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Sunday, April 20, 2014

{REVIEW} AFFIRMATION (LEGAL AFFAIRS #6) by SAWYER BENNETT

Affirmation (Legal Affairs, #6)Series: Legal Affairs #6
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Big Dog Books
Publication Date: 3/21/14
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Rating: 5 stars




Things are off, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Some things, however, are the same. For example, the sex with Matt is just as nuclear and consistent as it always has been.

Still… I feel like I’m holding onto Matt with my fingertips, like he’s on the verge of slipping away and I don’t know what to do.

When I started these Legal Affairs, I had no way of knowing the depth of feeling that would become involved. I had no way of knowing this man could shatter my existence.

I don’t want to be hurt, so I’m grasping hard and I can only hope that he wants me enough to hang on just as tight.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20498864-affirmation

So. The Legal Affairs series has reached its conclusion with Affirmation and WOW...it went out on a hot, blazing, infuriating and sweet note.

I'm not sure if I've ever been so infuriated, yet so in love with a story as I was with Affirmation. Generally, when I'm as frustrated with a main character as I was Matt Connover, I just don't rate a book so highly. It may not be fair, but how can I love a book when a character infuriates me so much? I can't quite pinpoint the difference this time, other than noting that Sawyer Bennett is a manipulative genius with a knack for pushing me straight to the edge, then pulling me back with a change of heart (on Matt's part) or an epic smack down (from Mac).

Of course the big question of Affirmation is: Will Matt and Mac get their happy ending? I'm sure most will assume the answer, but I promise you, the story we get is a rough, emotional throat-punch, with a strong dose of sexy thrown throughout. It was a great, great ending, one that kept me on my toes until the very end.

The Legal Affairs series is a damn good use of the serial novella format. With it's humor, snark, sexiness, and angst, I highly recommend this series.


Favorite Quote

  "You are like the perfect fucking woman," he says reverently, but also with good cheer, because he's getting ready to feel really, really good too.
  "No, I'm not," I remind him, because otherwise, this wouldn't be our last time together. "But I'm damn close, so get your ass on this bed and get into position."


  "I need you, Mac," he says with a shaky voice. "I need your smile, your touch, and your wit. I need your tenderness, your brilliance, and your common sense. I need you to be my champion, and I need you to want to come home to me every night. I need all of those things...desperately. I think I might die without them."




Legal Affairs Series


Objection (Legal Affairs, #1)  Stipulation (Legal Affairs, #2)  Violation (Legal Affairs, #3)  Mitigation (Legal Affairs, #4)  Reparation (Legal Affairs, #5)  Affirmation (Legal Affairs, #6)
(covers lead to GoodReads)
 
 
Purchase Links

 
 
About the author

USA Today Best-Selling author, Sawyer Bennett, is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
 
 
 
 




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Saturday, April 19, 2014

THE WEEKLY REWIND, #95: BOOK HAUL AND GIVEAWAY

 
 
THE WEEKLY REWIND is a weekly post in which I recap the bookish awesomeness from the past week, and post a book haul.
 

Book Haul
(click on covers to visit GoodReads page)
 
For Review:
 
Searching for Perfect (Searching For, #2)  If I Stay (Montgomery Manor, #1)  Inked Armor (Clipped Wings, #2)  When We Met (Fool's Gold, #13)  Misunderstandings (Woodfalls Girls, #2)  Devil's Game (Reapers MC, #3)  Nowhere but Here
 
 
Purchases:
 
Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10) 
 
 
Amazon Freebies:
 
Hers (Hers, #1)  Beauty's Kiss  (Taming of the Sheenans, #2)  The Submission of Alistair Ingram (Dolls & Doms, #1) Crashed
 
Won/Gifted:
 
Roman Holiday: The Complete Adventure (Roman Holiday, #1-10)
 
The Rundown
 
 
I was very excited to get finished copies of Searching for Perfect, Inked Armor and When We Met. I really like all those series, and have them up for review soon. Tamara Morgan is an author I've been planning to read soon, so I snapped up If I Stay off NetGalley when she tweeted about it. This is my third copy of Misunderstandings! So this will be going up for a giveaway. Devil's Game... I got this one last week and am so stinkin' anxious to read it! Same for Nowhere But Here. Just look at that cover!
 
