Tuesday, 21 November 2017

BOOK BLITZ: Vengeance Aside by Nancy Haviland

Vengeance Aside

by Nancy Haviland Wanted Men, #0.5 Publication Date: November 21, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Organized Crime, Mafia, Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

Revisit Nancy Haviland’s bestselling mafia series with this prequel novel featuring a Russian mobster who is forced to put vengeance aside in order to please the Pakhan he calls father.
He sees her. He falls. He proves it by killing for her in a room full of his associates. Now he’ll take her home and try to convince her a love that descends like a hammer is one that can last a lifetime.
She sees him. She stumbles. She proves her sophistication by fainting, then comes to in a Russian mobster’s compound. Now she’ll protect herself while experiencing all the things she’s been denied her entire life.
**This novel is a prequel to A Love of Vengeance (Wanted Men #1) but can be read as a standalone.**

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“Your mother must be going crazy,” she muttered, glancing at the door she wouldn’t be using anytime soon.
I’m sorry, Mama, he silently apologized, because he was about to use her absence from his life to his advantage. “If she were here, she would be inconsolable.” The trace of sadness he’d allowed her to hear in his tone did wonders.
“Fuuuck,” his soft-hearted female whispered, looking away. After a moment, she balled her fists up and pressed them into the mattress. “She wouldn’t happen to be out of town, would she?”
“No.” He didn’t have to work at sounding anything but heartbroken when he admitted, “She was taken from us seven years ago by an illness we couldn’t buy a cure for.”
“Double fuck.” Dale’s head fell forward and hung off her neck like a heavy weight. Her nape was mouthwatering. “Do you miss her? Or was she the type you wouldn’t miss?”
Her questions were muffled and quiet, but he heard and answered honestly. “I miss her physical presence in my life every day. But she’s still with me. Or so I like to think.”
She nodded and threw her head back. His chest constricted in a sharp snap when he saw tears shimmering in her eyes. “Super. I’m stuck lusting after a mobster with a fucking conscience. Perfect. Anything else you wanna throw at me? Do you have dogs? Because a dog lover would have me out of this dress lickety-split.” She spun away and slid over to sit on the far corner of the bed. The mattress shook along with her bobbing leg, and little snaps sounded as she cracked each of her knuckles by pressing down on them with her thumbs.
Lukas felt the strangest urge to grin as he fell deeper under her spell. But he also felt a sickness in his gut because he was upsetting her. Those tears. Since when did a woman’s tears affect him? He’d seen too many of them during his time as a serial monogamist. Typically, they were inconvenient and annoying, and he found it too easy to walk away from them.
Not tonight.
Dale’s sniffle had him looking up from her fragile shoulder blades to meet her eyes in the reflection of the mirror above the dresser. He held them as he slipped his holster off and hung his gun over the shoulder of his suit jacket. If her surreptitious glances were any indication, the sight of it on his person was upsetting her.
“I think it would be best if you just took me home.”
He slowly shook his head.
“If I have sex with you first, will you take me home after?”
He couldn’t stop his grin at that hopeful tone. “Once we have sex, you’ll be home.”
Her mouth compressed as fire snapped and crackled in her eyes. She wanted it as badly as he did, but there was something else going on in her head. He could see the battle in the back of her eyes.
“How can you say that? This isn’t the dark ages. You don’t even know me, Lukas.”
He shrugged as he undid the buttons at his wrists and rolled up his sleeves. “I know enough to have made my final decision. Once I do that, there’s no going back.”
She came around to face him. “Seriously?” She laughed. “So, I have no choice here? You like me, and I just have to live with that?”
His gaze skimmed her body. He couldn’t look into her eyes anymore without giving away how far beyond “like” this was. He owned her. Or, rather, she owned him. “This is about something bigger than liking you, Magdalena. I need you. I want you. So, yes, that means your choices are…limited.” Nonexistent.
“How can you need me?”
He tipped his head to the side. “Not going to ask how I can want you?”
“No. That I understand.”
“Because you want me.”
“Yes.”
Win. “And you wouldn’t refuse me if I initiated sex right now.” He bounced his cufflinks in his palm and waited to have his ego stroked.
Those brilliant emeralds took a leisurely trip down his form to top off his hard-on. “No. I wouldn’t. But all this talk about fate and powers that be isn’t happening. If you’re looking for some sort of long-lasting, meaningful relationship, you picked the wrong girl.”
Her honesty was doing nothing more than adding a lubricant that greased his descent so that he fell deeper and faster than ever. “Why is that?”
“Because I don’t do people. They’re just not worth the trouble.”
The lonely words pierced his heart. “I will be,” he promised her, vowing to make it so.
“Doubt it.”
“Don’t.”
“Can’t help it.”
Her expression had darkened, and he could see she was starting to close up, so he pointed his thumb at the door in the corner. “Why don’t you freshen up and I’ll take you out back to see the dogs.”
Her mouth opened to deliver another quick retort, but nothing came out. She stared up at him for a few beats before ducking her head. He had to take a step forward so he wouldn’t miss the reluctant smile that curved her lips. When she tipped her chin up just enough to look at him, her dimple made an appearance. “You really want me out of this dress, huh?” she said quietly. There was a new softness surrounding her that almost sent him to his knees. A natural seductress. Who he would likely have to kill for again because her allure was undeniable, and men were going to respond to it in the coming years. No matter. He would do whatever had to be done to protect his greatest asset.

