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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Runaways by Rachel Sawden – A Contemporary New Adult Romance

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Runaways by Rachel Sawden – A Contemporary New Adult Romance

  Do you have a five-year plan? That may sound like a weird question to ask someone on a book review site, but if you have made long term plans, and see them fall through, after putting a lot of energy in the completion of […]

Book Blitz and Giveaway: In Other Words by Jennifer Woodhull – A Contemporary New Adult Romance

Book Blitz and Giveaway: In Other Words by Jennifer Woodhull – A Contemporary New Adult Romance

Do you like Friends – To – Lovers Romances? Then I have a new release that you should check out. Or at least, you could read the excerpt of In Other Words by Jennifer Woodhull below, and see if you find it as interesting as […]

Book Review: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee by Leslie North – A Contemporary Romance Novel

Book Review: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee by Leslie North – A Contemporary Romance Novel

Book Details:

Book Title: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee

Author: Leslie North

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Publication Date: Sept. 24th, 2018

Warning: This is not a clean novel, but it is not erotica either

 

Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

 

Why I picked up this book

I pretty much pick up every Leslie North book that I can find.  Her novellas are always perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, or for reading in the waiting room of a Doctor’s office, just engaging enough to keep my attention, but not so deep that is hard to pull yourself away from them, if necessary.

My review

Unlike a few recent Leslie North books, this novella left me wanting more while leaving me satisfied enough with the details and outcome. Nicely paced, with an engaging plot, and some twists, I could understand why the two people this book centered around fell for each other.

The setting was interesting as well, and at one point, the book even made me laugh out loud, which was nice for a change. That is not something I am usually used to from this Author. I hope Leslie will decide to add more humor to her novels and novellas in the future.

The tension and conflict within this book were not forced, but rather natural, and understandable, and even though the “villain” seemed a little bit two-dimensional, it was not too bad, definitely not enough to distract from the story.

Overall, I enjoyed this quick read. Good to see Leslie North at her best again.

Rating

4 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

Christina is in the tiny country of Kattahar for one reason and one reason only—she’s looking for a potential donor for her adorable niece who’s desperate for a kidney. While cleaning out her parents’ attic, Christina stumbles upon a family secret: her sister, Kasha, is adopted and her birth mother, Sabrina, a potential kidney donor, is living in Kattahar. With her world thrown into a tailspin, Christina heads to Kattahar to seek Sabrina out. What’s not in her plans is becoming involved with anyone, including the sinfully hot man she can’t keep her eyes off. But when he asks her to be his fiancée, she’s more than a little intrigued.

As desperate as Christina is to find her sister’s birth mother, Dakaric, King of Al Qalb, is just as desperate to keep power-hungry, crown-seeking women from distracting him from his goal of making his country prosperous. Christina just happens to be the perfect woman at the perfect time. She’s only in Kattahar for one week, just long enough to pose for some PR photos and prove his “fiancée” exists. If she agrees to the ruse to keep the gold diggers away, he’ll help her find Kasha’s mother. The only hitch in his plan is his growing attraction to Christina, who is beginning to look more and more perfect in every way.

But desert sand isn’t all that swirls around them. Secrets and lies threaten their blossoming attraction before it can take root. Now Christina and Dakaric must decide if they want their temporary engagement to become an everlasting one.

Other Leslie North reviews on this blog you should check out:

Married To A Russian Kingpin 

The Sheikh’s Unruly Lover

The Sheikh’s Contract Fiancee

Thorn

 

 

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Introducing Paralucidity  by Stephen H. Provost – A Romantic New Adult Fantasy Novel

Introducing Paralucidity by Stephen H. Provost – A Romantic New Adult Fantasy Novel

  Title: Paralucidity Author: Stephen H. Provost Publication date: July 15th 2018 Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance Somebody wanted Minerva Rus dead. They succeeded. But Minerva isn’t letting a little thing like death stop her. After the dangerous adventure that killed her in Memortality, Minerva […]

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Reign to Ruin – A Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Reign to Ruin – A Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Quick book news for you! There is an upcoming release of a new Paranormal Fantasy Novel, I want to talk to you about today: Reign to Ruin by Zoe Ellis (Myth of Omega Book # 4)  will be released on July 19th, so mark your […]

Book Blitz and Giveaway: My Dream Job by Marcella Swann – A Steamy Contemporary Romance

Book Blitz and Giveaway: My Dream Job by Marcella Swann – A Steamy Contemporary Romance

I am going to heat up your summer by sharing an awesome new steamy romance with you today!

Introducing the newly released My Dream Job by Marcella Swann. Marcella is an acclaimed Author with a background in journalism, who absolutely has a way with words that leave you hot and bothered! No worry, if that is not your thing – I still suggest that you enter in the giveaway at the end of this blog post, for your chance to win a 25 Dollar Amazon gift card – perfect for your Prime Day Shopping Spree and beyond!

