Monday, November 20, 2017

Review & Blitz: Doggie Style by Piper Rayne


Title: Doggie Style
Author: Piper Rayne
Genre/Age: Romance/Adult
Series: Dirty Truths (Book Two)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Enticing Journey Promotions
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisRumors never bothered me. If people want to guess at my sexuality because I design dog clothes for a living—let them. I know the truth. 

I’m a red-blooded heterosexual male and just because I don’t have my tongue hanging out of my mouth around every female like my dog Cooper, doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the female form. 

Now with Teegan Lowery in my life I’m suddenly panting right next to Cooper, hoping for a taste.

I hired her for her stellar PR skills, but she’s slowly weaseling her way into a spot I’ve kept a NO VACANCY sign on for years. Everything about Teegan screams unavailable. The last thing I need is another dramatic, high maintenance woman in my life. Believe me, been there and done that.

But the sexual tension between us is like a game of tug-of-war and neither of us wants to lose.

I love dogs.
She hates them.
Turns out, we both love doggie style.






Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two established authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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In the Series:
The Manny (Dirty Truths #1)



**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

This series keeps getting better!

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Teegan needs to land this client, but she's stunned to find just how much she'd like to land the man too. He makes dog clothes for a living and her best friend swears he's gay. So why does Teegan feel like he's constantly undressing her with his eyes and dropping sexual hints at every turn?

Leo is as straight as a nail, but he knows his reputation says otherwise. He hasn't felt the need to argue against it until he spots Teegan. Suddenly, he's desperate to prove just how strong his attraction to her really is. But just because they both want each other, doesn't mean that they'll get their happy ending, especially when Teegan has unresolved trust issues and a whole lot of baggage.

I really liked this book, probably more than the first of this series. We've already met Leo from the last book so I knew a little of what to expect from him. Teegan, however, was a breath of fresh air. She made me chuckle several times and I admired her work ambition. She really wanted to make a name for herself on her own and I can appreciate that.

Teegan's relationship with her mother was a little tragic. And I was happy to actually see a character attend some sort of professional therapy. In most books, we see characters suddenly resolve their relationship issues and we're supposed to believe they will never return. Yeah, right. It was nice to see a character set a good example for others who may have the same problem.

And the romance? Yowzers, it was hot. There was so much underlying sexual tension, from the very first few chapters. It turned into some really spicy bedroom scenes, and even some other places... Purrr... I smiled and I laughed and I can honestly say that I'm nervous about the next book because this just might be another triple grand slam series!

In closing... 
Jagger is up next and I am dying to see who the authors are going to pair him up with. I think Soph would give him a reality check, but the waitress angle would be really sweet too. Five suns!


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Audio Excerpt & Promo Tour: November Rain by Shannon A Thompson




Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Narrator: Jonathan Johns
Length: 5 hours 15 minutes
Series: Bad Bloods, Book 1
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Released: Sep. 12, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

 


 
Seventeen-year-old Serena isn't human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. 
Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods' rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona's vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.



  

 
A. Kelley is from Florida and has been writing fantasy and science fiction adventure stories for all ages since she was old enough to chew on a number two pencil. All her books have adventure, humor, and a little romance because life is dull without them. She doesn’t write graphic sex or gore so your mama would approve, but does add a touch of cheeky sass so maybe she wouldn’t. In her spare time she calls in Bigfoot sightings to the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife. They are heartily sick of hearing from her.

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Jonathan Johns is a professional audio book narrator, voice actor and family man. As an audio book narrator he spends most of his time in front of a microphone spouting written words into Audacity. In his spare time he looks after his daughter Aria. He is currently recording all his audio books in Aria’s bedroom! Jonathan is known for his character work and spends far too much of his time using other characters voices in daily life. He currently has over 20 audio books to his name and has voiced hundreds of characters in them (all with varying degrees of success!). Be it Male, Female, American, British, Elderly, Youthful or anything in between, Jonathan has a voice for you.

