11 December 2017

Tour: The Vixen’s Lead by Tate James

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The Vixen’s Lead
Tate James

Kit Davenport #1

Published September 19th 2017

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I want vengeance so badly that I can almost taste it. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. So, I did what any privileged, adopted boarding school girl would do. I slapped on a secret identity and became an internationally renowned thief, known as The Fox. Nobody knows me. Nobody can catch me.

Or so I thought…

It turns out; I have what they want. Special abilities. And trust me, these abilities are coveted–and dangerous. Now, I don’t know who to trust or where to go. Peril lurks on every corner as I try to uncover my past and origin. Teaming up with unlikely allies may be my only chance at survival or my biggest mistake. Only time will tell.

I’m Kit Davenport and this is only the beginning.

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Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.

She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.

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Pausing at the entrance to the room, I fished my phone out of the pocket in my black jeans and ran an application labeled “You Never Know,” which Lucy had designed to scan areas for hidden security features we might have missed in our mission planning. It took a minute to fully probe the room, and while waiting, I snaked a finger under the short, black wig I wore and scratched at my scalp. Using a disguise was just sensible thieving, but seriously, wigs itched something awful! Maybe next time I would try a hat. The image of myself pulling a job while wearing a top hat or a Stetson made me chuckle.

Seconds later, my screen flashed red with an alert and surprised the hell out of me. It was the first time the app had actually caught something.

“Are you seeing this?” It was a pointless question. She had a mirror image on her computer screen.

“Huh. That definitely wasn’t there a week ago when I did a walk through,” she muttered, and her furious tapping at her keyboard echoed over the comms. “Okay, it’s a laser beam grid linked to a silent alarm that will trigger the security shutters on all external access points. I don’t have time to hack into it and shut it down, so...”

I could picture her shrug and sighed. “So, don’t trip the lasers, yes? Got it. Send me the map.” An intricate web of red lines appeared on my phone, overlaying the camera’s view of the room. If I watched the screen and not my feet, it would be possible to avoid the beams.

Conscious of the ticking clock, I carefully started stepping across the floor. All seemed to go well until I got within ten feet of my intended loot. Suddenly my nose started twitching with a sneeze. “Dammit,” I hissed, then fought to hold my breath.

“What’s going on in there, Kit?” Lucy asked, worry tight in her tone.

I wriggled my nose a few times to shake off the itch before replying, “You know how I often get pretty awesome hay fever in Autumn...?”

Lucy groaned like I was doing this to deliberately test her nerves, but I wasn’t trying to tease her. I might actually sneeze.

“I think it’s gone,” I said, relaxing minutely, and raised my foot for the next step. Of course, Murphy’s Law prevailed, and the second I shifted my weight, the urge to sneeze returned full force. I clamped my mouth and nose shut, but I lost my balance even as I tried to swallow my sneeze. My leg rocked into one of the laser beams.

“Shit!”

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8 December 2017

Review: Luca by Sarah Castille

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Luca
Sarah Castille

Ruin & Revenge #2

Published June 27th 2017

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The mafia men of New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille’s Ruin & Revenge series are hard, hot, and ruthless. They show no weakness and take no prisoners. But the right woman can soften their stone cold hearts and make them come alive with dark desire.

Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in Las Vegas, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart...until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn’t enough for a man who takes what he wants—and Luca will do whatever he can to possess his mysterious temptress...

Police detective Gabrielle Fawkes lives for revenge. She lost everything at the hands of an unforgiving ruler of the Vegas underworld. Now she wants to see him six feet under. But when a near-fatal attack leads her into Luca’s arms, what was meant to be one night of unbridled passion becomes something forbiddingly more. Luca has his own agenda, but when strong, determined, kick-ass detective Gaby sets her sights on her target, Luca feels compelled to stand by her side and protect her at all costs. However, pursuing danger comes at a high price—and both Gaby and Luca must work together in order to eliminate the dark enterprise that threatens them, in Luca by Sarah Castille.

My Review

After visiting the mob museum in Vegas, I have been mildly obsessed and intrigued with their culture and way of life. And as with the first book in the Ruin & Revenge series, Nico, Castille gave me exactly what I wanted from this book: mafia affairs, action, mystery and suspense, and heat (in all meaning of the word).

