Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Release Day Review ~ Roman (Cold Fury Hockey #7) by Sawyer Bennett


Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett steams up the ice all over again as the Carolina Cold Fury hockey team’s hottest bad boy gets his first taste of something good.

In a league full of troublemakers, Cold Fury defenseman Roman Sýkora stands out—at least when it comes to negative publicity. When he’s not chilling in the penalty box, the sizzling Czech skate demon is racking up tabloid headlines for his scandalous behavior with the ladies. But now Roman’s feeling the burn from management to clean up his act, or else. Luckily he’s got an enticing distraction: a fun-loving barista who plays the ukulele and brings out a side of Roman he didn’t know he had.

Lexi Robertson came to Raleigh, North Carolina, to finally meet her father, Brian Brannon, and her half sister, Gray, both of whom work in the Cold Fury’s front office. That’s where she first meets sexy, intimidating Roman—who’s really a big softie at heart. As one relationship takes off, another begins: Brian seems to be clicking with Lexi’s boss at the coffee shop. But when the friction between Roman and her new family heats up, Lexi wonders whether she’s a pawn in their game. Feeling hurt and foolish, Lexi’s ready to quit while she’s ahead. Trouble is, Roman’s not ready to quit on her.

Don’t miss any of Sawyer Bennett’s electrifying Cold Fury novels:

ALEX | GARRETT | ZACK | RYKER | HAWKE | MAX | ROMAN

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“I’m glad someone sees me for what I am.”


Sawyer Bennett always delivers a swoon worthy romance, especially with the Cold Fury hockey team, however, with Roman she gives us two, double the pleasure.

Roman Sykora is the resident bad boy of the Cold Fury and is frequently butting heads with the General Manager, Gray Brannon. Roman is a loose cannon, his reputation on and off the ice is not fantastic. Frequent brawls and suspensions on the ice and plenty of female unsavoury attention off it has kept his name in the press for all the wrong reasons and yet underneath that reputation is a man who is incredibly misunderstood.


“Roman Sykora is one of the team’s bad boys. Maybe the baddest. He’s a nonconformist, a pure beast on the ice and a man who marches to the beat of his own drum.”


Roman is Czech and rose through the ranks in his home country, being on the road and then being signed here there and everywhere meant that Roman had lost contact with all his family and even when he was at home his parents were always working. Left to his own devices from a young age, Roman found his normal and that led to him being closed off and a loner. Not used to sharing anything, especially his emotions have left him a little cold, but he hasn’t met the woman yet that could possibly warm him up.

Lexi Robertson has recently moved to North Carolina and is still finding her feet. Lexi has just lost her mother and before she died her mother told her of her father’s identity…none other than Brian Brannon, the owner of the Cold Fury hockey team. It is when Lexi goes to meet Brian for the first time that she first crosses paths with Roman and the sparks flew.


“Because you’re a woman who plays the ukulele in a coffee shop for tips and I’ve never seen anyone happier in their existence.”


Lexi was adorable with a capital ‘A.’ There was nothing about her that I didn’t like and she really stole the show for me in this book. Lexi has been through the mill and having lost the only family member she had, all she wanted was to know the one that she didn’t. Lexi lived a simple life, and was an adorable ukulele playing woman with a fantastic sense of humour. Lexi’s quick wit leads to some fantastic dialogue and with every scene she just lit up the page.

I loved the chemistry between Roman and Lexi and you could tell that right from the very start that this was a game changer for both of them. Little actions from Roman would mean so much given his past and my heart still hasn’t recovered from his present to Lexi for her birthday (I melted and may have cried a little).


“If it was hard, everyone would do it. I kind of like the challenge.”


The fact that Lexi was the character that made this book is unusual, but I feel that because we have another side love story too, the focus was taken away from Roman and Lexi. I did feel that we didn’t get as deep and meaningful as we usually do with a Sawyer Bennett book, however, I absolutely adored the chapters from Brian’s point of view.

This book was about family too and as I said above, the chapters where we were treated to Brian’s POV really made this book too. Brian had always been a character that we never really knew much about but his POV’s totally showed him in a different light, silver fox and family man were extremely welcomed. Gray’s attitude throughout was a little off and a far cry from the woman we learned to love in Ryker’s book, however, I understood, and add pregnancy hormones into the mix and every woman is entitled to unleash her inner bitch.