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Q&A with Author Shannon A. Thompson
  • Tell us about the process of turning your book into an audiobook.
    • My favorite (and first) part about turning Bad Bloods into an audiobook was discussing my book with the narrator, Jonathan Johns. I let him know some exclusive behind-the-scenes info that never made it into the book but was essential to understanding the characters. He was really receptive to it, and he truly understood what each person and scene represented. After he recorded, I listened to each scene and provided more notes. Then he recorded more, and now, we have an audiobook!
  • Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format?
    • Yes, I think it’s absolutely possible—not to mention that there are readers who NEED audiobooks in order to access novels and other pieces of text, so audiobooks are extremely important.
  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Yes and no. I always loved the idea of an audiobook, but I didn’t let it change my writing style. However, I always read all of my books out loud in the last editing phase to check the sound and overall flow, so that’s very similar. Sound is important.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • My publisher sent me a few auditions, but Jonathan Johns stuck out the moment I heard his voice. He captured both the dark essence of the story and the characters’ individual voices. From the beginning, I felt as if he understood it more than anyone else, and he truly brought it to life.
  • How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
    • Yes! I provided pronounciation for any words or names that might be difficult, but I definitely gave him insight into each character. Bad Bloods is very character heavy (and a character-driven story), and it was important to me that they were distinguishable and matched what I pictured when writing. He learned facts that will never even make it into the series. Why? Because those details often shape characters, but they might also be unseen details. I needed to know those details to create the prose, so I thought Jonathan would need to know them in order to create the audio. He absolutely nailed it!
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • I think there is truth in all types of writing, including fantasy. For me, I originally wrote this book shortly after my mother died very suddenly. I was eleven, so I had a lot of anger and depression and confusion about how terrible things can happen to very young people. Those feelings are scattered throughout Bad Bloods, and to this day, Bad Bloods still feels like the closest books to my heart—probably because writing these books saved me when I was young.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I get burnt out all the time! I try not to, but I work full time (and often overtime). Writing books while working full time is hard, especially when you’re on a deadline, so I absolutely get burnt out. But I never lose my enthusiasm. No matter how difficult life gets, I always love writing, and I try to keep that in mind when I’m feeling down.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Actually (eek), I’m not. I have a difficult time remembering anything when it’s in audio format. Even when I was a kid, I struggled to learn from lectures. I’ve always taught myself by reading materials. (Maybe my dad was right when he said I was a bad listener. Ha!) But I’m so glad it exists for those who need and love audiobooks.
  • Is there a particular part of this story that you feel is more resonating in the audiobook performance than in the book format?
    • Jonathan Johns added some sound effects (wheezing, sighing, breathing) that helped bring the dialogue alive in very particular spots. I loved it!
  • If you had the power to time travel, would you use it? If yes, when and where would you go?
    • YES. I would love to see the Amarna Period in Ancient Egypt, mainly because my soul is submerged in that time period for research right now. But there are lots of places I’d love to see. The future would be neat, too!
  • What’s next for you?
    • Hopefully the audiobook for Bad Bloods: November Snow, then Bad Bloods: July Thunder and Bad Bloods: July Lightning! I’m currently working on the third duology in the series, but I also have lots of other projects in the works. I’m looking forward to seeing the unknown future unfold!



 
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Nicole Morgan, Jocelyn Dex, Alison Foster, Kate Richards, Linda O'Connor, Samantha Holt, Jerrie Alexander, Whitley Cox, Krista Ames, Ursula Sinclair, Measha Stone, Tuesday Embers, Siera London,  Rachel Shane, Bonnie Phelps, Misha Elliott, Alyson Reynolds, Jenna Bayley-Burke,  Madison Michael, Pepper Goodrich, Marcia James, Destiny Blaine
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About Sultry Nights: Love, passion, romance, and desire… No matter what your preference, this set of 22 hot and sexy reads has just what you need. From surprise love affairs to bad boys that we can’t help but fall for, and couples that were meant to be, this compilation from Romance Collections is sure to please your every single need.

