Blog Tour * Review * Giveaway: CRAZY FOR HER by Sandra Owens

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Today is the official release day for CRAZY FOR HER. It is available on AMAZON.

Book Blurb: When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when she reveals her own hidden passion.

Crazy For HEr Cover-1My Thoughts: Crazy For Her is a fantastic book! I love a book where you can stop and say, “I did not see that coming” and Crazy For Her had quite a few moments where that happened. The twists and turns of this book will have you on the edge of your seat. You will want to make sure you have time to read it because you will not want to put it down. Logan and Dani light up the pages with their chemistry. This book has it all; sadness, heat, romance, comedy, suspense (good heavens the suspense is amazing), love, friendship and so much more. The love story is heartbreaking but at the same time beautiful. The little girl in this book just makes my heart melt and the cast of secondary characters makes this story even more fun to read and enjoy (I love a strong secondary cast). Bottom line this book is fabulous. I cannot wait to read it again and read the next books in this series.

Well done, Ms. Owens!!

Ms. Owens is giving away a SIGNED copy of CRAZY FOR HER. Click below to enter the drawing!
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Review & Giveaway: RESCUED by Felice Stevens

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Book Blurb: Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. Her ultimatum to get married pushes him to break off their relationship and he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. When a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he calls the neighborhood rescue for help.

After adopting one of the dogs, Jason finds he can’t forget Ryder, and the two become fast friends. Then one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. After Jason devises a plan to bring Ryder and his brother together, they can no longer deny the passion between them. Will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the gender?

FS_Rescued_coverinMy Thoughts: Dogs + Romance = A Fantastic Read! Felice Stevens is a new author and I loved her writing style. I was hooked on page one and stayed hooked to the end. This m/m romance is full of love and discovery and I enjoyed every minute.

Ryder and Jason have a chemistry that lights up the pages. It is a joy to read two characters build a relationship based on trust, friendship, honesty and love. Don’t get me wrong this book is not all rainbows and butterflies; there is quite a bit of drama and that’s what makes this a great read. Ms. Stevens does not shy away from the hurt and real issues that many couples deal with. I won’t give anything away but there are moment in this book where the emotional is so raw you will have tears in your eyes and you will need a tissue. Let’s not forget this book is not only about romance between two people but loving puppies! It was great to read a story that focused on an issue close to my heart dog rescues.

I am so excited to read more from this author!

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Review: Delay of Game by Catherine Gayle

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Book Blurb: With her father’s health in question, Sara Thomas is focused on reducing his anxiety. That’s no small feat considering his high-stress job, not to mention her own distractions. Everyone knows Sara’s single; no one knows she’s pregnant. There’s never a good time to unexpectedly get knocked up, but now is definitely not it. Regardless, she doesn’t want anyone to know—especially not her father—until she has a game plan in place. But when Jonny, one of her father’s players, seeks vigilante justice on the ice, everything gets tossed out the window.

Cam Johnson’s role as a fourth-line winger with the NHL’s Portland Storm entails more than scoring goals. He has to ensure other teams don’t take liberties with the Storm’s star players. The way Cam sees it, that’s the most important aspect of his job. His teammates call him Jonny; opposing fans call him a goon; the media calls him an enforcer. The title’s unimportant. Cam will always fight for his team—even if he has to break the rules. He’s used to taking penalties, but he never meant for anyone else to suffer from his choices.

When Cam’s actions cause Sara’s worst fears to be realized, he blames himself. He’s screwed everything up; now he has to set things right. Mutual attraction leads to lusDelay of Gamet, and suddenly Cam is taking penalties at every turn…at least where Sara is concerned. He’s got to think on his feet or he’ll end up with a Delay of Game.

My Thoughts: Take the coaches daughter that is against dating any man associated with the hockey association and pair her with a big solid enforcer and you have yourself a romance that is full of laughs and drama.

I was really curious to read this book and who Sara would be paired with. Sara has been part of each book and you get a sense of who she is on the surface. She is brash, sassy and takes no prisoners. I love that attitude. What we don’t see behind that sas is her fear to rely on anyone but herself.

Cam is gentle giant. On the ice he is full of power and determination off the ice he is quiet. What I adore about Cam is that he knows what he wants and he is an all or nothing kind of guy. He’s not about talk he is about action and he proves time and time again during this story.

