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BLOG TOUR / BOOK REVIEW – Snowflake Bay – Donna Kauffman

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5 STARS!

Really enjoyed this book!  It’s sweet and has lots of family importance stressed in it, but it’s also funny with some nice sexy times too. 🙂

Fiona McCrae sold her thriving interior design business in Manhattan and has come back home to Blueberry Cove, Maine to start a more down-to-earth decorating business.  While in the midst of this, she’s also guilted by her older sister, Hannah, into planning a Christmas wedding for her … in 7 short weeks!

Ben Campbell has been Fi’s brother, Logan’s best friend since kindergarten, and he’s back to help at his families Christmas tree farm in neighboring Snowflake Bay.  Just what Fiona needs on top of everything else!

Ben might have spent his formative years with a huge crush on Hannah, but in the background, Fi was crushing on Ben.  He just thought of her as a pesky little sister, and tormented her on a regular basis.  Now that she’s all grown up, will he finally see her?  And with her life in such a rocky place right now, will she even want him to?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

 

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Snowflake Bay
The Brides of Blueberry Cove #2
By: Donna Kauffman

Releasing September 29, 2015
Zebra

 

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There’s no place like seaside Blueberry Cove, Maine, at Christmas—and there’s nothing like a wedding, the warmth of the holidays, and an old crush, to create the perfect new start…

Interior designer Fiona McCrae has left fast-paced Manhattan to move back home to peaceful Blueberry Cove. But she’s barely arrived before she’s hooked into planning her big sister Hannah’s Christmas wedding—in less than seven weeks. The last thing she needs is for her first love, Ben Campbell, to return to neighboring Snowflake Bay…

As kids, Fiona was the bratty little sister Ben mercilessly teased—while pining after Hannah. But Fi never once thought of Ben like a brother. And that hasn’t changed. Except Fi is all grown up. Will Ben notice her now? More importantly, with her life in a jumble, should he? Or might the romance of the occasion, the spirit of the season, and the gifts of time ignite a long-held flame for many Christmases to come…

Something old might just become something new…

 

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/10/snowflake-bay-brides-of-blueberry-cove.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23360012-snowflake-bay

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/137224-the-brides-of-blueberry-cove

 

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Google: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=978-142013748-4&c=books

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Big hands gripped her shoulders again and turned her back around. Then she felt rough, thick fingers gently tug at the scarf until her face was completely uncovered, or at least most of it was. Curls still clung to her eyelashes and errant wool fibers remained plastered to her Chapsticked lips.

She finally looked up at him. What the hell. She couldn’t possibly be more mortified around him now than she had been during pretty much every waking, breathing moment of her adolescence, could she?

Any latent, exceedingly selfish hopes she might have harbored that time and age had been unkind to him were extinguished with that one simple glance. He was … beautiful. He’d always been beautiful. Thick, chestnut-brown hair that was forever in need of a trim topped a pair of always twinkling eyes the color of Maine evergreens, and a ready grin set between a strong jaw and sharp cheekbones. Only now, age and time had somehow transformed him into a man who was more rugged, more handsome, more genuinely, heart-grippingly sexy. The kind of sexy a thirteen-year-old couldn’t even begin to appreciate, but the thirty-two-year-old woman standing before him could all too well.

His body was as ruggedly appealing as his face, with broad shoulders to match those wide palms, and the kind of muscles roping his arms and biceps that even the green plaid wool jacket he had on over a faded red hoodie did little to hide and everything to enhance. She didn’t dare look lower. Didn’t have to. He’d always been athletic and agile despite his size. Looking at those long legs and perfectly muscled thighs wasn’t necessary. She imagined them anyway, remembering far too many summers spent watching him and Logan from her bedroom window as they played pick-up basketball at the hoop mounted to the front of the carriage house, in nothing more than gym shorts and gleaming, honey-gold skin.

It seemed so unfair, she thought, even as she drank in the sight of him like a woman who’d been in the desert since, well, since the summer of her eighth grade graduation. Which was when he’d left town, and her unrequited love, in the unnoticed and seriously pathetic dust.

