** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** CLAIMED BY LOVE by Melissa Foster

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4 STARS!

Filled with instant attraction, battling from two different sides of a coin, fun loving families, and HOT sex!  I felt this one was slightly slower to get started than some of Melissa’s others books, but once they decided to act on their attraction and become the center of the story line, it really got interesting!

Duke Ryder is a successful real estate investor, and visits Elpitha Island to look the property over in anticipation of making the head of the Liakos family an offer to develop a resort there.

Gabriella Liakos is an attorney in New York City, but her heart is on Elpitha Island where her family is and where she grew up.  She returns to the island at her grandfather’s request to give Duke a tour and answer his questions about the property.  She hopes she can dissuade him from buying it, because she doesn’t want her quiet island ruined by development.

When she and Duke have an instant attraction to each other that they decide not to try to fight, will there be able to be a happy ending for either of them?

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Claimed by Love
Love in Bloom: The Ryders #2
By: Melissa Foster

Releasing March 23, 2016
World Literary Press

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Family law attorney Gabriella Liakos has one true love, Elpitha Island, where she grew up and hopes someday to return. But Elpitha is in financial ruins, and Gabriella will do anything to keep it from falling into the wrong hands.

Duke Ryder is a savvy real estate investor set on making Elpitha into an exclusive resort. Unlike other investors, he’s not scared of purchasing a property where one family has roots so deep they practically reach the ocean floor…until he meets his beautiful, stubborn, and enticing tour host―the daughter of the owner of most of the island.

Gabriella sets out to dissuade Duke from purchasing Elpitha, but Duke has other ideas. He wants Gabriella and the island. Duke’s powerful seduction draws Gabriella in, but can a savvy investor who’s used to glamour and glitz, and a woman interested in preserving the culture she adores find a happily ever after together?

 

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AUTHOR INFO:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

 

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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** Book Review **NEED YOU FOR MINE by Marina Adair

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4 STARS!

A fun, flirty story about getting out of the “friend zone” and finding “the one”!

Harper Owens loves her life in St. Helena but really wants to find love.  She’s everybody’s friend, but always gets stuck there for a lifetime while cute guy after cute guy hooks up with one of her friends.

When a few awkward misunderstandings has her caught in a faux-mance with the town cassanova, she will have to guard her heart against falling for a man who doesn’t do relationships and happily ever after.

Adam Boudouin is the hunky firefighter everyone loves and a legendary ladies man.  When he sets out to tease Harper, he is the one knocked over in surprise by how much he feels from one simple kiss.  Will he actually consider a future with a woman?

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

** Blog Tour / Book Review ** AFTER THE STORM by Lexi Blake

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5 STARS!

An exciting Part 1 of 2 midseason episode treat that picks up just after the explosion of truth and lies being exposed at the end of last season!

In the wake of Dakota’s revelations to the whole town of Storm, Texas, each branch of family struggles to put one foot in front of the other and figure out how to pick up the pieces. Dakota herself has to face the consequences of the destruction she rained down on several of the families in town.  Ginny has to face how many people she hurt with her lies and see if there can be any repairing the hurt and anger.  Spouses, parents, kids and siblings are left to deal with major secrets and lies and the discovery that people aren’t always what they seem.

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Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets.  Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart.  The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

Reading like an on-going drama in the tradition of classic day and night-time soap operas like Dallas, Dynasty, and All My Children, Rising Storm is full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

With 1001 Dark Nights as the “producer,” Julie Kenner and Dee Davis use a television model with each week building on the last to create a storyline that fulfills the promise of a drama-filled soap opera. Joining Kenner and Davis in the “writer’s room” for the Midseason Episodes of this serial opera are bestselling authors Lexi Blake and Larissa Ione who have brought their vision of Storm to life.

So get ready.  The storm is coming.

 

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 Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

 Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…  Get ready.  The storm is coming.

In the wake of Dakota’s revelations, the whole town is reeling. Ginny Moreno has lost everything. Logan Murphy is devastated by her lies. Brittany Rush sees her family in a horrifying new light. And nothing will ever be the same…

 

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“I didn’t know I was pregnant until I woke up from the accident.” Ginny’s voice was an impassioned whisper. “I found out two things that changed my life in that moment. I found out that my best friend was gone and that I was pregnant. And I prayed so hard that I hadn’t lost all of Jacob forever.”

Forever. That’s what she was looking at. She was looking at an entire lifetime of being a mother without a son. She loved her daughters dearly, but she would mourn Jacob forever. And this selfish girl was equating her pain as though they were the same. As though one night of spreading her legs gave her the right to mourn him.

“I think you woke up and realized you had two options. Take care of that baby alone or worm your way into Jacob’s family and his money.”

“I never cared about the money.”

Celeste wasn’t going to listen to that tripe. “Of course you did. Not enough to keep your legs closed. You say you loved Jacob but how long did you wait before you hopped into bed with that Murphy boy? Did you even break it off with my brother-in-law? How many men do you need on your string?”

