Thursday, August 31, 2017

Spotlight: The Protectors Series by Samantha Chase & Noelle Adams


Celebrate the Release of
PROTECTING THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and
PROTECTING THE MOVIE STAR along with the entire
THE PROTECTORS series!  

Four former Marines, each trying to protect the one they love. The Protectors series tells their stories. Fans of contemporary romance will not be able to put this series by New York Times Bestselling Authors, Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase, down.


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Title: Protecting the Girl Next Door
Author: Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase
Release Date: August 30, 2017
Series: The Protectors #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $2.99

Synopsis:
Protecting the Girl Next Door was originally published as Forever Bound. It has since been expanded, revised, and re-edited.

I like women, and I like adventure. I always have. The last thing I want to do is settle down with the girl next door and live a boring, domestic life. So I have no idea what I'm doing here, posing as a first-grade teacher.

It's the most ridiculous undercover security job I've ever had to work. Corralling a bunch of six-year-olds while I try to do my job and keep anyone from knowing how clueless I really am. I manage to fool everyone. Except Kristin.

She's an actual teacher, and she's determined to find out what I'm really doing here. She doesn't trust me, and her daughter doesn't like me. And the worst part is that I'm starting to like them. A lot.

So now, instead of being the tough guy, I'm stuck with rowdy children and Christmas pageants and falling in love. It's not the way I thought I'd spend Christmas.

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Title: Protecting the Movie Star
Author: Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase
Release Date: August 30, 2017
Series: The Protectors #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $2.99

Synopsis: 
Protecting the Movie Star was originally published as Home Bound. It has since been expanded, revised, and re-edited.

The story of my life isn't pretty. I come from the wrong side of the tracks. I've been a criminal. I've been homeless. I almost killed my father, and I might be responsible for the death of my best friend.
I should not be wanting Evangeline.

Her life story is the stuff of dreams. She's America's sweetheart - beautiful, talented, and famous - and she doesn't want anything to do with me. I'll protect her from a stalker since it's my job, but that's all I'm allowed. No touching, no lusting, no falling in love. I'm all wrong for her, and she's completely off-limits.

But I've never been good about following the rules.

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Be sure to check out the entire THE PROTECTORS series!

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Title: Protecting His Best Friend’s Sister
Author: Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase
Release Date: August 9, 2017
Series: The Protectors #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: FREE
Synopsis:
Protecting His Best Friend's Sister was originally published as Duty Bound. It has since been expanded, revised, and re-edited.

The only woman I want is the one I can never have.

Harper. My best friend's sister. I've wanted her since I was eighteen, but she's always been off-limits. Now I'm home after years in the Marines, and nothing has changed--except everything has. Her brother is dead, and she's on a hopeless quest for answers about his death.

And I want her just as much as ever.

Someone is trying to kill her now, and she won't let me keep her safe. I have to protect her anyway, even if she doesn't trust me, even if she hates me for it. A man protects what's precious to him, whether or not he can ever claim her for his own.

And Harper has always been precious to me.

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Title: Protecting the Enemy
Author: Noelle Adams and Samantha Chase
Release Date: August 9, 2017
Series: The Protectors #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Price: $2.99
Synopsis: 
Protecting the Enemy was originally published as Honor Bound. It has since been expanded, revised, and re-edited.

Twelve years ago, I gave up the love of my life because my family made the relationship impossible. Now that Ali has come back to me, I'm not going to give her up again.

It's been years since I've seen her, and I know she's hated me all this time. I never expected to see her working as an event planner for one of my father's business partners. But here she is, always snooping around and getting into trouble. I'm supposed to be providing security, but I can't stop thinking about her.

She's up to something, and it might put her in danger. She sees me as the enemy now. Maybe I am, but I'm not going to lose her again. I might be hired to protect the man she's working against, but my heart only wants to protect her. 

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Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

If you'd like to contact Noelle, please contact her at noelle.s.adams@gmail.com. Or connect with her on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.


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Spotlight: Adeline by Christina McKnight


Title: Adeline
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Lady Archer's Creed (Book Three)
Publisher: La Loma Elite Publishing
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SynopsisWHEN THE BEAST WITH A HEART OF GOLD

Everything changed for Jasper Benedict, the Earl of Ailesbury, the night his family died in a tragic fire—the same fire that left him disfigured. Now, his scars have given him the name the Beast of Faversham. But when he stumbles upon a damaged carriage during a tempest, the beautiful woman inside reminds him of the man he wishes he could be: free of his past, and able to love.

TAMES A BEAUTY WITH A WICKED PAST

When her carriage breaks down outside Faversham Abbey, this is just the most recent in a long series of misadventures for Miss Adeline Price. Her beauty hides a fatal flaw: she’s quick to judge, and rarely looks beneath the surface. But the longer she’s around Jasper, the more she begins to want to be better—someone deserving of him. 

