New Release: DESIRED: A Club Sin Novel by Stacey Kennedy (+ AMAZING Giveaway!)

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Author Stacey Kennedy takes readers on another sinful (and satisfying) visit to the erotic world of Club Sin, in this, her third installment of the bestselling series.

Title: DESIRED
Author: Stacey Kennedy
Series: Club Sin, #3 (Claimed #1, Bared #2)
Publisher: Loveswept (Random House Publishing Group)
Release date: July 22, 2014!
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About DESIRED:

Desired by Stacey KennedyKyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.

After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves?

Desired is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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About the Author:

author Stacey KennedySTACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Sons of Anarchy.

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Read an Excerpt from DESIRED:

Forgive me.

Ella’s shoulders slumped and she sighed at her phone. Laughter and joy surrounded her, music and happiness, but her stomach plummeted as she read her husband, Rory Snow’s text. When would he give up? Didn’t a domestic violence protection order say This relationship is over?

As the band played a slow song, she ran her fingers over the scar by her right eye. The mark was a constant reminder of Rory. Every day she looked in the mirror she saw it and thought of him.

All she wanted was to forget. Heck, she’d been doing exactly that. Rory was the jackass who couldn’t let it go. Ella knew she should probably call the Savannah police department to inform them that Rory was contacting her, but she was so damn tired of it all. She had moved on and put Rory into her past of big mistakes.

She’d hoped Rory would do the same.

That didn’t look like it was going to happen anytime soon.

With a grumble, she slipped her phone into her dress pocket and zipped it closed. She scanned through the crowd on the dance floor and her gaze landed on the bride. Aidan’s new wife was beautiful. Thin and elegant, Cora belonged on a magazine cover.

Ella’s heart twisted in the midst of memories of her wedding. Her day hadn’t been so lavish. Rory hadn’t rented out an entire resort at Lake Las Vegas for the event, ensuring their guests had a place to stay. Her wedding had cost all of two thousand dollars, but it had been enough for her.

She’d loved the high school sweetheart she’d met when she was fifteen and married five years later. Had loved him. Right up until Rory started drinking and drowning himself in booze.

Sober Rory was a good man.

Drunk Rory had a violent side.

That violence had shoved Ella face-first into a table. The night she’d got the stitches was the night she’d walked away from him. Six months later, she had left her life in Savannah. She moved to Vegas for the excitement, landing herself an amazing job at Knight Law Firm, working as the assistant for a highly respected defense attorney.

Ella enjoyed working for Aidan, and actually liked him as a person, too. He paid her almost triple what she had made in Savannah. Her professional life couldn’t get any better. It was the personal side of things that remained murky.

As she watched Aidan twirl his new wife around, dancing proudly for all to see, Ella tried to find her smile, but it remained hidden behind pain. Even if ten months had gone by since the night of the abuse, she couldn’t ignore the dark thoughts and her failed marriage.

It took six months to find the courage to file divorce papers, and another four months since leaving Savannah to pull herself together again, but she was over Rory in every sense of the word. She refused to let him ruin this special occasion. Grabbing her wineglass, she downed the remaining contents.

Tonight she hoped for a little liquid happiness.

When she lowered her glass to the table, a tingling sensation spread across her skin. Lifting her head, she gazed across the patio, and sitting at one of the patio sets was one of Aidan’s groomsmen. She’d never seen him before today, but that wasn’t a huge surprise, since she didn’t know most of the people at the wedding.

Except for a bunch of lawyers from the firm and Aidan’s parents, everyone else was a stranger. Aidan never mixed pleasure with business, and in the four months she had worked for him, she’d never met a single friend of his. Heck, she hadn’t known Aidan was dating. One day she’d thought he was single; the next he told her he was getting married.

Oddly enough, she was drawn to Aidan’s groomsman. Staring into his warm blue eyes, pins and needles and other sensitive feelings traveled up her body, settling between her thighs. She squirmed against her seat, avoiding the heat, and the side of his mouth curved. Her heart tripped and she glanced to her high-heeled shoe dangling off her toe.

Geebus, if he didn’t stop looking at her with those piercing eyes, she would combust. All night he’d been sneaking glances at her. They weren’t simple interested looks, either; they were outright assaults on her hormones. But a man’s attention was the last thing she was looking for.

No, thank you.

When she still sensed his gaze, she peeked to discover she wasn’t wrong. His intense stare was right on her. The power of it sucked the air from her lungs. Though she’d never believed in lust at first sight, perhaps it was because she had never experienced it.

Whoever he was, he was hot!

“More wine, miss?”

Ella gasped, looking up to the waitress standing next to her holding a bottle of white wine. She gave a shaky laugh. “To the top, please.”

The waitress smiled, filling the glass to the rim. “Why aren’t you dancing?”

“I look like a dying fish when I dance,” Ella said with a laugh. “I have two left feet.”

