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** Blog Tour / Book Review ** NIC by J.M. Stewart


4 1/2 STARS!

Shattered from years of abuse, a young woman sets out to find peace for her daughter … and lucks into finding a gentle, kind soul who won’t let them live in fear anymore!  Easy to like characters who bring a realness to the story make you have a vested interest in seeing them through to a happy ending.

On the run from her abusive ex-husband for years, Anna Thompson just wants a real home and consistent life for her young daughter.  She thought she was getting settled, and then he found her again.  Now she’s hit an all time low with no job, no money and no place to stay when she lands in Angel Bay, Washington.  She hears of a possible job opening, and sets out to try to get it.

When Nic Rossi sees the women and child in his restaurant, he can tell they are in dire straights.  He can tell someone has hurt them before and they need a gentle hand to help them.  He gives her a job and sets her up with a safe place to stay and shows them kindness.  They all relax into this safe place they have forged until danger gets near again.

When her ex finds her again, will she find the strength to stay and fight for the life she’s made here, or will her fear of endangering Nic and his young daughter make her flee and start over again?

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Rossi Brothers #2

By: JM Stewart

Releasing November 14, 2016
Crimson Romance


Single father Nic Rossi’s only desire is to raise his little girl with the same love and security his grandparents gave him and his siblings. That is, until Anna Thompson and her frightened daughter walk into his family restaurant, looking for employment, and turn his carefully ordered world upside down.

On the run from her abusive ex, Anna wants one thing: a quiet place like Angel Bay to raise her daughter. But she needs a job to pay for that dream, even if her new boss is a man whose sheer size makes her tremble. Yet Nic’s capacity for kindness leaves her feeling safe for the first time in years, and the gentle giant slowly awakens her long-dormant passion.

Then her ex-husband turns up like a bad penny, threatening not only Anna’s safe haven but Nic’s daughter in the bargain, forcing them to choose between love and family.



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She blew out her held breath, pushed her plate away, and offered him a smile. “Thanks for the meal. I will repay you. I need to get her to bed. What time would you like me to be here tomorrow?”

She scooted out of the booth, but his hand caught her arm before she could turn to pick up Lacey. Blood whooshed in her ears, and breathing became impossible as panic clawed its way through her chest. Tony’s face lodged itself in her mind. Eyes narrowed and staring her down.  The way he looked right before his fist came down on her …

He’s not Tony. He’s not Tony. She repeated the long-held mantra over and over and drew slow, deep breaths in an effort to put a lid back on the panic. Still the room around her spun as the past closed in on her.

“The meal’s on me, remember? You can pay me back by letting me help you.”

Nic’s voice jerked her back to the present. She lifted her head to find him watching her, gentle concern in his searching eyes. Was he really this nice? Or was this just a ruse, the way it had been for Tony? She didn’t know, but she had no desire to find out. She didn’t need his help. She just needed a job.

She glared at Nic. “What is it with you? Do you have a thing for taking in strays or something, Mr. Rossi?”

“My name is Nic, and yes, actually I do. My nonna used to roll her eyes every time I brought home a stray cat or dog.” Amusement laced his tone, his eyes crinkling at the corners.

God, did nothing faze the man?

His expression sobered. “Let me help. Because I can.”

She blew out a defeated breath. “Why do you even care?”

“Why do I scare you so much?”


Nic released her arm and folded his hands on the table instead. “You want the God’s honest truth? That’s why I give a damn. Because I terrify the both of you, and I hate it. Every time I look at your daughter, I see my own.”

She wrapped her arms around herself. The man left her feeling open and exposed. He offered her something she didn’t know if she could ever repay: human decency. “I can’t ask you to do that for me.”

“Then do it for her.” He nodded in Lacey’s direction.




J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons and two very spoiled dogs. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily ever after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.


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** Blog Tour ** MILLIONAIRE UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Stefanie London


Millionaire Under the Mistletoe

by Stefanie London
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Indulgence, Contemporary, Romance




Synopsis: It’s so nice when he’s naughtyStella Jackson would rather stab herself in the eye with her own stiletto than return to England. Especially in winter. But to fulfill her grandfather’s last wish, she has to spend Christmas at the estate she inherited from him…with the one man she wishes she could forget.

Self-made millionaire Evan Foss wants one thing from Stella—her estate. But thanks to their rocky past, he’s the last person she’ll sell to. So when she takes him up on a bet, with the estate as the prize, Evan can’t believe his luck. The only problem is that seeing her now, sexy and all grown up, tempts Evan to finish what started years ago between them.





Trees decorated with winking fairy lights adorned a path that led to the London Eye. Against the pitch-black sky, the Ferris wheel was lit up in neon blue, vibrant and ethereal. People were ice-skating in a rink beneath it, the sound of laughter and the occasional squeal rising up into the air.