Ms. Gayle doesn’t shy away from real issues in her books and it is something I admire and love about these books. It’s real and honest. The love story is great with a cast of characters that we have loved from the first book. I don’t know how she does it but I want to keep reading when I finish. I don’t want the book to end. I just want to keep reading.

Bottom line I enjoyed this book and loved this series and can’t wait for the next book.

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Book Release Blitz: RESCUED by Felice Stevens

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Release Day Banner.jpgBook Blurb: Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection: his parents couldn’t accept his sexuality and his lover chose drugs over his love. The only bright lights in his life are his younger brother and his rescued pit bull. But now his mother’s punishment for his lifestyle has cut him off from his brother he loves so deeply. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started.
FS_Rescued_coverinJason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. When her marriage ultimatum pushes him to break things off, he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. But when a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he can’t forget the guy who shows up to help.

After Jason adopts one of the dogs, he and Ryder become fast friends—until one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. Soon, they can’t deny the passion between them but will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the flavor?

Author Bio: Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. She started reading traditional historical romances when she was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, her tastes shifted. While she still enjoys a juicy Historical RescuedPromo5.1romance, she began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. And once she picked up her first, she became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, she knew she wanted to write her own.

Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of her own. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. She practices law but daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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Blog Tour: The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke

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Book Blurb: Long version: Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery medieval manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure that could exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?

Academic Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s leading antiquarians, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose between his conscience…and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.

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“I can’t quite figure you out, Miss Derrington. You work as my partner and yet you try to deceive me.”

“You deceived me first.”

He inclined his head. “So I did. You also return my kisses and then act as though I’m
anathema.”

She tried to ignore his use of the word kisses. “That’s a bit hyperbolic, isn’t it?”
He cracked a half-smile that did ridiculously lovely things to her insides.

“It is. I’m poking fun. I like having fun in your company.” He leaned toward her and lowered his voice.

“Admit it, you like me.”

Far too much. “Why wouldn’t I?”

His smile broadened, making him seem insufferably confident. “I can’t think of a
reason.”

She narrowed her eyes at him. “On second thought, there’s that vexing streak of
arrogance.”

He lowered his voice even further, as if he were imparting a secret. “I actually think you like that too.”

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About Darcy Burke: Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Darcy writes hot,action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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Blog Tour: DEVIL TO PAY by Renee Bernard **GIVEAWAY & REVIEW**

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Readers–When you see the name Renee Bernard you think historical romance, not anymore. Ms. Bernard has written a romantic comedy with slight paranormal elements and I have to say it’s awesome.

 

My Thoughts:
Holy buckets of awesomeness I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Bernard cDTP USE THIS ONEreates a world that is intoxicatingly clever and fun. The dialog in this book is addicting and their no doubt you will laugh out loud many times while reading this book. How can you not laugh when the Archangels are having a poker night? It’s fabulous. The hero, Luke aka Lucifer is dreamy and sweet, yes, Lucifer is sweet (you’ll just have to read the book). He is CEO of H.E.LLC, yep you read that correctly, see there is that wit I am telling you about. Jayne is a heroine you’ll fall in love with. She is the typical girl next door trying to shine in the workforce and maybe find a date. Along with her bff and parents the cast of characters are amazing. Oh, wait, I forgot one character that stole my heart… His name is Malcolm and he is Lucifer’s personal assistant and let me tell you he is everything HOT and STEAMY. :)

Well done Ms Bernard! I am looking forward to his series.

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CRAZY FOR HER by Sandra Owens

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You know how much I adore Sandra Owens and her books! Well, today, her first contemporary CRAZY FOR HER came out as a Kindle First on Amazon. What that means if you have Amazon Prime or are part of the Kindle First club you can buy the book today and not have to wait until September 1st. You will want this book for the weekend!

Crazy For HEr Cover-1Book Blurb: When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield, Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan’s widow. But for two years he kept his distance…torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrade’s wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side—determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan’s elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near…especially when she reveals her own hidden passion.

 

 

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BLOG TOUR: TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH *GIVEAWAY*

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Special Interview with Emma Locke today! She is promoting TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH anthology. Make sure you enter to win an iPad mini and don’t forget to attend the Facebook party tonight!

