Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Author: Jill Shalvis
Publisher; Avon
Date of publication: January 2017

There’s no such thing as a little in love . . .

Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . .

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as . . .

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along . . .

One of the things that I love about a series is finally getting to the couple I have anticipated the most. I love it even more when the story is so good I devour it in one sitting.  I have wanted to read Elle and Archer's story since they were introduced in the first book, Sweet Little Lies.  In Accidentally on Purpose, the couple finally gets to explore their feelings.

I'm not going to give the plot away.  I'll just say that these two are my favorite couple so far.  I loved their banter.  Loved their passion and their friendship.  Their love story was so much sweeter because they have known each other for a long time. I know their HEA scene was one of the best ones I have ever read.  It was just too cute.  There were also a bunch of laugh out loud moments to enjoy.

This is a really fun series.  I urge you to pick all of them up.  I can't wait for Spence's story coming in the fall.   Want a sneak peek?  Check out the excerpt below.

Excerpt from Accidentally on Purpose:

Elle bent to slip back into her heels.
                Apparently she needed the armor with Archer. Slipping an arm around her waist to give her the support she needed to buckle herself into the FMPs, he waited until she straightened then said, “What the fuck was that?”
                “Me doing my job,” she said in a duh voice.
                “Since when is dirty dancing with a felon your job?”
                She narrowed her fierce eyes. “You told me to get close to him. You told me to ID him and then keep him distracted, whatever it takes.”
                “Okay, no,” he said. “I absolutely did not say whatever it takes.”
                She glared up at him.
                “What?” he asked.
                “Nothing.” Her voice was like ice.
                “Oh boy,” Joe muttered in Archer’s ear. “When a woman says ‘nothing’ in that tone, it most definitely means something and you should be wearing a cup to finish that conversation. Just sayin’.”
                Archer put a finger to his eye before it twitched right out of his head. “I told you to make your exit,” he said to Elle with what he thought was remarkable calm while ignoring Joe, who was a dead man walking anyway. “When I tell you something, Elle, I expect you to listen.”
                He heard a collective sucking in of air through his comms and ignored that too.
                “Wow,” Elle finally said.
                “Okay,” Max piped up. “I have a girlfriend now so I know this one. When Rory says ‘wow’ like that, it’s not a compliment. It means she’s thinking long and hard on how and when I’ll pay for my stupidity.”
                “Agreed,” Joe said. “She’s simply expressing amazement that a man can be such an idiot. Abort mission, boss. I repeat. Abort. Mission.
                Shit. Archer ripped out his earpiece and then did the same to Elle’s, stuffing both in his pocket.
                She shrugged and walked away, leaving him on the dance floor. Watching her go, an odd feeling cranked over in his chest. Irritation, he decided. Frustration. This woman got to him like no one else.

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About Jill Shalvis:

New York Times and USA Today 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 sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Jill Shalvis’ ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule

January 25th
Bookaholic & Kindle – Review
East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt
HotPreasedBooks – Review & Excerpt
Shelf_Life – Review
With Love for Books – Review & Excerpt
January 26th
Adria's Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Books and Tequila – Review & Excerpt
Cara's Book Boudoir – Review & Excerpt
Erotica Book Club – Review
Fiction Fangirls – Review & Excerpt
I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt
Lightning City Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
January 27th
Maddy's Reading – Review & Excerpt
Once Upon A Page – Review & Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
Shannon's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
WickedGoodReads – Review
January 28th
Adventures in Writing – Excerpt
Deluged with Books Cafe – Review & Excerpt
From the TBR Pile – Review & Excerpt
Literary Misfit – Review & Excerpt
Margie's Must Reads – Excerpt
Reading Shy With Aly – Review & Excerpt
January 29th
JordansBookReviews – Excerpt
The Reading Belles – Review
Books are love – Review & Excerpt
Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt
Happily Ever After – Review
January 30th
Book Munchies – Review & Excerpt
Books and Things Blog – Review & Excerpt
Always YA at Heart – Review & Excerpt
Dog-Eared Daydreams – Excerpt
Embrace the Romance – Review & Excerpt
Pretty Sassy Cool – Review & Excerpt
Writing My Own Fairy Tale – Review & Excerpt
January 31st
As The Book Ends – Review
Kelsey's Corner Time – Review & Excerpt
Marieke's Books – Review & Excerpt
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf – Review & Excerpt
OMGReads – Review & Excerpt
Pardon My Blurb – Review & Excerpt
The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt
V's Reads – Review & Excerpt
February 1st
Evocative book reviews – Review & Excerpt
I Heart YA Books – Review & Excerpt
Jennifers Taking A Break – Review & Excerpt
Melena`s Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Reading With Tasha – Review
The Racy Lit Reader – Review
Two Book Pushers – Review
February 2nd
Ever After Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
JOJO THE  BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt
Renee Entress's Blog – Review & Excerpt
Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Talking Books Blog – Excerpt
TjLovesToRead – Review & Excerpt
Sofia Loves Books – Review & Excerpt
February 3rd
BJ's Book Blog – Review
G & T's Indie Café – Excerpt
Once upon a romance – Review
Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt
WTF Are You Reading! – Review & Excerpt

Monday, January 30, 2017

Blog Tour: Spotlight of Lord of Privateers by Stephanie Laurens

Author: Stephanie Laurens
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: December 2017

The eldest of the Frobisher brothers and widely known as the lord of the privateers, Royd Frobisher expects to execute the final leg of the rescue mission his brothers have been pursuing. What he does not expect is to be pressured into taking his emotional nemesis, childhood sweetheart, ex-handfasted bride, and current business partner, Isobel Carmichael, with him. But is it Isobel doing the pressuring, or his own restless unfulfilled psyche?

