Friday, 23 June 2017

Release Day Blitz, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely


From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a new and sexy romance…THE KNOCKED UP PLAN! A standalone romance told in dual POV, THE KNOCKED UP PLAN is about all of the fun, hotness, and heartfelt emotions that come when a single woman asks her gorgeous, jaded, sworn-to-be-single-forever good friend to get one particular job done. What happens next when he agrees to provide the bun for her oven are lots of hot sexy times and heartfelt moments. 

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Book Description:

There are three little words most guys don't want to hear on the first date. Not those...I mean these... "knock me up."

This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it's not true love. It's a bun in the oven, and I'm not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and charming -- and he's also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won't fall for him, he won't fall for me, and there's no way baby will make three.


**** There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date -- "your place or mine?"

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place -- as well as any position -- I can't refuse. Besides, I've got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There's no way I'll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?

Be prepared to swoon and fan yourself from the heat! This full-length standalone contains lots of hot baby-making s-e-x, happy tears, playful jokes and a hot, swoon worthy hero you will fall madly in love with. One-click now for pure reading enjoyment!

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars

“Kisses are the sustenance of love. They will feed you.”

Be still my beating heart, Lauren Blakely certainly hit the spot with The Knocked Up Plan. While I have seen this plot done before, the difference with this one was that this was just so much more. From navigating the paths of broken hearts and trust issues, to swoon worthy dates, dialogue that hits all those heart strings and to a hero that will have you worshipping at his feet. I fell in love with these characters just as much as I fell in love with this book. My heart was full to bursting, tearing up from pure emotion as these two characters navigate their way to “I Love You.” Absolutely adored it.

“I like it hard. I like it good. And I like it a lot.” A groan echoes in his throat. I tap-dance my fingers down his chest. “And I think I’m going to find out if you’re as good in bed as I’ve always thought you might be.”

Ryder certainly stole the show in this book, this was a man that loved with his entire being, Mr Romantic, a doctor of love…until his wife ruined it and him in the process. Now bitter, he is adamant that he will never go there again. His heart has a huge wall erected in front of it, an impenetrable fortress. Ryder’s outlook on love is jaded and this reflects in his work, something his boss is not happy about. Ryder is Mr Relationship guy on the radio, but after the demise of his own he has little left to talk about.

“I don’t know how I fit into this scenario. My part is over, like a character in a play who was killed off in the first act. My role in the story of her life has ended…”

Nicole is the sex therapist at the same radio station, she has commitment issues, again jaded on the love front but constantly feels the incessant ticking of her biological clock. Nicole was raised by a single mum, she knows that it is possible and she knows that she has had a great life, so she decides to go it alone. Sperm donor…artificial insemination…or her colleague, her friend…Ryder.

“So, love is a virus?”
“Absolutely. And it seems I’ve got more antibodies to it than I expected,”

This was more than a “contract for sperm” book. Lauren Blakely delivered on so many fronts. Firstly, the dating scene, but insofar as dating is not all about getting laid, but that getting to know you stage and getting to trust you stage. With POV’s from both Ryder and Nicole the reader is treated to a broad spectrum of thoughts and opinions, emotions and feelings as what started out as a business arrangement soon turns into a lot more.

“I’m standing in front of my building, holding my keys with the tadpole charm, wondering what the fuck I’m supposed to do about the whole no expectations part of the arrangement. Right now, I want expectations.”

The emotional connection is what really got to me, these characters wormed their way into my heart and as the reader is treated to their inner most thoughts and feelings before they are shared with each other you will find yourself on the edge of your seat desperately willing them along. To take that chance, make that jump. These two were just so right for each other. The chemistry was palpable, the between the sheets action was not only hot but intense and emotional and that is something that I haven’t felt in quite a while.

“The world fragments around us as we come together. And I know without a shadow of a doubt that I’m in love with the mother of my child. But I know, too, that I haven’t a clue if she wants the same things I do.”

I had pre-ordered this book, as soon as it downloaded I started reading, early morning reading, and before the kids had their breakfast this book was read. I could not put it down, totally engrossed and loved every single bit. While my eyes probably have bags…it was worth it. I have read a few by this author now and it seems I have a lot of catching up to do.


