Snowfall and Secrets by Kierra Quinn #BlogTour #Review

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SNOWFALL AND SECRETS
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Kierra Quinn
Releasing March 6th, 2016
Tess escapes from Florida with a secret as big as Miami. She needs to find someplace to lay low and be on hide from her overbearing family. Mackinac Island, Michigan, should be the perfect place to hide out. However, her timing is a little off, it’s the dead of winter and she’s never been in temperatures below fifty degrees.
Just her luck, her landlord, Lukas, is as hot as the sun. He’s also moody and hiding secrets as well. Which suits Tess fine. A man is the last complication she needs. A Michigan blizzard leaves them trapped in the same house together and things heat up, fast. Tess finds herself falling for Lukas, in spite of the secrets that could ruin everything before it even begins.
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Kierra Quinn and her husband Michael love to travel the world together. From the hills of Scotland to the beaches of Thailand, their wanderlust takes them on adventures all over the world. But their favorite corner of the Earth is their home on Nova Scotia,  that they share with their two Dobermans, Calcifer and Turnip. Kierra dyes hair by day and at night she loses herself in the worlds of her romance novels. She loves to cook, binge watch Netflix, and cuddle up with her boys and watch storms roll in over the ocean.
I loved this book so much! The pace was perfect for the type of romance and it really resonated with me. I felt bad for Tess when she first moved to Michigan and didn’t have clothes that were warm enough. I live in Mississippi so I wouldn’t know how to dress that warmly either!
I hurt for Lukas when I found out about his ex and his kids. Tess was trying to run from something that you can’t escape from and ended up running toward Lukas. I don’t know how she managed to think when he was around. Their secrets were so real and it made it easy to connect with them.
I loved Estelle and her meddling. It was so sweet that Lukas had an older lady looking out for him. I would definitely recommend this book.
Rating: 4 stars

Tess had made a lot of mistakes in her short life. She thought she got it of her system after high school, but apparently at twenty-five, she was still as dumb as she was at eighteen. Maybe more. This was definitely the stupidest thing she’d ever done.

After the plane touched down on the nearly frozen northern Michigan runway, she turned her phone on and discovered twenty messages from her mother and four sisters. They all said the same thing.

“Come home.”

She’d lived in Southern Florida her entire life. But she had to get away from there. Though she sure picked a crappy time of year. The second week of January wasn’t exactly smart.

Passengers at the tiny airport disembarked down a stairway instead of into the airport. As she stepped off the plane, she knew she made not one big mistake, but two. Prior to this moment, she’d never been in weather under forty degrees. This was probably below zero. She wasn’t prepared for cold like this.

The wind bit at her face and hands as she ran for the airport. She had gloves on, but they were useless against the chill. Lost in thought, she waited for her bags. She would need to stop at a store to get a better coat before she headed to the island. Never mind that she blew most of her savings on the best winter weather gear she could find in Miami, which wasn’t the place to buy for a Michigan winter.

A hand tapped her on the shoulder. She turned and found herself having to look up at a man with chiseled features. She sucked in a breath. She always had a weakness for tall, dark, and handsome.

“Are you Tess?” he asked.

She nodded. If this was her boss, she was in so much trouble.

“Are you Dr. Jorgenson?”

He chuckled. “No, I’m Lukas, and I’m a little young to be the superintendent of a school. Doc doesn’t leave the island during the winter. I’m your landlord.”

She nearly burst out laughing. She was so in for it.

“How’d you recognize me?” she asked.

“You’re the only one not dressed for the weather. Doc said you were from Florida, but I thought you’d have more sense than this.”

Tess wore a wool coat over a sweater dress, ankle length leggings, and knee high black boots. She was more covered than she’d ever been in Florida. Yet she was still freezing.

Before she could answer, he continued speaking.

“Do you have a heavier coat and gloves in your suitcase?”

Tess shook her head. “I bought the best I could find.”

He frowned. “The shops are closed. You’ll have to come back to the mainland later and get more gear. In the meantime, you’re gonna lose a couple of fingers. Seriously, are those the only gloves you have?”

She nodded and looked down at her thin gloves that matched her dress. She had four other pairs, but they were all the same kind, and trying to layer them didn’t make much sense. She knew he was right; her fingers were in danger

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12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla #CoverReveal


12 Hours in Paradise
Kathryn Berla
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: April 19th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love…
It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit—attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever.
Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still…
Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence.
With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out—Dorothy, by her parents; Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call—he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences?
When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?

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Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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ONCE KISSED
An O’Brien Family Novel #1
Cecy Robson
Released Nov 3rd, 2015
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Once they shared a night of passion. Now a chance encounter forces them back together. In the O’Brien Family series debut two total opposites find that the flames of desire are still smoldering.

Tough-as-steel cop Curran O’Brien is quickly rising through the ranks of the Philadelphia police department. But when his rookie partner is almost killed under his watch, Curran just wants to prove he still has what it takes to walk among Philly’s finest. So he’s pissed to be stuck on a cushy security assignment for the DA’s office . . . until he gets a good look at the sweet, straitlaced intern he’s supposed to protect—but not touch.

