Thursday, September 21, 2017

His Hand Me Down Countess by: Sorcha Mowbray - Blog Tour



Title:  His Hand Me Down Countess
Series:  Lustfull Lords #1
Author: Sorcha Mowbray
Genre: Historic Romance
Review Source: InkSlinger

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35903352-his-hand-me-down-countess?from_search=true
 
 
 


His brother's untimely death leaves him with an Earldom and a fiancée. Too bad he wants neither of them...

Theodora Lawton has no need of a husband. As an independent woman, she wants to own property, make investments and be the master of her destiny. Unfortunately, her father signed her life away in a marriage contract to the future Earl of Stonemere. But then the cad upped and died, leaving her fate in the hands of his brother, one of the renowned Lustful Lords.

Achilles Denton, the Earl of Stonemere, is far more prepared to be a soldier than a peer. Deeply scarred by his last tour of duty, he knows he will never be a proper, upstanding pillar of the empire. Balanced on the edge of madness, he finds respite by keeping a tight rein on his life, both in and out of the bedroom. His brother’s death has left him with responsibilities he never wanted and isn’t prepared to handle in the respectable manner expected of a peer.

Further complicating his new life is an unwanted fiancée who comes with his equally unwanted title. Saddled with a hand-me-down countess, he soon discovers the woman is a force unto herself. As he grapples with the burden of his new responsibilities, he discovers someone wants him dead. The question is, can he stay alive long enough to figure out who’s trying to kill him while he tries to tame his headstrong wife?

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I just LOVE historical romance! Like it's just such a bit of fresh air.


In these days of equal rights and women an do anything men can we do gain that equalness but we also lose a lot in that process.
 
The part where the man is the man and the women did women things. They looked pretty and took care of the house and the social calendar (which was no easy feat in those days), the kids but most of all she cared for her husband for better or worse. There was no divorce and you sometimes didn't even marry for love. But there was respect most of the time. They knew their place and there wasn't any type of control issues.
 
Add all of this with love, devotion and dedication and you have yourself one hell of a book!
 
Except there is a small twist.....his bride doesn't fancy herself in need of a husband she has what she needs all on her own. Twist #2: what about adding in a murder mystery?? Yep....if that doesn't make you want to read this book I really don't know what will! LOL
 
Very Highly Recommend!!!!


London, May 1860

Stone heard the butler intone his name and title loudly enough for all of London to hear, let alone the population of the Devonses’ ballroom. Had anyone suggested three years ago he would bear the family title, Earl of Stonemere, never mind be contemplating his future nuptials, he would certainly have laughed. True, he never actually laughed anymore, but he certainly would have found such a claim incredulous.

It was no longer an amusing matter.

Having survived the receiving line, he eased through the crowded ballroom. Every few feet, he stopped to speak with one acquaintance or another. Not so long ago, these same people would have been running for the hills and hiding their daughters. But fate, a fickle mistress to say the least, had other plans.

Moving with a quickness born of desperation, he barely acknowledged the next three men as the heat from the crowd paired with the stench of perfumes and body odor to choke him. After his service in India, crowded entertainments such as a ball had grown difficult to endure. The press of bodies and the loud murmur of conversation punctuated by the occasional shrill laugh smothered him, too similar to the roar of battle and the cries of the dying.

Moving past a swarm of silk skirts, he spotted a dark, hidden alcove, an oasis from the overwhelming onslaught, both real and imagined. If he could shut it down quickly enough, he wouldn’t embarrass himself. If he failed, all of London would learn just how broken he was.

He was an earl. Not a soldier. Never again a soldier.

Once the cool darkness enveloped him, he opened his mouth and drew a breath. His pounding pulse eased as the vise around his chest released and his damp skin dried. After another quarter hour spent tucked away, he believed he could manage the crowd long enough to find his betrothed.

As any good officer would, he had a strategy. Find her, claim his dances, and then await each one either on the balcony or on the dance floor, if required. Even the cardrooms at these soirees bordered on disabling.

