Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fast Burn by Lori Foster

Author: Lori Foster
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: March 20, 2018

For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…

The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.

Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrender control to claim this blazing passion?

Happy Release Day for Fast Burn!  The last book in the Body Armor series comes out today.  Fast Burn was a great way to end the series.  Finally we get Sahara and Brand's story.  Ms. Foster always saves the best for last.  Sahara has been trying to hire Brand for her agency, but he has been resisting.  She also wants him in her bed.  Brand has been fighting his feelings for a long time.  When Sahara is kidnapped, Brand decides it's up to him to protect her at all cost.

Sahara has been a great character to follow.  She is a commanding woman who everyone likes and respects.  She has a hard exterior, but can also show a softer side.  What I loved about Brand was the way he didn't try to change her strong mind and authority. Well, except when he wanted to protect her.  Sahara was also able to let her guard down around Brand.  They were a great match and it was fun to watch them banter and feed off each other. There were a lot of funny moments. Not to mention some very steamy bedroom scenes.

As usual, I won't give away any plot, it would ruin so much. We do get to find out what happened to Scott, Sahara's brother.  It was a good mystery with some finger nail biting scenes.  It's out today.  Go read it!  You won't be sorry.  While I am sad to see this series end and to say goodbye to a long list of characters that I have loved for years, I do look forward to seeing what Ms. Foster comes up with next.  

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fearless by Carly Phillips

Author: Carly Phillips
Publisher: CP Publishing
Date of publication: March 20, 2018

Mechanic and garage owner, Kane Harmon is used to the wealthy beautiful women visiting his beach town. He doesn't get involved because he knows most females would merely be slumming for the summer. 

Except Halley Ward isn't just passing through. She lives a solitary life in a bungalow on the beach. A woman tormented by her past, distant from her wealthy family, different from Kane's usual fare of town girls who know his M.O.- Don't expect more than he's willing to give. 

Kane rescues Halley and her broken down car from the side of the road and instantly he's hooked. She says she's not interested in him. He knows she lies. And he makes it his mission to bring her back to life, to return her emotionally to her family. To show her the colors around her were as vibrant as the ones she puts on her canvas. 

Until past meets present and threatens all the progress they've made. Then it's Halley's turn to step up and stand up for the relationship and life she's finally coming to believe she deserves.

Fearless is the first in a new series about the Ward siblings who live in Rosewood Bay.  This is Kane and Halley's story.  Halley Ward in an artist and kind of a loner.  She doesn't like to venture out much from her comfortable beach house.  But when her car breaks down, Kane  Harmon is the one to rescue her.  He was her silent protector in high school and is now interested in getting to know her more.

This is a sweet, slow burn romance.  I loved that it took time for them to fall for each other.  Halley's background story was really crummy. Hearing that she spent ten years in foster care, I could understand her fear to really put herself out there and trust someone.  When her ex-con mother showed up, I was screaming for her not to trust the woman.  It's funny how the one person she shouldn't trust was the one person she wanted to trust the most.  While there wasn't much angst, the story wasn't slow or boring.  I definitely recommend this one and look forward to Phoebe's story in Breathe! It looks like it's coming out in May 2018.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye

Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher:   Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporate
Date of publication: March 2018

Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.

But then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.

Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.

But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.

Order on Amazon | Amazon AU | Amazon CA | Amazon UK
Learn more about the Raven Riders Series
*Coming to other retailers June 2018

My thoughts:  

I don't think I have ever read a novella that has so much emotion packed into it. Ride Dirty was an emotional ride from beginning to end. I absolutely loved it.  Caine's past was gut wrenching and I loved watching Emma break down his walls.  I was really rooting for this couple. There is a little mystery that includes a high speed motorcycle chase.  It had me on the edge of my seat.  I won't say much more other than to go read it.  It's a most welcome addition to the series.

Enjoy this excerpt:

Emma shifted, bringing her face closer to Caine’s. Close enough that if he just leaned up, he could have a taste of her again. “You know what you are?” she asked.

Yeah. Yeah, he really fucking did. A jagged boulder slid into his gut. But he wanted to hear what she had to say. “What?”

“You’re the man who risked himself and saved me.” She blew out a shaky breath, and damn if her fear didn’t reach into his rib cage and make it hard to breathe. Or maybe what invaded his chest was his own fear—at realizing how close he’d been to losing Emma Kerry before he’d ever met her at all. White-hot anger lanced through him at the thought.

“Okay,” he said.

“I’m not done.” She pressed a soft kiss against his lips, and the freeness of her affection stunned him. “You’re also the man who recognized that I was in danger and took it upon himself to watch over me and my house, to even talk to the police about it.”

