Top Reads for 2014 & Giveaway

This year I committed myself to reading 100 books. I have read over 100 books and below are my top picks for 2014. Two lucky people will get to pick a book from the list and I will gift them an eCopy. Make sure to leave a comment with your email to enter!

List is in alphabetical order.

Romance Reader Girl’s Top Reads for 2014

A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens

Beneath It All by Tori Madison

Carnage: The Story of Us by Lesley Jones

Crazy For Her by Sandra Owens

How to Lose a Duke in Ten Days by Laura Lee Guhrke

In the Zone by Catherine Gayle

Lady Wild by Eva Devon

Night of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

Try by Ella Frank

Warrior’s Cross by Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux

Must Read Series
Contemporary Romance: Portland Storm by Catherine Gayle

Contemporary Comedic Romance: Chocolate Lovers by Tara Sivec

M/M Romance: Cut & Run by Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban

Historical Romance: Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan

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-Romance Reader Girl

Review & Giveaway: A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens

Title: A Walk Through Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Publish Date: November 25, 2014
Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.
Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.
Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man. However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.

“Have a drink, Drew, and tell me why you’re here.” Ash sipped his vodka and stared at him over the rim of his glass.

“No, thanks, I’m driving. But I do want to talk to you.” The man was a study in contrasts. Drew couldn’t think of a time he hadn’t seen Ash perfectly dressed, every hair in place, looking like he’d stepped out of a men’s fashion magazine.

Tonight however…well he looked off-kilter. Though he still had on his clothes from earlier, that white button down shirt and black slacks, the shirt was wrinkled and unbuttoned lower than he’d ever seen. Dark stubble shadowed along his jaw, and his hair lay unkempt and disheveled. Drew shifted on the sofa. “Look, I know this may sound stupid, but my grandmother was concerned about you, so she asked me to stop by and check up on you.”

“And of course you do everything your nana says.”

Drew’s face flamed. “Fuck you, Davis.”

A tiny smirk hit the corner of Ash’s lips. “What’s the matter, Doc? The truth hurts?”

The bastard. After all the nice things his grandmother had said about him, how she’d worried about him, this was his response? To act like the snide sarcastic son of a bitch he was at their first meeting? How dare he treat her concern as if it were nothing? And to think he’d actually thought they were friends. “What the hell do you know about the truth, huh? No one knows anything about you; you have no friends, no lover.” He stood, ready to leave. “No wonder you’re all alone. No one cares about you. You aren’t worth it.” Shit, he’d never spoken so cruelly to anyone. But then again, no one had ever gotten under his skin like Ash Davis.

Like a snake uncoiled, Ash jumped off the sofa and grabbed him by the shoulder. “Take that back.”

“What’s the matter, Davis? The truth hurts?” He mimicked Ash’s earlier words to him, and saw a flare of anger gleam in those colorless, glittering eyes.

“You fucking bastard. Who are you to say I’m not worth it, that no one cares about me? I have friends. People like me. Don’t you ever say I’m not worth it. I matter goddamn you. I fucking matter.”

Ash tried to grab onto him, but Drew wrenched away and took off for the door, speaking over his shoulder.

“People don’t like you, Ash, they want to fuck you because you’re beautiful. That’s not liking. That’s not a friendship. How many relationships have you ever had with another man? You’ve never even had a boyfriend or a permanent relationship have you, because you have to have a heart. You have to care about someone. How can you value someone else in your life when you don’t even value yourself?”

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I 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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My Thoughts: It is a marvelous discovery when you find an author that you can put on your auto-buy list. You know, the one click no matter what. Well, I am happy to add Felice Stevens to that list. I adored Rescued but I LOVED A Walk Through Fire. The story is an emotional road with characters leaving footprints on your heart.If you want a story with unforgettable characters and a story that will have you giggling and crying this is the book for you. Oh, and the romance is hot and steamy.

New Release: Master of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle

Readers,
Delilah Marvelle’s newest release, Master of Pleasure book 5 in School of Gallantry series is awesome. It’s a great read and I promise you won’t want to put it down. It’s a fast read. Ms. Marvelle is pushing the envelope in her writing and I like it!

MasterBook Blurb: WARNING: This historical romance is cotton candy with a razor on top. Themes include male virginity, inappropriate behavior and language you really shouldn’t use at home. If you are easily offended by dirty humor and graphic sex, this book is not for you.

After Miss Leona Olivia Webster had allowed herself to fall in love with a dashing childhood friend who had left her scorned and pregnant, she is done chasing her happily-ever-after. Shunned by society, she dedicates herself to raising her young son and putting money in their pockets. She doesn’t expect to be drawn to her latest master, a brooding man of hulking presence who carves random messages into walls with his Persian blade as a means of starting a flirtation.

