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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Guest Post with Author Shannyn Schroeder and Giveaway

Shannyn is a former Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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Feature and Giveaway: Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

The Bad Boy Is Back

Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.

Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ARC Review: Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke

When I saw Laura Lee Guhrke had a new book out, I jumped at the chance to read it. I really liked the first book in the series, When the Marquess Met His Match (An American Heiress in London, #1). I think that Guhrke is a very original storyteller and her heroines are usually pretty strong, which I love. She always has unique storylines and I know that I’m in for some surprises.

In her new book, “Catch a falling Heiress”, Guhrke follows the same recipe. Linnet Holland is a strong heroine. She is an heiress and although her mother has tried to marry her off to a British member of the ton she has not succeeded. Linnet had her heart broken by a member of the ton before and she is not about to fall into the same trap again. Now that she is back in America, she is ready to pick a husband and she has one in mind.

Jack Feathersone is the brother-in-law of Lady Belinda Featherstone from her first marriage. Jack is not very stable and he is known for his philandering ways. When his friend, the Duke of Margrave asks him to ruin the man that caused his love-Edie (from the previous book-How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days). He travels to America to help him see to this.

When Jack is at a ball his plan has come to fruition, Frederick Van Hausen is near ruin. He’s only way out is to find a rich heiress to help him by marrying him. The minute that Jack sees Frederick speaking with Linnet he knows that Frederick is desperate and will do anything. He instantly jumps in to help her. To help Linnet he kisses her as her mother and another member of the party find them. Jack proposes marriage and Linnet quickly refuses him.

Linnet is beside herself that she is caught in this situation with Jack, he is a stranger and she swore off British men. After many arguments with her father and mother she travels to London and asks Belinda Featherstone, now married to Trubridge, to help her find a husband.

Overall, this was a cute story and I liked both the hero and the heroine but I didn’t love them. Also, so much happens at the very beginning of the story that towards the middle it begins to drag. I did enjoy seeing Belinda again, she is always such a great and witty character. I had really high expectations for this book and some of them were not met however,I plan to read more by this author.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: Risking It All by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey has done it again with Risking it All! Tessa is the queen of dirty talking heroes and feisty heroines and I always know that when I start a new book of hers that it will instantly become a favorite of mine. I couldn't put this book down, and I had to keep reading to get more of sexy Bowen.

Seraphina Newsom is determined to avenge her brother's death and will stop at nothing to put his murderer behind bars. Sera decides to go undercover despite her uncle's warnings, thinking that as a detective that she can get to him the way others have been unable to. But when Sera finds herself in a dangerous situation after hearing too much, she begins to wonder if she will make it out. Bowen Driscol has been around crime his whole life and has been able to avoid being put behind bars. When he is picked up by the NYPD and they offer to give him his freedom in exchange for his help, he is quick to say no. Then they show him a picture of Sera and tell him how she has been put in danger, and he knows that he needs to do whatever he can to help her. But with Bowen not being able to tell Sera which side he is really on, things soon become complicated and they are both left wondering who they can trust. As Sera and Bowen grow closer, they both must decide where they stand and if they can risk everything for the connection they have found in each other.

I absolutely loved Bowen. He was beyond sexy , and every bit the bad boy that you can't help but want though you know you shouldn't. But Bowen was also protective and and would do absolutely anything for Sera. His love for her was never ending, and he loved her even when he feared that she would be his downfall. Bowen wanted the best for Sera always, and went out of his way to try and keep everything bad away from her. Sera was strong and smart, and I loved that she was so feisty. She wasn't afraid to go after what she wanted, and had no problem standing up to others. She put Bowen in his place when he needed it, but she was also so supportive and encouraging. She showed him what it was like to love someone and I really enjoyed seeing how they were able to lean on one another. Bowen and Sera had so much chemistry and the attraction between them was off the charts! If you love dirty talkers that can melt your panties right off, Bowen is the man for you!

Overall, another fantastic read from Tessa Bailey. Tessa Bailey continues to prove what a great writer she is and I love her stories and characters. Her writing style is so easy to get into, that I find the rest of the world falling away as I read. Tessa has become a go-to author for me when I am looking for something sexy and steamy with a great story behind all the action. If you aren't reading Tessa Bailey's books, you are seriously missing out. Her heroes and heroines are impossible not to fall in love with, and you will find yourself rooting for them beyond the last page. I can't wait for more from Tessa Bailey in the future, and at this point it is safe to say that I would literally read anything that she writes!

**ARC Provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: Too Hot to Handle by Katie Rose

This was my first time reading Katie Rose. “Too Hot to Handle” was the second book in the Boys of Summer series. The story centers on a baseball team- The New Jersey Sonics. Their image is in need of repair and Nikki Case is called in to help turn the team’s image around. The Sonics are unpolished, they constantly get into fights and they have a bad rap.

Nikki is a PR Guru. She is tough and confident. She was previously married but when her husband developed a gambling problem and racked up debt it ended in divorce. Since then, Nikki is focused on rebuilding her life and starting her career. She is all business and no nonsense. Needless to say the bad boys of baseball don’t want their imaged repaired and they definitely don’t want to play by Nikki’s rules. Nikki is not going to be intimidated, she gets the team to polish their image and gets them into better shape. Although the management is happy the players are not.

One player in particular, Jake Baldwin- the shortstop, is fascinated with Nikki. When one of the players challenges him that he can’t win over Nikki Jake takes up the challenge. Jake is very laid back. He has an image as a ladies man but he is also a great leader for the team. When Nikki doesn’t fall all over herself when he pays her any attention he is even more intrigued.

Nikki and Jake had fun chemistry. They were both fun characters to read about. Nikki tries to resist Jake but eventually she convinces herself that a small fling won’t harm anyone. She also convinces herself that all she wants is a short fling. Jake realizes that things might get complicated for him and Nikki if they get involved but he doesn’t want to miss an opportunity with her.

This was a cute story. I really liked the characters and the writing of the author. I personally think that Nikki gave in too quickly to Jake. Also, I wasn’t too happy with how the author handled Jake’s cold feet. Throughout their entire relationship Jakes was really into Nikki until all of the sudden he realizes that she deserves a white picket fence and a serious relationship. I wasn’t convinced about how this was a conflict. Also, I didn’t get how Chase and Darcy didn’t progress in their relationship. They were in the previous book but it seemed that their relationship was not that serious. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by the author.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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