When I started Luca and I got my first taste of Gaby and Luca together, I loved the chemistry between them. Then, when the likelihood of them working out due to their profession choices hit me, I felt deflated. I couldn't see a way out for them that didn't result in one of them giving up who they are to be together - which I absolutely HATE when it happens. I'm not going to spoil anything, but I will say Castille knew where she was going from the get-go, and I was pleasantly surprised by a few of the plot twist and felt satisfied with the ending.

We didn't get to see Mia again, but there was a bit of a cameo from Nico, though it wasn't nearly enough for my liking. If they're in the same world, it seems only fair that we should get to see them again. *pouty face* I just really wanted to see Mia interact with Gabrielle - just imagine the trouble the two of them together would cause for Nico and Luca makes my devious heart sing. *evil chuckle*

Personally, I'm not particularly fond of the whole he-man, you're my woman and you do as I say, alpha male thing. I generally feel like it is going back on all the progress women have made in the last handful of decades, but with the way that Castille blends together Luca's and Gaby's personalities with the mafia / Italian culture, I found myself not overly hating it. I only found myself mildly annoyed a couple of times., which is a credit to Castille's writing and world-building skills.

I like how with this series there is always a POV that is separate to the two MCs who are  getting it on. It adds an unexpected and necessary depth to the story and highlights the fact that the love story isn't the only plotline.

I devoured this book, and I absolutely can't wait for the next in the series to be released so I can myself another fix of hot mafia men.


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6 December 2017

Blitz: The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane

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The Upside of Falling Down
Rebekah Crane

Coming January 30th 2018

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For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.

They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.

With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.

Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?

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Rebekah Crane is the author of three young-adult novels—Playing Nice, Aspen, and The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland. She found a passion for young-adult literature while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. After having two kids and living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience.

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My composure cracks when I’m safely tucked in a stall in the bathroom. Everything shifts, my real need coming into focus, like a caged bird that knows it doesn’t want to live behind bars anymore.

I need to get out of here.

How can I see my dad and not love him? What is wrong with me? Everything I thought would happen hasn’t.

I press my sweaty head against the cool stall door. I wish I could be who Stephen wants me to be, a fearless girl willing to fight through this. More importantly, I wish I could be who my dad wants me to be. Clementine Haas. But I can’t. To go home with him like this would mean that every day he’ll wake up and want Clementine there, and instead, every day it will be me—whoever I am. We’ll both live in a constant state of disappointment.

I can save him from that.

I come out of the stall, focusing on myself in the mirror.

“Jane,” I say to my reflection. “I’m Jane.”

Stephen surely won’t help me get out of here. He wants to keep me safe in the hospital, which is still surrounded by camera crews and reporters. But there’s another way.

The hallway is clear of my dad and Stephen when I poke my head out from the bathroom. My heart races as I walk swiftly away from my room and toward the staircase at the other end of the hall. Once the door closes behind me, and I’m safely tucked out of sight in the stairwell, a moment of relief comes, but it’s brief.

The railing keeps me steady as I make my way down the steps and onto the first floor. My legs are weak, slow, but it’s not an option to stop at this point. Stop and I get caught. Move and I might find freedom.

In the courtyard, Kieran sits at the table where I left him, his feet up on the bench, a book in his hands. I check out the cover. It’s clearly a romance novel.

“You like romance novels, too,” I say. “We have something in common. Though I wouldn’t peg you as a romantic.”

“I’m full of surprises.” He squints in the sunlight. “I’ve never understood why guys go for fast cars and guns when these books have fast women and sex.”

“Honesty again. That’s a good thing.”

Kieran dog-ears the page he’s on and closes the book, setting it down on the table. “You ran away from the dare.”

“I didn’t run away.” I take back my seat. “I had to do something.”

“What was that?”

“It doesn’t matter. I’m ready now.”

“Are you sure, Jane?”

Kieran is just full of good questions, but debating the answer with myself would take too much time.

“Jane Middleton,” I say, holding out my hand. “That’s my last name.”

“Very royal sounding.” He places his warm hand in mine and says, “Kieran O’Connell. It’s nice to meet you.”

