Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Releases - March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015 
 
It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!
 
Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:

 The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston


WINGING IT

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

 


 Nobody's Angel by Sarah Hegger
 

In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence—and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right...

Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father—and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.

Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long—make that very long—list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made...




Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates


A one-time bad girl comes home to small-town Oregon in the first in a sexy, heartfelt new series from USA TODAY bestselling author Maisey Yates…

Sadie Miller isn't expecting any welcome-home parades on her return to Copper Ridge. Least of all from part-time rancher, full-time lawman Eli Garrett. The straight-laced, impossibly hot deputy sheriff glares at her like she's the same teenage hoodlum who fled town ten years ago. But running from her demons has brought Sadie full circle, ready to make a commitment at last. Not to a man, but to a B and B. On Garrett land. Okay, so her plan has a tiny flaw…

Eli works too hard to let a blonde ball of trouble mess up his town. But keeping an eye on Sadie makes it tough to keep his hands off her. And if she's so wrong for him, why does being with her feel so right?
 


 
This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak

First love. Second chance?

As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next!

Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob's father isn't exactly welcoming.

Riley doesn't trust Phoenix, doesn't want her in Jacob's life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he's about to find both—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past…
 
Look for my review to be posted soon!
 



Four Nights with the Duke by Eloisa James

As a young girl, Emilia Gwendolyn Carrington told the annoying future Duke of Pindar that she would marry any man in the world before him—so years later she is horrified to realize that she has nowhere else to turn.

Evander Septimus Brody has his own reasons for agreeing to Mia's audacious proposal, but there's one thing he won't give his inconvenient wife: himself.

Instead, he offers Mia a devil's bargain...he will spend four nights a year with her. Four nights, and nothing more. And those only when she begs for them.

Which Mia will never do.

Now Vander faces the most crucial challenge of his life: he must seduce his own wife in order to win her heart—and no matter what it takes, this is the one battle he can't afford to lose.
 
Look for my review to be posted on April 8, 2015!
 
 
   

Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Tour - Nobody's Angel by Sarah Hegger - Review & Giveaway!




 

 Nobody’s Angel
Willow Park Romance # 1
By: Sarah Hegger
Releasing March 31st, 2015
Zebra

Blurb

In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence—and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right...

Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend's boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she's back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father—and it's no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.

Still, she's a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long—make that very long—list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made…




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My Review

4 Stars!

Sometimes I like to go into a book completely blind as I did with this book.  I really had absolutely no idea what to think about this book before I started reading it.  I haven't read anything by this author before reading this book and I am not even sure that I read the blurb before I signed up for the blog tour.  I think my entire decision to read this book came from the fact that it is start of a new series and I liked the cover.  I hate to admit that I often make a decision to read a book based on the cover despite the fact that I can still hear my mother telling me to "never judge a book by its cover" many times during my childhood.

I knew that this was a romance and I really expected it to be of the light and fluffy variety that I seem to be reading a lot lately.  Imagine my surprise when this book turned out to be anything but light and fluffy.   I didn't realize this book would focus on such difficult issues and I found myself really sucked into the story quite quickly.  I really had a hard time even putting this book down for even a minute.  There was just something about Lucy that really got to me.

Lucy is a recovering alcoholic and she has returned home to Willow Park to help her mother and face her past.  Lucy was a wild teenager and has quite the reputation in her hometown which is why she hasn't been back since the day she left so many years ago.  Lucy has changed and wants to help her mother deal with her father.  She also wants to make amends for all the harm she has caused in this town as part of her recovery.  

Richard is the boy that Lucy loved during her teen years.  She broke his heart when she left town with someone else nine years ago.  Richard is now a doctor and he actually treats Lucy's parents among others.  He bought the house next door to her parents and even shovels their driveway.  Richard is simply a nice guy.  

I really connected with Lucy in this book.  I made a few decisions as a teen that I am not proud of and I couldn't imagine what it would be like to still be facing judgement for them today.  Lucy didn't try to make excuses and was willing to take responsibility for her actions.  The more I learned about Lucy the more I liked her.  I really liked Richard in this book as well.  He was obviously crushed when Lucy left and he still carries a lot of anger and feeling for her. 

