Monday, August 31, 2015

ARC Review: Consumed by You - Travis & Cara's Story by Lauren Blakely

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We are completely thrilled to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Lauren Blakely's CONSUMED BY YOU! CONSUMED BY YOU is the third standalone novel from Lauren’s New York Times bestselling Romance Series, Fighting Fire! This passionate, high-heat fireman romance series is a three-book series about sexy fireman and the women they love and is being published through Entangled Brazen. Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories --one commonality in all her books is the scorching hot sexy times. And CONSUMED BY YOU is absolutely no different! CONSUMED BY YOU is the next book in the red-hot Fighting Fire Series and is Travis and Cara’s sexy love story.



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Consumed by You (Fighting Fire #3) by Lauren Blakely

*Part of a series but can be read as standalone*

Cara Bailey has wanted Travis to be “the one” since they dated in high school. But they never could seem to make anything stick. Over the years as they would see each other through college and visits back to her hometown, they would have a few hot one night stands but then go their separate ways. Cara could never get him out of her head or her heart. 
Travis was crystal clear he didn’t do relationships, but he was always up for some hot sex with a beautiful girl and Cara was the one he kept going back to. He wants her, but he stays away when she comes back to town to live for good he knows she deserves better than what he can offer. 
Then Cara changes the rules and decides she wants to have Travis fulfill all of her sexual fantasies in an attempt to get him out of her system. Travis is game, maybe he can get her out of his system too. But when the fire of their desire for each other continues to burn hot will either of them be able to walk away and not get burned.
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This was a book that was an absolute pleasure to read from the first line--

 “The dress she wore was pure torture. " 

I recently read that a good book should capture the reader’s attention from the first line and this book definitely did just that. 

The chemistry between Cara and Travis was blazing, fitting since Travis is a fireman. I love it when a couple really works well together. Though they both try to deny their feelings throughout the book it all played well together and kept me glued to the page. The reading flow was just right making for a very well written story. The background characters played an important part in getting Cara and Travis to realize they belonged together. I especially like when his mother pretty much smacks him upside the head when he reveals why he avoids relationships. Leave it to a mom to get a man to open his eyes and see the terrific woman in front of him.

The banter and sense of humor that Cara and Travis shared throughout the book was fun and exciting to read. 
The sex scenes were scorching hot, Travis knows how to keep a girl satisfied why would Cara want anyone else.  Gotta love a man that’s good at dirty talk making it sexy and not cheesy. 

“Does that sweet, sexy way you say my name mean you’re about ready to come on my tongue?” he asked, giving her the dirtiest of dirty looks.

Lauren Blakely does an excellent job developing the characters and breathing real life into the story. Cara and Travis were a real and believable couple. 
I will definitely go back and read the other two books in the series.  This is my first read of a Lauren Blakely story but it most definitely will not be my last. 

*RECEIVED AN ARC FROM NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

Excerpt

But tonight, my God, it felt like anything could happen, and everything should happen. Maybe that’s what years of longing could do to a woman. She tried to concentrate on her mission—turning the tables on him, putting one over on the guys and their bet. But that motivation was growing muted and fuzzy as their bodies collided and he dropped his forehead against hers.

“I’ve been thinking about you all night,” he whispered hotly.

“What have you been thinking?” she asked, the breathiness in her voice betraying how damn much she wanted him.

He didn’t answer right away. In the span of his silence, she imagined he’d give her a sweet line, because even when they were younger, he was a talker in moments like this, always telling her she was hot, he loved touching her, that sort of thing. But it was no rote compliment that fell from his lips.

His answer was simple.

“Red.”

“Red what?”

“I’ve been wondering if red was a theme for you tonight.

If it extended across your entire wardrobe.”

She trembled, turning into putty in his hands at the implication. Damn, a few enticing words, and she was ready to launch herself at him. “You have some very interesting thoughts, Travis.”

“Oh, you don’t even know the half of it,” he said in a husky voice, low in her ear, the words sending a burst of tingles down her spine, settling between her legs in a sweet ache.

“Well, you were standing there drinking beer and thinking about my clothes. That’s a little odd,” she said, teasing him.