Removing the Layers by Nicole Morgan He just needs one night, one chance.
He needs her.
Lying for Love by Jocelyn Dex
Keep the friendship or risk it all for love?
Bodyguard Dearest by Alison Foster
It wasn’t his protection that I needed.
It’s Just Love by Kate Richards
Matchmakers sometimes need a little help with their own love lives.
Perfectly Crazy in Love by Linda O’Connor
Perfectly Crazy in Love…it’s not as easy as it looks.
Her Sexy Cowboy by Samantha Holt
A guide who just happens to be an honest to goodness, sexy cowboy.
Flirting with Fate by Jerrie Alexander
There is no such thing as an accident: It is fate misnamed...Napoleon Bonaparte
Quick & Dirty by Whitley Cox
The best way to get over a millionaire is to get under a billionaire
Or if that’s too long you can use this slightly less cool version
Get under a billionaire to get over a millionaire
More than Friends by Krista Ames
One lust-filled night may prove more than they both expected.
Frozen by Ursula Sinclair
A perfect moment can change it all. 
On the Run by Measha Stone
She thought she could run, but he’d never let her get away.
Unraveling Molly by Tuesday Embers
The right man can unravel even your most carefully laid plans.
Forbidden Distraction by Siera London
Tonight she’ll break all the rules...
The Game of Love by Rachel Shane
All’s fair in love and war.
Julia’s Star by Bonnie Phelps
Maybe the wrong man is exactly what you need.
Chasing Love by Misha Elliott
Will Dylan continue to believe that love isn’t in the cards for him-or will he take the leap and chase after love?
Masked by Alyson Reynolds
Will Natalie choose her old boring life, or will she choose the one that has Nic and Carter by her side?
Carried Away by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Stripping away layers down to what matters.
Bedeviled by Madison Michael
With Deceit on Both Sides, is their Love Bedeviled?
Barbary Coast by Pepper Goodrich
A Love Genie Story
Love Unleashed by Marcia James
Winning sometimes takes losing control.
Covering the Spread by Destiny Blaine
The chemistry between reporter and player is hotter than the Nevada sand until a point-shaving scheme threatens to ruin careers and a budding romance.


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Bedeviled by Madison Michael
Charlotte Roche is escaping a menacing threat in Boston when she moves to Chicago for a new job and a new man. Alex is smart, sexy and quickly getting under Charlotte’s skin. A shared love of running gives the sassy beauty an excuse to be near her heart’s desire, but can Charlotte run Alex from the track to the bedroom without divulging her past and risking everything?
Alex Gaines, wealthy banker and philanthropist, has held women at arm’s length all his life to protect long-held secrets of his own. Now he is torn between loving the alluring Charlotte and protecting his dual lives. Can Alex trust Charlotte with the truth or is risking his fortune and family to pursue her? Can the two fall in love when they are bedeviled by lies and half-truths?
When danger follows Charlotte to Chicago threatening her safety and their futures, Charlotte and Alex a forced to make a hard decision – choose the secrets of their past or a future together.
Bedeviled is the third novel in the Beguiling Bachelor series, a trio of steamy contemporary romances set amidst the luxury of Chicago’s elite society.
Flirting With Fate By Jerrie Alexander
There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. 
--Napoleon Bonaparte
Elle Reagan isn't about to stand by and let a con-artist get away with stealing her grandmother’s life savings. While the legal system moves at a snail's pace, Elle promises to bring him to justice. She follows him to a ski resort in Colorado, where she hopes to get the evidence needed to put him away for good. But she didn't count on her roommate being a distraction, because he wasn't supposed to be her brother’s best friend.
Detective Logan Ford has denied his desire to take Elle into his arms since they were teenagers, but when his partner asks him to follow her to Castle Alainn to keep her out of trouble, Logan finds himself unable to refuse her. He agrees to help catch a thief instead of convincing her to pack her bags and go home. To make matters worse, he can’t seem to remember why he should keep his distance from the delectable, infuriating, independent Elle. 
Elle and Logan surrender to their attraction, but as their passion ignites, her plot is discovered. A killer will do whatever it takes to silence her and destroy a love that was destined to last a lifetime.
 All I Want By Misha Elliott
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She wanted to know what would happen if she dared to kiss him. The boy who filled so many of her dreams and fantasies was here, right now with her. How hot would it be to feel his lips against her own? 
  • Their playful game sparked a flame. She could only hope that a kiss would ignite an inferno. 

Love Unleashed By Marcia James

His best laid plans...

