Monday, November 20, 2017

BODYGUARD BY CD REISS-BLOG TOUR

 

Bodyguard, the highly anticipated new standalone from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss is available NOW!


Bodyguard by CD Reiss
Release Date: November 14th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Protecting a celebrity in Hollywood isn’t easy, but protecting Emily could break his heart.

As a world-class dancer at the height of her career, Emily enjoys all the perks of fame—the parties, the glamour, the tours—but they’ve also attracted the attention of a dangerous ex-boyfriend hell-bent on getting her back.

Enter Carter Kincaid, a bodyguard so crushingly sexy he takes her breath away.

Carter’s the best in the business, and Emily is—professionally speaking—off-limits. But when it comes to stirring his desires, she’s making all the right moves. What’s happening between them is so hot it could get both of them burned. As Emily’s past gets closer, Carter is willing to break every rule of the job to save her. But letting Emily into his life also means letting her in on the secrets of his own past. For these two, falling in love could be the greatest risk of all.

 

This book kept me up too late. It made me late for work the next morning. It delayed dinner in my house as I was not putting it down again until I was at the very end. It is one of those books that stays with you, not only after you are done with it, but while you are reading it.

There's this magic place that very few books ever reach. The place where everything about the book just works, and as a reader you are torn with not wanting to put it down, to devour every word, and to take your time, to read slowly. I am never sure which is better. I just know that a book that is as good as this one doesn't happen very often, and it's pleasure no matter how quickly or slowly you read the words.

This book is pure A-List magic. I read, a lot. And, I enjoy a lot of books, but it takes something really special, that just hits all of the right notes, to be a book I enjoy as much as this one.

Carter is sexy, and capable, and masculine, and loving. The writing for his character is perfection and the little ways C. D. Reiss gives his character, the way he moves, the way he carries himself, the way he stands, make him seem so real you expect him to walk into the room in real life at any second.

Emily is strong and while she has had some things happen that she is dealing with, she is working to find her strength and to grow with that strength. I love that, through her journey in the book, she finds that her real strength is in a place that she never expected, and once she learns to hold on to that, she also learns about the things she can let go. Her storyline in the book is a really powerful and engaging look at a person who feels they had to give things up realizing that maybe there is a way for those things to still exist. Possibly in different ways than they did initially, but in ways that are actually better. And, isn't that the journey we are all on? Maybe a little less dramatically than in this book, but I think it is one we can all relate to from our own lives.

There is a flash point, the build to the reasons Carter feels that he is not able to bring her into his life, as eluded to in the blurb for the book. There are enough hints dropped that it was not a total surprise, but I am not able to say I didn't see it coming. Although I can honestly say I was so engrossed in what was happening at the moment in the book I didn't really find myself spending a lot of time thinking about where the book was going. I was too engrossed in the present story in the book to really think ahead.

This book feels real. It's emotional, but it is never melodramatic. You feel the tension of the situation with Emily's ex, and the conviction and tenacity with which Carter performs his job. You feel the dedication he has to being the best man he can be, and you feel the draw he has for Emily.

Emily, well, she is a little more emotional and there are some wonderful, realistic scenes where she overreacts to things without possibly getting all of the info, or thinking them through completely. Being more specific would be a spoiler, but there are some great moments in this book where they both have the chance to not only behave in ways that feel real, but also give perfect insight into their characters.

This book is on my Top 5 of 2017 list.

I recommend this title.

 

 

 

