Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Nordic King by Karina Halle: Review

Blurb:

When I first applied for the job I thought it would be like all the others: working as a nanny for an aristocratic family.
Then I got the job and found out how wrong I was.

Now I’m the new nanny for two adorable little girls who happen to be princesses.

Their father is the widowed King of Denmark.
And my new home? The royal palace in Copenhagen.
Adjusting to my new life isn't easy but the hardest part hasn’t been the girls who still grieve over the loss of their mother.

It’s their father.
Cold, mysterious and moody, with an icy stare that seems to penetrate your soul, King Aksel may have hired me to take care of his daughters but he wants as little to do with me as possible.

Yet the longer I share these palace walls with this man, the more that I’m drawn to him. His chiseled face and sexual swagger are only part of the package. It’s in the long, intense glances at the dinner table, the way we’ll brush up against each other in the halls, the rare glimpses of the man deep inside, like the sun passing through clouds.
But no matter how I feel about him, we can never be together.

You think it's bad enough being in love with your boss?
Try falling in love with a king.


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Karina is represented by Scott Waxman of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

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The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she's preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

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When I'm not writing, I'm reading. And when I'm not reading I might be writing up a review. I'm wary of books with a lot of hype but unless something has bad reviews across the board, I'll probably still take a chance on it and give my honest opinion. Everyone is different and I won't pass up an adventure just because someone else didn't like it. And that's what I think when I look at my bookshelf...what adventure can I go on today?

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Yvette's Review:

I’ve read a few single dad and nanny romances, but never one where the dad just so happens to run a country. The fact that the single dad in question is a king undoubtedly gives an interesting perspective to a familiar trope. With A Nordic King, Karina Halle gives readers the romance between Askel, the widowed King of Denmark and Aurora, the gorgeous Australian nanny taking care of his two young daughters. The perpetually-grumpy, stone-faced king and the refreshingly candid, lively nanny promised to be a fun, entertaining combination. Throw in two mischievous princesses, a rambunctious teacup pig named Snarf Snarf, and a deliciously dirty, fan-your-face steamy romance, and you have a must-read romance with A Nordic King.

Despite her years of experience, nothing could’ve prepared Aurora to assume the role of nanny to two princesses. She had no idea what to expect with a king for a boss, but she certainly didn’t expect to be attracted to the man. From their first tension-filled meeting in which Askel makes it perfectly clear she’s wrong for the job. As a result, they have a bit of a combative relationship, rife with antagonistic banter and unwelcome, but undeniable sexual tension. It doesn’t help things that Aurora is particularly adept at pushing Askel’s buttons, keeping him in a perpetually bad mood. While Aurora’s straightforward, no-nonsense attitude initially provides a challenge for Askel, the chaotic and energetic Aussie brings happiness and light into his previously bleak and ordered life.

While it’s Askel and Aurora’s contrasting personas that make their interactions so entertaining to read, it’s the glimpses we get into their backstories that make them so endearing. We get to dive into Askel’s mind, getting insight into his guilty over his wife’s death, just as we get to know the adversity Aurora’s overcome to become the strong and resilient woman she is. Most importantly, we get to see them gradually chip away at each other’s emotional barriers and give in to their innermost needs and desires. The character arcs for both Askel and Aurora are riveting, although I must confess that Askel stole my heart. As a father, he’s gentle and loving. As a king, he’s stone-faced and restrained. As a lover, he’s wild and uninhibited, giving himself over to a raw, primal passion. It’s impossible not to fall head over heels for the serious, broody king who transforms into a new man over the course of the narrative.

Whether you’re a fan of royal romances, slow-burning romances, and/or single dad/nanny romances, A Nordic King has it all. It’s funny, sexy, and emotionally compelling and will have you hooked from start to finish. Ultimately, it’s a love story you won’t want to miss out on.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

Monday, September 24, 2018

Runaway Girl by Tessa Bailey: Release Blitz Review

Blurb:

It’s Naomi Clemons’s big day. Her dream wedding. And she’s outta here.

