Monday, April 6, 2015

A Perfect Ten: Forbidden Men #5 by Linda Kage - Q&A with Linda, Review, and Giveaway!



A Perfect Ten
Forbidden Men # 5
By: Linda Kage
Releasing March 30th, 2015
Self-Published


Blurb:

Let your hair down, Caroline, they said. It'll be fun, they said.

I know I've closed myself off in a major way in the past year, ever since “the incident” where I messed up my life completely. It's past time I try to live again or just give up completely. But this is quite possibly the craziest thing I've ever done. In a last ditch effort to invigorate myself, I'm standing outside Oren Tenning's bedroom, I just peeled off the sexiest pair of underwear I own, and my hand is already raised to knock. My brother would disown me for doing anything with his best friend, and he'd probably kill Oren. But if I play my cards right, no one will ever know about this. Not even Ten.

Maybe after tonight, I’ll finally get over this stupid, irrational crush I hate having on the biggest jerk I’ve ever met. Or maybe I’ll just end up falling for him even harder. Maybe I’ll discover there’s so much more to my crude, carefree hunk than meets the eye.





Excerpt:



She was Noel Gamble’s one and only sister; I could not fuck her. No matter what.
Ergo, I needed to take drastic measures to keep her at arm’s length. I needed to...okay, fine. Fuck. I just needed to be me. Not really so drastic once you think about it, even though it probably seemed that way to her.

So I let her have the full intensity of Ten. I stopped watching what I said when she was around, and I let all my base, disgusting thoughts bleed out of my mouth like I usually did. I stopped smiling at her, stopped paying her special attention with little courteous things like holding doors open for her or asking her how her day went. I completely stopped being a nice guy. I backed off and pretty much ignored her, unless I could think up something crude to say in her direction. I made sure to chase other women when she was around. And I felt like shit every night I lay in bed, unable to get to sleep, because I’d relive every awful thing I’d done to her that day.

No matter how deeply my actions ate at me, though, it didn't stop me from making her hate me and killing any soft feelings she’d ever had for me. It should’ve been easy to accomplish. Everyone who knows me knows how fast I can piss off a woman. But nothing about Caroline has ever been easy.

That’s the curious thing about temptation. It festers and grows. You feed that bitch enough and she morphs into craving, and then craving turns into obsession. Pretty soon, nothing in your life is as important as that one thing you want but can’t have.

I wanted her and I couldn't have her, so I fed the temptation, I flooded the craving, I would've fucking nursed the obsession from my own tits if I could’ve. I made sure I got little doses of her here and there. Except something incredibly enlightening happens when you spend enough time in one woman’s company. You start noticing shit about her, little useless shit that actually begins to mean everything, like how she brushes the hair out her face—even if there isn't any in her eyes—whenever she’s unsettled, or how she chews on the end of a pen during class whenever she’s listening to something that captivates her attention. You learn all her different laughs and know what each one means. You learn what pisses her off the most, or what makes her the happiest. You discover how smart and witty and sarcastic she is, and that her mind is almost as dirty as yours. You see how passionate she becomes when she defends those she loves, and you start to fall. Hard.

So, this is my Pathetic Loser’s confession: I am Oren Tenning and I have fallen. Hard.


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 Q&A
with Linda Kage



              Please tell us a little about yourself….
Hi!  I’m Linda.  I’m a wife, mom, daughter, sister, cousin, aunt, niece, and all those good things!  I work at a university library during the day (Go Gorillas!!) and watch my kiddo at night.  Oh, and when no one’s looking, I try to write stories…but it seems like someone’s always looking, so…oh, well, I keep writing anyway! J I love books (shocking, huh?), movies, super hero shows like Arrow, Flash, iZombie, and Teen Wolf, and taking walks, along with hanging out with the family.  Oh!  And eating.  Eating is good.  And that’s about all there is to me!

              How/when did you decide to write?
I decided I liked to write in the first grade when my teacher was overly nice, complimenting a ridiculous poem I wrote. It took me around twenty-five years, about sixteen full-lengths manuscripts, and tons of unfinished crap for a publisher to finally say, “Okay we’ll give your story a shot!”

              What is one thing about you that your readers would find surprising or never guess about you?
I’m incredibly awkward and socially clueless!  I know, I come across as such a wonderful social butterfly online, don’t I?!  (Or not!)

              Tell us a little about your latest book/release/WIP?
A Perfect Ten is book 5 in the Forbidden Men series but it can be read as a standalone. The main guy, Ten, and main girl, Caroline, were both introduced in book 2 of the series, and I've had a blast watching both of their personalities grow and mature throughout the last couple of books. 

