Sunday, December 17, 2017

Reviews by Marina & Jackie: When in Rome by CJ Duggan


What's the saying again . . . when in Rome, do a Roman?

How did a self-orchestrated gap year turn into a less-than-enthralling lifestyle as a couch potato at her parents' house? Determined to get motivated and join life again, Sammi Shorten books a budget Bellissimo Tour to Rome, the Eternal City. What she hadn't signed up for was being stuck with an eclectic group of binge-drinking foreigners in a bed-bug-infested hostel from hell. Things in Rome really couldn't get much worse . . . could they?

When plans go completely awry Sammi's left with only one place to turn, and it's the one place Sammi really doesn't want to turn - to the man who might very well get her into the worst trouble of all: the gorgeous local tour guide, Marcello Bambozzi.

WHEN IN ROME is the fourth standalone book in CJ Duggan's sassy, sexy new adult series, Heart of the City.

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This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it!
Sammi heads to Italy on a spur of the moment trip! This book made me reminisce about my trip to Italy many years ago! It also reminded me of one of my favourite movies, 'Under the Tuscan sun’.
A beautiful holiday story that will draw you in...make you want to travel.
Sammi was a great character, true to herself and not wanting to really settle for the meager accommodations of her tour. Little did she know that when she meets the gorgeous Marcello, that things may go awry. OH boy, a dilemma happens and what can she do but wait it out. Experience life in the Italian way. This story just tugged at my heart and I fell in love with Marcello, and the things that happened in the story. I wanted to read so much more...but I'm glad to see it ended how it did.
Does Sammi find her way back home?? Is her heart intact?? Or has she left it in Rome??
Read it to find out. This is a real feel good read!!
Paperback Copy received from Hachette Au.


This is the first book I have read by C.J Duggan and it certainly won’t be the last, when you start a series at book 4 and you give it 4.5 Stars I think that tells you what a great series you have stumbled on. This author bought Rome to life, she describes it perfectly and you feel like you are right there with the characters experiencing life as only Italians can.
Sammie needs a break so she takes a gap year and books herself on a tour to Rome but things don’t go to plan and she finds herself stuck in a hotel with no reason to stay... well that was until she met the hot Italian stranger named Marcello.
If you love steamy romance and cities that come to life this is a must read, I need to go back and read the other books in this series before the next one comes out because I’m sure I will fall in love with every character and every city C.J. Duggan writes about.

Paperback copy received from Hachette Australia for review.

C.J Duggan is an Internationally Number One Best Selling Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90's pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful New Adult Romance Series.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Blog Tour: Love So Wild by Marquita Valentine

Love So Wild, an all-new contemporary romance from Marquita Valentine is available now!
Love So Wild by Marquita Valentine Genre: Contemporary Romance Publishing Date: December 13th, 2017
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Pilot Elijah Lawson always knew he’d return to Jessamine, marry a hometown girl and settle into very predictable life. After all, he made promises to his parents that once he’d gotten his fill of adventure that he would do exactly that… and Eli was a man of his word. Only he's never been able to get the bewitching redhead he’d fallen hard for two years earlier out of his head and he’s afraid that no woman in Jessamine will ever measure up.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop his family from trying to set him up with every single woman in town… until Skye Holland shows up on his doorstep.
The only reason Skye Holland moved back to North Carolina was so she could do the right thing for her one year old son. A boy, after all, needed his father, while she… she simply needed a fresh start. But first, she has to let Eli know that their red-hot affair had consequences. Consequences she has no intentions of repeating, no matter how many old feelings come rushing to the surface when they’re together.
Too bad for Skye that Elijah has other ideas and he’s not going to let this second chance at love get away again.
She rushed out of the kitchen before anyone could stop her, going as fast as she could without breaking into a run. But by the time she got to her room, Elijah had caught up. He grabbed her by the arm and pushed her inside, closing the door behind them. “Mind telling me what that was all about?” he asked, even as sparks of desire tripped up and down her arm from where their skin touched. Did he feel it, too? “I was only stating the truth,” she insisted. “Your truth is to tell us that we shouldn’t bother getting to know you because all that matters is Miles?” She closed her eyes for a moment. “Of course, he’s all that matters. I stopped mattering as soon as he was born!” “Well, that’s not how we do things in this family. You matter just as much."
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Second chance romance and a man with family values what more could you ask for, well in Love so Wild you get all of that and more. 
Elijah last saw Skye nearly two years ago so when she turns up on his doorstep with a baby she claims is his son he is surprised to say the least but he only needs to take one look at Miles to realise he really is his son and from that moment on he is determined to make them a family because he never really got over the love he had for Skye, timing wasn’t  right first time around,maybe it right this time. Skye doesn’t want to be a family, she doesn’t believe in families and HEA but if that’s really the case why did she bring Miles to his father, Elijah decides he needs to  chip away at the barrier she has put up and hope that he can win her around. 
A quick read but this book still has plenty going on, I loved the characters and I loved the storyline. Great read.