“Have you ever gone ice-skating before?” he asked.

“The only ice we have back home is the kind that keeps my mojito cold,” Stella joked as she watched the skaters whiz past, their scarves flapping behind them like rainbow streamers.

“Come on, then.” Evan grabbed her hand and led her to where they could pay for access to the rink and hire their skates.

Their breath billowed up in soft white clouds, and her nose and cheeks were already numb. For the first time since arriving in England the cold didn’t bother her.

“I’m going to warn you now, the closest I’ve ever come to this is roller-blading. It didn’t end well. There were tears.” She paused as they lined up to swap their shoes for skates. “Not mine, but the man I accidentally pushed over into wasn’t impressed when I roller-bladed into his crotch.”

“Are you telling me I should watch out for my privates?”

“You should always watch out for your privates.”

They paused to change into their skates and Stella held onto Evan’s arm with a claw-like grip as they made their way to the rink. His muscles were hard, totally noticeable even under the layers of puffy clothing. A memory floated to the surface—his strong arms holding her up in the shower, making her feel completely and utterly secure. Completely and utterly protected.

“So, is this a good surprise?” he asked, helping her onto the ice and not even cringing when she squealed as her skates slid unexpectedly.

“Ask me in a few minutes.”

The other skaters flew past with the confidence of people used to ice and a true winter. The children were fearless, zooming around with the kind of “devil may care” attitude that belonged only to people who’d never experienced a broken bone. Stella, on the other hand, treated the ice with the utmost suspicion.

“Relax into it,” Evan said, leading her along slowly while she held on to the railing with her free hand. “Let go of the railing, I’ll keep you upright.”

“But I’ll get mowed down by one of these little demons.” She nodded towards a boy of about ten chasing a girl in a purple outfit.

“Don’t be a chicken.” He gave her a tug and she squeaked as her hand slipped off the railing. “Trust me.”

“You don’t seem super trustworthy right now.”

They moved around the rink, gaining speed little by little as Stella found her balance. She gripped Evan’s hand tightly but started to enjoy the feeling of the wind on her face and the soothing sameness of the rink laps. Even though the gloves prevented skin-to-skin contact, she could feel the hard grip of Evan’s hand guiding her, keeping her safe. Her earlier stress had melted away—or perhaps it was simply frozen into submission.



USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humour, heat and heart. Also llamas.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies and drink coffee.

Her bestselling book,Pretend It’s Love, is a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia.

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** Book Review ** THE DESERT KING’S SECRET HEIR by Annie West


4 1/2 STARS!

An attention grabbing read with a powerful sheikh and the one that got away!

The last person Arden Wills expects to see at a society party she’s talked into attending is her one and only love!  She learns he is royalty as a name she doesn’t recognize.

Sheikh Idris Baddour is surprised to see Arden, and can’t resist looking her up after the party.  Imagine his surprise when it turns into a media frenzy that alerts him to a son he knew nothing about!  To avoid further scandal and unrest in his country, he needs to marry her and legitimize his heir.

The attraction flares between them like it was only yesterday that they were lovers, but years have passed and hurt has festered.  Are they only fooling themselves that they can make this work for their son?

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** Book Review ** LOVING DEEP by Tracey Devlyn



With the continuation of the Steele Ridge series, Tracey Devlyn brings us Britt’s story.  He’s serious and gruff, but also fiercely protective and loyal to those he loves.

Britt Steele is determined to protect the endangered red wolves that are living on his family’s property in the hills of North Carolina.  He had a partner in his mentor and neighbor, but now is only left to deal with her daughter Miranda.

Miranda Shepherd isn’t heartless, and she wishes she could help Britt, but her business is in deep trouble and she needs the funds she will get from selling her Mom’s property abutting the Steele land and helping to protect the wolves.

When a few “accidents” start happening around the property and Miranda, it make Britt suspect something is amiss.  His investigation leads to them finding out a trophy hunting club has set their sites on the wolves … and Miranda!  Will Britt be able to save both of the things he’s grown to care for so strongly?

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** Book Review ** THE DOLLMAKER by Mary Burton



Eerily bone-chilling story!  With her latest book in The Forgotten Files series, Mary Burton takes us on a riveting delve into a psychopath’s mind as investigators try to put the puzzle pieces together in time to stop him from killing again!

A dozen years ago, Dakota Sharp suffered a personal tragedy that scarred him enough to put him on the path to law enforcement in order to help others.  He is a major workaholic, and when a case hits too close to his own past, he especially becomes obsessed with solving it, even to the detriment of his marriage.  Now his estranged wife is back … looking for a second chance.