Yanking open the door, I head inside. I stride to the small cafe where Ryder said he’d wait for me.

My chest falls. The man is known for punctuality. I scan the white bakery case and the five round iron tables, but he’s not here. When I spin around and survey the bookshelves, my heart nearly leaps from my chest.

He’s in the . . .

Oh my fucking God, he’s waiting for me in the . . .

I bring my hand to my mouth, and I want to run, to leap into his arms. When he sees me, his blue eyes twinkle with mischief.

I am a teapot about to whistle. I am a dog dancing before dinnertime.

He taps the shelves and holds up a book.

A pregnancy guide.

He’s ten feet from me. But I sprint anyway, and I grin like a fool. I stop two inches from him and clamp my hands on his broad shoulders. “Is that a yes?”


I tackle-hug him before he can say anything more. I knock the breath from him in an oomph as I rope my arms around his neck and crash into him.

“But I have one condition,” he says, embracing me back.

I’m crying tears of happiness, so I don’t care. “Anything. Name it.”

“You better hear it before you agree.”

The moment screeches to a halt. He’s going to want visitation rights. He’ll want lots of money. He’ll want summers, or weekends, or evenings out.

I unwrap myself from the warmth of his strong chest and swallow. “What’s your condition?”

“I thought it would be best to present it in the form of a column.”

“A column?”

“Top five list and everything.”

I groan inside. He has five conditions? Maybe my mother was right. Maybe asking for baby-mix from someone you know is a big mistake. Anonymous donors request nothing but greenbacks.

I steel myself as he fishes in the back pocket of his jeans. The paper is square, folded in quarters. He hands it to me. “Open it.”

I unfold it then read the headline out loud. “‘Top Five Positions for Getting a Woman Pregnant’?”

I blink and stare at him. The cogs turn slowly in my brain. I part my lips to speak.

He raises a hand to silence me. “Hear me out. You explained how it worked. The room, the cup, the magazines, the videos. The whacking off in a fucking public place. The cost. But most of all . . . the wait.
You’d have to wait for an appointment for me, for the testing, for the jerking off, then for your special date with the turkey baster.” He cups my cheek. His hand is big and warm. “What if we did it the
old-fashioned way?”

What others are saying:

"A refreshing take on the baby trope, The Knocked Up Plan is as sweet as it is naughty. Blakely not only balloons Nicole and Ryder’s incredibly powerful chemistry to new heights with their steamy love scenes, but she also infuses sweet emotion into every single one of their interactions."
- USA Today

“Wildly romantic! Incredibly sexy! Hilarious and sweet! The Knocked Up Plan HAD IT ALL! The PERFECT romance to kick your Summer into HIGH GEAR! Ryder and Nicole are Lauren Blakely's BEST CHARACTERS YET!”
- Shayna at Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads

“The chemistry between Ryder and Nicole is COMBUSTIBLE!!! They are magic together.”
- Bookalicious Babes Blog

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About the Author:

About Lauren Blakely: A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In June she'll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!


Pre-Order Blast & Giveaway ~ The King by Skye Warren


The King by Skye Warren is COMING SOON on June 27th! 


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Book Description:

The highest stakes... 

My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. When he hits the bottom, he places a new bet: his daughter. I'm his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game. 

The players are politicians and mafia men, every kind of danger around a velvet-covered table. But it's only one man who makes me shake. 

The man I once thought I loved. 

The man who betrayed me. 

His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his money, I know I'm going to lose more than my body. I'm going to lose everything. 

THE KING is a spin-off novel of the USA Today bestselling Endgame series about Damon Scott.


About the Author:

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat. 

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Friday Frights ~ PNR Review ~ Dragon Unleashed (Dragon Point #3) by Eve Langlais

Book Description:

Every dragon hoard starts with something…or someone.

Tomas hates scientists, especially since they abused him in such vile ways. And yet, there is something about the doctor that calms his inner beast.

Tomas craves her. A treasure for his collection, but how can he convince her to stay?

Chandra is frightened by the dragon keeping her prisoner in his aerie. He’s been hurt so who can blame him for the madness within? However she sees a glimmer of goodness too. Can he open his heart enough to let her in, or will he unleash his fury upon the world?

