Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Book Blitz: Just Another Viscount in Love by Vivienne Lorret

Title: Just Another Viscount in Love
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Season's Original Series (Book 3.5)
Publisher: Avon Books
SynopsisAs the toast of the ton, Samuel Wortham, Viscount Ellery, should have no trouble finding a wife. Yet each lady he pursues ends up married to another. As a last hope, Sam plans a house party, intending to choose a bride from one of his guests. But when he encounters a raven-haired beauty by his estate’s pond, he’s captivated by her charm and desperate to see her again.

A quiet trip to the country is just what Gemma Desmond needs to take her mind off marriage. After all, as the daughter of a notorious criminal, her prospects seem quite grim. The last thing she expects is a chance meeting with a handsome lord and an invitation to his lavish house party. Ellery is everything she hoped for in a husband. But can she ever escape the stigma of her father’s misdeeds?

When a pair of conniving debutantes frame her for theft, Gemma has her answer. Unwilling to let her scandalous reputation taint the kind, honorable man she adores, she flees. Yet Ellery isn’t about to give her up. He might be just another viscount in love, but he refuses to let this potential bride slip through his fingers…

“Well, I know my aunt is fond of you.”

Ellery angled toward her, his boots shifting to the outer edges of her slippers. The lapels of his coat were only a breath away from the rise and fall of her breasts. Lifting his hand to her cheek, his fingers glided along the slope of her jaw to her chin and tilted her face up to his. “And what of her niece?” The rapid beat of her heart made it difficult to release a breath. It was locked inside of her like so many recent hopes and dreams. Her lips tingled, plumping under his dark, searching scrutiny. And when the tip of her tongue darted out to wet them, his head dipped toward hers, close enough that she caught the clean, spicy scent of his shaving soap and felt the heat of his breath.

Gemma’s eyes drifted shut of their own volition. “I have it under good authority that she likes you. Very much, indeed.”

His other hand released hers, his fingertips skimming up the length of her bare arm, setting off a shower of tingles. Cupping her face, he drew closer, his nose nuzzling beside hers. His lips brushed one corner of her mouth and then the other. “Enough to permit me to kiss her?”

A soft laugh escaped her. “I believe you already are.”

And it was heaven, these slow, searching nibbles at her lips, the feel of his warm breath against her skin.

“Not yet,” he said with more sampling tastes of the corners of her mouth and a sly sweep along the center. Cradling her face in his hands, he went still, waiting for her answer.

Restraint emanated from him in the small vibrations through his fingertips and in each shuddered breath between her parted lips. He would take only what she was willing to give. He was not selfish. His honor and decency were not merely for show. These qualities were part of him and in his every action.

And she loved him all the more for it.

But this was not the time for hesitation. They’d been patient for long enough. Ages and ages. She wanted him to know that he didn’t need to hold back. Not with her.

Slanting her head, she whispered against his lips, “Then show me.”

USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of works including: The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Season’s Original Series, and the upcoming Emma Identity Series. For more information on her books, sign up for her newsletter at



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Book Blitz: Resisting the Heartbreaker by Christine Glover

Title: Resisting the Heartbreaker
Author: Christine Glover
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: Hollywood Heartbreakers (Book Three)
Publisher: Self-published
SynopsisHe’s breaking down her resistance one sexy moment at a time…

Director Trevor Maguire is determined to protect a secret that could destroy his family. The only person he trusts to help him is his sexy helicopter pilot, Samantha Bennett. She’s got troubles of her own and desperately needs cash so her company won’t go belly up. Trevor saves her business so he can use her company to do research for a movie while also conducting his investigation with her assistance. 

Samantha’s got a non-fraternization rule in place for a reason. No way will she get involved with a client. Sure, she’s attracted to Trevor, but he’s only with her temporarily and she’s not into casual flings, even if the hottest man in Hollywood wants her. They try to resist each other, but they can’t deny the heat flaring between them and their sizzling chemistry spirals into an intense connection. 

When Trevor unearths the truth about his past, he’s ready to move forward, but he’s got a difficult choice to make—will he go it alone or will he bring the woman he loves with him?

