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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#51)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 

The Kiss of Deception 

Expected publication: July 15th 2014 by Henry Holt

*With an interesting synopsis and awesome cover, I couldn't pass the book. I can't wait to read it! :) What are you guys waiting to read?*

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Book Spotlight! The Heavenly Bites Novella Collection by Christine S. Feldman

Book Spotlight

 The Heavenly Bites Novella Collection 
by Christine S. Feldman

*For a limited time ONLY, the Kindle version will be 99 cents from May 27 - June 2*

At the Heavenly Bites Bakery, three very different women bake up delectable treats and find romance with some unexpected but equally delectable men. Find out how in these three short and sweet novellas, previously available only as ebooks but finally available as a collection and in paperback form… 

PASTELS AND JINGLE BELLS: When Trish Ackerly crosses paths with Ian Rafferty, the former bully of her childhood years, her plans for a comeuppance fall by the wayside as she comes to realize that the man he is now is very different from the boy he used to be—and that a Christmas romance might just be in her future…

LOVE LESSONS: When bakery customer Mrs. Beasley guilts Nadia Normandy into mentoring unsuspecting accountant Benji Garner in the world of dating, Nadia soon discovers that this particular accountant has a charm all his own. And with New Year’s Eve just around the corner, it may be time for Nadia to make a resolution to sweep her protégé off his feet before someone else beats her to it… 

PLAYING CUPID: Free-spirited Aimee Beasley’s plans to match her widowed grandmother up with a distinguished elderly gentleman hit a snag when she learns he’s the uncle of their downstairs neighbor, grim Doyle Berkely, a man with whom Aimee butts heads on a regular basis. But in the process of nudging her grandmother’s romance along, Aimee uncovers a softer side to Doyle that may lead to a little romance of her own…