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 5 stars

Another winning book in this fabulous series, I so love the humour in these books. This one especially is very witty and the love scenes are hot with lots of sexy innuendoes.

With the story continuing with the evil shapeshifter Parker showing his face again you know things can go very bad very quick and our two main characters are in his sights.

Tomas would like to think himself above everyone else. Very arrogant, chauvinistic and a real bad-ass. He rather thinks himself a bit of a modern-day Indiana Jones but without the hat, the whip, and the girl. He's a rare dragon and a Professor of Archaeology in his day to day life and it was while on an expedition in Egypt that it all starts.

The other main character is Chandra, a human biology scientist. Brought up by an overbearing father and family but has managed to break free and get herself a high education and is now engaged in research until everything went horribly wrong.

Following an anonymous tip, Chandra lands up a prisoner in an underground research laboratory and it was here that she met Tomas. The relationship these two have can be quite hilarious, with Tomas being his arrogant self and little Chandra managing with just a word to bring him crashing back to reality.

Tomas really couldn't make heads or tails of his feelings for Chandra. He has hated humans all his life, he saw them way down the evolutionary table but this one, very attractive, human female has turned his life upside down.

There is a lot going on in the story but also the growing romance between Tomas and Chandra. For this dragon Chandra has put a lifetime of a strict moral code she has lived by out the door and has fallen hard and has succumbed

“Arousal spun hot and fast, pleasure moistening her nether parts as Chandra clung to him. They kissed. Over and over they kissed until she panted against his lips.”

From there their lovemaking became hot, frenzied, and mind-blowing.

Thoroughly enjoyable book. Fast paced and a real page turner. Really fantastic characters and it was great to see the Silver Sept girls mentioned again. Book 4 is already pre-ordered. Brilliant Ms Langlais.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Release Day Blitz, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Thursday Afternoon by Beth Rinyu

Thursday Afternoon is LIVE!!!

Book Description:

I'm just your typical working girl who never mixes business with pleasure. Although some may say my business is all about pleasure. For the past four years, I’ve allowed my profession to define me, distancing myself from family, friends and most of all love. Hating the reflection I see staring back at me in the mirror, I muddle through each day with my heart sealed off like a tomb, until two strangers enter my life.

One teaching me the true meaning of friendship.

The other teaching me the true meaning of love. 

She’s everything I’m not. 

Humble, loving, and devoting her life to others.

We’re an unlikely duo who are polar opposites, but at the same time so alike.

Never in a million years could I be friends with someone like her...until I was.

Then there’s him.

He’s my Thursday afternoon client.

Just like all the others: handsome, rich and charming…yet so very different.

Trying to overcome a painful past, he seeks out my services as a refuge, only to find that we’re opening our hearts to each other in ways that neither of us could've imagined.

I could never fall in love with someone like him...until I did. 

And now I'm finding myself longing for it to be Thursday afternoon all week long.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“I was fully aware that I was breaking all of my rules, but there was just something different about Thursday Afternoon that had me powerless to stop myself.”

What is it with authors and their incessant ability to make my eyes leak? Seriously though, I love my emotional reads, I thrive on them and they are my favourite kind, I love a good weep with the next person and this one was just perfect. The tears for these characters were born from pure emotion all the while enveloped with one of the most heart-warming love stories. I adored everything about this book. The character connection was on point, the characters, while not perfect were perfect in their own way. This was a romance within a romance, a story of one of the most unlikeliest of friendships, but one of a story where true friends come in who and when you least expect it. I adored everything about it.

“In a matter of seconds the switch had been flipped. Hesitation turned to desire, reservation to eagerness, and regret to contentment. The rain had ended, and that fire I had been trying to ignite all afternoon was finally set ablaze. And as he began to explore every inch of my body, I knew nothing would put it out now.”

Beth Rinyu has a way of taking my breath away with her honest romances, her stories sweep me away and her characters embed themselves into my heart and soul and Bree and Simon did just that. Beth Rinyu’s character connection is always on point and she gives great depth to help the reader form that bond for the journey that she is about to take you on. This was a book I read in one sitting and I couldn’t put it down. The epilogue was fantastic and just put the cherry on top of an already mouth-watering dessert.

