Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Once Upon A Cowboy: Whisper Creek #3 by Maggie McGinnis ~ Review

Once Upon A Cowboy
Whisper Creek #3
by Maggie McGinnis

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Yoga instructor Jessalyn Alcott radiates peace, calm, and serenity—on the outside. Inside, she still feels like the broken, desperate girl from the trailer park. She’s got dark secrets she can’t share, which is why she never lets her relationships go beyond the third date. But when she travels to the Whisper Creek dude ranch for a friend’s wedding, Jess is enchanted by a cowboy whose deep blue eyes, dimpled smile, and rock-hard body make it tough to remember why she keeps running scared.
Cole Driscoll has struggled to find his place on a family ranch where he’s always played second fiddle. His future might be uncertain, but he’s sure of one thing: He wants Jess by his side. Easier said than done. When it comes to getting close, she’s full of excuses, and he longs to fix the hurt he sees in her eyes. Now that she’s at Whisper Creek, there’s nothing he wants more than to break down the walls around her heart and heal her pain with the power of love

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What an incredible story! Such a powerful, emotional, fantastic story! I actually felt drained after reading this book (not a bad thing)

The two main characters, Jess and Cole, are such opposites of each other in everything.
Cole is outgoing, funny, sweet, sexy, and incredibly smart but he doesn't believe in himself. Jess has such an extremely dark past with secrets that haunt her everyday and has almost no confidence in herself. These two mesh so well together, Cole brings light into Jess' life and Jess shows Cole that he has everything he could ever want right where he is.

I absolutely loved this book! It is the 3rd in the series and can be read as a standalone, but, this series is just so good, I recommend you read them all!

Author Info:

* Maggie started writing when her twins were infants and she was desperately seeking sanity. The fact that she found it only with imaginary people makes her a bit concerned, but at least they do what she tells them to … usually. 

She lives in New England, though she spends an inordinate amount of time on Arizona real estate sites in mid-January. While snow piles up to her windowsills, she cyber-stalks the blue skies and pink houses of the Southwest. 

She used to be an English teacher, a certified black belt, and a cool-car driver. Then ... twins. Now she swills caffeine while driving the one vehicle she swore she'd never own: a minivan. It sort of hurts even to admit it. 

Her debut novel, a cozy mystery, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and her debut romance, Accidental Cowgirl, is a USA Today® bestseller! The second book in her Whisper Creek series, A Cowboy's Christmas Promise, is now available, and the third book, Once Upon a Cowboy, will be out in June! 

Starting in the fall of 2015, her new series with St. Martin's will hit the actual AND virtual shelves. The first book, Forever This Time, is slated for a November release, with the second and third books in the series scheduled to come out in 2016.

Maggie is thoroughly grateful to her wonderful agent, her amazing teams at Random House and St. Martin's, her readers, and her fabulous writer-gal friends for making this journey so much fun!

She's just hoping that one of these days, her family will understand ...

* From the author's website

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lock and Load: SEAL Extreme Team book #2 by Kimberly Troutte - Review

Lock and Load
SEAL Extreme Team
book #2
by Kimberly Troutte

Dodge the bullets…
A Chinese gaming company tricks Amber Fitz into hacking the U.S. Department of Defense to extract weaponry secrets. In a panic, she steals the only copy and runs. Can she trust a newly-formed SEAL team to get her out of China and protect the secrets in her hands?

Solve the puzzle…
Communications Expert Charlie Handly loves a challenge and Amber is one sexy puzzle he’d like to solve. Is she a traitor or an innocent? Why does she remind him of the woman he’s been searching for? The only woman he wants for himself.

Get out alive…
Amber needs one SEAL to help her escape. Charlie makes it clear he wants to protect and hold her close. But his brother and explosions expert, Willy, wants her too…and he’s willing to share.  


A fast-paced, exciting, edge of your seat read! Full of Alpha military men, who will save you from danger but, can they save your heart from themselves?! Damn, I want the Extreme Team to save me!

Both of them are ultimate gamers, Charlie has been after Amber (who he met online) for a date for months, then she up and disappears. While on a special assignment, Charlie and Amber meet for the first time in person, and the sparks fly immediately! But, not knowing if Amber is on the side of good or evil could just fizzle out that sizzle. Can they win this game of love?

Lock & Load is the ultimate page turner with the action and sexy loving I just adore in a great book.

Author Info:

I’m a Southern California girl, born and raised. I live with my amazing hubby, two awesome sons, a wild cat, one large snake and various other creatures that the man and kids inevitably drag in.
I have a B.A in Business Economics and a M.S. in Systems Management, so of course, I write romance and children’s books! I have been an accountant, substitute teacher, caterer, financial analyst for a major defense contractor, real-estate broker, aerobics instructor and a freelance writer.
Selling my first book was a dream come true. When I got “the call” from the publisher, did I jump up and down, scream and do the Funky Chicken dance? Nope. I hit my knees, thanked God and bawled like a baby. Then I called Mom and Dad and bawled some more. Told my husband, sobbed. Dripped giant tears on C.C Wiley, my best friend and awesome writer. It was one of the wettest, best days ever.
There have been other super-wonderful days since then. Lots. A sweet one was hitting the NY Times with my SEALs of Summer co-authors. A week-long glorious haze came when I got the call from RWA that I’d been nominated for a RITA.
Moral of the story?
There can be a ton of crushing moments in life, but don’t dwell on them. The glorious moments could be one year, minute, second away. Dream big, work hard, don’t give up, have faith and when it happens, have a Kleenex box nearby.
Just in case.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Julian's Pursuit by Haleigh Lovell ~ Promo and Giveaway!