Tess Newart recognizes Curran instantly. How could she not? Back in college she tied this former frat boy to the bed with her argyle socks! That sizzling one-night stand was the only indiscretion Tess ever allowed herself. She has survived law school so far, despite being pushed to succeed by her overbearing father. Now that she’s interning on a major case against a ruthless crime boss, she won’t jeopardize her career by giving in to temptation again. She just never expected temptation to look so damn hot in uniform.

Tess knows her father has other plans for her, and they don’t include Curran. But soon she’s falling for him all over again. And when danger emerges, Curran will prove just how good a bad-boy cop can be.

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“Make room on your list of book boyfriends for Curran O’Brien! This bad-boy cop is fiercely protective of the feisty Tess, and the sexual tension between these two is off the charts!”USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne

“[Cecy] Robson’s O’Brien family has the hottest brothers ever! . . . It’s impossible not to keep your fingers crossed for an HEA, but the author knows exactly what she’s doing as readers hold their breath during this roller-coaster ride of passion.”RT Book Reviews

“If you love a hot alpha male with a badge, you’ll love Cecy Robson’sOnce Kissed.”New York Times bestselling author Claudia Connor

“A delightful and sensual read with a cheeky hero and a sharp heroine.”Heroes and Heartbreakers
 
“A riotous hit.”—Addicted to Happily Ever After
 
“Robson proves once again that she can sweep us off our feet with a fun, romantic tale. . . . [Once Kissed] is another must-read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.”—Rainy Day Ramblings
 
“[Robson] truly is a talented writer who never ceases to amaze me with her words.”—My Guilty Obsession

Cecy Robson is the New Adult and Contemporary author of the Shattered Past series, the O’Brien Family novels, and the award winning author of the Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song, despi4e her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the South, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.


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Undefeated by Claudia Burgoa #CoverReveal

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Unexpected Series #5
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Release Date: April 1, 2016

Porter 
“Porter, only you can help yourself. We’re here to guide you, but we can’t take you to the next level if you refuse to work.” 
…there’s nothing they can do for me. 

No matter what I tell them, what I do or whom I talk to, my woman is gone, my kid is dead, my career is over and the only family that loved me, now despises me. 

I was once the nation’s biggest musical sensation. An International heartthrob. Now, I’m a skeleton of a life I once lived. 

Porter Kendrick: the man, the myth, the legend. 

A fallen branch of the Colthurst-Decker dynasty. 

The demons of my past haunt me. Do I have the strength and will power to put them to rest? Can anyone really have it all?   

Mackenzie 
Love is a four-letter word more powerful than the energy of the sun. Love can move mountains. Love can conquer all. But there’s also the other side of the story, the sad truth. Love can destroy. Once, there was this boy I met with a set of amber eyes and a bright smile who took my breath away. It wasn’t love at first sight. No, we fell in love slowly, through the day-to-day contact. 

Leonard Brooke promised to be my prince charming, as long as I could save him when he needed me. No other man could make me feel strong, safe, loved, and cherished. 

But Leonard Brooke died, leaving me to figure out how to handle the grief of his loss. Inside though I’m incomplete. Broken. 

My sassy-fiery daughter, and my creative-sweet son are who keep me afloat. Trying to find a new normal without the love of my life, I head to Oregon. Leaving behind our old life and dreams. 

Am I strong enough to start over? Can I turn my back on the only man I’ve loved?   


 

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One More Shameless Night by Lili Valente #Review

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One More Shameless Night (Dirty Twisted Love, Book 4)
Lili Valente
Release date: March 4th
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Warning: This book is one fast and furious, danger-laced, HOT as hell Happily Ever After. Come along with Harley and Clay for One More Shameless night. Clay Hart may not work for the FBI anymore, but he has all the shady connections he needs to make sure no one f*&ks with his family. He’ll be keeping a close eye on his wife, son, and newborn baby to make sure their trip to visit Harley’s sister goes off without a hitch. It’s been a year since the party that almost ended Harley’s life, but when her sister offers to babysit so that she and Clay can attend a Midsummer soiree, Harley jumps at the chance. What better way to put dark memories behind her than with a steamy date night with her hot as hell husband? But old enemies are lurking in the shadows, just waiting for the Hart family to drop their guard. Will Harley and Clay live to see the midsummer sun rise? Or will their first date night after the birth of their second child be their last? Alert: ONE MORE SHAMELESS NIGHT is a standalone novella in the Dirty Twisted Love series. It can be read separately, but is best enjoyed after reading books 1-3. Features appearances from Jackson and Hannah from the Bought by the Billionaire series.

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This is the first book I have read by Lili Valente and I was impressed. I will admit I was a little lost about some things but that was because I haven’t read the first three books in this series. I will be rectifying that soon though. 

I was entranced from the beginning. I wanted to know what happened next and couldn’t put the book down. Since this is a short read being a novella, I was able to read it all in one sitting. If I hadn’t been able to, I think I would have had anxiety until I could read the rest! 

There was a really steamy scene that shows why Lili Valente is known for erotica. There is also a good amount of suspense that had me on edge. It was an excellent read. 

