Release Blitz : Hard Liquor (Arthur Duet #2) by Blair Babylon

Title: Hard Liquor
Series: Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet #2
Author: Blair Babylon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Blurb
Trial lawyer Gen has managed to corral that randy colt His Lordship Arthur
Finch-Hatten, the Earl of Severn, at least as far as anyone knows.
In public, he seems to be behaving himself, but she’s kind of gotten involved with her client in a way that the Bar’s Ethics Committee would totally not approve of.
With Arthur’s impending trial in the House of Lords and the constant backstabbing
in her law office, the last thing Gen needs is for Arthur to whisk her off to Paris for the social wedding of the century to schmooze the people who will decide his fate.
Gen has broken all the rules, and she could very well end up with a broken heart.

She needs a stiff drink, and it had better be hard liquor.
Hard Liquor is the exciting conclusion to the Arthur Duet that begins with Stiff Drink.

My Review
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Hard Liquor is the second installment in Blair Babylon’s Arthur Duet and is the continuation of Arthur Finch-Hatten and Genevieve Ward’s story. Genevieve, “Gen”, is a junior lawyer, in the first term of her law practical training. As it happens, her future as a British trial lawyer, a barrister, rests on the difficult case of Lord Arthur Finch-Hatten, a privileged billionaire rascal, used to getting his way and nicknamed the earl of Givesnofucks. He is sued by his younger brother for possession of the family’s title and estates.

Arthur and Gen are involved with one another despite the professional risks such a relationship entails for Gen. She intends to win his case and save him from ruin. It’s more and more apparent that Arthur has two faces and a lot of secrets. Gen has caught glimpses of the intense and serious man he is. She didn’t expect the depth of the feelings he has for her, but she knows Arthur is holding back a part of his life. He is not the person he seems to be. She feels safe with him, though, and tries to live for the moment. Arthur finds himself between a rock and a hard place, the choices he had to make were heartbreaking. I loved the intensity of this story, the plot was engrossing and I could not put this book down. Both characters were well-developed and engaging, I definitely rooted for them!

When the truths are finally revealed, they are explosive. Blair Babylon has worked her magic with words and delivered a clever romance loaded with secrets and intrigue, that I devoured almost in one sitting!

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Release Blitz & Giveaway : The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron

 

Title: The Bad Guy
Author: Celia Aaron
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2017
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My name is Sebastian Lindstrom, and I’m the villain of this story.

I’ve decided to lay myself bare. To tell the truth for once in my hollow life, no matter how dark it gets. And I can assure you, it will get so dark that you’ll find yourself feeling around the blackened corners of my mind, seeking a door handle that isn’t there.

Don’t mistake this for a confession. I neither seek forgiveness nor would I accept it. My sins are my own. They keep me company.
Instead, this is the true tale of how I found her, how I stole her, and how I
lost her.

She was a damsel, one who already had her white knight. But every fairy tale has a villain, someone waiting in the wings to rip it all down. A scoundrel who will set the world on fire if that means he gets what he wants. That’s me.

I’m the bad guy.

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Celia Aaron has delivered a tale about obsession that also manages to be sweet and utterly romantic! Sebastian Lindstrom is definitely my kind of anti-hero! To be honest, if I met him in real life, I would run for the hills, lol! Mercurial, ruthless, aloof, possessive, an emotionless stalker… this guy is creepy! And yet there is so much more to him than his psychopathic personality. He is totally vulnerable when he understands the depth of his feelings and his inability to rationalize them.

Sebastian is used to getting his way. So when he sees Camille Briarlane for the first time, and decides he wants her, he will not hesitate to do anything to get her. But despite his need to manipulate, she has a hold over him. He has never experienced anything like his feelings for Camille, he was diagnosed as a psychopath. He savors the fact that he has these feelings, however unfamiliar and unsettling they are to him. Sebastian and Camille are polar opposites. He is selfish, she is selfless, she is the light to his darkness. Camille is a heroine I liked from the beginning of the story, she is strong, kind and a beautiful person. Of course, she is upset by Sebastian’s choices, his coldhearted logic, but she is attracted to him and she enjoys pushing his buttons. He slips past her defenses and consumes her. I loved their witty banter, Sebastian’s inner monologues and blasé attitude about his flaws were fun.

His Machiavellian scheme is going awry. In this twisted game of obsession and lust, he is bound to lose. He doesn’t do weakness, but he can’t control Camille or his attraction to her. His original plan of how to get Camille backfired at him and left him desperate to gain her trust. He is willing to suffer the consequences of his lies and deception. This character grew a lot as the story unfolded, and I loved that he could be redeemed, despite his errors.