He shrugged with one shoulder, his gaze falling somewhere in between them. “Providing protection, investigating threats, and installing security, this is what I do for the Ravens. I know you don’t know a lot about us, but we have a whole mission around defending people who can’t defend themselves. So I just slipped into that mode. But I should’ve told you what was going on. I just…I didn’t want to worry you until I was sure. And I didn’t—fuck, I know this was selfish—but I didn’t want you to hate me for letting the guy get away.”

“Yeah, you should’ve told me. So I could be more aware and know I might need to defend myself. Look at me,” she said, tilting her face to try to align their gazes.

He lifted his and met those warm blues head on, ready for whatever criticism and anger she wanted to dish out.

“But last night, out on the street, you admitted you had something to tell me. And then you did. Just…next time, maybe tell me at the start, okay?”

Caine blinked. That was it?

“And if you have any advice on how to make my voice louder or more convincing than the one in your head that keeps telling you I could ever hate you or that anything about my attack was your fault, could you please let me know?”

His jaw dropped, and Caine felt like he’d just walked cartoon-like into an unseen pole. This…this was just one more proof that this woman saw him. Right now, that wasn’t super fucking comfortable. But it was so foreign to be seen that he couldn’t do anything but bask in it, even if he felt utterly exposed.

“Fuck, Emma,” he managed, his thoughts too tangled to even attempt a meaningful answer to her question. “What are you doing to me?”

“Trying to let you know I care,” she said. Like it was obvious. Like it was normal. Like it wasn’t blowing his goddamn mind.

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Raven Riders, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


Laura Kaye’s RIDE DIRTY – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
March 14th
Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt
Canadian Book Addict – Review & Excerpt
Deluged with Books Cafe – Review & Excerpt
Elenasbookblog – Review
JordansBookReviews – Excerpt
Les Chroniques Aléatoires – Review & Excerpt
Nerdy Dirty and Flirty – Review & Excerpt
Romance as a first language – Review & Excerpt
March 15th
Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt
Cara's Book Boudoir – Review & Excerpt
Eye in bookland – Review
Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt
Knotty Girl Reviews – Review & Excerpt
My Girlfriends Couch – Excerpt
March 16th
AC Squared Book Blog – Excerpt
Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Ebook Indulgence – Review & Excerpt
I Love Books – Excerpt
Lovinghotbooks – Review & Excerpt
Melena's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
NallaReads – Review & Excerpt
Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt
The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt
March 17th
Bobo's Book Bank – Review & Excerpt
Bookgasms Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review
Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt
Novel Addiction – Review
Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt
Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
The Book Disciple – Review & Excerpt
March 18th
Book Nook Nuts – Excerpt
Brittany's Book Blog – Excerpt
From the TBR PIle – Review & Excerpt
KDRBCK – Review
The Book Boyfriend Addict – Review & Excerpt
March 19th
Book Munchies – Review & Excerpt
Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt
Lit. 4 Ladies – Review & Excerpt
Obsessive Reading Disorder – Review & Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt
Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt
March 20th
I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
iScream Books Blog – Review & Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt
Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt
Ruby's Books – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt
March 21st
Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt
I love my bookgasms blog – Review & Excerpt
Ms. Me28 – Review & Excerpt
Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt
Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt
March 22nd
A Hopeless Romantic’s Booklandia – Review & Excerpt
Books, Coffee & Passion – Review & Excerpt
Love Notes Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
Spoons, Hooks, and Books – Review & Excerpt
Tangents and Tissues – Review & Excerpt
The Romance Reviews – Review
March 23rd
Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt
Sofia Loves Books – Review
True Story Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
What I’m Reading – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham

Author: Heather Graham
Publisher: Mira
Date of publication: March 2017

Someone is murdering beautiful young women in the New York area and displaying them in mausoleums and underground tombs. The FBI is handling the case, with Special Agent Craig Frasier as lead.

Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan's, her family's pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who've worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan's in lower Manhattan.

As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it's clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to "preserve" that beauty by destroying the women who embody it"

I'll admit to being a little reluctant to read A Perfect Obsession because I was a bit underwhelmed by the first book in the series, Flawless.  I felt like the author was kind of phoning it in with that one. I ended up being pleasantly surprised at how much this second book hooked me in and made me want to keep reading.  The book once again features Keiran and Craig.  They met in the first book and now they are a couple.  Because of their jobs, they both end up working on the case of a potential serial killer in the area.

The mystery is what really sold me.  I was really kept guessing until the end.  With multiple suspects, it was hard to pinpoint the killer.  Also having the main characters already be a couple, there wasn't the sense of forced insta-romance that the first book had.  I was able to concentrate on the mystery with the added bonus of a couple in love.  I do recommend this one. Honestly, it works well as a stand alone.  There was enough background to clue you into the events of the first book that you could skip it and be comfortable.  I definitely recommend the book and look forward to the next one, A Dangerous Game.  I'll be reviewing that on the blog later in March, so stay tuned!

