Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review, Giveaway: Mason, Remington Ranch #1 by SJ McCoy



Mason Remington fell in love with his little brother's best friend, Gina, when she was still in high school. It seemed they'd found their forever early in life. But somehow it all went wrong. Now--ten years later--Gina's back in town. This time he doesn't intend to let her leave.

Mason spent the years he lost with Gina building a business, breeding and training horses, and helping keep his family's ranch going. Gina threw herself into a life in New York City where she has a career as a photographer…and a fiancĂ©.

Gina needs to sell the ranch where she grew up and move her dad to New York. When she returns to Paradise Valley to finally close that chapter of her life, the last person she wants to see is the man who broke her heart all those years ago.

Mason isn't going to let the only woman he's ever loved walk out of his life forever without explaining what went wrong. He never understood why she left. Now he has one last shot to make her stay.

This book is intended for adult readers aged 18+


Each Remington Ranch Romance can be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers here! Each book contains one couple's story. 






My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“He’d been her first.  “He’d told her he intended to be her last.  That she was his and always would be.”

“He hadn’t even asked her to marry him.  It had come up when he was helping her go through her books… He’d told her that they would both gain a significant tax break if they filed as married.  And that, for Liam at least, had been all it had taken to determine that they should – and would – get married.”

“Harsh as it was, this environment shaped them and defined them.  And just like the junipers, transplanting them elsewhere would slowly kill them.  At least that is how he felt.”

“You don’t love him, you love who you want him to be.”

“She kissed him as though she’d never forgotten how, as though the years in between them had never existed.”

“It felt right and familiar, yet new and exciting all at the same time.”

My Review:

I adore SJ McCoy’s writing style and plot lines, having read and delighted in most of her Summer Lake series.  Her stories are comfortable, easy to follow, insightful, deliciously steamy, and good for my heart.  Her men are definitely strong, successful, multi-talented, and take-charge alphas, yet they are also thoughtful, tender, caring, and love their women deeply.  Mason is my new BBF, and I can’t imagine any woman walking away from him, but Gina was being obstinate.  I thoroughly enjoyed the contrast between her city boyfriend – Liam - and Mason.  Ms. McCoy’s books often involve second and third chances at love, with protagonists who are trying to pull together and enjoy each other - rather than engaging in constant battle and high angst.  I was definitely in need of something lighter and softer, and Mason was a perfect fit, just like a large glass of my favorite wine.  And while I look forward to more of her Montana adventures, I think it is high time for a return trip to Summer Lake to check on some of Ms. McCoy’s other friends, it has been far too long, and I have missed this feeling of comfort and ease while reading. 

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About The Author

Hi, I'm SJ, a coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I'm a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can't write without coffee.

I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non fiction for many years. My life changed completely a couple of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape.

I write 'Sweet N Steamy' stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write.

These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I'm not reading or writing you'll find me just down the road in the park - Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way.

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New Release: Something's Gotta Give by Maggie Adams

Title: Something’s Gotta Give
Series: Tempered Steel
Author: Maggie Adams
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Chance Coalson loves women. And they love him. Young or old, no woman is immune to his charm.
Except one.
Georgia Haines is the only female volunteer firefighter in Grafton. She’s had a crush on Chance Coalson since he offered her his handkerchief at her momma’s funeral. But she’s smart enough to know that it takes a special woman to tame a charmer like Chance, and there’s nothing particularly special about her.
When fire breaks out at the Coalson’s construction business and Chance is trapped inside, Georgia braves the flames to save him, only to discover her “crush” has morphed into love. And she’s helpless to hide her desire.
Chance awakens to find an angel breathing life into his lungs with a kiss. The woman he wanted more than any other was the one who paid the “Casanova of the County” no mind.
So how does a man with a bad reputation convince a shy firefighter that he’s worth taking a chance on love?
By fighting fire with fire…..

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Whistlin’ Dixie, Book 1

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About The Author

Hi! I'm Maggie Adams. I live near St. Louis, MO, with my high school sweetheart, Ned, and my wonderful kids, Katie (Kyle) and Ross (Valerie). My life is like a walking, talking sitcom from I Love Lucy, but I love it, although people do tend to keep their distance from me!
Writing has always been my dream, with reading my favorite hobby. When I’m not writing, I can be found singing, dancing, and cooking, often all at the same time. I try to include a little bit of my life in everything I write, so when you read my books, keep your eyes wide open - I'm in there somewhere! Happy reading!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

New Release: Betrayal by S.M. Phillips

BETRAYAL (Obsession #2) 


