Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Release Blitz : Review And Giveaway - Room Service by Poppy Dunne


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Book Title: Room Service 
Author: Poppy Dunne 
Genre: Romantic Comedy Release Date: December 7, 2016 
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I've spent seven nights cooped up in this five star hotel, sleeping on 1000 thread count sheets and working sixteen hours a day. At least room service is covered under my expense account. But all work and no play leaves a girl dateless for her brother's wedding. Prospects aren't totally bleak, though. Four meals a day, I get to drool over this sexy room service guy: he's got a perfect body, easy smile, and a sense of humor that has me snorting over my personal pizza. He's all that and a bag of chips. Specifically, the jumbo bag of ranch barbecue chips that I ordered for breakfast out of desperation on Day Four. I finally found the courage to 'accidentally' let my bathrobe slip, and ask him to be my plus one at my brother's wedding. So maybe I had to offer him a little money. So what? There's no way I can face my family, make my ex rue the day he left me, or screw off this work stress without his helping hand. But what happens when I find myself falling for my fake, paid-for boyfriend? Judging by the comped mozzarella sticks he brought me for breakfast, maybe there's a chance he's falling for me too?

REVIEW

This was a laugh out loud funny book that had the right amount of swoonworthy romance in it!And it was really great considering the fact that this is a debut novel!
Alex needs a date for her brother's wedding since her ex is going to be there.She already has a lot on her plate with her job as she has to book a big band for her club, else it might be the beginning of the end.The only bright spot in her lonely hotel days in New York is the hot room service guy who serves her regularly(and might also be flirting with her?).Backed into a corner by her mother, she somehow manages to get Ben-the room service guy to pose as her fake boyfriend for the duration of the wedding.As they spend more time together and explore the sizzling attraction between them- will this be service only or turn out to be a forever thing?

Alex was a hilarious main character!I loved her thought processes,unabashed honesty,internal dialogue and her sarcastic+witty commentary!It was a blast being in her head!Though she comes from a rich family, she is down to earth and prefers paving her own way.I love how loyal and patient she is with her family especially her mom!Alex's sister-in-law Katie was a hoot!Loved her!
Ben was quite mysterious and super hot ofcourse!I looved his interactions with Alex and the chemistry between them was too good!It was quite obvious that there was more to him than what he was showing and the last few chapters were quite predictable, though they didn't lessen my enjoyment in any manner!
Though this is a humorous novel at heart I loved how the author has infused a little seriousness in it too.You feel along with the characters!Each page had me laughing and snorting!I'm surprised people didn't think I was crazy while I was reading this book!
My only annoyance would probably be certain jumps in the writing.A change in the scene was at times jarring and didn't flow that well..

But this book had me satisfied on all the counts that mattered and you should definitely get this one if you're looking for a light,hilarious,steamy romance for the holidays!! <3

excerpt
“Really? She’s never mentioned you before,” Mom purrs. But damn it, Ben’s ready for her.

“I wanted to tell everyone right away, but she waited. That’s one of the things I love about her—how wise she is. When you have something special, you take it slow.” Then he leans down and presses his lips to my cheek, just a whisper of a touch. Instantly, and startlingly, my insides kind of gel together. Thank god he’s holding me up. “That’s part of the reason I’m so excited to meet all of the family now. You should be so proud of your daughter.”

His confident smile is killing Mom right now. He’s throwing a bucket of water on her, and we’re watching as the witch melts down to a cream pair of Manolo Blahniks and a spilled cosmopolitan.

Her horror at being unable to mock me gives me life. It spurs me on. Move in for the kill, Alex. I grip Ben by his lapel.

“You always know just what to say,” I murmur, trying to sound kittenish. Then I get up on my tiptoes and kiss him.

It’s supposed to be a moment to make Mom uncomfortable and get out of our faces. But the second our lips connect, a hot spark shoots through my body. Instead of freezing or shoving me away—which Ben could do, because I’m borderline assaulting him right now—he pulls me closer. Our bodies melt together.

My head tips back and I inadvertently sigh into his mouth, my lips opening just a little, and that’s when I feel his tongue trace my lower lip, then stroke against mine just hard enough to make my pulse race. There’s nothing in our verbal contract that mentions making out, but I can’t stop myself from reaching up my arms to twine around his neck. As we kiss his hands slide down my back, a little possessive. I think I’m getting dizzy. Man, this guy is a good actor.

He trails his fingers just above the curve of my ass, too. Classy, but still enough to make an onlooker a little uncomfortable. Bullseye. We break apart, even though part of me would like to stay locked to his face. Mom’s gulped down her drink in one go, clearly desperate to get the hell away from her daughter’s happiness. It feels good.