“Hello, Ben,” she said, seeing the wisps of wool still clinging to her lips dance briefly in the warm, dry air. She wanted to close her eyes. Hell, she wanted to dig a hole to China. Instead, she forced herself to maintain eye contact. Adult. Mature. Not thirteen. Not stupidly pining for a guy who never once thought of you as anything but his best friend’s annoying, bratty kid sister.

At the moment, however, he looked sincerely happy to see her. That shouldn’t have made her knees knock. Or her thighs clench.

“I didn’t know you were back in town,” he said.

“That makes two of us,” she said, thinking that her heart had to be pounding against her chest so hard, if she looked down, she’d surely see a cartoon version of it pumping out through her coat. Her fireplug red, down-filled coat.

Yeah.

Her karma clearly didn’t include things like having the sexier-than-ever Ben Campbell reenter her life when she had on cute yoga pants and was in some innocent but super suggestive pose that had him immediately wondering why in the hell he’d never noticed her before.

“You, uh …” He made a brief motion toward her mouth, and then that gleaming white grin flashed. “Either you’ve been slimed by your scarf, or you have a very unfortunate fungal issue. Either way—” He reached past her to nimbly snag a napkin from the holder she’d half buried under her satchel. “Here,” he said, offering it to her.

Aaaaand humiliation complete. Forever thirteen. Ah well, what the hell. Might as well own it. She tugged off her gloves with her probably wool-coated teeth, then took the proffered napkin. “Thanks,” she said, and turned to put her gloves on the marble countertop and do the best she could without benefit of a mirror to de-fungi herself. Turning back around, she crumpled the napkin in her hand and gave him a wry smile. “Better?”

“Mostly,” he said.

She went stock-still again when, teasing grin still firmly in place, he stepped closer, bowed his head, and gazed ever-so-intently at her mouth. She had no idea how her legs held her upright as every one of her adolescent fantasies came screaming back to mind, but in a far—far—more adult fashion. Surely, he couldn’t mean to—

He brought his hand up—not to cup her cheek so he could lower his lips to hers—but to pluck away the few remaining fibers that still clung to her lips.

What did it say that the tips of his fingers brushing her lips elicited a far greater response from her body than the last man she’d actually gotten naked with? Nothing positive, she was sure. About her, or about poor, couldn’t-find-an-erogenous-zone-if-it-was- staring-him-in-the-face Charlie. Which, sadly for them both, one rather universally well-known zone had been.

“Now you’re good,” he said, smiling again as he stepped back.

No, not really, she thought. But you sure are. She swallowed against a throat that was suddenly a dry wasteland, while other parts of her were … decidedly not. Oh, so, very, very good.

 

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AUTHOR INFO

USA Today bestselling author of the Cupcake Club Romance series, Donna Kauffman has seen her books reviewed in venues ranging from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal to Entertainment Weekly and Cosmopolitan. She lives just outside of DC in the lovely Virginia countryside, where she is presently trying to makeover her newly empty nest into something that doesn’t have to accommodate piles of sports equipment falling out of her coat closet (okay, out of every closet…and under every bed….), size 13 cleats and sweaty uniforms cluttering her foyer (and stairwell, and laundry room, and…), and a kitchen that should have come with a traffic light. And a pantry monitor. (Anyone with a clever idea on how to repurpose lacrosse sticks into matching reading lamps, she’s all ears!) When she’s not stripping paint, varnishing an old auction house find, or trying to avoid bodily injury with her latest power tool purchase, she loves to hear from readers!

AUTHOR LINKS:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

Website:  http://www.donnakauffman.com/

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/donna.kauffman1

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/DonnaKauffman

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/61869.Donna_Kauffman

 

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BLOG TOUR / BOOK REVIEW – His To Take – Katee Robert

His to Take

3 1/2 STARS!

A short & sexy read!  The characters are likable, and they are super sexy together!

Erin Robinson has returned home to Wellington after her Broadway career tanked.  She’s ashamed and has no clue what to do with the rest of her life.

Warren Davis is on leave from the Marines and in town to visit his grandfather.  He’s also got a future with Erin on his mind.  He goads her into a Truth or Dare game, and admits he wants a future and that sends her running scared.  Will she decide the chance is worth it?