ABOUT NANCY HAVILAND

Nancy Haviland is an award-winning, bestselling romance (suspense, erotic, contemporary) author who writes about her possessive alpha males and their obsessively loved women from her home in Southwestern Ontario. Her greatest loves are her family and that ever-present cooling cup of coffee at her elbow.
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To stay in the loop, you can also visit www.nancyhaviland.com!

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BLITZ: The Duke Who Came To Town by Sophie Barnes

The Duke Who Came to Town

The Honorable Scoundrels by Sophie Barnes 
Publication Date: November 21, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Historical, Romance


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She doesn’t want to be a kept woman… Josephine Potter knows she must retain her employment to provide for her younger sisters and to maintain the house. While a young woman working as an accountant – at a hotel no less – could be frowned upon by some, it’s still a respectable way to earn a living. No matter what a certain duke might think. Besides, Josephine has a few rules she lives by: Don’t rely on others, don’t accept money from someone you don’t know, and never allow a man to control your life. But when she is fired from her job, Josephine may have to bend a few rules… Devon, the Duke of Snowdon, has never met a more bull-headed woman than Josephine Potter! The Potter sisters are granddaughters of a Viscount and should not have to work for a living. So despite Josephine’s arguments, Devon insists she end her employee status immediately and accept a stipend for her and her sisters. When she is then fired, she accuses him of meddling in her life…and things are about to heat up despite the cold winter weather. As they work together to figure out why Devon’s hotel is losing money, a mutual attraction that won’t be denied, grows between them. But when rumors of impropriety abound, can Josephine’s reputation be saved…or will her life be destroyed by scandal?

About Sophie Barnes

Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses. While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing. When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.


NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: Balancing the Scales by Laura Carter




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BALANCING THE SCALES




A Hotshot Manhattan Attorney.

Drew Harrington knows exactly who he is—a legal shark with a love ‘em and leave ‘em attitude that works just fine in his cutthroat world. He’s on the cusp of promotion to named partner, but only if he can prove to his colleagues that he has a more human side.


A Sweetheart of a British Patisserie Chef.

Becky Fletcher is running from her past, so the last thing she’s looking for is love. What she does want is a friendly face in a cold city. Her sunny outlook is the sweetness Drew never knew was missing from his life.


One fateful meeting at a bagel cart.

They sound like a match made in heaven—or is it a car crash? If they have any chance of finding happiness, Drew and Becky are going to have to rethink their life plans. Until then, is there really any harm in having some fun between the sheets?


All’s fair in love and lox!



Caroline's Review

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So, I went to bed at 10pm and thought I'd have a little read. Oh, what a mistake! I couldn't put this book down until I finished it! 

"God, she gets more attractive every time I see her. She's the devil. The actual, distraction-I-don't-need, godforsaken devil."

Drew is a brilliant lawyer and a prime contender for partner. He's solely focused on his career and doesn't have time for relationships, but has no shortage of partners for casual flings. He's aggressive, super confident, and has no time for fools or distractions.

"A girl can have roots and wings."

Becky is a brilliant patisserie chef and is solely focused on living her new life in New York. She's not interested in a relationship nor a casual fling. What she needs are friends and time to find her real self.

"The problem is, I'm starting to think the risk of losing her is worse than the possibility of being distracted by her."

When they first meet, there is a definite spark between them. Drew is a jerk and Becky is feisty. Drew knows he doesn't have time to nurture friendships, let alone a relationship, but he can't stop thinking about her and he can't keep away from her. And, she's not even his type. Becky tries to keep him at arm's length but the attraction between them is sizzling, tangible and undeniable.

This was a fabulous, gorgeous, sexy read! It had great flow, great dialogue and great characters.

"Am I panicking because Becky could leave? Or am I panicking because I realize that I don't ever want Becky to leave me life?"

I loved how Drew changes throughout the course of the story. From a tough, ruthless player in need of more humane traits, Becky has a profound effect on him and his outlook on life. She has him thinking about things that he believes he doesn't have time for. The story, although told in dual POV, is mainly from Drew's POV, so we get to know him really well.

