Friday, October 21, 2016

Blog Tour: "Tempting Tristan" (Harborside Nights) by Melissa Foster



New Release........
Tempting Tristan is a stand-alone M/M romance featuring two sexy, lovable alphas from the Harborside Nights series.

Fresh off the heels of yet another bad relationship, Tristan Brewer is taking a break from men to try and figure out where he keeps going wrong. He knows his biggest fault—he leads with his heart, not his head—and that’s never going to change. But after several introspective weeks, he’s beginning to get a handle on things. That is, until badass heartthrob Alex Wells walks into his bar...

Alex has spent eight years in the Army, months in a hospital bed, and far too long hiding his sexual identity. He’s guilt-ridden, damaged, pissed off, and up for a Silver Star—for the incident that nearly cost him his life, and kept him from his grandmother’s funeral. But all he wants to do is forget his stint with the institution that allows but doesn’t necessarily accept, and live the life he’s always dreamed of.

The chemistry between Tristan and Alex ignites from the moment they meet, and the more time they spend together the hotter the flames become. But the closer Tristan gets, the more Alex's walls go up, and when the two walk onto a military base, Tristan finds out Alex’s physical scars aren’t the ones that run the deepest.

HARBORSIDE NIGHTS is a sexy, hot, and evocatively real series of stand-alone romances that follows a group of friends who have known one another for years as “summer” friends, and now come together after college to build their lives. They’re tough, edgy, and accepting—most of the time. This series is written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice readers have come to love by New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster with LGBT themes.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


My Review:

We get to know Tristan in the previous books in the Harborside Nights series, but really get to dig into what makes him tick in his story. Tristan is a sensitive man who isn't looking for his happily-ever-after when he walks into the bar. He's confident in his sexuality and his feelings for Alex, but struggles with how Alex is dealing with his transition to civilian life.

I love Alex. He's also confident in his sexuality but struggles with how to act in an environment where it is not frowned upon. He isn't ashamed of his relationship with Tristan, but he can't change the behaviors that have been drilled into him for his entire military career.  He fits well into Tristan's circle of friends and accepts that he isn't going to change his relationship with them because Alex is now part of his life.

I love how the two of them work together to establish Alex's life in Harborside and adjust to his grandmother's death. The one struggle I had is that I felt like their relationship didn't hit many speed bumps. Other than Alex's behavior with Tristan while in a military environment, their relationship was pretty smooth sailing the entire time. I wish there would have been a bit more that they needed to struggle through on the way to their happily-ever-after. But all in all, a great love story with a happily-ever-after, showing a realistic depiction of a gay couple dealing with real-life struggles of how the world accepts them.

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book


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Catching Cassidy
CATCHING CASSIDY is a SILVER MEDAL Winner! Readers' Favorite Award, Realistic Fiction 

Wyatt Armstrong never imagined that instead of celebrating his college graduation, he and his twin sister would be dealing with the death of their parents. Then again, Wyatt had never been one to think past tomorrow. He heads to their summer home in Harborside, Massachusetts, with his best friend Cassidy Lowell in tow, to deal with his parents' death and to try to figure out his next step.

Six foot two, infuriatingly handsome, and flirtatious, Wyatt Armstrong has always been there for Cassidy, helping her pass her classes and fend off unwanted advances, while driving her insane with his one-night stands--but that's what best friends are for, isn't it? Having each other's backs. There was never any doubt that she would accompany him to his family's summer home--but she never expected to begin seeing Wyatt as more than a friend. Or has she been ignoring her feelings all along? 

It's impossible to ignore the sizzling heat between them as Wyatt and Cassidy get even closer, but Cassidy knows Wyatt's past, and she has a real job to begin in the fall. Wyatt may be a sure thing for the summer, but Cassidy needs more. For the first time in his life, Wyatt is forced to look toward the future if he doesn't want to lose the one woman who's shared his past and owns his heart.


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Discovering Delilah
DISCOVERING DELILAH is an New Adult Lesbian Romance (#LGBT)

After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.

Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.

When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.

Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.
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About the author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on Facebook or her personal website.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Release Day Review: "Tempt Me Too" by Stacy Eaton

Synopsis:

Sara Hawthorne is a dedicated attorney, a loyal wife, and the mother of two nineteen-year-old girls. When her husband succumbs to cancer, Sara has to battle the grief and also the addiction to which one of her daughters falls prey. 

Maximus Tempest is business driven—and family starved. Eager to get his estranged wife to sign the divorce papers so he can move on with his life, he is frustrated when she is taken to the hospital after overdosing and wants no part of her treatment. 

When Sara and Max see each other for the first time in twenty years, old feelings spring to life, but with the whirlwind of problems that surround them, how could it possibly work? Secrets are revealed from the grave that could threaten any future they might have, and it will be up to Sara and Max to see if they can overcome the lies—or if they must bury their dreams of a relationship forever.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Review:
Tempt Me Too is a wonderful second chance at first love story. The author had this reader reaching for the tissues early as I was fully invested with Sara's relationship with her husband early. After his death, the chapters alternate between Sara and Max, each time drawing them a bit closer together, making this reader turn the pages faster, wanting to find the time when they find each other again. Sara and Max's reunion is explosive but it takes no time before real life interrupts them and their potential future is threatened. How many challenges can one couple face and still find their happily-ever-after? Well, Sara and Max answer that question. 

I love the secondary characters the author introduces - Tina and George, their best friends, and Alexis and Kelsey, Sara's daughters. Each provides a unique role in Sara and Max's reunion and everything they navigate on the way to their happily-ever-after.

There are no open-door sex scenes but intimacy is definitely included. A must read and a great new addition from Stacy Eaton.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:
Stacy worked in law enforcement for almost sixteen years, but recently retired to write full time. During her last three years, she was assigned as the department investigator and enjoyed putting the pieces together to figure out the crime. 

Stacy is also a business owner for an on-line retail store that caters to people who wish to show their awareness for their favorite causes.

Stacy resides in Southeastern PA with her husband, who is a law enforcement officer and her teen daughter who is half way to achieving her 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She also has a grown son who is married and serves in the United States Navy.


Stacy loves music, photography and Disney. To date, she has published fourteen stories with many more to come as she settles into her new retirement.

Website: www.stacyeaton.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"The Trouble with Mistletoe" (Heartbreak Bay) by Jill Shalvis


Synopsis:
If she has her way . . .

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

My Review:
Another great visit back to Heartbreak Bay and the cast of characters that live in and around there. In The Trouble with Mistletoe, the author introduces two flawed, "damaged" people who are practically perfect for each other. I love the introduction where our heroine, Willa, realizes early on that the man who has no idea who she is is the one who broke her heart, without even knowing it, in high school. Thus begins a journey for each of them that winds its way through their neuroses, friendships, fears, and hopes, and lands with the two of them in love with each other. Each has fear of commitments, but for different reasons, and each has to let go some of their control, and be willing to take a risk, in order for them to find happiness.

The Trouble with Mistletoe includes lots of laughs, many animal hijinks, friends looking out for friends, and friends challenging each other to look beyond the surface for the reality, and the chance for love, that lurks just below the surface.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blog Tour: "Crushing on Love" (Bradens of Peaceful Harbor) by Melissa Foster

New Release........
Book #4 The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor

Steve Johnson is living his life’s passion watching over the Colorado Mountains as a ranger and wildlife consultant. But his peaceful life is upended when overzealous and insanely beautiful Shannon Braden flits back into his life after returning from a brief trip home to Maryland. He thought his attraction to her was under control—after all, she’s only in Colorado temporarily, and he doesn’t do casual affairs.

Shannon’s return to Colorado has as much to do with the game of cat and mouse she and Steve have been playing as it does the data she’s been hired to collect. But despite her efforts to explore the undeniable heat simmering between them, Steve’s intent on keeping his distance. 

When a ranch abutting the national park goes up for sale, Steve will do whatever it takes to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. And when all his attempts fail, he’s left with no alternative but to follow Shannon’s guidance into the online world he abhors in order to raise the funds. The more time they spend together, the deeper their attraction becomes, and a game of cat and mouse turns into an unstoppable connection. But when Shannon’s assignment comes to an end, will it mean an end to them, too?

