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Jan 23 2017 11:00am

First Look: Jennifer Probst Any Time, Any Place (January 24, 2017)

Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst
Any Time, Any Place (The Billionaire Builders)
Pocket Books / January 24, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

What I love about Jennifer Probst books are her characters. They’re so real they’re almost palpable. Indeed, I feel like they could be part of my own circle of friends. It’s the same with Raven and Dalton in Probst’s second Billionaire Builders Series installment, Any Time, Any Place. Yes, Dalton is a bazillionaire and co-owner of Pierce Brothers construction. But he bleeds red just like the rest of us, and he’s not a caricature beyond reach. This makes him all the more yummy. Partner him with Raven Hawthorne who is a master mixologist and owner of My Place, and the fireworks crackle, explode, and then settle with a satisfying, ahhhh.

The moment Dalton Pierce sees Raven, he knows he needs her. Needs her near him, under him, on top of him. Hell, any way possible that involves skin on skin contact. Unlike most women, Raven is unaffected by Dalton’s charm and good looks. Plus, she’s not a fan of the Pierce Brothers, given what happened in their past. In fact, in her book, the Pierce Brothers are public enemy number one.

Thus, when Dalton hits on Raven, she’s not afraid to dish it out to this outwardly arrogant man.

[Kick-ass heroines ftw...]

Jan 19 2017 9:30am

First Look: Beverly Jenkins’ Breathless (January 31, 2017)

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

When I first open a Beverly Jenkins novel, I’m giddy with anticipation. Because I know the woman is a queen among queens with historical romance. And when I finish, I’m two-thirds satiated and one-third frustrated…because she leaves the reader hanging. Yes, Ms. Jenkins…teasing us about the next book in the series is cruel and delicious all at the same time. And as readers of my reviews know, I’m not always the most patient when it comes to waiting for my favorite authors to release their next gem of a novel.

So...Breathless. This book has everything. A yummy hero who has overcome some flaws of his past? Check. A gorgeous woman who gets more revved up looking at numbers and balancing budgets than with the idea of marrying? Check. A believable courtship that leaves the reader flying through the pages? Check. Drama causing our leads to persevere rather than fold? Check.

It’s been years since Portia Carmichael has seen Kent Randolph. The former bartender for her Uncle Rhine, Kent eventually arrives looking for work at the location of Rhine Fontaine’s new ranch. Fifteen years have passed since Kent worked for Rhine. And for a shy twelve year-old girl, eighteen year-old Kent was larger than life. Back then, six years was a big age-spread. Now? Six years is hardly worth mentioning. Moverover, Portia has no misgivings about her future and love. She's past the stage of silly girl crushes and vows she’ll never fall in love, not after what she saw love do to her mother. Portia wants nothing to do with prostitution—her mother’s occupation. Portia's an educated woman now, determined to safeguard her heart.

[And then things get turned upside down...]

Jan 16 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Jennifer Blackwood’s The Rule Maker (January 16, 2017)

The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood

Jennifer Blackwood
The Rule Maker (Rule Breakers #2)
Entangled / January 16, 2017 / $17.99 print, $3.99 digital

What is there to say about Jennifer Blackwood's The Rule Maker? Two words. Flipping Funny. (Did you like the alliteration?) Picture this. I’m waiting in the lobby as my daughter has her viola lesson at our local music school. All the parents (male and female) are perusing their phone, or reading a book, or looking outside the window. You get the picture. They’re being respectful and quiet. And me? I’m on my Nook, reading along, enjoying the spunk of our heroine, Zoey Reynolds. Especially after she realizes she must work with the brother of her client, redesigning and renovating a dilapidated ski resort.

Problem one, he was the biggest mistake of a one-night stand.

Problem two, she’ll never have that awesome sex again.

Problem three? (Technically it’s my problem one) I’m snorting and laughing so hard, I’m leaning over myself, face in my coat, trying to muffle the laughs.

[Quite the conundrum...]

Jan 11 2017 9:30am

First Look: Tracy Wolff’s Flawed (January 17, 2017)

Flawed by Tracy Wolff

Tracy Wolff 
Flawed (Ethan Frost #4)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 / $3.99 digital

The fourth book in Tracy Wolff's Ethan Frost series, Flawed, features Tori Reed, Chloe’s best friend, and Miles Girard, Chloe’s brother.

