Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt #ReleaseBlitz #ReviewDuke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane, #11) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Published by Grand Central Publishing on November 29th 2016
Pages: 364

Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king's secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she's the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

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Duke of Pleasure is the eleventh book in the Maiden Lane series, but it’s the first one I have read. I loved this story. The characters are wonderful and it is a prime example of why I love historical romance so much. It has a Cinderella-esque feel to it since Alf is basically a street urchin and she gets her man, Hugh, the Duke of Kyle.
Alf is really good at disguises and I really love her character. I feel like she is someone who I would be friends with in real life. There is the perfect mix of romance and action throughout the book and that made it an exciting read. I didn’t want to put it down. Now I have to read the other ten books. 🙂
Are you like me and you haven’t read any of the Maiden Lane Series? Right now you can get Wicked Intentions (Book 1) for free! 
Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt #ReleaseBlitz #ReviewWicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt
Published by Grand Central Publishing on August 1st 2010
Pages: 401
Format: eBook
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A man controlled by his desires...
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand— she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.
A woman haunted by her past...
Caire makes a simple offer—in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control—one that may well destroy them both.
A bargain neither could refuse.

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About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Monthly Wrap Up: August 2016

August was a pretty crazy month. I decided that I wanted to get organized so I started using my planners more and that actually helped me find even more time for reading. I read some pretty great books this month.

Books Read: 

Crimson Sky (Dark Sky #1) by
Crimson Sky by Amy Braun
Midnight Sky (Dark Sky #2) by
Midnight Sky by Amy Braun
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Blame it on the Kiss by Robin Bielman
You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini
Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce
Fight For Me by S.J. Pierce
Summer Girl by A.S. Green
Chased by Love by Melissa Foster
Daring the Bad Boy by
Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy
Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager
A Love So Dangerous by Lili Valente

Reviews Written:

Reading Challenge Updates:
You can see my sign up post here.
2016 Choose Your Genre Challenge:
9. Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce
10. Fight For Me by S.J. Pierce
10/6 books
1/12 books
New Adult Romance
13/25 books
2016 Blogger Shame Challenge
0/25 books
2016 Pervy Girl Challenge
3/12 books
2016 New to You Challenge
96. Crimson Sky by Amy Braun (new to me author)
97. You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini (new to me authors)
98. Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce (new to me author)
99. Summer Girl by A.S. Green (new to me author)
100. Competing with the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager (new to me author)
100/100 books
2016 Pages Read Challenge
August: 3,231 pages
Total so far: 37,366/52,000 pages
2016 You Read How Many Books? Challenge
137. Crimson Sky by Amy Braun
138. Midnight Sky by Amy Braun
139. Blame It On The Kiss by Robin Bielman
140. You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini
141. Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce
142. Fight For Me by S.J. Pierce
143. Summer Girl by A.S. Green
144. Chased by Love by Melissa Foster
145. Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy
146. Competing With the Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager
147. A Love So Dangerous by Lili Valente
147/200 books
12 Months Classics Challenge
0/12 books
2016 Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge
0/25 books
Mount TBR Reading Challenge
2/48 books
2016 Bad Boys of Romance Challenge
19. A Love So Dangerous by Lili Valente
19/15 books
The Series That Never Ends 2016 Challenge
1/10 books
2016 Literary Pickers Challenge
16/50 items
2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge
22/26 books

2016 Banned Books Challenge
0/6 books

2016 Audiobooks Challenge
4/10 audiobooks

What If It’s Right? by JB Heller #ReleaseBlitz #Review

What If It’s Right? by JB Heller
Genre: Comedic Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 26, 2016


I have a problem. A big freaking problem.
Her name is Tory Dixon.
I’ve been in love with her since I was 17.
The problem you ask?
She’s kinda my best friends mum.
I have a six foot, three inches tall, 22 year-old, problem.
His name is Weston Banks.
I’ve been pretending he doesn’t have feelings for me for the last six years.
You see, fourteen years ago, I became my nephews guardian.
And Weston, well, he’s my nephews best friend.
Which makes him ten years my junior and oh so deliciously complicated.
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When I opened the front door and came face to face with Finn’s bare arse I screamed, “What the hell Finn!” I turned my back on him and faced the closed door, “What are you doing? Put some damn pants on.”

“Ah, can you give us a minute?” Finn’s voice sounded small and embarrassed.

“Yep, you betcha. Call out when you’re decent, we are going to be having a serious conversation as soon as clothes are back in play.” Then I re-opened the front door and stepped back out on to the porch.

A minute or two later I heard Finn call out, “Decent.” And I turned the handle and let myself back in.