Christine Glover is the author of tantalizing, sensual, emotional contemporary romances. She enjoys finding the silly in the serious, making wine out of sour grapes, and giving people giggle fits along with heartfelt hugs. When she’s not writing, you can find her traveling the world, cooking gourmet food, and desperately seeking a corkscrew.

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Review: Rock My Body by Lee Piper

Title: Rock My Body
Author: Lee Piper
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Series: Mondez Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺.5
SynopsisTwenty-two year old Riley Sears promises herself never to fall in love unless it's with a guy who is long-term boyfriend material. She's not crazy, her psychologist reassures her of that, but when faced with situations she cannot control, well, her anxiety skyrockets.

Enter Dominic Mondez, the hottest creature ever to grace pecs and abs. The notorious playboy propositions Riley with the best sex of her life—his words. However, after learning he never sleeps with the same woman twice, Riley’s decision becomes remarkably simple.

No. Way. In. Hell.

Sadly, traversing the murky waters of friends without benefits is far from simple, especially since Dominic is the lead guitarist of local rock band, Mondez. He is also tempestuous, a womanizer, and—even worse—inexplicably jealous. Dominic is bad for Riley in every possible way. Bad, bad, bad.

If only her body would listen.

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

This was a difficult book to rate...

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Riley went on her morning run with no idea that her world was about to be turned upside down after running into a man. Literally, smacks right into the guy. And Dominic's body seems to call to hers, even after he makes it clear he doesn't do relationships. But even though she knows she shouldn't, Riley can't help but allow him into her life. For better or for worse.

When I first picked this book to review, I thought it sounded like a fun and naughty rock star story and that it would be perfect for me. Turns out, I may not have been the best audience for it after all. You see, I've experienced this same sort of dynamic with someone in my past. I was hurt over and over again until I made a clean break. Now, I'm in a fulfilling and long-lasting relationship. And surprise, so is he, but with someone else. So together we weren't good for each other but apart we flourished.

So I know a toxic relationship when I see one. And this thing had red flags all over it. I can't mention some of the more serious offences without using spoilers so I'll hit on the more subtle uh-ohs. For starters, the very beginning has our couple meet and then immediately form a strong attachment to each other even though they barely speak. About anything. They don't share about their lives or attempt to get to know one another but continue to meet up as practical strangers. That was odd.

Then we also have the fact that Riley doesn't even tell her very best friend about the relationship she's having with Dominic. Not even later on, when it becomes more than just a physical thing. Why? I think it's because she knew Grace would knock some sense into her. So another red flag popped up.

I won't even get into the many times that Dominic disrespected or ignored Riley right after showering her with attention. This has happened to me and I know how low it feels. But I grew up and moved on. Riley? Not so much. I understand her body craved him but if we only listened to our bodies and ignored our hearts and minds, then no relationship would ever survive due to infidelity. There needs to be some trust in your relationship or it's just doomed to disaster.

Despite the fact that the relationship wasn't ideal in the beginning, I had hoped that our characters would have matured by the end so I could root for them. But even though Riley seemed to start to grow a back-bone, from the little stunt that Dominic pulled to see if Riley still liked him just proved that he hadn't. When the band starts to tour the world, I don't have a good feeling about this relationship lasting unless Riley goes with Dom and watches him like a hawk the entire time. But who wants to live that like?

So if the relationship in this book didn't impress me, why am I giving it 3.5 stars? Because there were a few good things about it too. I liked Riley and I mostly liked Dominic, when he wasn't being a jerk for no apparent reason. This really should have been dual POV. Maybe Dom had good reasons for the things he did, other than the excuse he gave which didn't justify it for me. But I'll never know because we only get to see Riley's side. And hers is a painful story to watch.

And I do have to give props to the sensual side of the story. Our couple did have chemistry. Explosive chemistry. Sure, it's the kind that leaves scars and burns. However, the erotica portion was pretty great. I can handle sex without feelings and I almost wish that's what this had been. Because the bedroom scenes were hot and the sexual tension between our couple was scorching.

In closing...
I think that this storyline wasn't a hit for me but the writing was still good. I don't want to quit on this series just yet because Grace's story seems to be different and I just might enjoy it a bit more. For this one, 3.5 suns.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Review & Tour: Dirty by R.L. Kenderson

Title: Dirty
Author: R.L. Kenderson
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via 
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
SynopsisAfter returning home due to her father’s illness, Elise Phillips reunites with her college friends, including Luke Long. Luke was a player back then, and Elise had always prided herself on not being another notch on his bedpost.