“Well. You two have a pleasant evening.” She says it like we’re a pair of strangers whom she just walked in on to find screwing in a corner of the bathroom. “Go find Rollie before you…do whatever it is you do.” I want to say ‘have sex in the front hall,’ but think better of it. She walks away from us, stiff-kneed and red-faced. My mother tried to embarrass me and got it thrown right back in her face. It’s like Christmas in February.

Though watching her walk away like I just stripped in front of her is kind of like a stiletto to the heart. Since Todd and I broke up—hell, since I took myself out to California and basically flipped her kind of life the double bird—she’s been distant. At least, more distant than she used to be. I can’t help wishing she could just be happy for me and the man I paid to be my date. Is that so much to ask?

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After ten years of hiding behind a bathroom door, Poppy Dunne has sent both children to school, emerged from the bathroom, and is excited to release Room Service, a romantic comedy plotted mostly on the toilet. Poppy writes books with relatable heroines who speak their minds and whose riotous inner dialogue reflects their complex characters. Her goal is to deliver a story that has equal parts heart, romance and humor. Her heroes are swoon worthy, yet hold on to your suspension of disbelief, because they pick up their own socks and cook. In her free time, she looks for hobbies other than Netflix and procrastinating to fill out this author bio. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.
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Cover Reveal : One Careful Owner by Jane Harvey Berrick


 

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Releasing January 2nd, 2017

99¢ pre-order, a limited time promotion


 
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Take me, all of me, broken and in pieces, or say to hell with me.”

WARNING!
This book will break your heart!
From the best-selling romance author of THE EDUCATION OF SEBASTIAN comes a sexy, heart-breaking and heart-warming story about one man and his dog. (Standalone)

Alex is lost and alone, with only his dog, Stan for company. He doesn’t expect kindness from anyone anymore, but sometimes hope can be found in the most unlikely places. He has a second chance at happiness, but there’s a dark side to Alex, and a reason that more than one person has called him crazy.
Single mother Dawn is doing just fine. Except that her ex- is a pain in the ass, her sister isn’t speaking to her, and her love life is on the endangered list.
At least her job as a veterinarian is going well. Until a crazy-looking guy arrives at her office accompanied by an aging dog with toothache. Or maybe Alex Winters isn’t so crazy after all, just … different.
Dawn realizes that she’s treated him the same way that all the gossips in town have treated her—people can be very cruel.

Contains scenes of an adult nature.

This is a standalone novel with no cliff-hanger.





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Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).
She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1CyB8c0xA )

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Book Review And Giveaway : Drakon's Promise by N.J.Walters


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Drakon’s Promise

by N.J. Walters Blood of the Drakon #1 
Publication Date: December 5, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Otherworld, Paranormal Romance

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Synopsis: 
Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon. He's both. He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it. When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.


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REVIEW

A great start to a new paranormal romance series featuring dragon shifters!If you know me, it isn't a big secret that I love shifters especially dragon shifters!Going into this book, I was expecting a usual paranormal romance.This was quite better than what I expected!

Drakons are half human,half dragon sons born to male dragon and female human.Unlike dragons, they can shift and hold both human and dragon forms for long periods of time.Darius Varkas and his three brothers are drakons.There are only a few left in the world and they are quite secretive.Drakons are hunted for their blood, which can be used to cure illnesses and prolong life.The Knights of the Dragon are the ones who hunt them the most.Now, that they are back, Darius and his brothers are in danger.

Sarah Anderson is a librarian with the rare gift of psychometry.When she loses her job and manages to get another one where she has to catalog a private collection of books, she is drawn into the fight between the Knights and Dragons.She finds a book that could be used to trap and enslave drakons and overhears a conversation involving the Knights.Her conscience and sense of selflessness make her reach out to Darius to warn him.Darius is quite rich and owns many mining companies.He already has safe guards in place and has taken preemptive measures.But when he meets this librarian who wants to warn him and give him the book that could change their future, he doesn't know whether to trust her.
But, once he realizes that she has nothing but good intentions, all bets are off.With the knights hot on their trail, Darius has to get away and he isn't leaving Sarah behind.There is also the sizzling attraction between them, one like he has never felt before.Every drakon has one mate, but many hardly ever meet theirs.Is Sarah his?And will they make it out alive?

This was a fast paced paranormal romance that was written very well.The concept of dragon shifters and mates isn't new, but I like how the author has put her own spin on it.Both Darius and Sarah were great main characters and the romance between them was well done, though it was a little rushed for my tastes.But since it's the one true mate thing, I know we can't deny the connection between them.
Personally Sarah was my favorite.Intelligent,resilient,witty and loyal.The villains weren't that well fleshed out and felt one dimensional at times with their motivations.
I hope they improve in the future!
Darius' brothers are also great additions, and since each one of them will be getting their own book, I'm so excited for the next books in this series!!

ABOUT N.J. WALTERS

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Book Review And Giveaway : Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk



Her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.