  "I gave you one chance, Anna. A chance to run and never look back. That's all you had to do. Run and keep your goddamn head down, yet here we are and it's not just you in the firing line anymore. You better pray that nothing bad happens to my brother, because this time I'll be taking you down with me." Running was the only option that Anna Jameson was given. To up and leave everything that she had ever known and put it all behind her. That was the toughest decision that she'd ever made, and she made it... But was it all worth it? As soon as her anxiety and fear began to slowly ebb away, she could see a faint light at the end of the dark and horrific tunnel that she had found herself in... That light was the dark, sexy and demanding Jensen Blake. A man who played on her every emotion and a man who she swore she would avoid at all costs. Nobody can run forever and the past is about to catch up with her. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, how many more people will suffer at the hand of Anna's hidden past? Danger, fear and betrayal decide to make an unwelcome appearance and it looks like they're about to become her new best friends.

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Obsession (Obsession #1) 


Obsession knows no bounds... Anna Jameson can't wait to escape the hell hole that her cousin has left her in. Desperate to escape her past, the idea of moving to stay with Holly whilst she got her head together sounded like the perfect plan... Until Holly upped and left, leaving Anna to pick up the mess that she left behind. Jensen Blake knows what he wants and will not be told otherwise. Obedience and control are what he knows best. With demons of his own, he has spent most of his adult life traveling from place to place the moment things started to become predictable. When Jensen and Anna are pushed together, an instant dislike simmers between them. Anna hates bad boys. She has witnessed enough of them to last her a lifetime.  The sexual attraction between them is evident but will that only make things harder for them both to handle?

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Escape Down Under (Down Under #1) 


  For Jess Townsend, life is about to get complicated. Following on from her split with Josh two months ago, Jess has thrown herself into her work full throttle, making sure that the one good thing in her life remains the same. Suddenly she is called into an important meeting at work. Absolutely petrified that she is about to lose her job, she does the only thing she knows how. Panic on the inside and walk through it with her head held high on the outside.  Jess soon discovers she is being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity, but will she take it? After dealing with an ex who can't let go and a broody mysterious Adonis who won't accept no for an answer, maybe the opportunity of an escape has arrived at the perfect time. What does fate have in store and what obstacles will be thrown her way? 

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Fallen Down Under (Down Under #2) 


  "Fuck." I slam my fist into the desk before me and feel nothing but rage. I need to go after her. I need to explain. "But isn't this what you wanted?" The voice inside my head whispers. "Isn't this a nice easy way out?" Everything Max has done has always been at a cost to others around him. He wasn't about to make that mistake again. No longer will his selfish ways punish those close to him. Sometimes it's better to have had and lost than to never have had at all.  Finally after what felt like forever, Jess was getting a glimpse of control over her life again and allowed her defences to come crashing down, only to have what it guarded to be crushed once again. Now, on the other side of the world away from her friends, she doesn't know what to do.  Should she stay or should she go?  Is it too late or have they both fallen too far into something that is completely out of their depths?  
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Forever Down Under (Down Under #3)


  In the last few months, Jess has been faced with more obstacles than she ever thought possible. Heartbreak, loss and betrayal to name just a few. Will her drama fuelled life finally settle into the happy, care free one that she deserves or is someone hiding and waiting for the perfect opportunity to ruin it all? Life for Max hasn't exactly been plain sailing either. Now that he finally has someone in his life that means more to him than anything he has ever known, one thing is for certain, he's not going to let anyone get in the way of his new found happiness, no matter what the cost. Demons are released, pasts are exposed and their future together is only what they make of it. 

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 About the author:

  Welcome to the crazy and hectic life that is me... A fun, loving mum of one special little boy, girlfriend (I'm sure it should be wife by now!!) and an overall crazy, happy go lucky girl from England.I have always had a passion for reading and writing. Wherever I am, my book reader is never far behind along with a mug of coffee. I found myself wanting to write from a young age, I have quite a few hidden stories on my computer somewhere, maybe I will have to dig them out and play around with them at some point. 


New Release Giveaway: Honeymoon Prize by Melissa McClone

Title: The Honeymoon Prize
Series: The Honeymoon Series #3
Author: Melissa McClone
 Release Date: July 1, 2014


He needs a wife…

Single bodyguard Nick Calhoun has been given an ultimatum by his boss—find a wife or lose his cushy, high-paying job. Clients’ wives are hitting on him and putting Nick, and his boss, in hot water. But monogamy? He’s never been a white picket fence kind of guy, and he’s not about to embrace the happily married lifestyle now. He needs a wife who doesn’t care about his steamy, extra-curricular love life…and he knows just the woman to fit the bill.

