Friday, January 30, 2015

Tempting the Player by J. Lynn (Gamble Brothers #2)

Tempting the Player

Written by: J. Lynn (Jennifer Armentrout)
ISBN-13: 9781622668991
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 10/20/2012
Series: Gamble Brothers
Sequence in series: 2
Sold by: Macmillan
Rating: 4 Stars
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He's a player on and off the field...

Chad Gamble, all-star pitcher for the Nationals, is one of the best players on—and off—the field. And right now, the notorious bad boy wants Bridget Rodgers. But with her lush curves and snappy comebacks, the feisty redhead is the kind of woman a man wants to settle down with…and that’s the last thing Chad needs.

When the paparazzi catch them in a compromising position, Chad’s manager issues an ultimatum: clean up his act or kiss his multi-million dollar contract goodbye. To save his career, his meddling publicist says he'll have to convince everyone Bridget isn’t just his flavor of the week, but his girlfriend.

Being blackmailed into a fake relationship with Chad Gamble isn’t easy, especially when the sizzling physical attraction between them is undeniable. With a month to go on their arranged pretense, it's going to take every ounce of willpower they have not to fall into bed together...or in love.

Tempting the Player (Gamble Brothers, #2)My Review:
Tempting the Player by J. Lynn

Bridget Rodgers was out for a good time when her friend takes her to a private club she encounters Chad Gamble, the pro-ball player. Realizing he is her best friends fiancee's brother, Bridget keeps her knowledge to herself and embarks on a night of passion...in which Bridget makes a door dash, hoping to never see Chad again.

Unfortunately for Bridget their paths do meet again and this time there is no escape.

Top pitcher and all around bad boy, Chad Gamble, is in desperate need of some positive publicity. When he is issued an ultimatum from his team and given a PR babysitter, drastic decision are made.

The PR rep. sees an opportunity with Chad becoming involved with Bridget and blackmails her into having a fake affair with Chad...fake relationship in name only. The chemistry between them makes it nearly impossible for them to stay apart and detached. If they survive their arrangement what will happen once they return to their old ways.

Tempting the Player is a fun, easy and entertaining read. No mind blowing revelations, just a pure, unadulterated contemporary romance which is exactly what you sometime need. Check out Tempting the Player for a steamy romance between hot blooded pro ball player and a spicy museum coordinator.




Cover Reveal - Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent



Lion’s Share by Rachel Vincent
(Wildcats #1)
Publication date: February 23rd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal

Synopsis:

Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.
Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.

Jace Hammond has a big problem.
A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.

As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.



AUTHOR BIO:
Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well
as the Soul Screamers series for teens.

Rachel's next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who's been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy--but social media is a close second.

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State of Alliance by Summer Lane Blitz and Giveaway




State of Alliance 
by Summer Lane

(Collapse Series #5)

Publication date: January 30th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

Synopsis:

There is no such thing as safe.
For Commander Cassidy Hart, staying alive is only one of her day-to-day problems. As a newly minted Senator of the State of California, she must travel to Monterey Bay with the hope of bringing an agreement between the militia forces and the Pacific Northwest Alliance as the United States desperately battles against the shadow invasion forces of Omega.
But Monterey is not what it seems. The threat of another Omega attack looms on the horizon, and Commander Chris Young – the love of Cassidy’s life – is not the only important person in Cassidy’s life who is keeping secrets. Assassinations, betrayal and startling revelations lie ahead.
The war is now. Fight or die.
Choose your side.

The fifth installment in the international bestselling Collapse Series, a YA/NA post-apocalyptic romantic adventure.

Purchase: 

AUTHOR BIO
Summer Lane is the author of the international bestselling Collapse Series and Zero Trilogy. She owns WB Publishing and Writing Belle, an online magazine dedicated to the Art of Storytelling. Summer is also an accomplished creative writing teacher and professional journalist. She lives in the Central Valley of California where she creates her stories and shares them with the world.

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Go-Bags and Canteens
By Summer Lane

I have talked to so many people who have told me, “I never thought about being ready for an emergency until I read your books!” It’s so funny to me, because my books are purely fictional, based on a concept that could happen. I am a huge advocate of emergency preparedness, but it’s not like I have a bunker under my house or a ten year’s supply of canned beans in my pantry. I believe in preparing for the obvious, first. In Cassidy Hart’s story, the world of technology is wiped out by an electromagnetic pulse, and society is back to square one. In State of Emergency, all she has is her father’s Mustang, a case of bottled water and a go-bag full of basic supplies. I think it’s really important to have a go-bag ready in your house, just in case! You never know if you need to leave the area quickly. Things like fires, floods, earthquakes and the like make it a handy thing to have.