“We’ll need to work on that, won’t we?”

The waitress was looking over Ella’s shoulder with wide eyes. And something in that masculine voice made Ella stiffen in her seat. The tone was low and seductive, but mischievous all the same.

Then he was there.

The groomsman who’d been staring at her from across the patio now stood in front of her. Ella’s mind went blank. He smelled of sandalwood, and the rich scent puckered her nipples. From afar she thought he had blue eyes, but up close she realized they were a blue-green color. Pretty. In fact, the whole package was beautiful, especially covered in the tux.

He leaned down toward her and offered his hand. His messily styled light brown hair dangled over his forehead. He was tall, much taller than she, and he filled out his tux nicely.

Hell’s bells!

“Dance with me,” he said.

Ella quivered under his clever smile, and a slow heat slid through her. He happened to be one of the hottest guys she’d ever seen. Well, in person and not on some magazine she figured was Photoshopped. Though, hot or not, there was still a problem. “I’m sorry, but I can’t dance.”

“Everyone can dance.” His potent stare held hers and his hand never lowered. “It’s all about who is leading.”

Persistent sexy man.

Under his intense scrutiny her insides went mushy. The power this man exuded burned through her, reminding her she hadn’t felt this way in a long time. The attraction was intoxicating, and something needy inside her unfurled, yearning to explore it.

No, her mind argued.

At her pause, one sleek brow arched. “If you wait any longer to take my hand, you might give me a complex.”

The waitress hadn’t moved, watching the exchange. Even if Ella hated dancing and wasn’t looking for a relationship, she couldn’t refuse the urge to be squished up against him. Besides, what was a dance? This hunk was the perfect way to get her mind off Rory and onto something a lot better.

As she rose and slid her fingers into his warm grip, his gaze remained on hers. Heat stormed into her, spiraling low in her body with a wicked thud. She didn’t doubt that smile got him into many women’s beds.

It had power and charm.

He tightened his fingers around hers, and something passed in the air between them, so hot and so damn unforgettable, her body all but liquefied. He tugged her closer and she felt something odd inside awaken, something she couldn’t quite put her finger on.

Something she wanted to lose herself in.

A sensation that made her mind shut off.

He led her into the middle of the crowd on the dance floor, pulling her tight against him as if she belonged right there in his arms. He had no hesitation about placing his hand low on her back, quite close to her bottom, and sandwiching their bodies together.

Ella swallowed and avoided his gaze, staring at the band as they played a classic song. She wasn’t blind to the glaringly obvious fact that the groomsman had an erection. She thought she should be offended or something, but found herself fighting against the desire to rub against him.

“Ella, right?”

She cleared her throat, angling her head. His face was chiseled and smooth, but his eyes were what made this man sexy. They held mischief with a sense of confidence. “Yes, and you would be?”

“Kyler Morgan.”

Of course, the sexy man came with a sexy name. She swayed her hips, trying to follow his movements, only feeling more uncomfortable. Not a second later, she stepped on his foot. “Oh, shit!”

He chuckled. “It’s a foot. I’ve got two, so it’s okay.” He pressed his hand tighter against her back, erasing the distance. Then he shook their clasped hands. “Stop fighting me. Relax.”

Ella sighed. I suck at this!

He leaned down, placing his mouth near her ear, and whispered, “So you work for Aidan, yes?”

His voice raised goose bumps across her flesh, and she shivered. “Yes.” She glanced to the others on the dance floor. It pleased her that no one was watching her horrible dancing skills. Then she stared up into Kyler’s handsome face, since he didn’t allow her any room to do otherwise. “Since you’re Aidan’s groomsman, you must be a good friend.”

A low noise hummed in his throat, and the sound spoke to her on a level she couldn’t have anticipated. It warmed her from head to toe, and her muscles went lax. His fingers slid across her lower back, squeezing her against him, and the heat of his touch burned to her core. “Been good friends for a long time now.”

Good grief, the man seemed not to care they were strangers. He touched her as if they were well acquainted. In the midst of that confidence, Ella forgot the world around her. Her mind focused on him and the way he moved her across the dance floor.

He continued to guide her movements and never once took his eyes off her. “I didn’t see a date with you tonight. Are you unattached?”

Her insides somersaulted with his question, as he appeared interested in finding out if anyone stood in his way. She pondered whether to spill out the details that she was in the process of getting divorced and not looking for another relationship. Well, she would be if Rory’s lawyer stopped dragging his feet. But why tell that depressing shit to a smoking-hot man sandwiching her against the hard planes of his body? “Nope, not attached.”

His chin dipped, bringing his mouth within centimeters of hers. “A good thing for me, Ella, since I’m enjoying this.” The music soared through the air, and as her hips swayed with his, his erection pressed against her stomach.

Trapped in his intense gaze, her body flushed as desire simmered. Holy Jesus, she hadn’t felt this aroused in the presence of a man. No one had ever made her burn with a dance, a look, or the sound of his voice.