My jaw dropped when I saw Nixie sitting on the couch beside Finn. Her face as beat red as his. “Wha— Ah— I’m so confused.” I stuttered. “I wish I hadn’t seen what I clearly just saw, but I’m happy to see you, Nixie.”

Her shoulders relaxed in relief, and she gave me a small finger wave, “It’s good to see you too Tory. Sorry about—” her hand gestured between the two of them, “this,” she finished.

“Me too,” I muttered.

Finn was smiling brightly, and I glared at him as I plonked down on the couch that I had not just seen him having sex on. “You’re paying to have that couch cleaned.” I told him. “I watch Netflix on that couch!” I whined. “Couldn’t you have taken it to your bedroom? I mean seriously, what made you think the couch was a good place for you two to be bumping uglies?”

Nixie’s eyes bounced between Finn and myself with a puzzled expression on her pretty face.

I stood up, “You know what, don’t answer that, I can’t deal with this today. I’m exhausted. I just got an awesome tattoo, by the way. Just so you know. I was going to surprise you with it, but you don’t get to see the awesomeness until later now.”

“You what?” Finn asked.

I held my hand up in his face, “Talk to the hand ‘cause the face ain’t listening. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go scrub my eyeballs with bleach if you don’t mind.” I told him as I walked down the hallway. Every time I closed my damn eyes I could see Finn thrusting into Nixie and I wanted to hurl.

My day couldn’t possibly get any worse. Talking sex and babies with Weston, then seeing Finn’s arse as he pumped into his ex-girlfriend on my Netflix couch. I needed a huge glass of wine and a scalding hot bath to wash it all away.


Tory became a mom to her nephew when her sister died. She has been raising Finn and watching him and his best friend Weston grow up over the years. As Weston gets older, he starts flirting with Tory to annoy Finn but as the years pass it turns into something more serious for him. Tory always tries to play it off and ignore the flirting. When Weston goes through a tragic loss, Tory is there for him and feelings are brought to the surface. Will this work out?

I loved this book. I knew I would once I read the blurb and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It has a slow build which makes it perfect to me. I love the characters and we basically get two stories in one. We get the story of Tory raising Finn and the story of Tory and Weston. I would highly recommend this book and can’t wait to read more from the author.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Author Bio
JB Heller is an average Aussie housewife in her late 20’s with a wicked sexy imagination. She and her super sexy husband are the parents of three minions, two Great Danes and a Cat who thinks she’s a person.

She spends her days running around after her wildling children and jotting down stories in her flower embossed leather notebook (She is very particular about her stationary.). She’s a self-confessed Stationary Junky who’s constantly on the lookout for more.

Most day’s JB can be found glued to her laptop, taking advantage of school hours- writing as fast as she can while she can. Or trolling Pinterest for her next potential muse. And when she needs a break from the voices in her head she indulges in her favourite past time, reading.

Want to know more about JB? Check her out, you’ll be guaranteed a good laugh if nothing else.

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Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck #Review

Hard Compromise by Samanthe Beck #ReviewHard Compromise by Samanthe Beck
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 21st 2016

Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.
Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.

Laurie has a successful bakery and feels like she is finally making a name for herself. She assumes her one night stand with Ethan will remain a one night stand. Ethan has no intention of letting it stay that way. When Laurie’s bakery burns down and she needs money, he makes her a deal that has strings attached but will Laurie be able to resist?
Hard Compromise is the second book in the Compromise Me series and it is a great addition. Samanthe Beck has a way of writing amazing chemistry between her characters. If you like for your romances to be hot then you will like this book.

Samanthe Beck’s Top Ten List of Stuff I’m Grateful For #GuestPost

Samanthe Beck stopped by the blog today to share what she’s thankful for. Be sure to check out her new release, Hard Compromise. You can read my review here and add it to Goodreads

Massive thanks to Brittany for welcoming me back to The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf! In honor of Thanksgiving, (and giving thanks), I wanted to share my Top Ten List of Stuff I’m Grateful For! Some are simple, some involved, but every day I find myself thankful for…


  1. My career as a writer – I was a lawyer for 13 years. I’ve been an…ahem…professional writer for almost 4. Being a writer is waaaay more fun. Almost nobody cries in my office anymore!


  1. The beach – I’m lucky enough to live by the shore in Malibu, California, and I get down there pretty much every day. As a result, our floor looks like a sand trap most of the time, but I don’t care! Here’s a shot of my little guy, and the neighbor’s little girl, and dogs Chauncey and Hank at the beach a few weeks ago. C’mon…that sh*t is worth a sandy floor, right?


