Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster: Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway + Excerpt

Title: Driving Whiskey Wild
Series: The Whiskeys (Stand alone)
Author: Melissa Foster
Genre: Steamy Sexy Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2018 
A captivating new sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. 
Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.
After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.
Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.
 

Driving Whiskey Wild is the third installment of the Whiskeys series but like the first two, this is a standalone. I have not read the first two in this series, but I may just have to pick them up!!

Bullet runs the family business and has this notion to protect everyone in his small hometown. Maybe the fact that he was in the Special Forces and the fact that he’s member of the Dark Knights MC may have something to do with it. When his sister hires Finlay to help expand the kitchen with her skills all hell breaks loose.

Finlay is this sweet innocent girl that has had some loss in her life that lands her back home. She’s a master in the kitchen and is hired to help with the dynamics that make the kitchen work and bring in some new ideas for food. She doesn’t let Bullet and his icy demeanor get in her way, will he ever warm up to her?

This book had some steam to it and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good biker book!? I loved Findlay and Bullet, and the secondary characters were pretty bad ass too. If you love biker books as much as I do then this is one that you should definitely add to your list!

“Don’t fuck this up, Bullet, or I swear I’ll make your life a living hell. She’s agreed to work with us for a month, and we need her if we’re going to pull this off. She knows about menus, hiring kitchen staff, and health regulations.”
“She doesn’t belong in a place like this, Dix. She’s not like us.” Finlay looked like a frigging angel with her silky blond hair and innocent blue eyes. It was that innocence that had flipped some switch inside Bullet and made him want to sin her up and protect her at the same time. Fucking Finlay Wilson. The wedding was four weeks ago, and he hadn’t been able to stop thinking about her since. If she wasn’t starring in his X-rated fantasies, she was flitting about town in those frilly dresses she wore, spreading smiles like fairy dust.
“You didn’t seem to mind that when you hit on her at the wedding.” She arched a brow. “Or did you think I didn’t notice the way you were watching her every move when Bear and Crystal also decided to tie the knot? Sidling up to her every chance you got during the reception, like a puppy chasing a treat?”
Bullet scoffed. He’d been looking at her long before Crystal and Bear’s impromptu proposal and subsequent wedding the day Tru and Gemma got married. “She’s a hot chick. So what? I didn’t want to marry her—just have a little fun.”
“Then you shouldn’t mind seeing her in here for a few hours a day while we pull things together.”
“It’s a mistake, Dixie.” He moved around the bar and stood beside her. “A pretty little thing like her is just asking for trouble in a place like this. Why are you so hung up on hiring Finlay anyway? Did you even check with our club members to see if anyone needed a job?”
“You know, sometimes I forget that you have so much Dad in you, it’s like beating my head against a brick wall.”
“What the fuck does that mean?”
“That you’re as hesitant to hire outside the family as he is. That you think if someone’s not in the club or one of us, they can’t do shit.”
“Jed’s working here, isn’t he?”
Bear had recently given up bartending and was now designing motorcycles for the elite Silver-Stone Cycles. For the first time in the history of the bar, they’d been forced to hire outside the family and outside their motorcycle club, the Dark Knights, which was as solid as family. Although Jed Moon, who was not only their new part-time bartender but also worked as an auto mechanic for the shop, was Bear’s new brother-in-law. So technically, he was family. Finlay Wilson was not. Finlay Wilson was trouble waiting to happen.
“Give me a break.” He shook his head. “We always hire family first.”
“Yeah? Well, which of our club members do you think knows how to run a restaurant? Gutter, the home repair expert? Or maybe one of the Bando brothers, who pour concrete for a living? Do you realize Finlay went to one of the best culinary schools in Boston? She’s worked in a restaurant, and she’s run her own catering company for years, and soon she’ll be opening a catering company right here in town.”
He didn’t give a rat’s ass about her credentials. If anything, she was overqualified. But the thought of her flouncing around the bar with a bunch of horny, drunk guys going after her made Bullet’s blood boil. The fact that she was not his to worry about did not escape him. “We’re offering sandwiches and fries, not gourmet meals.”
“Which makes her the perfect person for this job. She knows how to keep costs down, and she’s from Peaceful Harbor. She’s putting down roots here, which means she’ll want to see the business do well—so it doesn’t reflect poorly on her. What do you have against Finlay, anyway?”

“Against her? Nothing.” Though he’d like to be buried deep inside her. “But she’ll get eaten alive in a place like this and she’ll go cowering out the door. Then we’ll be left trying to figure shit out anyway. Besides—”
The creak of the front door opening drew their attention. Bullet looked over his shoulder, meeting the innocent blue eyes of the angel peeking in at them.
 