“I’ve never slept with Logan, but I will admit that I’m in love with him. I love him in a way I never loved Jacob. Jacob was my best friend, but I know now that he wasn’t my soul mate. I pray with everything I am that this is his child, that we receive a miracle because I don’t want him to be lost forever, but I won’t hide what I feel for Logan and I won’t pretend it’s nasty. Not even to placate you, Celeste. I want to make things right between us and that means apologizing to you. Celeste, I’m so sorry I hurt you. I never meant to. I should have been braver. I should have been stronger, but I woke up and the world had crashed around me and I wanted the love you could give me. That all of you could give me. I’m sorry that it brought you so much pain.”

Something about the way she was standing there enraged Celeste. How could she stand there looking so innocent? How could she say exactly the right things to garner empathy? Celeste didn’t want to empathize. She wanted to fight and tear up things and destroy the world around her because it seemed so damn intent on destroying her. She wanted to burn it all down.

She didn’t feel her hand snap back, didn’t quite understand what she was doing. The world seemed tinged in red at the corners as though rage now filtered her vision. And it slowed everything down. In horror she realized she was going to strike Ginny Moreno. Her hand was going to bring justice her words never could.

And then it slapped against flesh. A strong hand circled her wrist and Travis stared down at her like he had no idea who she was.

 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband and three kids. She began writing at a young age concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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** Book Review ** WRAPPED IN YOU by Jules Bennett

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5 STARS!

This story is riddled with emotions and touches your heart many times along the way as you read it.  You feel sadness for the kids they were, sadness for their losses along the way, admiration for the lives they live, and hope for a happy future for each one.  I really fell in love with the Monroe’s and look forward to the next book!

Zach Monroe hasn’t forgiven himself for being a dumb kid and causing an accident 10+ years ago that injured one of his brothers and his friend/possibly more Sophie Allen.  When Sophie calls and asks him to come by her real estate office, he has to face her as well as the brother who he no longer can be in the same room with without a shouting match breaking out.

Sophie was best friends with their sister who died a few months ago, and is basically family after spending so much time over at their house over the years.  She’s called them all in now because she has an offer on the Civil War-era house that was part of their sister’s estate.

The brother’s will actually have to talk for a change and decide if they want to sell the property and if not, what they want to do with it.  Along the way, Sophie will make an effort to get Zach to stop ignoring her and get over the accident and forgive himself.

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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** HER SUMMER CRUSH by Linda Hope Lee

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3 1/2 STARS!

You can come home again .. but will it ever be the same as you remembered it?

I enjoyed this story.  The characters are fun with a lot of potential there — would have liked to have seen them decide to test their relationship waters earlier in the book.

Luci Monroe has finished up school and is coming back home to Willow Beach to be close to her family.  She’s landed a great job doing PR and is ready to start living her life.

Imagine her surprise when Cody Jarvis strolls in.  She had a huge crush on him years ago, but he just considered her a friend and the little sister of one of his high school pals.  Now they’re going to be doing some work together for the summer, and she can’t help but still feel that twinge when he’s near.

Will she be able to stand strong against her feelings for him when she knows he will just leave to roam the world once this temp job is over?  Or could Cody actually feel something for her too this time?

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

 

 

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Her Summer Crush
by Linda Hope Lee
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
March 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s over her crush…isn’t she?

Luci Monroe is on top of the world. She’s just graduated from journalism school and she’s already landed her dream job in PR. Then Cody Jarvis saunters into her office. Nothing like finding out that your teenage crush, now a gorgeous, globe-trotting, freelance photographer, is going to be your staffer for the summer. Never mind. They’re both professionals. And she’s over him. Kind of. Anyway, he’s not interested. Cody is always waiting to disappear on his next assignment, and Luci needs someone stable. Someone who wants to build a life right here in Willow Beach…

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Linda Hope Lee writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. She enjoys traveling especially to small towns in search of story ideas. She’s also an artist, specializing in watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil. Photography provides inspiration for both her writing and her art. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where many of her stories are set.

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March 21st: Bookworm Lisa & Singing Librarian Books
March 22nd: Bookworm Nation & I Am A Reader
March 23rd: Wishful Endings
March 24th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection, Rockin’ Book Reviews, & Love, Laughter, Friendship
March 25th: Thoughts of a Blonde
March 27th: Grand Finale

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** Book Review ** HIS BABY AGENDA by Katherine Garbera

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4 STARS!

Reunited lovers, an adorable little boy and lots of intrigue!

Kingsley Buchanan has returned to California 10 years after leaving in disgrace.  His life was in turmoil back then when he was falsely accused of murder and lost everything important to him.  Now he’s back and intent on getting revenge on whoever set him up and ruined his life.

Gabriella de la Cruz is shocked when King shows up in her office demanding that he needs her to be a nanny to his 3 year old son, Conner.  They briefly dated back in college and had been together the night of the murder.  She doesn’t trust him not to hurt her again if she lets her guard down, so she attempts to send him on his way, but he won’t take no for an answer.