Most people are completely unprepared for an emergency. That’s why I wrote State of Emergency in the first place. I was thinking about that concept. Would I be ready if I had to leave my house right this second? My answer was no. And so The Collapse Series began to form in my head. I think it’s a scary but valid concept. Cassidy Hart has shown me what it’s like to fight for survival, and I plan on following her example and being prepared for the worst – while hoping for the best, of course! 

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Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
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    • The Soul Thief, Majanka Verstraete 
    • Trigger, Jill Meengs 
    • Dead Girl Walking, by Ruth Silver
    • Spirit Warrior, by DEL Connor 
    • Fractured Dream, by KM Randall
    • The Green Dagger, by Kelly Hess 
    • Jacob, King of Portalia, by Casey Cubb
    • A Reaper Made by Liz Long 
    • The Road by G. Michael Hopf 
    • The Death, by John W. Vance 
    • Last Woman by Jacqueline Druga 
    • Realm of the Unknown by James McPike 
    • Element Wielder, by Cesar Gonzalez 
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  • 1 signed copy of Day Zero by Summer Lane
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Book Series Releasing Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

TitleAuthorSeries
Beyond HereafterKimberly Stedronsky#3 in Movie
Flip Side of SinRosalie Stanton#3 in Sinners and Saints
Heir of the DogHailey Edwards#2 in Black Dog
The Cartel 5Ashley & Jaquavis#5 in The Cartel

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Immortals: Part One:Shadows & Starstone by Cheryl Mackey

The Immortals: Part One: 
Shadows & Starstone
by Cheryl Mackey

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: The Immortals - Part 1
Publication Date: December 31, 2014
Publisher: Cheryl Mackey
Genre: Fantasy
Print Length: 78 pages
Available from: Amazon

Synopsis:

A thousand years ago the gods known as The Four created the Immortals to protect and defend their world against an invader known as the Dro-Aconi—and then vanished. Left to fend for themselves, the three races of Ein-Aral and the Immortals banded together to save the world.

Part One: Shadows and Starstone

Ivo, Jaeger, Jadeth, and Emaranthe must protect a desert village and it’s hoard of Starstone, a power source that can aid the Dro-Aconi’s plans for the dominion over Ein-Aral. Can the companions battle inner demons long enough to defeat legions of enemies and keep their leader, Alarandia, from seizing the Starstone?

The Immortals: Part One: Shadows & StarstoneMy Review
The Immortals: Part One: Shadows & Starstone by Cheryl Mackey

In a world under siege from a race known as the Dro-Aconi, four gods gathered long ago, formed an alliance, creating immortal protectors of the world in time of strife. Feeling their work was complete and the world would be safe because of their immortal warriors, each with their own strengths, the gods disappeared, and the world was let on its own.

How do conquering demons take over other peoples? By use of their power and might, but can they be stopped this time? The goal is to steal all of the starstone, and hoard this vital source of energy. Arriving quietly, in the nick of time, the four immortals find their own fears and pasts may become their own worst enemy as some relive the horrors of the dark shadows from their past lives as mortals. Will they be weakened to the point of being overcome, beaten down and have their physical bodies killed, meaning their souls will need to find a new host? Will they find the inner strength to beat their demons?

The Immortals: Part One: Shadows & Starstone by Cheryl Mackey is an excellent, complete, yet brief ride through myth, magic and fantasy. She has managed to mold her characters into flesh and blood while ramping up the suspense and action with great dialogue and scenes. I could picture heroes quietly arriving, with a mission in mind, all for the glory of good. My only complaint? I could have kept reading about these heroes for hours more, thanks to Ms. Mackey’s way with words.

I received this copy from Cheryl Mackey in exchange for my honest review.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop (A Novel of the Others #1)

Written in Red

Written by: Anne Bishop
Series: A Novel of the Others
Sequence in Series: Book 1
Page Count: 512 pages
Publisher: Roc; Reissue edition
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Rating: 5 Stars FAVORITE
ISBN-10: 0451417909
ISBN-13: 978-0451417909
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Written in Red (The Others, #1)My Review:
Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Don’t you just love when you start reading a new series and know instantly your found a winner. Written in Red hooked me immediately.

This is a world in which the humans are prey while the supernatural world, the Others, rules. Human existence is tolerated at best and can become if the Others are so inclined. There is a tentative truce between the humans and Others but the truce is sitting on a razors edge in more ways than one.

