Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

» 17 April, 2017 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 0 comments

Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

I adored this book! It checked all my “swoony romance” checklist: Swoony hero? check Capable and sassy heroine? check Witty banter? check Feel-good romance factor? Double check!! Jessica Harlow and John Shepard are FBA agents who started off as enemies during their FBI training to frenemies as they worked on their first case together to eventually becoming lovers. If you’re looking for plot-twisting, ulcer inducing, angsty story, then this book won’t be for you. But if you are in the mood to read about two people who had to work on changing their perceptions about each other, fall in love and then learn navigate and balance their growing love for each other and their chosen careers, then this book is for you. Julie James has a way of crafting stories that just oozes romance from page one ’till the end. I love her heroes and her heroines, and these two couples are no exception. Their chemistry is palpable throughout the book. I loved how these two characters fit together and how they work hard to make their relationship work, how willing they both were to change considering that their first meeting wasn’t exactly the best. Another thing I really liked about Ms. James is the way she incorporates […]

Blog Tour {Review}: The Confessions of Young Nero

» 7 March, 2017 » Authors, Reviews » 0 comments

Blog Tour {Review}: The Confessions of Young Nero

The Confessions of Young Nero is chock-full of drama, secrets, power-hungry people and manipulation. It’s a story about a boy who grew up to be one of Rome’s most notorious and powerful Emperor. This is a fascinating fictional retelling of Nero’s young life and his rise to power. Before he was known as a compulsive and corrupt Emperor who persecuted the early Christian church. This book is classified as historical fiction but Margaret George was able to cleverly combined historical details and events about Nero and some really compelling fictional point of view which gave readers a somewhat sympathetic view of Nero. I especially enjoyed the painstaking details that the author did to show the Roman way of life. Rome in all its glory and debauchery is always fascinating to read about. She went beyond that to explore the attitudes and the lifestyles of that era in history and I feel that she was able to capture that. As for Nero…he is both a product and a victim of his time. He was groomed by his family especially his mother to become the most powerful man in Rome. He saw his family manipulate and lie just to get and hold on to power. This had a profound effect […]

Book Tour {Review+Excerpt}: If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

» 3 March, 2017 » Authors » 0 comments

Book Tour {Review+Excerpt}: If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

If You Were Mine, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow is now available!   If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow Genre: Contemporary Romance Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one. Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend. He wasn’t supposed to kiss me. My heart wasn’t supposed to pound. We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life. One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel. We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer. But none of it matters when I’m in his arms. I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be […]

Review Blitz: Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

» 24 February, 2017 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 0 comments

Review Blitz: Royally Matched (Royally #2) by Emma Chase

Whether it’s through humor or the whip-smartassery of her main characters, Emma Chase never fails to deliver a romance which is not only funny but also full of heart. *Some SPOILERS for Royally Screwed up ahead* If you haven’t read book one yet, stop reading this review and go read Royally Screwed. You won’t be sorry. I promise. Anyways, Royally Matched is the second installment of the Royally series. Henry, Wesco’s spare heir finds himself being the next in line to the throne after his older brother Nicholas abdicated his claim. The problem is Henry is not prepared to be king. He’s the fun Prince who shuns responsibilities hence his decision to host a reality TV dating show where Henry would choose among the lucky ladies who would someday become his Queen. Yeah, really good idea there, Henry. Hilarity, of course, ensues as the ladies vie for his attention. Henry is in his element. Then he meets Sarah. The shy, bookish sister of one of contestants who’s only there to chaperone her sister. Despite being opposites on the surface, Henry and Sarah connected on a deeper level, but this newfound attraction to Sarah posed a problem with Henry’s commitment to the show. Henry has to come to terms […]

Blog Tour {Author Note + Quote Pic} Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

» 10 February, 2017 » Authors, Book Tours » 0 comments

Blog Tour {Author Note + Quote Pic} Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

A NOTE FROM Beverly Jenkins Dear Readers, This is the second book in the Rhine Trilogy and I do hope you enjoy it. With all the issues and heartache Portia carried inside, I knew it would be difficult for her to give her heart to someone, but Kent Randolph proved to be the man for the job, even if I didn’t know he would be her hero when the story began. Hope you’ll enjoy seeing Rhine and Eddy from Forbidden and, yes, they are still very much in love. The Fontaine Hotel is loosely based on the Mountain View Hotel founded in Oracle, Arizona, in 1895 by Annie Box Neal and her husband William “Curly” Neal, who were both of African- American and Native-American descent. The Mountain View was a combination hotel and spa and catered not only to European royalty but to wealthy visitors from places like Russia, Australia, and China, too. Look them up. The great Apache chief Geronimo surrendered on September 4, 1886, and was promptly declared a prisoner of war. He and his people eventually wound up in Florida along with the Apache scouts the army employed to hunt him down. He died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1909. The Apache warrior Lozen, also […]

Review+Excerpt: Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers 12) by Shayla Black

» 8 February, 2017 » Authors, Renee Carlino, Reviews » 0 comments

Review+Excerpt: Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers 12) by Shayla Black

The moment I read the blurb for this book, I knew I was going to like it.  Holding on Tighter is the twelfth book in Black’s Wicked Lovers series. Jolie Quinn is a rising fashion designer who is at the brink of unparalleled success with company Betti. After a rash of burglaries threatened her business, she enlists the help of security expert Heath Powell. Heath is former MI5 who has no plan on sticking around after the job is done. He doesn’t want or need the encumbrance of a relationship. He takes what he needs for that night and doesn’t hesitate to walk away. His philosophy has served him well until he meets Jolie. Despite the obvious spark of attraction between them, Heath and Jolie are wary of starting anything. But both have been informed by their pasts. Jolie by her mother’s revolving door of failed relationships, which made her cynical and distrustful, and Heath by the tragic and violent passing of his wife. Their relationship started off rocky, to say the least. Jolie is the kind of woman that normally wouldn’t attract Heath. And Jolie, with her cynicism is a bit of stuck up. Both have good reasons for not starting anything. But when Jolie’s life was […]

Release Blitz: Singe by Aly Martinez

» 6 February, 2017 » Authors, Book Tours, Reviews » 0 comments

Release Blitz: Singe by Aly Martinez

Another Aly Martinez penned series to obsess over! While this might not be my favorite Aly Martinez book but it still has everything I love about her writing and her characters. And this is just the first book. I’m positively giddy at the thought of getting more. Singe is the story of Jude and Rhion. They met during a tragic moment of Rhion’s life. Because of tha circumstance, Jude carried with a lot guilt. Guilt that touched every single area of his life. Rhion wasn’t spared though. She’s been fighting her own demons both real and imagined because of that night. This book is about them coming to terms with what happened. It’s forgiveness. It’s about letting go of the guilt and embracing redemption. Jude is very alpha with a protective streak a mile wide. He’s the kind of guy who would do anything to keep those close to him safe. Despite being near strangers bound only by that single night of tragedy, Rhion and Jude have bond. A very strong one that never wavered despite their long distance from each other. I was a bit apprehensive about their connection and chemistry at first. My mind knows as I was reading this that yes these two are connected. […]