Resolute, determined, and an all but unstoppable force of nature, Isobel has a mission of her own—find her cousin Katherine and bring her safely home. And if, along the way, she can rid herself of the lingering dreams of a life with Royd that still haunt her, well and good.
Neither expects the shock that awaits them as they set sail aboard Royd’s ship, much less the new horizons that open before them as they call into London, then, armed with the necessary orders and all arrangements in place, embark on a full-scale rescue-assault on the mining compound buried in the jungle.

Yet even with the support of his brothers and their ladies and, once rescued, all the ex-captives, Royd and Isobel discover that freeing the captives is only half the battle. In order to identify and convict the backers behind the illicit enterprise—and protect the government from catastrophic destabilization—they must return to the ballrooms of the haut ton, and with the help of a small army of supporters, hunt the villains on their home ground.
But having found each other again, having glimpsed the heaven that could be theirs again, how much are they willing to risk in the name of duty?

Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens
“Stephanie Laurens’ heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong.” —Cathy Kelly
“Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters.” —Historical Romance Reviews
“Stephanie Laurens plays into readers’ fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again.” —Romantic Times Magazine

About Stephanie Laurens

New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature ‘Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style.

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Stephanie Laurens’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 16th: The Sassy Bookster
Wednesday, January 18th: Bibliotica
Friday, January 20th: Reading Reality
Monday, January 23rd: Buried Under Romance
Tuesday, January 24th: Dwell in Possibility
Wednesday, January 25th: The Romance Dish
Friday, January 27th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, January 30th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, January 30th: Let Them Read Books – Excerpt
Wednesday, February 1st: A. Holland Reads
Friday, February 3rd: Becky on Books
Monday, February 6th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, February 7th: Laura’s Reviews
Wednesday, February 8th: Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot
Friday, February 10th: The Maiden’s Court

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January Mini Musings

Always a Cowboy:  This one made me sad because I love this author.  But, this book just failed for me.  Maybe I'm getting tired of this series, but it felt like it was the same thing I have read from her before.  The romance was so flat, fast and I didn't really buy into it.  I ended up skimming about 50% of the book to get to the end.

Forever Your Earl: Another book I skimmed to the end.  I got about 60% through and skipped to see how it ended.  I have to admit to being really bored through most of the book.  There was so much that could have been left out of this book. There was way too much repetition. I swear it took about 10 chapters just to get to the first gaming hell that Daniel took Elanor to.  I'll probably give the next one a try.  I'm holding out hope it was edited better.

At Wolf Ranch - This was just on OK read for me.  It was kind of slow.  The villain was no surprise nor was his motive for murder really.  A couple of things bothered me about the book.  If you are on the run, you don't call home and arrange for your sister's funeral. The stipulations for the inheritance were just ridiculous.  They had to have their MBA and or work for the company for 5 year by the time they were 25 in order to inherit?  What if your kid didn't want to work in the business?  That was kind of mean. Also, Ella just saw her sister murdered, yet within a day, she is lusting after Gabe.  I didn't buy it and could go on...  The ending was OK.  Not sure if I'll continue with the series.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Books We Didn't Finish January edition

Ten Tiny Breaths: I've had this in my TBR pile forever.  I got about 30% in and stopped.  I've read much better NA books.  There were too many unbelievable things in this book.  Like how a 15 YO starts a new HS without transcripts.  Kacey and Livie didn't do much to keep their identities hidden.  Any PI could have found them easily.  Trent was a stalker and manipulator.  And I got tired of hearing how big Storm's chest was...  I did peek at the end to see the reveal and

The Chemist - I never jumped on the Twilight band wagon.  I only read the fist one and thought it was OK.  I also didn't read The Host.  I was hoping that her foray into spy novels would be entertaining, but I only made it about 20% of the way in before giving up.  First it was boring.  Practically every sentence started with "She".  It was in dire need of better editing.  And what spy uses fictional spy novels to get tips on how to survive?  Apparently the on in this book did.