I can't believe I only bought one book last week. I actually looked around my house like "What is going on here?" But that's a good thing. Lover Reborn has me inching towards being caught up on BDB.
 
As far as the freebies go, I actually don't get every freebie I see, because they end up sitting unread on my kindle forever. But these all seem like books I'd like, so....
 
I won Roman Holiday: The Complete Adventures from a blog tour. I actually got this for review recently, but was still happy to have a finished book.
 
 
 Thanks to
  • Gallery Books
  • Carina Press
  • MLM Media
  • Penguin Group
  • Atria Books
 
Reviews
 
Last Week
 
Next Week
 
  •  Affirmation (Legal Affairs #6) by Sawyer Bennett
  • The Story Guy/Snow-Kissed/The Bridge by Mary Ann Rivers, Laura Florand, Rebecca Rogers-Maher
  • Make It a Double (Last Call #2) by Sawyer Bennett
  • Deep Down (OGs #1) by Elle Aycart
  • Nash (Marked Men #3) by Jay Crownover
  • Blindfolded Innocence (Innocence #1) by Alessandra Torre
 
 
Giveaway
 
I have extra ARCs of Misunderstandings and When We Met.
 
Misunderstandings (Woodfalls Girls, #2) When We Met (Fool's Gold, #13)
 
Must be 18+ years of age; open US only.
 
 
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Friday, April 18, 2014

SEXY SATURDAYS: SPRING FLING AND SEDUCTION IN THE SUN by LAUREN HAWKEYE




Sexy Saturdays with Andrea and Autumn is a weekly feature created to spread the word about spicy reads. 

Participating blogs:
 

Spring Fling: A New Adult AnthologyGenre: Erotic Romance/Anthology
Publisher: Avon Red Impulse
Publication Date: 3/11/14
Format: eARC
Pages: 300
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 stars

Four tales of hot New Adult romance in New Orleans…

Party Spring Break–style with four bestselling romance authors, including Julia Kent and Sara Fawkes, as they dish out sexy tales of romance in the Big Easy!

Share Me by Julia Kent
Emma Barton has just been dumped—for being boring. Now she's letting loose and reclaiming her inner bad girl with not one, but two sexy strangers! Double the pleasure means double the fun, right?

Shake Me by Sara Fawkes
Determined to forget her cheating boyfriend, Cassidy Dupre agrees to a night out with playboy Travis Dean. But when she finds herself wanting more than she bargained for, this evening could spell desire … or disaster!

Show Me by Cathryn Fox
Eva Parker wants a lesson in seduction … from her brother's best friend. When teaching becomes tension, will they be able to keep it professional? Or will friends forever become something much hotter?

Shock Me by Lauren Hawkeye
Callie Gilmore is determined to break out of the friend zone with Ryder Hawkins. Donning a mask and making her move seems easy, but when fate throws a curveball, Callie must choose: turn and run… or embrace the night.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18469091-spring-fling?from_search=true


Spring Fling is an anthology with a really nifty concept: four young women on a Spring Break getaway in New Orleans. All four are also connected by encounters with the fortune teller, Madame Ysabeau. Sounds like an excellent time, yes? If you've ever been on Bourbon Street on a regular Saturday night, you've probably witnessed all sorts of craziness, never mind Spring Break or Mardi Gras. Just thinking about that is making my liver twitch. And forget about the fortune teller. Anytime I came across one, I was freaked way the hell out.

So anyway, I was excited about the set-up of Spring Fling, and anxious to dig in. What we have here is four sexy stories about women ready to let go, ready for a change.

In Share Me, we have Emma, who's been recently dumped by her long-term boyfriend. She heads off the New Orleans with her friends, but first she hooks up with Miki- in the plane's restroom, before takeoff, because WHY NOT. Down in New Orleans Emma and Miki continue to hook up, only now Miki has his friend David to join the banging because, again, WHY NOT. Revenge shenanigans against Emma's assface ex made Share Me a humorous story. Naked threesome photo op? Sure. Fake polygamous marriage scheme? Okay! (though explaining to your mom why there's a photo on Facebook of you in bed with two men doesn't sound like a good time to me).  The efforts to make Emma's ex jealous were both fun and ludicrous, but that's okay. All in all, it was a good time.

