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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Release: HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips + Giveaway

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Releasing in Paperback July 28th
Avon Romance

The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man.
A woman.
A sinister house looming over the sea ...

He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new publication. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. Susan delights fans by touching hearts as well as funny bones with her wonderfully whimsical and modern fairy tales. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a wife, and mother of two grown sons.

Annie hadn’t thought she’d ever be warm again, but she was sweating when a coughing fit awakened her sometime around two in the morning. Her ribs felt as if they’d been crushed, her head pounded, and her throat was raw. She also had to pee, another setback in a house with no water. When the coughing finally eased, she struggled out from under the blankets. Wrapped in the scarlet cloak, she turned on the flashlight and, grabbing the wall to support herself, made her way to the bathroom.
She kept the flashlight pointed down so she couldn’t see her reflection in the mirror that hung over the old-fashioned sink. She knew what she’d see. A long, pale face shadowed by illness; a sharply pointed chin; big, hazel eyes; and a runaway mane of light brown hair that kinked and curled wherever it wanted. She had a face children liked, but that most men found quirky instead of seductive. Her hair and face came from her unknown father¾“A married man. He wanted nothing to do with you. Dead now, thank God. Her shape came from Mariah: tall, thin, with knobby wrists and elbows, big feet, and long-fingered hands.
“To be a successful actress, you need to be either exceptionally beautiful or exceptionally talented,” Mariah had said. “You’re pretty enough, Antoinette, and you’re a talented mimic, but we have to be realistic…”
Your mother wasn’t exactly your cheerleader. Dilly stated the obvious.
I’ll be your cheerleader, Peter proclaimed. I’ll take care of you and love you forever.
Peter’s heroic proclamations usually made Annie smile, but tonight she could think only of the emotional chasm between the men she’d chosen to give her heart to and the fictional heroes she loved.  And the other chasm¾the one between the life she’d imagined for herself and the one she was living.

Despite Mariah’s objections, Annie had gotten her degree in theater arts and spent the next ten years plodding to auditions. She’d done showcases, community theater, and even landed a few character roles in off-off Broadway plays. Too few. Over the past summer, she’d finally faced the truth that Mariah was right. Annie was a better ventriloquist than she’d ever be an actress. Which left her absolutely nowhere.

5/5 Review: In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland

I have read books by Lori Handeland before but this series is great. This story gripped me from the very first page.  Living in a place your whole life knowing that you are different and not having anyone to talk to about it is a lonely existence.  That is Raye’s Larsen's life.  She can see ghosts but can’t tell anyone about it because she is afraid of what will happen to her.  She manages to make a life for herself in her town and even if she is not happy and content, she is able to enjoy some of her days.  She is a kindergarten teacher in her town and gets a lot of enjoyment from the children.  Then murders begin to happen in her town and the life she has built begins to crumble. 

Bobby Doucet is a homicide detective from New Orleans that travels to Raye’s town because something in the killings seems like some of his open cases.  He gets into town just in time to save Raye and spends the rest of the story trying to keep her alive while trying to figure out why she is being hunted.  Raye finds out things about her past that answer some questions and raise others.  While so many things are happening Raye and Bobby fall in love, but it is not easy to accept for either of them.  I totally recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one in the series. 

5/5 Review: Inside out by Lauren Dane

This book had me under its spell by chapter 2.  Such great writing with an enthralling story line.  I am in awe of this writing.  The characters in this book make it come alive and Ella and Cope are a true romance come to life. 

Ella is a fighting her way back to a normal life.  She still has panic attacks and relives her attack often.  She does well but some days are always hard.  She is working her way back to the person she was before. 

Andrew (Cope)(Andy) is a good guy with a lady’s man rep.  He has known Ella quite some time and has been in love with her for almost as long.  He is ready to make his move.  His family issues cause problems and before he knows it, Ella is taking a stand for him.  He knows he loves her.  He just has to make sure he can be what she needs.  He knows he can’t live without her.  He is scared.  He is so very scared, for his future.