The Library at Mount Char- Honestly, I have no idea what this book is about.  I was 15% of the way in and I couldn't tell you what the plot was at all.  That is really poor world building. I don't like books that leave me that clueless that far in.  I have read that things begin to make more sense after page 100.  I don't want to wait that long,

Friday, January 27, 2017

Blog Tour: The Worthington Wife by Sharon Page

Author: Sharon Page
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: December 2016

Lady Julia Hazelton is the most dazzling among 1920s England’s bright young things. But rather than choosing the thrill of wanton adventure like so many of her contemporaries, Julia shocks society with her bold business aspirations. Determined to usher the cursed Worthington estate into a prosperous, modern new era, and thus preserve her beloved late fiancé’s legacy, the willful Julia tackles her wildest, most unexpected adventure in Cal Carstairs, the reluctant new Earl of Worthington.

The unconventional American artist threatens everything Julia seeks to protect while stirring desires she thought had died in the war. For reasons of his own, Cal has designed the ultimate revenge. Rather than see the estate prosper, he intends to destroy it. But their impulsive marriage—one that secures Julia’s plans as well as Cal’s secrets—proves that passion is ambition’s greatest rival. Unless Cal ends his quest to satisfy his darkest vendetta, he stands to ruin his Worthington wife and all her glittering dreams.

I haven't really read a lot of books set in the 1920s, so I was intrigued by The Worthington Wife. After reading it, I ended up with mixed feelings about the book.  I did like it well enough to read to the end. I was intrigued by the mystery and wanted to find out who killed all of those girls.  I also did like Julia's character.  Her willingness to stand up for what she believed in was one of the best parts of her.  The romance between Cal and Julia added another depth to the story.  Their fall for each other and the way Julia helped change Cal was sweet.  

However, there were a few things that kept me from loving the story.  I thought it was too long. There were parts that could have been left out of the book. It definitely dragged in places.  I didn't like getting the maid/cook's point of view.  It really wasn't necessary to the story and just made the book feel disjointed.  I also didn't really get the feel that this was the 20s.  But, then that could just be because I am not familiar with England in the 20s and how society worked then.  (I've never seen Downton Abbey) The scene in Paris with the two famous authors really pulled me out of the story.  It was a little unbelievable like the author threw in that scene to remind me it was the 20s in Paris.  

This is the second book in a series.  I thought it did fairly well as a stand alone.  I didn't feel I needed to know Zoe and Nigel's back story to read this book.  I think fans of this era will enjoy the book.  

About Sharon Page

New York Times and USA TODAY  bestselling author Sharon Page is author of more than 20 books. Sharon has won two RT Bookreviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Award of Romance, and the Golden Quill.

The mother of two children and wife of a terrifically supportive husband, Sharon has a degree in Industrial Design and worked in structural engineering before fulfilling her dream of becoming an author.

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Sharon Page’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Monday, January 23rd: The Maiden’s Court
Tuesday, January 24th: Deborah Blanchard
Wednesday, January 25th: Let Them Read Books
Thursday, January 26th: Buried Under Romance – excerpt
Friday, January 27th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, January 3oth: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, January 31st: Books that Hook
Wednesday, February 1st: Laura’s Reviews
Thursday, February 2nd: Luxury Reading
Friday, February 3rd: A Holland Reads
Wednesday, February 8th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, February 9th: What I’m Reading
Friday, February 10th: Cindy Burnett
Monday, February 13th: A Night’s Dream of Books
Wednesday, February 15th: The Sassy Bookster – excerpt
Wednesday, February 15th: Books a la Mode -excerpt
Thursday, February 16th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Friday, February 17th: View from the Birdhouse

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Fragile by Lisa Unger

Author: Lisa Unger
First published in 2010 by Crown

Everybody knows everybody in The Hollows, a quaint, charming town outside of New York City. It's a place where neighbors keep an eye on one another's kids, where people say hello in the grocery store, and where high school cliques and antics are never quite forgotten. As a child, Maggie found living under the microscope of small-town life stifling. But as a wife and mother, she has happily returned to The Hollows's insular embrace. As a psychologist, her knowledge of family histories provides powerful insights into her patients' lives. So when the girlfriend of her teenage son, Rick, disappears, Maggie's intuitive gift proves useful to the case--and also dangerous. 

Eerie parallels soon emerge between Charlene's disappearance and the abduction of another local girl that shook the community years ago when Maggie was a teenager. The investigation has her husband, Jones, the lead detective on the case, acting strangely. Rick, already a brooding teenager, becomes even more withdrawn. In a town where the past is always present, nobody is above suspicion, not even a son in the eyes of his father. 

I have read a couple of the later stories that take place in and around The Hollows.  I decided it was time to go back to the beginning,  Fragile is about The Hollows where secrets are everywhere.  Jones and Maggie's son is a troubled youth.  When his girlfriend goes missing, suspicion falls on Rick.  But the disappearance has similarities to a girl who went missing 30 years before.  

I thought this was just OK.  For me, the book suffered from too much length, too many points of view and a couple of story lines that really weren't necessary to advance the story.  There were just too many people to keep track of in the book.  It took too long for all of them to come together to make sense.  I also had a hard time finding one likable character in the bunch.  There really were no big surprises, so I wouldn't call this a thriller really.   I know other people loved this book, so it's probably one of those you have to try for yourself.