Kyler’s mouth twitched as he ran his thumb over the top of her hand. “See, sweetheart, you can dance.”

She blinked, realizing she had completely relaxed in his hold, and he was moving her around the dance floor, effortlessly. She leaned in to him, consumed by the strength of his hold. “Apparently, you’re a good teacher.”

He winked. “You bet your pretty little ass I am.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Temptation by Robin Covington

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Title: Temptation

Author: Robin Covington

Expected Publication: August 5th, 2014

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About Temptation:

Temptation CoverShe needs to be good.

Five years ago, Kit Landry was homeless and alone at sixteen. Determined to ditch her crappy life, she moved to Nashville with only $200, her guitar, and a notebook full of songs. She hit it big as America’s country sweetheart, but a year of living like a rock star plus a stint in rehab has killed any good will she had with her label. The suits have ordered Kit to shape up or ship out of the limelight. The last thing she needs is a hot, sexy distraction with a sinful smile.

He doesn’t know the meaning of the word.

Max Butler is as far from a celebrity as you can get and he likes it that way. A Nashville firefighter, he’s living the single life with a revolving door of parties, friends, and a different woman in his bed every night. When his normal life suddenly collides with the girl on his favorite Rolling Stone cover, he sees the perfect chance to fulfill his ultimate fantasy and see just how bad Kit can be.

Sometimes bad is so very good.

With three weeks until Kit leaves for her big tour, Max promises to give her a break from being the good girl–no strings attached. But when hot days lead to sultry nights, the lines get blurred and suddenly three weeks of bad might not be good enough.

Excerpt:

Finished with his ribbon, I rested my hands on his chest and leaned up to kiss his cheek.

Under my hands, his chest constricted with his swift intake of breath at the moment my lips touched his skin. I inhaled deeply, soaking in his scent of cedar wood, citrus, and warm male while the blood pounded in my ears and my skin grew warmer. Pulling away, we both exhaled slowly as our eyes locked in a heated exchange of shock and desire.

There was no mistaking the look of desire in his eyes, and I’m sure it matched the one in my own. I wanted him with jaw-clenching intensity and the part of me that was all woman unfurled after being packed away for so long. I might as well have been back on that fire escape, because this felt just as dangerous. More dangerous.

Behind me, the gathered paparazzi began to call out above the murmuring of the crowd.

“Give him a real kiss, Kit!”

“Is that how you thank a hero?”¬

“Kiss him!”

At the sound of their voices, I glanced over my shoulder. Everyone was smiling encouragingly; the press wanted the photo, the other firefighters were cheering on their boy.

I looked back at Max for his opinion.

A smirk pulled at the edge of his lips. “I did save your life.”

I narrowed my eyes, not really mad at the suggestion. “That’s not fair.”

He shrugged his shoulders the slightest bit and grinned. “Chicken?”

Oh. Hell. No.

Determined and rising to the bait, I lifted my face, slowly closing the distance between our mouths. This would be quick, fun and flirty, and over before it began.

I had no fucking clue what I was talking about.

The first press of our mouths was like being hooked up to a live wire. We both broke contact in surprise but quickly began again, the lure of such intense pleasure already addictive.

I was the one who took it deeper, running my tongue along his, dipping inside to taste him. I couldn’t help myself; it was like putting my favorite dessert in front of me and saying that I could only have a sample. Good luck trying to stop me.

Max groaned and grabbed my hips, his fingers lightly digging into my flesh—tugging me closer and turning the kiss hotter, wetter. His mouth slanted over mine and his tongue stroked past my lips, taking what he wanted and what I freely gave. My knees went weak, and I clutched the fabric of his uniform, holding him close as the kiss went on and on.

The sound of whooping and clapping startled me and snapped me back to reality. This wasn’t good.

I distanced myself from Max, only far enough away to end the kiss but not far enough to lose the physical contact of his hands on me. I was breathing hard, my breasts swollen under the tight dress, my lips tender and tingly. Max was panting, his face hard and eyes hot.

Painfully aware of our audience and my management and label resident glaring at me from the other end of the room, I tried to pull back further but Max shook his head, holding me in his grip.

“We shouldn’t have done that,” I said.

“Maybe not, but I want to do it again,” he answered, his smile intimate and naughty enough to make me shiver. “And I want to do more.”

I sucked in a breath. I had thought the fire was dangerous, but I was wrong. Max was the thing I needed to worry about.

“You’re no angel,” I whispered.

“I’m glad you finally figured it out.”

 

About author Robin Covington:

Robin CovingtonRobin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hot contemporary and paranormal romance.

A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut novel was a 2012 finalist in the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards, earned 4.5 stars and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Manganiello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington and Maryland Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.

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Get ‘Electrified’ with Rachel Blaufeld

Get Electrified with Rachel Blaufeld and the first book in her brand new Electric Tunnel series!

