lady, are you okay?” He was now just a few feet away.

            Hazel eyes narrowed in concern, he stood a good six inches taller than me. His dark hair was close cropped and matched the dark stubble sprinkled along his jaw. Wicked cheekbones made him look a bit Native American. A prominent blade of a nose and full lips only added to his appeal.

            I remembered the words I’d written to describe the hero of my book. An arresting face. Strong. Handsome.

            “I’m fine,” I said with a bit too much enthusiasm. What I meant to say, actually, is “you’re fine.” But he stared at me like I might have mental health issues, so I struggled to pull myself out of the sexy-man-induced delirium. He looked like the hero I’d dreamed up before I even laid eyes on this guy. “That is, I broke down a few miles back, but I don’t think I’m far from my destination.”

            Belatedly, I realized I should have asked to borrow his cell phone. Or truck. Or his body. Then again, maybe I’d been spending too much time daydreaming up plot points for my sexy secret novel…

 

About the Author:

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Joanne Rock fell in love with reading at a young age and stayed out of trouble- mostly- as a teen thanks to long stints at her local library where she routinely checked out as many books as a bicycle basket would carry. She still pronounces all the names of the Greek gods incorrectly because she learned them through reading- a small price to pay for the vast amount of knowledge she gained from books! She started writing when the voices in her head kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. A successful romance author and former Golden Heart winner, she’s penned dozens of books for a variety of Harlequin series and has been nominated for the prestigious RITA award three times. Her work is reprinted around the globe and has been translated into twenty different languages. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s cheering on her three sons in sporting endeavors of every variety.

 

You can find and contact Joanne here:

– Website: http://www.joannerock.com/

– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JoanneRockAuthor

– Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoanneRock6

– Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/93455.Joanne_Rock

– Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jrockauthor/

– Tumblr: http://joannerockauthor.tumblr.com/

– Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Joanne-Rock/e/B004N4QDM8/

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COVER REVEAL!

I’m doing something a little different today and revealing the cover of Laura Kaye’s August novella, Hard to Hold On To! This cover is HOT and I am so glad I get the opportunity to share it with you guys. So, without any further ado…

 

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Isn’t it great? Yeah, I thought so, too. 🙂 And if you scroll a little farther down you’ll get to read the blurb and get to know the author, Laura Kaye!

 

Blurb:

Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves–which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight.  He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

 

A little about Laura:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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And here’s a little bit of praise for the Hard Ink series…

For Hard As You Can:

“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

“Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:

“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense!  A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist

Pre-Order Links:

Amazon | Amazon.ca | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes

Links:

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Hard to Hold On To on Goodreads

 

And thanks to Kelly Simmon and Ink Slinger PR for the opportunity to be a part of this cover reveal! Thanks!

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…One Good Cowboy by Catherine Mann

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This is my stop during the blog tour for One Good Cowboy (Diamonds in the Rough #1) by Catherine Mann. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 April till 30 April, weekdays only. You can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/blog-tour-one-good-cowboy-by-catherine-mann/

 

One Good Cowboy is the first in the new series by the super talented Catherine Mann.  When Stone and his ex fiance, Johanna, are forced on a mission by his dying grandmother to find homes for her dogs they can’t deny the sparks flying between them, or the heartache that their break-up caused. The chemistry between Stone and Johanna was intense. Not just the instant physical attraction but the history between them, you obviously have a lot of chemistry with someone you were supposed to marry.

All of the characters were really well fleshed out and their relationships were extremely believable. The plot was solid and cohesive and fun and sexy all at the same time. The family vibe was definitely strong in this one. The relationship with Stone and his grandmother was the best. I loved that Stone was a take charge kind of guy but could be brought to his knees by not only his ex but by his grandma. I also loved his weakness for Johanna. He truly loved her. He was complex and strong and yet simple. Johanna was strong in her own right as well. I loved how Stone was her weakness and she truly loved him but she also had a good, firm grasp on her own dreams and what she wanted. Some things, the things that were most important to her, she was not willing to waiver on and I really liked that about her. And Stone’s bombshell secret I never saw coming, which shows you that Mann was doing everything right!

One of favorite things about this story, aside from the incredibly hot love scenes, was visiting old characters from Mann’s previous novels. Readers were able to catch up with characters from the Alpha Brotherhood(another Desire series), and the Landis-Renshaw family, who we first heard of in the Wingman Warrior Series. It was very clever to include characters not just from one series but multiple ones and integrating them into one book. (and getting readers curious about the other series).