Melissa writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big-family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, Wild Boys and Bad Boys After Dark, and the Montgomerys. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented-- perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex and relatable issues.
Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole.
Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website. Get 5 eBooks FREE >> www.MelissaFoster.com/LIBFREE
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Love & Ink by JD Hawkins
Release Date: February 21st
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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SYNOPSIS
I'm a world famous tattoo artist with a six month waiting list. Everybody's begging me to put my ink on them. I'm the hottest shit in L.A., and can get any girl I want. So the last thing I expect is for Ash Carter to walk into my shop and blow me off.
I've spent the last seven years screwing half the women in the northern hemisphere, but nobody could come close to the girl I left behind. Ash was my world. But in order to protect her, I had to let her go. It was the biggest mistake of my life. And now I'll do anything to get her back.
It's been seven years since we last spoke. Seven long years of trying to ignore the memory of her skin, her eyes, her incredible confidence. She is everything I remember. Still stubborn and feisty and sexy as hell. They say you should forgive and forget. But Ash can never forget what I did. And I can never forgive myself.
She's left a permanent mark on my heart.
But even if she takes me back, will we be able to overcome the past? Will we be able to move forward towards our future?
             
EXCERPT
“You want something to drink?” she calls from some other room.
“Sure. Something strong.”
“Vodka ok?”
“Always.”
I pace around the room a little, lust still pumping me full of adrenaline, taking in the details, stopping to study a Basquiat print above a bookcase. Flashbacks of conversations we had in her bed rushing through my mind, until she clinks some glasses behind me and I turn around.
“Here you go,” she says, handing me the glass.
I take it from her, sip slowly, but my eyes stay on hers—a living work of art even more captivating than what’s on the walls. The alcohol burns, hitting the spot, but I’m intoxicated enough by the room, by the smell, by her. She must sense it, because she breaks my gaze, eyelashes flickering away as she smiles down, but her coyness only ignites the fire building within me.
I put my drink down and throw her on the couch so I can gaze at those lush curves, trace my eyes down the length of that magnificent body.
I trace a finger around her ear, down her neck. She trembles like a leaf under my touch, skin cool with goosebumps. Her breath quickening, hot and heavy.
I climb on top of her and we devour each other’s mouths as I tug her pants off and she pulls her shirt over her head. We roll around on the couch, her hands squeezing my cock, my mouth sucking each nipple until her breath shudders, her fingers clawing down my back. I need to taste her.
I pull away, enjoying how she hisses with unresolved desire.
“Why are you stopping?” she asks, her voice tinged with desperation.
I growl, low and firm, “I’m not. I’m going to eat you.”
       
     
About the Author:
JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independent women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn't writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He's always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.



This book has the holy trifecta, 1. Hot sex 2. Strong woman 3. Tattoos!!! Love all three.
So I’m this book we have Ash and Teo, two people getting a second chance at love. After an abrupt exit in her life in the past, Ash has a hard time letting Teo back in 7 years later. Teo wants her back in the best way, and their reconciliation is delicious.
It’s not easy by any means, but some chemistry is hard to deny.
I now want a tattoo so badly. At times I felt like I was in the shop with them the writing was so descriptive.
As before I love when Hawkins writes women, they are so strong and not bullshitty. I find it surprising and refreshing that in a female dominated field, a male author writes better and more empowered women in the genre. Women who know what they want and makes no apologies for it.
The heat factor in this book is 10. The sex is steamy but it’s not overdone and it’s not skimpy. It’s perfect.
   
       
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Review for Free Fall by Emily Goodwin

Today we have the release blitz of Emily Goodwin’s Free Fall! We’re excited to share this new romance—be sure to check it out and grab your copy today!

Title: Free Fall

Author: Emily Goodwin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Free Fall:

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Nora Fisher. The way my heart sped up in my chest and blood rushed through every part of me. I was drawn to her the moment our eyes met. She was beautiful. Guarded. Damaged. Just like me. I never meant to hurt the only woman I’ve ever loved. She was light, and I was dark, casting shadows on everything around me. Letting her go meant spiraling back into the darkness only Nora could pull me from. But I’d sacrifice myself a thousand times for her. Four years later, she’s back, and the passion she ignites makes the fight for her stronger. But the more I try to make things right, the more I realize how complicated things have become. And now I'm starting to see that maybe her light was never meant to be mine. Free Fall is a standalone, contemporary romance.

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Still, the thought of getting naked with Jack scares me as much as it exhilarates me. I want to make him feel. I want to make him happy. “I want to,” I whisper, feeling the spark bust into a wildfire. “Stop,” he growls and sits up. “Not now. Not here.” He doesn’t have to explain it for me to understand. Things won’t end with a kiss. I take my hand from his side and interlock our fingers again. I move up and lean against the wall, looking through the cut-out window at the stars. He tightens the grip on my hand. “How do you do it?” “Do what?” “Keep going like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” “Because there has to be. I’m scared of the dark, and the only way to get back to the light is to keep going. Even when the light is fading, and things seem impossible. You just keep going.” “Don’t you ever want to give up?” I’m nothing but honest. I don’t need to hold up a front around Jack. “Yes. Especially lately. But what good would that do? My grandma used to tell me ‘you can’t lose if you’re trying’, and I never really got it before. I guess it’s kinda like losing a battle but not the war, and the only person you’re truly at war with is yourself.” “I never thought of it that way.” “Mimi had a unique way of looking at the world. She was tough. The strongest person I’ve ever known. My grandpa died like a year and a half before my mom. She lost her husband and then her daughter so close together. And then had to take in a six-year-old.” “You’re tough too.” “So are you.” Jack shakes his head. “No. I’m not.” “What you did was so brave.” “Being brave and being tough are different. The toughness comes after you did that brave thing. And I…I’ve given up.” He trains his eyes on mine, airing his vulnerabilities. “I didn’t see the point in trying to find the light again.” “Do you see the point now?” “I see you.” Jack’s brow furrows, jaw tensing. He’s fighting against his emotions, and I want him to lose. I want him to give in to me, even though I shouldn’t. I can’t help it.  