But when it comes time to reunite Adeline with her family in London, will Jasper believe that she sees not his scars, but the good, honorable man he is?


“I am the Earl of Ailesbury,” he called, the words fighting the noise of the storm at his back. “My home is only a short distance away. You may seek shelter there.” 

Her almond-shaped, hazel eyes inspected him from his hidden face and down the length of his body. Jasper hadn’t felt laid bare before another his entire life. Was she leery enough of him to refuse his offer? 

As if on cue, a wolf howled in the near distance, its call echoing above the whine of the storm. Within moments, several others answered.



Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. 

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Review: Make Me a Match by Mackenzie Lucas

Title: Make Me a Match
Author: Mackenzie Lucas
Genre/Age: Romance/Adult
Series: Soul Mate Tree (Book Five)
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Rating: ✺✺✺
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SynopsisWidower Mark Cage needs help getting a date with a cute kindergarten teacher, only the last person on earth he’d ask is Athena Sullivan, Essence’s resident dating guru. Yet, Mark doesn’t have much of an option when his teenage daughter forces his hand and purchases a matchmaking package for him with the sexy relationship coach.

Sparks fly as Athena polishes Mark’s manners and helps him become dating savvy. Unfortunately, Mark begins to realize too late that the woman he thought he wanted is not the one he needs.

And, with the aid of The Soul Mate Tree, that his destined true love is closer than he’d imagined, if only he will open himself up to love a second time.

The Romance Review

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

The one you want might not be the one you need.

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When Mark spots a sweet and innocent-looking woman in his friend's spa, he can't help but want to break his dating fast and ask her out. Even though his friends think she's a terrible match for him, he sets out to prove them wrong. He isn't looking for love again anyway, just someone to keep him company when his teen daughter leaves for college.

But when Mark is forced to enlist the help of a relationship coach that he despises, he hates the idea. Even worse is the attraction he feels for the woman. Athena is everything that Mark doesn't want. Yet, the more time they spend together, the more he wonders if he might have misjudged Athena all along. And maybe there is some truth to this mysterious soul mate tree...

So far, I've read and enjoyed two books in this series. Each is written by a different author but there is an ongoing theme here where every story includes the same soul mate tree, responsible for bringing our couples together. This one was a little different in that the actual tree communicated with Mark. And this is single POV whereas I know at least the one other book isn't.

I enjoyed this story. There was a lot to like. Mark was a funny character, even when he wasn't trying to be. He often created hilarious moments because of his brash humor and unapologetic grumpiness. Athena had a smart mouth on her as well. I liked watching the pair of them bicker and banter. Especially when they were supposed to be finding Mark a date yet couldn't keep their hands off each other. Fun times.

The romance sizzles here too. Every love scene was hot and satisfying. The chemistry between our couple is undeniable, even from the first few scenes they share. There is just something that drew them together and even without the soul mate tree element, I would have believed this couple were meant to be. 

But there were times that I did find Mark's grumpy personality to be a bit over the top. He's like that with everyone though, so at least his character was consistent. I think it was fun to watch him being forced out of his comfort zone and into the fire, so to speak. And by the end, I had warmed up to the cranky guy. Athena helped to balance him out. A little.

In closing...
I'm curious to see what other stories are in this series and will be reviewing another in the next few weeks. Four suns!



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Book Blitz: Tell Me That You're Mine by Victoria De La O


In TELL ME THAT YOU'RE MINE Ryan McCallister and Eva Romero are two people trying to find a once-in-a-lifetime second chance at love.
Fans of Tamarra Webber and Erin McCarthy will adore this emotional and heartfelt conclusion to Victoria De La O's RITA-nominated family drama.
Title: Tell Me That You're Mine
Author: Victoria De La O
Genre/Age: Contemporary Romance/NA
Series: Tell Me (Book Three)
Publisher: SMP Swerve
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SynopsisRyan McCallister is ready to come home and put the heartbreak of his first love behind him. But when he returns after teaching abroad, the home he once knew isn’t quite ready for him. The woman Ryan once loved is living with his brother; his friends have moved on; and his new landlady, Eva Romero, seems determined not to like him.

But Ryan likes Eva. A lot. 

It doesn’t matter that Eva has a six-year-old son and a troubled ex-husband; when Ryan’s with her, everything makes sense. Eva isn’t convinced she’s ready to take another chance on love, but Ryan’s determined to show her he’s worth the risk.


It’s feels like an eternity since I’ve been home. In reality, it’s only been a year.