Mann also did a fantastic job at integrating jewels and gems into the names and places on the Ranch…and the dogs names, which were the best part in my opinion. The dogs had back stories and histories, too, which made them characters in their own right. They weren’t just there for show, they were part of the story.

I’m really looking forward to Amie and Alex’s stories and revisiting this family. The other two books can’t come fast enough for me!

 

**I’m writing the post on the anniversary of my own grandmother’s passing so this story holds a special place in my heart today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt of One Good Cowboy:

 

…”What are you doing?”

 “You said you didn’t want to talk.” Sure he knew they weren’t really going to have sex on his desk, but he reveled in the regret in her eyes that she couldn’t hide in spite of her scowl.

 “You’re being outrageous.”

 “Good.”

 “Stop. Now,” she said firmly.

 Okay, he’d pushed her far enough for today, but he could see that while their love for each other might have burned out, their passion still had plenty of fire.

 He buttoned his shirt again and tucked in the tails.  “Spoilsport.”

 She brushed papers into a stack. “The pilot’s waiting.”

 “Damn waste of an empty desk,” he said with a smile…

 

You can find One Good Cowboy on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18774824-one-good-cowboy?ac=1

You can buy One Good Cowboy here:

– Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FTQ1VH6/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_bFmctb01SMAV8

– Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-good-cowboy-catherine-mann/1117057012?ean=9780373733064

– Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/one-good-cowboy-1

– Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=51415

 

 

Do you like books with an animal rescue theme? Keep an eye out for Shelter Me by Catherine Mann, it’s being released on August 5, 2014. It’s a heartwarming novel about a returning soldier, the daughter of his fallen commander, and a very special dog with a mission.

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Release Date: August 5, 2014

Blurb:

Staff Sergeant Mike Kowalski wants only one thing after he gets home from Iraq: to sleep in a king-sized bed with clean sheets. But first, he has to hand off his fallen commander’s dog, Trooper, to his family without handing off his heart to Sierra…

Sierra McDaniel needs a break. Her family life is crazy, and when she’s not mucking out kennels, she’s slogging through grad school. Sierra certainly doesn’t want another dog, especially one that reminds her of her father. And she definitely doesn’t want to see Mike with that charming smile of his…

But Trooper has a mission of his own. Before too long Mike is moving to the ranch to lend a hand—and hoping for his own second chance with Sierra. 

 

You can find Shelter Me on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20645291-shelter-me

You can view the book trailer for Shelter Me here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBfLiHsis3o

 

About the Author: 

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USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, and Sourcebooks, With over two million books in print in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated five RITA finals, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university instructor, she holds a Master’s degree in Theater from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts: Theater (with minors in both English and Education) from the College of Charleston. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with her local Humane Society, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering puppies and special needs dogs (she stopped counting at a hundred). She recently checked off a major item on her “bucket list” by completing the hands-on training for the Florida State Animal Rescue Coalition. Catherine enjoys hearing from her readers and can be found online daily.  To receive an autographed bookmark, send a SASE to: P.O. Box 6065, Navarre, FL 32566

 

You can find and contact Catherine here:

– Website: http://www.catherinemann.com/

– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CatherineMannAuthor

– Twitter: https://twitter.com/catherinemann1

– Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/93454.Catherine_Mann

– Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/catherinemann/

– Blog: http://www.catherinemann.com/category/blog/

– Newsletter: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CatherineMann_News/

…His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock

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He’d always managed to best her… 

Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he’s not playing fair. 

Facing off against Daniel is the last thing Jodi wants. The attraction that’s always fueled their competitiveness is as strong as ever and just as distracting. But with both their futures on the line, and years of distrust between them, how can they ever be on the same side?

Jodi Chapman returns home to Cedar Bay to secure a future for herself and her son, Tyler, by getting local farmers to sell their land to her firm. The only thing stopping her is Daniel Gleason, her high school sweetheart, who has plans of his own.

Karen Rock charms us with her second novel. Jodi and Daniel…and Tyler’s story makes you laugh out loud, sigh with longing and ball your fists in frustration and cry at the happily ever after. Readers will be completely blown away by this heartwarming tale and grabbing for the nearest box of tissues.

The story and characters are so subtly intricate. Each character had a story of their own but learning about these people, and loving them, didn’t bog down the novel. Rock gracefully weaved each one through the story like a basket. She made each character special, gave them little touches, not just a lump of townsfolk.