Oh, and did I mention that this book is free on Kindle Unlimited? Well, there you go – you can thank me later!

 

Title: My Dream Job
Author: Marcella Swan
Publication date: July 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Callie

He sees right through me. I like it. No, I crave it. His attention is like an opiate. It isn’t about the money. It isn’t about the power.

Then what? Even ask myself, I already know the answer.

He’s the summit of the mountain I can’t scale, no matter which tools I use. I would give him my body, but he tosses women away without a glance. I could offer my mind, but he’d play me like a well-fingered instrument. He’s mastered life and everything in it.

He holds the secrets. He is everything I want and cannot get for myself. I’ll find his weakness and when I do …

Alec

I’ve grown bored with success. The extraordinary has become my routine. Then she walked into my seminar and I felt the flame of challenge. I wanted her mind, her innocence, her body.

It wasn’t her youth, not even her siren’s body. It was the untilled soil of her potential that drew me toward her.

She was the only thing I could not buy, could not create and could not command. She was the supreme protégé; the urn to receive my carefully cultivated, highly sensitive awareness.
She sat there before me, willing and adoring.

Could I resist my urge to make her what I wanted her to be? Could I leave her richer for having been with me? Could I leave her … ever?

EXCERPT:

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In between shaking hands, I coolly navigated the rooms, noting that everyone had adhered to costume and seemed to be enjoying themselves. There were two champagne fountains set up centrally and the buffets held warming trays with superbly prepared, gourmet level foods. After all, the event cost $2500 per plate, so at least the food had better be good and the booze plentiful.

“Hello John, how have you been? I don’t believe I’ve seen you since Singapore?”

“Well, Alec, you’re looking fine as usual. Always very fit. Any new deals you can let me in on? Yes, I believe it was Singapore.”

“John, you don’t mean to tell me your instincts are failing you?” I teased him. “Surely you’re the one with the tips to share?”

He shook his head as he left and turned back to the woman standing at his left. I assumed she was his wife, although I had never met her. I moved on.

“Alec! I hear you’ve taken on a new protégé.”

I nodded and looked toward the staircase. Callie hadn’t come down yet and I wondered if she was getting cold feet. “Yes Robert, as a matter of fact I have. Don’t try to steal her from me, now promise?”

“As good as all that, is she?” Robert eyebrows peaked with curiosity.

I neither confirmed nor denied and that was exactly what he expected. I was fairly certain once people met her, the question would come behind my back whether she was my business protégé or mistress. Let them think what they want, I thought to myself. Callie would set them straight.

I felt before I heard, the raised pitch in the conversation undertones. I knew something was happening and looked toward the staircase. Sure enough, Callie was coming down and there wasn’t a word strong enough to describe how beautiful she was.

She had interpreted the pirate theme to include female pirates. Most of the women there were dressed in 19th-century ball gowns, playing the role of the captured mistress or willing stowaway the pirates would use for their pleasure. But not my Callie.

Her beautiful, long legs were encased in black leather, the waist rising higher and ending just below her bosom. She wore a full-sleeved blouse, gathered at the shoulder and ballooning over her long arms before clutching her wrists in crystal studded bands. Its collars lay wide open, cut deeply below her décolletage, the suntanned mounds of her perfect breasts hugging one another in that curtained stage. Her long blonde hair had been drawn high above her neck, cascading in curls below her black, pirate’s hat. It, too, was studded with sparkling crystals. Black, high-heeled leather boots went over where her pantaloons ended and a cummerbund of crimson velvet emphasized her tiny waist. Every man in the room made a wish and every woman scowled. She was a diabolical mistress of the night and she was mine.

She waved at me over the heads of the crowd and I nodded and motioned her forward. People parted to make her path as she came toward me. There was no need to hush the crowd, they were already silent with appreciation. “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce my assistant and protégé, Ms. Callie Courtney. I’ve been fortunate enough to snap up this talented young lady and include her in my organization before the rest of you even knew she was available. I encourage each of you to meet her personally this evening as she will often be my personal representative. She will be authorized to discuss and execute all business on my behalf.”

My introduction drew an intake of breath across the room. I was not known for giving up control of any aspect of my business and the fact that I had just transferred trust onto Callie’s beautiful shoulders was rare indeed. A stuttering of quiet comments blossomed across the room and soon there was a general applause for her introduction. Callie beamed, smiling graciously and tilting her head to individuals around the room. She leaned toward me and whispered in my ear. “I’m so nervous,” she said, her voice higher pitched than normal in her anxiety.

“Honey, they’re more afraid of you than you are of them, I guarantee you. Everyone in this room owes me in one way or another. Think of yourself as a queen who can order heads chopped off.”

She looked at me, her eyes wide, her mouth forming an O-shape before dissolving into a smile as she winked.