In Shake Me, we get a sweet and sexy former-unrequited love/second chance story. On Spring Break, Cassidy learns her boyfriend is cheating on her with her former friend Travis's little sister. They take off to New Orleans together to find out what's going on. Along the way, the two reconnect, with Cassidy learning some sweet and surprising truths about Travis and the way he's always felt about her. Cassidy learns to let go and seize the moment, Travis takes the opportunity to be with his favorite girl. I loved the combustible heat between them, and really enjoyed this novella.

Show Me...it was great. This was a novella about geeky, beautiful Eva, who feels like a wallflower. She seeks out Luke, her older brother's best friend, to teach her how to be sexy. What makes this so good, besides the best friend's little sister trope, is the feelings. Eva has been in love with Luke for years. but he's gorgeous and cool and older and she's sure he's out of her league. Excerpt, Luke feels the same! He thinks Eva is beautiful and sweet and he loves her geeky ways. He actually loves to listen to her! So we have Eva wanting Luke but not realizing he feels the same way, and Luke wanting Eva, but prepping her to snag another man. My heart! Of course, things work out, but I really adored this novella.

The last Spring Fling story was Shock Me, by Lauren Hawkeye, who's books I generally adore. In Shock Me, Callie is in love with her best friend Ryder. At a masked party, she thinks Ryder is finally making his move. The two get hot and heavy, but she gets a shock when she realizes she's doing the business with his brother Liam. Oh, the drama! But in this short time (approximately an hour?) Liam has decided he needs more of Callie, and Callie needs to figure out if she really wants Ryder, or to take a chance on his bad boy older brother. I really enjoyed Shock Me. Hawkeye did a nice job of making me believe Liam's quick attraction to Callie and her near-instant change of heart.

Spring Fling was a quick read, and I genuinely had a good time. I liked that each story had a believable ending. The two novellas with the established relationships both had me believing the couples could go the distance. In the other two, the authors weren't trying too hard to sell a HEA, but we did get the HFN with potential.

If you're looking for fun, sweet and seriously sexy stories to help you celebrate Spring, give this anthology a try.


Favorite Quotes

  You see models in Vogue and Esquire, and you drool and make "I'd tap that" jokes with your girlfriends. But no one in your life is really like that.
  And then one day he's leaning across the aisle of a puddle jumper, smelling like citrus and dirt and musk and making you want to hump an armrest, and you realize that those models aren't all products of Photoshop airbrushing and the best horny imaginations of you twenty-something interns.
  By God, they're real.     ~ Share Me


  God, he loved this girl. Her sudden turnaround that evening was the best and the worst thing. It reminded him of everything about her he'd always loved, but he knew it could all disappear once she woke up.
  Still, there was no place he'd rather be at that moment than in bed beside her. Worrying over what would happen the next morning wouldn't change anything at this point, so he allowed himself to savor the moment. If they woke up and were back where they'd been before, more enemies than friends, then tonight would have to be enough.   ~ Shake Me


  "Eva," he began, then stopped himself. What the hell was he supposed to say? I'm crazy about you, and want to be your first...and more importantly, you last.  ~ Show Me


  I'd known there was something special about this girl from the moment I set eyes on her at the party as she watched people do their intimate dance while pretending that she wasn't looking at all.
  But her response to the things I'd asked of her--the sweet wonder in her eyes when I took care of her--combined with the fact that I already wanted to see her again.
  No way in hell was I going to let her go.   ~ Shock Me



Purchase Links

 
 
 

Seduction in the Sun Box SetGenre: Erotic Romance
Publisher: Seduction in the Sun Group
Publication Date: 12/26/13
Format: eARC
Source: Gift from Author
Rating: 4 stars



VEGAS HEAT by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Hawkeye

Anna Phillips and her husband Austin are in a marital rut. In a last ditch attempt to save their marriage, they decide to take a road trip. The destination? The Last Temptation Resort and Casino in Vegas... which is also a BDSM club... with an enticing stranger.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20434291-seduction-in-the-sun-box-set?ac=1