Even the most loving mother’s let their best intentions cloud their judgement. The conflict that Jodi has; wanting what she believes is best for her son, one of the most prestigious schools in the country, and for him to be “normal”. Her journey in realizing that it is okay for her not to be perfect and that Tyler was meant to be just the way he was made for a gut wrenching read because it struck a cord, which was the point. Jodi was vulnerable because of past experiences with her family, Daniel, and her ex husband. So much self doubt inflicted by those people Jodi loved and trusted caused her to doubt herself even more and be even more determined to be perfect, even if she didn’t quite know what perfect was. Daniel was strong yet vulnerable. His soft spot was Jodi…and Tyler, which was so sweet, watching their blooming relationship flourish, Daniel accepting Tyler just the way he was, and helping Jodi to do so was so fantastic. Daniel’s faithfulness to his family made him even more likable. The banter between the Gleason family, especially Daniel and his sister, was funny and witty. Both of the main characters changed and grew during the story in a natural progression, they learned from one another which made them stronger. I also loved how they were “enemies” at first but then worked together.

As a testament to Rock’s ability to yank, not just tug, on the heartstrings, I was a few pages into the book, where Jodi was struggling with her ex and how he blamed her for Tyler’s condition, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to finish the book. It had so much emotional pull that was raw and wonderful. It opened up personal wounds that I wasn’t sure I wanted to revisit, but isn’t that the point of a great book, to open up wounds? This book was highly personal to me because my own son had ADHD, a condition a lot of people don’t understand, and I saw myself in Jodi. I was struggling with her.

I can’t wait to read more from this sweet lady in the future!

Scroll down for a sneak peek of His Hometown Girl! (which is one of my favorite scenes in the book)

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The music began and Mary gave Daniel a little shove. “Have at her. Indulge us for old times’ sake. Everyone thought you two would make a great couple when you weren’t scrapping.”

He looked down at a dismayed Jodi. “Guess we can’t disappoint our fans.”

She threw her hands up and he swept her into his arms. And just like he thought, the
feel of her brought back their middle school days. He recalled his sweaty palms on her
tiny waist and how much he’d tripped because, instead of counting the steps, he’d
counted the freckles on her nose. Kind of like now.

“Mr. Martin had some crazy taste in music,” she surprised him by saying, a far-off look
in her eyes. “How did that count as exercise?”

Being around her raised his blood pressure. She was the best cardio he could imagine.

They moved across the crowded floor, weaving in and out of other couples.

“No idea.” When the tempo changed he twirled and dipped her, their mouths nearly
touching as he bent her over his arm for a long, breathless moment. The feel of her made
his blood surge.

“Let me up,” she said in a rush, and pushed at his chest, her touch electric. When he
straightened, he pulled her closer and smoothed the hair that had come loose from her
bun, her locks like silk. He inhaled the light, fresh scent of her and his body tightened
against hers. His eyes dropped to her lips and he remembered her taste: honeysuckle and lemon drops. Kissing her had felt like kissing sunshine and for a moment he lost himself
in the glow of that memory.

“Daniel,” she whispered, her eyes shimmering up at him, her voice husky. “People are
watching.”

“Let them.”

When she trembled in his arms, he knew she was remembering the afternoons he’d
held her this way. How they’d lie snuggled in the deep grass together, the blue sky their
only witness. It’d been magic. The ultimate trick, however, was her disappearing act. The
thought sobered him and he loosened his grip. She challenged, exhilarated, frustrated and attracted him like no other. Yet she had crushed him, too, and he sensed that could happen as easily now as it had then if he wasn’t careful. He wasn’t just at war with her, he also battled himself.

As he guided her through the swaying couples, their bodies moved in perfect sync.

Suddenly he thought of her ex and felt a rush of jealousy at the thought of her in another
man’s arms.

“I’m sorry to hear about your divorce,” he said, and felt her stiffen.

“I got through it,” she said lightly, her eyes sliding from his.

“Do you still see him?” An irrational need to know how much time she still spent with
the man seized him. It didn’t matter—or it shouldn’t—yet somehow, it did.

A laugh-snort escaped her and her gaze flew to his. “Not since he left.”

“What about Tyler?” he blurted. The guy might be a fool for not returning Jodi’s love,
but he must at least care for his own child.

The music ended and he led her to a table by the window. After pulling out her chair,
he straddled his.