Celia Aaron has woven a twisted love story, with well-developed characterization, including Sebastian’s endearing and long suffering father, and an entertaining storyline, that was not overly dark. I could not read this book fast enough and yet, I never wanted it to end!

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Celia Aaron is a recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy—if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.

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Release Blitz & Giveaway : Live Out Loud by Marie Meyer

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LIVE OUT LOUD by Marie Meyer (April 30, 2017; Forever Yours eBook; $3.99)

I thought I’d live in silence forever . . . and then I met him.

I’ll never be able to hear, but music has always been a source of comfort for me. Rather than listen to the rhythm, I can actually feel the beat pulsing through me. It’s pure bliss. So the moment I saw Thorin playing his guitar, I was mesmerized. I’d never seen anything more beautiful . . . or intimate. I couldn’t tell where his body ended and the song began. He’s everything I need in my life . . . I’m falling fast, hard, and deep.

I want him more than anything. But while I live in silence, Thor lives in secrets. He’s holding something back-something that’s keeping this intensity, this longing from being real. And the silence may be too loud to bear . . .

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My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Meyer_LiveOutLoud_ebookThis beautifully crafted novel tells a poignant story of healing, hope and true love. The author wove her story with sensitivity and a great deal of talent.

Thor Kline is the guitarist of an up-and-coming rock band, and some serious eye candy! Harper King is studying to become a clinical pharmacist. Right from the start, I loved how Thor and Harper connected when they first met. They have apparently nothing in common, and yet they are able to understand one another and accept who they are.

I appreciated how the author made them work so well, even though communicating is like exploring uncharted territory for both of them. Harper is deaf but she is an expert at reading people, and she is pleasantly surprised by Thor. He is downright adorable and treats her like he would any other person. He isn’t put off by her deafness and their natural connection is undeniable.

Harper’s life has never been easy, she had to overcome language barriers and the guilt and insecurities of her parents still negatively affect their relationship. They try to protect her but she wants to live her life, be accepted for who she is and make her own mistakes. Thor and Harper understand one another, they are speaking the same language and find strength in each other.

Live Out Loud is an emotion filled read that packs a powerful emotional punch. It is beautifully written, lyrical and perfectly paced. I definitely recommend it. It is a standalone told in dual POV.

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Excerpt

Shit, sweetheart, where’s the fire?

“Hey, Red, hold up,” I say, trying to get her attention. I don’t want to startle her, but it’s no use, she can’t hear me over the noise of the club. If I don’t stop her now, she’ll leave and I won’t get her number. I drop my hand onto her shoulder and she goes rigid under my touch.

Smooth, Kline. Way to scare the poor girl.

Very slowly, she turns around, almost as if she’s expecting to see the Grim Reaper standing behind her. When our gazes meet, her shoulders relax and she lets out a deep breath. Up close, she’s even more beautiful. And Jesus…her eyes. When I caught her gaze for a few seconds on stage, I knew there was something special about her eyes; I just couldn’t see them clearly. Up close, they’re extraordinary. I’ve never seen eyes like hers before…the color of emerald sea glass. A long forgotten memory surfaces, one of my earliest…walking along the beach as a kid…with my dad…before everything went to hell.

I shake off the phantom thought and focus on the girl. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to scare you. It’s just…I…” I stumble over my words like I’m a thirteen-year-old boy. What the hell’s my problem? She’s not the first chick you’ve ever talked to. Spit the damn words out, Thor. “I saw you while I was up on stage, and I was hoping to get your number, I’d really like to take you out sometime.”

There. I said it. Not hard.

She smiles widely and nods. Lifting her hands between us, I notice her fingers move. Graceful and deliberate hand motions. Is she using sign language?

“She can read your lips.”

I glance to my right. A tall girl with long, half black, half blond hair flanks her side. Pretty, but pales in comparison to her friend.

“Read my lips?” I shake my head, not understanding. I point to the redheaded beauty and direct my question to her friend. “She’s deaf?”

There’s a tap on my shoulder and my eyes snap back to Red’s. Moving her hands again, she signs something, and I’m clueless. Her lips move, but she doesn’t speak. And apparently, I’m shit at lipreading. But at least her expression is playful. That’s a plus, right?

She lowers her arms and smiles. Damn, I love how the right side of her lips pulls up higher than the left.

I’ve never had to chase down a girl. For some reason, chicks dig guys in a band. They’ve always pursued me. But, the one time I see a girl so gorgeous, and take the time to run after her, she can’t even hear me.

I look at her friend. “What did she just say?”