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Title: Electrified (The Electric Tunnel Series #1)

Author: Rachel Blaufeld

Release date: April 29th, 2014

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About Electrified (The Electric Tunnel Series #1):

Electrified CoverEveryone knows her as Sienna Flower.

Her curves and long lashes tease and taunt from her very own billboard where the desert meets the Las Vegas Strip. She’s the hottest stripper in town, known for her sultry and indecent moves coupled with her virginal eyes.
She’s a heady and unique combination, and a mystery to all who come to see her.
Sienna captivates crowds nightly at the Electric Tunnel, leaving them wanting to know more about the sensual enigma. But no one ever sees beyond the heavily guarded stripper onstage. She is Sienna Flower 24/7.
No one other than her closest friend and boss, Asher Peterson, who helped turn a young and frightened girl into who Sienna is today. Together they created the sexual illusion known as Sienna Flower. They will go to any lengths to protect her image, which is why Sienna is convinced she must remain unattached and alone.
Like everyone else in Vegas, Sienna is hiding something and playing a role. A good girl in her former life, she was raised to be obedient and accepting of her fate, but there are some circumstances no one should be expected to accept. She escaped to a world light years away from the one she was subjected to…the Electric Tunnel.
Now she can never be anything other than Sienna Flower. Not only would she be hurt, but everyone around her would suffer the consequences.
That is, until she meets private detective Carson Graham, the dark and mysterious ex-FBI agent who watches her dance every weekend. With his dark hair and chocolate-brown eyes, Carson begins to heat Sienna’s heart and body, melting away the layers and secrets. Sienna doesn’t want to get attached to Carson, but when another man surfaces and starts hunting her down, bringing out the scars of her old life, she can’t help but seek comfort in Carson’s protection.
With everyone trading on the secrets of her past, Sienna finds herself caught in an awful web of lies. Her ultimate fear is hurting her friends at the Tunnel, but she doesn’t know who to trust. Namely, Carson. Is he good? Or bad? Does she have the luxury of finding out?

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My Thoughts:  I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  The plot was intriguing and the main characters had much more depth than I was anticipating.  Ms. Blaufeld created a luscious world within the Electric Tunnel gentlemen’s club, never letting the setting or its employees become caricatures.  This group of “sinners” was far more loving and supportive than the “pious” family Sienna (aka Lila) left behind.  I certainly look forward to visiting this world, and its inhabitants, again!

Sienna/Lila was a much stronger woman than she gave herself credit for.  The courage she showed in abandoning her former life and creating a new one as an exotic dancer shaped her into a heroine I could not help but root for.  Her connection with Carson Graham was multi-layered and I appreciated the slow burn between them (not to mention the powerful conflagration once they gave in to their attraction).  Carson’s honesty was refreshing; he did everything in his power to make their future a reality while giving Sienna space and understanding.

I loved that there was an unexpected twist towards the end that made me gasp out loud – always fun when that happens.  The initial pace of the novel was a bit awkward for me but after the first few chapters the action sped up and I was hooked.   Electrified is a quick and enjoyable sexy read, one to add to your summer reading list.

About Rachel Blaufeld:

Rachel BlaufeldRachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.

Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

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Blog Tour: Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie

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**I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Title: Hope at Dawn
Author: Stacy Henrie
Series: Of Love and War, Book 1
Publisher: Forever Romance (Grand Central Publishing)
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Summary: 

With two brothers fighting in the Great War, her family needing extra money, and her boyfriend’s drinking driving a wedge between them, Livy Campbell accepts a job teaching German-American children in a nearby small town. But even there, the effects of the war can be felt as anti-German hysteria divides the town’s population. Friedrick Wagner feels shame for not fighting alongside his friends. Instead, he took a deferment to run his dying father’s farm, work as the school handyman, and provide for his younger siblings. With so much hatred surrounding him, he fears God may have forgotten him. His friendship with Livy gives him hope, but the obstacles dividing them must first be overcome.

My Thoughts:

First off, I need to take a moment to gush about this gorgeous cover! The pose and shading are so evocative of the tenor of this lovely book: gentle, elegant and heartwarming.  Kudos to the art department!

Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie

This tender Inspirational Romance about the struggles of those on the homefront during The Great War (aka WWI) was a delightful detour from some of the darker books I’ve been reading lately.   Not that the subject matter was light but rather the uplifting and lyrical qualities of the novel were, well … inspirational.

Hope at Dawn illuminated the plight of Americans of German descent during the anti-German hysteria of WWI, a subject matter rarely addressed in fiction.  The violence and antagonism faced by citizens with ties to the German community were egregious and abhorrent.  Yet mob mentality ruled the day, especially in rural America.  Iowa, where this book takes place, went so far as to make it a crime to speak German in public places (including over the telephone!).  The author did an excellent job researching the climate of hatred in America at the time of The Great War and portraying its effects on the characters in Hope at Dawn.