Becky is tough but with a vulnerable core. I loved her sunny personality, her courage, and her joy in her new life.

The two of them together was beautiful, so sexy, and fun. Thoroughly recommend this addictive read!


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What others are saying


"A scrumptiously & decadently delicious read with wickedly exquisite cakes & undeniable chemistry to brim your taste buds & keep you craving more."
- Sophie Koufes, Goodreads.

"Fun, sweet, sexy and emotionally charged. I couldn't put it down."

“A fantastic mix of fun and flirty, hot and dirty with some serious deep sections.” - Heather Packer, Thinking About Books. 

"You know the feeling you get when you go for a good meal and finish off with one of those utterly decadent and divine desserts that leave you smiling and blissfully happy??? That’s me right now."
- Vicki Fryer, Bookalicious Babes Blog.


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RELEASE: Recklessly Forbidden by Emily Bowie

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Growing up in the shadows of an all-star football player in a small town isn't easy. It's even harder when that legend is your older brother. Jewels Rogers always plays safe, preferring the shadows that allow her to go unnoticed. When scandal breaks and rumors spread, she leaves Three Rivers, planning to never return. Sinfully sexy, Tyson Bennett gets through life easy. He's stellar at his job, loves playing on the dark side, and girls drop their panties when he looks their way. Except for the one girl he can’t stop thinking about. His natural charisma seems to disappear around the mysterious beauty who caught his eye. When one of his infamous blackmail deals goes awry, Tyson realizes that maybe it isn't just the deal that is spiraling out of control but his life, too. Will Tyson be able to win Jewels over and keep her safe before it's too late? Will Jewels finally step out of the shadows and play the leading lady in her own life? This is book two in the Bennett Brothers Series, it is told in dual POV, and has a HEA. Since characters do play recurring roles, reading book one in the series, Recklessly Mine, is recommended; however, it can be read as a standalone.  


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Emily Bowie is from a small town in Western Canada. She has been making characters come to life through her writing since she was old enough to put her thoughts on paper.  She loves her white wine cold, her heels red, and her books spicy. She married her high school sweetheart and they have two amazing children. She is the author to the Castle Series:  Allure of the O'Neal Sisters (September 2015), Behind the Closed Door (February 2016), Allure Behind Rose (October 2016). Bennett Brothers Series: Recklessly Mine (May 2017), Recklessly Forbidden (November 2017), Recklessly Devoted (2018) When she is not writing she can be found reading a good book, making digital scrapbooks and being physically active—whether it is at the gym, going for a walk, or playing /keep up with her children.  

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Monday, 20 November 2017

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Over Us, Over You by Whitney G


Over Us, Over You
by Whitney G.
Publication Date: November 30, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance



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Dear Hayley,

I'm assuming you're still hungover, so I'll make this brief. 

Last night, you slipped under my sheets (without my permission), and we almost had sex. I got the hell out of the bed once I realized it was you, and I took you home. 

That's the story. 

The end. 

Period. 

Just in case you've forgotten, you're my best friend's little sister. We will never be anything more. (We can't be anything more.) Our previous friendship is still unresolved--or "over" in your terms, so I'd prefer if we worked on becoming 'just friends' again since you're in town. 

Nonetheless, I'm not a man who leaves questions unanswered--even the drunken ones, so to properly close our inappropriate conversation: 

1) Yes, I liked the way your lips felt against mine when you were on top of me. 

2) Yes, I do "prefer" rough sex, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't rough with you. 

3) No, I had no idea you were still a virgin... 

This message never happened, 
Corey


About Whitney G.



Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the cofounder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors. 
When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author
(If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)
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COVER REVEAL: The Director by Lily White

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Title: The Director
Author: Lily White
Genre: Dark Romance, Dark Erotica, Psychological Thriller, Romantic Horror
Release Date: December 13, 2017
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Everybody wants to be an actress, right? The lights, the camera, the action? The fame, the money, the beauty and esteem. It’s all part of the package. Unless, of course, you’re part of HIS films. Ethan Cole was one of the best directors in the business until the day he disappeared. He was charismatic, gorgeous, intriguing and so brilliant that no other person could compare. People believed he’d simply quit. In truth, he’d gone underground. I found him after being stolen from the streets. I was thrown into his new world, his fantasies, his decadent chaos, and I found myself fighting just to stay alive. He seduced me while tormenting me. Made me a star while keeping me hidden from the public’s eye. He asked me one simple question before shoving me in front of the glittering lights and dark lens of his camera. One question, requiring only one response: Fuck or Die?

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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes. In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.

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