Red’s friend folds her arms over her chest, wearing the same beatific smile she did when I stopped them. “She answered your question. Yes, she’s deaf. She also asked if you still want her number.”

I stare at the girl. With wild red curls framing her face and a mischievous smirk, she waits for my answer. Hell yeah, I do.

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Marie Meyer is a teacher who spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt romances. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on weeks of DVR’d television with her husband.

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Review : The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR

by Rachel Van Dyken
The Bachelors of Arizona, #2
April 11, 2017
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My Review

 Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars

ThePlayboyBachelor_ebookThis book was a perfect surprise! It was definitely not what I expected, but I love it when an author can surprise her readers! When Bentley Wellington was first introduced in the Bachelor Auction, the first book in the Bachelors of Arizona series, he was the hilarious and nosy brother, the devil-may-care playboy. And, of course, he is all that, but also so much more! And you can’t help but love him!

Bentley Wellington and Margot McCleery are the scions of prominent and wealthy families. They were best friends in high school, until a terrible accident changed everything. Margot lost her parents and was severely injured. And Bentley just walked out of her life, abandoning her when she most needed him. She thought she would never see him again, but that was without counting on the obstinacy of their matchmaking grandparents.

To please his grandfather, Bentley has accepted to allow women to bid on him in a bachelor auction set up to fund cancer research. Margot’s grandmother has won the auction, and her reluctant granddaughter will have the privilege of living with Bentley for a whole month!

Margot is lonely and hides herself from the world, she is a prisoner in her own house.  She is a popular romance writer and her fictional characters are her life companions. She is tormented by her feelings of guilt, her emotional and physical scars. I really felt for her.  Even though Bentley has been coerced into reconnecting with her, he intends to make the best of it. Margot is abrasive, though, constantly challenging him and holding no punches. I enjoyed their interactions, their witty banter, the dynamics between them was so much fun! As it happens, Bentley has a big heart, but he manages to hide it and keeps his emotions at bay. He is totally flawed, obviously, but he cares deeply for Margot. I loved how these characters grew as the story unfolded, they truly are each other’s game changer.

The Playboy Bachelor is a story of second chance, of growing beyond your past and allowing yourself to be loved. Bentley and Margot’s story was a little piece of reader’s heaven, heartwarming, uplifting and touching, but it’s no fairy tale. Rachel Van Dyken’s storytelling is brutally honest at times, but always with the right balance between emotions, angst and humor. This book is the second installment in the Bachelors of Arizona series, but both books are complete standalones. The next book will feature Brant, Bentley’s twin brother.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

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Review : Somebody’s Baby (Darling, VT #3) by Donna Alward

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Published April 4th 2017 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Blurb

Veterinarian Rory Gallagher chose a different path from his brothers, both of whom became first responders in the lovely little town of Darling, Vermont. Rory’s always had an affinity for animals—and the ladies. Known for his impressive track record in breaking hearts, Rory never meant to hurt anyone; he’s just never been in a hurry to settle down. It’s not as if he needs to pay a visit to the town’s famed Kissing Bridge to magically find love. He’ll know The One when he sees her. . .right?

Oaklee Ferguson is the kid sister of Rory’s best friend—and, even now that she’s all grown up, remains immune to the pet-doctor’s charms. When she shows up at Rory’s clinic late one night—devastated after hitting a stray dog with her car—Rory’s so-called “bedroom eyes” are the last thing on her mind. Still, his care and kindness toward the dog, and his concern for her feelings, catches Oaklee by surprise. . .and soon the two (and rescued dog makes three!) begin to share a deep connection that neither could have ever imagined. Could it be that love has been waiting for them by the bridge all along?

My review

 Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Somebody’s Baby is the third installment in Donna Alward’s Darling, VT, series and is centered around the youngest Gallagher brother, Rory and his best friend’s little sister, Oaklee. It is a lovely and heartfelt story of growing beyond your past and allowing yourself to be loved, set in a charming town with colorful and quirky residents.

I loved Rory Gallagher from the start. He is a vet, competent and accomplished. As a friend, he is easygoing and nice. But he doesn’t believe in HEA anymore, his heart was broken and he is not looking for anything serious in his private life. He seems emotionally unavailable. When Oaklee Collier brings a badly injured stray dog to his clinic, he is surprised to see her all grown up. As a teenager, Oaklee had a crush on him, but then life happened and they lost sight of each other.

Their chemistry and mutual attraction was undeniable. I loved their interactions, the banter, the tweets they exchanged. They are both endearing and relatable characters, Donna Alward did a great job at portraying their deep emotional connection in a very credible way. Oaklee is strong, fun and caring, but she is convinced that they are not compatible. She was deeply hurt by her runaway fiancé and she is afraid of caring too deeply. We see her struggle with the emotional conflict between her attraction to Rory and her trust issues. But maybe the time has come for both of them to take a chance on love again.

