Monday, May 22, 2017

The Irish Prince (Billionaire Dynasties #2) by Virginia Nelson: Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

CEO Aiden Kelley’s life of billionaire extravagance is flipped upside down when his ex shows up with a ten-year-old she claims is his. Totally out of his element and losing the control so integral to his success, he needs help. To top it all off, the only constant woman in his life, his executive assistant, has given notice just when he needs her help to survive his newfound fatherhood.

Chelsea Houston is an executive assistant, not a nanny. The only person more clueless about kids is her boss. Helping him on a daddy-daughter road trip is her last task before he’ll accept her two weeks’ notice and she can be free of the infuriating man she’s had a crush on for longer than she’d admit.

Aiden’s carefully ordered life has never been so disorganized, and he’s suddenly tempted by the things he thought he could never have. Things like love and family. Who knew chaos could be so damn fun? 
 


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About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author of The Penthouse Prince

Virginia Nelson likes knights in rusted and dinged up armor, heroes that snarl instead of croon, and heroines who can’t remember to say the right thing even with an author writing their dialogue. Her books are full of snark, sex, and random acts of ineptitude – not always in that order.


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Excerpt:

"Did you ever play in the street? Like, where traffic was? You know, like kickball or whatever and, when cars came, you yelled ‘Pause!’ and got everyone off the street. When it wasn’t clear, you called ‘game on’?” Another crash of thunder shook the windows, and she wondered how the kid could sleep through it. She closed her eyes, hoping for strength but only finding more fear. She really just needed to get her mind off it…
“Sure,” he said. “We called ‘pause’ when there were cars until we could play again. Still not following you, though. Do you have a point?”
“You know how I work for you and all that?”
He sighed, and she was close enough to him that his breath ruffled her hair. “Of course.”
“Pause,” she said. Before she could talk herself out of it, she went up on tiptoes and touched her lips to his.
He didn’t move, and she didn’t have the bravery to go further with it. They stood there, frozen, his breath whispering across her cheeks and her lips just barely touching his. Between the heat of his body and that coursing through her veins from her impetuous drinking, some warmth managed to seep back into her, and she felt almost safe for a second.
Then another crash from outside and she shuddered, pinching her eyes closed. He must’ve felt it or taken pity on her, or who knew what his motives were, but his arms closed around her and his lips slanted across hers. If she’d thought he would bury her fears and distract her, she was right. Nothing mattered outside that moment.
Lazy hunger curled through the kiss, his experience clear in the slow burn of his mouth dragging across hers. His tongue slipped into her mouth, and she twined her arms around his neck to better brace for the sexy torture of his embrace.
She felt the impact of the wall behind her and wasn’t sure if the crash she heard was her system going into overdrive or the sound of the storm. He tasted like sin, and she was starved for more. His hands gripped her hips and she pressed into his body, thrilling at the sexual tension skating across her flesh like fire.
“Chels,” he whispered, his mouth tracing a path down her neck.
“Game on,” she gasped.
He stilled, backing away to meet her eyes. Another flash illuminated his face. He looked hungry, like he could eat her up in one big bite.
The sight of that look, on his face, made her shiver with want. But he wasn’t for her and this was a ridiculous idea. She couldn’t play on his level, knew it on a bone deep level.
Not that she’d been able to resist a taste.
God. At least in two weeks she would tell him goodbye. Then she wouldn’t have to look at his face and be reminded of her moment of weakness. Or how wonderful his mouth had felt against hers.
She ducked under his arm and fled as fast as her legs could carry her, only stopping once her bedroom door separated them. Leaning on it, she bit her lip. Everything in her, down to the last cell, wanted to go back out there, climb him like a tree, and let him take her in whatever depraved fashion he might want to try.
Tomorrow, she’d probably be full of regrets. She’d crossed a line, stupidly. He was her boss.
Somehow, she half wished she could quit now, so she could—
What? Go back to her world while he lived in his, high atop the world in a glass tower of money and power? No, she’d be better off as far away from him as possible, since pursuing anything was an act of masochistic idiocy.


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Stand (Bleeding Stars #6) by A.L. Jackson: Release Blitz Review & Giveaway

Blurb:

From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next seductive, unforgettable Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…

Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.

Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.

When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For six years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.

I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.

Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.

One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.

Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand


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Author Bio:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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Review by Michelle:

A bittersweet ending to the Bleeding Stars series and the perfect story for the enigmatic Zee Kennedy, Stand just goes to show, it's always the quiet ones with the biggest secrets. While we have always known Zachary Kennedy as the quiet, reserved Zee who has, over the course of five previous books, always stayed out of trouble, laid low, and kept his nose, and every other part of himself, clean, I don't think anyone could have ever imagined the doozy this little drummer boy has been hiding for years. Touching, passionate, emotive, and intense, Stand is wondrously poetic, perfectly stirring, and completely addicting.