Meg Corbyn has held captive by humans for her ability to see the future. Considered property and used as her handlers see fit, she makes a daring escape for her life. She escapes only to stumble into an Others’ trading post, one of the few places Others and humans intentionally interact. Meg pushes for a job as human liaison, neither Meg nor the Others are prepared for the impact she will have in the turmoil to come.

Wolf shifter, Simon Wolfgard is intrigued and unsettled by the human that doesn’t smell like prey. He reluctantly hires her for the position of human liaison. Simon quickly discovers Meg is unlike any other human he has ever encountered…but when the humans come for Meg will she be worth fighting for.

The plot is dark, the story riveting, the characters and storyline is unlike anything I’ve ever read…and you know I’ve read a lot. Bishop’s unsettling story digs deep into some very strong political issues like prejudices, corruption and superiority.

This will be a series that I will be revisiting and an author that I will read faithfully.





Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #3)

Bound by Flames

Written by: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince
Sequence in Series: Book 3
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
ISBN-10: 0062076086
ISBN-13: 978-0062076083
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy
Find this book on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

Bound by Flames (Night Prince, #3)My Review:
Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost

Bound by Flames is a superior paranormal romance read.

Leila is adjusting to her new life as well as her marriage to Vlad.

Vlad is adjusting to having someone that has broken through his carefully constructed barriers to his heart. His biggest fear has become a reality, his enemies will use what he holds most dear against him.

Their relationship and endurance will be pushed beyond anything you can possibly imagine.

Old enemies pour out of the darkest caves of despair.

Shocking revelations will have you clinging to the pages.

Jeaniene Frost has woven a magnificent story to immerse us in. Vlad and Leila may face tough times but their inherit love shines through. They are moving up the scales quickly toward one of my favorite fictional couples, although it will take a lot to top Bones and Cat.

You’d have to be stone not to be emotionally effected by this story. Heart stopping, this action filled adventure blazes off the pages and into imagination leaving you reflecting long after you turn the last page.







Beholden by R. J. Will (Love Through the Ages, #4)

Beholden
by R.J. Will

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Love Through the Ages - Book 4
Publication Date: January 22, 2015
Publisher: R.J. Will
Genre: Romance
Print Length: 111 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

One week after Clare graduated as the valedictorian of her high school senior class, her parents were killed in a horrific car crash.

The tragedy set Clare adrift, and she ended up canceling her plans to go to college. Instead, she stayed home and married Henry, her high school sweetheart.

The early years of Henry and Clare's marriage, when their two children were growing up, were happy years. Clare suffered from empty-nest syndrome after the kids were grown and gone, but in time she got over it.

Or thought she did.

Now in her mid-50s, her dissatisfaction with being what she called a "stay-at-home wife" was growing. She wanted to be more than that. She wanted to "do something of worth" before she died. The empty-nest syndrome had not disappeared; it had merely morphed into a burning desire to work outside of her home. Henry, who described himself as "old school," was fiercely against the idea, and their marriage started to unravel.

Enter Steve, a classmate of Henry and Clare's who had been a big-city banker before he returned to his hometown to manage the local bank. Steve had a shock of silver hair and a silver tongue to match. He reconnected with Clare and offered her what she considered a dream job – running the food bank he wanted to set up. But there was a catch. Steve made it clear he expected certain favors from Clare.

Let the power struggle begin.


Beholden (Love Through the Ages, #4)My Review
Beholden by R. J. Will

Once again, R. J. Will takes a riveting and emotional look at life through out another decade in the lives of people whose story could belong to many of us, no superpowers or sparkles involved. Clare and Henry were high school sweethearts who married young, and stayed in their hometown of Neehawk Falls. Clare was the stay at home mom, the anchoring calm through the storms of life, but the kids are grown and gone and her relationship with Henry has degraded into a series of silly arguments, grunts and she isn’t happy. He is a good financial provider, but as a friend, he seems emotionally distant and walled off. Emotionally alone, conflicted and wondering about what could have been, Clare gets caught up in the potential for a life she has only dreamed of and a career too good to be true.

Henry doesn’t understand why Clare is always angry, sad, and often indifferent. Just back in town is a professionally successful banker, their old friend Steve, who seems to Clare to be all that Henry is not, charming, handsome, well-dressed, on and on. Steve has completely enthralled Clare, dazzled her with his charm and what started as a business arrangement becomes too much for Clare to handle. Could Steve ruin her marriage and her reputation? Is that what Clare really wants? On the one hand is Henry, loyal, hardworking and confusing love with providing, is completely mystified that Clare would look at another man. Steve has problems that go far deeper than meets the eye, but will Clare see this before it is too late and she hurts the one man who has always loved her? What was that saying, “If it’s too good to be true…"????

