Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rescuing the Bad Boy (Second Chance #2) by Jessica Lemmon: Release Blitz Review, Excerpt & Giveaway



For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories—including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later, he still can’t forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he’s too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things…

Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie’s heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fundraiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional…yet working by his side every day doesn’t make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn’t long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past–so they can fight for a future together.

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Her soft touch landed on Donovan’s arm, and the anger shuddering inside him shifted into an ache. She stepped closer, the warmth between them radiating enough heat to set him on fire. But like the fireplaces he built, he could handle it. He could handle the heat from her, not because he was impervious, but because he was strong enough to soak her in and not burn to ash.

She turned his arm where paint was drying. She swiped at it with her sleeve. “I made a mess.”

He’d forgotten about the paint. “Don’t… I can… There is a shower in the…” He lost his train of thought when she turned those emerald green eyes up to him. He watched her delicate throat work as she swallowed. His eyes traveled up her neck and landed on her mouth. Needing her mouth, he lowered his face, watched her eyes grow dark and wide, watched her lift her chin to meet him.

Heat. He wanted more. If only to test his own strength.

He moved his lips gently against hers, but resisted holding her to him. She held onto him though, grasping his forearms with both hands, her fingers wrapped around his elbows. Pressing her body against his, pressing her tits against his ribs.

Hell, sounded like an invitation to him. Deepening their connection, he thrust his tongue into her mouth, reached around, and grabbed her ass with both palms. When he squeezed, she sucked in a breath.

“Told you,” he rumbled.

“Told me?”

“Not a complaint, Scampi.” He squeezed again. “Perfect.”

A choked laugh left her throat. “Big.”

Still moving his hands over her backside, he said, “First thing I noticed about you at the Wharf.” He’d been plating up a chicken scaloppini when the manager walked in to show around a few new servers. Two he couldn’t remember, and Sofie. Bent over the plate, he’d peeked between the metal shelves framing that perfect ass . He’d stood to get a better look, and she’d pegged him with those moss-greens.

“Second thing I noticed was your eyes.”

Her lips parted slightly. “And the third thing?”

He kissed her. She tasted incredible. “The first time you talked to me.”

She rolled her eyes. “And what did I say?”

She didn’t think he remembered. She was wrong. “‘Can I get a side of cock?’”

Laughing, she shook her head.

He smiled back at her, unable to help himself. “Then you cleared your throat and said, ‘cocktail sauce’.”

Shaking her head, she said, “Worst abbreviation ever.”

“Kitchen guys are immature.”

She blinked up at him, studying him, like she was trying to piece him together. He didn't want her to. Once she pieced him together and had the whole picture, she wouldn’t like what she saw.

He kissed her again, keeping his hands on her body.

“Are you testing my boundaries?” she asked, her tone teasing. He recognized that comment from the night he rescued her from Torsett.

“Mine,” he corrected.

Sofie bit her lip. “I don’t date much.”

“Me either.” At all, actually.

She shook her head, more in thought than in argument. “I don’t think I have any boundaries with you.”

He was beginning to think he had none with her, either.

About the Author:

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she's not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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Review by Yvette:

The Second Chance series by Jessica Lemmon is one that, once it gets its hooks into you, it refuses to let you go. The first book in the series, Bringing Home the Bad Boy, was a solid 4 Star read that I had a few minor issues with (mainly that I wished the titular bad boy was more deserving of the moniker) but what made me anxious to read the follow-up novel, Rescuing the Bad Boy, was a need to discover if the romances that had been teased between various supporting characters would come to fruition. The romance between protagonists Donovan Pate and Sofie Martin was one I was particularly intrigued by and Rescuing the Bad Boy did not disappoint. Within just a few pages, my stomach was erupting in a swarm of angry bees and my eyes burned with unshed tears. I figured if just the introduction to the two main characters could evoke such a powerful reaction from me, then the rest of the book would be just as heartbreaking, if not more so… and I was right.

I wanted a bad boy and I got my wish and then some with Donovan, to the point where my initial reaction was to despise his character. Donovan's mind was a dark and twisted space to inhabit but the more I got to know his character, the more I understood where he was coming from. This book tackled a sensitive subject – one that shaped Donovan's character, not excusing his bad decisions and standoffish behavior, but providing insight into his thoughts and actions regarding Sofie. Second Chance is a perfect title for this series because this book is about giving Donovan and Sofie a second chance at realizing the magnitude of their connection.

Like its predecessor, Rescuing the Bad Boy is a character-driven narrative, with the romance between Donovan and Sofie at the heart of the story. The author forges such an intense connection between these characters, dragging their feelings so close to the surface that I keenly felt the impact of their emotionally-charged exchanges, from the anger and resentment stirred up within Sofie upon Donovan’s return to the pulse-pounding excitement of them finally giving in to their mutual attraction, and to the gut-churning fear of history repeating itself. The two have a palpable chemistry that results in several sizzling encounters, but it’s their emotional connection that tugged at my heartstrings and fighting back the improbable combination of angry, sad, and happy tears.

As much as I enjoyed Bringing Home the Bad Boy, it was missing that indefinable spark that makes you want to devour a book in one sitting because you can't go another minute without knowing what happens next. With Rescuing the Bad Boy, my eyes were glued to my Kindle screen as I followed the progression of Donovan and Sofie’s tumultuous relationship. The prologue, the epilogue, and everything in between were nothing short of amazing – beautifully written, emotionally-gripping and thought-provoking. The intensity of my reaction to Rescuing the Bad Boy took me completely by surprise, but I enjoyed every minute of this emotional roller coaster of a book.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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Behind Your Back Series by Chelsea M. Cameron: Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway

Behind Your Back (Behind Your Back #1)


To get to him, I need to use her.