Tori is a mess, but we root for her, because she’s the heroine who’s had messed up parents, made a mess of her life, and well, wants to finally clean up her mess—all on her own. When a boyfriend from her past seeks to sabotage her reputation in order to pump his own publicity with the media, it leaves our Tori in shambles. Despite all her hard work to clean up her act, she’s the victim of a vindictive plot—no spoilers!

Enter Miles Girard,Tori’s best friend’s older brother. Tori still can’t forgive him for his role in hurting Chloe. Even though Miles sincerely didn’t know how his actions hurt his sister, and even though Chloe and Ethan have forgiven Miles, Tori still can’t.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that Miles is too smart and too good-looking. And he’s Tori’s number one enemy.

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Jan 4 2017 9:30am

First Look: Jessica Clare Dirty Money (January 17, 2017)

Dirty Money by Jessica Clare

Jessica Clare
Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires #1)
InterMix / January 17, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Jessica Clare launches a new billionaire series set in Texas. As the expression goes, everything’s bigger and better in Texas, and Dirty Money fits the bill. The hero, Boone Price, is one big badass oil tycoon, striking it rich on land he and his brothers purchased. Boone may be the wealthiest man in Texas, but he’s not about to pander to society’s dictates about how a man with money should behave. These societal expectations only piss him off even more. This new tax bracket he’s now perched at the top of? They scorn him, stick their noses down at him, and assume the worst based on his appearance. Because Boone hasn’t changed much about himself. He’s still straggly bearded, working the land, not afraid of dirt, and says it like it is.

No apologies for Boone, and I love this about his character. Outside of his loved ones, he couldn’t give a rat’s ass what others think as long as they respect him. Boone’s not above paying for that respect, nor using his money to shove that respect up everyone’s arse. Yet, Boone has such a soft heart. He cares deeply, even if he comes off a bit domineering. And Boone has his heart set on a certain lovely real estate agent he spies on a mailer. With this woman by his side, he’ll buy a classy home and secure himself with a classy lady. Surely, this is a recipe for respect.

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Dec 29 2016 10:00am

First Look: Manda Collins’ Ready Set Rogue (January 3, 2017)

Ready Set Rogue by Manda Collins

Manda Collins
Ready Set Rogue (Studies in Scandal #1)
St. Martin's Press / January 3, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Manda Collins rolls out her new historical romance series, Studies in Scandal, with brilliance. Immediately I’m swept into the plot of four young bluestocking maidens who have inherited the home of Lady Celeste Beauchamp. One of the recipients, Aphrodite Wareham, a.k.a. Ivy, travels by coach to her new home for the next year. And as you can guess, she encounters some difficulties. Luckily, Torquil Beauchamp, a.k.a. Quill, a.k.a. the Marquess of Kerr, is ready to offer the lady a helping hand. That is, until he realizes Ivy is one of the conniving women who somehow took advantage of his late Aunt, securing Beauchamp House.

Though she may be an independent scholar, Quill knows this seemingly innocent woman hiding behind her spectacles can’t be anything but a scheming social-climber, set on stealing the ancestral home that’s been in his family for four hundred years.

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Dec 15 2016 9:30am

First Look: Helen Hardt’s Melt (December 20, 2016)

Melt by Helen Hardt

Helen Hardt
Melt (The Steel Brothers Saga #4)
Waterhouse Press / December 20, 2016 / $15.99 print, $6.99 digital

Helen Hardt continues the Steel Brothers Saga with Melt. Though Talon and Jade’s story is woven into Melt, our main focus is the relationship between the oldest brother, Jonah (aka Joe), and Dr. Melanie Carmichael. For me, Melt is probably my next favorite of the four books released thus far, the favorite being our introduction to the Steel Brothers with Craving.

Dr. Melanie Carmichael is Talon’s therapist. When Joe finally recognizes he might need help, he decides to book an appointment with the psychiatrist. Upon his first appointment, they both become rattled by the chemistry sizzling between them. Several problems…

One: She’s his therapist. 

Two: He’s not ready to discuss his guilt over not protecting his younger brother, nor does he want to continue therapy.

Three: The only way to continue seeing her? To book another appointment.

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Dec 4 2016 10:00am

Raise a Glass to Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s God of Wine

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s God of Wine is snarky paranormal romance at its finest. Her third in the Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. series focuses on the God of Wine and Intoxication, aka Acan, aka Belch. Yes, Belch. And what a fitting name it is for the God who is, well, always partying and intoxicated. However, a seismic shift in the universe has created a change with our Gods who will turn evil (if they are good) and good (if they are evil) unless they find their mate. For Acan, this could spell disaster for millions of people on earth. His powers already are too strong on New Year’s Eve, the holiday where everyone goes crazy with drink and partying. If he were to turn evil before then? Millions could end up dying.

