Saturday, October 31, 2015

Surviving Ice

Title: Surviving Ice
Series: Burying Water Book 4
Author: K.A. Tucker
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Ivy, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is finally looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have found it in San Francisco, but all that changes when she witnesses a terrible crime. She’s ready to pack up her things yet again, when a random encounter with a stranger keeps her in the city, giving her reason to stay after all.

That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter wasn’t random. Not at all…

Ivy Lee is back in San Francisco working at her uncles shop and, for the first time in her life, she's thinking of staying. Normally moving around from place to place and never making connections wherever she goes, the idea of sticking around is a little scary to her. But then things go horribly wrong and she's a witness to her uncle's murder and is now thrown into a world of deceit and crime.

Sebastian works for a private security company that does things a little differently than the rest. The guys working for this company aren't always the good guys and they sometimes have to do things that not everyone is going to agree with. Sebastian's newest assignment is to get close to Ivy and find out what she knows about the secrets her uncle was hiding and if she knows anything than he has to eliminate the threat. But once he meets the mysterious Ivy, he knows he will never be able to hurt her. 

This book really amped up the suspense aspect of this series and it was amazing. I loved how there was so much unknown going on and so many big decisions that had to be made. It was a nail biter, that's for sure. I was so concerned about what would happen by the end and I could not put this book down until I knew what would happen. I loved how there was suspense but that part of the book didn't take away from the romance at all. That didn't stop me from going a little crazy and trying to figure out what would end the story though.

The characters were amazing and I really enjoyed both Sebastian and Ivy. Ivy was really tough and had a 'I don't give a shit' attitude that wasn't just some front she put on for people. She was just really that strong. She did have a vulnerable side, though, and that side was so different and hidden for so long that when she finally let it show it was this explosion of emotions. Sebastian was there to help her though and I loved him for it. He had a really conflicting job and he himself had a hard time deciding if he was the good guy or the bad guy, but Ivy knew that he was the always on the good side, even when that meant doing things he didn't really want to. 

Together Ivy and Sebastian and I thought they were perfect for each other. They both had those hidden emotions that they couldn't even let out around themselves but when they were together those emotions burst free. I can't say they were my favorite couple of this series but they are a close second and seriously hot!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and this series and I want everyone I know to read. So watch out people because I may have to kidnap ya'll and force you to start this series!

Chasing River

Title: Chasing River
Series: Burying Water Book 3
Author: K.A. Tucker
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Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also can’t be identified at the scene—so, he fled. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Pushing her away would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

Amber Welles is on a mission to find herself. She packs up her things and uses everything she has saved in her two years of nursing to take her journey around the world. When her journey brings her to Dublin, Ireland her whole world shifts when she almost gets blown up. Luckily she was saved and now she finds herself chasing after her savior.

River Delaney is constantly looking after his older brother and trying to keep him on the right side of the law. But when his brother goes too far and almost hurts an American tourist, one who River had to save, he realizes he can't protect someone who doesn't want to be protected. Now the American he saved is tracking him down and even though River knows he should push her away, he keeps hoping she'll chase him.
I am kicking myself so hard for not reading this the second it was released. This story was utter perfection and I read it all in one night because I refused to let my eyes close until I read every single word of it. The story was perfect and I loved how there was so much Irish history thrown in, but in a way that it all went with the story and wasn't random or just too much information. I was actually taking little notes the whole time so I could visit all the places River talked about while in Ireland next year. 

I really liked Amber's character in Burying Water and was really happy that I finally got to learn more about her. In her own way she was a good person that saw the world as black and white, right and wrong. To her there was no in between and if you did something wrong then you need to pay for it. It was really interesting to see the little struggle with her and River because of that. She was the type that would turn in her own brother to protect him from himself, while River was the type to protect his brother by hiding all the wrong doings. 

River, River, River. What can I say about River, other than the fact that I fucking loved him! I honestly can't even think of the right words to describe how much I liked River. What I can say is that his character was really amazing and I loved how family oriented he was and how he really cared about protecting those he loved and doing right by them. He really pushed Amber to open up and be true to herself about what she wanted and I loved seeing that. They had a real connection that was jumping off of the pages, which made their characters seem so much more real. 