One moment. A chance meeting of gazes through the church window pane with someone familiar who radiates intrigue. Independence. It’s the final push Naomi needs to realize...she’s boring. A blonde, cookie cutter, well mannered trophy wife-to-be. How can she expect to lead a fulfilling married life when she’s never lived?

Special Forces diver Jason Bristow needs a beauty pageant coach. Not for himself—although the tattooed bruiser could definitely use some charm. For his little sister who he has returned to St. Augustine, Florida to raise. When a beautiful southern debutante lands on his doorstep, she awakens a hunger that won’t be ignored. If only she wasn’t planning on winning back the ex-fiancĂ© she left at the altar…

Despite the potential for ruin, heat continues to build between Naomi and Jason beneath the sultry Florida sunshine, consuming them both. But they’re on borrowed time…and it’s about to run out.


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About the Author:

Thank you for your interest in my books! I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.

Thank you for being a part of it.


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Yvette's Review:

When I learned that Tessa Bailey was writing a story about Naomi Clemons aka the woman who ditched Elijah at the altar and paved the way for him to meet Addison in Getaway Girl, I’ll admit I was skeptical...for approximately one second. Let’s get real. This is Tessa Bailey, so anything she writes is going to be amazing. And without Naomi having a change of heart, Elijah and Addison wouldn’t have gotten their happily ever after. But I digress. Following a similar timeline to Getaway Girl, Runaway Girl follows Naomi’s journey to Florida, where she’s determined to have an adventure and stand on her own two feet. Meeting a burly, overprotective Special Forces diver along the way is just a bonus…

After scandalizing all of Charleston by running out on her wedding to the city’s future mayor, Naomi escapes to Florida to break free of her predictable, cookie cutter existence. She takes a job as a pageant consultant to a moody teenager, who’s the younger sister of her new employer, Jason Bristow. The cigar-smoking, grease-covered giant of a man is a far cry from Naomi’s polished, well-bred persona, yet sparks fly between them from their first meeting. Their attraction to each other is unwelcome, especially with them being at odds with each other. Unexpected feelings are stirred up alongside a heaping amount of sexual tension, and it’s only a matter of time before they succumb to their palpable chemistry.

Part journey of self-discovery and part love story, Runaway Girl is an opposites attract romance that’ll tug on your heartstrings and set your cheeks ablaze. The characters are multi-faceted, the storyline is riveting, and the love scenes are unapologetically filthy. Ultimately, it’s Naomi and Jason’s characters that make this book so memorable. With their flirtatious, albeit slightly antagonistic banter, and their raw, intense, passion, every page is bursting with wild, untamed energy and the promise of an all-consuming romantic and emotional connection. Add in a hero with the protectiveness of Beaumont, the blue-collar ruggedness of Brent, and the filthy mouth of pretty much any of her Alpha heroes, and I was a goner for both Jason and Runaway Girl.

If you’re in the mood for a romance that’s fun, sexy, and emotionally compelling, Runaway Girl is another must-read from Tessa Bailey. It'll have you blushing, sighing, swooning, and never wanting the story to end. Prepare yourselves for some major swooning and to fall head over heels for another of Tessa Bailey’s sinfully sexy, heart-meltingly sweet alpha heroes.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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Once Upon a Sure Thing (Heartbreakers #2) by Lauren Blakely: Release Blitz w/ Review & Excerpt


Blurb:

It's so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.

Said no woman ever. Except me.

My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.

Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.

Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

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Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?

Piece of cake.
NOT.

Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.

But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever...






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Yvette's Review:

As a huge fan of Lauren Blakely, romantic comedies, AND friends-to-lovers romance, I was eagerly anticipating the release of Once Upon a Sure Thing. After reading Once Upon a Real Good Time and meeting Campbell’s brother, Miller, and his best friend, Ally, my romance-reader radar detected a bit of a flirtation, so I was particularly excited to explore their relationship. I mean, who wouldn’t want to dive in to a romance between a sexy, fun-loving rock star and the woman who keeps him on his toes? Especially when the two friends mix business with pleasure, sending them into a tailspin of uncertain feelings, overwhelming lust, and undeniable sexual tension.

