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

His To Protect

4 1/2 STARS!

A sexy hot guy shows his tender side when his protective streak comes out blazing!  Really great characters!

Declan James swore off women as anything but a quick release when his wife left him to handle their struggling business on his own several months ago.  He’s not looking to complicate his life at all, but that is exactly what happens when he happens upon a woman and her dog digging through the dumpster in the alley behind his restaurant!

Katrina Morgenson finally got up the guts to leave her abusive husband after one too many trips to the ER.  She’s struggling to survive and is just cutting some corners to feed her hungry dog when Declan comes upon her.  He offers her help without strings as soon as he realizes what’s going on.

As Trina leans more on Declan and starts to trust him, he shows her how a real man treats a lady.  Will he be able to keep her safe when her ex tracks her down?

ARC received via NetGalley

 

** Book Review ** COMMANDING HER SEAL by Kat Cantrell

SEALs of Summer 3

4 STARS!

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In this sexy fun novella, we learn the back story for the beginning of how the ASSIGNMENT: Caribbean Nights series former SEAL characters wound up starting their tourist business in the Caribbean.

Charlie St. Croix needs some downtime during his two week leave from the Navy, so he heads to a resort owned by a buddy of his in the Caribbean.  He’s going to relax and decide whether to reenlist when this tour is over, and find some sexy company along the way.  Little does he know he’ll find her on his first excursion of his vacation!

Sexy redhead Audra Reed catches his eye, and it turns out she enjoys being caught!  She’s a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie happy to enjoy some of the activities the resort has to offer … and hot to take Charlie up on the after hours fun he wants to share as well!

ARC received via Author

** Book Review ** HIGH HOPES by Sue Lilley

High Hopes

4 STARS!

A fun read!  It’s a fairly serious book, but there are a lot of laughs in it as well when she meets a new friend on her journey to setting things right!

Grace Cavendish is blown away when she’s contacted 20 years later by the daughter she gave up for adoption at birth.  She was a broke college student, and she was conceived during a drunken one night with a good friend who got back together with his girlfriend the next day.  She had never told Sam she even got pregnant that night because she didn’t want to come between he and Dixie.

She travels for a visit with the plan to tell Sam and Dixie the truth about the child, because she’s asking about her birth father, but the longer she’s there, the harder it gets to tell them.  They have some turmoil going on in their life right now, and Grace is also at a changing point in her life, so she’s terrified they will never forgive her and she’ll be without her two best friends.

When life changing things happen on this trip, how will it all play out?  Will Sam and Dixie forgive her, will they forgive each other for the secrets they have held, and what will the future hold for them all?

ARC received via Author/VA

** Book Review ** ALWAYS MY GIRL by Samantha Chase

Always My Girl

4 STARS!

In Book 3 of Samantha Chase’s The Shaughnessy Brothers series, she brings us Quinn’s story.  I love this family!  They are always there for each other through thick and thin.  I found it hard to love Quinn quite as much as I did Hugh when I read Book 2, but I still enjoyed the story a lot!

Quinn Shaughnessy has always been sure of himself and what he wants out of life and he enjoys having a good time.  He’s happy for his older brothers that they have found love and seem happy, but it’s not for him!

Anna Hannigan has been best friends with Quinn since they were 5 years old.  They tell each other everything, always have each others backs and have no secrets … well, except that Anna has been in love with him for years!  She finally decides she has wasted too much time life waiting around on him and makes some changes in her life.  Quinn isn’t happy to see Anna distancing herself or changing how she dresses, and he hates the possibility of her dating someone even less!

Happenstance gets them to take a chance on each other and become more than friends, but will they be able to make it last despite their differences?

ARC received via NetGalley

** Blog Tour / Book Review ** DRIVE YOU WILD by Jennifer Bernard

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4 1/2 STARS!

