Monday, September 28, 2015

Blog tour: Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne



IRRESISTIBLY YOURS
Oxford #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing Oct 6th, 2015
Loveswept



Meet the men of Oxford magazine! In the first captivating spin-off of Lauren Layne’s Sex, Love & Stiletto series, a not-so-friendly battle of the sexes turns into a scorching office romance.

Hotshot sports editor Cole Sharpe has been freelancing for Oxford for years, so when he hears about a staff position opening up, he figures he’s got the inside track. Then his boss drops a bombshell: Cole has competition. Female competition, in the form of a fresh-faced tomboy who can hang with the dudes—and write circles around them, too. Cole usually likes his women flirty and curvy, but he takes a special interest in his skinny, sassy rival, if only to keep an eye on her. And soon, he can’t take his eyes off her.

Penelope Pope knows all too well that she comes off as just one of the guys. Since she’s learned that wanting more usually leads to disappointment, Penelope’s resigned to sitting on the sidelines when it comes to love. So why does Cole make her want to get back in the game? The man is as arrogant as he is handsome. He probably sees her as nothing more than a barrier to his dream job. But when an unexpected kiss turns into a night of irresistible passion, Penelope has to figure out whether they’re just fooling around—or starting something real.





Another hit by author Lauren Layne. Entertaining, romantic and a little steamy at times, Irresistibly Yours surprised me.

I haven’t read all the books in the Stiletto series (yet) and I’d met the whole Stiletto/Oxford team for the first time in the last book in the series (The Trouble With Love – read my review). That is where I first met Cole, and to be completely honest, I didn’t really think much of him. I’m not a fan of womanizers and players, and Cole was described as exactly that kind of man in that book. Even so, when I saw that the author had a new series in the making, I decided to give it a try. I’m quite happy I did, because I truly enjoyed this book and I completely changed my opinion of Cole.

Okay, he’s not boyfriend material at first, but seeing the big heart underneath the sexy, tailored suit was enough to make me change my mind about him. He’s freaking adorable!

Now, Penelope. I think she’s one of the few female characters I wished were real so we could be best friends. She’s hilarious, and her girl-next-door looks and attitude helped to make her even more real and relatable. From the moment she enters the story, I was rooting for her happily-ever-after, cheering her on and keeping my fingers crossed for her.

I enjoyed Cole and Penelope’s banter tremendously. I think this is absolutely the best thing about this book: the way they’re so at ease with each other from the very beginning. Sure, the romantic part is also fantastic, and the couple of detailed sex scenes are hot, but the parts I enjoyed the most were those of their easy-going banter and when they hung out together, eating pizza and watching baseball.
I loved the interactions between Cole and his brother Bobby, as well as Penelope’s. There was a new side of Cole coming through and it was one more thing that brought him a little higher in my chart of book boyfriends.

My one complaint, even though is just a small one, was the way things were resolved at the end. I can’t say much or I’ll spoil it all for the readers, but I found it was a little too easy. I thought, seeing how things had drastically changed all of a sudden, that it would take a little bit more effort on Cole’s side to get his HEA with Penelope. I get it she’s always been the understanding and easy-going heroine throughout the book, but I would’ve loved to see Cole work a little bit more for it.

Anyway, apart from this personal preference of mine, I would definitely recommend you pick up a copy of this book. It’s the perfect weekend read, sprawled on the couch in your sweatpants and baggie t-shirt, with a bag of popcorn and a can of soda (or beer, if you prefer).

If you’ve read the previous books of the sister series, Stiletto, this is a must read, but it definitely works well as a standalone. Fans of Lauren Layne will not be disappointed by this new series. 
I’m looking forward to Lincoln’s book, now!








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Lauren Layne is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.  Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.




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Don't miss out of the Sex, Love & Stiletto Series 
where the "Oxford" guys first appeared!


AFTER THE KISS (Book One) 
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LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH (Book Two)  
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JUST ONE NIGHT (Book Three)  
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THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE (Book Four)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Release day event: Ultimate Deception by Lynn Stookes

Title: Ultimate Deception
Series: Harden #2
Author: Lynn Stookes
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 25, 2015


In a matter of months, Dani Delaney's world drastically changed. Now, she faces the toughest challenge of her life and is determined to handle it on her own. 