She is the cold and unfeeling Ice Queen at the corporate office.
He is the ex-baller and reformed player who wants her.
It is pulsing between them, the sexual energy reaching for each other, seeking to entwine

Let the pursuit begin.

NOTE: Standalone novel, no cliffhanger, dual POV.


This excerpt is from Sadie's POV. Enjoy:

I stroked his leg under the table with my foot. “Oh,” I moaned, making my voice airy and breathless. “Is the food orgasmic?”

He smiled, a curve of his sculpted mouth. “You enjoy torturing me, don’t you?”
Yes, I did. I took great pleasure in watching him squirm when I gave him blue veined throbbers out in public. And I found it especially amusing when he told me he pictured playing mini golf with his grandmother whenever he had to tame the rumbling in his loins.

“Why?” I lowered my voice and feigned innocence. “Do you have a hard-on right now?”
Grinning with just enough arrogance to make him look sexy, he reclined in his seat and said coolly, “Nah. That’s my dick normally. Huge, right?”

“You poor thing.” My shoulders lifted with laughter. “Is your stiffy giving you a hernia? 

Don’t worry, all you need to do is tuck and duck and I’ll try not to laugh.”

“Miss Frost,” he chided “behave yourself.”



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Midnight Ride by Cat Johson - Review & Giveaway

Midnight Ride
Midnight Cowboys #1
By: Cat Johnson
Releasing April 28th, 2015


One bucking bronco…

Oklahoma ranch hand Tyler Jenkins is too young, too sexy, and too damn wild to be tied down by any single woman—for more than a few steamy hours…

One hard-working widow…

Widowed rancher Janie Smithwick is too busy paying off her debts to play rodeo with a reckless young cowboy like Tyler—no matter how hot he gets her…

One midnight ride they’ll never forget…

As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn—not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone—held tight in his arms, pressed against his hard muscled body, burning with desire—the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken…

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First things first...the cover! Damn that is one hot cover! I would read this book just for the cover alone! Then we get to what's between the cover, Tyler and Janie, a very unlikely pair. 

Tyler has always been a player, never settled for just one woman, he has always been on the hunt for a new conquest. Janie married young to an older man and is now widowed. She has been left with way too much responsibilities and not enough time to take care of it all. Tyler, who works on the ranch next door, offers to help Janie around her ranch. 

I really liked the way Tyler took his time trying to convince Janie that they could be something together. He didn't push the subject (much). Janie was way too convinced that she shouldn't have anything to do with Tyler because of their age difference and it took quite a bit of sweet talking for her to get over it. 

This story was a sweet and sexy read. Cat Johnson and her cowboys always make for a great read and Midnight Ride is no exception!

Author Info:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cat Johnson writes contemporary romance in genres including military and western. Known for her unique marketing and research techniques, she has sponsored pro bull riders, owns a collection of camouflage and western footwear for book signings, and a fair number of her consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living. For more visit

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sultry Groove ~ Reckless Beat series ~ Book 4 by Eden Summers ~ review & giveaway

Sultry Groove
Reckless Beat Series ~ Book Four
by Eden Summers
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He wants the world and the admiration of everyone in it. 
Sean Taiden, the inconspicuous drummer of Reckless Beat, is sick of living in the shadows of his bandmates’ success. He’ll do anything to gain the recognition he deserves. Even if it means dancing in a music video to the Reckless track that drives a knife into his broken heart whenever he hears it. The saving grace is the tempting choreographer who may be the one person able to distract him from the agony his life has become.

All she wants is the peace that comes with solitude.
Melody Jenkins knows all about fame. She knows enough to determine she doesn't want a part of it anymore. After quitting her professional dance career, she set up a quiet studio and focused on starting a new beginning away from prying eyes. Until a sexy drummer strides into her life, making her crave something she can’t have while also pushing her to expose secrets she can’t bear to reveal.

Conflicting aspirations and one inextinguishable passion.
She needs to hide from the world she once owned. He wants to rise to the top, proving to himself and his friends that he’s always been the heartbeat of the band. Caught between what they need and what they want, Melody and Sean have to decide which is more important—their individual plans for the future or their feelings for one another.

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Reckless Beat
They are the dirty talkin' , the sexy walkin' ,
the greatest rock band that ever was!

I absolutely adore this series and was so excited for the release of Sultry Groove and Sean's story!

Sean is Reckless Beat's (not so little) drummer boy and he has always felt like the world doesn't see him behind his drum kit. Melody has been in the public's eye for years and she has her reasons for hiding from her adoring public now. One wants to be all out there for everyone to see and the other wants to hide in the shadows...can this work for Sean & Melody? 

Sean & Melody's story had me laughing one minute and teary-eyed the next. During this read I felt a gamut of emotions~happy, sad, angry, worn-down, silly, sexy, relieved~It's a damn good book that can take you on a wild ride of emotions.

Eden Summers may have created a fictional rock band for this series, but, her writing brings these characters to full life. The interactions between the characters and the real-world problems they face within their story-lines makes the reader feel like they are an actual by-stander watching these people live their lives. This to me is the best kind of book! A book where you "see" the story play out in your minds eye and feel what the character's feel!

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About the Author

Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.

In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind. 

Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

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