CRUSHING ON LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My Review:

Another intensely passionate story in the Peaceful Harbor series. Just when I think Melissa Foster cannot create more intense, more compassionate heroes, she releases another book. Steve is a wonderful character - deeply passionate about the environment -- and Shannon. I was a little perplexed at the beginning regarding why Steve was so attached to his mountain and inflexible about leaving but over time, his love of the land and his role in became as much a part of the book as the other characters.

Shannon is an exuberant character. I love how there were times when she could move from topic to topic, bouncing from one idea to another, and her bubbly personality came through the words on the page. I love how confident she is in her feelings for Steve, and the risk she takes to see if he feels the same. At the same time, I wanted to smack her upside the head a couple of times, wanting her to open her eyes and see what was right in front of her. Because while she took a chance to see what could develop between Steve, she was unwilling to take a chance on the permanence of that love. Her fear of losing connection to her family was valid but her lack of insight into ways to have both was frustrating.

But, have no fear. As in true romance, Shannon and Steve find their happily-ever-after. And the reader finds another great read from Melissa Foster in the Braden's series.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Healed by Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #1)
Meet the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor and fall in love with Nate Braden & Jewel Fisher in Healed by Love.

Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay. Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old—but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.

THE BRADENS AT PEACEFUL HARBOR are one of the newest additions to the Braden series and the LOVE IN BLOOM family.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Surrender My Love (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #2)
Fall in love with Cole Braden in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor. Hot, sexy, & wickedly naughty second cousins to the Weston, Colorado Bradens we know and love. .

In SURRENDER MY LOVE... Annalise "Leesa" Avalon never realized that one sentence could change her life until one of her students revealed his crush--and within twenty-four hours she finds herself under fire. After a grueling investigation that turns her life upside down, she steals away to Peaceful Harbor, Maryland, with a new identity to try to pull herself back together and figure out her next step.

From the outside, Cole Braden lives a charmed life. He's a top orthopedic surgeon with a thriving practice, strong family ties, and friends he adores. But there's a lonely spot inside Cole that no one can see. He has an enormous heart--and a painful past--but the desire to love and be loved is too strong to ignore.

A chance encounter brings Leesa and Cole together, and the attraction is immediate and intense. But a relationship is the last thing Leesa needs--and the only thing Cole wants. Long talks, heated moments, and deep connections are hard to resist, but the harder Cole tries, the more Leesa pulls away. Cole might truly be the right man for Leesa, but is Leesa the right woman for him?

SURRENDER MY LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While SURRENDER MY LOVE can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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River of Love Book (Love in Bloom, The Bradens of Peaceful Harbor #3)
Fall in love with Sam Braden in the Bradens of Peaceful Harbor. Hot, sexy, & wickedly naughty second cousins to the Weston, Colorado Bradens we know and love.

River rafting and adventure company owner Sam Braden works hard and plays harder. He’s fast, focused, and determined—and never at a loss for a willing woman to share his time with. The trouble is, the only woman he wants refuses him at every turn.

Physician assistant Faith Hayes escaped her painful past and built a safe, happy life in Peaceful Harbor. She’s also put what she’s learned to good use helping others by founding Women Against Cheaters, an online support group. When her boss’s sinfully sexy brother sets his sights on sweet Faith, she knows the self-professed player is everything she shouldn’t want, and she’s determined to resist him.

Sam pulls out all the stops, proving to Faith that his past doesn’t have to define his future. As she lets down her guard and begins to trust Sam, intense conversations turn to intimate pleasures. But when real life steps in and their pasts collide, it’s Faith who’s left with something to prove.

RIVER OF LOVE is part of the Love in Bloom series. While this can be read as a stand-alone novel, for even more reading enjoyment you may want to read the entire Love in Bloom series in series order.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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About the author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. 

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa at The World Literary Cafe or her personal website.Never miss a brand new release, special promotions or inside gossip again by simply signing up to receive your newsletter from Melissa.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Release Day Review: "Love on the Run" (Pine Harbour) by Zoe York



Synopsis:

Dean Foster has nearly two decades experience being calm, cool, and collected. His first gig in his new private security contractor role should be more of the same, but Nashville superstar Liana Hansen blows all that out of the water in one breathy hello.