Q&A with Emma Locke
What’s your favorite historical romance?
I don’t mean to be repetitive, because I know everyone says this, but Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels has to be the best book I’ve ever read. For the same reasons everyone else loves it, of course. It’s clever and sexy and has that Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh factor we all want to feel when we read a fantastic romance.

What is the first romance novel you ever read?
Heather Graham’s Captive. I’m a Florida native, and I got my fifteen-year-old hands on this book because my then-boyfriend’s stepmom (who he loathed, by the way) had the limited judgment and incredible foresight to realize I would absolutely love it. Captive has everything: a super-hot, super-alpha hero, a Southern belle, a terrible war that couldn’t be won, and historical trivia that could put you to sleep. I never read another non-romance novel after that.

Would you want to live in the time you write about? What would you love? Hate?
I say I would. I also grew up believing I wanted to be Laura Ingalls, and now that idea makes me want to grab my iPhone and hold it close. But I think I would [love to be rich]. If I could be rich, my time period (1813-1817) would be great. I’d love the fabrics and dresses and all the old, old houses. I’d love the horses and proper beaus and cottages—oh, the cottages. Even in the 1800s, I’d be blown over by the history in the places I visited. That’s what stood out to me most when I went on vacation to Ireland—even in my characters’ time, the houses I visited would have been old. But if I were just an average citizen of the time, then no, I’d hate it. Life was hard—just ask Erica Monroe. I respect the people who came before us, the downtrodden men and women brave enough to think America would be better than the hellholes they lived in. Which means, I suppose, that were I living in the time period I write about, I might spend all of my time trying to get out. I’d be Laura Ingalls after all, in some weird, twisted paradox, trying to get to Future America.

If given the choice between a duke, a rogue, or an alpha hero, which would you choose?
I’d want to be a duke. You can be a rogue or an alpha hero and a duke, but if you’re just one of the former, your power is limited. In my real (non-author) life, I’m more likely to be found making critical decisions than wreaking havoc. I mean, havoc is fun, but I can do it in my down time. I guess I’d be a really fun, clever, benevolent duke who managed to drag himself into work with a hangover.

What tempts you? (Chocolate, caviar, long walks on the beach…)
I love a good happy hour. No matter how serious the day was, how impossible the situation, happy hour brings people together. I will pretty much forgo any good intentions to exercise or write or clean the house if I can bond with some buddies over a few beers. (Or a few margaritas with my lady friends, though that happens far less often.) I’m a true extrovert, and nothing relaxes me more than surrounding myself with my loud, drunken friends at the end of the day. Which is why I would make an awesome alpha hero.

Rapid fire round:
Designer purses or Target special?
I was Target special, until my girlfriend who only buys Coach convinced me that high quality = longevity. The logical engineer inside me can’t deny her point. I’ve been Designer ever since (but only on clearance!)
Heels or flip flops? Flip flops. But mine have sparkles!
Rich or famous? Rich. I grew up very poor and I have to support my parents in their old age, so having a good, solid, dependable retirement income is more important to me than anything else. (That’s my PSA to any aspiring writers out there. Writing doesn’t usually pay right away because it takes time to build up a backlist and start making money, but there are lots of great STEM jobs you can work while you wait for your career to take off. Get a job in a STEM field then write your heart out after work. It’s nice not to have to worry about things like health insurance and rent while you make the slow, marathon climb to success.)
American hottie or sexy Brit? Sexy Brit. I like a little class with my six pack.
Where’s your happy place? I write most of my books at my local bar, The Rock, because as an extrovert it’s very difficult for me to write at home alone (QUIET = AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, NIGHTMARE). I spend all day looking forward to getting back into my little corner of The Rock. My husband doesn’t understand it. Whenever he comes to have dinner with me, he brings ear plugs. Yet I love the noise.

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She relaxed gradually into his embrace. It was odd. She’d allowed herself to be drawn into all manner of illicit activity within a few feet of potential witnesses, but nothing had ever made her feel as exposed as Lord Constantine’s chaste hug did. What if another patron were to walk around the corner?
“Don’t go.” His arms tightened, holding her against him. “Just a moment longer.”
Her heart melted for this man who liked babies and hugging and, for some reason, her. Bit by bit, she worked her hands around his waist and clasped them at his back. He’d done so much for her. If all he asked for was a few minutes’ embrace in return…
Who was she fooling? This felt wonderful.