So! Acan needs to figure his crap out, make himself presentable to women so that he’ll have a better chance of attracting his mate, and then make his match with said woman official, all before New Year’s Eve. With New Year’s Eve only a few weeks away, this doesn’t leave a lot of time.

Should be easy, right? Except our lovely Belch is crude, crass, overweight, and often forgetting to wear pants. Sure, he’s hired an assistant to make sure that he at least doesn’t go around streaking people in public, but when he’s always drunk and intoxicated, pants are easy to forego when Belch has no idea where said assistant even is.

[+Yeah, that could be a problem...]

Dec 1 2016 3:30pm

First Look: Brenda Rothert’s Hooked (December 6, 2016)

Hooked by Brenda Rothert

Brenda Rothert
Loveswept / December 6, 2016 / $3.99 digital

I love everything about Hooked. But what in particular do I love? Cinderella trope with a strong heroine? Check. Witty banter that eventually turns into scorching chemistry? Check. Overcoming the past in a way that feels fresh? Check.

Miranda Carr is a business student putting herself through college. Not only is she breaking her back working two jobs, one of them involves reporting to a boss at a high-end hotel who delights in squashing her spirit. Regardless, she’s taking steps to finish her degree, no matter how long it takes. An untraditional aged college-student in her mid twenties, Miranda doesn’t let the stresses of life push her down. In fact, it makes her more determined to accomplish her goals. But everything changes when she cleans the penthouse suite of Jake Birch, hockey star and captain. Not only does she clean his apartment, but she has the audacity to tell him off. Miranda knows she’s about to lose her job at the hotel until Jake does the unexpected, and requests she be his personal housekeeper. Let the banter funwheel begin.

[Spin it!]

Nov 30 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s Someone Like You (December 6, 2016)

Lauren Layne
Someone Like You (Oxford #3)
LoveSwept / December 6, 2016 / $3.99 digital

There’s not a book Lauren Layne can write that I won’t read. Because she’s able to explore themes that don’t feel redundant and overexploited. It’s how she can weave a narrative that grabs me from the first page and holds my attention until her next book releases. Someone Like You is another winner winner chicken dinner, and I’ve been waiting a long time for Lincoln’s story, so thank you Ms. Layne for finally writing and releasing it!

Lincoln Mathis is a player. At least that’s the image he wants everyone to see. The man who can charm a woman’s undies off just by a nod of his head or a curl of his lips. With Someone Like You, we finally learn why he has this persona…the one where he’ll flirt with any woman under the sun but won’t ever commit. No spoilers, because it’s a doozy…but let’s just say it explains a heck of a lot. And it makes us love him that much more. Best book boyfriend? He’s definitely in the running.

[Best of the best?]

Nov 22 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Julie Anne Long’s Wild at Whiskey Creek (November 29, 2016)

Wild at Whiskey Creek by Julie Anne Long

Julie Anne Long
Wild at Whiskey Creek (Hellcat Canyon #2)
Avon / November 29, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Wild at Whiskey Creek by Julie Anne Long incorporates one of my most favorite tropes: friends to lovers—and not just adult friendship, but childhood friendship. There’s something so squee-worthy about childhood crushes that go unrequited, only to sucker-punch the hero and heroine later in life. Eli Barlow and Glory Greenleaf have such a history. Eli is also Glory’s brother’s best friend (double the tropes, double the fun). He was someone that Glory looked up to, falling in love with him over the years. That is, until Eli arrests her brother Jonah, and sends him to prison. For this, Glory can never forgive Eli. Though Eli stands by his decision, and is even more pissed off that he had to arrest his best friend, he knows Glory will always blame him for ruining her family. Yet Eli knows how good they can be together. How the chemistry enrages when they’re together, despite the elephant between them.

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Nov 21 2016 9:30am

First Look: Lorraine Heath’s The Viscount and the Vixen (November 29, 2016)

The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath
The Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham #3)
Avon / November 29, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Lorraine Heath is the master at building chemistry, and The Viscount and the Vixen is another example of how a couple can start off with all the odds stacked against them, yet come to a place of complete bliss. Killian St. John, Viscount Locksley is not ready for marriage. And when he does marry, it definitely won’t be for love. Not after witnessing his father, the Marquess of Marsden, go mad after losing the love of his life, Locke’s mother.