The overall story was just fantastic. There was romance and new found friendship and some old hurts being healed and all together is just came together really well. 

P.S. While in Ireland I will be searching for my own River. Wish my luck, ladies!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dirty Bad Secrets Cover Reveal

Title: Dirty Bad Secrets 
Author: Jade West 
Genre: Erotic 

It’s been three years since I set foot in Club Explicit, and three long years since I set eyes on Andy Morgan.
He doesn’t want me here, doesn’t want to know me, doesn’t want to even hear my name.
But I’m back on his doorstep, in his office, in his life… with a suitcase full of dirty bad secrets.

Faye Devere is out to claim her old life back. Three years in Italy have come at a heavy price, and she’s running back to the only anchor she has left: her fifty-fifty share of Club Explicit, and the man she left to pick up her pieces.
But Andy Morgan’s long over it. Long over her. 
Club Explicit is his baby now. His club, his rules, his way. 
Andy’s not a man who shares easily. And certainly not with the woman who upped and left without so much as a goodbye.

When your battlefield is London’s horniest playground, and sex is the sole weapon left in your arsenal, it’s only a matter of time before the fight gets dirty… and the secrets get dirty bad.

WARNING: As is always the case with Jade West novels, please proceed with caution. The book contains hardcore BDSM and sexual practices that may offend some readers. Please use your own discretion. Most definitely 18+ only.

Jade West is a contemporary erotic author, real life submissive, and former sex chat-line operator, who is plenty used to getting people all steamed up with her dirty mouth. Her debut release, Dirty Bad Wrong, smashed into the Amazon top 100 in February 2015, followed by Dirty Bad Savage in June - an Amazon top 100 bestseller in 4 countries. Dirty Bad Strangers topped the erotica chart, reaching an impressive 13 overall in the US Kindle Store, and the latest tale of debauchery, Dirty Bad Secrets - returning to the heart of Club Explicit - releases November 2015.

Surviving Ice

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for K.A. Tucker's SURVIVING ICE! SURVIVING ICE is a standalone romantic suspense novel and is the fourth book in K.A. Tucker's Burying Water Series, published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Grab your copy today!

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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and Burying Water—which Kirkus Reviews called “a sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner”—returns with a new novel packed with romance, plot twists, and psychological suspense.

Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again. When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for. Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control. 

That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.

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          Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.               

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Wrath of Cain

Watch the Wrath unfold!  Clubs. Mafia. Drugs. Murder. And the man they all know as Scarface, will leave you guessing in 
book one of this brand new series... 

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Eloped at the age of eighteen. Separated at the age of eighteen. Disappeared at the age of eighteen. This is what happened to Calla Greer. Her perfect life was shattered on her wedding day when she caught her husband Cain with another woman just hours after they said I do. With her heart broken, she moves across the border to Windsor, Canada to get away from the nightmare she stumbled upon. Hell bent on going to college and fulfilling her dream of becoming a lawyer. 

After six long years of still being married, Calla returns to Detroit to have Cain sign divorce papers.

Only Cain has changed. 

He’s bitter, angry and for a good reason. 

At least that’s what he’s been telling himself for the past six years. 

Cain Bexley had fifteen minutes to destroy his marriage to protect the woman he loved.  He did the only thing he could think of to make her leave. He jumped in bed with a woman. Life at home was a lie. Lives were at risk. 

People are not who they seem. 

Not even Cain’s dad or Calla’s parents are who they say they are. When Calla shows up begging for a divorce. He shows her exactly who he is and no way in hell will he sign those papers. 

What happens when six years later she returns? The only woman he has loved. A woman who has changed herself! When all the lies surface will she be able to forgive everyone she has trusted in her life or will Calla turn to the man who destroyed her? 