He yanked her body harder against him. “Did I say I was thinking about your clothes?” He wrenched back to look her in the eyes. His were full of dark intent, as if his filthy thoughts were written on them for her to read. He dipped his head to her neck, his warm breath on her bare skin. She shivered from the closeness, from the connection.

“Then tell me what you were thinking about,” she said.

“All I could do was imagine what you had on underneath this dress,” he said, fingering the slim strap on her shoulder. “And if that was red, too. If you were going to let me find out.”


Praise for CONSUMED BY YOU:

"A seductive tale of bets and propositions that will ignite your senses and warm your heart." - Patricia at A Literary Perusal

"This book was amazing!! Cara and Travis are awesome together! They can go from friendly joking to smoldering lovers in the blink of an eye. A 5-Star Read!" - Book Lovers Obsession

"I totally loved Consumed by You. It was an amazing book about second chances, about finding and fighting for what you want in life, about sexy deals and, of course, about how easy is to fall in love with a firefighter as awesome as Travis Jansen, my new addition to the book boyfriend collection." - Angelica at Collector of Book Boyfriends

"The intensity that flows between Travis and Cara not only consumes them, but the reader as well." - Liz's Reading Life



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ABOUT CONSUMED BY YOU:

A sexy romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She’s playing with fire…

Dog trainer Cara Bailey wants to find “the one,” but fantasizing about her sexy-as-hell client, firefighter Travis Jansen, is getting in the way. Her only option? Get the confirmed bachelor out of her system-in every position possible-so she can settle down with Mr. Right. Starting right now.

Travis doesn’t do relationships, so no matter how badly he wants the pretty little brunette, he keeps his distance. Until Cara goes and changes the game. She’ll fulfill all of his fantasies if he agrees to walk away when it’s over. But when the wildfire between them blazes out of control, it will consume everything-and everyone-in its path….

CONSUMED BY YOU is a full-length, standalone romance novel that follows Travis and Cara’s scorching story.

 And don’t miss the first two titles in the Fighting Fire series!
Burn For Me

BURN FOR ME

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MELT FOR HIM



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About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had eight books on the New York Times Bestseller list and thirteen on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire. She recently released SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the first novel in her new sexy romance series Sinful Nights that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her new adult forbidden romance, 21 Stolen Kisses, hit e-readers in May and landed on the USA Today Bestseller list. This summer she'll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).


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COVER REVEAL: INSIDE MY PAIN BY STACI LEE (PREQUEL TO THE BROKEN SERIES)

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Inside my pain by Staci Lee (Prequel to the Broken series)


Inside My Pain (Prequel to the Broken Series)
Synopsis -
The second installment of The Broken Series takes you back before Cam and Skyla meet. This is the story of how Cam met Skyla’s father and how he came to find out her secret. Inside My Pain will tell you where Cam came from and the struggles he is trying to overcome.  
Before he finds himself on the road that leads to Skyla.
While reading this book, you may find yourself inside someone else’s dreams.
You might just find your twin flame; Two connecting souls that will find each other.
Have you found your twin flame?


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Broken, book 1 in the Broken Series
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Skyla wanted to be an ordinary girl, but all her life she’s been called a freak. She absorbs the impact of negative emotions from others around her. Could it have anything to do with her glowing violet eyes?
Plagued with nightmares after her father's death, Skyla is struggling with the monsters that invade her mind and body. She wants to be an average girl and do normal things...with the only guy that could ground her, so she doesn’t feel out of control.
Cam, the hot new guy that lives in Skyla’s apartment building, is dying to get near her. He can feel the pull between them, but he doesn’t want to scare her off with what he knows could help her. Is Cam the only one that can curb this appetite of sensitivity and keep her from becoming emotionally unstable?
Or will her emotions be too much and she will remain broken and unloved?


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Author Bio –  Stace Lee
Stace wrote her firstbook a year ago. She was laid off from her job and took this opportunity to finish a story that is close to her heart. Not only does she listen to music as she writes, she also attempts to write songs to those stories. Although she would like to sing these songs, she’s pretty sure she should stick to just writing them.
While she’ll always be a Missouri girl, she now lives on the West Coast in the state of Washington with her Husband and two daughters. If she’s not writing and listening to music, you can find her reading in her bed or working full time. Yep, she went back to work and attempts to juggle her time with friends, family, concerts, trips, book events and writing. All the things she loves!