"Are we going to have another 'about last night' conversation?" I asked. "If you want to." What did I want to say? Everything. but mostly, I wanted to tell him how much I liked kissing him and how conflicted I was. I wanted to demand answers immediately and give him space at the same time. All the words tried to jump forward, but when he stopped at a light, our eyes met in the rearview. The words landed in a tangle, unsaid. He tapped the steering wheel when he turned it, using both hands for the first time since I'd gotten in. "Hey," I said. "Yeah?" He briefly looked at me in the mirror. "What happened to your hand?" "Burn." he brushed his left hand over the bandage at the top of his palm, right where you'd burn it if you were picking up a hot pot handle. He caught my eye in the rearview again. I didn't know if I believed him. "What were you cooking?" "Breakfast." "And you still went to get a Danish?" He rubbed his upper lip with his left hand and tapped the wheel with the bandaged one. "I burned my eggs." Right. Hot pot. Burned hand. Smoke-filled kitchen. "You know what's funny?" I said. "The Three Stooges." "I don't know anything about you. You could live in your mother's basement." "That's just where I bury the bodies." Blatant avoidance. It had been cute before; now it was getting on my nerves. "Are you married?" "No!" He could have been lying, buy lying liars always lied. There wasn't a thing I could do about that except make sure I asked. Something was wrong. We'd kissed twice, and twice he'd shut down. I should have been the one shutting down. I was the one with all the ex-boyfriend baggage. Why was I the one who was always so willing? But there he was in the front seat, driving with both hands on the wheel, glancing at me once in a while to make sure I wasn't choking on my tongue in the back seat. Discomfort radiated out of him. Here I was with my hands in my lap thinking about ways to kiss him again. He pulled into the little lot and wedged into a space. He turned off the car, popped his seat belt, and stared at the wheel for a split second too long. I was about to open the car door myself when he turned all the way around, arm over the back of his seat, bandaged hand on the back of the passenger side. "Kissing you..." He stopped and looked at my lips so intensely I folded them back and bit them. "You're dangerous. I can't even see your lips, but I can taste them. I couldn't brush the taste of you out of my mouth this morning. Right now. The honey. I can taste it but not enough. I want to kiss you again, and I can't. I lose my shit around you. I can't do it. My job is control. Do you understand what I'm saying?" My jaw loosened, and I let my lips go. "No, I don't. I've met bodyguards before. You're a stoic bunch, but you're not all celibate. And if you think this is easy for me, you're wrong. I'm afraid too. I'm afraid you're going to get hurt because of me. last night..." I put my fingertips to my lips as if that would keep the choking sob from coming. I kept it back. "Last night he showed me he's back, and if he'll hurt me, he'll hurt you." If I thought seats would be a barrier between us, I was wrong. He launched himself between them and placed his lips on mine. Our third kiss was unexpected, uncomfortable with him stretched between front and back. I wove my fingers in his hair, giving him my mouth, and taking his. I wanted that kiss to tell him it was all right. He could lose control. He could bemore than a protector. He was as safe with me as I was with him. But I couldn't without lying to both of us. He yanked his lips away. "Trust me." He leaned his forehead against mine.

  

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About the Author 

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine. 


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CUFFED BY HIS CHARM BY STACEY KENNEDY - REVIEW

A tabloid scandal unites a powerful mogul and a woman from the wrong side of the tracks in this tantalizing novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Bound Beneath His Pain and the Club Sin series.

The multimillionaire owner of a chain of successful Irish pubs, Gabe O’Keefe loves being in the spotlight almost as much as he loves women. But when all his secrets are exposed in a shameless tabloid, his glistening reputation takes a hit. What hurts most is learning who sold him out: sweet and sensual McKenna Archer, his own employee. Gabe thought he could trust her. But now he’s got bigger problems than keeping his hands off McKenna.

After putting a difficult past behind her, McKenna would never betray Gabe. But she knows someone who would: her brother, a compulsive gambler who owes money all over town. To make things right, McKenna will have to set aside her feelings for her boss. Easier said than done. Gabe oozes pure temptation. But when they team up, McKenna sees that he isn’t the manwhore she always thought. He’s strong. He’s real. And the heat between them is the only thing that makes sense anymore.


This is the 4th in the series and I have been looking forward to Gabe and McKenna's story. The beginning was interesting and I was really looking forward to where this was going to go and the tension that was created by the beginning of the story and the revelations that followed soon after.

But, then something happened and the characters in this fell a little flat to me, and they seemed to just accept easily the things that were happening. While this is not always a bad thing, and I do enjoy the romance novels that involve characters sliding into their relationship and staying there, for some reason this didn't totally work for Gabe and McKenna.

I am not saying that the book was bad, or that I didn't enjoy it...it wasn't and I did...but I think I wanted more of the angst and the tension that was promised at the beginning.

It was nice to see the resolution of this, and the chance to see all of the other characters happy, and I did enjoy this overall.

I do recommend this title, especially if you have read the others.




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Brock Lassiter has it all: good looks, good health, and the best job in the world. As a defenseman for the Las Vegas Sidewinders hockey team, he’s the luckiest bastard on earth. If only he could stop getting in trouble. One more screw-up and the team won’t renew his contract. He needs to clean up his act, but he's not interested in a ball and chain—even if it comes in the form of the woman he’s been fantasizing about for years. Hollywood starlet Ashleigh Hunter is living the dream with a role on one of the hottest shows on television. Her life would be complete if only she could adopt the sweet orphan girl she’s fallen in love with, but a single 25-year-old woman who spends the majority of her time in the spotlight may not be able to get custody. When Brock and Ashleigh find themselves accidentally married, they balk. There’s no denying the chemistry between them, but a marriage of convenience? Who does that anymore? Apparently, they do—and it’s not what either of them are expecting. 

**Brock is a STANDALONE hockey romance, part of the Sidewinders Series* 


There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, and there were parts that seemed a little off to me.
Oddly, they were pretty evenly spaced throughout the whole book.

Brock and Ashleigh meet because one of Brock's teammates is dating one of Ashleigh's friends, and the relationship and the attraction worked for me, they seemed real...at first. But, the accidental marriage never felt totally right for me. There were comments made by other characters that seem to imply that neither of them would act like this...so I was never sure if I was supposed to think that this was in character, or completely out of it for them.