About the Book:
A boxed set with ten sizzling historical romances from ten bestselling historical romance authors. Fall in love with fabulous tales of intrigue, suspense, wit, and passion featuring dukes, rogues, alpha heroes…and the women who can’t resist them. JUST 99 CENTS from July 27 – Sept. 21—then it disappears FOREVER!
Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke – Once upon a time there was a very bad boy who met a very nice girl….
Lady of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle – Educating a man in the art of love takes time. Lots of it.
Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson – Passion and secrets simmer against the glittering backdrop of 19th century musical celebrity.
To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans – What’s a lady to do when a notorious rake wins her estate in a game of cards?
Undone by Lila DiPasqua – One steamy, emotionally charged retelling of Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…
The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke – Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. She doesn’t need to like him—because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.
A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe – Daniel O’Reilly returns to win back Kate Morgan’s heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.
Once Upon a Duke by Eva Devon – A widow looking to get seduced. A duke more than willing to oblige.
Great & Unfortunate Desires by Gina Danna – A marquis with a guilty past takes a bride in a world where love is fatal.
Dark Surrender By Erica Ridley – Trapped in darkness…. Their passion burns bright!

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Lady Rises by Renee Bernard *GIVEAWAY*

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Readers- The much anticipated follow up to Lady Falls is out!! Lady Rises is out and if you are ready to find out what has happens next to Raven Wells you need to read Lady Rises. 

LadyRisesSMallLADY RISES serves up the next relentless installment in the Black Rose Trilogy and leaves no doubt that Hell hath no fury like a woman wronged but when that woman is Raven Wells—the Devil himself would rather keep out of her way.

From the ashes of LADY FALLS, Raven Wells is transformed into Lady Serena Wellcott.  Now with wealth and power all her own, she is the founder of the Black Rose—a secret society dedicated to securing justice for women who have been abused or wronged in the private corridors of Victorian society.  She has dedicated her life to revenge, honing her skills at the bequest of others but biding her time until she has the two men she loathes most in this world in her sights.

Sir Phillip Warrick has scars of his own from their fateful encounter years before and his heart has never healed from the loss of his beautiful Raven and the irrevocable mistake of brutally ending their affair.  But when he found no trace of her, he let himself believe that she was dead.  Except Phillip isn’t that lucky.  When he is introduced to Lady Serena Wellcott at his cousin’s country home, his world begins to implode.  Because once again he has a tigress by the tail, except this time, it’s a dangerous mix of passion and poison when it becomes clear that what the lady wants most is his head on a platter.  If only he didn’t still love her with every fiber of his being…

In a dance of desire, Serena has her own struggles reconciling the man she once loved with the irresistible rake she has vowed to hate.  Vengeance is its own mistress and it’s a race to the finish as the Black Rose takes on a quest to carve out justice and find mercy even where it’s been forgotten.  Love may rule but Lady Serena Wellcott doesn’t believe in playing fairly and she also doesn’t believe in surrender.

**From acclaimed USA Today bestselling author, Renee Bernard, comes a new trilogy of gothic power and twisted sensuality.  Here’s a slice of historical romance not generally found in the mainstream—so pull up a chair, settle in for a good read and hang on!

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Release Day for Courtney Milan! The Suffragette Scandal

Romance Reader Girl:

It’s here!! It’s here!! Courtney Milan’s newest book is out today. I will reading this on my unpacking the house breaks. Review to come soon! Happy Release Day!!

Originally posted on Rakes Rogues and Romance:

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An idealistic suffragette…

Miss Frederica “Free” Marshall has put her heart and soul into her newspaper, known for its outspoken support of women’s rights. Naturally, her enemies are intent on destroying her business and silencing her for good. Free refuses to be at the end of her rope…but she needs more rope, and she needs it now.

…a jaded scoundrel…

Edward Clark’s aristocratic family abandoned him to die in a war-torn land, so he survived the only way he could: by becoming a rogue and a first-class forger. When the same family that left him for dead vows to ruin Miss Marshall, he offers his help. So what if he has to lie to her? She’s only a pawn to use in his revenge.

…and a scandal seven years in the making.

But the irrepressible Miss Marshall soon enchants Edward. By the time he realizes that his cynical heart is…

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