My slow walk to the house is surreal. The lawn is as pristine as ever, each blade of grass shorn the same height by Jude’s meticulous mowing. The red geraniums I planted years ago are thriving. And the dent in the porch rail, caused by my foot accidentally connecting with the wood, is still visible. But I don’t remember the house being this uninspiring shade of blue, or the crack on the front stoop being this wide. This house, this city, used to be my whole world. It seemed a lot bigger then.

Discordance skitters over my spine: what should be familiar is foreign, relief mingles with anxiety. Time snaps and contracts as I knock on the front door, and suddenly it seems like an hour since I left. A nanosecond.

The door swings open, and the reason for my hasty departure is staring at me. She’s as pretty as I remember—maybe more, damn her. Green eyes that used to flutter when I kissed her, full lips that whispered confidences in my ear.

Now, her face is frozen in a hostess’ smile. Her fingers worry the bottom button of her pink cardigan and the threads begin to loosen. She doesn’t know what to do because she wasn’t expecting me. I guess it wasn’t nice showing up a day early.

“Ryan. You’re home.”

Home. Does she mean mine or hers?

I had almost forgotten what Lizzie’s voice sounded like, but its husky depth brings the memories of the six months we spent loving each other rushing back.

Well, I had been loving her. She’d been falling in love with my brother.

I wait for my heart to ache, but there’s only a small twinge. That’s a surprise. In my mind, this was all so much more dramatic and intense. Hard stares and pinched lips. A little social awkwardness seems so mundane by comparison.

And then the door swings open wider and Jude is there. My pulse stops—doesn’t slow, just ceases to exist for a second. Leave it to him to bring the fireworks.

Like the house, Jude seems smaller than I remember. Or maybe that’s because he has gone expressionless, his discomfort hard-crashing him. His hands dig into his pockets, searching for an anchor, pulling his shoulders into a hunch. It takes a lot to knock Jude off his game. Glad to see I can still have that effect on him.

When he opens his mouth, no sound comes out. It’s unusual for me to have to step up and be the better man when I’m around my big brother. But today is that day.



Victoria De La O is the award-winning and RITA®-nominated author of the Tell Me romance trilogy, including Tell Me How This Ends. A native of California’s Silicon Valley, she spends time hanging out with her family, arguing about films, and practicing Wonder Woman spins, She loves talking to readers, so find her at www.victoriadelao.com.



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Book Blitz: Collision by Alexandra Wright


Title: Collision
Author: Alexandra Wright
Genre/Age: Paranormal/YA-NA
Series: None
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
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SynopsisWhen a collision of two parallel worlds creates a portal, Ella's eyes-and heart-open to the impossible. Eighteen-year-old, tell-it-like-it-is Ella Beuchene is about to graduate from a prestigious high school, and yet she's never felt more trapped. Her family is hell-bent on forcing her into a future she doesn't want. Her boyfriend no longer gets her. And her best friend is keeping something secret. Something that could shatter their friendship for good. Ella is desperate to escape her "privileged" existence. 

Then, one warm summer night, Ella finds herself in the woods behind her house. The forest is lusher than ever before, the creatures of the night louder, and the moon brighter. Beneath its green canopy, she meets a mysterious, striking stranger. A man who gets her, who shifts her perspective of the world, and who...wait for it...glows in the dark. 

From that moment on, Ella's not sure that it's just her life she wants to escape. It may be her world.


I was in the woods. It was nighttime, and I was alone. Again.

I looked up at the moon, noticing that it was full and low, and a blue mist tinged its circumference. It seemed so close to the earth that I could almost reach out and touch it. This felt familiar. Too familiar. I looked down to see my pendant had turned a radiant blue and I was wearing…a nightdress, of all things. God, I was half-naked. Had I been wearing that before?

A rustle in the nearby trees made me whirl around. And there he was. The beautiful, glowing boy was standing in the clearing with those indigo eyes focused on me.

My breath caught. “Colton!” I exclaimed as a rush of heat filled me. Once I realised I’d called his name like a long-lost lover, I cringed. I’d met the guy once, for God’s sake.

And here I was in the woods, again, acting like a lunatic. And wearing…I gasped and covered my chest with my arms. 


Alexandra Wright has been writing since she could put pen to paper. Growing up in Sydney, Australia, she took pleasure in playing the piano, singing, the arts, languages, cooking and, of course, she spent a great deal of time reading and writing. Having so many interests meant her career aspirations had a habit of changing, but her profession eventually chose her. An incurable obsession with literature, her earliest and most enduring passion, led her to pursue a career as a novelist. While she dabbled in writing short stories and novellas as a child and teen, she began writing full-length novels as an adult. Being a child at heart, and an educator of young children, it was a natural progression for her to move in to writing fiction for children and young adults.

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