In the third book in her Love Between the Bases series, Jennifer Bernard brings us the sweet story of bad boy Trevor Stark meeting his match!  This series as a whole has great characters and she brings them to life in such a fun filled way that you devour the book quickly, smile often and leave feeling happy!

Left-fielder for the Kilby Catfish, Trevor Stark loves the game!  He is a no nonsense type of player who focuses on winning.  He should be playing in the major league, but every time the San Diego Friars are just about to come calling, he sabotages himself.

Paige Taylor returns to Kilby, Texas to drown her sorrows in something different for a change.  She’s newly divorced and wants to reconnect with her dad, Catfish owner Crush Taylor.  She doesn’t expect to make a connection with bad boy Trevor Stark right off the bat!

When secrets are exposed, and danger is near, will Trevor be able to live up to his potential for the first time in his life instead of holding himself back for the benefit of others?  Has Paige finally found the athlete of her dreams?

** ARC received via Tasty Book Tours **

 

 

 

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Drive You Wild
Love Between the Bases #3
By: Jennifer Bernard

Releasing June 28, 2016
Avon

 

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It’s game on for love in the third novel of USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Bernard’s sexy, baseball-themed series.

Kilby Catfish left-fielder Trevor Stark is a ballpark legend. With his good looks, hitting records, and played-for-the-fans arrogance, Trevor makes women lose their minds and men lose their cool. But every time the major league team comes calling, Trevor purposely keeps himself in the tiny Texas town. Why is heart-tuggingly top secret. Until the team owner’s daughter comes to Kilby . . . trying everything up her sexy sleeve to make Trevor talk.
Divorced and disillusioned at twenty-four, Paige Mattingly Austin Taylor is suddenly starting fresh as an intern at Catfish Stadium. She should want nothing to do with the sinfully hot ballplayer her dad warned her to stay away from. But when she discovers what Trevor is hiding from everyone, she realizes there’s much more to him than his face and multi-million-dollar arm. There’s a heart she seriously hopes to win.

 

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2016/05/drive-you-wild-love-between-bases-3-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27161181-drive-you-wild

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/136342-love-between-the-bases

 

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AUTHOR INFO:

Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

 

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://jenniferbernard.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferBernardBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jen_bernard

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5263027.Jennifer_Bernard

 

EXCERPT:

“Are you afraid of the mighty Crush Taylor?” She took another step closer. “He’s not as bad as he seems, you know.”

“I’m not afraid of him.” He placed his hands on her shoulders to keep her from coming any closer. Her warmth carried into his skin, into his being, as if it was igniting him from within.

“And I’m not afraid of you.” She ducked underneath his hands in a quick move right out of the NBA. He took a step back and his calves hit the bench situated next to the lockers. She reached out in apology and suddenly they were right smack against each other, chest-to-chest.

Fire flashed down his spine, hot and urgent. He hauled her against him—oh, sweet Lord, she felt good. Soft and firm and shapely and alive and fresh and . . . then her mouth was under his, her lips parting, her breath warm, her flesh lush and sweet. It wasn’t a kiss so much as a head rush.

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Paige posted the first series of “Baseball’s Hottest Outfield” photos on the team’s Facebook page the next day. A few hours later a thousand people had clicked Like. Not only that, but the viewership of the page soared. It was shared all over the Internet, on Pinterest, on Twitter, on Instagram. It wasn’t just that the three men were criminally gorgeous. A big part of the appeal came from their racial mix and the blend of personalities. Trevor the stone-cold badass, Dwight the dynamic charmer, and Shizuko, the soulful rock star.

Paige knew it was all a crock, of course. Trevor wasn’t stone cold, Dwight wasn’t playful all the time, and Shizuko could outcrude most of the clubhouse, and that was saying something. But once those identities became set, people loved them. They were like cartoon characters instead of real people.

At the next game, the crowd roared when the outfielders took their positions on the field. Fans held up even more signs than they normally did. From the owner’s box, Paige scanned the crowd with her binoculars and read the signs out loud to Crush.