              What’s one thing that you enjoy most about writing? Least?
I love finishing a book the most.  That high of completing a project I've been working on for months, that I've been obsessing about for most every minute of every day, that’s finally out of my head and on a computer for others to read is just…indescribable.

·         Who is one of your favorite authors that you enjoy reading?
Dr. Seuss!

Quickie Questions

·         Milk or Dark chocolate? MILK

·         Coffee or tea? TEA

·         Leather or lace? LEATHER

·         Hard & Fast or Long & Slow? QUICK & PAINLESS (Wait, what’re we talking about?!)

·         Favorite junk food? POTATO CHIPS W/ DIP!

·         One thing (object, not people) you can’t live without? iPAD

·         One unusual item in/on/around your workspace? RUBBER DUCKIE COLLECTION


·         Favorite  adult beverage? STRAWBERRY DACQUIRI




My Review:

Although this is the 5th book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone book. (Please take a moment to check out the rest of the series)

It's fun to read about such a "player", who turns it all around for the right girl. Oren is definitely that player and it turns out that his best fried's little sister, Caroline, is the right girl.  Oren is also a potty-mouthed, bad-boy who loves hard-yum, my kind of guy! Caroline is a girl who knows what/who she wants and doesn't let anything/anyone get in her way while trying to obtain it, including her over-protective brother.

The sparks fly in this book, I found this story to be quite a ride. 






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Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part of her world, and she is so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Broken, Lost series book #1 by Cynthia Eden - Review & Giveaway



Broken
Lost # 1
By: Cynthia Eden
Releasing March 31st, 2015
Avon

Blurb
The first novel in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's sizzling LOST series introduces the Last Option Search Team, an elite unit that must protect the only surviving victim of a serial killer.

Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.

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Review:

Romantic Suspense is one of my favorite genres to read, and with Broken, Cynthia Eden has moved to the top of my list of favorite authors to supply me with my book crack!

Eve is searching for her identity and Gabe is just the man to help! Gabe Spencer created LOST for cases just like Eve's, helpless, hopeless, and defeated. Eve thinks she may be the only surviving victim of The Lady Killer, a notorious serial killer, but, with no memory of her past and who she is, how can she be sure of anything? 

Cynthia Eden takes you on a fast-paced ride of murder, secrets, sin, and yeah...super hot protective guys that make you swoon! (did I just say swoon?) Just when I thought I had it all figured out....another twist was added to the story! Broken kept me entranced through-out!

Broken is the first book in a new series from Cynthia Eden, LOST, and I cannot wait to read the next, Twisted!




Author Info:
Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.



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Excerpt

“Do you think I’m a con artist or a victim?”
“I think you’re a woman who has been hurt.” No denying that. “One of my team members, Wade Monroe, is contacting the Montgomery family. We’ll get DNA from them and find out—”
“If I’m Jessica.” There was hope in the words. Enough hope to break his heart.
Gabe nodded.
“When will we know?”
It would take a few days, even with the strings that he could pull. “As soon as possible,” he said, not wanting to give her a specific timetable.
“Thank you.” Then, just like that, she was across the car, giving him a tight hug. “Thank you.”
His arms wrapped around her, an instinctive response. She smelled faintly of flowers, a sweet scent that teased his nose, and her body was soft against his.
She tried to pull away, as if realizing what she’d just done.
For an instant he was tempted to hold her, to keep her close.
She’s a client. Focus.
He let her go, but his body ached.
“I … um … I should get inside.”
Yes, she should. While he was still clutching tight to his control. The control that said he shouldn’t push her. Shouldn’t want her so much. Not when she’d already been hurt so badly.
Her fingers reached for the door.
“Let me,” he said, voice rumbling, and Gabe climbed from the Jag. In seconds he was on the passenger side, opening her door for her. She rose, and her body brushed against his.
He stepped back. Distance. He seriously needed to put some distance between then. But even with some fast steps back, he could still smell that light and sexy scent that clung to her body. And he still wanted her.
“Your shrink asked me a lot of questions about you,” Eve told him as she stood temptingly close.
Gabe inclined his head. “I’m sure—”
“I think she wanted to know why I respond so much to you.”
Oh, hell, she’d just said … He cleared his throat even as part of his body surged in quick response to her. “It’s a tense situation, you’re—”
“You don’t look at me as if I’m a victim.”
He stopped talking.
“I mean, you know what I am, but you still look at me and seem to just see me … as a woman.”
“Others see you the same way.” Doc Tyler sure did. Bastard.
“It’s different with you,” she murmured as she stepped even closer to him. Her head had tilted back so she could look into his eyes. “I don’t know what I’ve felt for other men before.”
Why did the idea of others have his body knotting with tension?
“But I know that when I see you, I want.” A hushed confession. “I just … I needed to tell you that.”
And he needed to make his self-control a hell of a lot stronger. Her lips were just inches from his, and he wanted her mouth beneath his. Wanted her lips open. Needed to taste her.
“You’re the first man I’ve wanted since I opened my eyes in that hospital.”
He could actually feel his control splintering. Client. Cli—
“You probably don’t want me. I—I might not be your type.”
Now her gaze had fallen, as if in embarrassment. Had she really just asked if she was his type? She was probably every damn man’s type.
“But you make me feel normal again, so I had to tell you—”
His fingers curved under her chin. “Eve …”
Her smile was a little too big. Too bright. “I don’t think I can handle anything else right now, I’m …” She pulled away. Stumbled onto the sidewalk. “I just wanted to tell you how I felt,” she told him again.
Then she walked into the shelter, her steps hurried. As if she were running.
From him.
He stared after her. She wanted him.
And she was so fucking beyond his reach.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lost Wishes: A Troublemaker Novel by Kelly Gendron - Review




