Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy #ReleaseBlast #Review

Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job…

HEARTBREAKER by Stacey Kennedy
Filthy Dirty Love #1
Releasing Jan 31st, 2017

Handcuffs aren’t just part of their job in this sizzling new standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author, Stacey Kennedy.

 
Veteran cop, Maddox Hunt, is all about the job. Sure, there are women—lots of women, truth be told—but there’s no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O’Neil is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her. 
 
Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he’s nothing but a distraction. Especially since he’s as devastatingly handsome as she remembers, and his sexy smile arrests her heart.
Now that Joss is back in Maddox’s life, he has a plan: satisfy her fantasies and fulfill his every dark desire. Nothing is off limits. Her pleasure is the endgame . . . but even the best-laid plans have a way of falling apart. Despite his best attempts to keep his distance and have things remain only about the pleasure, Maddox soon finds himself breaking the only law he’s set for himself. Don’t fall in love.
One year ago, Joss had a wildly hot one night stand in a bar bathroom. Now she has graduated from the police academy and is a rookie cop. Too bad her boss turned out to be Mr. One Night Stand and she can’t keep her eyes off of him.
Maddox doesn’t do relationships and he never has a second taste of any of his one night stands. When Joss shows up as one of his new rookie cops, he can’t get his mind off the blazing hot night they shared together. All he wants to do is get in her panties again. When one more night together doesn’t ease the desire for either of them, they work out an arrangement of sorts. He’s her boss and they could both get in serious trouble for this…
I absolutely loved this book! The relationship between Joss and Maddox was smoking hot and the steamy scenes were as well! I really liked Joss’s best friend Emilia too. I liked that they had such a close relationship. I can’t wait to see what is next in this series.
Rating: 4.5 stars
STACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the Dirty Little Secrets and Club Sin series. She writes deeply emotional romances about powerful men and the wild women who tame them. When she’s not writing sensual stories, she spends her time in southwestern Ontario with her real life hero, her husband, their two young children, and her other babies: a mini labradoodle named Jax and a chocolate labrador named Murphy. Stacey is a proud chocolate, television show, Urban Barn, and wine addict. She likes her heroes in her books like she likes her coffee . . . strong and hot!
 

Top Ten Tuesday #4

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite Graphic Novels/Comic Books.

1. Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison & Dave McKean
2. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
3. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
4. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
5. Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
6. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
7. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
8. Embroderies by Marjane Sartrapi
9. Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki
10. Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki

Winter’s Respite Readathon #WrapUp

The two weeks of the readathon passed by in a blur. I was sick the last weekend of the readathon so I didn’t get much reading done those two days. I still fairly well considering.

5/6 books read
1,023 pages read
Read:
  • Wild Poppy by Vivian Winslow
  • Masquerade with the Master by Lili Valente
  • Bottoms Up by Kate Deveaux
  • The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  • Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy

 

Carnal Obsession by Reily Garrett #ReleaseBlast

A romantic suspense with a twist.

CARNAL OBSESSION: 

HIS HEART’S PRISONER

Carnal Series

Reily Garrett

Releasing Jan 30, 2017

 

 

Life on the street molds emotional athletes.

Three years ago, her brother’s death marked the beginning of Kendra’s new life, an existence with no home, no family, and no friends. Time in the underground byways toughened her emotional shell with the loose association of like-minded street rats where survival meant compromise and constant vigilance.


Before he died, Billy had sent her a package in care of his teammate, Conner. For Kendra, re-entrance into polite society comes with a deadly price, as betrayal comes from both sides of the grave.


Conner Crofton owns the BDSM club Ambrosia. After failing to protect his teammate on their last covert mission, penance takes form as a promise to safeguard Billy’s little sister, a girl he’d unknowingly remanded to a world of darkness and uncertainty, deception and psychopathic stalkers.


The past will always haunt us. Each must earn forgiveness and trust as passion, guilt, deception, and betrayal, interweave a destiny formed long ago. A romantic suspense with a twist.

 

Reily Garrett is a West Coast girl transplanted to the East Coast. Past employments as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and military police officer has given her a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her writing.

 

Though her kids are her life, writing is her life after. The one enjoyed…after the kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop, surrounded by her shepherds, to give her imagination free rein.

 In life, hobbies can come and go according to our physical abilities, but you can always enjoy a good book. Life isn’t perfect, but your imagination can be.

Relax, whether it’s in front of a fire or in your own personal dungeon. Take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.

 

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone #DiscussionPost

I meant to post this on Friday but I’ve had a sick little one on my hands so I wasn’t able to put the finishing touches on it. One of my goals for this year is to post at least one discussion post a month. Prior to now, I haven’t really posted any discussion posts so this is a new thing for me. You can look for these posts the last Friday of every month.

I thought a good topic to start with would be stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s something that I’m doing with this post and I think we all need to do in our reading/blogging lives.

Typically when you hear the phrase “get out of your comfort zone”, the context is one of fitness. If you are trying to lose weight, then it’s extremely motivational to know that getting out of your comfort zone will help you. I think this concept applies to all areas of life so I want you to consider getting out of your reading comfort zone.