She needs a home…

Adalaide Sinclair spent years caring for her ill grandmother. Upon Grammy’s death, she’s stunned to find herself evicted from the only home she’s ever known and labeled a thief by her inheritance-hungry family. Addie needs to find a place to live and a job—fast. So when her childhood friend, Nick, proposes a no-sex marriage of convenience, she puts her dreams of true love and happily-ever-after on hold. Finding Prince Charming can wait a little longer, right?

But will their friendship survive the honeymoon?

When Nick and Addie unexpectedly win a dream honeymoon, they decide to go their separate ways during the ten-day vacation. Too bad a camera crew is waiting for them at the tropical paradise. Acting like a head-over-heels bride and groom for reality TV wreaks havoc on their no-sex agreement…and blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Will Nick and Addie remain married in name only, or will a romantic honeymoon for show turn them into true newlyweds?

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Melissa McClone has published over thirty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group. She has also been nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds and cats who think they rule the house.

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Series Book Review, Giveaway: A Gentleman's Series by A.J. Linn

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Title: A Gentleman's Fate (Volume 4)
Series: The Gentleman's Series
Author: A.J. Linn
Genre: Romance
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Cover Design: Dancinee Jennings


The story continues for the handsome reformed Malibu playboy, Donovan Hart, in this, the fourth and final installment of A Gentleman's Series. Donovan, a hotel and adult club owner, decided that it was time to file away his players card in search of the elusive one, in the first book in the series, A Gentleman's Affair. He was certain that he had found that in interior designer, Scarlett Montgomery, but Scarlett had a past, and that past would soon threaten their perfect union. How far will he go to fight for his Unico Vero Amore?
Beware of unexpected twists and heartbreaking turns.
Just when you think you know what's next, you will probably be wrong.

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"Good morning, sire, it's good to have you back. How was Venice?" Patrice asks as I fly past her desk, walking straight into my office, slamming the door behind me.
But that doesn't stop her. She barges in with hot coffee, making herself comfortable in the black leather chair near my desk. "Okay, spill it. What's going on?"
"Not now, Patrice," I reply dismissively, switching on my computer.
In a daze, my eyes are fixed on the blank screen. I’m trying to avoid the inevitable conversation, and trying even harder to ignore her. She sets the cup down on my desk, softening her voice to almost a whisper, asking once again, "Donovan, what's going on?"
"Don't you have work to do?" I snap.
"Yes sir, I suppose I do," she snaps back defensively as she gets up from her chair, mumbling the word asshole under her breath as she heads towards the door.
"I heard that," I respond, somehow managing to muster up a slight chuckle. "I apologize, alright? Sit back down."
"Accepted. Now, are you gonna tell me what's got you in such a pissy mood?"
"In a nutshell...she did it again."
"She? She who? Scarlett?"
"Yes, Scarlett."
And there it is. The look that I was trying so hard to avoid. The poor-Donnie, sad-eyed, frowny-faced look that I know I'll get every single time that I tell this fucking story. Perhaps I can just handle this in one fell swoop, and have Patrice send out a mass memo describing the details of the nightmare-in-Venice, fucking-kill-me-now debacle.
"I don't get it, Donovan. She was the one that propo...."
"Please, don't even say it. I really don't want to get into this right now. Alright?"
"Sure, okay, Donnie. Can I do anything for you?"
She gets up again to leave, but pauses twice before reaching the door. I can see that she's searching for the right thing to say. Something...anything...to lighten the mood, to cheer me up, to lessen the blow of what Scarlett has done, now twice...as if anything could. But I just want her to leave.
"You know she loves you, right? Do you want me to talk to her? I'm sure I can..."
I interrupt before she can say anything else. "Not another goddamn word about it, understand? Now, I have work to do."
"Fine, for now. But you'll have to talk about it at some point, you know.”
I continue to stare at the still-blank computer screen, waving her away.
Defeated, for now, at last she leaves, closing the door behind her.
The clock on the wall seems to be ticking slower than usual. I've been here for three hours, and am finding it impossible to concentrate, especially with my cell going off every ten minutes with calls and text messages from Scarlett. I'm not ready to talk to her, and to be honest, I don't know if I ever will be. I don't know if I even care at this point. Although I’m slightly curious, I really have no idea what we have to talk about anymore.
I need to get out of this hotel and clear my head. I knew coming here straight from the airport was probably a mistake, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Better than sitting in that penthouse, alone, with nothing but the all-too-fresh memories of yet another Scarlett-related nightmare to keep me company.
Placing my cell phone in the top drawer of my desk, I change out of my monkey suit and into the spare set of clothes that I keep in the closet of my office. Stopping by Patrice's desk on my way out, I let her know that I'm leaving for the rest of the day, and that I don't want to be bothered, by anyone...no matter what's on fire.
"Are you okay?" she asks, still pushing, hoping for some sort of verbal spillage on the details of my Venetian vacation.
"No, but I will be."