“Very Irish sounding, Kieran O’Connell.”

“Half-Irish, on my mother’s side.”

“And your dad?” I ask.

“Technically, he’s British, but he’s more asshole than anything.”

“Honesty again.” I reach for the last container of Jell-O on his tray. “I’m ready for my dare. Spoon, please.”

Kieran holds one up but doesn’t hand it over. “Are you sure you want to do this, Jane? It’s pig and cow parts.”

This is so much more than Jell-O. This is my life he’s holding in front of me.

“Where’s Waterville?” I ask, pointing to his hat.

“South of here a few hours.”

“Is it by Cork?” I ask, remembering the map and trying to sound like I know a thing or two.

“Not exactly. A bit more west.”

“Is that where you live?”

“For the summer months.”

I point to his T-shirt. “Then you go back to Trinity College?”

“Yep.”

“And where is that?”

“It’s in Dublin.” Kieran looks at me oddly. “Have you not heard of Trinity College?”

“Of course, I have. I just forgot for a second. It’s in Dublin. Right.”

“What about you?” he asks. “Are you on break from college as well?”

The question throws me. I have no idea if Clementine is in college. But I’m also not sure it matters. The part of me that keeps searching for Clementine needs a break. Jane can be whoever she wants. “Yeah, sure,” I say.

“What are you studying?”

“Undecided,” I say quickly. “You?”

Kieran rolls his eyes. “Business.”

“You don’t sound happy about that.”

“Not everything in life can be happy, Jane.”

The spoon rests in Kieran’s hand. No, sometimes life beats you down. Sometimes life deserts you, and your only choice is to find another path. “Are you going to give me that spoon or what?”

“You know, you don’t have to do this,” he says. His blue eyes hold mine. He knows this is more than just Jell-O, too. That’s what a dare does. It taunts you to take a different direction, to do something you never thought you could do, to jump, knowing that a million consequences could be on the other side of that dare, but that if you don’t do it, you’ll always wonder. And sometimes wondering is worse than consequences.

“I’m doing it,” I say. And I shovel a spoonful of pig and cow parts into my mouth.

Kieran sits back, a broad grin growing on his face. When I’ve eaten the container clean, he claps.

“I wasn’t sure you had it in you.”

I have to choke down the last bits of Jell-O, then I put my empty container on the tray with his, only partly satisfied.

“Why are you here?” I ask. “It can’t possibly be for pig and cow parts.”

“I come up to volunteer. Help out my fellow man and all. The food is just an added bonus.”

“That’s nice of you.”

“People need help,” Kieran says coolly. “It’s the least I can do.”

“People do need help,” I agree. “And now it’s my turn.”

“For what?”

“Truth or dare?” I say.

A glimmer comes to Kieran’s eyes. “That’s my line of questioning.”

“It’s not fair that I answer the question and you don’t.”

“Life isn’t fair, Jane. It’s all Jell-O, remember.”

I lean across the table. “Are you chicken or something?”

My confidence is surprising. Kieran seems to bring out something natural in me, or maybe he brings out more faith that the girl I was is still with me, just waiting to come out. Our eyes are fixed on each other’s. Kieran crosses his arms over his chest.

The clucking starts first. Then I start to flap my arms like chicken wings. Kieran glances around at all the other tables, and then he starts to laugh.

“OK. OK.” He holds up his hands in surrender.

But as soon as the clucking stops, someone drops an entire tray of dishes onto the concrete sidewalk. They break with a loud crash. I startle, freezing in my seat. It chokes the breath right out of me. A head rush comes on so suddenly that I’m worried I’ll faint right in front of him. Blood sinks to my feet. My hands go clammy. I start to sweat.

“Are you OK, Jane?”

Kieran talks, but I can’t see him. My head rests in my hands. Sound reverberates through me, and an intense pain creeps up behind my eyes. For a second, I swear I feel someone grab my hand. I expect to see fingers intertwined with mine, but they’re gone, and I’m left with a horrible empty feeling inside my chest.

“Are you OK?” Kieran asks again.

“I’m fine.” If I faint, this is over. With ragged breath and shaking hands that he can’t see under the table, I say, “Truth or dare, Kieran?”