WRONG BROTHER, RIGHT MATCH
Anyone but You #3
Jennifer Shirk
Releasing Dec 5th, 2016
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Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. Perfect boyfriend. Except...when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.

Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed "right match" might just be the wrong brother.



Shrimalya's Review

Kennedy's life is going just the way she planned.Her matchmaking business is finally taking off and she has the edge over her competitors with a special matchmaking software.She also has the perfect set of friends and a perfect boyfriend.Except for the fact that she isn't so sure about the perfect boyfriend part?
When she gets trapped in an elevator in Vegas, the claustrophobia and a bottle of champagne lead her to confess her doubts about her relationship to the handsome stranger stuck along with her.They part with a kiss that leaes her shocked.But, now, months later she is completely fine with her relationship(or she thinks she is).After all her own matchmaking software can't be wrong about the fact Justin is the one for her right?
Justin is now her fiance and they will be off to his hometown to visit his family for the holidays finally!

Matt Ellis has given up a lot for his family.He is quite happy running the family business, but sometimes one does wonder whether he could have done more if he had not given up his plans when his dad died.He doesn't think Justin is that grateful, since Justin spends most of the time working and hardly ever visits the family.Now, that he is bringing along a fiancee for Christmas, he is quite skeptical.Imagine his surprise when he sees that his future sister-in-law is the woman he kissed in the elevator in Vegas!

Kennedy is also quite shocked by finding out that Matt is Justin's brother.The fact that she can't stop thinking about the kiss doesn't help.Justin also goes back to the city early instead of spending time with his family since he has work to deal with.Now Matt has to 'babysit' Kennedy while he fights his attraction to this infuriatingly ,stubborn woman.
Kennedy has never had a stable family and her cousin is her only close relation.When she meets Justin's family, she is quite happy and is welcomed by his mother and sister.Spending the holidays with them and the surly Matt also is enjoyable and gives her a sense of warmth that she has never had before.But, noone can deny the fizzle of attraction between her and Matt once they spend more time together, adding to the doubts about her almost non-existent relationship with Justin.
Will she be ready to accept the fact that the software that the future of her business is based on might be wrong?And will she miss out on the chance to have a family that she has always dreamed of?

I really loved the main characters in this book!I think Matt was my favorite!Even though he is a little bit grouchy in the beginning, he warms up and is so sweet by the end.I loved the fact that he tried to do the honorable thing and always put his family first!The connection between him and Kennedy was amazing.Though they spent a few weeks together, the development of their relationship was completely believable.
Kennedy was such a likable heroine too!I could emphatise with her and understand the reason why she held onto the relationship with Justin for long.But sometimes what we need is completely different from what we think we want and she realises that too!
There is absolutely no cheating in this book and both the characters were quite serious about their decisions and repurcussions.And I'm also glad Justin wasn't made out to be a complete asshole.He had his bad moments, but he was also human, just not the right one for Kennedy.I hope we get a book about him.

I loved the Ellis family.What a beautiful relationship!Kennedy's family and friends were really supportive secondary characters too!The writing and the plot flowed really well.The epilogue was the best part!This book left me with a smile on my face and a satisfied feeling!Its really good that its releasing during the holidays too, I think you guys would definitely love it!Looking forward to read more from this author in the future!

Jackie's Review

Jennifer Shirk brings us a cute little holiday read that is perfect to read by the fire with some fresh-from-the-oven cookies and hot coco. I enjoyed this short read. It was just what I was looking for. I can't wait to read other books by this author.



EXCERPT

Kennedy grew silent again. She began chewing her bottom lip. His eyes automatically dropped to her mouth, and for the forty-eighth time since being trapped together, he thought about kissing some sense into that anxious brain of hers.
“You’re right.” Her words were so soft, he wasn’t sure she’d spoken them. “He’s wonderful. Really awesome. But honestly…” She gave him a sharp if slightly tipsy look. “I’ve never said this to anyone, so you can’t tell a soul.”
He gave her a droll look. “Who am I going to tell?”
She stared him down for several seconds as if judging his sincerity. “Cross your heart?”
“Cross my heart,” he repeated, making the motion against his chest.
“Okay.” She bit her lip. “It’s just that…sometimes I doubt we’re meant for each other.”
“Really?”
 “Yes. I know it’s crazy,” she murmured. “Especially since I can’t afford for my software to be wrong.”
 Before he could respond, the lights overhead flickered. Her head whipped up toward the ceiling. “Thank God!” The elated expression on her face reminded him of a child watching fireworks go off. “We’re finally going to get out of here,” she squealed.
“Yeah…awesome.” Matt swallowed hard. He should be happy, too. Why the hell wasn’t he happy? He’d finally be out of this cramped elevator and away from this anxiety-ridden woman with her boyfriend issues. But instead, all he could do was bank down a strange sense of disappointment at the thought of her walking through those elevator doors and him never seeing her again.
He stood first then held out his hand to help her up. Her palm met his, and he tugged just as the elevator began to move again, causing them to lose their balance. His back slammed against the wall, and she fell into his arms.
“Nice catch,” she said with a laugh, obviously still feeling the effects of the champagne.
Matt held on to her, his heart beating wildly. Having her in his arms ignited all kinds of thoughts, all kinds of feelings. Naughty thoughts. Good feelings. His gaze captured hers for a long moment until eventually her smiling face grew serious, too. Then his conscience tapped him on the shoulder.
What the hell do you think you’re doing? it said. You’ve both been drinking. And she has a boyfriend.
 He’d always hated his conscience.
“Matt?”
 Matt didn’t move. The elevator was going to open soon. They would be free to leave separately or leave together. There was still a choice. Growing up, he had always been the one to toe the line. Do what was right for everyone else in his life. But so help him, he didn’t want to do that this time. Maybe it was the alcohol, but he wanted her. True, the woman had a boyfriend—a neglectful boyfriend—but still, there were rules for that sort of thing, weren’t there? Like what if…
Screw it.
He kissed her. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.