He reached for the drapes to his hideaway, but hesitated as two women tittered in the immediate vicinity.

“Why, Gladys, I heard his name announced earlier. I’m certain Matilda invited Stonemere despite all the gossip.”

“I simply cannot imagine what she was thinking,” the one called Gladys said.

“Can’t you? Having one of the Lustful Lords in attendance at your ball? I daresay everyone who is anyone will wish to be able to say they were here. It’s all so deliciously scandalous and yet possible now the unmitigated rake is off the market.” Gladys’s friend sighed with a bit more drama than anyone in their right mind or otherwise would deem necessary.

“Well, one should hope that man can contain himself what with all these poor young virgins parading around. It would serve Matilda right if he debauched each and every one of them while here under her auspices.”

“Oh, do be sensible, Gladys. He could perhaps ruin four or five in one night, but all of them?”

Past ready to find his fiancée and escape his hidey-hole, he stepped out next to the ladies in question, turned to them, and bowed over each of their hands. The shock on their faces far outweighed any notion of good manners on his part. “Why, ladies, you both give me far more credit than I deserve. Even in my heyday of debauchery, I could only service three ladies in a single evening.”

As the two ladies sputtered, he departed their corner. The temptation to turn and wink at the gossipers won out, which caused another round of tittering and sputtering from behind him. Of course, he was well aware of what proper Society called himself and his friends. But the Marquess of Flintshire, Earl of Brougham, Baron Lincolnshire, and Viscount Wolfington—as well as himself—held little regard for polite society. Each of them had learned the hard way that they had no place amongst their peers.

 

Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.

She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
 


Sweet Captivity by: Julia Sykes - Blog Tour


 

Title:  Sweet Captivity
 
Author: Julia Sykes
 
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35918061-sweet-captivity?from_search=true
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I don’t like to be touched. I’m the hacker-geek-goddess of the FBI. When I’m hiding behind my screen, I’m a safe distance from everyone; isolated, powerful. No man has ever touched me, but when I’m captured by Colombian drug lord Andrés Moreno, I no longer have the right to refuse. He’s scarred and scary, and his cruel brother Cristian has tasked him with breaking me. I try to fight, but I can’t escape his strong arms and harsh discipline. He demands that I accept his touch, and my virgin body can’t help but respond to his masterful manipulations.

The longer I remain trapped with him, the more I come to suspect that I’m not the only captive in his brother’s home. Andrés’ scars go deeper than the wicked furrows carved into his flesh, his pain reflected in the dark demands he imposes upon me. His obsession is twisted and wrong, but maybe I’m twisted, too.

Do I want to be rescued from him? Or is he the one who truly needs saving?



https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Captivity-Julia-Sykes-ebook/dp/B074L7CKP6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505957184&sr=8-1&keywords=Julia+SykesAmazon


 
 
 
 



What an amazing book!!!!! Loved so much!

FBI chick, who is self-confessed hacker nerd, turns field agent gets herself taken by a drug lord and his brother? I mean that right there should make you scroll back up and purchase!!

Samantha and Andres is just wow! At first you want to hate him....well them. I was like, girl you are an FBI field agent and you let this happen to you? But she does try at least. She's a fighter!

Andres is in a no-win situation. He hates his brother but he is his brother and he's kind of scared of him. He's done things to his family and to Andres himself that makes everyone fear him.

With the help of this simple FBI hacker nerd they are going to take him down. It's a long road. Very long road! But it's so worth it in the end!!! The ending!!!!! WOW!!!

Love Julia Sykes and all her books I've read have been amazing. She doesn't disappoint with this one either.

Very Highly Recommend!!!

Julia Sykes has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.

Julia spends her time petting her cat-children, reading, and binge watching TV with her husband when not writing. You can usually find her in Starbucks with a venti iced coffee clutched in her hand.

Julia loves connecting with readers! Please feel free to contact her on facebook, through twitter, or email her directly at juliasykes193@gmail.com.