“We don’t have to do this.”

“Truth or dare?” I say again more forcefully.

Kieran shakes his head. “It’s a Catch-22. Neither is easy. They both have consequences.”

“Do I have to start clucking again?”

He pauses for too long, and then he says, “Fine. Dare.”

The blood returns to my hands and head. The sweat dries on my forehead. This time, my voice doesn’t shake as I speak.

“I dare you to get me the hell out of here.”


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3 December 2017

Blitz: Now or Never by Lucy Smoke

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Now or Never
Lucy Smoke

Iris Boys #1

Published November 29th 2017

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“Harlow Hampton meets the Iris Boys.”

All I needed was a break. A sign. Something.

Nearly getting run over was not the sign I was looking for, but it’s what I got. That and a group of guys who say they work for something called Iris.

No, thank you.

I had enough to deal with, thank you very much. No brother. No dad. No sanity most of the time. I certainly didn’t need to be dealing with thieves and wild cats and guys that were way too good looking. That is…I didn’t need them until they were all I had left. Now I have to make a decision about my future and whether or not they’re going to be in it.

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Lucy Smoke is a self proclaimed creative schizophrenic. She suffers from severe wanderlust and enjoys people watching to find her next character. Who knows, maybe you're in one of her stories as well.

Lucy Smoke is a writer of dark romance, new adult romance, and young adult romance. Many of her novels experiment with newer sub genre's such as reverse harem. You can like her facebook page and keep up to date on her teasers for future novels and chances to win free books and prizes!

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2 December 2017

Bllitz: On Davis Row by N.R. Walker

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On Davis Row
N.R. Walker

Published November 27th 2017

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Nearing the end of a suspended jail sentence should unlock a brighter future for CJ Davis, only the chip on his shoulder is as hard to shift as his bad reputation. Born into a family of career criminals who live down Davis Road, an address the cops have dubbed Davis Row, his name alone is like a rap sheet that makes optimism impossible.

Brand-new parole officer Noah Huxley is determined to see the good in men like CJ. After all, he knows firsthand that bad things can happen to good people. His colleagues mock his doe-eyed optimism, but Noah soon sees CJ’s bad attitude and bravado are weapons he uses to keep people at a distance.

Both men know one simple mistake can change a life forever. At first glance, they might seem to be polar opposites. Yet underneath, they're not that different at all.

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N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.

She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things... but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

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I found CJ around the side of the house at the old shed that was once probably the garage. It was too small for a car now, barely big enough to house his dirt bike and an old lawnmower. He was pretending to be busy with a spanner and a spark plug, and he was very deliberately pretending I wasn’t there.

“Uh, Pops has just gone for a lie-down. He wanted me to tell you. He was coughing pretty bad, so I got him a glass of water.”

The spanner slid off the spark plug and he took a measured breath. “I can look after him.”

“And you do quite well,” I said. “He said you do everything for him.”

CJ knelt beside his bike, knees spread, and refitted the spark plug and worked the ratchet to tighten it in. The muscles in his forearms bunched, his hips flexed a little, and his dirty white shirt rode up so I could see the skin above his low-slung jeans.

God, he was . . . a fucking client who I should not be checking out.

He jumped to his feet and I snapped out of my own head. “Whaddya want?” he asked, brushing past me as he walked back out. He put a cigarette between his lips and I was transfixed. Smoking was a filthy habit, but I’d never wanted to be a cigarette so much in my life.

“Oh, that reminds me,” I said, ignoring his question. “Thanks for the bar recommendation. Had a great time.”

The lighter stopped just shy of his cigarette.

Oh, what’s that? A chink in the armour of CJ Davis?


He lit the cigarette and blew out the smoke. “You went there?”

“Last Sunday night. They have a happy hour at eight.”

He stared at the line of trees to our right and remained utterly silent.

“Did you send me to the only gay bar in Maitland for a laugh? Thinking I’d be horribly offended? Because the back room was just what I needed, if you know what I mean . . .”

His nostrils flared and I bit back a smile. The truth was, I had two drinks, chatted to a few guys, nothing more, and left very much alone. But I sure as hell wasn’t telling him that. He told me to go there as a joke. Maybe he thought I was a joke. Maybe he thought all gay people were. He had no idea I was gay, so maybe he thought sending me there was an insult?