She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.



Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.



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Release: excerpt and 5 star Review for The Only One by Lauren Blakely


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From New York Times Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes THE ONLY ONE,  a sexy new standalone novella in her One Love Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy and heat up your holiday!


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My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Lauren brings us a heartwarming second chance romance all wrapped up with a yummy dessert on the side.

The Only One is a charming little story that I enjoyed from start to finish,

In true Lauren Blakely style this book has the steamy sex scenes and a swoon worthy character that will surely make you love him.


After this I think I need my own Gabriel. Someone that knows how to bring the heat in the kitchen and in the bedroom.

EXCERPT:  The clock mocks me. As the minute hand ticks closer to eight in the evening, I wrack my brain to figure out if I got the time wrong. Maybe we picked two. Maybe he said ten. Maybe we’re meeting tomorrow. My chest twists with a desperate anxiety as I toy with the band on my watch. But as the fountains of Lincoln Center dance higher under the waning light, I’m sadly certain there was no error in communication. The only error was one of judgment.   Mine. Thinking he’d show. Drawing a deep, frustrated breath, I peer at my watch once more, then raise my face, searching the crowds that wander past the circular aquatic display at Manhattan’s epicenter for the performing arts. This fountain is so romantic; that’s why we chose it as the place to meet again. One week later. Foolishly I hunt for the amber eyes and dark wavy hair, for the lean, tall frame, for that mischievous grin that melts me every time. I listen for the sound of him amidst the melody of voices, wishing to hear his rise above the others, calling my name, apologizing in that sexy accent of his for being late. My God, Gabriel’s accent was a recipe for making a young woman weak in the knees. That was what he had done to me. The man melted me when I first met him last month in Barcelona at the tail end of my summer of travels across Europe. When I close my eyes and float back in time, I hear that delicious voice, just a hint of gravel in his tone, and a whole fleet of butterflies chase each other in my belly at the resurgence of that faraway romantic dream. I open my eyes, trying to blink away the inconvenient intrusion of memory. I should go. It’s clear he’s not coming tonight. But, just in case I mixed up the times, maybe I’ll give him one more minute. One more look. One more scan of the crowd. I let the clock tick past eight. I still don’t see him. I’ve been here for more than two hours sitting on the black marble edge of the fountain. Scouring the corners of Lincoln Center. Peering left, then right down Columbus. Circling, like an animal at a zoo—pathetic modern-day female waiting for male to stay true to his word. 

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About THE ONLY ONE:

From the New York Times bestselling author of THE SEXY ONE comes a romance about fate and second chances.

Let’s say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again.

Until ten years later.

Now, it turns out he’s the ONLY ONE in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity’s event.

The trouble is, he doesn’t recognize me.

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This woman I’m working with is so damn alluring. The first time I set eyes on her, I’m captivated and I can’t get her out of my mind. Even if it’s risky to tango with someone I’m working with, she’s a risk I’m willing to take.

The trouble is, she won’t give me the time of day.

But I’m determined to change that.

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Praise for Lauren Blakely and THE ONLY ONE:

 

"An extraordinarily dreamy love story that will melt your heart!"

~Beneath The Covers Book Blog

"This is an epic second chance romance that filled my heart with love, hope and longing."

~5-Stars! Two Book Pushers

"Lauren has knocked this one out of the park and down the street into the kitchen of Rocco DiSpirito. This book is smart, sexy, and full of surprises with characters you can't help but fall in love with. I want to find my very own Gabriel now. A sexy man with an accent who can cook for me. Who could ask for anything more?"

~Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews

"Insanely romantic and so genuinely charming..."

~Fresh Fiction Reviewer

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About Lauren Blakely: Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she'll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter.  
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