Lost Wishes
A Troublemaker Novel
by Kelly Gendron







He’s ruthless.
 She’s relentless.
 Together, they are boundless. 





Fallon O’Conner is ruthless… 
Each day comes and goes without meaning 
He eats, sleeps, and waits 
The time is nearing to confront his wife’s killer 
And nothing will stop Fallon from getting his revenge 
Then, Katie Rustle comes crashing into his forsaken life… 

Katie Rustle is relentless… 
Her boss needs something 
Fallon O’Conner has it 
And Katie is just the person to get it 
She’s no stranger to bad-tempered, cruel, heartless men 
A man corrupted by the loss of a loved one raised her 





Review


Although part of the Troublemaker series, Lost Wishes can be read as a stand-alone.
 I have to say you are going to want to read the rest of them!

Lost Wishes had me laughing, crying, and it got me all hot & bothered too. It's a rare book that can put me through all those emotions. Kelly Gendron is a wizard with the written word, she paints a perfect picture in my minds eye and immerses me into the story-line just with her words.

Fallon thinks he has lost everything, all his emotions, all the joys in life, he only keeps going to seek his revenge, until Katie. Katie is used to hard men, men who don't care, men who can't cope with life after tragedy. That's why she is perfect to get what her boss needs from Fallon. That's why she is perfect to get through all of Fallon's defenses!

I read Lost Wishes in one sitting, I could not put this book down. 







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Author Info

Kelly’s motto ~ "Bad boys, give 'em a little time and experience, and they will evolve into misbehaving men!" And what hot-blooded woman doesn’t want a naughty, all grown up bad boy?

Kelly Gendron is the author of the TroubleMaker series, the up and coming series ~ Breaking the Declan Brothers, and a few other romantic suspense novels.

When she's not writing steamy, blush producing romances, she's out meeting new people while representing a group of reputable nursing facilities. You can find Kelly in a quiet suburb, somewhere between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. If you Google her, she’ll pop up there too. And, please do find her. Kelly loves to hear from her readers, and meeting new people.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Gideon, A T-Flac Novel by Cherry Adair - Review

Gideon
Lodestone book #2
A T-Flac Novel
by Cherry Adair





T-FLAC is back in an exciting action-adventure romance filled with danger, subterfuge and steamy, red-hot attraction.
 
NO MEMORY OF HIS PAST 
Powerful cartel leader Sin Diaz lives a dangerous life filled with secrets and lies, and surrounded by people who claim to have known him all his life. Yet flashes of another life, totally unrelated to the jungles of Cosio, hang tantalizingly on the edges of his memory. He’ll trust no one until he remembers his true past.

 
NO VISIONS FOR HER FUTURE 
T-FLAC operative Riva Rimaldi’s mission is simple. Go undercover, learn terrorist Escobar Maza’s agenda, then kill him. But when the helicopter she’s on crashes deep in the jungle she finds herself in the wrong hands. Is the sexy as hell leader of the ANLF, Sin Diaz, the enemy of her enemy, worse than Maza himself? 