My brain finally catches up with the fact I’m naked in front of Cain for the first time in six years. I sit up in a rush of water and bring my knees to my chest, resting my chin on top of them.
“You... you shouldn’t be in here.”
“You wouldn’t answer me,” he says exasperatedly.
“Well, no shit. My head was underwater. That still doesn’t give you the right to just walk in here.” 
“When you don’t answer me when I’m standing right outside of a wide open door, not to mention the fact this is my house... well, then I think I have every fucking right. Don’t you?”
“No, I don’t. You could have just peeked in and seen I was fine and waited. Was this some kind of ploy for you to get me right where you wanted me? Are you so afraid that the minute you turn your back on me I will up and try to leave? Are you going to watch my every move? Or did you have an ulterior motive in suggesting I shower, just so I could strip down naked and you could make damn sure I didn’t go anywhere? So tell me what the hell it is, because this back and forth, hot and cold game you’ve started is really starting to piss me the hell off!”
I glare up at him, not quite able to read his eyes.
What I do know is that the sexual tension between the two of us is so strong, it’s working triple overtime. There’s only one tiny little obstacle in our way... and that would be our past. The fact that I can’t trust him. He broke every bit of it the same day he broke my heart. One of us needs to give in, take charge so we can just fuck and move on.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nicole James Interview

Nicole James, author of the Evil Dead MC Series

*About the Author*
Nicole James grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. As a child, she wrote her first book, Charlie the Firefly, at the age of eight. Her mother knew long before she did that she would someday become an author. Growing up, she spent many happy weekends and summers in Michigan at a cabin on a lake. Winters, she loved to ski. As an adult, Nicole has traveled all over the West and South. She has lived in Illinois, Arizona, Georgia and Alabama. She has a love of motorcycles, writing, reading and the beach. Her favorite city is New Orleans. She loves music of all kinds, but especially the blues. She has two wonderful sisters, two fabulous kids, one awesome son-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter.

Can you tell readers a little about your Evil Dead MC series and where you got your inspiration for it? 
The Evil Dead MC series is about a bunch of badass alpha bikers with soft hearts for the women they love. Above all they are a brotherhood that have each other’s backs through thick and thin. They also love to rib each other endlessly. I’ve been around bikers for over twenty years, so they were definitely the inspiration.

When writing, do you plot and plan your stories before you start them? 

Absolutely! I have to have the plot all worked out before I start writing. I have to know where the story is going. I have to know what my characters’ motivations are, what they want, what they need, what are their inner conflicts, and what outer conflicts they’ll face. I use a loose outline of what order events, revelations, etc are going to happen in. Then of course once I start writing, the characters take over and sometimes they may change the direction slightly. Sometimes it surprises even me the things that come out of their mouths once I start writing.

The fifth book in the Evil Dead MC series has just released, do you plan on writing more in the series? If so, how many more books do you envision? 

Definitely! Blood from the New Orleans Chapter is getting a story. Hammer from the Birmingham Chapter is getting a story. And I’m going to be writing a short novella (20,000 words or so) that will first appear in an anthology that OAMC (Outlaw Authors Motorcycle Convention) will be putting out for charity. I will then later release it separately. I haven’t decided on which character I will write about. I hope there will be more to come after that. I am also starting a new series of four books that I hope my fans will love. It is based on characters that I first introduced in WOLF. It is about four brothers that own a tattoo shop together called, Brothers Ink. 

How did you research for a novel based in the MC world? 

I have done research. Some of it is real, some of it is made up. Over the years I have known members of several different real MCs. Names you would recognize, but I’m not going to reveal. Their average day isn’t always blood and guts, murder and mayhem, but you have to make it interesting for the reader. So, yes, you will find violence in my books, but there’s a lighter side, too. One thing I know about bikers, they all have a wicked sense of humor and rib each other endlessly. So, something you see in my books that you probably don’t see in books by other authors is humor. My characters ‘cut-up’ with each other all the time. Fun fact...I really do know a Crash. He’s a member of one of those MCs I talked about and I named one of my characters after him.

You write romance, but do you read any other genres? If so, which ones? 