Bree was a woman that found herself on hard times when her life fell apart around her. Once upon a time she was a ballerina for the New York ballet until one accident took everything she loved away from her. While her choices were not the best, she did what she had to do to stay in the city she had come to love, her past was full of memories and a place she didn’t want to visit. Putting your faith in the one person who had always been there for you took Bree down the path she found herself on, but it only took a few appointments with her Thursday Afternoon to see that maybe, just maybe there was more to her than she ever thought possible.

“There’s a lovely fresh blanket of snow in your life, and you and only you are in control of who you allow to make those first footprints in it.”

Simon was Mr Thursday Afternoon, a man that had lived through his own tragedy and was struggling to come out the other side. While meeting Bree in these circumstances would never be considered his finest hour, he did what he had to do to protect himself and those he loved. Simon was a man starved of affection and a woman’s touch, he needed companionship and he never thought he would find that from an escort.

“If this was the danger zone and Simon was the enemy, I wasn’t fighting it. He had already captured my body one hundred percent, and each time I was with him, he was taking a little piece of my heart.”

From the first to last word my attention was held throughout as Bree made a friend she never knew she needed and fell in love with someone she never knew she wanted. Both journeys were pivotal lessons for Bree and made her finally broach her past while reconsidering her future. Hannah was an amazing character, one that blindsided me, but one that I adored. Her outlook on life added a different dimension to this story and one that only added colour.

“So yeah, I do compare the two of you, just not in the way you think, and I wonder every day why I couldn’t have met you first.”

Every character had a pivotal part to play, each one different but with so much purpose. Simon was the perfect gentleman, his honesty, his integrity and his inherent ability to see beyond the fa├žade and to get to know the true person underneath. He knew when to tread lightly, he knew when to push, he was a man dealing with his own issues and yet still made room for others. Bree was so cold in the first instance but with each layer Beth Rinyu skilfully peeled away you got to truly understand the woman underneath…troubled and tortured yet inherently selfless with an amazing heart. Sometimes love comes when you least expect, sometimes life puts you through the wringer to make you stronger, but fate works in mysterious ways and perhaps it was just preparing these two for their end destination…each other. Totally and utterly loved it.

“Because if none of this had happened, including your past that you’re trying to forget…I would have never met you.”


“You’re my new-fallen snow, Simon.”

He stared down at me in confusion.

My thumbs skimmed the sides of his face, with the glow of the moon providing just enough light to make out his perfect features. “Each new-fallen snow is a second chance to get it right. Thank you for giving me the chance to prove not only to you, but to myself that I’m more than who I once was.”

“You’re so much more.” His voice was low and hoarse. “God, I didn’t think it was possible to want you any more than I already did, but you never cease to amaze me.”

A Right To Remain 
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Book Description:

He had a right to remain suffocated by his pain.
She had a right to remain silent about hers.

For better or for worse. 
Those were the vows that I had taken with my wife six years ago. We had lived through the better and were barely getting through the worse. I tried to face our loss together, while she chose to have an affair instead.
Time apart was what we both needed.
What I didn’t expect in that time was her.
The beauty she possessed on the outside was a far cry from the scars she was harboring on the inside. She wasn’t looking for love and neither was I. She just needed someone to help her deal with the pain she had been carrying around for the past two years, and I was happy to oblige.
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but suddenly I was seeing a future that I never dreamed of right in front of my eyes….only to find that the past had other things in mind for us.
I always believed that we only got one true love in life, and mine was gone and never coming back.
Through the tear-filled nights and never ending days, I was slowly and tortuously coming to terms with the pain that was my reality.
And then he entered my life.
Tall, handsome, genuine and caring, he was a friend when I needed one most. Together, we were a temporary fix to our own permanent pain. Just two people helping each other to get through a very dark period in life.
But when the light begins to shine ever so slightly with each passing day, and his face is all I can see at the end of that tunnel… I run back into the darkness or move into the light with him?

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About the Author:

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. 

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I'm a mom of twin teenage boys, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon!

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my books and me! If you decide to read them (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me - yes, even if you don't like it!


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