Why have I not read this author before? Love So Wild is a quick read which had me from the first page. Although part of a series, I was able to dive in and enjoy without getting lost which is not always possible.

Elijah Lawson always knew he would return to his home town, what he didn’t count on is that he would leave his heart behind with Skye Holland the woman who left him despite their chemistry being off the charts.

Fast forward and Elijah is shocked to find out that not only is Skye Holland in Jessamine, but that they in fact have a son together.

Skye is determined that Elijah should get to know his son but she doesn’t want to take up where they left off, however she doesn't count on Elijah’s determination to get his woman; he has no intentions of letting this second chance at love and happiness slip by him.

Can Elijah help Skye to get over her fears of commitment? Or will she shatter his heart again? One click to find out.

The writing was excellent and I was drawn in from the start. I will be looking to read more from Ms.Valentine as soon as I can.

About the Author:
Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.
Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).
When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.
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Sale Blitz for A WHITE HOT CHRISTMAS by Rene Webb

Finding love at Christmas has never been this hot!
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 Title: A White Hot Christmas
Author: Rene Webb
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Length: 142 pages
Format: Digital/Paperback

“How the hell did I get here?”

It's Christmas morning, and June Evans is wondering how a solo vacation in search of a white Christmas has led her to having a hot and hard man moving between her trembling thighs.

Tom Allen, a mounted police officer, was meant to be spending a quiet holiday with his family, but a freak snowstorm traps him with what he wanted most this year, a chance at love.

Keeping warm has never been this hot!

Available at: Amazon

Excerpt One:
Walking towards the stairs, I’m met in the hallway by none other than Rude Hottie himself—who has somehow become even more gorgeous since the last time I saw him.
Today he is wearing a blue plaid flannel shirt under his open jacket, which makes his eyes even brighter than I remember them being. His short hair is messy from sleep, but he smiles, wide-awake and says cheerily, “Good morning.”
“Good morning,” I say, returning his smile. How could I not, when one look from him has me feeling completely jittery? Must be caffeine withdrawals since I haven’t had my coffee yet this morning. It’s the only sane explanation!
“Ladies first,” he says, indicating that I should descend the stairs in front of him.
I briefly wonder if it’s a ploy to be able to check out my ass on the way down.
I wish!
“Tom,” comes his odd announcement from behind me, which I’m guessing is his name.
Turning, I reply, “June,” and I am greeted by a grin that has me stumbling slightly and my body reacting like it has never done before. Clearly I’m still suffering from jetlag.
When we reach the doorway leading into the dinning room, he’s next to me. Stepping even closer, he whispers, “Mistletoe,” into my ear, and points to the weed hanging above us.
I’m too absorbed with how delicious he smells, like soap and sleepy warmth blended in a perfect masculine scent, to realize the meaning of what he’s saying.
Apparently Rude Hottie—no, Tom—is actually somewhat of a gentleman; although he could’ve completely ignored the tradition, he presses a gentle kiss on my cheek.
I come back to myself just as he begins to pull away. Turning my head, I catch his smiling lips with mine in an all too quick kiss.
“Merry Christmas,” he says, blushing. Then adds sincerely, “I’m sorry about yesterday. Friends?”
“Friends,” I barely breathe out, feeling like an idiot for being so affected by him.