Release Blitz: August - Calendar Girl by Audrey Carlan







Title: August
Series: Calendar Girl #8
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher: Waterhouse Press
 Release Date: August 31, 2015

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Pretending. I’ve always been good at pretending.

Being someone else is easy, and that ability has served me well these last seven months.

This time, I’ve been hired to be the long lost sister of oil tycoon, and down to earth cowboy, Maxwell Cunningham. Recently, Maxwell’s father passed away and in his last Will and Testament he dropped a bomb no one saw coming.

One of the richest men in the world, left forty-nine percent of his company to a sister my client never knew he had. A woman named Mia Saunders.

Maxwell has a year to find this sister or he loses almost half of his empire to a greedy board of investors. Somehow, he found me and here I am.

Sharing in family dinners, pretending to be someone I’m not and fooling bigwigs left and right. Only I’m finding myself falling in love with a family I can never have. One that will hurt to leave.

Stetsons, soul-searching, and sisterly duty all come into a sharp tangle with twists and turns I never saw coming.
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In the eighth book of the Calendar Girl serial, Mia is sent to Dallas, Texas. Still on her mission to save her father, she is hired to be the long lost sister of Maxwell Cunningham, one of the newly richest men in America.

Each installment in the Calendar Girl Serial will release every month throughout 2015. The stories will feature Mia’s journey as an escort to twelve clients in twelve different locations.

Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.









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Audrey Carlan is an Amazon Best Selling Author
who writes erotic contemporary romances, such as the wildly popular
"Falling Series." She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the preciousthe vineyards.
She has been married to the love of her life for over 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis.
When she’s not writing, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, or doing yoga, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!

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Review: Sweet Child O' Mine (A Masters & Mercenaries #8.1 Novella) by Lexi Blake

Sweet Child O' Mine (Masters and Mercenaries, #8.1)Sweet Child O' Mine by Lexi Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is a little novella that Lexi Blake was kind enough to provide free to her readers via her newsletter.

I cannot say enough about this series it is truly my all time favorite series. I love every single one of the installments the novels, the novellas all of them.

Ian Taggart is a sexy alpha male dominate with a squishy center. He has created a motley crew of people that he calls family. He can pretend they annoy him all he wants, but they all know he can't live without any of them. Especially his wife.

Now Ian and the love of his life Charlotte are about to add twin baby girls to the ever growing McKay/Taggart family.

I was never so excited to read 33 pages. From the first line to the last I laughed, I cried, I smiled at all of Ian's sarcastic comments.

Ian is treated to a few heart to hearts that left a lump in my throat and tears streaming down my face. Between Sean, Case and Alex they all had Ian getting emotional and in touch with his inner touchy feely side.

The moment Ian holds one of his daughters for the first time was magical. The name he picks "Kala" and the mysterious meaning is so Ian I loved it.

"Loving Charlie had made him a man, but these girls made him a father, and that was so much more."

Once again Lexi Blake knocks it out of the park with this series and in only 33 pages.

Absolutely love this series, each installment is better than the first. As a huge fan of Ian Taggart I could not have asked for anything more.




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Release Boost: Take A Chance by Micalea Smeltzer




Title: Take a Chance
Series: Willow Creek #4
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
 Release Date: August 25, 2015

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I had life all figured out.

Married with a baby on the way I stupidly believed that things were perfect.


But then the good guy I fell in love with turned out to not be as good as I thought.


I was left alone to pick up the pieces of my life and provide for my daughter.


And then I met him.


Hayes.


The bad boy that just might not be so bad.

Three years after her husband walked out on her Arden James is struggling to make ends meet as a single mom. Despite it all, she knows she’s better off with her ex out of the picture, and so is her daughter.

Josh Hayes—player, jokester, and very naughty boy—is the guitar player for the band Willow Creek. He’s used to living the fast life, but suddenly it doesn’t appeal to him anymore, and he has his sights set on the fiery Arden.




Despite their undeniable chemistry, Arden isn’t sure she wants to invite a man into her life that has never been in a committed relationship before. But Hayes is determined to prove to her that there’s more to him than meets the eye. He just needs Arden to take a chance.







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Micalea Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia.
She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family.





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Cover Reveal: Sentenced by L.L. Collins








Title: Sentenced
Author: L.L. Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance
Cover Design: Marisa-Rose Shor with Cover Me, Darling
 Release Date: October/November 2015 (TBD)

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THE BAD BOY: I’m Johnny. An ex-con with a bad attitude and a controlling demeanor that somehow made the women flock to my bed but never my heart. It was unavailable for possession.

THE TEMPTATION: She was just supposed to be a two day hookup. But one taste of her and I knew I was in danger of never getting enough. She has her own demons to contend with, and dealing with my own was hard enough. I won’t allow temptation to take control of me.




THE SENTENCE: I'd given myself a life sentence a long time ago, and she made me want things I wouldn't allow myself to have. Giving into it just might destroy us both.



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L.L. Collins loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and two boys, reading, and writing. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true in the self-publishing world. She's the author of the Living Again Series and the Twisted Series, plus a new standalone, Back to the Drawing Board. Visit LL on her website, www.llcollinsauthor.com and on all social media. Look for more of her emotionally charged novels soon!

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Book Boost: Broken Promises - The Broken Road Series, Book 2 by Melissa Huie




Title: Broken Promises
Series: The Broken Road #2
Author: Melissa Huie
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Release Date: August 27, 2015





Blurb


The Sequel to the sexy, suspenseful novel The Broken Road.

“Not a day had gone by that I didn’t dream about Shane, that one day he would come home to us. I imagined that our days would be filled with long talks and moments of reconnection, and our nights would be full of hot, sweaty sex. But things weren’t going the way I had imagined. Baby steps, Megan. He just needs to adjust. I couldn’t change the past and we would have to take things in stride. We couldn’t be the same couple we once were, not overnight.”

When Shane Turner shows up at Megan Connors’s carport one rainy night, Megan thinks she’s dreaming. The man who has held her heart since high school, and the father of her unborn child, is supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion at a safe house. But somehow Shane has survived, and Megan believes that with him home safely and their baby on the way, they will finally get their happy ending.

But it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems. Shane is home, but he’s brought some demons back with him, demons that Megan can’t fight alone. Shane is a haunted man, plagued by paranoia and distrust. He believes that danger threatens their lives at every turn, and it is tearing their life together apart.

In this compelling sequel to The Broken Road, Shane must deal with the present and the future, with the cartel—and himself. Megan must protect her family and, when the time comes, must make the ultimate decision.

Will Shane and Megan have their happily ever after, or will it just be another broken promise?












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“Good morning,” he said, his voice still thick with sleep. He wrapped his muscular arms around my belly from behind me, the evidence of his arousal pressed against the small of my back. My breath caught and my heart quickened as he nuzzled the sensitive spot under my ear. Just this one simple act had my core pulsing with liquid heat. His hands roamed north, barely grazing my belly, and tenderly kneaded my swollen breasts. Moaning, I tilted my head up toward his and caught his searing lips with mine.

Abandoning the pan in front of me, I turned and threw my arms around his neck. Passion fueled my body as our lips frantically mashed together. Our tongues clashed, dueling over the right to invade the other’s mouth. Shane’s hands cupped my behind, then gripped hard as he led me over to the table. He swept aside the napkins and papers that covered it and lifted me onto the smooth surface.

Red colored my vision as my primal need took over. Shane pulled off my bathrobe at the same moment I yanked down his sweatpants. My mouth watered at the size of his erection and I eagerly stroked his throbbing, rigid shaft. His head rolled back and he groaned at my touch. There was a time for cuddling and foreplay, but this wasn’t it. His hazel eyes smoldered, and he desperately ripped the thin material of my cotton underwear right out from under me. Craving his touch, his body, his heat against mine, I leaned back on my elbows and gave him the opening he wanted.








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Melissa grew up in Maryland by the Chesapeake Bay, where her favorite memories took place near the water. Now she lives near Washington, D.C. with her family, dog, and a lot of fish. In between the chaos of laundry, chasing after her three children and trying not to burn dinner, Melissa continues to find her escape by feeding her addiction of reading and writing about love, suspense, and sarcasm.



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