Being close friends for years, Miller and Ally have an effortless, affectionate rapport, and the two have many things in common, including their love of performing, albeit different genres. When Miller decides to audition female singers for a potential duet partner, Ally’s family-friendly, good girl persona isn’t an obvious choice. But between her newfound determination to be bold and daring, and her off-the-charts chemistry with Miller in the studio, Ally is the most natural choice. Singing together introduces a new aspect to their relationship, igniting a spark of attraction that refuses to be suppressed, and complicating their once-easygoing friendship.

Between the best friend, the rock star, and the single parent aspects of the storyline, Once Upon a Sure Thing is a fast-paced, continuously entertaining, whirlwind of a romance. As friends, Miller and Ally have playful, flirtatious interactions, perfectly at ease with each other, and secure in their tightknit bond. As duet partners, they have a sensual, suggestive back-and-forth, feeding off each other’s energy and reveling in their artistic connection. As lovers, they’re adventurous and uninhibited, pushing their sexual boundaries and setting the pages ablaze with their combustible chemistry. Just when you think Lauren Blakely can’t get any naughtier...she does.

With endearing characters, a lighthearted storyline, and scorching hot love scenes, Once Upon a Sure Thing is another must-read rom-com from Lauren Blakely. It’s just as heart-meltingly romantic, just as sinfully sexy, and just as achingly sweet as the first book in the Heartbreakers Series. After finishing the book, I’m even more excited for who and what’s coming next.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat,

heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Excerpt:

~Miller~

She sings like a sinner. She sings like an angel. She sounds like whiskey and sugar. I’ve only ever known her for her church-bell voice, but now she’s a glorious mix of dirty and sweet, and I never knew she had it in her.

But I can’t marinate in this change-up. It’s showtime for me.

Grabbing the mic, I dive into my first line as I gaze into those blue eyes of my friend. Only I have to think of her as Honey, so I sing to the new woman about how I can’t do without her, how I need her now.

Something is in the air between us when we sing, something charged. Something that hasn’t been there before. Stage chemistry.

I move closer as if I’m drawn by the pull of gravity that I have no control over. We lock eyes and everyone else fades away. I’m still in shock that I’m loving singing a song with my best friend.

That’s what terrifies me. Especially since we sound good together, and we move well together.

Maybe we even look good together, as we belt out this hot-as-fuck duet, and for the first time we’re not butchering a holiday tune or destroying “Total Eclipse of the Heart” at karaoke. As she moves closer to me, we sing the final chorus like it’s going out of style, and when the music softens, I can’t resist. I finger a strand of her blonde wig, the coconut scent from her lotion floating into my nose.

Reluctantly, I let the hair fall.

Clapping rings loud in my ears.

Jackson, Miles, and Campbell give a standing O. Jackson holds up his phone, pointing to it, letting me know he caught it on video.

“Chemistry,” the guys all shout, practically in unison.

But I’m not supposed to have chemistry with my best friend.

That’s the problem.

“What the hell just happened here?” I whisper to Ally, befuddled.

Her mouth opens, and her eyes go wide, and she blurts out, “I have an appointment. I need to go.”

She takes off, leaving in her wake a trail of chemistry and coconut and confusion.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Dating the Enemy by Nicole Williams: Release Blitz & Excerpt


Blurb:

Ms. Romance, Hannah Arden, writes one of the top read relationship advice columns in the nation. Mr. Reality, Brooks North, writes the top read relationship advice column.

Ms. Romance believes in true love and soul mates. Mr. Reality believes love is a term humanity has assigned to the primal instinct to procreate. She believes in fate—he in chance. She knows there’s one right person for everyone—he knows there are multiple ones. The two writers couldn’t be more polarized on relationships. They’re professional rivals, and philosophical antagonists.

For eight years, their battles have been fought with words and ink. That changes when they apply for the same position at the World Times and find themselves face-to-face for the first time. Brooks isn’t the sour-faced, antiquity of a man Hannah pictured. And Hannah isn’t exactly the middle-aged shrew with cat hair on her housedress that Brooks imagined either.

In lieu of competing for the promotion traditional ways, the two writers are presented with playing the leading roles in a social experiment unlike any before. Can a person be tricked into falling in love? Can a relationship be crafted under the right string of circumstances? Hannah knows the answer. So does Brooks.