So when the Marquess decides to marry in order to have a spare—since Locksley sure wasn’t winning any races for securing an heir—Locksley realizes something is amiss. Portia Gadstone is beautiful and conniving. She must be, in order to answer an advertisement that requests a woman to be his Marchioness and secure a spare. Locksley sees her for what she is, a fortune hunter who only cares about titles and status.

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Nov 17 2016 9:30am

First Look: Meredith Wild’s Over the Edge (November 22, 2016)

Over the Edge by Meredith Wild

Meredith Wild
Over the Edge (Bridge Series #3)
Waterhouse Press / November 22, 2016 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digita

I’m always a sucker for a good ménage story and Over the Edge by Meredith Wild delivers in spades. Not only does the attraction sizzle, the complications ring true of embracing a polyamorous relationship in a society that still covets monogamy. Olivia, Will, and Ian didn’t enter into their understanding with the intent of having a poly-loving committed relationship. Rather, the opposite is true. Olivia is supposed to be a temporary itch to be scratched. But love doesn’t always make sense, nor does it listen to our intentions.

Olivia Bridge is learning to hold her own, without the parachute of her entitled childhood. Her brothers have managed to make it solo without their parents’ money, but for Olivia, cutting the cord has been a bit harder. Working with her brother, she has creative say over their new fitness building. However, she butts heads with their financial backer, Will Donovan. Will is cocky, arrogant, dominating, and wants Olivia in his bed. And Will usually gets what he wants.

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Nov 10 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Pleasure (November 29, 2016)

Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane #11)
Forever / November 29, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Elizabeth Hoyt's Duke of Pleasure, the eleventh book in the Maiden Lane Series, might just be my favorite of the bunch. Why? Because our Ghost of St. Giles is none other than Alf. A young woman posing as an adolescent boy who by day delivers secrets and by night rids the streets of thugs.

When Hugh Fitzroy, Duke of Kyle, is charged with bringing down a secret society known as the Lords of Chaos, he’ll need Alf’s help. It’s a classic story of salvation, where the woman does the saving, and in return, might just save herself as well.

So many ingredients make this story phenomenal. First and foremost, the chemistry between our hero and heroine. It drives the narrative and we can’t get enough of their interactions. I can't get enough of the attraction between Alf as the Ghost of St. Giles—once Hugh realizes the Ghost is a woman—and then the attraction between Alf as a woman, living under Hugh’s protection as they weed out the Lords of Chaos.

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Nov 2 2016 8:30am

First Look: Amanda Heger’s Semi-Scripted (November 8, 2016)

Semi-Scripted by Amanda Heger

Amanda Heger
Semi-Scripted (Wanderlove #2)
Diversion Books / November 8, 2016 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

Semi-Scripted by Amanda Heger is the second standalone in the Wanderlove series, and let me tell you…I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. If you’ve read Without Borders, you’ll remember Marisol. She finds herself in Los Angeles, acting in her mother’s stead, competing for a grant that will help fund their medical clinic back in Nicaragua. She’s focused, determined, and scared as hell. How can she articulate the positives of the clinic and why the clinic deserves to win the grant, as well as her mother? The one positive? She might have a chance to be selected to join the audience of her favorite TV show, Who’s Got the Coconut? Though fate has other plans for her. Not only does she not get selected for Who’s Got the Coconut, she is persuaded by Wristband Guy—Evan the intern—to join the audience of the dying So Late It’s Early comedy talk show. Marisol becomes an overnight sensation when her shenanigans with Evan casts them together on stage.

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Oct 27 2016 8:30am

First Look: Lecia Cornwall’s When a Laird Finds a Lass (November 1, 2016)

When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall

Book 2 in the Highland Fairy Tale series by Lecia Cornwall draws very loosely on the tale of the Little Mermaid. When a Laird Finds a Lass is a story about two tribes that are sworn mortal enemies. Why? No one even remembers. What is known is that the MacDonalds of Dunbronach will never make an alliance with the MacLeods of Glen Iolair, and will kill any MacLeod that steps on MacDonald land. What else is known? Sickness has wiped out over half of the proud MacDonald clan. On his deathbed, the Laird’s parting wish was that his only living son, Malcolm MacDonald, become the new laird. Problem is, he’s a junior lawyer living in the city. Add in a little magic and a myth, and Malcolm reluctantly returns to his childhood village, hoping to appease his clansmen. Once Malcolm fulfills his duty by making a wish on Beltane night, he can return to the city. In addition to his clanspeople’s belief in magic, Malcolm’s return home becomes even more interesting when he comes across a young woman washed ashore.