There was a really quick turnaround of one of the characters at the end of the book that also didn't work for me. It isn't a major part of the plot, by that point, but it was off.

The book had it's good points and it also had some places where the balance of the characters and story, the plot and what the characters needed to do to make the plot work, just didn't quite mesh.

I didn't totally dislike the story, and it was enjoyable, there were just parts that seemed a little unrealistic, enough so that it took me out of the story.



 

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Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast. Kat’s a typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max). When she’s not writing, she’s either scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible. She hopes to retire there one day so she can spend her days writing books on the beach. Kat has been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles. As you can guess from her series, the Las Vegas Sidewinders, Kat loves hockey. She is also a freelance hockey writer, covering her favorite team, the Florida Panthers, and any other teams that have an interesting story. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance… 

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Friday, November 17, 2017

MR. NORTH BY CALLIE HART-BLOG TOUR


Mr. North by Callie Hart
Release Date: November 16th


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Law student Beth Dreymon is out of money and struggling hard. If she wants to finish her degree, she’s going to have to earn some money and fast. When she learns of an exciting opportunity—playing chess with New York’s most elusive billionaire—the offer sounds too good to be true. Reassured the offer is legit, Beth gets her game face on and prepares to geek out...

Only, when she steps foot into Raphael North’s luxurious penthouse, the rulebook goes flying out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. North is beautiful and damaged—a terrible temptation—and he has his sights set on winning Beth over. He’s just a job, though. A job Beth needs in order to make ends meet. If she plans on making her life in New York work, she needs to keep her eye on the prize. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and it isn’t long before Beth finds herself entangled in Raphael’s world of dark desire.

Captor.

Curator.

Lover.

Enigma.

Beth should run from the devastatingly attractive blue-eyed devil, but Mr North has other ideas…and he’s about to make his next move.


I have to admit I was intrigued with this blurb.  I'm new to Callie Hart but wanted to give this a shot.  After finishing, I'm still kind of on the fence with this.  

I like billionaire books.  I like broody, secretive men.  I particularly like when those men are paired with smart, strong women.  So I was pretty excited to meet these characters.  To get to know them, see inside them and learn what made them tick.  

The start of the book had me commiserating with Beth-I've been that law student before and I have to say the thought of being able to wipe out student loan debt in this manner would definitely be tempting.  So I understood her motive pretty well-and I wanted to learn more about Raphael.

Raphael was a recluse and I wanted to know why.  I really did want to know what made him tick and behave how he did.  I can't say he ever had me swooning but he definitely had me thinking at times.

Once these two met I was ready for the story to take off.  For me though, the characters didn't develop enough for that to happen.  There were some twists and turns thrown in there that I could have done without and instead would have taken just some more of Beth and Raphael.  The writing itself was well done, and I was intrigued by the book, and I enjoyed a good portion of it.  I liked the beginning-it was the last portion of the book that really had me scratching my head.   This was my first Callie Hart book and I'll try her again.




 

Raphael North stands on the other side of the abnormally thick glass. He’s dressed in a plain dark blue t-shirt, and a pair of washed out blue jeans. His feet are completely bare. His hair is even darker than it was in his picture, if that’s at all possible. Almost curly, too. It’s then that I realize it’s wet—he must have just gotten out of the shower. There are small dark patches on his t-shirt where water has obviously soaked through the material.

He turns those startling vivid green eyes on me and I’m breathless all over again. It feels like I’m tumbling over some steep cliff face, a weightless sensation turning my stomach over as I fall. Inside, I’m back to wanting to flee the building. Externally, I’m praying to deities of faiths and religions all over the world that I don’t look like I’m about to slump in an unconscious mess on the floor right in front of him. My top lip begins to twitch—something that only happens when I’m really, really anxious. Without thinking, I press my fingertips to my mouth, as if I can put a halt to the twitching by touch alone. A strange look passes over Raphael’s face. A slight movement at the corner of his mouth. I can’t decide if it’s displeasure or amusement. Either way, the reaction is fleeting, barely noticeable at all, and then his face is a blank mask again. He places his hand on a curved silver handle on the other side of the door, and then pulls it toward him, opening it. There are no barriers now. Nothing standing between myself and a man whispered and gossiped about by an entire city. Screw that, an entire nation. I’m in an enviable position right now, but I’d gladly thank the universe if the ground opened up and swallowed me whole.

The first words Raphael North speaks to me will haunt me until the day I die. He angles his head ever so slightly to one side, then says, “Your toenail polish is chipped, Ms. Dreymon.”

Lord have mercy. His voice is deep but soft. It has no hard edges, but at the same time his tone is overflowing with self-confidence and command.

“I’m sorry, I…wasn’t aware of your no-shoe policy.”


About the Author

Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she's on the road, drawing inspiration from her often unique and wild surroundings.

If she's not writing, you'll undoubtedly find her with her nose buried deep in a book, or binge watching Game of Thrones.

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