I’ll play her like a violin and have her falling in love with me before she even knows what’s happening.

It will be easy. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.

She’s just a girl.

A tool to get what I want.

When I’m done with her I won’t think twice about walking away.

At least, that was what I thought.

Until I met her.

Back to Back (Behind Your Back #2)


He underestimated me.

The girl with the red hair and green eyes.

But I also underestimated him.

We’re both good at what we do.

Together, we’re unstoppable.

But I’ll have to be careful.

Last time I played him and he's not going to take the betrayal lightly.

I'll have to watch my back... and my heart.

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About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.

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My lips slide against hers, lubricated by her lipstick. Our noses collide, making my eyes water, but I don’t let go of her, don’t stop.

Before I can think, my hands are moving down her body, scrabbling at the edge of her dress, yanking her underwear out of the way because I don’t have the patience to take them off her. I doubt I could stop at this point, even if she asked me to. Her hands fumble with my pants and the moment she touches my cock my brain explodes and I jerk away from the kiss. I hear her moan and my eyes snap open to find her looking at me with one eyebrow raised.

A challenge.

I push her dress up even more and she bites her lip between her teeth. I stroke her a few times at the juncture of her legs. She’s soft and warm and I just want to sink into her. I want to know how she tastes, but there isn’t time. Without further ado, I grab her legs, lifting her up. She hooks her legs around me and sink myself inside her.

We both moan and her eyes close as her head goes back against the filthy wall. This is what I pictured, only it’s so much better. She’s wrapped around me, clenching my cock and I can smell her and it’s perfection. I pull back and slam into her again.

She knew what she was asking for. I don’t do gentle. Ever.

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Follow Me Back (Twisted Love #2) by A. Meredith Walters: Blog Tour Excerpt


The sequel to Lead Me Not, this dangerously sexy second installment in the Twisted Love series continues Aubrey and Maxx’s love story, from New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters—who “writes the most beautifully flawed characters that still have you swooning” (Sawyer Bennett, USA Today bestselling author of the Off series).

Aubrey Duncan has loved…and lost. Should she follow a heart that’s betrayed her or a head that tells her to let go?

Maxx Demelo’s addiction almost destroyed him. It ruined his life and, most importantly, his relationship with the only girl he ever loved.

He has vowed to become the man Aubrey Duncan deserves. Even if he has to tear himself apart to do it. So he enters rehab, trying to fix the parts of him that are shattered as he longs to be healthy and whole.

Aubrey lost everything because she chose to listen to her heart. Now she has sworn to put herself first, to heal in the only way that she can…far away from Maxx and his demons.

But just as Aubrey is starting over, Maxx is released from rehab and thrust back into her world, determined to prove how much they still need each other. And the chaos that had defined them threatens to unleash once again…

But a heart, no matter how broken, is impossible to ignore.

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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

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Then he was kissing me again and I didn't stop him.

The fight left me. The anger, the bitterness, the purposeful isolation disintegrated instantly.

Kissing Maxx was like waking up. Like stepping through the mist into a clearing. It was love and lust and passion. It was pain and anguish and gut-wrenching turmoil.

It was everything.

My lips parted almost involuntarily and his tongue swept in, tangling with mine. He moaned, intense and low, and wove his fingers in my hair, burying deep. I couldn't help my body's response as I melted into him.

My lips had missed kissing him.

My fingers had missed touching him.

My heart missed beating only for him.

I gave up fighting the inevitable and wrapped my arms around him, holding him as tightly as he held me.

The feel of him in my mouth was familiar and intoxicating.

This is what oblivion tasted like.

Slowly, his lips became less frantic until he stopped kissing me altogether and he rested his forehead against mine.

"I know you've said you don't want to do this again. But I'm all in, Aubrey. I always have been."

I closed my eyes and tried to get my breathing under control.

"I have to go," I whispered, trying to move and failing.

Friday, May 29, 2015

House of Obsidian Series by Bella Jewel: Double Cover Reveal & Giveaway

Flawed Heart (House of Obsidian #1)


This isn’t the man I married.

The man I married was strong, beautiful and pure.

The man I married cherished our lives together.

The man I married loved me.

This…this isn’t that man.

One night. One accident. It changes everything.

I wish I could tell you the exact moment he fell out of love with me.

I wish I could tell you there was hope. That I hung on. That I fought.

I wish I could tell you that we fixed it.

That happily ever after was just out of our grips.

It wasn’t. I ran.

In the dead of the night, I packed my things and I left him.

Now I’m back.

He’s still the same man. A deadly underground fighter for the House Of Obsidian. He’s still dangerous. He’s still broken. I still love him.

This is the part where I’m supposed to turn back around and run…

But I don’t.

Releases: June 22, 2015

Flawed Love (House of Obsidian #2)


We were born into the same crowd.

His father: a useless drunk. My mother: a psycho junkie.

We lived across the road from each other.

We became best friends when I was only ten.

He became my sole reason for breathing.

Seven years later, he forgot about me.

I don’t know the exact moment he changed.

Suddenly I was just the girl next door, and he no longer cared.

He didn’t want to be in my life. He didn’t want to help.

He ran off the rails, tossing me aside.

I no longer mattered. Nothing we shared did.

The next thing I knew – he was gone.

Ten years and I didn’t see or hear from him.

Then came the call I’d be waiting for – he was back in town.

Only the man I remembered is not him.

This man is quiet, deadly, and so incredibly beautiful.

He also doesn’t remember me.

I let him believe I’m just a girl that walked into his bar.

I let him believe I’m just a friend.

I let him use me on the cold, dark nights.

I let him believe I’m incapable of love, just like he is.

I just let the secret go on and on.

But all secrets have an end, don’t they?

Releases: July 20, 2015


About the Author:

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.
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