Jodi caught her lower lip between her teeth and gazed outside. The sun had set
completely and the moon was up, a wedge of creamy white casting its reflection onto the lake. Night wind rattled tree branches, knocking them against one another. “Not Tyler, either,” she said at last, her voice sounding empty. Scraped out.He found her cold fingers beneath the table and wrapped his palms around them. “He’s a terrible father.” And a horrible person. Who would abandon his wife and child? He’d known she was a single mother, but he’d never known that she was raising her son entirely on her own. After this night of revelations, she’d surprised him again and he admired her even more. What a strong, caring person. Jodi nodded, her face bleak and beautiful. “Tyler wouldn’t stop crying after his dad left until—” 

She froze, then yanked her hands away and stood. “I’ve got to go.” 

“Jodi.” His voice stopped her. “I—I—” He broke off, searching for the right words the
way he might grope for a light switch in the dark.

She glanced around the bar, the faraway look gone, her expression sharp. “We
shouldn’t do this. It’s not good for either of us to get this personal. My focus is on Tyler.
Not bars. Not men.” She gazed at him, her eyes pleading. “Not you.”
Before he could stand, she flew out the door, leaving him again.

Happy Reading! 

Lizzy

P.S. Buy Karen’s book March 1st! 🙂

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…One Naughty Night by Joanne Rock

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One naughty woman…

The sweet, innocent blonde on the dance floor is way out of her league in this hot, singles club. And the minute Renzo Cesare recognizes that, his protective instincts step up to the plate while he tries to rescue her. If that means pretending to be Esme Giles’s blind date, well, so be it. But before he can escort her to safety, she starts whispering some not so innocent suggestions in his ear. How is a guy supposed to be noble when all he can think about is hitting the sheets?

One naughty man…

Esme Giles is turning over a new leaf-starting with a seduction. Sure, it’s a bold move for her reserved self, but one look at her sexy date and she’ll do almost anything to convince this hottie to spend a sizzling night with her. Too bad he’s the wrong man! But Renzo’s red-hot kisses convince her that she’s found the right man…for more than just a night!

And a bed that’s just right!

One Naughty Night was definitely that…naughty. When Esme agreed to a blind date with her neighbor’s nephew she never expected to meet Renzo Cesare and he never expected the prim and bookishly shy Esme to walk into his club.

Esme and Renzo. What is there to say about them but wow. Both characters were fantastic! I really loved Esme. I completely related to her. She fought to be independent, but was also fragile in a way. She wasn’t a complete moron, and could do things for herself, but I like how she discovered her backbone and self confidence, with Renzo’s help because he truly believed in her, and as a reader I believed that he believed in her. I also liked how she let Renzo take charge when she realized he was doing it not because he was a bully, but because he cared. Renzo was strong, sexy, and enjoyably domineering. I loved how the characters played off one another. Esme was able to see how strong she was because of Renzo, and Renzo was able to relax because of Esme. They brought out the best in each other. The romance between them was realistically paced and believable. Yes, it started out as a red-hot attraction and sex and the initial chemistry was sexually charged but it became much more than that and Rock executed it so well. The progression of Renzo and Esme’s relationship and emotions were spot on. I loved every minute of this fun and sensual ride!

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the love scenes because I want you to read them for yourselves because they are so delicious.

Rock also did a fantastic job in her descriptions. I could feel myself there, with Renzo and Esme, which seriously makes me want to visit Florida.

I will admit that I had a bit of prejudice toward Blazes because they are supposedly just sex scenes, and I was so very wrong. They are so much more, or at least this one was. One Naughty Night had steam and substance. After reading this book I wonder why I haven’t read more Harlequin Blaze novels, especially if they are all as fantastic as this one!

(and thank you to Joanne for sending me this book to review and part of the Get Tempted book Blitz and Lola’s Blog Tours.)

…What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee

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An Honest love…

Radley Lyncott has been in love with Wendy Drew as long as he can remember. When he went to sea, she was too young to court. Now that he’s returned to take up his Welsh title, he is appalled to find that debt has ruined the Drew family, and—even worse—Wendy is being courted by another man.

Or a dangerous attraction?

Family comes first for seamstress Wendy Drew, who is forced to settle her brother’s debt by working nights at a notorious gambling den. But her double-life hasn’t gone unnoticed—she has captivated none other than Demon Damon, a nefarious rake who understands Wendy’s darkest desires and is hell bent on luring her into his arms.