Friedrick was a wonderful character, everything you could ask for in a romantic lead: handsome, loyal, kind, courageous, and selfless.  Born in America to German immigrants, he had nothing but love and respect for his country and yet was the victim of persecution from close-minded hateful bigots.  He handled the adversity with quiet courage, doing what he needed to in order to protect those he loves and speaking out when the time was right.  His reluctance to enter into a relationship with Livy (despite their obvious connection) was reasonable and not artificially manufactured.

Friedrick sensed he didn’t belong here [with Livy's family].  They didn’t know what it was like to be considered an enemy to one’s country, to be forced to buy bonds they couldn’t afford, to fear losing one’s job over a careless remark.  He would never fit into Livy’s world, and as hard as she’d tried, she wasn’t likely to fit into his either.

Fortunately, Friedrick’s concerns were overcome by his and Livy’s love and faith.  Livy tried to understand the German community and she eventually was able to conquer her own doubts and mild prejudice.  She felt conflicted having feelings for a man of German heritage when her brothers were off fighting against the Germans.  I grew a little tired of her constant referral to Friedrick as a ‘German-American’ and was happy she saw him as he was – a good man, no matter where his parents were born.  Her willingness to face down prejudice and speak out for Friedrick marked a significant evolution in her character.

I enjoyed how the characters’ faith informed their actions, never coming across as preachy or overbearing.  Obviously since this an Inspirational Romance, there are no sexual situations.  That doesn’t mean that Friedrick and Livy were a monk and a nun ;)  He still appreciated her figure and she was not above wondering what his kiss would be like (which she found out!).

I look forward to reading the next installment in Stacy Henrie’s Of Love and War series.  I hope it proves as uplifting and enjoyable as Hope at Dawn.

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  • One Grand Prize winner will win a Victorian Locket and a print copy of Hope at Dawn.
  • Ten (10) additional winners will win a print copy of Hope at Dawn.

About author Stacy Henrie:

Stacy HenrieStacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations from Brigham Young University and worked in communications before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances. Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a stay-at-home mom to three, Stacy loves the chance to live out history through her fictional characters, while enjoying the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century. In addition to author, she is a reader, a road trip enthusiast and a novice interior decorator.

 

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New Release: Beyond the Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley

The Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley

 **I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Title: Beyond The Velvet Rope
Author: Tiffany Ashley
Series: Club Babylon Series (#1)
Publisher: Harlequin Kimani Press
Purchase Info:  Amazon US // B&N // iBooks
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Summary:

Welcome to Club Babylon: where the A-list VIPs come to play

Scoring a gig at Miami’s Club Babylon is a fantasy come true for New York promoter Thandie Shaw. The hottest club on the strip is a magnet for major South Beach movers and shakers. And Thandie’s about to meet the biggest player of them all.

Babylon owner Elliot Richards is macho, arrogant, sexist—everything Thandie doesn’t want in a boss or lover. Elliot is also the most erotic man who’s ever wanted to take her to bed. But Thandie’s no fool. Even as he tries to seduce her into a world of intense and shocking passion, she knows it’s too good to last…especially after she uncovers Elliot’s explosive secrets.

Thandie’s going down a dangerous road, and she’s risking a lot more than her career. Torn between doubt and desire, will she have to pay the ultimate price?

Darkly sensual and deeply moving, Beyond the Velvet Rope takes you into a world of uncontrollable desire and unexpected consequences.

My Thoughts:

Tiffany Ashley takes her readers on a sensual journey through the lives and loves of two dynamic personalities behind the fabulous South Beach club scene in this well written erotic novel.

The author does a wonderful job evoking the over-the-top night life in Miami’s South Beach.  Club Babylon was so well described and crafted, it felt like its own character.  The different themes employed at the club were so creative, I wish it were real so I could experience it all for myself!  Ms. Ashley shed a light on the inner workings of what it takes to run and promote a successful entertainment venue – I had no idea so much was involved!  Club Babylon is staffed with many interesting secondary characters who could easily feature in their own novels one day (I confess, I want Rex the marketing manager to find his HEA – read the book, you’ll find out why he deserves it!).

Despite the blow to his ego, main character Elliott Richards could not help but be captivated by Thandie Shaw’s reluctance to fall into bed with him.  I too appreciated the banter and the chase, making their inevitable sexual consummation that much more meaningful – both for the characters and the reader.  Once these two gave into their attraction – WHOA! – steaming up your glasses hotness ensued.  I have to confess, there were one or two scenes that seemed gratuitous and did not further the plot or the characters’ relationship.

