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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Feature and Giveaway: Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper

Parks & Recreation meets The Blue Collar Comedy Tour in this third ebook in Molly Harper’s Bluegrass series of contemporary romances: A love triangle of colleagues heats up the winter lodge where they get snowed in for a week.

Kentucky Tourism Commission employee and executive assistant extraordinaire Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it’s not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can’t micromanage.

An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state. Luckily, the lodge has working fireplaces and enough food to keep the staff from turning on each other like something out of The Shining. Kelsey wouldn’t mind being stuck inside if it wasn’t for the tension with her not-so-secret crush, Charlie, the office’s statistician. But handsome Ranger Luke, the lodge’s only employee on hand, is there to take Kelsey’s mind off her discomfort.

Even though this weekend is supposed to be a planning session for KTC, Kelsey can’t help her mind from wandering and finds herself conflicted over Luke and Charlie. Someone’s love will keep her warm, but whose will it be?

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Review: Always Been Mine by Carina Adams

Always Been Mine is the debut novel from Carina Adams. I was really blown away with her writing style and her ability to evoke such emotions from the reader. I think that this story is one that you will definitely have strong feelings about, and I will warn you that there are some difficult topics dealt with in this story including cheating. I really liked Carina's writing style though, and I felt like she did a pretty great job of writing characters that have so many different facets to them that you are constantly learning new things about them as they grow and evolve over the course of this book. I can't wait to read more from her after having read this book.

On the surface, Josephine Walker appears to have it all. She has a great career, she is married to her college sweetheart and has two beautiful children. She also has her coworker and best friend Matt. When Jo's life begins to fall apart and her marriage fails, she turns to Matt for comfort. There has always been an attraction between them, but for the first time she starts to really see him as more than just a friend. Matt has been in love with Jo for awhile, but has resigned himself to having only friendship with Jo rather than nothing. With her marriage in jeopardy, Jo finally begins to see that she wants more than just stable and boring. She wants wild and she wants Matt. But things between them won't be easy after everything in their pasts as well as the secrets that Matt has kept from Jo. Can Jo and Matt take their friendship to the next level, or will they destroy everything including the friendship that they both can't live without?

I really loved Matt. He was so great all the way through this story until the very end when he made me a little mad. But he was Jo's rock and I adored him. He was sweet and kind, funny and caring. He truly loved Jo and would have done anything for her. I loved that he was a professional during the day and had a great job, but that he was also really sexy with tattoos and lived the biker lifestyle at night. He was complicated and had a lot of secrets, and I really enjoyed seeing his layers be peeled back a little at a time. I will admit that while I loved Matt, I struggled with Jo for most of this book. She had a tendency to be wishy washy, and I hated her mood swings. I had a problem with a lot of her actions, and I just didn't like or understand most of what she did. Just as she finally started to really get her act together, I felt like the story was almost over. I will say that the chemistry between Matt and Jo was amazing. They had the physical attraction, but they also had such a strong bond and base from their friendship. I thought that these two were absolutely made for each other, and I never stopped rooting for them to figure things out.

Overall, I thought that this was a really great story. It was different and wasn't something that I had read before. I liked that this story pushed boundaries and really showed a journey. Matt and Jo grew and evolved over the course of this book and had a lot of really hard things that they had to confront and deal with. This book will definitely run you through the emotional wringer, but I loved that Carina was able to really evoke such strong feelings. I am really looking forward to seeing what else she writes in the future and I can't wait to read the next chapter in Jo and Matt's lives. I would recommend this story if you are looking for something different and something that will draw you in and keep your interest. I couldn't wait to see how things would play out and couldn't put this book down.

**Review Copy Provided by Between the Sheets Promotions**

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from the last week.

Changing Constantino's Game by Jennifer Hayward

In Bed With a Rogue by Samantha Grace

My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

All winners have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)

ARC Review: Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett

Uncivilized was a seriously sexy read by Sawyer Bennett, and I really enjoyed reading this one. This book was so different from anything that I have ever read before, and I really liked how unique it was. I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for something that is not only different from others out there and are looking for a book with some a lot heat and steam.

Zacharias Easton has been used to living in the jungle with no rules at all. He takes what he wants when he wants and is used to having control. But when Moira Reed shows up to take him back to the US after his godfather tracks him down, he is reluctant to go. His adoptive father tells him that he needs to return to where he came from, and makes him promise to at least give it a year and if he is unhappy to return after that. At first Zach wants nothing more than to make Moira uncomfortable and to punish her from taking him away from the home and life he loves. But as Zach and Moira grow closer and he learns more about modern society he starts to question where he truly belongs.

Zach was great. He was uncivilized and so manly, a complete alpha. I loved that he was super smart and really loved to learn new things and see the world. He was so sexual, and he was determined to learn every way to pleasure and to receive pleasure from a woman. I loved that he was relentless with Moira and wouldn't let her run away from the attraction between them. They were so hot together, and you could feel the tension between them. Moira tried so hard to stay professional and avoid what was going on between her and Zach, but in the end the passion she felt was undeniable. I liked seeing her give up some of that control and really explore that side of herself with Zach. I felt like these two were perfect for each other on a physical level, but they also developed such a strong emotional connection after everything that they had been through.

For me though, I struggled with some of the story itself. It was slow at times and felt like it would drag a bit. I found myself wanting to skim some parts of Zach's history and his life in the jungle to get back to him and Moira. These two were just so sexy together, and I thought that they could not have been any hotter. I loved reading about them together in both the physical sense and also just being together. They were different and I hadn't seen a relationship like theirs before in anything I remember reading. I would definitely recommend this story, and I think that if you are looking for something with a ton of steam that you should look no further. I look forward to reading more from Sawyer Bennett in the future.

**ARC Provided by AToMR**

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Feature and Giveaway: Pulled Within by Marni Mann

Storms can't last forever…can they?

For five long years, Rae Ryan has lived in a storm over which she has no control. Little by little, everything has been taken away from her—her job, her relationship, her best friend and her home. Plagued by nightmares and a terrible family secret, she carries her scars as much on the inside as she does on the outside.

Hart Booker, another disappointment from her past, returns to Bar Harbor and shelters her from the rain. He reminds Rae that forgiveness is possible, happiness can be found on the other side of darkness, and beauty rests beneath her scars. But a sinister figure lingering in the background seems determined to pull Rae back into a past she’s been trying to outrun. Can she survive the storm and become part of the light she so desperately desires? Or is she destined to remain
Pulled Within?

Recommended for mature audiences due to explicit language, sexual abuse, disturbing situations, and drug use.

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