I absolutely loved this book. The characters were familiar feeling and sweet. In this book we follow Nora and Jack two kids who fall in love. This book follows them from Jack 18 and Nora 16 up until Jack 23 and Nora 21 I believe.
In the beginning of the book it was a bit rocky, Nora moves in next door to Jacks family and they both are troubled. A forbidden attraction follows their meeting and they do a good job staying away from the other but they hook up eventually and fall in love. This causes big family problems for them.
Forced to stay apart love still finds a way.
Nora gets into her school of choice and is determined to find a way for them to stay together, but life has plans for them.
Jack is  a sweet boy. I like that he is not perfect and I love that PTSD is being explored in this book, and being written and dealt with in such a delicate and real manner. I love that he while flawed, still knows who he is. I also love his story plot. Its something so relevant for todays time.
Nora is bad ass personified. She is orphaned at a young age and has dealt with lots of death, in horrific ways. I love how she deals with her issues.
 I love that they didn't automatically cancel each others demons out. I loved that this book was respectful and real when dealing with their issues.
I also loved the respect she showed Nora when describing the teenage sex scenes. It was the only time I was alright with a fade to black. While reading I got a little worried when I realized what was about to happen. Emily handled it perfectly. I was excited that we got our steamy sex when they were both of age, and it delivered on that.
If you're looking for a book that,s, sweet, real and is just a good story all around this is the book you can free fall in.

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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters. She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends. Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hail Mary by Lani Lynn Vale: Release Blitz + Review

Title: Hail Mary
Series: Hail Raisers #6
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Romance Suspense 
Release Date: February 9, 2018


Mary Persephone Hail Mary—well-wished-for child.

 Persephone—destruction. Hail—well that speaks for itself. 

Her name is painful to think about. Mary, his newfound daughter, isn’t a wished-for child. Persephone, though? Yeah, destruction is a fitting description. And Hail? Yeah, that’s just the final f-you. The moment that her mother drops her off on his doorstep, Dante’s hell becomes complete. Or so he thinks. What can make life worse after losing one’s wife and kids, you ask? Here’s what: being given a baby that depends on him for her survival. Finding out that the baby’s mother is dying of brain cancer, and has a husband that he never knew about. A husband that Dante knows in the marrow of his bones is trying to kill her just as surely as the cancer eating her brain. Dante’s a bad person. He’s done some not so nice things, and now he’s being punished for his misdeeds. 

Karma is finally catching up to him. This child that he’s been stuck with is of his flesh and bone. This child is his salvation.

 This child is the final nail in the coffin of his wife and daughters’ too short lives. He doesn’t want this child. But this child will save him whether he wants her to or not. With the help of a friend—yes, a woman friend—Dante finds his way back to life. But what he finds when he gets back isn’t the same life that he left behind. Turns out, he has to start living a new one. One where he's suddenly having feelings for a friend that helped him get through some tough times, and loving a daughter that won’t let him quit.




We FINALLY get Dante!!! If you are an avid Lani Lynn Vale fan then you are aware of the anticipation of this book!!

Dante has been through absolute hell. The life he built was taken from him in an instant. Instead of sticking around with what family he did have left he went into hiding. That is until a one night stand found him and left him with their daughter. A daughter that helped him come out of his hole he was slowly burying himself in.

Cobie has been through a lot in life as well. She has already fought cancer once and won but can she win again? Dante found her and was a knight in shining armor when she needed it the most but can this knight let go of the family he lost and move forward or will he be stuck in the past and hide back in the hole he dug out before?

This was such an emotional book, so many ups and downs, but that is what made it perfect. Life is not all butterflies and rainbows. That’s what I love about Lani’s books the most. Yeah sometimes the stories are out there but totally plausible. She has a way of sucking you right in the story from the get-go. Loved this book with a quickness and I was not able to put it down.






“How do I articulate how amazing this story is?” - Cali Gals
“Thanks Lani for a couple so beautifully broken that it makes me want to wrapped them up and never let go.” - One Last Page Book Blog 

“Another amazing read from Lani Lynn Vale. Again.” - Books After Fifty…








I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 8, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.




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