Author Bio:

Marcella Swann has been putting words on paper for as long as she can remember. After working for years in the hard-boiled world of journalism, she how devotes her time to writing contemporary romances of strong-willed women who win the men of their dreams. As passionate about love as the beauty of a story well told, Marcella is a complete romantic and believes everyone desires their happily ever after. A small town girl from Louisiana, Marcella now lives in New York City and starts each day walking her Yorkie in the park. She also swings a mean kettle bell at the gym and loves karaoke nights with her friends.

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New Edition To The Sarah Castille Redemption Series: Strong Hold + Giveaway

New Edition To The Sarah Castille Redemption Series: Strong Hold + Giveaway

I always had a thing for Martial Arts – now place some hot fighter into a romance novel, and I am completely sold! This is one of the many reasons why I love the Redemption Series by Sarah Castille – a bold, sexy, and steamy […]

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Twelfth Floor by Monica Corwin – A Steamy Hot Romance

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Twelfth Floor by Monica Corwin – A Steamy Hot Romance

Hot And Steamy Romances Are Fun! They are even more fun, when you read them at the pool or while on vacation (or staycation in my case). Read on for an excerpt of the newly released novel Twelfth Floor by Monica Corwin and get ready […]

New Romance Novel By Sandra Owens: Just Jenny

New Romance Novel By Sandra Owens: Just Jenny

Hi to all of you lovely Sandra Owens fans – today, I have a treat for you! A new charming and heartwarming contemporary romance novel has just arrived: Introducing “Just Jenny” by Sandra Owens.

Even better yet, I have a giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win a 20 Dollar Amazon gift card – and you can spend it all on more of Sandra Owens’ award-winning novels!

Read a short excerpt of Just Jenny below!

Title: Just Jenny
Author: Sandra Owens
Publication date: June 27th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

The small mountain town of Blue Ridge Valley is the home of three best friends, Jenny, Autumn, and Savannah. Each woman believes she has her life perfectly planned, but there is a saying in the mountains… If everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

In Just Jenny, Jenny Nance has a plan—save enough money to tour the world. The desire to traipse the globe is a dream she once shared with her twin sister. Jenny made a deathbed promise to her sister that she would go to all the places they had fantasized about visiting together. Nothing will entice her to break her vow to Natalie, not even the sexy new Blue Ridge Valley police chief . . . No matter how attracted she is to him.

Dylan Conrad left the Chicago Police Department to accept the position as Chief of Police in Blue Ridge Valley. Burned out and haunted by a tragedy of his own, he needs to get away from the memories tormenting him. He’s hoping to find peace in the small mountain town, but the quirky residents, an infamous moonshiner, an errant prized bull, and a feisty redhead by the name of Jenny weren’t quite what he had in mind.

 

 

EXCERPT:

We’d just ordered our drinks when Dylan Conrad walked into the lounge. He paused in the entryway, his gaze scanning the room. The man was so freaking hot. At seeing me, he smiled, making my heart thump in my chest.

“Mind if I join you?” he said, coming to a stop behind the empty chair at our table for four. “Unless you’re expecting someone.”

That was said to me. “Nope. Have a seat, Chief.” I had a sudden fantasy of playing cop and criminal with him, me being the bad guy and him having to frisk me. I hoped my cheeks weren’t as red as they felt. He sat next to me, and I caught a whiff of man and something spicy. I also hoped I didn’t start drooling.

His eyes danced with amusement. “Introduce me to your friends, Red.”

Oh. Right. I was sitting here staring at him like an idiot, and now I knew for sure my face was beet red. “Ahem, this is my best friend, Autumn Archer, and her soon-to-be husband, Brian Stratton. Guys, this is Dylan Conrad, Blue Ridge Valley’s new police chief.”

“Welcome to Blue Ridge Valley,” Autumn said. “I’ve heard great things about you.”

Dylan sat back in his chair. “Oh?”

I kicked her under the table. That devilish gleam in her eyes meant she was up to no good.

“Yep. You have really pretty eyes, by the way. Jenn said they were the color of Tennessee whiskey, and she’s right.”

I kicked her again. Harder.

Dylan turned those beautiful eyes on me. “You been talking about me, Red?”

 

Author Bio:

A best selling, award winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity, but have ceased being surprised by what she might get up to next. She’s jumped out of a plane, flown in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed death-defying stunts, has flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns), and rode a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing.

A member of Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll, Sandra is a 2013 Golden Heart® Finalist for her contemporary romance, CRAZY FOR HER. In addition to her contemporary romantic suspense novels, she writes Regency stories.

You can connect with Sandra on Twitter @SandyOwens1 and Facebook at SandraOwens.94043. Her website is: www.sandra-owens.com

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Book Blitz and Giveaway: Blessings of Luna by Blaise Ramsay – A Paranormal Romance Novel

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Blessings of Luna by Blaise Ramsay – A Paranormal Romance Novel

Today, I have a hot one for you! Presenting Blessings of Luna by Blaise Ramsay, which is available for free on Kindle Unlimited (a great deal if you ask me). For those of us who love a well-plotted paranormal story that does not leave out […]