“You got a problem with gay people, CJ?”

His gaze shot to mine, a hard, cold stare. He bit on his cigarette and drew back hard. “Fuck you.”

Maybe there was something underlying in his anger, it was hard to tell. Maybe the nerve I’d hit was a little too raw? “Have you been there?” I asked. “To HQ?”

I didn’t miss the way his eyes flickered back to the house, like the walls or the old man inside might hear. But then he glared at me, took one last drag of his cigarette, and flicked it away. “You done?”

“Yeah, I’m done.” I took two long steps and stopped in front of him. “Next week’s appointment is at the office. You know the drill. If you can’t make it, you need to check in with me first, okay?”

His jaw bulged. “Whatever.”

“You have a drugs and alcohol meeting next Thursday. Why don’t you make it after that, to save you a second trip into town.”

He folded his arms, making his jacket stretch across his shoulders, defining his biceps. It also made his shirt ride up at the front, revealing a dusting of dark hair below his navel.

God, this was so inappropriate. I didn’t know what it was about this guy that sang to me. Maybe it was his stunning rough looks or how he had no idea how good-looking he was. Maybe it was his bad-boy image that I was drawn to. Wouldn’t be the first time.

Even if there was any remote chance he was into guys, and then by some remote chance he was single, nothing could happen between us. We had a professional relationship that could not be violated, in any shape or form. Was that what attracted me to him? Wanting what I simply couldn’t have?

“You all right there?” he asked, catching me checking him out. He had a look of indignation on his face, but there was also a spark of daring in his eyes. The tips of his ears were a red that matched the colour of his lips. He stood with his feet spread and his arms crossed. It was purely defensive, confrontational even, but he wasn’t threatening to me. He was a challenge, a puzzle I wanted to solve.


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1 December 2017

Reveal: The Devil Inside by Jane Hinchey

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The Devil Inside
Jane Hinchey

Hell’s Gate #2

Coming January 2018

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God is missing…

And Heaven is dying.


And if that weren’t bad enough, I’m in a showdown with my brothers. I don’t care if they’re family—they pissed off the wrong sister. Those Arch Angels are going to pay the price for getting my lover, Levi Forrester dragged into another dimension by a vicious soul stealer.

Retrieving Levi won’t be easy, but I’m Hellbent on taking back what’s mine. After all, when you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.

Now, with God disappearing, lost souls multiplying, and a new threat on the loose, it’s up to me to make things right.

I’m Lucy, the CEO of Hell, and come Hell or high water, I will get my way.

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Aussie Author Jane Hinchey writes sexy, snarky, badass, paranormal romances and urban fantasy novels.

Living in the City of Churches (aka Adelaide, South Australia) with her man, two cats, and turtle, she spends her days writing fantastical stories full of dark sexy vampires, hot shifters, sexy aliens, jaw dropping demons, sinful angels, and magical witches – and while they can be snarky and swear a lot, they mean well and you’ll grow to love them. Honestly.

When she’s not in her writing cave she’s usually playing the Sims, Civilizations or something similar, binge watching Netflix or upping the ante in the crazy cat lady stakes. She loves to hear from her readers, so swing on by her website at www.janehinchey.com and say hi.

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30 November 2017

Blitz: Bad Princess by Julianna Keyes

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Bad Princess
Julianna Keyes

Published November 27th 2017

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Notorious for leaping off roofs, maiming foreign royals, and that twerking incident, Brinley Cantrella of Estau is nobody’s definition of a good princess. She’s fearless and bold, not good and gracious. And after a lifetime of being told she’s unfit to be queen, wearing the crown and helping to usher Estau into a new era is the one dream she’s never dared chase.

But when her older sister abdicates the throne, all Brinley has to do to inherit the role is not twerk, not maim anybody, and definitely not get caught fooling around topless with Prince Finn, her childhood crush, the only man she’s ever loved…and her sister’s former future husband.