I read bestsellers like John Grisham, Janet Evanovich, Nelson DeMille (My favorite of his was The Gold Coast)  I also like to read military books like American Sniper, Lone Survivor. History books like The Greatest Generation. 

Putting your work out there can be a scary, nerve-racking thing. What gave you the courage to publish your books? 

It is absolutely scary. It’s like sending your baby off to the first day of school. You send them out into the world and just hope everyone will love them like you do. I’ve always been writing stories, but I probably never would have had the courage to send them off to a publishing house. Thanks to Amazon and Kindle Direct Publishing it made it possible for me to ‘take a shot’ and put my book up there. I put it up one night with no fanfare, no facebook presence, nothing. The next morning I had sold twelve books. I was shocked that anyone could even find my book in a sea of hundreds of thousands. I guess I hit the ‘biker romance’’ genre at a time when it was growing in popularity, but yet there were not a lot of authors writing that genre at that time. And maybe a little help from above. And now two years later, the release of Ghost will put me over 100,000 books sold. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that would ever happen. I’m still just as excited as I was selling those first 12 copies. 

Do you read your reviews? How do you deal with the negative ones? 

I do read my reviews. I think there is a lot to be learned from them. I won’t lie, the negative ones can hurt, but I try to take the criticism constructively to see what I need to work on or what I can do better. 

What is the best advice you’ve gotten in reference to your writing? 

I once heard Sylvia Day speak, and she was talking about having writer’s block, and she said she finally figured out that the reason she was stuck was because she was trying to force a character to do something that he would never do, something that was totally against his personality. She was talking about writing a Hero to be with a certain heroine, and she said the character finally spoke to her in her head and said, “Why are you trying to make me be with this chick? I’d never be with this chick.” And then it all clicked for her, she revised the character and her writer’s block was gone. I thought that was so helpful. It makes me really think, what would this character do? Would he really do what I’m trying to make him do? I think about that all the time now, especially when I’m writing dialogue. I ask myself, would he really say that?

Fun Questions 

Favorite book boyfriend? 
Too many to pick just one. I think for me it all started (way back when I was about 16) with Steve Morgan from Rosemary Rogers’ book, Sweet Savage Love 

Favorite music genre? 
Blues, rock, country. I love it all. I’m a big fan of the Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tab Benoit. Delbert McClinton, Brantley Gilbert, Casey James, Florida-Georgia Line. I can keep going but I’ll stop now.

Favorite vacation spot? 
The beach. Specifically, the gulf coast. I have a favorite beach house right on the beach down in Ft. Morgan, AL near Gulf Shores that I rent whenever I get the chance. It was inspiration for some of the scenes that you saw in Shades. I also LOVE New Orleans! You saw some of that in Shades and will be seeing more of that town in Blood’s story.

Dogs or cats? 
I’ve had both. I love them all! (here’s a fun Crash, Shannon talks about how she named all her cats after famous guitar players. Yes, that was straight from my life. I’ve had an Eddie for Eddie Van Halen, a Buddy for Buddy Guy, etc.)

Cliffhangers or HEA?  
Personally, I hate cliffhangers. It’s like selling a chapter at a time. A book should have a beginning, a middle and an ENDING! Ha ha, but that’s just my opinion. Some people love them.

E-books or paperbacks? 
Before I tried an e-reader, I was a firm believer in paperbacks. “I like to feel the book in my hand,” I would say. But after I tried e-books, I would never go back! I love them! I love being able to read them in the dark. I love having a thousand books tucked in my purse. I love how easy it is to peruse new books, see the ratings, read the reviews, the synopsis, the samples, and buy them on Amazon and have them instantly. And I don’t have to leave the house!

Nicole's newest book just releases! Get your copy today.

Ghost has been living his life under one rule…never fall in love, never get too close, never get tied down to just one woman. Focusing solely on his club, he is able to remain unattached and free…. until a girl from his past is dropped in his lap. She was a line he swore he’d never cross. And now, in order to obtain an alliance his club needs, he’s forced to use her in ways he’d never imagined.

She needs his protection, and she’s the one woman he can’t refuse.