Forensic pathologist Tessa McGowan tried walking away from the loneliness of her marriage to Dakota, but she found she missed him even more when she wasn’t with him.  Now she’s working side by side with him on his most recent case that has a maniac putting a beautiful woman on her exam table that he carved into his very own living doll!

When they figure out too many connections to be able to ignore that this is hitting close to home, and Tessa becomes next on the killers wishlist, will Dakota be able to figure out who is behind it in time to save her?

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** Blog Tour / SALE BLITZ / Book Review ** SWEET FOR A SEAL by Anne Marsh

Sweet for a SEAL

4 1/2 STARS!

Book 3 in the ASSIGNMENT: Caribbean Nights series is brought to us by Anne Marsh.  She introduces us to bad boy Finn Callahan and turns him lose to charm us with his life story and quirky attitude before she has him stumble across his damsel in distress!

Finn Callahan is a former Navy SEAL, all-around good guy and a sexy player!  He’s partnering with a couple of former teammates in a business off the Florida Keys and is enjoying life.  He loves women, and they love him … but only for a few hours, and then he’s off to the next adventure!

Valentina Fuentes is all for living life to it’s fullest and when she is rescued from a little car trouble by a sexy hunk of a man, she’s only too ready to climb him like a tree!  She can tell just from talking to him that he’s a love ’em and leave ’em type, and that’s just fine with her.

When Finn actually wants more than a one night stand for a change, will he be able to convince Vali that he’s worth keeping around?




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“My dating life has starred cupcake men—sweet but more icing than cake and nothing that could keep my mouth busy for a more than a few minutes. Finn Callahan? He’s cake. A five-layer, lusciously frosted gateau.” – Valentina Fuentes

I’ve never met a woman I couldn’t love—for one night. I’m the bad boy, the player, the sexy heartbreaker you meet in a bar and take home. And after my last hellish tour of duty as a SEAL, sun, sand, and sex are my new mission in life. Happily ever after? Pass. I’ll give you the best twelve hours of your life, and then I’m gone because why settle down when playing the field is so fun?

All that changes when I meet Valentina Fuentes. Actually, I rescue her from a ditch, which should score me major hero points. She’s even willing to admit I’m hot—and she’ll fool around with me. But convincing her that I’m anything but a sun-and-good-times boy toy? That’s mission impossible. She argues I’m the loaner car girlfriends pass around… and, sure, she’s willing to take me for a ride. A short ride. And for the first time in my life, I’d like more than a twelve-hour relationship.

When did one woman make my smooth-talking bad boy self start dreaming of forever?

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novels and novellas. Ann is also part of the New York Times and USA
 bestselling authors collective behind the SEALs of Summer
military anthologies, and has hit the USA Today bestseller list individually
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I’m the asshole. The player. The guy who gives you a screaming orgasm but not his number or his heart.

Never the heart.

Hearts are strictly off-limits in my world. I don’t do forevers because my relationships come with shelf lives, and none of them last longer than a day or two. My last date claimed her orgasm lasted longer than our relationship. She wasn’t wrong.

None of this explains why I’m standing outside the zany yellow-and-white bakery Valentina Fuentes owns in Angel Cay, wondering what she’ll throw at me today. What names she’ll call me. Whether she’ll yell or cry or just slam the fucking door in my face and remind me that I screwed it all up. That from her point of view, she’s the payoff for a bet that should never have been made.

Whatever she does, I deserve it because I didn’t walk. I ran like a coward because I was too scared to figure out how hearts worked until I’d broken mine. I want a hell of a lot more from Vali than a Band-Aid, too.

I’ve fucked my way through a legion of women since my high school glory days. Women love a US Navy SEAL, and I loved them right back. Now that I look back, I wasn’t terribly discriminating, but I made sure my partners had a great time. I was Finn Callahan, the Orgasm King. Funny how that’s not enough anymore. I mean, I thought making a woman feel good, making her scream my name because I was that fucking good, making her melt for me, was enough. You see, when I made the woman of my hour forget everything but me, I got to forget too. I didn’t have to think about past battles or shit I’d gotten wrong or how maybe I shouldn’t have been the guy who came home. How there were other, better men who never left Afghanistan or Iraq or a godforsaken Colombian jungle. I mean, I know how to fight the good fight and give it my all, but if I were God and it came down to picking and choosing, Finn Callahan name wouldn’t be on the top of the Save List.

I’d be dead last.

So I need to open the door. Stop lingering on the sidewalk like the worst kind of pussy. It’s just that I don’t know what to say when I step through that door. Because when I’m around Vali, I’m not Mr. Sex-on-a-Stick SEAL. She sees through the bullshit and she sees me.