Occasionally  Elliot’s aggressive sexual behavior was overwhelming and off-putting. To be honest, I really didn’t like the guy for most of the book (though he did soften me up a little with the trip to share his Cuban roots with Thandie). He crossed the line from Alpha-male to A**hole a little too often without nearly enough groveling or self-awareness to redeem him completely for me.  Thandie was a strong female character with a lot of potential that was not fully realized.  I thought the impact (both emotional and practical) of her mother’s illness was a plot point that could have really added a lot more meat to the story.  For a successful business woman, I have to admit, she sure did surround herself with some annoying assistants!

The secondary character of Warren was interesting and I found his backstory compelling.  His relationship with Elliott was handled very well and helped to illuminate some of Elliot’s humanity.  I really enjoyed the characters of Nico and Day – hope to see a lot more of them soon!

This evocative novel features an interesting setting, a well-rounded cast of secondary characters and a set of combustible lovers.  If you like your men über-Alpha, you’ll like this book!


About Author Tiffany Ashley
tiffany ashleyAs a child, Tiffany always dreamed of writing her own novels. Having possessed a passion for books, her desire to become a published author is now a reality. Her first novel, Love Script, released in 2007, received rave reviews. Known for her steamy and sometimes emotionally exhausting interracial romances, Tiffany looks forward to a long and adventurous career. Tiffany lives in Dallas, Texas where she continues to write her novels.

 

 

 

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The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

Blog Tour: My Top 5 reasons to read The Saint by Tiffany Reisz (with Giveaway!)

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**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Title: The Saint
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Series: The Original Sinners; First book in The White Years prequel ‘sub’ series
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Purchase Info: Amazon // Barnes & Noble
Goodreads Link:
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Summary:

The Saint by Tiffany ReiszIn the beginning, there was him.

Gutsy, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Søren Stearns and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Suddenly, daily Mass seems like a reward, and her punishment is the ache she feels when they’re apart. He is intelligent and insightful and he seems to know her intimately at her very core. Eleanor is consumed—and even she knows that can’t be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. She vows to repay him with complete obedience…and a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Read THE SAINT by Tiffany Reisz:

      1. This book will make you THINK.  As I read this evocative account of the beginning of  the relationship between Eleanor (aka Nora) and Søren, I found myself contemplating many deeper issues than would normally arise in an erotic romance.  This book raises issues of faith, duty, love, desire, attraction.  Yes, there are some steamy parts (between consenting adults), but this book is so much MORE than sex and kink.  In fact, those parts are secondary to the compelling idea of that person who accepts you as you are and finding yourself in the process.
      2. Excellent characterization.  Seriously, excellent characterization. Elle/Eleanor/Nora –whatever her incarnation– is one of the best written female characters I have ever read.  Her strength, humor, innate sensuality  leap off the page.  Hands down, she’s the literary character I most want to hang out and have drinks with!  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the incomparable Søren, whose blend of  dominance and vulnerability drew me in and kept me begging for me.  I felt a much stronger connection to him than I had in previous installments in The Original Sinner’s series.  I’m eager to re-read the earlier books now that I see Søren differently.  There’s also an entire host of fleshed out (pun intended?) secondary characters that add depth and richness to the tale.
      3. The dialogue is completely authentic.  Every word these characters speak is so effin’ real.  There is nothing stilted or awkward in dialogue, it all feels completely organic.  It’s almost feels voyeuristic (not that any of these characters would mind).  I love that each character’s voice is unique. Without being told, a reader can easily identify if it’s Søren or Kingsley or Nora speaking (this goes back to the excellent characterization).
      4. Backstory!  If you have never read an Original Sinners book, this is an excellent introduction, as this novel starts at the very beginning.  The White Years sub-series serves as a prequel to the already published volumes in The Red Years sub-series (including The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, The Mistress).  I won’t spoil anyone by explaining the difference between White and Red years except to say they are two phases of Eleanor/Nora’s life.  Even if, like me, you have devoured word Tiffany Reisz has written about Nora & Co., THE SAINT gives so much more detail on events that have only been vaguely referenced in the past as well as completely new encounters that informed the characters’ growth into who they are when we first meet them in The Siren.  Bonus: Nora’s first erotic story! ‘Nuff said.
      5. Smexy times.  Let’s face it, this is an adult read. The characters talk about sex, they write about it, they fantasize about it, they engage in it.  No matter the circumstance (or level of kink), Tiffany Reisz handles sex in this novel with intelligence and a deft touch.  The racier scenes are polished and provocative, never crude or cringe-worthy.  THE SAINT is a …um… stimulating read. *blushes*

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Read an Excerpt of The Saint:
Read Chapter 1 of The Saint via Scribd (See if you aren’t immediately sucked in! Maybe you’ll even figure you who ‘The Saint’ refers to.)
You can also read the instant classic Eleanor and Kingsley Finally Meet via author Tiffany Reisz’s website.
 
About Author Tiffany Reisz:

Tiffany Reisz author pic 2014Tiffany Reisz lives with her boyfriend (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.

When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).