R. J. Will has taken the seed of an idea, planted it in the fertile soil of his imagination and feeds it from a deep and relatable emotional well, and we are the recipients of another tale of life and love throughout the years. Change, thoughts of an imaginary past, a “what if” world, we have all at least had a fleeting thought of it, and wonder if the grass would have been greener, our lives more fulfilling if we had gone down a different path. What happens when that door is opened for us, do we lose focus of the good things we have worked so hard for, while blaming those around us for our perceived failures and malcontent? What if behind that door is really a world of hurt, smoke and mirrors? R. J. Will pulls no punches, he has dared to once again, put “life” into words and given us thought-provoking romance.

I received this copy from R. J. Will in exchange for my honest review.



Cover Reveal - The Reflective Cause by Tamara Rose Blodgett


The Reflective Cause 


by Tamara Rose Blodgett
(#2, Reflection)
Publication date: July 3rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Dark Fantasy

Synopsis:
Could you find your soul mate in thirteen worlds… would you survive long enough to claim them?

From NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Tamara Rose Blodgett

Beth Jasper, a rare female warrior Reflective, has been momentarily freed from the brutality of Sector One, only to discover her home world of Papilio has been reshaped into chaos by Reflective Ryan. A flesh trade has ruined the female Reflectives who were unprotected while their male counterparts were held on One under Slaver Dimitri.

Her soulmate has been revealed, yet another fills her mind. Beth cannot forget Slade, the prince of the bloodlings. Their tie is undeniable. Can Beth forsake The Cause and her home planet’s ruination to forge answers to the questions raised during her brief stay on One?

Will the dissenting Reflectives find a way to exterminate the one threat to their plans of absolute control over the thirteen sectors? Can Beth, along with Jeb Merrick, save their world and uphold The Cause. Or will ancient blood ties rule Beth’s destiny….


AUTHOR BIO:
Tamara Rose Blodgett is the author of over forty titles, including her NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling novel, A TERRIBLE LOVE, written under the pen name Marata Eros. Tamara writes a variety of dark fiction in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, romance and erotica. She lives in South Dakota with her family and enjoys interacting with her readers.

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Just Let me Love You by SR Grey Blitz and Giveaway




Just Let Me Love You by S.R. Grey
(Judge Me Not #3)
Publication date: January 27th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
No one ever said a lasting love would be easy. 

When Chase and Kay hit the streets of Las Vegas, the goal is simple—rescue Will, Chase’s brother, from making the biggest mistake of his young life. But keeping Will out of trouble turns out not to be the only obstacle in Chase and Kay’s path. Finding himself back in the city that broke him, Chase’s heartbreaking past threatens to derail all the progress he’s made.


However, Chase is determined not to let that happen.


While striving to help Will before he implodes, Chase seeks to come to terms with the things that almost destroyed him. He soon discovers that the answers to the most complicated questions sometimes lie in one’s own heart. You just have to be willing to dig deep enough to find them.


Can Chase succeed in doing that?


Just Let Me Love You is a story of healing, letting go, and trusting love to guide you. The conclusion of the Judge Me Not trilogy brings everything full circle.



New Adult Romance


*mature themes including explicit sex scenes and profanity*


Third and final novel in the Judge Me Not series/trilogy.
Purchase: 
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Buy links for the first two books in the Judge Me Not trilogy:
--I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1):
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1BZ0Az0
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-stand-before-you-sr-grey/1118730233?ean=2940148368694

--Never Doubt Me (Judge Me Not #2):

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1DPIsJx
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/never-doubt-me-sr-grey/1119345975?ean=2940149463305



AUTHOR BIO
S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and Barnes & Noble Top 100 Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular Judge Me Not series, as well as the Inevitability duology and A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy. Ms. Grey’s novels have appeared on Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists in multiple categories, including #1 on the Barnes & Noble Nook Bestsellers list last year.

New novels slated for 2015 release dates are Inevitable Circumstances (Inevitability #2), and a New Adult novel to be revealed in the future.


Ms. Grey resides in Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, as well as an MBA. Her background is in business, but her true passion lies in writing. When not writing, Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, or cheering for her hometown sports teams.

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Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)
  • $5.00 Amazon card
  • 1 set of Judge Me Not e-books (includes I Stand Before You, Never Doubt Me, and Just Let Me Love You) (mobi to kindle)

Ends Feb. 5, 2015




Book Series Releasing Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TitleAuthorSeries
Fear the DarkChris Mooney#5 in Darby McCormick
Love LessonsCathryn Fox#3 in Stone Cliff
The Hope That StartsHeidi Hutchinson#5 in Double Blind Stu