I loved the emotional aspect of this story, its sweetness was irresistible. The whole Gallagher family was ever present as the story unfolded and adds warmth to it. This heartfelt read takes you on a journey to Rory and Oaklee’s well deserved happily ever after, and is everything I have come to expect from a favorite small town romance.

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Review : His Alone (For Her #2) by Alexa Riley

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Published March 28th 2017 by Carina Press

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

His Alone is the second full-length installment in Alexa Riley’s “For Her” series. Once again, this book was a sinfully delightful read, with good story development, some suspenseful elements and a hot alpha hero, “reasonably” obsessed with his love interest, Paige, Miles Osborne’s half-sister. Ryan Justice is a flawed, possessive, over-the-top hero, and yet he is very controlled and doesn’t go into stalker mode, at least not openly because his photo wallpapers were creepy!

He is a typical Alexa Riley’s alpha hero, and I loved that the authors took the time to develop his relationship with Paige. Paige is a strong, bold and independent heroine. She is nostalgic, though, seeing Mallory and Miles together is bittersweet. Mallory has been her only family for years and it’s hard for Paige to let her go. Her relationship with her brother revolved around their revenge plan, but Miles has done his part, stripping their father of his businesses. Paige is not done yet with her revenge scheme, she still owes her mother justice.

There were interesting twists in this story, and some dark elements, although it’s not the main focus of the story. The time has come for Ryan to come clean and express his true feelings for Paige. He has been taking things slow, but the time has come for them to leave their ghosts behind and move on. Ryan is a protector and Paige definitely needs a man like him.

This sexy and twisty story was totally addictive and compulsively readable. I couldn’t put it down! And I loved the wonderful, totally satisfying extended epilogues. These authors’ books have now become a guilty pleasure of mine and I can’t wait for more!

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

Release Blitz : Stiff Drink (Arthur Duet #1) by Blair Babylon

Title: Stiff Drink
Series: Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet #1
Author: Blair Babylon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 2, 2017

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Genevieve is a lawyer, not a babysitter, and certainly not a dog trainer. She is just about to become a full barrister, a British attorney, when her law mentor dies unexpectedly. She is shuffled off to another barrister, one who’s nothing at all like her kind and decent former mentor, and then she is assigned the office’s worst case: Arthur Finch-Hatten, six-feet and four-inches of ripped, loaded, hot English nobleman who is wasting his life and his inherited estate so audaciously that his younger brother is suing him for control of their family’s earldom. There is a darn good chance that Arthur will lose everything.

Unless he shapes up.

Her new boss hasn’t been able to convince Arthur to mend his ways. His uncle’s lectures haven’t had any effect on his depraved debauchery and lavish lifestyle.

The only way for Genevieve to make partner is to win Arthur’s case, and the only way to win his case and save his earldom is to keep him from spending his days hungover in bed and his nights pouring Cristal on naked, drunk women before flying off in his private jumbo jet to the next party.

Arthur was enough to make any woman need a stiff drink.

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Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Genevieve, Gen, Ward is a junior lawyer, in the first term of her law practical training. As it happens, her future as a British trial lawyer, a barrister, rests on the difficult case of Lord Arthur Finch-Hatten. He is sued by his younger brother for possession of the family’s title and estates.

Gen needs court wins, but Arthur is difficult to handle. He is a privileged billionaire rascal, used to get his way and nicknamed the earl of Givesnofucks! She knows that his manwhore reputation could be frowned upon in court. Arthur is concerned about his case, though and fully intends to cooperate. He is amused and intrigued by Gen and she is not immune to his charm. I loved that the author took the time to develop their relationship in a realistic way, from strictly professional to an easy friendship. Arthur is easygoing, fun and charming, Gen is dazzled by him.

Arthur knows he needs to curtail his lifestyle and behave himself in public. Gen accepts to pose as his girlfriend to improve his reputation. Against all odds, Arthur and Gen have great chemistry, they really are a match made in heaven. These two characters had me laughing and sighing. As the story unfolded, it became clear that there is much more to Arthur than the player he seems to be. But his many secrets could poison his burgeoning relationship with Gen.

I loved this story filled with playful repartee! Blair Babylon’s writing is crisp and witty, her characters are endearing and relatable. The author is very adept at describing the complex British law system, it gives a realistic touch to the storyline. This book ended rather abruptly and I’m really looking forward to reading the last part of Arthur and Gen’s story, Hard Liquor.

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