If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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Twitter: @TiffanyReisz // Facebook //  Website

 

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day Teaser

Captivated by You by Sylvia Day Teaser

Author Sylvia Day posted this teaser image for ‘Captivated by You’ which perfectly captures Gideon’s feelings for Eva. Intense, all-consuming, and inevitable. ‘Captivated by You’ (Crossfire Series #4) will be released before the end of this year, that’s all the info available on release date at this time.

Blog Tour: The Millionaire Affair with Jessica Lemmon (+ Giveaway)

The Millionaire Affair by Jessica Lemmon Blog Tour

I’m very excited to be part of the blog tour celebrating the release of The Millionaire Affair by Jessica Lemmon.  This is the third installment in Jessica’s Love in the Balance series.  I really can’t impress upon you enough what a joy it is to read a Jessica Lemmon novel.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for an excerpt, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about!  Don’t forget to look for the Giveaway link for your chance to win a copy for yourself.

About The Millionaire Affair:

Cover Image_The Millionaire AffairMillionaire ad executive Landon Downey has a policy: no romantic relationships allowed. So when he’s saddled with his six-year-old nephew for a week, he doesn’t think twice about asking a female friend to act as live-in nanny. What he doesn’t expect is the palpable attraction to the woman he hasn’t seen in sixteen years. And not only does she like him back, she suggests they work their way down a list of extracurricular activities in the bedroom. How can he resist? Kimber Reynolds knows what she’s doing. Sort of. Tired of every failed attempt to turn her past relationships into her own happily-ever-afters, she’s determined to prove once and for all that she can love em and leave  em with the best of them. All she has to do is keep her heart out of the agreement she’s made with the man she’s crushed on for a decade and a half. No problem. Their string-free arrangement turns downright stringy when Landon starts to feel more for the redhead than good old fashioned lust, and Kimber has a scare involving a plastic stick and one-or-more blue lines. With the pressure mounting and their hearts involved, will these two be able to keep their original promise and walk away from one another?

 Jessica Lemmon’s Top 5

I asked author Jessica Lemmon to list her top 5 literary heroes she wouldn’t mind being stranded on a desert island with (and she couldn’t include any Downey brothers – they are all over on my island!)

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How much do I love that you have kidnapped the Downeys? So much!

Okay, you have challenged me with a very difficult task. But I will do my best.

5~ Declan from Misty Waters’s sci-fi romance, ARCHETYPE. I know, I know, DO NOT JUDGE ME. But seriously. DECLAN.

4~ Chase Jordan from Kathy Love’s GETTING WHAT YOU WANT. One of the first romances I read has one of the sexiest, most charming heroes. “I think you have a hair fixation. You forever have your fingers in my hair.” I DO have one! I DO! I DO! I have read, read, and reread this book.

3~ Jack Brook, Sarah Mayberry’s hero in her debut CAN’T GET ENOUGH. Disheveled, smarmy, sexy bastard. The drunken bathtub scene. OMG. Sign. Me. Up.

2~ Detective Mitch Lawson from Kristen Ashley’s LAW MAN. Über-male, yummy, protective alpha. Love this man!

1~ And, oh it was hard to pick, but the winner is… Reyes Farrow! From Darynda Jones’s grim reaper series. He is DELICIOUS, totally makes me swoon, and is the ultimate bad boy.

About Author Jessica Lemmon:

jessicalemmon_author photoJessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish, went out, and got herself a job . . . and then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another . . . and another. Soon it became apparent she’d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since “eating potato chips” isn’t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she’d started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn’t stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn’t be happier. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want. (While eating potato chips.)

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Where to Buy THE MILLIONAIRE AFFAIR:
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Enjoy a steamy excerpt:

She shifted in her seat, her shoulders going back, her chin lifting in defiance. Her nipples pressed against the beaded owl on the shirt she wore, a distracting view, but he forced his eyes back to her face. Eyes that flared with bottle-green anger. Redhead. He’d never dated a redhead before. Maybe the lore was true and she was every bit the hothead she appeared to be right now.

“Just because I follow my heart,” she said adamantly, her face a confusion of strength and hurt. “Just because I’m transparent and not in control of my every body movement”—she gestured with her hands, sending her small breasts sliding against the shirt and turning him on even more—“doesn’t mean I’m a doe-eyed innocent. I know what I’m doing. I think I can handle kissing you without losing all essence of who I am.” She leaned in and clutched the tie around his neck. “I am an independent, intelligent woman who does not need to be saved from anyone. Least of all you.”

She was a woman all right. A seething, beautiful woman who was very close to him and smelling like the cucumber body wash stocked in her bathroom. He knew. He’d grown accustomed to the warm, sweet scent that eked its way into the hall every morning after her shower.

“I wasn’t being insulting,” he said, hiding his amusement.