  1. Kendall-Jackson Summation Red Wine –They call it the renegade red, but I find it pairs well with everything from a sunset-at-the-beach play date, to late nights writing lines like…


  1. Music – I love music. Were it not for my abject lack of talent and paralyzing stage fright, I’d have pursued my dream of being a rock star. I’m one of those writers who has a playlist for every book. When I was writing Hard Compromise, this beautiful man was on heavy rotation, and this song in particular, because it summed up my heroine, Laurie’s attitude so perfectly…


  1. Fresta at Malibu Oasis Salon – Colorist, stylist, miracle worker. Here…need I say more?


  1. John Oliver – I’m in love with every word. Every rant. Every f-bomb. From net neutrality to the national politics, if that man is talking, I’m listening.


  1. Fellow Authors – The romance writing community is astoundingly supportive! We could give lessons to the politicians. Seriously. Walking into a writer’s conference is like jumping into a foam pit of positivity. This career has introduced me to so many amazing, talented, generous women—many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends.


  1. Readers – Readers inspire me on a daily basis. Not just the ones who send me pictures of hard-bodied men who seem to have misplaced their clothes, (although those are ALWAYS appreciated…and the videoes…OMG)! I’m always thrilled and humbled when someone takes time to tell me they enjoyed one of my stories. It is, quite simply, the best.


  1. Vanessa & Kevin – a/k/a my son’s birth parents. Along with providing a spot on the calendar for Thanksgiving, November is National Adoption Awareness Month, so Vanessa and Kevin are always on my mind at this time of the year, and on the short-list of blessings I count. They had a lot of complicated reasons for considering adoption. Their plates were full. Ours was empty. Thanks to their difficult, but loving decision almost eight years ago, my husband and I have had the joy of raising our little guy. We have been screwing him up ever since.


  1. My Family –In the words of Brandi Carlisle, “These stories don’t mean anything if you’ve got no one to tell them to.” Thanks to luck of the draw at birth, and more luck by marriage, I’ve been swapping stories with the funniest, most loving and inspiring people for a long time. I’m proud to be part of their story, and privileged to have them as part of mine!


From my family to yours, have a very happy holiday season!

Fail to Fight by Maci Dillon #Review

Fail to Fight by Maci Dillon #ReviewFail to Fight by Maci Dillon
on November 22nd 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 121
Format: eBook

An emotional story of unrequited love…
Chloe Now, I ask you not to condemn the man I loved without knowing all the details. What he did was inexcusable and unforgettable, yes, but I wanted to forgive. What I struggled with was why he left me scared and broken, without a fight. With no goodbye, no closure. And without closure, there was no moving on.
Will Visions of her would haunt my dreams for all eternity. That night destroyed my world and changed my life forever.


I loved Fail to Fight. It’s a short read that packs an emotional punch. I didn’t want to put it down and I was glad it was short so I didn’t have to! This is a must read!

Rating: 5 stars


The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict offers a revealing portrait of the complicated and fascinating relationship between Albert Einstein and his first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Maric. It has been called “an intriguing reimagining of one of the strongest intellectual partnerships of the nineteenth century” by Kirkus, was a Library Journal Editor’s Fall Pick, and PopSugar recently named it one of the “25 Best Books to Curl Up With This Fall.”
From November 20-26, 2016, the e-book price for The Other Einstein will be lowered to $2.99 across all platforms on Goodreads.
Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on a copy! You can also learn more about The Other Einstein at http://www.authormariebenedict.com/ or connect with author Marie Benedict on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authormariebenedict/

Snowed in with the Boss by Lili Valente #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Snowed in With The Boss by Lili Valente
Genre: Contemporary Erotic with a smidge of BDSM
Release Date: November 21, 2016
“Bend over and lift your skirt. I’m going to show you what it’s like to spend Christmas on the naughty list…”Let’s get one thing straight—I’m not your usual bad boy billionaire. I’m actually a nice guy. A very nice guy who also enjoys turning a woman over my knee and spanking her ass until she begs for mercy—AKA a good, hard, hold-her-down-and-teach-her-who’s-boss f*ck.

I’m a gentleman in the boardroom and a Dominant in the bedroom. I’ve also been secretly in love with my sweet, sexy, too-innocent-for-her-own-good executive assistant, Jane, for the better part of two years.

But like I said, I’m a gentleman. Any woman on my staff is strictly off limits.

Until the night I’m snowed in at the office with Jane…

The same night I discover she’s a submissive looking for a teacher…

The night I decide to make her mine…

“Are you ready to be possessed? If so, get on your knees, beautiful. The game is about to begin. Tonight, you’re mine.”