Malcolm Gregory Thayer, the earl of Brayton, may have dedicated himself to a life of religious virtue after leaving the monastery due to dark tendencies, but after meeting Leona, he begins to yearn for the life that had never been his. When he meets a retired French courtesan who invites him to embrace what he has long feared, he seizes the opportunity to become the man he always wanted to be. His new mission is clear. He intends

My Thoughts: Reading Ms. Marvelle’s books are like eating a slice of rich cheese cake with a side of chocolate strawberries. They are always rich and decadent.

I love a character that fights himself on having true happiness because he feels his own happiness would be too harmful for his partner. Malcolm has been fighting his true nature for years and has not been truly happy. When he meets the vibrant energetic Leona Webster he may be willing to show his true himself to be hers. Leona Webster is not a simpering Miss, nope, she is a strong woman who wants more out of this life and young son, Jacob (who is scene stealer).

What I enjoy about Ms. Marvelle’s story is they are never cookie cutter and she pushes the boundaries and they are ALWAYS a fantastic read. The romance is hot and sweet and I always look forward to the next book.

If you’re looking for a story that will make you giggle, sigh and smile this is the book for you. It’s a hot read with romantic gestures that you may want to try.

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-Romance Reader Girl

Release Day Blitz: A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens

Title: A Walk Through Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Publish Date: November 25, 2014
Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.
Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.
Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man. However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.
I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I 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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Release Day: After Forever by Julie Johnstone *Giveaway*

AFter ForeverBook Blurb:
A year and a half after her husband’s tragic death, all Lady Julianna Barrows wants is to be left alone and forget that most of her heart went with him when he passed. Instead, she finds herself the subject of many a matchmaking scheme and lurid offer to ease her widowhood, as well as save her fading fortune. Desperate to avoid having to remarry, she takes on a position as a tutor, only to discover that the man she’s helping unexpectedly stirs her heart and passion.

Nash Wolverton boxed his way out of the London slums and into immense wealth, but he couldn’t care less about Society’s approval. Except he has his by-blow daughter’s future to consider. To ensure her acceptance into Society, he’ll endure anything―including procuring a
tutor to transform him into a gentleman so he can secure a suitable, boring wife.

Yet what he wants changes the moment he hires Julianna. She may be a lady, but she’s far from tedious. Bold and compassionate, she is nothing like the women of the ton. Suddenly, she’s elicited a simmering desire in him, and even a longing to love and be loved that he always thought out of his reach. Knowing what he planned to settle for can now never be enough, he vows to win her love. But as the walls she’s built begin to crumble, Julianna’s fears threaten to tear them apart and she alone must decide if protecting her heart trumps breaking Nash’s.

Click HERE for to read book excerpt.

My Thoughts: I love a story that brings two people together from different worlds. Julianna knows what love is, has loved and knows how to give love. Nash grew up without love and struggles to accept it. Julianna and Nash have a wonderful chemistry and it was a joy reading them come together. Ms. Johnstone’s writing flows beautifully on the pages and you’ll be happy you read this book. Look at the cover, it’s gorgeous!

A message from Julie Johnstone:
Good morning Romance Lovers! I’m thrilled to be here today at Romance Reader Girl to share with you my newest release, After Forever, A Whisper of Scandal Novel. First, I’d like to thank Lindsey for so
generously having me! When I conceived the idea for After Forever I planned for it to be a novella, but as I started writing Lady Julianna Barrows and Mr. Nash Wolverton’s story, I realized very quickly that their story of heartbreaking loss and redeeming love needed a much larger scale than the one I planned, thus my novella became a novel! These two characters are quite different from anything I’ve ever written and very special to me because they each in their own unique way embody how love can truly rescue a person.

I would love to hear stories about how love has rescued you! Or if you don’t want to share, simply say hi! Every commenter will be entered in the chance to win one of my ebooks. (Winner’s choice!)

I hope you enjoy the book, and please do keep in touch!
Julie Johnstone
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
juliejohnstoneauthor.com
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-Romance Reader Girl

Europe is Calling

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Readers,
I will be MIA as I will be traveling to Europe. It’s my first trip over to Europe and I am very excited. Europe is calling and I will be back November 16th and will update you all with pictures.

Happy Reading!

-Romance Reader Girl

Cover RE-Reveal: Mine to Lose & Mine to Steal by T.K. Rapp

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Mine to Lose & Mine to Steal
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Mine to Lose
Synopsis:
Mine to LoseWhat happens when the fairy tale ends before it even begins?
Three years, two graduations, an engagement and a move to another, Emogen and Ryan are more in love than ever. He’s the one man she never expected to have and the only man she’s determined to keep. He’s her forever, and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for him.
Almost, that is.
Ryan announces that he’s accepted a job offer that requires yet another move. Angry he didn’t discuss his decision with her first, Emogen refuses to pack up and follow. She has a career, too, and she’s not ready to give it up.
Although determined to make the long distance thing work, their lives and careers begin to take a toll on the relationship, leaving them to wonder if they’re doing the right thing.
Sometimes love isn’t enough.