I typically read Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, and occasionally fiction. I think most people have one genre that they typically read. There’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever. There are so many wonderful books and authors out there that by sticking to one genre, I feel like I might be missing out on a really awesome book because it is in a genre that I don’t typically read.

Another goal I made for this year, is to read more books from the fantasy genre. I basically want to step out of my comfort zone and see if fantasy is something I enjoy. I’m still not sure where to even begin so if anyone has any fantasy books that they would recommend, leave me a comment.

What about you? Do you think stepping out of your comfort zone when it comes to reading is a good idea? Or do you want to stay firmly in your comfort zone?

Pretend It’s Love by Stefanie London #Sale

 One fake relationship shaken not stirred…
PRETEND IT’S LOVE by Stefanie London
Behind the Bar #2
Entangled Lovestruck
Bar manager Paul Chapman is sick of his family’s traditional ideals. Marriage, babies, and a white picket fence? Not his gig. But now that his ‘golden child’ big brother is tying the knot, Paul’s screwed. His ex will be there…and she’s having his cousin’s baby. Unless he wants to show up to the wedding alone and face his family’s scrutiny, he needs a girl on his arm. Now.

Cocktail specialist Libby Harris has spent her life earning the nickname Little Miss Perfect, all to win the love of her wealthy, controlling father. But she deviated from his plan, and now her business is on shaky ground. If it fails, she might as well kiss his respect-and her dream-good-bye. Her only hope? Convince the hottest bar in town to take on her product.
                                          
Luckily for her, the owner’s brother is sexy as sin and in need of a perfect girlfriend…

A voracious reader, USA Today Bestselling author, Stefanie London has dreamed of being an author her whole life. After sneaking several English Lit subjects into her very practical Business degree, she got a job in corporate communications. But it wasn’t long before she turned to romance fiction. She recently left her hometown of Melbourne to start a new adventure in Toronto and now spends her days writing contemporary romances with humour, heat and heart.

 
 

Bottoms Up by Kate Deveaux #BlogTour #Review

Love best served shaken not stirred…one naughty drink at a time.
BOTTOMS UP by Kate Deveaux
Naughty Cock Tales
Released Jan 2nd, 2017 from Loose ID

 

Love best served shaken not stirred…one naughty drink at a time.
 
A bartender with a special talent for picking the perfect cocktail meets his match when down-on-her-luck Lexi walks into Bottoms Up. Well known for creating drinks with very naughty names, Justin whips up a cocktail especially for Lexi, hoping to ease the pain he sees in her soulful eyes.
 
With each sip Lexi realizes she’d much rather stay in Bottoms Up with the sexy, tattooed barman who seems to know just how to heal her broken heart.
 
Night after night, Lexi is drawn back to the bar to explore Justin’s list of naughty drink recipes in more detail–after hours. One deliciously dirty creation after another unleashes her extreme fantasies when he shows her how to let go of her inhibitions.
One tantalizing drink recipe at a time.
 
Review
Lexi is really down on her luck. The love of her life died and her rebound turned out to be an abusive relationship. She lost her job and now must move out of the apartment that she shared with her love. All of this leads Lexi to Bottoms Up in the middle of the day.
Bottoms Up is a bar whose bartender has a reputation for making drinks with sexual names. Justin wants nothing more than to use his drinks to help Lexi heal her broken heart. He can tell from the moment she walks into the bar that she has been through a lot. Will Lexi be able to let go of her past?
I enjoyed this story tremendously. Lexi is basically rediscovering herself with Justin’s help. I liked both characters really well and enjoyed their story. The drink recipes throughout the book were a nice plus.
Rating: 4 stars
Kate Deveaux is a contemporary erotic romance writer and die-hard romantic author of sexy romance with heroines who are no shrinking violets and heroes who make your heart skip a beat. A former wedding planner, Kate has always been “in love” with love! When Kate is not busy writing, she can be found on the tennis court –yes, there’s even ‘love’ in that game too. 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #3

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is a freebie so I’ve chosen Top Ten Books I Had to Have but Haven’t Read Yet. There are a bunch of books that I could add to this but I thought I would just put the ten that I hope to read in the next few months.

1.Blind Landing by Carrie Aarons
2. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
3. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
6. Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
7. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
8. Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer
9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
10. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel #CoverReveal

I’m super excited to be able to share with you all the cover for Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel. This is a book that I am very much looking forward to and can’t wait to read.

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

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Connect with Meg Kassel

Website // Twitter // Goodreads

Winter’s Respite Readathon Progress

I meant to post this update yesterday and never got around to it. My daughter started day care this morning so I’ve been getting everything ready for that. Here’s how the last week has gone.

2/6 books
360/6000 pages
Read:
  • Wild Poppy by Vivian Winslow
  • Masquerade with the Master by Lili Valente
Currently Reading:
  • The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
Other Options:
  • Bottoms Up by Kate Deveaux
  • Heart Breaker by Stacey Kennedy
  • Black Widow by Lauren Runow
  • When a Rake Falls by Sally Orr
  • The Bartender by Piper Rayne