Finn embodies the definition of good. Tall and handsome, serious and honorable, he always does the right thing—including agreeing to marry his ex’s sister to cover up this latest scandal. Brinley has fallen down stairs, broken teeth and broken bones, but this is the first time her heart has ever been broken. She now has the crown and the prince, and on the surface, life is good—but is being married to a man everyone swears could never love her back good enough?

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Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She’s been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills—or terrifies—her as much as the blank page. She loves Chinese food, foreign languages, baseball and television, though not necessarily in that order, and writes sizzling stories with strong characters, plenty of conflict, and lots of making up.

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So…a royal romance. That’s new for you. What gives?

The idea for this story was sparked when I saw a call for a royal romance-themed anthology. The title “Bad Princess” popped into my head, and because they were looking for novellas, I naively thought, “I can write this. It’s short—how hard could it be?” Which was both right and wrong—it’s definitely not easier to write a short book, but at the same time, it forced me to really keep the pace tight and the story focused, and made me cut out all the filler my mind automatically tries to insert to glue the pieces together. So it was new in a lot of ways, but more than anything, it was really fun.

You say the heroine is a bad princess. What type of bad? Is she evil?

No, she’s not evil at all. But basically from the moment she was born, she’s been known as the “bad princess,” always living in her perfect older sister’s shadow. Both Brinley and the kingdom are pretty okay with that, until her sister abdicates and Brinley is the one left holding the crown. She doesn’t fit the traditional mold of “princess,” and she definitely doesn’t fit the kingdom’s motto of “Be good and be gracious.” She’s curious and impulsive and her lack of self-restraint has put her in a lot of awkward and precarious positions. But the story is about Brinley—and those around her—coming to realize that maybe it’s not time for her fit the definition of “good princess,” maybe it’s time to change it. And that’s a really empowering message.

Tell us about the hero.

The hero is Prince Finn, who was expected to marry Brinley’s sister before she abdicated, and instead winds up marrying Brinley to help cover up her latest scandal. He’s stern and formal and sexy, and doesn’t say a lot. His silent nature is deliberate—the only thing Brinley ever hears is how bad she is, and now she has this person in her life who’s not saying much at all, but definitely never criticizing her, and that silence begins to speak volumes. Of course, when Finn does speak, he melts her heart…and sometimes her panties.

Does this story have a high heat level?

I’d say so. It takes a while for the chemistry to bubble over, but when it does, Brinley and Finn are on fire. Brinley has secretly adored Finn since she was five, and it takes her a while to believe he could truly want her back, but when she starts to believe—when he convinces her—it’s worth the wait.

Is there a happily ever after?

Of course! It’s half the length of my other books, but it has a beginning, a middle, and an end, character development, humour, heart, heartbreak, steamy scenes, and most importantly, a well-earned happily ever after.


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26 November 2017

Blitz: When in Rome by C.J. Duggan

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When in Rome
C.J. Duggan

A Heart of the City Novel

Published November 26th 2017

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The fourth standalone novel in CJ Duggan's Heart of the City series from the internationally bestselling author of the Summer and Paradise series.

Rome wasn't built in a day . . . but it's only going to take one for Sammi's world to crumble.

How did a self-orchestrated gap year turn into a less-than-enthralling lifestyle as a couch potato at her parents' house? Determined to get motivated and join life again, Sammi Shorten books a budget Bellissimo Tour to Rome, the Eternal City. What she hadn't signed up for was being stuck with an eclectic group of binge-drinking foreigners in a bed-bug-infested hostel from hell. Things in Rome really couldn't get much worse . . . could they?

When plans go completely awry Sammi's left with only one option, and it's the one place she really doesn't want to turn - to the man who might very well get her into the worst trouble of all: the gorgeous local tour guide, Marcello Bambozzi.

When in Rome is the fourth standalone book in CJ Duggan's sassy, sexy new adult series, Heart of the City.


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CJ Duggan is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books, including Paradise City, Paradise Road, the Summer series and the Heart of the City series. She lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

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19 November 2017

Blitz: Bound to the Bad Boy Series by Alexis Abbott

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Bound for Life
Alexis Abbott

Bound to the Bad Boy #1

Published August 1st 2017

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The start of the Bound to the Bad Boy trilogy by Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Alexis Abbott

I never knew what he sacrificed to save my life. I never knew why he abandoned me all those years ago.