Pastels and Jingle Bells: Heavenly Bites Novella #1

It was probably inviting the worst kind of karma to be contemplating murder during the holiday season of all times, but that didn't faze Trish Ackerly in the slightest as she stared through her bakery’s storefront window in shock.
It was him.  Ian Rafferty, bane of her junior high school existence.  She’d know that face anywhere, despite the changes in it.  Sure, he was a couple of feet taller now and certainly broader shouldered, but as he glanced away from the winter scene she had painted on the window only yesterday and at a passing car that whizzed by much too fast on the busy city street, the profile he presented to her confirmed it.  Yes, it was him.  That same nose, the odd little scar above his eye, the familiar way he quirked his lips…
Her eyes narrowed.  Ian Rafferty.  That miserable, mean-spirited little—
Then he turned his face back to the window, and Trish gasped and dropped to the floor before he could spot her staring at him.
“What on earth are you doing?” came Nadia’s voice from behind the counter.
Trish huddled behind a tall metal trash can and glanced up through her dark bangs at her startled friend and business partner only to remember belatedly that they had company in the shop, namely wizened little Mrs. Beasley, whose startled eyes blinked at her from behind enormous tortoise-shell spectacles.
Well, there was little help for it now.  “That guy,” Trish hissed, jerking one thumb in the direction of the window.  “I know him!”
Both Nadia and Mrs. Beasley peered intently through the glass.  “Mmm,” said Nadia appreciatively a moment later.  “Lucky you, girlfriend.”
“No, not lucky me!  That guy made my life a living hell in junior high.  He’s a jerk, he’s a bully—“
“He’s coming in here, dear,” Mrs. Beasley interrupted her, with obvious interest in her voice.
With a squeak of alarm, Trish shuffled hastily behind the counter on her hands and knees and hunched into as small and inconspicuous a ball as she could.
Nadia blinked.  “Trish, are you out of your—“
“Oh, you did not just shush me—“
“SHH!” Trish insisted again, knowing full well that she’d pay for it later, and then she pulled her head down into her shoulders as much as her anatomy would allow.
The bell on the door jangled cheerfully then, and a gust of cold air heralded Ian Rafferty’s arrival.
“Hi, there,” Nadia greeted him brightly, surreptitiously giving Trish’s foot a little dig with one of her own.  “Welcome to Heavenly Bites.  What can I get for you?”
“Cup of coffee would be great for starters,” came a voice that was deep but soft, and far less reptilian than Trish expected.  She cocked her head slightly to better catch his words and heard the unmistakable sound of him blowing on his hands and rubbing them together to warm them.  “Cream, no sugar.”
“Sure thing, honey.”
“Your window art,” his voice continued, and Trish straightened ever so slightly at the mention of her work.  “It’s fantastic.  Can I ask who painted it?”
“Absolutely,” Nadia returned, turning her attention to getting the coffee he requested.  “My business partner, Trish.”
“Is she around, by any chance?”
Nadia glanced down at where Trish sat scrunched up and did what Trish thought was a very poor job of suppressing a smirk.  “She’s, um, indisposed at the moment.  Why do you ask?”
“I’ve got a couple of windows that could use a little holiday cheer.  Think she might be interested in the job?”
Nadia gave Trish another brief sideways glance.
Trish shook her head frantically.
“Tell you what.  Leave me your number, and we’ll find out.”  Nadia stepped out of reach before Trish could smack her leg.
“Great, thanks.  Here’s my card.”
“I’ll see that she gets it, Mr.—“  Nadia glanced at the card.  “—Rafferty.  Here’s your coffee, and you, sir, have a very nice day.”
The bell on the door jingled again, and Trish cautiously poked her head up long enough to verify that Ian was indeed gone.  She then ignored the fascinated look Mrs. Beasley was giving her and fixed an icy stare on Nadia.  “I’m going to kill you.  How could you do that?”
Nadia tossed her dark braids over her shoulder.  “Hmph.  Shush me in my own shop…”
“I don’t want to talk to that guy!  I don’t want to have anything to do with him.”
“He seemed nice enough to me,” her friend returned, shrugging unapologetically.  “And easy on the eyes, too.”
“And single,” put in Mrs. Beasley eagerly, one wrinkled hand fluttering over her heart.  “No wedding ring.”
“Of course there’s no ring!  No woman wants to marry the devil!”  Trish sank back down onto the floor and leaned back heavily against the shelves behind her.
“He used to be the devil,” Nadia corrected her, examining the business card he had handed to her.  “Now he’s ‘Ian Rafferty, Landscape Architect’.  And he’s a paying customer, Trish.  Face it, you could use the money.”
“Forget it.  I’m not so hard up that I’d go crawling to Ian Rafferty for a job.”  Trish scowled and folded her arms across her chest.  “I have my dignity, you know.”
“Yeah?  Why don’t you get up off the floor and tell me all about your dignity.”
“Oh, shut up,” Trish muttered, getting to her feet and snatching the card from Nadia’s hand.  Wadding it up, she tossed it in the direction of the trashcan and stalked into the bakery’s kitchen.
(Excerpt provided by the author)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Freebie Tuesday (Edition #19)

Hi guys!:) Happy Tuesday! Here is another edition of Freebie Tuesday. I hope everyone finds this posts helpful (if anyone is looking for a new book(s) to read).  Enjoy! 

*Older Editions will be linked at the end of this post! :) 

Jenny Pox 

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 





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Friday, May 23, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Facing the Music by Andrea Laurence {EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY}

Cover Reveal!

Andrea Laurence

Release Date: September 15, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Five years ago, high school sweethearts Ivy and Blake’s relationship imploded and both their lives were changed forever. Ivy became a rock star and Blake lost not only his dreams of a successful NFL career, but his reputation. Ivy’s angry song about their breakup, called “Size Matters”; hit the top of the charts and Blake became a national laughingstock. He’s salvaged his career and returned to Rosewood to be the high school football coach, regaining his status as town hero and leading the boys to the state championships.

When a tornado whips through town and destroys the high school gymnasium and stadium, a committee is formed to help rebuild and plan some charity fundraisers. Blake’s grandmother requests that Ivy return to Rosewood for the events. Forced back together for the good of their hometown and their careers, Ivy and Blake have no choice but to put aside their differences, stop running from their pasts, and finally face the music.

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God must be rewarding him for his patience. That had to be the answer. There was no other reason why he would trip over a scenario this sweet. Ivy was outside wearing nothing but a pair of bikini bottoms and a frown.