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Wicked Dirty by J, Kenner

   

Sometimes bad isn’t good enough…

On the outside, Lyle Tarpin is a clean-cut Hollywood actor whose star is on the rise. Inside, he’s battling his own demons, shunning relationships and finding solace in the arms of a string of anonymous women paid very well for their discretion.

But when he’s photographed in a compromising position by an over-eager reporter, the only way to save his career is to say that the woman he was with is his fiancée. And now Lyle has to play a very public game with the only woman who’s ever managed to get under his skin.

Struggling waitress Sugar Laine agrees to spend one night with Lyle—but only because she’s desperate to save her family home. She never expects that a night of passion will turn into a pretend engagement … or that the heat between them will blossom into love.

But sometimes love has a price.

And now the only question is—can Lyle and Sugar afford to pay it?

So swoon....what is it about tortured alpha males that makes me so weak?I loved Lyle. I will say that this is the first time I've read about an alpha male, doing what Lyle was doing that caused him to meet Laine. 
There is some deep dark secrets, some family secrets and a lot of heat. I think that this was just a really good story. So much these days the stories all kind of run together, you read one you read them all. Not this though. Its really unique. 
Sugar Laine is written as kick ass as her name. She's strong and driven. After she loses the people she loves tragically she pulls herself up by her bootstraps. I think a character like Sugar is very important for women today to read. In this economy a lot of us are in her situation and we have to do what we have to do. Her strength and perseverance is awe-inspiring. I love that even though she is doing what she is doing for money, she never loses her dignity or sense of self. 
The supporting characters in this book are awesome as well. i love when a book has side characters that I care about and want to know more about. I think The aunt need her own book. I want to know her origins. 
The romance between Lain and Lyle was confusing at first. She was kind of a cock tease. I understood, but still poor patient Lyle. 
When they did come together though.... WHEW!!!
Give this a try, its different. Its good. 
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    My blood pounds through my body, my heart beating so hard that I can feel the pressure not only against my ribs, but against the wall behind me. My lips are parted, my breath coming in shaky gasps. He’s only inches away, so close I could reach out and touch that famous, gorgeous face. His eyes, as deep and blue as the summer sky, roam over me. He eases closer, moving slowly, his face reflecting a hunger that sends shivers through me. Once again, my mind conjures the image of a hungry wolf. Only now I’m thinking that maybe getting eaten wouldn’t be so bad after all. Besides, I’m here. Might as well enjoy it. Then, of course, I remember exactly what it is. Oh, God. His fingertip brushes my forehead, and I almost jump out of my skin. I meet his eyes, see something that looks like irritation, and want to kick myself. I need to focus, dammit. “You were somewhere else.” He speaks flatly, as if he’s working to keep all emotion out. I shake my head, conjuring a lie. “I’m right here.” And then, because I’ve seen movies with call girls, I put my hand flat on his chest, trying to seem seductive. He’s wearing a gray T-shirt, and I can feel his heart beating beneath the planes of his muscled chest. I read somewhere that he was getting in shape to play a superhero in an upcoming movie. And kudos to whoever’s orchestrating that transformation, because this guy is rock solid. He’s still looking at me, and I fist my hand in the material of his shirt, needing an anchor against the storm of emotion I see playing out on his face. Desire. Hunger. Longing. Regret. And pain. I see so much damn pain that I have to fight the urge to cup my palm against his cheek and tell him that whatever it is, it’s going to be okay. Instead, I simply whisper, “Lyle?” I’m not sure if it was the wrong thing or the right thing to say, but I know that it was unexpected. And before I can apologize or cover or say anything else at all, he is on me. One hand at my throat, the other hard on my breast. I’m pinned against the wall, helpless, as he claims my mouth again. Wildly. Brutally. I try to think what I’m supposed to do—try to respond. But I’m trapped. I’m not Sugar. I’m not Laine. I’m not anyone. This isn’t about sex. It’s about pain and need and that storm of horrors I saw on his face. I might as well not even be here. And as his hand squeezes tight on my breast—as his mouth clashes so hard against mine that he draws blood—my only thought is that I shouldn’t have come at all. That this was stupid. Foolish. And that this night is going to leave me scarred. I squeeze my eyes shut, trying to be what he wants. A warm body. An anonymous female. But I can’t do it. I can’t do it at all. All I can be is me. A woman desperate enough to have sex for money. A girl trying anything and everything to save her house. To protect her family’s memory. I can be that girl. But I can’t be nothing. I can’t be no one. And as his hand tightens in my hair—as he kisses me violently—as his body presses hard against mine and I feel the steel of his erection—I know that I’ve made a terrible, horrible, awful mistake. Stop!        
Julie - J Kenner Author PhotoJ.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.
   