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Summary of The Gentleman’s Series - All Four Books
In A Gentleman's Affair, (volume 1) we met the handsome Malibu playboy, Donovan Hart, the entitled, notorious heartbreaker, who would rather spend his days on the beach than in the office. He had his pick of the most beautiful women in Malibu, and had no intention of settling down. But tragic events would change all that and force him to make serious changes in his life. Donovan goes from player to entrepreneur overnight, and finding love...surprisingly... becomes a high priority. That, and opening the first adult club in Malibu.

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A Gentleman's Affair (Book 1)

In A Gentleman's Secret, (volume 2) Donovan's story continues, as he faces more challenges when it comes to affairs of the heart, opens a new hotel in Las Vegas, and discovers that his girl may have even more secrets to keep than he does. Will love endure?

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A Gentleman's Secret (Book 2)

A Gentleman's Memoir (volume 3) is a flashback of Donovan’s life. This prequel gives you an intimate look into his past and takes you on his journey into the adult world where anything goes...and it usually does.

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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

A Gentleman's Affair

“But Jared and I are the only men in the room again, and the ladies have begun to stare us down as if we are the last two bowls of chocolate ice cream left on the entire planet.”

“We are kissing so passionately that you would think that we were the ones that if fact, created kissing.”

“…and just because ‘back in the day’ actually ended just a few months ago, well, that doesn’t make me any less serious about finding ‘the one.’”

“She is like flies at a picnic.  Annoying, and always there, landing where they aren’t wanted.”

A Gentleman's Secret

“When Scarlett says no dessert that means she’s pretty mad.  I’m in trouble.”

“I love you… all of you, and all of your good and bad includes your past, no matter how sordid and messed up it was.  Don’t you get that by now?”

“Women do not like to be told what to do… unless they are naked.”

A Gentleman's Memoir

“Funny thing about losing someone this way, you barely have a chance to believe it… accept it, and then you have a funeral to solidify it all.”

A Gentleman's Fate

“Somebody kill me.  I can actually see swatches in my head… I have officially lost my man card.”

My Review:

Each book in this series was an easy and comfortable read that flowed like a casual conversation or play-by-play journal entries.  In addition to family drama and steam, each includes humor, stream of consciousness recall of memories, and chatty confessionals of a handsome, rich, penthouse living playboy, who just so happens to also own a hotel and sex club.  Oh yeah, there’s that…  But in book 1 he swears he is on a mission to change his ways and is looking for “The One.”  He thinks he has found her, but over the next three books the plot takes some interesting turns and emotional ups and downs, with humor, lots of drama, a little blackmail, a few shootings, sex club adventures, several proposals, wedding planning, an elopement, jiltings, travel, secrets, and bombshells to keep things spicy.  The story is interesting, moves quickly, and kept me entertained with a dramatic conclusion.  I particularly enjoyed the extra little twist at the end, I had actually been waiting for that little revelation.  Is this really the end, somehow I don't think so... and hope not.

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about the author

A.J. Linn published his debut novel, A Gentleman's Affair, Volume 1 of The Gentleman's Series, in May, 2013.
Since that time, he has continued protagonist Donovan Hart's story in A Gentleman's Secret, published in December, 2013, and revealed Donovan's earlier life in a prequel, A Gentleman's Memoir, a novella published in August, 2014.
The series quickly became very popular with fans of his RP/character blog, which he'd been writing for almost a year. He credits those fans with this series, since they were the ones who encouraged him to "write a book" and dedicated the books to them.
With his unique voice and writing style, the popularity of the series began to grow, despite the promotion and marketing challenges facing a self-published indie author.
In an original and creative idea, he gave his readers the opportunity to submit "characters" for A Gentleman's Secret and A Gentleman's Memoir, which he crafted into the story. The results were intriguing and sometimes hilarious, as he paid the ultimate compliment to his fans and readers...making their characters part of Donovan's story.
While having full-time job and a very busy life make finding time to write a challenge at times, his readers are in agreement that he has done a fantastic job: four books in two years is quite an accomplishment.
The paperback editions of the series can be found on Amazon. The ebooks are available on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.


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