When Ghost finds himself unable to keep his distance from her, will he be able to push his feelings aside and use her as a pawn for the attainment of his club’s goals? Or will he put the club and their lives at risk to follow his heart?

When lies and secrets come between them, can they overcome everything to find their own piece of heaven? 


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In New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's latest novel featuring the Last Option Search Team (LOST), one agent is forced to face her past as she uncovers secrets about the man who may be the key to her future.

Criminal psychologist Dr. Sarah Jacobs is all too familiar with the kind of bad boys who belong behind bars. But the dark, dangerous man she meets in the New Orleans underworld is a new kind of ruthless, and all too irresistible.

Jax Fontaine doesn't claim to be a good guy, but he's loyal to his own code and brutally honest about what he wants. He and Sarah may be worlds apart, but when they're skin to skin, nothing matters but the heat between them.

And when a deranged killer targets Sarah, Jax will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.


"Some people get happy endings." Sarah said. "Even if they have to walk through fire first."

Shattered starts off with the LOST team still in New Orleans after closing their most recent case. Before they leave Jax Fontaine hunts down profiler, Sarah Jacobs to ask for her teams help in finding out where he came from before he was taken as a boy. Before he could ask her though, she is attacked in her hotel room and Jax saves her. Sarah's dark past is making an appearance again and both she and Jax realize that she has an enemy in New Orleans. 

Jax felt an instant connection to Sarah when he met her and will do anything to protect her from danger. They start on a twisted journey, trying to find a killer and uncover secrets from both of their pasts. Along the way things get uncovered that neither Jax nor Sarah ever thought would come out and they find themselves trying to protect a lot more than just each other. 

Jax was notorious in New Orleans as being a violent, powerful man that residents feared. But Sarah could see the deeper side of him. He was a fierce protector in a really rough around the edges kind of way and loyal to those he cared about. We met him in Twisted and right away I knew I needed to get more of his story to find out what he was hiding behind the tough exterior. I loved his character and how possessive he was with Sarah, not in a creepy way but a majorly sexy way!

Sarah's dad was "Murphy the Monster" a serial killer that tortured his victims until they begged for death. He taught Sarah from a young age how to be a killer like him and how to read people. She used the evil from her father to become a profiler and turns what she was taught into something good. I thought she was a strong character and I actually really liked her in this book. When we first met her she came off kind of stand offish so I wasn't sure how I would feel about her, but in this book she opened up so much and the change was amazing. Jax brought out a different side to her and it made me realize how truly perfect they were together.

I felt like this book was different than the rest of the series because it was more suspenseful and a little darker but I loved the change. I was kept on edge the whole time while reading and I hated when I had to put the book down. There was also a softer side to the story that I thought was absolutely amazing. I really did not know that Jax would be as sweet as he was but I loved it and I loved how it calmed the rougher parts of the book. There was darkness, there was cuteness, and I absolutely loved all of it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am so happy that I got to read it early because I was nonstop thinking about it ever since I read Twisted. But oh my gods, that ending! The epilogue killed me so here we go with the waiting again...


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Band of Bachelors: Lucas

Special Operator Lucas Shipley thought his living arrangement was temporary, since getting booted from the house by his wife. He sleeps on a couch in the apartment with four other divorced Navy SEALs, thinking he’ll get the call to come home any day. He ignores the not-so-helpful advice his buddies are giving him about marriage, women and romance. Until he gets served with divorce papers.

Realtor Marcy Gelland is hired by Lucas’ soon-to-be ex-wife to liquidate all their real estate holdings and help her orchestrate a speedy departure from Lucas’ life. Based on what the hot-headed SEAL wife has told her, Marcy understands Lucas deserves every ounce of pain coming his way.

But when Marcy and Lucas are left alone together in the remote Northern California woods, they ignite a personal bonfire that threatens to burn down the whole forest. Marcy is forced to see she is wrong about Lucas.