TOGETHER THEY HOLD THE KEY 
Sin and Riva must work together to stop a madman who will go to any lengths to attain his terrifying goal. But can they unravel the truth in time? The countdown clock is ticking. 
What they don’t know could get them killed.










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Review:

Once again, Cherry Adair takes us on a fabulous adventure with her latest release, Gideon! This book is full of edge of your seat action, adventure, and lots of jungle lovin!

The long-awaited Gideon picks up where Hush left off, although it IS a stand-alone book and can be read as such. While on an OP to take out Escobar Maza, Riva comes across another famed drug czar, Sin Diaz. Could this person possibly be Gideon Stark, presumed dead while on an adventure in the jungle? Riva aims to find out.

What can I say about this installment of Cherry Adair's T-FLAC books that hasn't been said before....Fun, exciting , edge of your seat action, hot monkey sex, guns, bad guys, good guys, Gideon is a fantastic book that I just couldn't put down!









Author:


Always an adventurer in life as well as writing, New York Times best-selling author Cherry Adair moved halfway across the globe from Cape Town, South Africa to the United States in her early years to become a interior designer. Now a resident of the Pacific Northwest she shares the award- winning adventures of her fictional T-FLAC counter terrorism operatives with her readers.


 Cherry settled in beautiful San Francisco, where she started what eventually became a thriving interior design business. "I loved being a designer because it was varied and creative, and I enjoyed working with the public." A voracious reader when she was able to carve out the time, Cherry found her brain crowded with characters and stories of her own. "Eventually," she says, "the stories demanded to be told.

" When asked why she chooses to write romantic action adventure, she says, "Who says you can’t have adventure and a great love life? Of course if you’re talking about an adventurous love life, that’s another thing altogether. I write romantic suspense coupled heart-pounding adventure because I like to entertain, and nothing keeps readers happier than a rollercoaster read, followed by a happy ending.

" Popular on the workshop circuit, Cherry gives lively classes on writing and the writing life. Pulling no punches when asked how to become a published writer, Cherry insists, "Sit your butt in the chair and write. There's no magic to it. Writing is hard work. It isn't for sissies or whiners.

" Cherry loves to spend time at home. A corner desk keeps her focused on writing, but the windows behind her, with a panoramic view of the front gardens, are always calling her to come outside and play. Her office has nine-foot ceilings, a fireplace, a television and built-in bookcases that will house approximately 3,500 paperback books.

 "What can I say? My keeper shelf has been breeding in the middle of the night, rather like drycleaners' wire clothes hangers.”


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Risk, Xtreme Heroes #1 by Skye Jordan - review


The Risk
Xtreme Heroes #1
by Skye Jordan

Blurb:

Former Olympian turned physical therapist to the elite Julia Bailey knows all about pushing the limits. But when a sexual harassment suit costs her a dream job—not to mention her reputation—she takes on the biggest risk of her life. Rehabilitating the X Games’ most notorious bad boy might be just what she needs to secure the funds for her own treatment center. Problem is, the only kind of recovery her new client is interested in is under-the-covers freestyle—gear optional.

Daredevil snowboarder Noah Hunt is a rock star—on and off the slopes. A recent accident might have him down, but he’s far from out. He doesn't care what the sexy therapist with the sweet curves says. He’s got sponsors to impress and trophies to collect, and taking things slow and steady just ain't his style. A little dirty talk and a sizzling night later, Julia learns just how fast and hard he likes to play. Too bad for him, his heart goes all in, and one wrong move could cost him more than just his career.

Review:
The cover alone is worth checking out this book! But, what's between the covers....a super-sexy, fun, fantastic story that had me reading non-stop from beginning to end.

Noah & Julia steam up the pages and practically melt all the snow in Tahoe. Julia is a physical therapist, hired to get Noah back on the slopes after major surgery. Noah thinks he knows what he's doing with his rehab, but, Julia is the best in the business ad won't let him get away with anything..she has been there...done that...and doesn't take crap from anyone. For once there is someone who doesn't pull any punches with Noah, he may not like what he hears, but at least Julia's honest.

Skye Jordan starts a new series off with a bang! This book was fantastic and I can't wait for the next one.



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*I am a New York Times Bestselling Author writing under the pseudonym Skye Jordan for my more … sexually heated … works.
My Skye Jordan novels are all about enjoying that little wild streak we all have, but probably don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we usually don’t get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, playing naughty and maybe even acting a little wicked. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance.
And, yes, even love. Because even as Skye Jordan I’m just a happily ever after kinda gal. (Or, in some cases, happily for the foreseeable future.)
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