“ ‘Kilby Hearts Baseball’s Hottest Outfield.’ Thank you very much, we heart you too! ‘We make ’em hot in Kilby, Texas.’ That might be taking a little too much credit. None of them are from here.”

 

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** Book Review ** NASHVILLE BY HEART by Tina Ann Forkner

Nashville by Heart

4 STARS!

A fun filled easy read centering on following your dreams, but always being ready to face your past when you have to!

Small town girl Gillian Heart left home for Nashville 3 years ago in pursuit of a record deal.  She is working as hard as she has to in order to pay the rent and eat until she gets her big break.  When she gets noticed by music agent Will Adams, she thinks she’s finally on her way!

Will is blown away by Gillian’s talent and is excited to become her agent and try to get her noticed as a major up and coming artist, and no matter how much he tries, he also can’t deny the crazy attraction he feels towards her!

Working together brings them closer and they eventually decide it’s a waste of time to try to fight their feelings and start dating.  When Will takes the liberty of using some info from her past in order to get her signed to a contract, she feels really sad and disappointed in him, and it forces her to take a long, hard look at her past and decide if she’s ready to face her biggest regret.  Will this be the end of them, or will him forcing her hand to deal with her past bring them closer together?

ARC received via NetGalley

** Book Review ** DREAMING UP A DARE by Catherine Gayle

Dreaming Up a Dare

4 STARS!

A sweet “friends to lovers” novella in the Dare to Love Kindle World!

Hockey star Jackson Maddox has been best friends with gymnast Pepper Winters since they were kids.  They’ve been through thick and thin together and always have each other’s backs.  When Pepper comes to be with Jackson in Miami, he’s happy to have her there to go to an industry party with him, and after a career ending injury, she’s ready for some fun relaxation!

When a drunken game of Truth or Dare reveals that they both have wanted more than friendship for years, will they be able to survive it with their friendship in tact?  Or better yet, progress to a full fledged relationship?

ARC received via the Author

** Book Review ** THE BRIDESMAID’S BABY BUMP by Kandy Shepherd

The Bridesmaid's Baby Bump

4 STARS!

Instant attraction leads to some soul searching in this third book in Kandy Shepherd’s Sydney Brides series!

When party planner Eliza Dunne first meets Jake Marlowe at a friend’s wedding, she can’t deny the draw she feels towards him, but he’s not available, so they simply enjoy chatting and getting to know each other for the evening.

Once Jake is free, they finally have their opportunity to give in to their attraction.  Their time together is magical, but neither wants anything serious so they part ways.  When they run into each other again, Eliza shocks Jake with the news that she’s pregnant.  He won’t take no for an answer in how he will be in his child’s life, and his hard headed behavior causes tension between them.

Will Jake figure how to get through to Eliza so they can be together, or will they raise their child as strangers?

ARC received via Author/VA

** Blog Tour / Book Review ** BAD BOYS AFTER DARK: MICK by Melissa Foster

Fashion portrait of beautiful young lovers

5 STARS!

SIZZLING!  As the first book in the Bad Boys series, this was first foray into Melissa Foster’s “After Dark” world, and it will NOT be my last.  She writes her characters with such a realness to them. You can feel their emotions as you read, you find yourself smiling when they interact, and you can feel the tension as they go through the ups and downs of figuring out what they are to each other. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Bad brother’s stories!

Paralegal Amanda Jenner is bored!  She’s tired of being the good girl and putting up with the boring men that she seems to draw like a magnet.  She wants more … she wants hot sex!  She’s dolled up and ready to try out her new vixen moves at a masquerade bar crawl!

Entertainment attorney Mick Bad is having a bad week and just wants to unwind with a hot woman!  He sees a sexy blonde across the room and decides he has to have her.  After partly ravishing her at the party, Mick sees something that clues him in to the fact that the woman in his arms is his employee!