There were a couple of things that I did have some issues with in this book.  I really wish that Richard's divorce had been final before the story started.  At the beginning of the story he was still trying to make his marriage work.  Even though his wife had left and didn't want to reconcile, I still don't care the idea that he was still married.  The other issue that I had was Lucy's parents.  They were both just really horrible people.  I can completely understand how Lucy would have looked for attention outside of the home during her teen years.  I think that these two characters were a bit overdone in this story and they became hard to read about.  There were just too many scenes that focused on her horrible parents for my taste.

I really found this to be a wonderful book.  I was able to put my two issues aside and really enjoy the story for what it was.  Nothing in this book was expected and I loved that.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a contemporary romance that deals with some tougher issues.  This is the first book by Sarah Hegger that I have read and I look forward to reading the next book in this series as soon as possible.

I received a copy of this book from Kensington Publishing Group - Zebra via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.




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Author Info
Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe-trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
She loves to hear from readers and you can find her at any of the places below.


Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


 
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Review - The Stranger by Harlan Coben

The Stranger by Harlan Coben
Penguin Group - Dutton
Publication Date:  March 24, 2015
Date Read:  March 27, 2015

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4.5 Stars!

I have been a fan of Harlan Coben for a very long time.  I have read almost every book that he has published and I have been lucky enough to meet him twice.  I am always eager to get my hands on any new book that has his name on the cover.  I realize that I expect a lot out of a Harlan Coben book.  I not only expect not only to be entertained but to be completely sucked into the story having no idea what twists will happen next.  This book was trademark Harlan Coben and was full of twists and turns and I found myself guessing until the very end. 

Adam is living the dream.  He is a married father of two boys and works as a lawyer.  Adam's life is turned upside down by The Stranger.  Adam doesn't know who The Stranger is but the things that this man tells hims makes him doubt the trust that he has in his wife, Corinne.  Everything about his life suddenly feels threatened and he confronts his wife with what he has learned.  Corinne leaves telling Adam that she needs some time through a text message. 

As you would expect in a Harlan Coben book, this book takes a few turns and at times it is hard to see how everything is going to come together.  Several different storylines play out during this book each one have a role in the final outcome.  I didn't fall in love with Adam during this story but I found myself imagining what I would do if I were in his situation.  I really liked Johanna's character.  She seemed to be able to see what was really going on and worked to solve the problem. 

This was a book that I had a very hard time putting down.  I read it every chance that I got and would have finished it in a single day if I hadn't need to go to my daughter's band concert.  The pacing of the story was perfect.  Coben is a master at keeping a reader completely interested in the story and his writing was fantastic.  I did think that some of the things that happened in this story were a bit far fetched but nothing was completely out of the realm of possibility. 

My one issue with this book was the ending.  I am still not completely sold on how this story came to a conclusion.  In that final dramatic scene, I am not sure that all of the characters acted in a manner consistent with the rest of the story.  More than anything the ending left me wondering about whether or not they would have behaved as they did.   I definitely found myself surprised by the end and that is a very good thing.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced mystery with lots of twists and turns.  If you have not yet read a Harlan Coben book, please do yourself a favor and pick one up as soon as possible.  I cannot recommend this author enough. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spotlight - Feeding the Fire by Andrea Laurence - Excerpt & Giveaway!


Feeding the Fire by Andrea Laurence
Release Date: March 16, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Summary

Pepper has no interest in Grant Chamberlain…until she accidentally wins him at a school auction and finds the mega-hot firefighter impossible to ignore. Find out what happens next in the second playful and sexy ebook romance in the Rosewood series!

Living in the small town of Rosewood, Alabama, hairdresser Pepper Anthony has one rule—never date a Chamberlain. She’s always said, “the only thing worse than being ignored by a Chamberlain is being dumped by one.” But Grant Chamberlain, town fireman, isn’t used to rejection, and Pepper has consistently turned him down since high school. She isn’t intimidated by his family; she’s one of the few who refuses to take their crap.

When Grant volunteers at the charity bachelor auction, to his surprise, Pepper buys him. She hadn’t meant to, but Adelia Chamberlain dropped a cold drink in her lap, sending her leaping into the air at precisely the wrong moment. Suddenly she had a massive bill to the town and Grant at her disposal. Since the money has to come from her “restore the house” fund, she decides to use Grant for manual labor instead of romantic dinners. Grant is happy to help, sweaty and shirtless, because one way or another, he’s going to get Pepper to admit she’s attracted to him. All it takes is a small spark, and soon they’ll be fanning the flames.