** This review is for Vegas Heat only**
 
I actually read Vegas Heat in it's prior form, as a serial. It's a story I enjoyed at the time, and in re-reading, I've learned I still do. Essentially, this is a marriage-in-crisis series combined with a ménage.
The story begins with Callie and Austin on the road, headed to a getaway spot unknown to Callie. Their marriage is in trouble. Conflicting personalities and closed off feelings have caused a rift between them that may prove to be irreperable. When they run into car trouble, Callie and Austin meet Liam, a sexy and very helpful stranger. Though she loves her husband and wants to remain true to him, she can't help but fall into lustful daydreams starring Liam. These dreams, which also involve her husband, offer a super sexy sneak peek of what's in store. With that kind of instant connection, it's a good thing they part ways and she'll never be tempted by his sexy body and face again....
Except...the couple reaches their destination and who do you think is there? Sexy Liam! He and Austin are old college friends, and Liam is there to help a buddy out. *wink* When Callie learns exactly why they're there and what the men have in mind, she is understandably confused, angry and vulnerable. She's also secretly intrigued. Once Austin and Liam finally get Callie on board, this trio start to rock.

Lauren Hawkeye brings a provocative and thought-provoking story in Vegas Heat. The portrayal of a troubled marriage, combined Callie's reluctance and Austin's angst makes it ring true. The story definitely ends with a bang. A sexy bang that left me curious and hoping to see what becomes of this naughty trio.
 
Favorite Quotes
 
  When he leaned over to check the air in his tires I dropped my purse into the dirt. His ass was tight, tight and hard looking, and for the first time in a very long time I found myself wondering what it would be like to touch someone other than my husband.
  "Is this what you want, Callie? Is this what will make you happy?" Austin nipped at my ear and I shivered. I couldn't pretend that I didn't know what he was referring to, and when I looked over his shoulder and locked stares with Liam, I certainly couldn't pretend that I didn't want it. 
 

Purchase Links

 
 
About the author
Lauren HawkeyeLauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson is a writer, yoga newbie, knitting aficionado and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. She's older than she looks--really--and younger than she feels--most of the time--and she loves to explore the journeys that take women through life in her stories. Hawkeye's stories include erotic historical, steamy paranormal, and hot contemporary. Make sure to check out her work as Lauren Jameson, where her erotic romances take a walk on the wild side.
 


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: DASH OF PERIL by LORI FOSTER




Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Dash of Peril Blog Tour, hosted by Media Muscle. My post includes a review and giveaway.



Dash of Peril (Love Undercover, #4)Series: Love Undercover #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Publication Date: 3/25/14
Format: ARC
Pages: 475
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3 stars

A no-nonsense female cop reluctantly teams up with the one man who makes her lose control in a deliciously sensual new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster...

To bring down a sleazy abduction ring, Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson has set herself up as bait. But recruiting Dashiel Riske as her unofficial partner is a whole other kind of danger. Dash is 6'4" of laid-back masculine charm, a man who loves life—and women—to the limit. Until Margo is threatened, and he reveals a dark side that may just match her own.

Beneath Margo's tough facade is a slow-burning sexiness that drives Dash crazy. The only way to finish this case is to work together side by side…skin to skin. And as their mission takes a lethal turn, he'll have to prove he's all the man she needs—in all the ways that matter.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13562593-dash-of-peril?from_search=true

Last year I was introduced to the Love Undercover series with Getting Rowdy. With it's broody, swoony hero, the romance and suspense, I found it to be a fun read. The end of that book began leading us toward Dash of Peril, so I obviously wanted to get to know the yummy Dash.

Dash of Peril picks up four months after the end of Getting Rowdy, with that minor arc picking up again and leading this story. With a Lieutenant heroine and a civilian hero, Dash of Peril has an interesting dynamic, a true reversal of typical gender roles, particularly in romantic suspense. Here we have Margo trying to protect Dash and becoming frustrated when he doesn't listen. And Dash is frustrated bc he wants to help Margo, but she's worried about his safety. He finds it a bit annoying and offensive, but knowing that she is the boss (in this case) he goes along, has Margo's back, and lets her take the lead.