Detective Sawyer Woods will do anything to be with Dani, the woman he's dreamed about since he first laid eyes on her, but she'll have nothing to do with him, no matter how much charm he uses. 

It isn't until Dani receives threatening messages and criminal activites happen around town that she's forced to accept the help of the one man who can bring her to her knees. Can Sawyer protect the one woman who doesn't want him and convince her to give him a shot? Or can one lie destroy it all?













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Lynn Stookes was born and raised in the amazing state of Texas, where she currently resides with her husband of five years. They have one rambunctious two year old son and three furry children, who create the chaos she couldn’t live without.

One day, Lynn took her passion (maybe obsession is more apt) for romance books and mystery shows and wrote her first romantic suspense novel, Fatal Obsession, Book 1 in the Harden Series.

When Lynn isn’t writing or working her day job, you can find her reading on her Kindle, spending time with her family and friends, or playing on Facebook. She loves running, coffee, and country music in no particular order.

She's currently working on the next book in the Harden Series.



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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog tour: Snowbound At Christmas by Debbie Mason


SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS
Christmas, Colorado #5
Debbie Mason
Releasing Sept 29th, 2015
Forever Romance




Surviving the holidays will take a Christmas miracle . . .

Ex-cop Cat O'Connor is bored working for her sister, Chloe, as a personal assistant on the set of her soap opera. Until Chloe gets an opportunity to audition for the role of a lifetime and asks her identical twin to substitute for her on the soap with no one the wiser. It's a perfect switch-until Cat attracts the attention of the mysterious Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way-too-handsome leading man.

Grayson Alexander never thought being snowbound in the charming town of Christmas, Colorado, for the holiday would get so hot. But between working with sexy, tough Cat on set and keeping his real reason for being there under wraps, he's definitely feeling the heat. And if there's one thing they'll learn as they bring out the mistletoe, it's that in this town, true love is always in season.






Chloe attempted to remove Fluffy's nails from her velour hoodie while staring at Cat with an appalled expression on her face."Why are you sitting on that man?"
"I . . . " Cat looked from her sister to the man in question. She was still sitting on him. On his rock-hard abs. Why hadn't she moved? Because everything happened too fast. It was the only acceptable explanation. It had nothing to do with being stunned stupid by his movie-star good looks.
He raised an eyebrow. What was with the sardonic look? Oh no, he was not putting her on the defensive. He'd broken into her sister's dressing room. Cat attempted to get off him without any further rubbing of her body on his, which wasn't easy. She gave up and awkwardly scrambled to her feet.
"About bloody time," she thought he muttered, but couldn't be sure because she was back to being stunned stupid when he flashed her a smile. A smile so gorgeous it belonged in a toothpaste commercial.
Pathetic. Cat was so off her game it wasn't even funny. Here she was thinking about his full, seductive lips and his perfect white teeth when her sister's life was on the line. Cat fisted her hands on her hips, put on her cop face, and went to glare down at the man. Only he rose to his feet with leonine grace, tugging the sleeves of his white shirt below his suit sleeves. She had to look up and took one step back, then another.
Behind her, Chloe sucked in a breath. Cat knew what that sucking sound meant, and it wasn't good. Her sister had gotten her first good look at the man. "Chloe, wait for me in the hall. I need to question . . ."
Her sister practically threw the animal at the older woman, shoving Cat out of the way with her hand extended. And there it was again, his smile. Only this one seemed friendlier, more genuine, and just as flipping gorgeous. She waited for her sister to react. She didn't disappoint. 


A romantic, funny and Christmassy page turner that you won’t be able to put down until the very last word—and even then, you’ll wish for more (at least, I did!).

Snowbound in Christmas is book 5 in the Christmas, Colorado series but works well as a standalone—even though I think you will want to read all the previous books, once you’ve finished it.

Cat and Grayson’s story is a beautiful clean romance, filled with enjoyable characters, fun scenes that will bring a smile to you face, and a bit of mystery to top it all off. Add to the mix a lovely Christmas setting in a small Colorado town and you’ve got the perfect holiday romance you can read while snuggled up on a comfortable armchair by a crackling fire, and with a cup of hot chocolate (although I trust you can enjoy this even if you’re lying on a sandy beach with a cold drink in your hand). 