Luke is still gorgeous though, and he knows it. And he checks all her boxes—intelligent and sexy with muscles and a hard body.

Following a night of beer and shots, her resistance runs out, and he finally does check her box. And Elise knows that it can never happen again.

Luke had always thought of Elise as the pretty girl that was friends with his roommate’s girlfriend, but now she’s all grown up. When their night of passion rocks Luke’s world he realizes he must have her again.

The two enter a friends-with-benefits relationship with the agreement that they’re just going to have fun. The only thing is, with mutual friends involved, they have to hide their indiscretion.

But what harm can come from a dirty little secret?

Elise grabbed the triangle and began racking the balls, putting them in their proper place. She grabbed the one ball and put it at the apex when Rachel walked over and leaned against the side of the pool table.

“Are you having a good time?” her friend asked.

“Yeah. I’m glad you asked me to come. I totally kicked Luke’s ass.”

Rachel smiled, but it was hesitant.

Elise stopped what she was doing. “What’s wrong?”

Rachel stood up straight. “I think we’re going to take off. I don’t feel well. Shelly and Joe are leaving, too. Shelly’s tired, and she wants to go home and put her swollen feet up.”

“Are you okay?”

“Yeah,” Rachel said, putting her hand over her stomach. “I think it was something I ate.”

Elise narrowed her eyes and studied her friend. “Liar. You just want to go home and get laid.”

Rachel blushed. “Guilty. I haven’t seen Sean for a week.” She stuck her bottom lip out.

Elise laughed. “I understand. Go have fun with your man.”

Rachel looked around the room, as if she was calculating the situation.

“What is it?” Elise asked.


“Rachel, just spit it out. What’s wrong?”

“I don’t want to leave you here with Luke.”

Elise shook her head. “I’ll be fine. We’re having fun. I’m not ready to go home yet.”

Her friend looked over her shoulder to where Luke stood at the bar, talking to Sean. They seemed to be having a serious conversation. She looked back at Elise. “I just want you to be careful.”

Elise tilted her head. “How do you mean?”

“It’s been over six months since you and Jason broke up. I don’t want to see you get hurt again.”

Elise shook her head in confusion. “I still don’t get it. Why would I get hurt?”

Rachel sighed. “Just don’t sleep with Luke, okay? He’s grown up quite a bit, but he’s still Luke. I’ve never seen him get serious with anyone, and I don’t want your heart to get broken.”

Elise threw her head back and laughed. “We are just playing pool. Nothing’s going to happen.”

Rachel didn’t laugh. “I know you haven’t slept with anyone since before you and Jason broke up.” She leaned in close and lowered her voice. “And I know how horny you get when you’ve been drinking. I also know that sex with Jason was mediocre, at best, so you’re probably really jonesing for sex now. And let’s face it; we both know that Luke probably fucks like a rock star.”

Elise laughed again and shook her head. “Trust me, Rach, you have nothing to worry about. I am never going to sleep with Luke Long.”

The next morning, Elise woke, flat on her stomach, disoriented, with a piercing headache that only came from a hangover. While she’d been living with her parents for about a month now, she’d often still wake up in confusion from forgetting where she was at first. It’d sometimes take her a minute to realize she wasn’t in her house in Denver anymore. She opened one eye to check the time, but the alarm clock wasn’t hers or the one in her parents’ guest room.

She sat up, jarring her already-sore head, and let out a moan. Thankfully, dark shades were covering the windows, casting the room in shadows and hiding the evil sun.

What happened last night? Her memory was fuzzy, and it hurt to think.

She realized she was naked and pulled the sheet up to cover herself as she slowly looked around the room, recognizing nothing. Nothing but the sleeping naked male lying on the bed next to her.

Oh God. No! Panic raced through her body, and memories rose to taunt her.

She’d slept with Luke Long. She’d slept with. Luke. Long.

R.L. Kenderson is two best friends writing under one name. Renae has always loved reading and in third grade wrote her first poem where she learned she might have a knack for this writing thing. Lara remembers sneaking her grandmother’s Harlequin novels when she was probably too young to be reading them, and since then she knew she wanted to write her own.