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pitch Dark by A.M. Wilson & Alex Grayson Release Blitz + Review



Title: Pitch Dark
Authors: A.M. Wilson and Alex Grayson
Genre: Dark Suspense
Publish Date: September 15, 2017



One girl disappeared. After fifteen years, her cold lifeless body was found on the damp forest floor. Not an inch of her was unmarked by the horrors she endured. Alone, malnourished, abused in horrific ways; this was how she died.

One girl was found walking the streets, covered in dirt and scars. She had no memory of who she was, where she came from, or what happened to her. Even though the marks on her body attested to years of heinous abuse, her strength shone through at every turn.

Revenge and justice were sworn.

Years of searching brought up nothing but dead ends.

 Detective Niko James was too late to save his childhood friend, but he vows not to let down another.


The clock is ticking and the trail is pitch dark.


Whoa baby … what a ride!!

Dark, sinister and suspenseful! The fact that a demonic person can be living amongst us is quite scary. Keep in mind that there is abuse, rape and terrifying situations, which could trigger anyone, especially those whom have experienced any type of abuse.

After losing his childhood best friend Aslin, detective Niko James vowed to avenge her death. He feels ashamed that he was unable to protect her, although he will not give up. Niko will find the sick and sadistic person responsible for the torture of a woman that he found roaming his neighborhood. Seeing the similarities between cases is unbelievable to his eyes and he knows that he cannot give up. Not until he locks this s.o.b. up, or takes him down. Either way, this is all for his sweet, sweet Aslin.


This is my first book by A.M. Wilson, although I am familiar with Alex Grayson. Their collaboration is absolutely amazing. So raw and captivating. I was able to play out the scenes in my head, even the terrifying ones, because the descriptive nature of the scenes are astounding. Excellent job ladies, I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!



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Avid readers and writers of suspenseful romances, both A.M. and Alex enjoy torturing their readers with twisted tales and crazy dark scenarios.

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Misadventures of A City Girl by: Chelle Bliss & Meredith Wild: Release Blitz + Giveaway + Review



Title:  Misadventures of a City Girl
Authors: Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: September 11, 2017


Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again. Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find. When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?


What happens when a heart broken city girl meets a damaged country boy? Lots and lots of steamy adventures. Or should I say … misadventures!!

From the moment that Luke laid eyes on Madison laying on that rock, he knew that he wanted her. Luke wanted to mark her and make Madison his. The only problem is that he loathes city girls. He can’t stand their busy life and fast paced city ways. Nonetheless, the two souls collide and what an amazing, hot and steamy adventure begins!! Luke struggles, because his heart wants one thing, but that sexy, lumberjack mind wants something else.

Madison captured my heart. She is a no nonsense, get what I want kind of woman. She never takes no for an answer. The problem is that she can’t stay in the mountains. There is nothing like the comforts of home and Luke’s mountain top life doesn’t suit her. What will come of the two? Can Luke and Mads come to an agreement of sacrifice for love? Make sure to pick up Misadventures of a City Girl today!!

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Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Publishers Weekly, and The Examiner. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at:
   

USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She's written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.  Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master's degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor's in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can't imagine doing anything else.