“Yes you were,” she challenged, tugging him closer. He went, the tension pulling the tie against the back of his neck, unable to keep from admiring how beautiful she was, even this close. Natural, naked skin, full lips… “But I forgive you.”

The side of his mouth ticked. He was going to kiss her again. But he’d give her a chance to make the first move. She did, fisting his tie even tighter and laying her lips onto his, but she didn’t stop there. She swung her leg over his lap and settled on top of him. She sat right over his manhood, heat emanating from her core and through his slacks.

He didn’t usually find himself turned on by being put in his place. Was rarely ever put in his place, come to think of it. He would concede he’d given Kimber less credit than she deserved. Either she knew what she wanted, or had opted to take the upper hand when she found herself at a disadvantage. He respected both tactics.

She deepened the kiss, running her hands through his hair and clutching his head. His hands went to her butt, cupping and kneading the soft globes in his palms, stopping short of grinding her against him and relieving the painful ache pounding his balls like a pair of bongos.

She stroked his tongue with hers, completely in control of this kiss and knowing where to take him. He fought to keep pace, to figure out what she might do next, to catch the curveballs she was throwing. God, it was exciting. Amazing. The not-knowing…who knew that could be so enthralling?

Then she stopped. Abruptly. Just turned off like a switch, climbed off his lap, reclaimed her wine, and settled onto the cushion she’d been lounging on when he’d first walked out here.

He licked the side of his mouth, still tasting her there, his hands at his sides, chest heaving, hair probably a mess from her roaming fingers.

She wouldn’t look at him, a study in casualness except for the one hand forced into a fist at her side. Trying to keep herself from fidgeting, no doubt. She was the sexiest thing he’d ever seen. And she’d more than proved her point. If he wanted a partner to spar with, in bed or out, she was a worthy opponent not some delicate flower he had to handle with care.

Giving in and moving the hand she’d forcibly stilled, she pushed her hair over her shoulder and studied the skyline. The moon was an unimpressive half, not the fancy crescent or mournful full. His chin was elevated when she spoke next, her words stunning him so much, he snapped his head to face her.

“Hope no one saw that and is uploading it to YouTube.” She blinked as if she’d stunned herself, too. “I’m so sorry. That was…wow. Rude. I’m sorry.”

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It’s all about the Tiffanys! New releases from Tiffany Reisz and Tiffany Ashley (and a Tiffany & Co. charm giveaway)

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It’s All About The Tiffanys!!

Titles: The Saint by Tiffany Reisz & Beyond The Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley

Release date: June 24th, 2014

About The Saint by Tiffany Reisz:

The Saint coverBefore she became Manhattan’s most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor…

Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn’t want to break. She’s sick of her mother’s zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, and declares she’ll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns—Søren to her and only her—and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed—yet even she knows being in love with a priest can’t be right.

But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her. When she vows to repay him with complete obedience, a whole world opens before her as he reveals to her his deepest secrets that will change everything.

Danger can be managed—pain, welcomed. Everything is about to begin.

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About Beyond The Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley:

The Velvet Rope coverWelcome to Club Babylon: where the A-list VIPs come to play

Scoring a gig at Miami’s Club Babylon is a fantasy come true for New York promoter Thandie Shaw. The hottest club on the strip is a magnet for major South Beach movers and shakers. And Thandie’s about to meet the biggest player of them all.

Babylon owner Elliot Richards is macho, arrogant, sexist—everything Thandie doesn’t want in a boss or lover. Elliot is also the most erotic man who’s ever wanted to take her to bed. But Thandie’s no fool. Even as he tries to seduce her into a world of intense and shocking passion, she knows it’s too good to last…especially after she uncovers Elliot’s explosive secrets.

Thandie’s going down a dangerous road, and she’s risking a lot more than her career. Torn between doubt and desire, will she have to pay the ultimate price?

Darkly sensual and deeply moving, Beyond the Velvet Rope takes you into a world of uncontrollable desire and unexpected consequences.

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About The Authors:

Tiffany Reisz
Tiffany ReiszTiffany Reisz is the author of the highly acclaimed series The Original Sinners. Her first novel, THE SIREN, won the RT Editor’s Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance of 2012. Slightly shameless, Tiffany dropped out of a conservative Southern seminary in order to pursue a career as a writer. This move, while possibly putting her eternal salvation in peril, has worked out better than she anticipated. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, author Andrew Shaffer.

 

Website // Twitter // Facebook // Goodreads // Amazon Author Page



Tiffany Ashley
tiffany ashleyAs a child, Tiffany always dreamed of writing her own novels. Having possessed a passion for books, her desire to become a published author is now a reality. Her first novel, Love Script, released in 2007, received rave reviews. Known for her steamy and sometimes emotionally exhausting interracial romances, Tiffany looks forward to a long and adventurous career. Tiffany lives in Dallas, Texas where she continues to write her novels.

Website // Twitter // Facebook // Goodreads // Amazon Author Page

 

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