And I’m certain I can never be enough for her.

I need to man up.

I need to open that door and step through it… pin all my hopes and dreams on the one-in-a-million lottery ticket that maybe it’s not too late. Maybe Valentina Fuentes hasn’t come to her senses, and maybe she’s still sweet for this SEAL.

** Book Review ** CRAZY FOR YOU by Heatherly Bell



A sweet little novella to put you in the holiday spirit!  The characters are fun and you find yourself smiling as they merrily make their way through awkward situations with their sense of humors out in full force.

Fallon McQueen needs a fake date … and fast!  Not finding any satisfaction at yet another Speed Dating event, she heads home and runs smack dab into … Santa Claus?

Jack Cooper might think he’s done with being a cop, but that doesn’t stop him from stepping in to stop a crime about to happen.  Fallon is thankful for his help, and takes the opportunity to invite him to be her boyfriend … fake one that is!  Fun things happen as Jack accompanies her home to her ex’s wedding!

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** Book Review ** HIS TO CHERISH by Stacey Lynn



A heart wrenching story of learning to live again after great loss.  Very emotional and sad subject matter, with a great supporting cast of characters rallying around.

Chelsea Dwyer came home from work at the middle school where she’s a librarian with every intent of relaxing for a normal evening, but fate had more in store for her.  She will never forget the screams for help that still echo in her head.  Never be able to unsee the pain and heartbreak on so many people’s faces in the aftermath.  Never unfeel the utter devastation she witnessed in that father’s eyes.

Aidan Deveraux’s whole life was his son Derrick.  Just the two of them against the world, so when a horrible accident leaves him alone to deal with life after losing his son, he finds it pretty impossible.  His friends rally around, but he can’t stand to be anywhere, or see anyone that was part of his and Derrick’s life.  The only place he seems to be able to find any peace is at Chelsea’s house.  The person who he has crushed on since he met her a couple of years ago, just happened to be the one who got help for his son.  His final connection to that day.

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** Blog Tour / Book Review ** DIRTY SEXY SINNER by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde



Just when we thought we had enjoyed all of the time we were allowed with those sexy Kincaid boys, we got a big surprise handed to us with a yummy fourth book!  It was great to see the brothers and their loves again, and to delve into this new addition to their family.  Loved Jackson & Tara together!

Jackson Stone just found out that his entire life has been nothing but lies and secrets, so he sets out to confront the truth and see what, if anything, will come of it.  He’s always been an outsider longing for a place to fit in, but he’s not so sure he will find it where he seeks.

Tara Kent is behind the bar at Kincaid’s the night Jackson stops by to meet Clay, and as they make idle conversation, they both feel a connection that they don’t seem to be able to forget even days later.  She becomes his biggest cheerleader and paves the road for a future for all involved.  Together, they embark on a hot, sexy delve into pleasure, redemption and a chance at happily ever after!

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Dirty Sexy Sinner (Dirty Sexy Book 4) by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

Date of Publication: November 8, 2016


DIRTY SEXY SINNER . . . The surprise fourth book in the DIRTY SEXY SERIES!
All books in the DIRTY SEXY Series are stand-alone novels!

New York Times bestselling authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a dirty, sexy, smoking hot SERIES featuring four bad boy heroes who are bonded by shocking secrets and their damaged past. Sinful, addicting, and unapologetically alpha, these men are every woman’s erotic daydream … And your ultimate dirty fantasy.

ALL BOOKS IN THE DIRTY SEXY SERIES can be read on its own, or as a companion to the other book in the series:
Dirty Sexy Saint (Clay)
Dirty Sexy Inked (Mason)
Dirty Sexy Cuffed (Levi)
Dirty Sexy Sinner (Jackson)

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***About Carly Phillips***

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at

***About Erika Wilde***

Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she’s not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit website at

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** Book Review ** MILLIONAIRE UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Stefanie London



Friends to enemies to …. lovers?

To honor her grandfather’s final wish, Stella Jackson is going to spend the month leading up to Christmas at the estate she inherited from him in London.  She can’t stand the cold, dreariness of it there, and would rather be anywhere else, but she loved her grandfather and will do this one last thing for him.

Evan Foss adored her grandfather as well.  He was mentored by him since he was a troubled teen and he helped shape him into the shrewd businessman he is today.  He wants to honor him by making his estate grand again, but first he’ll have to convince Stella to sell it to him.

Stella would rather give it away than sell it to the likes of Evan Foss.  In a moment of chivalry, Evan rejected her years ago and she still has not forgiven him.  When a petty bet is made with the estate being handed over if he wins, Evan sets out to make her enjoy her stay in London.  Close quarters make them both remember the time they spent together years ago … and decide it’s finally time to follow through!

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