Rating: 5 stars

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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

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Second Chances by Emma Nichols #BlogTour #Review

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Release Date: February 29, 2016

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For as long as he could remember, Sebastian had been cursed. It began with the tragic death of his parents when he inherited the modern art gallery. It continued every day when he looked in the mirror and saw a monster where a man should be. He’d tried everything without success. Then he happened upon her, his cure, the one who could give him a second chance at life, love and happiness. After years of repairing what her father destroyed during his drunken rampages, opening a shop for repurposed and redesigned furniture seemed a natural progression for Marisa. When Sebastian hired her, she finally had a chance to get paid to do what she’d done for years for free. It seemed like a win, until he proposed. The moment they met, Sebastian was drawn to her. Of course, losing everything in thirty days if he didn’t marry was a huge incentive. So he asked and she refused. An experienced negotiator, he never gave up when he had his heart set on something. For Marisa, marriage wasn’t on the table and love wasn’t negotiable. Still, always quick to see the best in others, she looked at him and saw a project, her ultimate redesign. Maybe even Sebastian deserved a second chance. second chances want teaser

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What made her decide to be a romance author? Simple. How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career? Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn’t believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life’s cliché moments spicy. Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.

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Second Chances is a beautiful story about two people trying to fix their broken lives. Sebastian lost his parents at the age of fourteen and was told that to keep the gallery and mansion he would have to marry by his 25th birthday. There are thirty days remaining when he meets Marissa.

Marissa lost her mother at a young age and her father is an angry drunk who destroys things when he’s in one of his moods. Marissa has always cleaned up after him and doesn’t exactly stand up for herself. Both Sebastian and Marissa must overcome their past to have any sort of happy future. Together they are able to do just that but it takes a lot of trust.

There were hints of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella throughout this book. I thought it was a perfect way to do a modern sort of retelling of these stories. Second Chances is full of hope and love. I highly recommend reading it.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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Harley by Michelle Jo Quinn #BlogTour #Review

Harley by Michelle Jo Quinn
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication Date: January 19th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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All of her life, Cadence “Cade” Williams has been lied to…
With her ailing father on his deathbed, a whispered secret sends Cadence’s life into a tailspin. Determined to either confirm or debunk her father’s claim, she sets out on a mission to grow close to the only man with evidence to set things straight. To do that, Cadence earns a position in an elite security firm owned by her father’s old army buddy, Noah “Mac” Mackinley.

Mac is the only man who could hold the evidence to support her father’s claims…
But first, she must prove herself worthy of Mac’s trust and get close enough to find the truth. Her first mission is to watch over an eight-year old girl, Harley Clark. 

Harley is not an ordinary girl. She’s the daughter of a rock star…
Despite her fragile appearance, Harley has tenacity and brilliance like nothing Cade has ever seen. To everyone’s surprise-including her own-Cade forms an unlikely friendship with the beautiful wallflower.

Her first assignment just became more interesting…
When Harley’s rock star father, Jax Clark, enters the scene, Cade can’t deny the instant attraction for the self-proclaimed bad boy. Tattoos, piercing eyes, and a raspy voice that sends thousands of fans into a screaming frenzy, he’s more than just a heartthrob. Worse, Jax starts to pay her more attention than she expects. She’s faced with a choice-get lured in by the celebrity world and lose any chance of finding out the truth, or stick to the plan and avoid Jax at all costs to earn Mac’s trust.
Author Bio

Michelle’s love for writing blossomed when her father gave her a diary. However, instead of recounting her daily life, she wrote stories of fictional people. Like most of her characters, she believes in Happily Ever After. Naturally, she finds harmony in writing romance.

An unabashed, self-proclaimed foodie, Michelle loves to try new food whenever she travels. She once had triple creme Brie and duck rillette for lunch on top of Grouse Mountain. She enjoys watching foreign films and reading a good book by the fireside. 
Michelle is an active member of RWA and several of its chapters. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids. 
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This was such a great book. I couldn’t put it down. Harley was by far my favorite character. She is an eight-year-old who has had to deal with a lot of crap from her parents, mainly her mother. She also has a heart condition that causes her to collapse if she gets too stressed out. Her mother, Fiona, definitely brings the most stress to her life and does more harm than good. 

Jax finally decided that he should be a real dad to Harley.  He is able to get full custody of her since Fiona decided she doesn’t want Harley unless she can use her to get to Jax. Because of Harley’s heart condition, Jax decides to hire a bodyguard specifically for Harley. This is where Cade comes in. 

From the beginning, Cade was a great influence on Harley. It was awesome to see Harley come out of her shell and feel like she could finally trust someone. Harley considered Cade a friend and was planning a way to get her to be with Jax. The chemistry between Jax and Cade was instantaneous but Cade refused to give in to it since she worked for Jax. I was rooting for them to be together the entire time. 

I really enjoyed how Jax and Harley’s relationship grew as the book went on. It was wonderful to know that Jax really did love Harley and thought she was the best thing to happen to him. I’m a sucker for dads who love their kids and this did not disappoint. 

Rating: 5 stars