My soulmate. My first love. The only one I've ever wanted.

I moved on, tried to forget his smile, the way his hands felt on my skin.

But when my life gets dangerous again, he walks back into my store, white knight to the rescue.

The Mafia is breathing down our necks, threatening our second chance at romance.

But what they don't realize is that our love makes us strong. Makes us dangerous.

The Mafia wants to kill us both, but we're not going down without a fight.

This is a full-length romantic suspense novel that is Part 1 in an exciting new trilogy by Alexis Abbott. Explicit language. Safe from cheating.

The Complete Trilogy

  

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Alexis Abbott is a USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author who writes about bad boys protecting their girls! Pick up her books today and find yourself transported with super steamy sex, gritty suspense, and lots of romance.

She also writes as Alex Abbott for her erotic thrillers and contemporary romance.

She lives in beautiful St. John's, NL, Canada with her amazing husband.

Excerpt

“After everything that’s happened today, I never expected a stranger to take that kind of time,” Serena says with a sigh.
“What’s happened today?” I ask, quirking a brow, and I see her cheeks tinge with a bit of color.

“Wh- oh, nothing. The guy who caused the accident just kind of ran off, is all,” she lies, averting her eyes to the setting sun outside.

“Dirty move,” I say, crossing my arms. “Good thing you run a soap store.”

She just stares at me in disbelief for a beat before she bursts into a laugh at my awful pun, covering her face for a moment. “Oh...wow,” she says, starting to take a few steps toward me. “Who are you?”

“Someone who can tell you’ve had too much on your plate for one day,” I say. Every muscle in my body wants to take a step toward her as well, to play the game between us that she’s slipping into already. I want to flirt with her, charm her all over again, even as a stranger, take her out for a good time. If I’m really honest, I want to bend her over that counter and take her right here and now.

But for her safety, I have to keep my distance.

“Oh, who am I kidding,” she says, running a hand through her hair and looking out the door. “You’re right. Today’s been a nightmare.” She looks back to me, eyes flitting up and down my form. “Thank you, though. Really. God, I feel so silly, you didn’t come here to-”

“Get some rest,” I say, her name on the tip of my tongue before I reel it back in. “I’ll come back by tomorrow. Maybe I can take care of any other messes that come up,” I say, a boyish smile on my face.

I see the color flush into her cheeks, and she loses her words for a moment before she says, “I’ll be here!”

She was a spoiled brat when I knew her, but even then, it was the easiest thing in the world to get her off her guard and swooning. But I liked that about her. She didn’t feel shame for her feelings. She felt everything intensely. It was good to see that hadn’t changed.

There’s so much more I want to say, but I step out into the cool air without another word to her as I hear her voice calling, “Wait, I didn’t get your name!”

I pretend not to hear.

Seeing how happy she is now, I can’t let our tangled past flood into her life and upset everything she has. She’s running her own business, for god’s sake.

How would she feel about me if she knew I was an enforcer for the mafia?



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17 November 2017

Reveal: Right Kiss. Wrong Guy. by Natalie Decker

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Right Kiss. Wrong Guy.
Natalie Decker

Offsides #2

Coming January 23rd 2018

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You’d think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.

But Valentine’s Day sucks when you’re single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.

A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom’s match-making business is doing great, and her school’s new fundraiser is “Love-Grams.”

Juliet’s miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.

Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he’s all but invisible. She isn’t impressed.

Jared’s never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and he’s determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla’s sister.

Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won’t work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?

Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone’s face. Juliet won’t play his game.

Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.

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Natalie Decker is the author of Rival Love series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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15 November 2017

Reveal: Abroad Book Two by Liz Jacobs

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Abroad Book Two
Liz Jacobs

Coming January 2nd 2018

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The heartwarming and romantic conclusion to the duology celebrated by Teen Vogue as “a nuanced and sexy take on growing up and learning to accept who you are.”

Nick Melnikov has finally done it — he’s come out.

To himself. To his sister. And to Dex, who listens, hears him, and understands. To Dex, who kisses him and shows him all that they could be, if Nick could only find the courage. It’s one thing to let yourself be open thousands of miles away from your family, but exchange student Nick is uncomfortably aware that his time with Dex is running out. Who will he be when he goes home again?