WARNING: This red hot holiday read contains spanking, dirty talk, and a Dominant alpha male who will melt your panties off—he doesn’t care how cold it is outside. Hotness level—five hot toddies, four roaring fires, three turtleneck sweaters, two chestnuts roasting, and a spanking with a switch from that old pear tree.

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He stops in front of his desk, his hands skimming down my shoulder blades and the valley of my spine to wrap lightly around my waist. “So bend over and put your palms flat on the desk, Jane. We’ll start with ten. Next time it will be twenty.”“Ten what, sir?” My nerve endings sizzle as I place my hands where he’s indicated, my sex throbbing as my hips tilt back and my ass juts out into the air behind me.

But he doesn’t answer; he simply draws back a hand and slaps my ass cheek right below my panty line.

I cry out, a surprised, turned on, “Oh yes, please,” sound that becomes a gasp as Ten spanks me a second time and a third. By the fourth, I’m arching my back, silently begging for him to give it to me harder, faster.

And like he’s read my mind, he does.

Ten slaps me so hard my thighs ripple, and I feel the sting of the spanking all the way up my spine. And it is good, so terribly, wonderfully good, that I realize it’s going to be harder to be an obedient submissive than I’ve thought.

Until right now, I had no idea how good it could feel to be bad.

But if this is what it’s like to spend Christmas on the naughty list, then Santa can write my name on that sucker in permanent ink.
Snowed in with the Boss is a sexy novella. The warning in the blurb is extremely accurate. I started reading this while in public and felt like I was blushing. I felt like I needed to be in private to read this so no one could tell just how smoking hot this book is!
Jane is looking for the perfect Dom and used her email while at work to do so. Ten is looking for the perfect excuse to let Jane know that he’s in love with her. He just so happens to be a Dom and thinks Jane will be a perfect submissive. When they get snowed in at work together, it’s a great time for them to give it a go. Will one night be enough?
I loved this story. I just wish it had been longer. Can’t wait to see what Lili comes up with next!
Rating: 5 stars
Author Bio
U.S.A. Today Bestselling author Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.

Lili loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her via email at lili.valente.romance@gmail.com or like her page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLiliValente

You can also visit her website: www.lilivalente.com

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On Thin Ice by Carrie Aarons #CoverReveal


On Thin Ice by Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 7, 2016

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Nathan Rush is a small town man who has never dreamed of a bigger life.

Until, that is, the only surviving heiress of America’s richest family lands on his doorstep. Nathan is the groundskeeper at Hollis House, the Valon family’s upstate New York mansion just outside of Harlin Falls, the quiet, sleepy town he was raised in. He’s an honest, hard-working man who wants nothing more than a beer and a hockey game on TV at the end of the night. Except, when the ice princess starts to melt, Nathan pictures his future in a way he never has before.

Camille Valon’s life has taken place in the spotlight.

Until, that is, her parents are murdered in a mysterious Christmas Day fire. Now all she wants is to flee the prying news cameras and slow-moving investigation. She’s an upper crust ice princess who is good at keeping everyone at arm’s length. Grief-stricken and still fearing for her life, Camille arrives at her family’s safe haven estate with secrets and a chip on her shoulder. What she didn’t count on was the kind, ridiculously attractive man who caters to her every need.

As the months go by, and an impending threat grows closer to discovering Camille’s location, the line between employer and employee becomes dangerously blurred. Nathan and Camille could be each other’s saving graces, if only they’d put aside their visions of a perfect life and take the chance fate has put right in front of them.




About the Author

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and the Captive Heart Duet, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book. She loves spinning tales that include dapper men, women with attitude, and the occasional hunky athlete.

When she isn’t in what her husband calls a “writing coma”, Carrie is freeing up her jam-packed DVR, starting her latest DIY project, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, who is more than happy to watch sports while his wife plots love stories.

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Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland #BlogTour #Review

Shadow of a Girl
Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled: Teen
Publication date: September 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Use cash and keep moving.

After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.

West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.

The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…

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I really struggled to write this review. It’s hard to convey just how powerful Shadow of a Girl truly is. This book will stay with me for a while.

Shadow of a Girl is a YA romantic suspense so while there is a swoon worthy romance, there are also some dark moments.

Eve is such a great main character. She is strong and brave but lives in fear of her past. She has to learn that living in fear is not living. Gideon is super creepy and we have to deal with the suspense of not knowing the true extent of his relationship with Eve until later in the story.

I loved that the story centered around Eve being a roadie and touring with West. I thought their relationship was sweet.

Rating: 5 stars

Author Bio:

Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romance, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN. Her latest teen novel, SHADOW OF A GIRL, is due out 9.19.16. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her at www.shannongreenland.com

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