Margo is truly a strong heroine, knows who she is, and how to get her job done. She is prickly in the beginning, and sometimes her defensiveness irked me. But there is a reason for her harshness, she comes from a law enforcement family, with a nice enough brother but complete jerks for parents. They've made it plain that wish they'd had another son instead, belittle her when she's injured, and are simply awful. It's no wonder Margo is so rigid and afraid of being less than perfect. Tough and in control Margo also has a secret: she likes it when a man takes control in bed, and typically engages in anonymous sex so it doesn't affect her "real life".  It is very hard for her to reconcile her two sides, especially with a man whom she knows, and that leads to her reluctance with Dash.

Dash Riske was a great hero. By most accounts, he's pretty alpha, but I was happily surprised to see that he didn't jump into Margo's life and work and force her to do things his way. Knowing that respect in her job depends on her strong demeanor, he was careful to not undermine her. That was so great! But, one place Dash was the boss was in the bedroom. Margo's desire for submission, to let that control go, feeds into Dash's need to be super bossy in the bedroom.

As far as the suspense part, with Dash of Peril picking up a few months after Getting Rowdy, we immediately learn  Margo is back undercover trying to busy a kidnapping/porn ring. I like that Margo is proactive and tenacious. What I don't like is continually having the tough, smart heroine making reckless decisions. For example, continuing to go undercover against her boss' orders, and doing it alone. What part of going to bars very late at night, pretending to be drunk, having a few drinks, is supposed to be smart? Reckless is the better word here. I will say that as the story progresses, Margo does begin to make better choices. I would just like to have seen her be a bit more rational in the beginning. And the bad guys? They were idiots. They did everything the hard, stupid way. At one point, one of the good guys even mentioned how stupid they were. Give me a smart bad guy to fear and I will be on board.

Dash of Peril is a long book, four hundred, seventy-five pages. Sometimes, more is necessary, but in this case, the book could've easily been seventy-five pages shorter. We had a lot of repetition between Dash and Margo, and much set-up for the next book in the series.

Despite my irritation, I did find this to be a good story. If you're a fan of the Love Undercover series, I think you will enjoy Dash of Peril.


Favorite Quote

  When she didn't pull away, Dash leaned in again, nudging her lips apart with his own. She relaxed at the damp touch of his tongue, first tracing her lips and then dipping inside.
  God, he tasted good, like a man should. Her heart pumped faster. More so than the average guy, Dash was muscular from work in his construction company. Tall, handsome, friendly...and sexy.



Love Undercover Series
 
Run the Risk (Love Undercover, #1) Bare It All (Love Undercover, #2; Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #5) Getting Rowdy (Love Undercover, #3) Dash of Peril (Love Undercover, #4)

(covers lead to GoodReads page)
 
 
 
 
 




Purchase Links
 Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  iBooks





GIVEAWAY
One winner will receive a copy of Dash of Peril.
Must be 18+ years of age; open to US only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

About the author
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. She also received the Romantic Times “Career Achievement Award” for Series Romantic Fantasy and Contemporary Romance.

Lori believes it is important to give back to the community as much as possible, so she routinely arranges events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.




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Clipped Wings Giveaway

 
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Inked Armor by Helena Hunting, I have a giveaway of Cupcakes and Ink and Clipped Wings. Some of you may know that I love this series, so I am happy to pass that love on. One winner will receive promo codes for Cupcakes and Ink and Clipped Wings, courtesy of the publisher.
 
 
 
Cupcakes and Ink (Clipped Wings, #0.5)  Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings, #1)  Inked Armor (Clipped Wings, #2)
 
(covers lead to GoodReads pages)
 
 
 
 

Giveaway
Must be 18+ years of age; open Intl.
 
 

 
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COVER REVEAL: TIED (TANGLED #4) BY EMMA CHASE

It's time to reveal another book in the Tangled series! I don't know about y'all, but I can't wait for Tied. Check it out, and be sure to let me know what you think.
 
 



 
Series: Tangled #4
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 10/7/14

In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better. The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of…my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20876097-tied?from_search=true
 
 
 
Emma Chase


By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine. 

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

 
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