Friday, March 16, 2018

You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston

Author: Natasha Preston
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: February 2018


Lylah and her friends can't wait to spend a night out together. Partying is the perfect way to let loose from the stress of life and school, and Lylah hopes that hitting the dance floor with Chace, her best friend, will bring them closer together. She's been crushing on him since they met. If only he thought of her the same way...

The girls are touching up their makeup and the guys are sliding on their coats when the doorbell rings. No one is there. An envelope sits on the doormat. It's an anonymous note addressed to their friend Sonny. A secret admirer? Maybe. They all laugh it off.

Except Sonny never comes home. And a new note arrives:


You Will be Mine is the second book that I have read by this author.  The first  book, The Cabin, I ended up DNF'ing because it was kind of dull.  This one was a lot more enjoyable.  Being a fan of teen slasher movies, this story line really appealed to me.  Lylah and her roommates begin receiving notes that hint at a secret stalker. One by one, as Valentine's Day approaches, they start to turn up dead.

 It did read like a typical teen slasher book or movie.  In fact, it carried many of the typical tropes that one finds in them.  I looked at it like a guilty pleasure. It was fun and cheesy. I enjoyed the characters and surprisingly, none of them were really annoying.  I did call the killer about halfway through the book, but I still liked the ending.  Oh, and I totally called the events of the epilogue.  Any fan of teen slashers will be able to see it coming a mile away.  Still, it was a fun read and one I would recommend.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spotlight: Lessons from Wabbaseka by Liza O'Connor

Author: Liza O'Connor
Date of publication: March 2018

When Anna Baker is fired from her New York job, she accepts her aunt and uncle’s offer to come live with them in the little town of Wabbaseka, Arkansas. She discovers a house in dire need of repairs and her relatives in need of proper care. Under the misconception that being unemployed means she has no money, the local sheriff gets involved in her life, trying to determine how she can afford the building materials to fix up the house. Her cousin, Dewayne, appears and wants her evicted, and the FBI thinks she’s involved in a money-laundering scheme. While Anna doesn’t find the peace and quiet she seeks, she may find love…

Jeremy laughed. “You don’t want to send me home yet, I’ve got gossip to tell you.”

Anna rolled her eyes. “Gossip in a small town, who would ever think.”

“Last Friday when I was doing some work at the church, Sam Johnson asked me to step into his office. He tells me he’s heard of my commendable charity in doing all the work on this house for nothing. Then he hands me a check for two thousand dollars. Says the parishioners pulled the money together to help cover my costs.”

Anna leaned back and covered her face with her hands. “Oh shit,” she muttered.

“Of course, I tried to refuse the check, but Sam wouldn’t hear of it. The parishioners wanted me to have it for my selfless act of charity.” He eyed her for a moment, then continued. “I hope you see I had no choice—”

Anna glared at him. “You didn’t tell him the truth. He’s the worst gossip in town.”

“No. I knew the truth was an unacceptable option, so keep that in mind when I tell you what I did tell him.”

“What?” This didn’t sound good at all.

“I told him, in good conscience I couldn’t take the check, because it was not out of charity but out of lust for your body that I worked so long and hard on the Larringtons’ house.”

“You told him what?”

“I told him I lusted after your body.”

“Which explains the sermon this Sunday! Couldn’t you think of anything else?” She slapped him across the arm.

“I’m sorry. It was a spur of the moment lie. Besides, it was at least marginally believable.”


“Well, you’re not my type. However, I have to admit, in this dress….”

“I can’t believe you told him that.”

Jeremy shrugged. “I thought it was pretty clever. I’ve seen the way Johnson looks at you. He knew exactly what I was talking about.”

Anna scrunched her face up in disgust. “Sam Johnson has the hots for me?”

“Yep,” Jeremy smiled.

“I’m going to be sick.”

“Don’t worry I told him that you and I were an item. You’re too tainted now for his taste.”

Anna pondered this. “I’m trying to decide whether I should kill you or kiss you.”

“Do I get a vote?”


“Because if I did get a vote—”

“You don’t.”

“I’d point out kissing me has multiple benefits over killing me.”

“Name two.”

“One, it would be more fun.”

“Not necessarily.”

Jeremy laughed. “Well, it would definitely be more fun for me.”

“You don’t count.”

“I object to your limited perspective. However, another good reason is kissing me would support my claim we are dating. Whereas killing me, well, that’s not very supportive.”

“Try this for supportive. Get off the counter and set the table.”

He stopped at the door and looked back at her. “You know you want me…” he teased.

Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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