Author Biography

Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.




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Excerpt

Grant stepped out from behind the curtain to a roar of applause. The minute the lights hit him, Pepper felt her heart skip a beat in her chest like she’d been hit with paddles of a defibrillator. He was wearing a black, slim-fit suit with a black shirt and tie. Even though he was indoors and it was nighttime, he was wearing his trademark Ray-Ban sunglasses. The glasses always seemed to accent the square line of his jaw and the sharp angle of his nose.
His full lips curled into his charming smile, with the slightest hint of a dimple visible on his cheek. It reminded her of him looking at her, just like that, from between her trembling thighs.
Damn him for being so sexy. His confidence made him that much more attractive. And frustrating. And irritating. Her fingers itched to reach for her paddle, but she resisted. She wasn’t going to pay for his time, even when he smiled at her that way.
“The lucky lady with the winning bid will go with Grant to a romantic dinner at Brio’s in Birmingham and if she likes, he’ll take her on an exhilarating ride down a windy country road on the back of his motorcycle.”
Pepper could almost see all the wild fantasies rushing through the heads of every woman in the room. It was a nice thought—hair blowing in the wind, thighs clamped around Grant’s narrow hips, arms wrapped around his waist. Even she could imagine the hard feel of his abs beneath the thin cotton of his T-shirt and the vibration of the engine against her most sensitive parts. There was a rumble of approval as they readied their paddles and sized up their competition.
Good luck to them, Pepper thought.
Like a beach ball bouncing around the room, the bids flew fast and furious. Before long, they’d topped three thousand.
Suddenly Pepper felt awkward. Even though she and Grant weren’t dating, she didn’t exactly want to sit around and watch other women battle for him. Looking around the room, she spied Adelia Chamberlain coming back to her table with a glass of ice water. Maybe another drink would help. Or perhaps it was the right time for a restroom break. She could beat all the other women that would rush the ladies’ room when the auction ended.
Pepper slipped her purse onto her shoulder and picked up her paddle so she could dump it in the bathroom trash can. “I’m going to get some air,” she whispered to Ivy, then started to get up.
The ambush was sudden and unexpected. When they first came in Pepper had noticed the cable that the A/V people had taped to the floor, but the room was much darker now. Adelia didn’t see it and caught the toe of her shoe on it. She didn’t fall, thank goodness, but she did stumble, slinging her full glass of ice water into Pepper’s lap.
With a cry of surprise and alarm, Pepper leapt out of her chair, holding her arms high to avoid the water that practically covered her from neck to knees.
“Four thousand!” Allison Price announced from the stage.
The MC’s words were an even larger shock to Pepper than the water. She turned her head toward Grant and the action onstage. He was looking straight at her with a wide smile of confidence across his face. He winked at her, and Pepper felt her stomach sink into her boot. Allison was pointing in Pepper’s direction, trying to coax a higher bid out of the audience.
Yes, please, she screamed in her head. Make it forty-five hundred. Hell, make it four thousand and one penny. Just outbid her. She was answered with deafening silence. The only one in the room making a sound was Allison up on stage. It seemed that suddenly, all the battling women seemed to give up. Even Grant wasn’t worth that much, it seemed, and she agreed.
“No!” Pepper shouted, but there was no stopping it.
“Going once . . . going twice . . .”
“I didn’t mean to—”
“Sold! To the lady in the blue sweaterdress, paddle twenty-two!”
Pepper looked down at her dark blue sweater, suddenly made even darker by the spreading water mark. Her damned paddle, the one she never wanted to begin with, was still in her hand. She watched as it slipped from her fingers, clattering to the ground in slow motion as the gravity of the situation caught up with her. Four thousand dollars. She’d just bid four thousand dollars. Because of well-aimed ice water.
“Oh, Pepper,” Miss Adelia fussed, dabbing her with an inadequate cocktail napkin and shaking off the well-meaning hands of the folks that were more concerned about the older woman nearly falling. “I am so sorry. I didn’t even see that silly cord,” she said. “Is your dress okay?”
She couldn’t respond. All Pepper could do was close her eyes and try to keep the tears of frustration and aggravation from rushing down her cheeks.
She had just paid four thousand dollars for a date with Grant Chamberlain.
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