**  Received free in exchange for an honest review  **

 

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HIS TO TAKE
by Katee Robert
Series: Out of Uniform #3.5

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 7, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Brazen

A game of truth or dare gets WAY out of hand in the sexiest way possible, in Katee Robert’s His to Take.

Fans of Samanthe Beck’s Private Practice or No Strings Attached by Nicolette Day, will devour the final installment of the Out of Uniform series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Katee Robert.

Synopsis:

Erin Robinson is having an epically bad year. Her blossoming career on Broadway tanked, forcing her to crawl back to home to Wellington. The icing on her failure cake? Her former on-again, off-again fling is in town, and the sexy Marine is taking up way too much space.

Warren Davis always knew Erin was special, which is exactly why he can’t have her. A girl like her deserves something permanent—something neither of them wants. But now that they’re both back in town and she’s right there in front of him, a challenge in her eyes he’s never been able to resist, he’s questioning everything.

That challenge quickly escalates into an epic game of Truth or Dare. Erin’s sure she’s got him on lock, but as the night progresses, Warren’s dares intensify, drowning her in lust. But with the past still breathing down their necks, there’s no way either of them can win…

 See where it all began with book 1 of the Out of Uniform series, In Bed with Mr. Wrong.

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Excerpts:

 “You haven’t even heard what I’m proposing.”

“I don’t have to. I know you. And as great as an hour of hot sweaty sex would be, I’m not in the mood.”

That, more than anything else, confirmed there was something wrong. He tamped down the urge to ask what it was. They weren’t that kind of friends. Not yet. They were two people who’d hooked up a handful of times in the last six years. That was it.

That was what he was trying to change.

So he nudged her shoulder, hating that the winter made so many layers necessary. It was only his imagination making him think he could feel the heat of her body through her coat from that tiny touch. “Truth or dare, Freckles?”

Her jaw dropped. “You’re joking.”

“We haven’t done it in years.” Not since the night they met.

“Right. Because we’re grown-ass adults, and truth or dare is for kids.”

He watched the memories reflected in her hazel eyes. Truth or dare was how they’d gotten started in the first place. They’d been with a group of friends down at Mill Creek and someone had suggested the game. It had been a wild night of the kind of trouble only teenagers could get into, and it had culminated out in the middle of the creek where another of their friends dared Erin to kiss Warren.

And, holy fuck, had she kissed him.

 

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google + | GoodReads | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube

 

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Katee Robert- Out of Uniform series purchase links

 

In Bed with Mr. Wrong

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Uniform-Novel-Entangled-Brazen-ebook/dp/B00HFUAODQ/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388674987&sr=1-6&keywords=katee+robert

B&N:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-bed-with-mr-wrong-katee-robert/1117785749?ean=9781622663538

iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/in-bed-mr.-wrong-out-uniform/id787250913?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/in-bed-with-mr-wrong-an-out-of-uniform-novel

 

His to Keep:

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/His-Keep-Out-Uniform-Book-ebook/dp/B00JCYNMUU/ref=pd_sim_351_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=51oINjITEpL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=1YP1QYCFZ818TEPARXCY

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/his-to-keep-katee-robert/1119054798?ean=9781622665679

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/his-to-keep/id852955478?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/in-bed-with-mr-wrong-an-out-of-uniform-novel

 

Falling For His Best Friend:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Falling-Best-Friend-Uniform-Book-ebook/dp/B00WDX1AO2/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51n4Q-8NbbL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=1YP1QYCFZ818TEPARXCY

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/falling-for-his-best-friend-katee-robert/1121774044?ean=9781633752740

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/falling-for-his-best-friend/id987374865?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/falling-for-his-best-friend-entangled-brazen

 

His Lover to Protect:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013BEDMPQ/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/his-lover-to-protect-katee-robert/1122451098?ean=9781633753679

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/his-lover-to-protect/id1025864071?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/his-lover-to-protect-entangled-brazen

 

His to Take:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/His-Take-Uniform-Katee-Robert-ebook/dp/B015MPPD5O/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1449170052&sr=1-2

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/his-to-take-katee-robert/1122680715?ean=9781633754676

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/his-to-take/id1041924171?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/his-to-take-3