Excerpt Two:
With Mary’s departure, Tom turns to me and inspects the jacket I’ve chosen. After stating it’s exactly what I need, we head towards the shoe department.
We don’t get far before Tom is grabbing my hand and backing me into the nearest dressing room so my back is against the mirror. He kicks the door closed behind him and stalks towards me with a hungry look on his face.
What I think is going to be a hard, possessive kiss is actually the exact opposite. He’s tentative, gentle, and if I had wanted to push him away, I had ample opportunity to. Instead, I weave my fingers into his hair and open up my mouth to further exploration.
We taste each other for several pleasure-filled minutes, until we’re both moaning softly.
Tom pulls away slowly, and we stare at each other. I’m sure our expressions mirror one another. Eyes glassy and hooded with pleasure. Mouths red and swollen from use.
“I’d say I was sorry, but I’m not,” he says hotly into my hair, still pressed tight against me.
“I’m not sorry either,” I say, holding tightly onto the belt loops of his jeans.
“Fuck, you have too many clothes on June Bug,” he says, and I can feel his excitement beginning to dig into my stomach.
I laugh nervously, moving my hands to his back as I say, “So do you, Cowboy.”
What the fuck?
Where did that come from?

Author Bio: 

Rene Webb, a former Catholic schoolgirl and child of the ‘80’s, is a recovering Soap Opera addict who grew up watching General Hospital. She became weary with the relentless drama and sought out stories with happy endings that lasted. Now, Rene is an contemporary romance author, where there is always a happily-ever-after!
A graduate of The George Washington University in Washington DC, 05’, with a BA in History. Rene went on to get her Masters in Film Studies, 09’, from Chapman University, Orange CA.
She founded and runs the book blog Lit. 4 Ladies (a joint venture with her sister) and has self-published both a novella and full-length contemporary romance novel.
Authors such as Jane Austen, Kristen Ashley, Cherise Sinclair, Sierra Cartwright, Donna Fletcher, Jennifer Ashley, and Bianca Giovanni have inspired her. They all create strong female characters, swoon-worthy men, and stories that leave their readers with the hope that you, too, will find your own H.E.A.!
Rene also enjoys reading, baking, seeing movies, going to museums, and spending time with her friends and family.
Rene lives in Arlington, VA.
You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon | Instagram | Pinterest

Blog Tour & Review by Christine: Bottom Line by Chelsea Camaron

Title: Bottom Line
Series: Devil's Due MC #6
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: November 30, 2017

Beaten at the hands of his peers, he knows judgment. The domino effect of one person's crime going unpunished never heals. 

He's no saint. 
Mitchell "Trapper" Gates fears nothing. He begs for death and relishes life on the edge. 
He's also not afraid to call himself a sinner. 
Trapper knows what it is to be violated and what it feels like to deliver a death blow. He knows love and he knows pain. 
However, one person knows his every secret. 
When Avery has waited long enough, can Trapper see beyond their past and into their future? Or is he too late?
Love, hate, anger, and passion collide as the time comes and the devil demands his due.
Twinsie Talks - "I have WAITED and WAITED for this book. OMG the secrets that are spilled. The story of Trapper and Avery is something I never saw coming."
Spunky-n-Sassy - "Never ever have I read a book this perfect."

Since starting the Devils Due series I think we all have been anxiously waiting for Trapper’s story. We were getting bits and pieces of his past through the first books in the series of who he was but OMG what a story he has to tell. How could you not love the broken boy who became the misunderstood man. And through all of the pain, he loved hard, made sacrifices and was able to find his way back.

Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.