Thursday, January 18, 2018

ROYAL RUIN BY JESSICA PETERSON-RELEASE BLITZ



Title: Royal Ruin
Series: Flings with Kings #1
Author: Jessica Peterson
Genre: Royal Romance/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 18, 2018

Blurb

To: Emily@EPDesigns.com

From: HRHKit@PrimrosePalace.org.uk

SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)

FROM THE DESK OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER

Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.

I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:

The engagement shall last ninety days
Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties

The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.

Cheers,

Kit

P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.

P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.

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It's possible I am the only person with this issue, and I am ok with that. But, let me start this by telling you that this takes place in the UK and it is set mostly in London.

Why does that matter; you ask?

Let me tell you. Because, I can't read books that are set in fake countries. I don't get the logic. Norway isn't going to sue, really.

So, after I managed to ascertain that this was set in a real place (just me?) I was able to really enjoy the story. And, enjoy it I did. Kit is wonderful and the exact way you think a prince would act. Emily, well, she is a little in awe of the situation, and of who he is...but this is tempered by the fact that this is not the first time they have met, and the first time set in motion the situation (in more than one way) in which they find themselves now.

I loved how the royal duties part of the story was handled, I loved that the changes in both of their lives were intentional. And, I loved that you believed the characters. I have little (read that as none) to no experience with royalty, unless you count that I have been to Buckingham Palace, but this is how I think they would act.

Really, for me to engage with a story, I need to be invested in the characters and I need to want them to work out and be happy. I was definitely there with this title. Add in that it takes place in an actual country, and things were fine.

There were a couple of minor characters that I was not sure really needed to be in the story, but they did not ruin the story.

I am looking forward to the next titles in the series and I recommend this one.



I've become a huge fan of books involving royalty. This is a newer fad for me, but after reading a few books about this subject last year I was hooked. The moment I saw this blurb I knew I wanted to read the book. Royalty and a fake engagement? Yes please!

I really enjoyed Kit and Emily. I'm not going to lie, I was a bit surprised at the opening of the book-I'm not complaining-but it worked for these two. They have a connection that just cannot be denied. I liked seeing them figure each other out again.

Again, this is a book about royalty and in my opinion the situations were believable. Do I have firsthand knowledge of the inner workings? Sadly I don't. But to me this seemed like something that could happen. I think the author did a great job of balancing the royal aspect with the not so royal aspect Emily brings to the table.

I thought the pacing of this book worked. It flowed well and I was engaged in the story. I truly enjoyed this title and look forward to the next in the series.




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Author Bio

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.

She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com

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THRIVE BY ALY MARTINEZ-RELEASE DAY LAUNCH

 

Today we are celebrating the release of THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone.

You can grab the ebook or paperback on Amazon.
Download the audiobook at Audible or iTunes.


Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2) 

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Synopsis:

Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.

But if we’re talking technicalities, he wasn’t supposed to be cheating on her every other weekend, either. The day I met Mira York, I knew she was off-limits. But after months of stealing side-glances while he ruined the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen, I realized there wasn’t a rule in the world I wouldn’t break to make her mine. She chose him anyway. I wasn’t sure how I’d ever move on, but bitterness turned into fuel for my fire. Without Mira, I thrived. Until seventeen years later, when she showed back up, begging for protection from the very same man she’d left me for all those years earlier. Now, it was my turn to choose. And she wasn’t going to like my answer. THRIVE takes place seventeen years AFTER a love triangle. 






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SINGE is the first book in the Guardian Protection Series and is FREE in KindleUnlimited


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side. 

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TEMPT ME BY CARLY PHILLIPS-REVIEW BLITZ


Carly Phillips

Tempt Me 

Bachelor Bad Boys Book 2

Release Date January 16, 2018


The single dad & the nanny ... Burned by an ex with a wandering eye, Austin Rhodes has sworn off women. His sole focus is his young daughter - and despite his good intentions, the little girl's live-in nanny. He hired Mia Atwood to care for his child but he finds himself lusting after her instead. Keeping his distance isn’t easy but he’s determined to be a gentleman. Until Mia's past comes back to haunt her and she’s in need of Austin’s brand of protection. Suddenly she’s his in every sense of the word — and he’ll do whatever it takes to shield the woman who tempts him beyond reason.



Ok, I can't lie. Single dad stories are addictive to me. I absolutely love them. As soon as I saw this blurb I had to read this book. As always with this author, it was a hot, steamy and sweet read.

I really liked Mia. She's sweet and caring, an ideal nanny. I loved her positive outlook, especially given that she didn't have the best past. There was just something about her that clicked for me and I was rooting for her throughout.

Austin? Sexy single dad. Again, the whole single dad trope is definitely one of my weaknesses and I loved Austin. He's hot, tattooed, a bodyguard and has an adorable little girl. I loved seeing him fall-especially after not wanting anything to do with a relationship.

I love the forbidden element here-he doesn't want to fall for the nanny, she doesn't want to fall for the boss. Plus there's a child to consider. However, there is just no denying the chemistry between these two. It just snaps and crackles. The sexy times were sexy and hot, just as they always are with this author.

I will say that I feel like the push and pull between them got to be a bit much sometimes. I just wanted them to figure it out. There was a bit more angst than I was expecting too, but it worked for the plot. I liked the secondary characters and look forward to seeing them in future books.

The was a well written book that I enjoyed overall. It was a fast, sexy and sweet read. I do recommend this title and look forward to the author's next work.



I enjoy the single dad/nanny trope. I think I like the appeal of a man who is willing to be the main caretaker of a child also being the kind of guy who is fully in touch with his feelings, or at least a little more than some men in the "real world" and, heck, this is the reason I read romance.

Austin and Mia were wonderful together and their chemistry was strong and believable. I loved that Austin allowed Mia's relationship with his daughter without feeling threatened that they were close and were building a bond. I also liked that he supported her staying in their lives, even after a couple of things happened that showed there might be someone trying to hurt her (not a spoiler, it's in the blurb).

That said, while I enjoyed this, it felt a little formulaic. I enjoyed the characters, the dialogue, the settings...but at the same time, nothing felt particularly new or different to me. I really felt that I had read this title before. Possibly not as well written, as Carly Phillips is an excellent writer, but this was not the fresh look at the trope that I was hoping for

I do, however, recommend this title. While not perfect, it was enjoyable.




About the Author: After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LIVING OUT LOUD BY STACI HART-COVER REVEAL


Living Out Loud, an all-new emotional standalone from Staci Hart is coming February 1st!


Title: Living Out Loud
Author: Staci Hart
Publishing Date: February 1st
Cover Designer: QuirkyBird Designs
Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry, Perrywinkle Photography

When Annie Daschel arrives in New York City, the only thing she can control is her list.

Not her father’s death or the loss of her home. Not the hole in her heart or the defective valve that’s dictated so much of her life. But she can put pen to paper to make a list of all the ways she can live out loud, just like her dad would have wanted.

See the city from the top of the Empire State Building: Check.

Eat hot dogs on the steps of The Met: Check.

Stand in the middle of Times Square: Check.

Get a job at Wasted Words: Check.

Two things not on her list: Greg Brandon and Will Bailey. And just like that, she finds herself caught in the middle of something she can’t find her way out of, with no clear answers and no rules.

List or no list, she realizes she can’t control anything at all, not even her heart.

Not the decisions it makes, and not the moment it stops.

Inspired by Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.