Agreeing to the terms, the two set out on a three-month dating experiment, live-streamed for the world to watch. All Hannah has to do to win is not fall in love with the narcissistic brute. All Brooks has to do is get the starry-eyed dreamer to fall in love with him. Both are so confident in their philosophies, they expect the challenge to be easy.

With the world watching, Brooks and Hannah will be forced to confront their beliefs and conclude, once and for all, who’s right. The answer is one neither of them saw coming.


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I'm the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that's one tiny way I can make it so. I'm one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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Excerpt:

“So?” His head lowered toward mine. “Have you fallen in love with me yet?”

A single-noted laugh escaped from me. “No. Sorry to burst your bubble.”

“You know it’s only a matter of time.”

“Before our three months are up and, lo and behold, I haven’t fallen madly in love with you?” I said. “Yeah, I know that.”

He held out my glass of cider, scooting closer. “Am I really that offensive?”

“Taken as a whole, no, you’re not. But taking this whole set-up into account, along with your beliefs that love is for weak-minded ninnies, then yes. You really are so offensive.”

A half smile emerged. “What do your readers think about this whole thing?”

“My readers definitely don’t want me falling for you,” I answered.

“But your readers love romance, and some handsome, roguish fellow taking your hand in a park while you’re dressed in a white dress is the definition of romance.” Right then, Brooks’s hand covered mine where it was resting on the blanket.

Instead of stiffening or whipping away, I found myself relaxing under his touch. The camera’s presence screamed at me from the corner of my eye.

“My readers believe in finding the one.” My hand slipped from beneath his. “Not the one who takes your hand and pretends to like you so he gets the promotion.”

“Who says I couldn’t be your one?”

I laughed. “Even I don’t need to run the numbers to know that has about a one-in-an-impossible chance of happening.”

Brooks slid his glasses onto his head, his eyes unapologetic in their stare. “You and me? You couldn’t see it?”

“Not even a little.” I had to look away. “When it’s right, you know it. You feel it.”

Brooks’s head shook before he took a drink of his cider. “I admit, it’s a nice idea. But don’t you feel it inside? The realization that it’s just not true?” He stared out at the park and the people in it.

I gazed with him, trying to ignore that pit opening up in my stomach. “I’d rather spend my life chasing a dream than swallowing a cruel reality.”

“You’d rather spend your life lying to yourself than being honest?” Brooks asked.

“I don’t think any of what I believe is a lie. Soul mates, unconditional love, happy endings—it’s all real.”

“Fairy tales,” he muttered under his breath. “So explain why a marriage dissolves after twenty years because of fifteen minutes of indiscretion.”

Reaching for my glass, I answered, “It wouldn’t have if he kept it in his pants.”

He blew out a sharp breath. “No, that’s like saying twenty years, our kids, our house, our finances, everything is worth less than that fifteen minutes of fucking.” His arms threw out, his tone rather impassioned. “That’s not unconditional love. That’s the very conditional kind.”

“You’re right. It is the conditional kind. On the part of the one who engaged in the fifteen minutes of extra marital . . .” I just caught the cameraman’s hands flailing before I said, “Screwing. That was one-sided unconditional love, and that never works in a relationship.”

One of his brows rose. “That’s a convenient explanation. But I’ll stick to my beliefs that all of that unconditional love junk is worth its weight in bullshit.”

I shot the cameraman an apologetic look—so much for keeping this date in the PG realm. “Then how do you explain the couples it has worked for? The ones who live a long, happy, committed relationship together.”

“I call it a case of two determined people willing to overlook each other’s weaknesses and not be hell-bent on changing or fixing the other, who’ve figured out a way to laugh at themselves, forgive easily—not to mention often—perfect the fine balance of selflessness and selfish, and on top of that, won the relationship lottery.” Brooks clinked his glass against mine before finishing what was left of his cider. “That’s how I explain that.”

I blinked at him. “Wow. Don’t hold back or anything.”

“That’s just half of it.”

Saturday, September 22, 2018

New Release Recap: September 22nd


If you missed any recent releases, check out this quick recap! There are tons of great books to choose from so take a look!!!

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