Will being with Gabi again convince him that revenge is not the answer?

 

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** Book Review ** SECRET CHILD, ROYAL SCANDAL by Cat Schield

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4 STARS!

Yet another of the Alessandro Princes to whisk us off our feet and take us along on his journey to love!

Now that neither of his older brothers will be able to produce the future heir to the throne, Prince Christian Alessandro of Sherdana is being pressured by his family to settle his wild ways and find a fitting bride to give him an heir.  Imagine his surprise when he runs into former flame Noelle Dubone at a party and when trying to woo her back into his bed, discovers he’s already a daddy!

After the heartache she suffered at Christian’s hands 5 years ago, Noelle is not about to trust that he really wants to be a family with her and their son now that he knows about him.  It’s obviously a ploy to get a ready-made heir to the throne and get his family off his back!

 

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** Book Review ** CUFF ME by Lauren Layne

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4 STARS!

I loved my return trip to visit the Moretti family!  They are such a fun, loving group of people and they always make me smile with their crazy antics and interactions with each other.

This time we’re centering around Vincent Moretti.  He’s a tough guy cop who basically keeps to himself, rarely shares feelings or shows emotions.  He’s been partnered with Jill Henley, his fellow homicide detective, for 6 years now.  Everyone loves Jill.  She’s chipper, charming & always smiling and is an extended member of his big family and best friends with his sister Elena.  He gets pestered by his family all the time about how he should be dating her.

After facing some time without her by his side while she was on leave for a bit, he’s tending to agree with them, but doesn’t know how to be anything but his surly self.  He can’t wait for Jill to get back … but he’s taken aback to hear she’s met a guy while she was away, and it’s serious!

Will Vin get his act together in time to get his chance with Jill, or will he spend too much time second guessing it and lose her for good?

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** Book Review ** THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE by Ella Carey

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4 STARS!

An intriguing story that portrays many emotions throughout as we go on a journey of old regrets, young dreams and what might have beens.  I’m generally not a big fan of traveling back in time in novels, but this author makes it easy to follow whether it’s present day or decades prior and the story flows well.

Anna Young is happily content with her life, running a business she enjoys and spending lots of time with her grandfather Max Albrecht, who at 94 is still sharp as a tack and the light of her life.  When a news story breaks about an apartment in Paris that was abandoned many years ago, she notices Max taking interest in it and then stewing about it for days afterward.  He finally tells her he once knew the people that lived there, and then speaks a little of his past, which he has never done in all of her years.  He tells her that she stems from an aristocratic family in East Germany who fled during the Soviet invasion and that some of those times are his biggest regret in life.  He urges her to make a trip to Berlin to attempt to retrieve a treasure he left hidden in his childhood home in old Prussia.

She finally relents and embarks on a journey to locate his house and try to figure out how to access it.  She meets up with a young man by the name of Wil along the way who helps her find the answers that she needs to reveal the past.

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** Blog Tour / Book Review ** NOBODY BUT YOU by Jill Shalvis

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4 STARS!

I really enjoyed my first trip to Cedar Ridge Lake!  I loved getting to know the Kincaids and look forward to going back and catching up on the previous two books in the series.  They are a family with plenty of drama between them and surrounding them, but with good old fashioned love for each other running deep!

Army Special Forces officer Jacob Kincaid is on leave after a tough mission in Afghanistan and has decided to return home to Colorado to reunite with his estranged family.  He’s renting a cabin on the lake, and biding his time until he meets up with his Mom and siblings, when he stumbles across a beautiful redhead using his dock.

Sophie Marren is broke, seasick and pissed off at the male species.  She has nowhere to live but this boat that she hates, but she’s determined to stand her ground and stand on her own two feet.  She and Jacob butt heads, but they also send sparks flying from their very first encounter.  As she deals with getting her life back on track, and he stumbles through making things right with his family, will they decide to find comfort in each other?

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About NOBODY BUT YOU
When Jacob was injured in the war, it changed him for life. Now all he wants to do is come home to Cedar Ridge, settle in at his lakeside cabin and get some much-needed peace and quiet. But there’s no peace to be had when he finds a spitfire of a woman camping out on his property. Half the time he’s not sure whether he wants to spank her or kiss–or maybe both. He’s in a dark place and a dark mood, and here’s this wildly hot woman who is also funny and light and may be the balm be needs to soothe his aching soul.
 
Sophie Marren is pretty much penniless after leaving her abusive husband. She doesn’t have the money to pay rent or the slip fees for docking the boat where she’s been sleeping. She was getting along just perfectly until the good-looking, brooding, I’m-too-sexy-for-myself guy moves into the lake cabin that the slip belongs to. Sure he’s hot as the noon sun with those dark lens and even darker ‘tude, but god forbid she tie herself to another man who’s always telling her what to do. But the more she gets to know Jacob, the more she sees how willing he is to battle for her wounded heart…a battle she might just let him win.
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About Jill Shalvis
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.
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