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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Feature and Giveaway: Hard To Let Go by Laura Kaye

Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ARC Review: How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

How to Marry a Royal Highlander is the last book in the Renegade Royals series, and I just about cried when I found. I love this series it’s not the kind of series you have to read but with this one it’s always it is helpful if read the previous book at least. Jumping back in to Vanessa Kelly’s series was like wrapping yourself up in a nice blanket. The Whitney sisters are as different as night as day and supportive of each other no matter what that’s why I love them. In the last book it was Evie, now its Eden’s turn.

Eden Whitney created a scandal, and now all her so called friends and suitors shunned her, her only hope is an extended vacation until the gossip dies down. Alasdair Gilbride has dreaded going home but when Eden needs some place to rusticate he offers his home in Scotland. Eden and Alec were always sniping at each other never guessing that it was because they were too afraid to admit they loved each other. The journey north spending so much time together they slowly began to realize what their true feeling were, but when Alec drops the bomb that his Grandfather expects him to marry the woman of his choosing upon his return. Alec wants Eden’s help to persuade his intended to cry off the wedding.

Alec’s family is dead set on him marring, it was a deathbed promise and to highlanders that’s a big deal. Alec and Eden love each other deeply but whenever one of them decides what the best course of action is the other does something to change their mind. Alec’s intended doesn’t help at all she has been convinced since she was sixteen that this is what she should want and won’t cry off until Alec and Eden are caught in a compromising position. Despite finally being relieved of his duty and marring Eden someone in his family isn’t letting go quite as easily.

I loved the slow realization of Eden and Alec’s feeling. I also love Mrs. Whitney she comes off so horrible in the last book but you see a different side of her and she comes off more likable by the end of this book. Also joyous news this maybe the last Renegade Royals but it’s not over the next books are going to be about the illegitimate girls of the royal family. YAY!

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: Wicked White by Michelle A. Valentine

Wicked White is the first book in a new series by Michelle A. Valentine. I had never read anything by her before, but I had heard great things and I love rockstar romance stories so I really wanted to read this one. While I did enjoy this book and I liked the characters, I did have a few things that didn't work for me and that kept this one from being a great story to me. I am curious to see what happens next in the series though, and I am interested to find out more about the next book. 

Ace White is tired of the celebrity lifestyle that being in the popular band Wicked White has brought him. When his mother suddenly dies, he decides enough is enough and takes off with his only goal being to hide from the world. He finds himself in an old trailer park that has seen better days, and thinks it will be the perfect place to avoid his life. But he doesn't expect to be so drawn to the woman that runs the place. Iris Easton is an aspiring singer and inherited the place along with all it's debts when her grandmother recently passed away, and she finds herself instantly drawn to Ace. But Ace is doing everything he can to keep her at arm's length and avoid her or anyone else finding out who he really is. But soon Ace finds himself unable to stay away from her anymore and they both begin to fall for one another. But what happens when the truth comes out? 

I liked both Ace and Iris. They were a great fit together, and I thought that they had a lot of chemistry. I loved that they were interested in each other without everything else getting in the way. Iris wanted Ace for him and she had no idea at first who he was. Ace was so much more that what everyone saw, and it was really great to see him open up to Iris and let her see the real him. They had so much more in common than you would first think, and I loved seeing how supportive they were of one another. Ace was protective and caring, sticking up for her even when he pretended to not like her. Iris could handle herself and I really liked that, but I also liked seeing her let Ace in and allow him to be there for her too. It was so good to see a different type of hero in Ace, one that wanted a good girl and that was deep and emotional. Ace was so different from any other hero I have read, and I really loved him.

I will say that I thought that their relationship progressed really quickly, and that didn't bother me as much as I expected it to. What did bother me was the fact that because of how quickly their relationship started, I knew something big was coming that would change everything. Then this big thing happened, and the sweet and sexy relationship and story took a turn to nothing but drama and angst. I wasn't overly happy with how things were playing out, and I felt like it was so unlike how the characters should have reacted. It was as if everything we had learned about these two up to this point was suddenly negated and they became different personalities completely. Then when things finally start to work themselves out, this one abruptly ended. I wanted more and was left wondering what would happen next. I have tried to find more information on the next book, but so far all I can find is that it is titled Wicked Reunion and slated for a December 2015 release. I don't know if it will continue Iris and Ace's story, or if it will be about other characters from this book. I am hoping that it will give us more of these two though, as their story felt unfinished to me. I think if you are a fan of Michelle's or like rockstar stories that are different, then this one is worth giving a shot. But with how this one ended and not knowing if there is more coming, I am not sure I would start this one until more information on the series is released.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Coastal Magic Convention - Registration NOW OPEN!

It's here, it's here!!

Registration for the 2016 Coastal Magic Convention has begun! If you're an urban fantasy or paranormal romance reader, or any of the many other facets of romance, you need to be hanging out with us, right on the beach, next February!

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy, paranormal, and romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL, February 4-7, 2016. There will be panels, meet & greets with fun themes, and some cool evening activities. There are 250 general registration tickets available, and the featured author list will include more than 50 awesome storytellers once everyone is settled! It's a relatively small shindig, but full of dedicated, enthusiastic people.

I'm SO excited about the variety of authors and sub-genres represented. Everyone will have opportunity to meet and chat with their favorites, and I bet you all find some “new favorites” on the list, as well. :-) If you haven't checked out who'll be attending yet... go... do that... I'll wait... Awesome, right!!??

There will also be a charity book sale and signing open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. The charity, once again, is Habitat For Humanity. One of the nice things about the signing is that there will be additional authors participating, so keep an eye on the charity signing page to see who sneaks in for the afternoon! The hotel information is listed on the Coastal Magic site with a link for our group rates, for those who'll be staying on site.

I (along with the other Featured Bloggers) will be hosting some of the featured authors for guest spots and promotional posts in the next few months, so make sure you're keeping an eye out for those!!

If you want more info about Coastal Magic... here's where to find it in your favorite social media worlds:

And... if you register between now and 7/15, you can enter for a chance to win a SUPER amazing set of prizes (seriously, there are 13 featured bloggers contributing stuff, you do not want to miss this!!). Enter below once you register...

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Feature and Giveaway: How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…

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