“Gray doesn’t know everything…So stop trying so hard to have something with her that you’ll give up a part of yourself to get there.”


I cannot wait for the next one in this series, these books are as addictive as hell and we have Max’s little brother coming into the team, I believe he is up next!!


Release Day Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Damage Control (Dirty Money #2) by Lisa Renee Jones


Book Description:

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series.

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…

Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire?

Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all — one hot touch and kiss at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel has set their sights on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.



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Other Books in Series:

Hard Rules (book one) – available now 

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/HardRulesBN

Bad Deeds (book three) - 8/8/17 

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Excerpt:

“You make me remember I need to be good and right in my choices.”
“Do you ever question doing what is good and right?”
“There have been times when I felt like my hand was forced.”
“When you were a lawyer?”
“No,” I say. “I manipulated the law, as does every attorney, but I never broke it. I’m talking about when I’m with my family.”
“Did you go where they lead?”
“Not so far.”
“That sounds like you might.”
“I don’t want to be them.”
“You aren’t them. You don’t have to be them.”
“I know that,” I say. “But you just keep telling me so I don’t forget.” Her legs hit the bed frame and she grips my arms.
I lean into a kiss and she pulls back, her hand pressing on my chest. “Wait. Now it’s my turn to say talk to me. Are you okay?”
“Death happened. The one thing I can’t control. It’s not the night to push me to stop protecting you. Not tonight. Can you do that?”
“Yes. We can.”
“We,” I repeat, “and that word sounds as good on my tongue as I know you’re going to taste. I’m going to make love to you properly. The way I plan to many times in our future.” I reach down and untie her robe, letting it fall open; my fingers sliding underneath just far enough to tease her nipples. They pucker beneath my touch, and her lashes flutter, settling on her cheeks. “But when it’s over, I’m going to fuck you hard and fast again.”
I tug gently on her nipples and she bites her lips. “Look at me,” I order gently.
She opens her eyes, and there is desire in their depths, but there are shadows there too,. I do not think she intends for me to see doubt or uncertainty that wasn’t there before. That I do not like or wish to know ever again. I want it gone. Now. Tomorrow. Forever. I reach up and rip the silk tie from her robe, wrapping it around my hand, before I reach up and caress the robe off her shoulder, letting it tumble to the ground.
“Give me your hands,” I order, but it’s really a question: Does she still trust me?
She studies me for several beats, her eyes narrowing ever so slightly, and I do not know what she sees in mine, but she offers me her hands. I wrap the silk around her wrists then lean in close to her, my cheek against her cheek, my body touching her nowhere else. “Now you’re at my mercy.”
“Yes,” she agrees. “I am.”
“How do you feel about that?”
“Warm.”
My lips curve with the answer that is every bit the combination of sweet sexy honesty I’ve come to expect from her. “I’m going to make you warmer.”
“Promise?”
I go still with that question, which on the surface is innocent, but I wonder if it truly is or if it’s about those shadows in her eyes. “I promise,” I say. “And you know, I never—”
“Make a promise you don’t keep.”
“Exactly,” I say, and her reference to my previous words tells me that I am not the only one on a mission of trust, and I intend to deserve hers.
I bring my hands to just above her shoulders, letting them lightly touch her before beginning a slow caress downward. She makes a soft little sound that has my cock thickening and my blood running hot, but I won’t rush this. My lips follow, tracing a line down one of her arms, then the other. I lean and caress my lips over hers, a feather light touch that teases me, if not her.
I take her hands in mine, pressing them behind her head. “Hold them there, for me, so I can see all of you. Understand?”
“You intend to tease me incessantly,” she says, without so much as a hint of hesitation. “Yes. I understand.”
I wrap my arm around her waist and pull her naked body against me, my free hand on hers above her head, our mouths a breath apart. “I intend to lick every part of you, and then do it again, so yes. If that’s the definition of incessant teasing, then yes. I am going to tease you incessantly.” I close my mouth down on hers, my tongue licking into her mouth, a deep, hungry tasting I force myself to end far too quickly. “That was the beginning. Should I could continue?”
“Yes. Please.”
“Please,” I say. “I like that.”