Amidst the backdrop of hardened bachelor SEALs with their unsolicited, anti-long-term relationship advice, and a terrorist training camp operating nearby, Lucas must do what he’s always done: be the hero and save the day. But will it be in time to save Marcy?

Lucas could see T.J. was relieved. “Honored to meet you, Reverend Banks. T.J. has talked about you non-stop since we found out you were coming out here,” Lucas said as he shook the pastor’s massive hand.

Forsythe was going over some photos and stopped to greet T.J.’s friend. “We’re most grateful for any help you can give us.”

“That’s partly why I’m here.”

Kyle showed Banks the photo of the Sheik. “This is the guy we’re looking for, reverend.”

Banks studied the photo. “Hmm. Reminds me of a real bad dude came through here last year, just before Christmas, but it wasn’t this guy. Big, grown bad-ass men at the prison were bowing on their knees to him. He swept through here, had a couple huge services at the Mosque and there were crowds clear across the street, blocking traffic. Police had to shut down the whole area and it was on the news. I don’t remember his name, but he was someone big, very big in their circle.”

“Like an advanced guard,” Forsythe commented.

“Kyle,” Jackie slipped between them. “You guys find some news footage. Let me listen to what he’s saying and I’ll tell you exactly what he was all about. This guy I don’t know, but he must be a powerful Imam from Iraq, maybe Syria,” offered Jackie Daniels.

Forsythe indicated he’d get someone working on it.

“So you wanna catch us up as far as what’s been happening in the community?” T.J. asked.

“Word has it there’s going to be a coordinated effort at a strike, or something of that nature. But the thing that bothers me is that this prison isn’t the only place. I got a friend out west works in the central valley of California, and he’s run across the same thing. This Imam I was telling you about went to all those places, too.” Banks looked around him at all the SEALs. “So what’re you doing here in Tennessee? Not exactly a place I’d expect to see this kind of crowd.”

Friday, October 23, 2015

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A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