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Oct 26 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Ruled (November 1, 2016)

Ruled by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy
Ruled (The Outlaws Series)
Berkley / November 1, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

So a disclaimer…I’m new to Elle Kennedy’s Outlaws series, and really had no idea what was in store for me. But right from the first page of Ruled, I was swept into an action packed dystopic world, where rules are thrown out the window. Well, not all the rules. Just those dictated by the Global Council in the Colonies. Reese wants nothing more than to take down the Global Council, as this council hunts her outlaw community living outside the walls of the Colonies. Not only are these outlaw communities hunted, they’re annihilated. Because anyone who dissents from the tyranny of the Global Council is an enemy. But all Reese and her followers want is freedom. This is why she leads and why she fights with so much passion and strength, despite her vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities that she allows no one but her right-hand man, Sloan, to see.

Yet adding to her stress are the advances of one sexy yet dangerous military-trained fighter, Rylan. Sent from an ally outlaw group to help Reese, their attraction crackles. Reese resists Rylan because he is dangerous and reckless. And Rylan can’t understand why Reese continues to deny his advances.

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Oct 24 2016 8:30am

First Look: Valerie Bowman’s The Legendary Lord (November 1, 2016)

The Legendary Lord by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman
The Legendary Lord (Playful Brides #6)
St. Martin's Press / November 1, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

I admit it. I adore Valerie Bowman’s Playful Brides Series. This core group of friends we follow throughout the series is quirky, inventive, fun, and sexy. The Legendary Lord is no exception and I’m not-so-secretly crushing on Christian Bancroft, Viscount Berkeley. Okay, full disclaimer, I’ve been crushing on him for a while. How fantastic that he finally gets his time in the spotlight.

So if this is your first foray into the Playful Brides world, you may not know that our Christian, though a beautiful man inside and out, has had zero success on the marriage market. Part of this is due to some of his awkward social quirks like his stutter. And once women do take notice of him, he’s always relegated into the dreaded “friend” zone.

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Oct 13 2016 12:00pm

3 Things We Learned from The Making of Outlander

The Making of Outlander by Tara Bennett

With the cast now filming the third season, we Outlander fans endure the wait until the premiere.  But all is not lost during this Outlander lull. Outlander fans and friends, rejoice! Whether you are new to the series or an old hat, Tara Bennett's The Making of Outlander, the Series: The Official Guide to Seasons One and Two is the guide for you. For the new, it gives a glimpse into the world of Outlander without spoiling too much. If anything, you’ll want to get caught up on Jamie and Claire’s story. Maybe an Outlander viewing-marathon this weekend on the couch with a nice cup of tea, chocolate, and popcorn?

For you die-hards…you know who you are. There’s interviews, pictures, quotes and summaries to whet your appetite. Everything is covered from casting to costuming to set. Maybe you’ll also go back and watch the first two seasons in anticipation of the third.

Suffice to say, this guide is ready to become a permanent fixture in your library. For me, here are some of my favorite gems I learned from the guide.

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Oct 8 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s It’s a Fugly Life (October 11, 2016)

It's A Fugly Life by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
It's A Fugly Life (The Fugly Series #2)
Mimi Jean Pamfiloff / October 11, 2016 / $8.99 print, $3.99 digital

I feel like anyone who has or currently struggles with body image and self-perception should read Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's latest. It’s a Fugly Life continues where Fugly ends (though it can be read as a stand-alone). Just a quick recap in case you haven’t read Fugly. Lily Snow is ugly. Her face makes people squirm with negative visceral reactions, contributing to her low self-esteem. But once people get to know Lily, they learn to see past her “unfortunate” face. Her body is lean and strong, and she’s driven and accomplished. Enter her CEO boss, Maxwell Cole. He originally hires Lily for therapeutic reasons, to work through his cacophobia (yes... a fear of ugliness). But when he actually falls in love with Lily, well, years of self-doubt and insecurity ruin her happily ever after. Because how can a gorgeous demi-God like Max who has a fear of the ugly, ever fall for someone like Lily?

It’s a Fugly Life takes place six months later. After reconstructive surgery from a major accident, Lily is moving on with her life. She’s no longer “ugly” thanks to plastic surgery, but is she happy? She’s happy enough. Even though her actions from six months ago ruined her relationship with Max, she’s about to say yes to her Italian movie-star boyfriend’s proposal. That is, until Max shows up unannounced, ready to start a life with Lily.

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