Cat has always had a weird relationship with her identical twin sister. Chloe, a famous actress on a day-time soap opera, is Cat’s polar opposite and, being a star, she spends most of the book acting like a self-centered, spoiled brat. I rolled my eyes more than once while reading her drama queen antics—but I’m glad she sort of redeemed herself at some point (can’t say more, sorry), at the point that I found myself hoping she’d even get her own book in the future.

Cat used to be a police officer at Denver PD, but because of an ex she didn’t know was involved in something illegal, she found herself in the middle of some big trouble and had to leave her job. So when someone threatens her sister, she takes the opportunity to fly to California and become Chloe’s personal bodyguard and manager, so she can keep an eye on her and protect her.

After the second attempt to Chloe’s life, the TV producer decides to call in reinforcements, and this is where Special Agent Grayson Alexander walks in—working undercover as Lord Harry Halstead, a British actor who’ll star in the soap opera.

Cat and Grayson’s meet-cute is hilarious, and I enjoyed reading about all the misunderstandings and all the little subterfuges (mainly caused by Cat and Chloe being identical and, therefore, sort of interchangeable). Even though at times I wanted to strangle Chloe and Grayson’s grandmother (who pretends to be his manager), I had a smile on my face through most of the book.

The story gets even more interesting when the whole cast moves to Christmas, Colorado, to film the holiday scenes. Characters from the previous books will pop back in, and their role in the story becomes extremely important to help Cat solve the mystery. I enjoyed meeting them again and I particularly enjoyed meeting a new character, Ty—Chloe’s hair-stylist and make-up artist. Saying he was hilarious would be an understatement. I do hope he will be in the future books, because he was the one who made me laugh out loud the most.

I truly enjoyed reading this book and I loved that it was a clean romance. I can assure you the story doesn’t lack chemistry and the characters’ attraction to each other is really strong, but all their sex scenes are behind locked doors and this made me enjoy the book that little bit more.

I could go on an on praising the book, but there’s only one thing I’ll say: if you love clean romance with a little element of mystery, buy the book now. I promise you won’t be disappointed.








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Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.




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Friday, September 4, 2015

Blog tour: Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne


BLURRED LINES
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 25th, 2015
Loveswept



In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.








Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.





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Friends to lovers is a trope I love. When I saw that an author I like wrote one, I immediately signed up for the tour. Unfortunately, I’m sorry to say this isn’t my favorite among Lauren Layne’s books, and wasn’t what I was expecting. I know I’ll sound like a prude, but I didn’t like the “friends with benefits” kind of story or the idea Parker (the heroine) came up with. It just didn’t feel real—nor right. 

Since she’d been dumped by her boyfriend of 5 years, she decided to get back in the game using her best friend (with whom she claims she’s been having a totally planotic relationship for six years) for no-strings-attached sex just because he’s a womanizer and he won’t expect a relationship? Not nice, Parker. Not nice at all.

I’m sure some other readers will find this book amazing because, at the end of the day, the author’s style is just as good as ever, the dialogues are real and the banter is funny, but this “using each other just for sex” didn’t feel right, considering they claimed to be best friends and to always want to put the other first.

Maybe it’s just me, but how could she really expect that she could have sex with her best friend and go back to being just platonic friends afterward? It just didn’t feel real—then again, maybe it’s only the way I see things and other people could totally doing without feeling awkward.

I loved the more romantic parts, the ones when they connected on an emotional level and truly showed the essence of their friendship and feelings. I enjoyed the banter and the familiarity they shared, and I was rooting for their happy-ever-after all through the book. I just didn’t share Parker’s view on the whole situation—especially when she makes a certain decision after sleeping exclusively with Ben for weeks (sorry, can’t say more). At that moment, I didn’t like her much, to be honest. I thought she was being a little mean, basically using and disposing of Ben as if he didn’t have feelings. Yes, he was a womanizer, but he was also her best friend after all; she could have been a little more considerate and caring when the time came to choose which way to go.

Anyway, in spite of my personal opinion on some things, if you like friends to lovers with a sexy twist and descriptive scenes, you will definitely enjoy this book.