Game On

I grin up at him. “You know, before this, I’d have taken you for a hard rock, or maybe even a bluegrass fan.” 
“It’s the beard, isn’t it,” he asks. 
“And the man-bun.” 
He laughs, a short rumble of sound. “Want me to let it down?” 
Yes. Maybe. 
“Not necessary. Man-buns are hot. I blame Jason Momoa. There was only so much watching him bang Khaleesi the female population could take before they wanted their own Khal Drogo.” 
Shit. I really don’t know what the hell I’m doing. Because it sounds a lot like flirting to me. Instinct tells me flirting with Ethan Dexter isn’t something to do lightly. And there’s the fact that I don’t go for athletes. At all. I don’t care how fit they are. Or how confident. I don’t like sports. Football bores me. Oh, I know tons about the sport—kind of impossible not to in my family—but I don’t want to pretend that I care when I’d rather talk about other things. 
Dex’s eyes crinkle again, and he turns toward me, leaning an elbow on the table. “Doesn’t Momoa have a beard?” 
I wave my hand. “Who has time to look at his beard when his muscles are on display?” 
I most certainly do not look at Dex’s phenomenal arms. 
“So your stance on beards is?” His gaze so strong I feel it in my toes.
My breathing picks up. “Don’t particularly like them.” 
It’s the truth. And yet I can’t help but look at his. It’s dark, framing his mouth, which should be a turnoff for me. Only it draws all my attention there. To the shape of his mouth—the upper lip a gentle curve, the lower lip fuller, almost a pout. There’s something slightly illicit about the whole effect. 
I clear my throat, glance up, and find him watching me through lowered lids. He doesn’t seem particularly put out by my frankness. 
“What don’t you like about them?” 
Is he serious? 
He stares at me. 
I guess he is. 
Taking a quick sip of my drink, I search for an answer. “They’re just so…fuzzy. Prickly.” 
He moves in, not crowding me, but putting himself at arms’ reach. He smells faintly of cloves and oranges. It must be his aftershave or cologne, but it works for me. 
I’m distracted by it and almost jump when he speaks again. “Do you know this based on experience, or are you making an assumption?” 
My gaze narrows. “Aren’t you the philosopher.” 
“You didn’t answer the question.” 
“Fine. Assumption.” 
His lips quirk. “You should find out if your assumption is true before you condemn the beard.” 
“Is this some sort of creepy way to get me to touch your beard?” 
A challenge flashes in his eyes. “There are a few guys at the bar sporting beards. You could go ask them. But I figure since we know each other…” 
“Not that well.” 
“You’d rather ask a stranger?” 
“You’re assuming I care enough to ask, Slick.” 
His teeth shine white in the shadows of the club. “I know you’re curious. You’re fairly twitching with wanting to know.” 
I flatten my hands against the table and glare. Is it just me, or is he closer? Close enough that I can see his eyes are hazel, lighter around his cornea with a starburst pattern. I wish I could see the colors, but he’s painted in shades of blue and gray right now. 
And he’s watching me. Patient. Calculating. Tempting. 
“It’s always the quiet ones,” I mutter before taking a breath. “Okay, I’ll pet your fuzzy face.” 
“Hold up.” Without hesitation, he reaches for my drink and takes a sip. “Liquid courage.” 
A strangled laugh leaves me. “Because I’m sooo scary.” 
“You have no idea, Cherry.”
I think I growl at him. I definitely want to give his precious beard a good, hard tug. But he simply lifts his brows at me. “Get on with it, then.” 
This cheeky bastard is totally playing me. And here I am falling into his trap. Because I cannot look away from his beard now. More specifically, his lips, which are parted just slightly. An invitation. A dare. 
Shit. I’ve never been very good at ignoring a dare. 
I hate that my hand trembles as I reach up to touch him. He stays perfectly still, his arm casually slung on the edge of the booth behind me, his body turned toward mine. But I don’t miss the way his breathing has kicked up just slightly. 
I hesitate, shy almost. Hells bells, I’m only going to touch a bit of facial hair. Why does it feel like we’re two kids tucked in a dark corner, playing a game of “I’ll show you mine”? 
Annoyed with myself, I close the distance between us.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Title: Nuts
Series: Hudson Valley Book 1
Author: Alice Clayton
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From New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton, the first in a brand-new romance series telling the humorously sexy tale of Roxie, a private chef who gets a taste of love—but is it to stay, or to go?

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood’s elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she’s needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks—and clothing—begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly…and how! But will Roxie stay upstate, or will the lure of West Coast redemption tempt her back to Tinseltown?

Roxie works as a private chef in LA. Well, actually, worked , until butter screwed up her career.

As a favor to her mom, Roxie is coming home to the little town where she grew up, but also where she promised she would never come back.

Now, back at home, she's going to run the family diner for three months; after this period, she promised herself that she will forever go away from this little town.. But what life is unpredictable?? What if the perfect man shows up at her door?
You know that you have just read a good book when you get to the end and you're both happy and depressed. 

Happy because you just finished reading an AMAZING book, a story that made you feel good and that went straight to the list of the best books of 2015..

Depressed because:
1) You have to go back to real life. 
2) the book is over.

Don't read this book in public. You may start laughing like crazy...
Don't read this book when you're hungry or when you don't have food on hand. I'm serious. 

When I started reading it, what I was expecting was a funny romance book. I had only read Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (that I loved SO much), but I knew I was in for a treat.
I started it while I was in public and I had to contain my smile and laughter..Roxie was sure as hell an hilarious character. But what I didn't expect from this book were the off the charts hot sex scenes and really sweet moments that gave me butterflies..

I loved both characters. Leo was amazing and I can say, without a doubt, that he's book boyfriend material and women will swoon over him..
Roxie was a tough cookie..she was a damn great heroine and there is something that made me feel instantly connected to her..BEES TERROR!! 

This book made me wonder why I haven't read more books by Alice Clayton. I'm really curious in reading Grace's story now and I will, ASAP!

I seriously recommend this book to EVERYONE! It's a book that will make you feel good, that will make you swoon, dream, laugh..a story that will give you so many great feelings. 

I wish I could unread it and read it all over again! Definitely recommended!!