When they met in college, they bonded over their love of reading and the TV show Charmed. What really spiced up their friendship was when Lara introduced Renae to romance novels. When they discovered their first vampire romance, they knew there would always be a special place in their hearts for paranormal romance. After being unable to find certain storylines and characteristics they wanted to read about in the hundreds of books they consumed, they decided to write their own.

They both live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where they’re a sonographer/stay-at-home mom/wife and pharmacist/mother by day and a sexy author by night. You can find them at, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and Goodreads. Or you can email them at They always love hearing from their readers.

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This was such a fun and steamy book!

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Elise is back home. No, literally. She's moved into her parents house after her father's medical emergency left the family shaken up. And living with her strict parents is just as miserable as it used it be. So a night out with her best friend is just what the doctor ordered. That is, until she spots a guy that practically oozes temptation. Even a warning from her friend may not be enough to keep her away. Especially when alcohol is involved.

Luke isn't looking for anything serious. Not again. After his ex left him high and dry, he has kept his relationships with women casual. This does nothing to squash the reputation he's earned as a player, though. And while his friend practically labels Elise as off-limits, Luke cannot possibly allow this chance to slip by.

A night of naughty leads to another and another. Soon, Elise can't tell if their fling is still supposed to be casual since it's starting to feel like something else. There's just one problem. Due to the secrecy, Elise may be falling in love with Luke and her friends and family know nothing about their relationship. Their dirty little secret may just come back to bite them. And not in a kinky way.

I read this entire thing within a couple hours while sitting in the bathtub. It's my go-to reading place and really the only time I get to myself is when I lock myself in there. Just be happy that I don't do like everyone else does and Instagram photos of me while reading. Hahaha! You're welcome.

The first chapter sucked me in and I flew through this book. Elise was a complicated woman with some serious parental troubles. Not only was her father badly sick, which added a whole other layer of suspense, but both of her parents are very conservative. To the point where Elise doesn't feel like she's even able to be her true self around them. Yikes. I felt terrible for her several times while reading their interactions.

But Luke was a breath of fresh air. He was flirtatious and charming while also being intelligent and a hard worker. It was a nice combination for a male lead. He made me laugh a few times, swoon at a couple other moments, and definitely fan myself over and over. I think the 4th of July party scene had me smiling the whole time.

And the romance is hot, hot, hot. There are several bedroom scenes and each one was entertaining. It never became repetitive, which is good. The secret affair angle added a whole other element to the story. I love a forbidden romance even though I'm not really sure this counts as being forbidden since the reasons for hiding the relationship were pretty thin. Still, there were several twists in the book and a great ending.

In closing... 
I definitely recommend this story to anyone who likes a spicy romance. 4.5 suns!

Release Blitz: The Dating Bender by Christina Julian

Title: The Dating Bender
Author: Christina Julian
Genre: Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 22, 2017


Here I am, on my knees in front of the Trevi Fountain, hoping like hell the legend is true. That the fountain gives you solace and love by a mere toss of a coin.

Why am I here, exactly? Let’s see…

It started with my parents telling me to get married. Of course, being the good Catholic girl I am, I did.

Needless to say, that marriage nosedived, and my parents weren’t exactly happy about it.

Newly ditched and shamefully disowned, I decided to follow the advice of Babs, a tart-of-a-mentor, who offered me a job in Colorado.

Her advice? Sex…and lots of it.

The temptation of freedom, to do whatever—whoever—I wanted was too damn strong for me to say no.

And that’s how it all started. The men, the sex, the journey…

The dating bender.

Because everybody deserves a do-over.

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Christina Julian writes snarky rom-coms that celebrate the underdog and live to make people laugh. She adores dysfunctional leading ladies and the tangled twisty lives they lead. She adamantly believes there is nothing in life that can’t be conquered with a bodacious wine, strong cup of coffee, or a generously iced cupcake. When she is not tapping out her next novel or wrangling her 3-year-old twins, she can be found sipping and swirling in the name of research as a wine and food columnist in Napa Valley. She strives always to live her life to the extreme. 

Christina's work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, California Home + Design, 7×7, Weddings California, NorthBay Biz, Napa Valley Register, Napa Valley Life, Bohemian, Weekly Calistogan and beyond.

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