Liana isn’t sure how she feels about the straight-laced cop shadowing her everywhere she goes, but there’s no denying the chemistry between them. Too bad he insists on keeping his clothes on. And then there’s the pesky matter of feelings. Neither of them likes those.

With only a dozen stops left on the tour, one of them is going to have to bend. Or the other is going to wind up breaking something.
 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Review:
I fell in love with hero Dean Foster in the very first pages of Love on the Run. Zoe York is known for writing hero-centric, sexy stories and this one does not disappoint. Dean is the perfect temperament for hot-mess musician Liana. He joins her as his bodyguard but its quickly apparent he's so much more: part therapist, part bodyguard, 100% lover. Their relationship burns up the pages from the minute their eyes meet and by the time they get together, their relationship is explosive. Stolen moments in concert venues and shadowy corners heighten the intensity until they are able to find a moment alone.

Dean's a protector in all aspects of his life, and that's why he's perfect for Liana. He quickly figures out how to read her moods and meet her needs, whether its for a protector, friend, or lover. I just love him.

The author realistically depicts the life of a musician, at least as best as I would imagine, not being one myself, but the frenetic pace of life on the road comes through the words on the page. The interpersonal dynamic of Liana and her band and their differing personalities creates humorous and tense situations. But in the end, the intensity of Dean and Liana's relationship burns up the pages of Love on the Run.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Release Day Review: "So Good" (Love on the Vine) by Darcy Burke

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Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. Visit Darcy online at www.darcyburke.com and sign up for her newsletter, follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Release Day Review: "Second Shield II: The Return" by Stacy Eaton


Synopsis:
Six weeks after the biggest case of her life, Sgt. MacKenzie "Mack" McCallister receives information that changes her future. With the man she loves on the opposite side of the country, Mack isn't sure she can do it on her own.

Special Agent Andrew Cooper is dealing with the hardest thing he has ever had to face, and in order to do it, he must shelve his feelings for Mack and pray that she will be there when he returns.

As time passes, Mack focuses her attention on the serial killer investigation and forces thoughts of Drew out of her mind. When emotions are running high, Drew returns, and everything in Mack's world is turned upside down.

It will fall to Drew who will figure out the missing pieces of the serial murder investigation, but will he be able to do it before he loses Mack forever?

While Second Shield II: The Return is a sequel to Second Shield, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. To better understand some of the details of this book, it is recommended to read the first one.

My Review:
Another wonderful, emotional, tear-jerking story from author Stacy Eaton. For fans of Second Shield, while much was resolved at the end of Second Shield, the future of Drew and Mack's relationship was left uncertain as Drew headed to the left coast to care for the dying mother of his children and Mack finds herself in an unplanned situation. Second Shield II picks up where Second Shield leaves off, introduces a new serial criminal for Mack and her crew to apprehend, and leaves the reader and Mack wondering where she can find her happily-ever-after with Drew. 

I love how Drew was committed to caring for Anna at the end of her life, and being there for his kids, but as many men do, he doesn't handle his relationship with Mack well. But thankfully, Mack and Drew have friends that help them find their way, and help Drew get his head out of his, well, you know where, and fight for what's important to him.

Emotions run high throughout the book and I found myself in tears a number of times throughout the book. Sad tears as well as happy tears. The book comes to a satisfying conclusion and the bad guy is identified and the crimes are solved. Another great read from Stacy Eaton.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author:
Stacy worked in law enforcement for almost sixteen years, but recently retired to write full time. During her last three years, she was assigned as the department investigator and enjoyed putting the pieces together to figure out the crime.

Stacy is also a business owner for an on-line retail store that caters to people who wish to show their awareness for their favorite causes.

Stacy resides in Southeastern PA with her husband, who is a law enforcement officer and her teen daughter who is half way to achieving her 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She also has a grown son who is married and serves in the United States Navy.

Stacy loves music, photography and Disney. To date, she has published fourteen stories with many more to come as she settles into her new retirement.