Dex Cartwell is as happy with Nick as he’s ever been, but he can’t ignore the shadow of Nick’s inevitable departure from London, back to his life in Michigan. Is it worth it for Dex to expose his heart to another doomed relationship with a predetermined expiration date? What does Dex really want for the beginning of the next chapter in his life, post-graduation?

Dex wants to turn to his best friend in the struggle to find a way forward, but Izzy Jones has her own problems. She’s got one friend in love with her, and when she turns to another for help things get twice as complicated. Izzy never wanted complicated, but life just keeps getting in the way — and sweeping her off her feet.

Then Nick’s mom and sister come for a visit, and he is forced to decide between living his truth and protecting himself from fear and change. It’s going to take a lot of courage and a few leaps in the dark if Nick, Dex, and Izzy are to find a way to live and love on their own terms.

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Liz Jacobs came over with her family from Russia at the age of 11, as a Jewish refugee. All in all, her life has gotten steadily better since that moment. They settled in an ultra-liberal haven in the middle of New York State, which sort of helped her with the whole “grappling with her sexuality” business.

She has spent a lot of her time flitting from passion project to passion project, but writing remains her constant. She has flown planes, drawn, made jewelry, had an improbable internet encounter before it was cool, and successfully wooed the love of her life in a military-style campaign. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her essay on her family’s experience with immigration.

She currently lives with her wife in Massachusetts, splitting her time between her day job, writing, and watching a veritable boatload of British murder mysteries.

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10 November 2017

Tour: Ready for Wild by Liora Blake

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Ready for Wild
Liora Blake

Grand Valley #3

Published October 31st 2017

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Featuring Liora Blake’s signature “funny, endearing, and more than a little hot” (Library Journal) style, the third novel in the Grand Valley series features a rough-talking game warden going toe-to-toe with a TV star who unexpectedly turns his life upside down.

Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.

But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.

As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.

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Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.

When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.

My Review

So I started reading Ready for Wild in the middle of a reading slump, and also when I really should have been studying for my exams... but I'm so glad that I was procrastinating hard and decided to pick this book up! Blake delivers a delightful read with humours and witty banter between characters that I just absolutely loved.

I did find the writing style  to be a little wordy, which made it difficult at times for me to understand what was going on. This mainly occurred when Amber and Braden were talking hunting specifics, because that information flies straight over my head in the best situations. I was able to still work out the general idea of what was going on, however, this by no means meant that I understood it - this was a situation where I just sat back and enjoyed the ride, and maybe learnt a thing or two. You never know when being able to whip our some random hunting trivia might come in handy.

Now, to the MCs. I’m a bit on the fence about Braden. While I like that he’s a straight shooter and says what he means - I'm a big believer in honesty is the best policy - but man, does he over think everything! Every time I was in his head, I just wanted to shake him a but and yell, "JUST BE IN THE MOMENT!" Honestly, for someone that  prides himself on linking the simpler things in life, he sure has a tendency to make things ten times more dramatic than they need to be. Overall he is a kind and generally good person - who can fault that?

I really quite enjoyed reading Amber's spunk and attitude towards everyday moments and challenges. She's not the greatest communicator of her feelings - girl, I can relate! - but Braden is good for her in that sense, pushing her comfort zones and encouraging Amber to allow herself to feel rather than bottle up. Though, I did feel as though her character was lacking a bit. Braden and  and her brother, Trey, kept alluding to this ‘hidden’ side of her personality, but other than a couple of tiny glimpses of it here and there, there wasn't really much to support and convince me of this.

Love, love, love, Trey. He better have his own book... BRB *goes and Google searchs* So, it hasn't been written yet, which is disappointing, however, the style of writing in this novel suggests that there is going to be a book about him.... I guess there's nothing left to do except wait and hope.

Also, Collin and Teagan. So cute! That is all.

So I'm off to go read the first two books in the standalone Grand Valley series, so I'll leave you with a few reasons to read this book; you like hunting, you enjoy witty banter that builds sexual tension, you love dogs, you love a HEA story.


3 out of 5

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