A.L. Jackson always knows how to ensnare you with one short sentence, or even just a few words and Stand is no exception. I was instantly drawn in to the plight of both Zee and Alexis upon their first meeting just pages in and wanted, no needed, more as quickly as possible. More than simple family troubles, tragedy, and near disaster, these two have more in common than meets the eye and the potential to completely flip each other's whole world upside down and it is mesmerizing to watch.

"No fear. Just life." This freeing, uplifting, inspiring motto in this story gives you nothing but the warm and fuzzies while delivering a distinctly empowering message. Reminding us all to not let fear or doubt rule you, to remember all the little things that should be embraced in life instead of hidden from, and all that you could very well be missing out on if you never truly live, both for those closest to you, and most importantly, for yourself.

A.L. Jackson always paints a picture so vivid and draws out emotions so viscerally, you not only feel a part of the story, but also changed by it in some way. After Lyrik's emotional rollercoaster in Where Lightning Strikes I never thought another Sunder member could so thoroughly capture my attention and bring out as many emotions, but Zee rushed in with his heartbreaking, self sacrificing, tear jerking story and thoroughly captured my heart. Pair that with Alexis' selfless and unconditional love in a difficult and unwinnable situation and there is just no way to top the noble generosity of these two and keep them out of your heart and mind. Not to mention, Alexis and Zee together are a moving example of the way a strong and beautiful relationship can grow and change you for the better. The perfect model of two individuals who encourage, build up, and motivate each other so that they can finally see and acknowledge their strengths, their capabilities, their true worth, and all that they deserve after dedicating so much of their time, effort, and life to their loved ones.

While I can't say I would probably ever be ready to let the Sunder boys go, as far as conclusions go, Stand will satisfy you like no other. A better story for Zee you could not imagine, and a more beautifully written and fulfilling conclusion to a much loved series would be extremely hard to find. Disappointing to be leaving the band Sunder behind? Absolutely. Disappointed in the ending to a long, emotional journey? Never.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 4.5 Stars


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Buns (Hudson Valley #3) by Alice Clayton: ARC Review

Blurb:

The third in the hilarious yet sizzling hot Hudson Valley series from New York Time and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton.

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she’s never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she’s fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for. She’s especially interested in the Bryant Mountain House, and not just for their secret recipe for the yummy, gooey, can’t-get-enough-of Hot Cross Buns….

Archie Bryant, the man with the Buns, is fifth generation and one-day-owner of the charming yet run-down Bryant Mountain House in Bailey Falls, New York. He’s determined to save his family’s legacy from the wrecking ball the old-fashioned way—by gritting his teeth and doing what needs to be done. There’s no way Archie will be influenced by the new hotel branding expert his father brought in to turn one hundred and fifty years of tradition on its head just to attract a faster, younger, slicker crowd. But when some of Clara’s ideas start bringing in new, paying customers, Archie can’t deny that she may have just given him a shot at keeping his resort open.

It’s sticky, it’s messy, it’s sweet, it’s Buns.

Releases: May 23, 2016


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About the Author:

Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person...

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Review by Yvette:

Alice Clayton's heroines are my spirit animals. Each is dynamic, dazzling, and unforgettable in her own way, and each is a large part of why the entire Hudson Valley series needs to be on everyone's TBR list. Buns, the third book in the author’s wildly hilarious romantic comedy series, is just as entertaining, just as heartwarming, and just as sexy as its predecessors. Sweet, romantic, and emotionally gripping, Buns is a story that made me swoon and set my heart aflutter. It definitely made me want to get my hands on some hot cross buns (if you know what I mean…). *insert winking face here*

Part rivals-to-lovers, part office romance (albeit an unconventional office), Buns follows the story of Clara Morgan, a hotel branding expert looking to revive a struggling hotel in Bailey Falls, New York. When the pint-sized but fierce force of nature meets Archie Bryant, the uptight, uncompromising hotel owner, sparks fly, tempers flare, and a begrudging working relationship is formed as the two are forced to work together in close quarters. Two words: sexual tension. Clara and Archie have a bit of an antagonistic rapport, complete with constant bickering and an undercurrent of mutual attraction. Their biting words say "I'm one step away from throttling you" while their heated glances say "I want to rip your clothes off”. The resulting slow-burning romance is both humorous and sensual, igniting an unbridled, lust-fueled passion between Clara and Archie that ignites even brighter with their every interaction.

Our narrator, Clara, has a larger-than-life, inviting personality but she’s also fragile and mysterious – a combination that’s undeniably compelling. She’s a complex character and I loved getting to delve further into her backstory as the narrative progresses. She's not one to open up easily, which makes the process all the more rewarding. Similarly, Archie seems to be Clara’s polar opposite, yet every chapter reveals something new and intriguing about the man behind the tortoise-shell glasses and tailored suits. With a riveting storylines and protagonists that make you want to learn more about them, Buns is lighthearted, funny, and steamy, but it’s also full of heart.

If you’re looking for a book that’ll make you laugh and make you cry (from laughing so hard), Buns is a sure bet. From chapter one to the last sentence of the epilogue, I loved every single word of Clara and Archie’s story and my only complaint was that it ended before I was ready to say goodbye.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars