Monday, August 29, 2016

Book Review And Giveaway : For Better Or Worse by Lauren Layne



Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor 
stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells?


FOR BETTER OR WORSE
The Wedding Belles #2
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 30th, 2016
Pocket Books


Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?



When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.


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REVIEW

Another fantastic read from Lauren Layne!For Better Or Worse is the second book in the Wedding Belles series about a group of successful wedding planners in NYC.I loved To Have and To Hold and was dying to get my hands on Heather's book.As soon as I started reading, I was hooked!Josh swooped in and stole my heart <3.I didn't think I could love a book more than To Have and To Hold, but now do.

In this book we have Heather Fowler, assistant wedding planner at the Belles who has been tirelessly working in order to get promoted to wedding planner.She is a small-town girl who has been dreaming of planning weddings and making it big in the New York City since she was a little girl.Slowly they are starting to come true.She has finally gotten an apartment and the promotion also looks within reach.She has been assigned as the only wedding planner to socialite Danica Robinson's wedding.Her only problem is her neighbor who blasts music and practices with his band at  odd hours, causing her to lose much needed sleep.

Josh Tanner just wants to live in the moment and enjoy life as it comes.He was the rising star on Wall Street before he was diagnosed with cancer.Going through the grueling process and beating it made him realize the error of his workaholic ways.So, he spends the days enjoying, playing music with his band, having short flings and spending time with his family.He isn't looking for a long term relationship since he doesn't want someone he loves to deal with the probability of losing him as the cancer might strike again.Too bad the old,deaf lady who used to bake banana bread is gone from 4C.

His new neighbor is would up as tight as a spring and spends her time working tirelessly or yelling at him for keeping her up.So, what does he do to shut her up?Kiss her of course ;)

Though, Heather and Josh have a little disagreement in the beginning, there is no denying the attraction between them.As they form a truce and start spending more time together, the closer they become.Josh helps Heather out with Danica's wedding(she is his ex-gf and he knows about her choices) as she is totally disinterested in the planning and has left everything upto Heather.Soon their friendship turns into something more.But, will Josh let down the walls around is heart and allow Heather in or will he push her away forever?

Heather and Josh were amazing in this book.I loved how Lauren Layne portrayed their hopes,dreams and fears.Josh's family was also a great addition.Everyone from Josh's mom to his twin sister and niece added wonderful dynamics to the story. Though some of his actions were irritating at times, you could understand the reason behind them.Points to Heather for supporting Josh but at the same time not taking crap from him when he got moody and shut her out.The relationship between Heather and her mom was also well done.It was wonderful seeing Brooke and Seth again!And the proposal was amazing!

So, what are you waiting for?Grab this book as soon as it releases on the 30th and read it!Believe me, Josh Tanner will steal have you swooning in no time!

P.S. I'm so excited for Alexis and Logan's story in To Love and To Cherish!The series keeps getting better with each book and I love the slow progression in the relationships.Can't wait to see how this sexy, Britsh accountant finally manages to make the stubborn wedding planner fall in love with him.Alexis appears to be so oblivious to Logan's feelings, but is she really?


EXCERPT

“So this is where the noise happens, huh?” she asked.
Josh’s eyes narrowed as his friend’s hand touched Heather’s back briefly. “Absolutely,” Trevor said. “We’re sorry it keeps you up though.”
“Oh, it’s okay,” she said, waving her hand. “I mean . . . it’s not. But tonight I couldn’t sleep anyway, so you get a free pass. What do you all play?”
“Donny’s bass, Felix is on drums. Josh is lead guitar, and I, as the most important member, have the pipes.”
“Oh! I thought Josh was the singer,” Heather said with a quick glance over her shoulder at him.
Their eyes locked, and Josh felt a flicker of . . . something.
“Ah, is that what he’s telling the women these days,” Trevor joked.
“No, I just . . . I hear him, singing sometimes,” Heather muttered.
“Our boy can carry a tune well enough, but wait until you hear me, love,” Trevor said.
Josh turned away in mild disgust, pulling a beer out of the fridge as Trevor and the other guys coaxed Heather into the practice room, thrilled to have any sort of audience, even a reluctant one.
“Yo, Tanner,” Felix called.
“What,” he called, popping the lid off the bottle and tilting the beer back to his lips as he tried to shake off whatever was bringing down his mood tonight.
“Let’s show Heather here that we’re more than a bit of noise coming through her bedroom wall.”
Josh turned around to see Donny dragging one of his kitchen chairs across the room, disappearing into the practice room.
“All right, love, you just sit down and get comfortable,” Trevor said. “Tanner! Come on, man.”
Josh heard the low strum of Donny’s guitar, heard Felix do a little warm-up rhythm, and knew there was no way of getting out of it. If he refused to play a song now, he’d look like an ass.
Still, his feet didn’t move, and he took another sip of beer.
Feeling eyes on him, he glanced up to see Heather in the doorway, leaning one shoulder against the doorjamb as she studied him.
“Okay, 4A?” she asked.
Her tone was lighthearted, almost slightly reluctant, as though she didn’t want to care about why he was out here alone, feeling oddly itchy with his life.
He appreciated it. He’d spent enough time in the past few years dealing with people who walked on eggshells around him, cooing sweetness. Some of it genuine, some of it not so much.
Heather’s no-nonsense question was refreshing—and exactly what he needed.
He was happy and healthy and living the dream, damn it.
Even if he was no longer sure it was his dream.
“You going soft on me?” he asked, taking one last sip of his beer before setting it aside and strolling toward her.
Heather’s eyes narrowed. “Hardly. I just wanted you to get your shit together so I can see your cute lead singer work his magic.”
He deliberately stepped into the doorway so she couldn’t move in either direction without brushing against him, grinning at her discomfort.
“You’re in a better mood tonight,” he said, his eyes skimming over her crazy curls and relaxed expression. “Why?”
“Believe it or not, I’m not a shrew.”
“Huh.”
Heather shoved his shoulder with a little scowl. “I’m not!”
“Does that mean you’re going to start making banana bread like Mrs. Calvin?”
“Yes, definitely. And coffee cake and sugar cookies and whatever other goodies you might like. All while wearing a frilly, feminine apron.”
“Dare I hope there’s nothing under the apron?” he asked, leaning in slightly.
“Right again!” she said, in mock delight. “I just love to bake naked.”
Josh’s pulse leapt, but Trevor interrupted before the sudden X-rated picture in his mind could turn into a full-fledged fantasy.
“Dude, we doing this or what?”
Josh looked at Heather.
“One song,” she said, holding up a finger. “I may as well see what the music sounds like on this side of the wall.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian. 



In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!



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Meredith definitely drank too much last night. Why on earth else would she have woken up without her purse, and the distinct memory of giving her number to a stripper? So gross.
The good news is, she never has to see him again. Except to get her purse. And to discover she did another terrible, horrible, very bad thing while drunk- she accidentally became a professional penis photographer.
Rob wishes more people would believe him when he says he truly is stripping his way through journalism school. It's the only way Millennials can afford school with no student loans. When Meredith quite literally stumbles across his path, he's super smitten. Sadly, she is less so once she sobers up.
Can he trick her into dating him? Can she trick her mother into thinking she has a respectable job?
And can anyone recover once the internet picks up their story? It's a long shot for both of them.

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Review

Jesus!What a crazy,laugh-out-loud-funny book!This is the third book of Kayti McGee's that I've read, and its the best!Meredith is a struggling photographer, without a job and a place to stay.She is currently staying with her sister, Jane(whom we've met in UnderCovers and Topped).She meets Rob, the stripper at the Meow Club, when she and her sister go out there for a night of fun.She ends up receiving a lap dance from him and gives him her number.

Rob is a journalism student who is trying his best to graduate without student loans and stripping helps do that.He knows that he wants Meredith from the moment he lays eyes on her.They have fun at the Meow Club and she even agrees to photograph his friend(and roommate)-Peter's dick as he is trying to enter the porn industry.Too bad, Meredith wants nothing do with him the next morning when she is sober.

But Rob is not one to give up.He relentlessly pursues Merie and charms his way into her life.Meredith also needs money and though she is hesistant to photograph dicks in the beginning, she manages to agree to it.She does it well and turns it into an artform(literally!)She is also attracted to Rob and as they start spending more and more time together their relationship takes off.Meredith also starts getting a lot of recognition for her talent(of taking dick pics :P).Though she is mortified by this, she still enjoys doing it and she even starts knitting different costumes for dicks! LOL!

But, what will happen if her family found out about her current job?And is she really comfortable dating a stripper?Will Rob be able to convince her to take a chance on him or will he end up with a broken heart?

I loved the characters in this book.Both Meredith and Rob had their own sets of flaws.Merie was judgmental and a little rude in the beginning.Though, Rob was sweet, he didn't fully think about the consequences of his actions.I loved how he tricked Meredith into going on dates with him and eventually got her to be his girlfriend.The supporting cast-Jane, her husband and the Meow Club friends also added to the hilarity.It was great seeing Miranda,Joe,Melissa and Spence again.

So guys, if you're looking for a romantic comedy with perfect amounts of steam and humor that will leave you simultaneously gasping with laughter and fanning yourself, go for this one!Trust me you'll love it!! :D 
P.S.Also, in real life there is a woman called Soraya Doolbaz who actually takes professional dick pics and creates different costumes for them.You can find out more about her and her photography here.

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Kayti McGee is a former Kansas Citian who now follows the Royals from Colorado. Besides writing, her hobbies include travel, cooking, and all thing Whovian. She also writes as the latter half of Laurelin McGee. Like her co-author Laurelin Paige, she joined Mensa for no other reason than to make her bio more interesting.