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. 

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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Giveaway:

2 $25 Amazon gift cards, 3 signed copies of Hard Rules and 3 Dirty Money tote bags

Release Day Blitz & Excerpt ~ Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

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Royally Matched is LIVE!!!

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Book Description:

Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him "space"—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition. 

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit... and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight. 

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

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Excerpt:


Sarah stands up and presses her lips against mine. And it’s so unexpected, so surprising—I freeze up. But only for a moment. As her mouth gently moves over mine, I begin to thaw. She’s so fucking soft, her taste so very sweet. The kiss is almost chaste—at least it’s the most chaste I’ve ever had. Unpracticed.
            And yet, it still manages to make my heart pound against my ribs like an animal in a cage.
            “What are you doing?” I whisper, when she pulls back just a little.
            “I’m distracting you.” She looks up at me uncertainly. From behind those ridiculously prim little glasses with those big, dark eyes that could bring me to my knees. “Is it working?”
            My tongue traces my lower lip, craving more of her.
            “I’m not sure. Keep trying—I’ll let you know.”
            She smiles quick and relieved . . . and then she reaches back up, wraps her arms about my neck, and kisses me.
            Her two lips envelop my lower one, then the upper, all eager, pleasing sweetness. My hands find Sarah’s lower back and I pull her in close, tight against me. Slowly, I open my mouth and she mirrors my movement, opening for me. And it’s good. So very, very good.
            It’s like my blood has turned to gasoline, and the touch of her wet, warm tongue is the spark.
            I delve deeper, kiss her harder—more demanding—taking the lead. I cup her head in my hands, holding her still while I plunge and devour. A moan seeps from her lips and I devour that too.
            But then, breathing harshly, I tear my mouth away.
            “Sarah, maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe we should just—”
            “I’m sick of being afraid, Henry. And I’m so tired of being alive . . . but not really living. I’ve wanted this for a long time. I want . . . you.” It’s only then that hesitation dims her eyes. “Do you want me too?”
            I grip her arms. “More than I’ve wanted anything or anyone in my entire life.”
            She takes my hands in hers, lifts them and presses my palms to her breasts. They’re soft and full and absolutely perfect.
            “Show me.”
            Beneath her robe, her bedclothes are paper thin. I trace my thumbs across her nipples, feeling them harden and peak. I want to suck on them until she’s mindless. I want to lick every inch of her skin and watch her flush with desire.
            I wrap my arms around Sarah and lift her right off her feet. With a groan, my mouth is back to hers. Her small pretty hands cup my jaw as I carry her toward the bed. I stop against a wall on the way, knocking a frame sideways, lifting her leg in one hand and wrapping it around my hip so I can thrust against her.
            There’s so much I know—deviant, filthy, lovely moves. And I want to teach her every damn one.



About the Author:

 

Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Teaser Tuesday ~ Figure Eight by Calia Read

Title: Figure Eight
Author: Calia Read
Expected Release: 12th March
Age: Adult
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Cover Designer: Cover Couture



Book Description:

Dear Selah,

Do you remember me?

Of course you don’t. So I’m going to give you a refresher course.

I’ve known you for years and years. We used to have beautiful conversations. There was no one that knew you better than me. We were handmade for each other.

Lately, it’s become achingly obvious you’re miserable. You’ve moved back home to take care of your ailing mother. You’ve been looking for a new job, but that’s not going well. Admit it: it’s all too much.

Everyone around you sees your suffering, but they’re not willing to help you.

Everyone but Jackson.

He comes into your life at the perfect moment and offers you everything you could want: a shoulder to lean on, love, and most importantly, hope.

But there’s no one that can compare to me. You seem to forget that I’m your figure 8. Your infinity. You try to run, but I will always find you.

Yours Truly,
Figure 8


About the Author:


Calia Read is the author of Unhinge, Unravel, Breaking the Wrong, Ruin You Completely, and Every Which Way. She lives in Texas with her husband and their five children.