DJ “Rabid Ron” Hart has a grand scheme to win back the woman he loves. It involves an animal adoption fair, a goofy hairless dog named Charlie and an offer she can’t refuse.

Her hidden desires...

Cara Wilson has fantasies she’s never admitted, and her ex-boyfriend still features in her erotic dreams. If only he didn’t keep his bad-boy urges so tightly leashed.

Tonight they’ll learn that winning sometimes takes losing control.

Forbidden Distraction By Siera London  

Sex therapist, Dr. Vivianne Sloan is the consummate professional. Adhering to the highest ethical standards and doling out her vast clinical expertise, her clients are seeing a heat wave in the bedroom while Vivianne has to get hers from the Florida sun. Looking for some sexual healing, the one man she fantasizes about, a fellow colleague and her boss is strictly off-limits.

Obstetrician Gynecologist, Jared Pierce, has a flourishing medical practice. Outside of caring for his mother, there’s nothing he spends more time on, except thinking about Vivianne Sloan. She’s a distraction he can’t live with or without. He wants to teach her everything he knows about the art of lovemaking, but the woman plays by the rules.


When Vivianne decides to serve as a sexual surrogate, Jared is driven to give the shy beauty a dose of passion so potent she becomes addicted after one night in his arms. What happens when these two forbidden lovers decide to break the rules?

Quick & Dirty By Whitley Cox

The best way to get over a millionaire is to get under a billionaire.

Humiliated and angry Parker Ryan is ready to erase every last trace of her ex from her mind, body, and soul. Of course she can be adventurous. Exciting. Sexy. No matter what he said. She needs an exorcism, and Tate McAllister and the island of Moorea in Tahiti are just the man and place to do it. Tate is perfect for the job: billionaire resort owner, scuba instructor, philanthropist and, let’s face it, sex god. So maybe the affair isn’t the wisest move when she has to write her damn feature piece and review the hotel, but if he’s ready and willing to wow her in and out of the bedroom for the next ten days, the fling will be worth it. Parker can get the job done and have Tate fulfill all her fantasies, and she won’t, repeat won’t fall in love with the man. Even if every part of her wants to.
ON THE RUN BY MEASHA STONE


She thought she could run, but he’d never let her get away.
Sarah Bennet walked has finally found the break in her career. The sort of story to win her a byline in a serious newspaper. The only problem is, the people in the story don’t want it told. And they are willing to do anything to stop her. 
Jeremy has watched Sarah from the sidelines as she’s progressed in career as a journalist waiting for the moment that he can finally retake what he lost years ago. He will protect her. He will save her from her recklessness. And by the time he’s done, he will own her.
Carried Away by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Lust brought them together. Will love tear them apart?

Any woman would willingly lock lips with sexy Mateo Torres.
But probably not on stage.
During a lap dance.
At her ex’s bachelor party.

Any man would easily get wrapped up in Carrie Nielson.
But probably not with a crowd cheering them on.
For his last performance.
As an exotic dancer.

Mateo has a past as dark as his eyes, but the best way to convince everyone she hasn’t lost her damn mind is to pretend they’re lovers.
Until they’re not pretending.
Frozen- The Martini Lounge by Ursula Sinclair

Lani Ever have that one perfect moment in time, when you know exactly what you’re supposed to do, who you’re supposed to be in life? Well, that had been me, and it certainly had lasted for more than a moment. I’d decided to pledge myself to God and help others in his name. Selfless, that was me and I was weeks away from taking my final vows. Then something happened, I met someone and suddenly I questioned everything.
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I’ve always lived my life on my terms. Granted, I never thought I’d grow up to be a male stripper. But what the hell, I made good money and now, I had a shot at something more. And the women. Yeah, I loved women but they came and went. I preferred it that way. Didn’t matter which of us left first, as long as one of us did. I didn’t do attachments. Then something happened. I’m no saint, but I saved someone and wanted an attachment.
Only to find out I could never have her.
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More than Friends by Krista Ames

Lanie Matthews is the classic girl next door. Jake Cooper is her best friend. Will they ever be more than friends? One lust-filled night may prove more than they both expected.
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