When Radley Lyncott returned home from sea he had his heart set on one thing: finally being able to court Wendy Drew, the girl he had been in love with since he was a young man. To his surprise she was also being “courted” by Demon Damon, owner of some notorious gambling establishments in the ton. The situation is not what it seems and Radley is determined to protect Wendy from the Demon while trying to adjust to life as a Duke.

What the Groom Wants is unlike any romance novel I have ever read. It was traditional yet unconventional. The boy-loves-girl-and-girl-does-whatever-she-has-to-in-order-to-save-her-family-with-boy-trying-to-save-her-the-hardship was what you would expect from a Regency romance but that’s where it stops being a typical romance. The delicious twists and turns(and love scenes) kept me, as the reader, hooked. When I thought I knew what was going to happen next I was completely blindsided, left with my jaw on the floor. The plot was intriguing and quickly paced. The characters were well fleshed out and likable(well, except for Demon Damon, but you aren’t really supposed to like a villain). Wendy and Radley had fantastic chemistry and were a believable couple. It contains the elements of the Regency world that readers love:the descriptions of the gowns, the furnishings, the dashing men all decked out, but it also contains raw and surprising details and emotions that makes it one of a kind.

I loved Radley’s determination, even if he wasn’t always sure how to handle every situation thrown at him. When he was first introduced I was thinking he was just some wimpy guy(and not the hero) but he proved himself, or rather Lee proved it in her writing ability by making him so real. He wasn’t perfect, but there were so many different aspects to his personality. He wasn’t just one sided. I was glad to see that he didn’t fall into his new role as Duke gracefully(pun intended). He was genuine in his confusion of the rules and what was expected but he made the title his own.Wendy Drew was one of the most stubborn heroines I have ever read, and I mean that as a compliment. She isn’t the typical heroine. Yes, there are heroines in novels all over the place who do things for their families but she was particularly independent and headstrong, almost to a fault, but that’s what I like about her, she isn’t perfect, but human. I love the first full love scene, where Wendy and Radley consummate their relationship in her room. It was almost like an out of body experience, unlike any romance novel love scene I have ever read. Lee describes what was going on without the use of the usual overly descriptive adjectives that go into a typical sex scene. I was in the middle of the scene, feeling all of the things Wendy was feeling and experiencing as she was, but watching it, as a(naughty) spectator at the same time. I’ve never read a love scene like it. I initially thought that Demon Damon was the hero and he was going to have to do some serious redeeming if he was the hero. Turns out, he really was just a nasty guy. I’ve never been so glad to see a character get his comeuppance as I was to see Demon Damon get his. It was not the typical  hero and villain have it out at the climax of the book before the happily ever after. It was a unique and fitting ending to a ghastly man.

All in all I highly recommend What the Groom Wants for those who love Regency romances with a twist of wickedness(and to share it with your romance loving friends)!

Be sure to visit Jade’s website: http://www.jadeleeauthor.com

Happy Reading,

Lizzy

Reviewing VS.Writing

So I’m going to take a different approach today and swerve off the “reviewing a book” path. As I was cruising around Amazon, looking for books(Christmas gifts from The Charming German, aka, my boyfriend), and I spotted an interview from Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl, and the first question that was asked was, “Do you prefer writing novels or reviewing?”. I immediately began wondering the same thing. I’d never asked myself that before, but it was an interesting question since I am both writer(I don’t consider myself an “author” since I’m not published…yet)and reviewer.

Let me say that I LOVE writing! It’s a fantastic feeling to read what you’ve written and the swell of pride that blooms in your chest when you realize that it isn’t half bad. I still dream of seeing my name on books that on bookshelves.

I kind of fell into reviewing a few years ago when my critique partner, Emily, introduced me to a reviewing site, that is now defunked, I took a break from it(or in all honesty I forgot about reviewing) and just recently got seriously back into it. I really do love it, too. I’m not gonna lie, the best part of reviewing is getting books for free from authors. My list is very short of authors that send me ARC’s(or advanced reader copies), but I do hope to grow it next year. My second favorite part is giving my opinion on said free book. I love telling people about books I’ve read, and if it’s a good book I want others to read it. All of the critical thinking I did in college helps really break apart a book and analyse it. It’s fun trying to understand the motivations of the characters(if they aren’t clear) and of the author.

I don’t know if I love one more than the other, I’m just so excited that I get to do both!

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