Amanda has been crushing on Mick for three years, but he never mixes business with pleasure and is nothing but professional with her … until now!  After realizing who each other is, they agree to have a very short term fling since they’ve already been this far with each other.  Will Amanda be the person that can tear down the barriers Mick’s past has made him erect around himself?

ARC received via Tasty Book Tours

 

 

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Bad Boys After Dark: Mick
Bad Boys After Dark #1
By: Melissa Foster

Releasing June 22, 2016
World Literary Press


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Indulge your inner vixen…

Meet the Bad Boys… Four sinfully sexy, fiercely loyal, uber alpha brothers about to fall head over heels for their leading ladies. If dirty talk, cursing, or raw, passionate sex turns you off, the After Dark books are not for you, because everything’s naughtier after dark.

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Amanda Jenner is done being a boring-man magnet and has finally taken control of her love life. As any smart paralegal would, she’s researched the hell out of how to seduce a man. She’s waxed, primped, and ready to put her newfound skills into action—and a masquerade bar crawl is the perfect venue for her solo coming-out party.

Entertainment attorney Mick Bad lives by two hard and fast rules. He never mixes business with pleasure, and he doesn’t do relationships, which makes the anonymity of a masquerade bar crawl the perfect place for a onetime hookup.

Amanda thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she bags a tall, dark, and sinfully delicious masked man—until she discovers the man she’s made out with is her off-limits boss. Mick’s already crossed a line he can never uncross, and one taste of sweet and sexy Amanda has only whet his appetite. When Mick offers to give Amanda a lesson in seduction—no strings, no regrets, and for goodness’ sake, come Monday, no quitting—the tables turn, and Mick’s totally unprepared for the lessons this sweet temptress provides.

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2016/04/bad-boys-after-dark-mick-bad-boys-2-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24779631-bad-boys-after-dark

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/146134-bad-boys-after-dark

 

Buy Links:   Amazon | B & N | Google Play | iTunes | Kobo   

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AUTHOR INFO:


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented.

 

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.melissafoster.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Melissa_Foster

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster

 

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EXCERPT:

LURED BY THE pulse of sex and anonymity, Amanda Jenner moved through the dusky bar, brushing against silk, satin, cotton, and flesh, each graze feeding the adrenaline coursing through her veins. Blue lights misted over sweaty strangers lost in the seductive bump and grind of foreplay and hoping for a night of erotic pleasure. If Amanda tried hard enough, she could smell tomorrow’s scent du jour—regret. Tonight she had no room for the confidence-crushing worry of what tomorrow would bring. She scanned the crowd, as she had in the previous three bars, immediately dismissing anyone who wasn’t in costume. Her world was full of boring men who excelled at wining, dining, and boring her to sleep. Ten years of romance novels and movies had led her astray, sending her on a search for the elusive needle in a haystack. She’d led herself astray, always the careful thinker, careful dresser. Or as her younger sister, Ally, would say, Careful kisser, careful lover. Ally, however, had taken charge of her sex life—and she’d found the perfect man.

Now it’s my turn.

 

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** Book Review ** SAYING YES TO THE BOSS by Andrea Laurence

Saying Yes to the Boss

4 STARS!

Kicking off the new multi-author series Dynasties: The Newports, Andrea Laurence brings us the story of sexy Carson Newport!  I enjoyed the building of the characters and storyline and can’t wait to see what the future books in the series hold!

Successful real estate CEO Carson Newport wants to honor his mother by investing in a charity that was dear to her heart by building a children’s hospital.  They’ve been searching for the perfect piece of property for months now, and he’s thrilled when his PR director tells him she’s found it!

Georgia Adams is glad she got a tip on the property they needed, and sets out to help Carson make sure he can close the deal to get the hospital on it’s way to being built.  As they handle roadblocks going up around them, they stumble across family secrets, past indiscretions, and the possibility of big changes in the future.  Will the distractions be enough to make them keep fighting the attraction they feel for each other, or will they add another dynamic to their boss/employee relationship?

ARC received via the Author