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Release Blitz And Giveaway : His Dark Canvas by Alexandrea Weis


Title: His Dark Canvas
Series: A Corde Noire Novel
Author: Alexandrea Weis
 Genre: Dark Erotica 
Release Date: August 29, 2016

Ella Winston is a talented chef with a problem--the slightest touch can reveal anyone’s darkest secrets. 
Hired to cook for the artist, Ren Plancharde, she struggles to keep her ability under wraps. 
After accidently uncovering Ren’s underground activities, the eccentric painter offers Ella a glimpse into his world of pleasure and pain. Intrigued, he decides to make Ella a part of his sinister Corde Noire Society, but his chef isn’t quite ready to commit. 
Absolute submission isn’t all Ren wants from the stubborn woman. He has big plans for her gift, too. The only question is … will Ella be willing to give in to his desires when the time comes?
The darkness within can hide a lifetime of secrets.


Through the haze of her apple martinis, Ella spotted someone across the wide dining room. He was different from the other patrons there to celebrate the restaurant’s two-year anniversary. With an arrogant walk, he strutted across the stone floor. Lean, muscular, and blessed with one of those bodies women would always notice, he had dark blond hair and disquieting dark green eyes. He was the kind of guy who knew he was good-looking and let everyone else know it, too. She wasn’t usually attracted to that type, but this man—his confidence intrigued her.
“You’re Ella, Ella Winston,” he said in a voice like dark chocolate fondue: deep, and wickedly sexy.
“Yeah.” She almost dropped her drink. “I’m the sous chef.”
“I know. Marcus told me.”
As his smile sank to the depths of her belly, he extended his hand, but Ella ignored it.
Don’t touch him. You know what happens when you touch them.
“So, how do you know Marcus?” Ella quickly asked, hoping to make up for her rudeness.
He laughed, looking her over. Above the din in the room, she could sense something different about his laugh. Unlike the insincere chortle of others, this man’s laugh got to her. She was having an unusual physical reaction, something that never happened to her. When most men laughed, Ella usually ran away.
“Marcus and I share the same friends.”
“What friends are those?” she asked, craving another martini.
“The wealthy kind, who like to support the arts.” He raised a green bottle of sparkling water in his hand. “I’m a painter. Marcus and I know a lot of people who like to pretend they’re patrons and keep us gainfully employed.”
“Painter?” Ella shrugged, finding it hard to believe Marcus knew any painters. “What do you paint?”
“Portraits of women. Usually with very little clothing.”
Oh yeah, I need another drink. “Is that lucrative?”
“For me it is.”
Her eyes wandered around the dining room, desperate to find a rescue. Ella needed to get away from this man before she said or did something really stupid.
“Do you like art?” he pressed.
“Some art. I think it would depend on the passion I see in a painting.”
“The passion in a painting?” That laugh again. Her toes tingled. Not good. “You sound like a painter, Ms. Winston.”
The martini glass in her hand suddenly weighed a ton. “Isn’t painting a passion for an artist, like cooking is a passion for a chef? Having a passion is a healthy thing. It reminds us that we have a soul.”
He nodded, seemingly approving of her drunken ramblings. “That’s very profound and also very true. I think you have a lot of talents yet to be discovered, Ella. May I call you Ella?”
“Ah, sure. Ella is fine.” Her mouth went dry. “What makes you think I have any talents outside of cooking?”
“I have a sense for these things.”
She tensed. Can he tell? The same thought always haunted her when she met new people. Ella fought so hard to keep her secret under control. Time to make a run for it.
“Don’t let Marcus know I have other talents. He’ll probably fire me.”
She was about to depart when he stopped her. He leaned in, and she could just make out the small cleft in his pointy chin. “I promise, if you ever need a job, I’ll hire you.”
His mouth was so close she could have kissed his perfect, thin lips. Frightened by the notion, Ella backed away. “I’ll hold you to that.”
“I hope you do, Ella.”
She should have done a million different things: asked his name, gotten his phone number, or stayed to flirt with him some more. Instead, Ella walked away. She figured it was one of those moments in life she would live to regret. Fortunately, Ella found the bar and drowned her disappointment in another apple martini.
Ella reasoned that was the way of it. You meet people and move on, and one day, if you’re lucky, you meet the interesting ones again.



From New Orleans, Alexandrea Weis was raised in the motion picture industry and began writing stories at the age of eight. In college she studied nursing and went on to teach at a local university. After several years in the medical field, she decided to pick up the pen once again and began her first novel, To My Senses. Since that time she has published many novels. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning books, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. Her work has been critically acclaimed and has been continually growing in popularity. 
Alexandrea Weis is also a certified/permitted wildlife rehaber with the La. Wildlife and Fisheries. When she is not writing, she rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She is married; they live in New  Orleans.



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