Throughout the struggles, he realizes that he can’t stay away from her.  He has to make her see that he can be all she needs. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

5/5 Review: Beyond the Cut by Sarah Castille

This MC book was delicious.  The characters were very well written and this book had a story line like no other.

Dawn is dealing with life the best way she knows how.  She works hard and does everything she can to just see her children when her miserable Ex Jimmy says she can.  She is forced to pay Shelly Ann, Jimmy’s sister just so she can spend extra time with her girls.  Life certainly isn’t fair.  All Dawn knows is that the MC life is responsible for her trouble and she refused to be apart of this life any longer.  She is working hard to get her girl back so she can be done with all of them.   

Cade “Raider” Tyson is a member of the Sinner’s Tribe MC.  He is dealing with his own demons.  He and Dawn have hooked up in the past but that doesn’t happen anymore.  He is determined to make her his.  The only way he knows how to protect her fully is to make her his old lady.  They both agree to the sham and set about letting everyone that she is his. The one thing neither of them thought was they both loved where they were and neither wanted to leave.

Through the battles and emotions in this book, one constant reminder was that Raider loves Dawn. He is fierce and loyal and protects his own. 

A total thrill ride into this MC world.  Excellent read.

5/5 Review: Taming Lily by Monica Murrhy

Taming Lily is a sweet erotic tale with great characters and absolute fine writing. 
This book was a very sweet read.

Max is a undercover PI.  His current job is one that he hates, babysitting.  One look at her photo and he knew he had to do this.  He was enthralled by her.  So, he is following her with one mission.  He has to get her laptop for his client.  He sets out to do just that. 

Lily is a one of a kind girl.  She shows the public one side of her while keeping the real her under wraps.  She is always in the limelight for her life and the crazy things she does.
She sets off for Maui to escape her trouble once again.  Max saves her from drowning and that sets in motion a whirlwind romance that is bound to end on disaster. 

When Max gets the laptop and realizes what his crazy client is after, he knows he must face the music and come clean with Lily.  The two put together a plan to take Pilar down and finally bridge the gap between family. Little does she realize that his final plan is to have her as well!! 

5/5 Review: Primal Force by D.D. Ayers

I received this book as an ARC for a honest review.  This book was a sweet read that dealt with several emotions.  It served as a reminder to me that not only do your service men put their lives on the line daily but their loyal K9 companions do the same. 

Law is trying to deal with his trauma the best way he knows.  He agree to take Sam as a new K9 companion to try and help him.  He hasn’t really been committed to it.  He just wants to find out what really happen on the day he was injured and find out what really happen to Scud.  He can’t seem to put this behind him.  His sister, Yardley is trying her best to find out what happen.  He returns to his Law enforcement job as a state trooper in hopes of passing the law enforcement physical.  Due to the injury to his leg, having a prosthetic leg, and not being able to full on pursuit and apprehend, he had failed the test and put himself into a downward spiral. 

Jori is a sweet and dependable person.  She loves working with the Warriors Wolf Pack.  She finds comfort in pair these dogs to new vets and sees great joy watching them become partners.  She has her own past to deal with and being an ex con (due to being set up, I do believe).  When Law wants to return Sam saying his isn’t a Doodle kid of guy, Lori just needs to make him see that this dog is perfect for him.  When this turns into a full on affair between the two of them with Lori fully understanding that he doesn’t do relationships.  Throughout this book, Law discovers that he really wants to help her find the truth of what happen when she was sent to jail.  He digs and finally finds what he believes to be a set up. 

Law wants nothing more but to tell Lori how much he cares for her.  He is scared and just too stubborn.  When he is taken hostage and Lori find him, it is Sam to the rescue and everything seems to fall into to place for all three. 

Excellent writing and each and every character was a great addition to this read.

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