Blake killed the engine and slowly pulled his boat up to the dock. He tied it up, taking careful steps to secure his baby and make Ivy wait as long as humanly possible. From what he could see, she wasn't going anywhere, even if she wanted to.

He climbed onto the dock and strolled causally over to the Hudson cabin with his hands thrust into his pockets. Taking his time, Blake soaked in every delicious detail, from Ivy’s irritated scowl to the full globes of her breasts pressed beneath her inadequate hands. He’d never been so jealous of a pair of hands in his life.

His jeans tightened uncomfortably as his inspection ran over her mostly bare body. He was frankly surprised by the reaction. Not because she wasn't a beautiful and sexy woman—she was; that was a given—but because his dick had a deep, abiding hatred of Ivy. So did the rest of him, but it was his penis that had become the center of national attention for being woefully inadequate. At the moment, however, he had ample evidence to the contrary.

Andrea Laurence

Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and their collection of animals including a Siberian Husky that sheds like nobody's business.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#50)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 

Stitching Snow

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 

***I can't wait to read this book!! The cover looks amazing and the synopsis sounds intriguing, definitely a new take to retellings that I've never read before. :) *** What are you guys waiting to read? 

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Freebie Tuesday (Edition #18)

Hi guys!:) Happy Tuesday! Here is another edition of Freebie Tuesday. I hope everyone finds this posts helpful (if anyone is looking for a new book(s) to read).  Enjoy! 

*Older Editions will be linked at the end of this post! :) 

Dark Realms


(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 


Some Like It Charming 



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***That's it for this post, be sure to come back every Tuesday for more freebies and feel free to check out my last posts for more books that you might have missed.***

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Review: Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick

Four Weddings and a Break Up 
by Elyssa Patrick
Released Date: May 12th 2014 by Elyssa Patrick
Pages: ebook 
View/Purchase: Goodreads, Amazon, iBooks, B&N

From Elyssa Patrick comes a light, sexy, emotional contemporary romance perfect for fans of Jill Shalvis, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and Bella Andre, about what happens when a fake relationship becomes all too real. 

One fake relationship . . .

Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can't even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she's powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what's needed to keep her small town's matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.

Too many real kisses . . .

Wes Dalton doesn’t have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he's always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father’s health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place—and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up—he's prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads) 

My Review:

Four Weddings and a Break Up was such a cute and romantic story to read. I found myself liking the characters personalities and the overall plot. Ever since Ginny Michaels survived a school shooting, the town of Cape Hope has been calling her a hero for saving her students by taking a bullet in order to protect them. But Ginny doesn't feel like a hero, because although she saved her students, she couldn't save the one student that started the shooting. She takes fault on that, and that has affected in a major way both physically and mentally. Now that hasn't stopped everyone else from seeing her as a hero and when it comes to love, her town has taken the job to find her the perfect man. Not only is wedding season in Cape Hope and she along with her sister's bakery are busier than ever, but when she sees her one-night stand Wes Dalton in her town she doesn't have any idea just how much her life is going to change.

To Wes Dalton, the one-night stand that he had with Ginny hasn't left his mind. It's all he can think of, but he knows that he'll never see her again. Now he is called back to Cape Hope to help out his step-brothers and his sick father and things aren't turning as well as he would like them to be. Not having a proper relationship with them has hurt the way they see each other, but now his dad is sick and he is needed in Cape Hope more than ever. Wes knows the town very well and he also knows that there is going to be a lot of matchmaking involved, but when he sees Ginny everything changes and his proposition to her can either help the other or hurt them in the long run. One thing is for sure, Wes has to go back to his life in Las Vegas by the end of summer, without getting romantically involved with anyone. 

The thing that I liked the most about the book was how there was character development in both of the main characters. Ginny hasn't had the best year after the shooting and she grows a lot throughout the book. So did Wes's relationship with his family, it grow and his view on commitment change for the better. Overall, the story was consistent, it was very well-written and the ending was just perfect for the story. I highly recommend it. :)

*A copy of the book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (#49)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: 

Just Like the Movies


***I haven't read any books by Kelly Fiore, but the synopsis of this book definitely caught my eye. What are you guys waiting to read?*** 

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