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Mine to Steal
Synopsis:
In life and business, Trey Miller has always been the good guy. Nothing wrong with that, since it’s gotten him Mine to Stealeverywhere he has needed to be. His startup company is a success and growing so much that he is gaining the attention of larger corporations.
By all accounts, Trey has it all, but the one place he fails is love.
He thought he might have had something with Emogen Kane, but she was taken before he even had a chance. Now, he hides behind work, unwilling to take any risks in the love department.
When Trey finds himself vying for a huge account against Faith Young, he knows he’s going to have to play it tough to win. Faith is smart, attractive and rumor has it, she lands every account she goes after.
When Faith is thrown into his path at every turn, Trey starts to feel that it is more than a coincidence. Seeing Faith with her boyfriend douses the flame that he was starting to feel, until he realizes that the guy might not at all be what he seems.
Trey let go once, but he’s determined to win it all this time. Does he have it in him to roll up his sleeves and get dirty? And if he does, will he finally end up with the girl?

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-Romance Reader Girl

Cover Reveal: HERO BY NIGHT by Sarah Jane Stone

The third in Sara Jane Stone’s phenomenal Independence Falls series

HERO

Blurb: He was nobody’s hero, until he landed in the wrong bed . . .

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb, afraid to be touched, and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls, and finding a job, seems like the first step to reclaiming her life and preparing for the upcoming medal ceremony, until the town playboy stumbles into her bed . . .

Chad Summers is living his dream-helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream job goodbye. But after a party, Chad ends up in bed with the one woman in Independence Falls he can’t touch. Too late he realizes the passionate sleeping beauty is the shy, struggling soldier his little sister befriended.

The playboy’s touch ignited something in her. And Lena is determined to find out if it is the man, and his wicked demands in the bedroom, or if she’s finally starting to heal. Chad is ready and willing to give into the primal desire to make Lena his at night-on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real so he can show Independence Falls-and his boss-that he has shed his wild image. But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality-if Chad can prove he’s the hero Lena needs night and day . . . forever.

About the Author:
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at http://www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.

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-Romance Reader Girl

Cover Reveal: Temperance, The Arcanian Chronicles – Book 1 by Ella Frank

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Readers, Ella Frank’s new book is a Fantasy Romance. It sounds really good.

Ella BookBook Blurb: “Tell me about this place. This…Arcania.”

What if your life as you knew it ceased to exist?

That is the question Naeve Brannigan and her three sisters are faced with on the eve of their 25th birthday.

Continuing a tradition they’ve hidden from their mother for years, the four women arrive at a tarot shop to have their futures told.
Only this time their futures aren’t predicted—they’re forever changed.

They’ve awoken in a strange time and place with no knowledge of how they got there. All they have to go by is the word of a man who claims to be family—a family they’ve never heard of.
He tells them of a world they could never have imagined. One that has been cursed by an Empress fueled by old revenge—revenge their mother appears to be at the center of.

As they fight to survive the people and dangers of an unknown land, they slowly begin to unravel its mysteries to find that they hold the key to saving this world…this Arcania.

The question that remains for each of them is: Who do you become when the you that you always were is no longer?

Release Date: January 2015

Book Trailer: 

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-Romance Reader Girl

Interview & Giveaway with Tori Madison

 

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Hi Readers, If there is one book I would ask you to read this month it would be BENEATH IT ALL by Tori Madison. I loved this book. I learned from this book. I am a better woman for reading this book. Because I was amazed by this book I reached out to Tori Madison and asked her to be a guest on my blog today. Please welcome the fabulous Tori Madison to the blog!
**Please don’t forget to enter to win an eCopy of Beneath it All below (multiple winners!).**

Beneath It AllRRG: I loved the courage and strength Victoria has in Beneath it All. Did you find you had the same strength and courage during your experience with breast cancer?

TM: I wasn’t as strong as Victoria, or at least I didn’t feel that way. I tried to put on a brave face because I had two small children watching me go through it all. We explained that I had an “owwie” and that I would have to take “silly” medicine that would make me sick and lose my hair. They had no clue what was happening, but now they understand.
Hindsight, I could have been stronger, but I always have high expectations for myself.

TM3RRG: Do you have an amazing group of friends like Victoria has?

TM:I have a pretty awesome group of friends and the characters in the book definitely share a mixture of their personalities and traits. They all joke with me that we need to plan a spa day (which will happen) and a cabana boy night (pretty sure our spouses would have issues this this). A few of them stood by my side during my battle with breast cancer, while others I met after the fact. Regardless of when they came into my life, they are an important part of it now.

RRG: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

TM: I wanted to be an interior designer. No joke. I actually went to school for it, but got bored and transferred out. I never had any big dreams other than to be a princess, of course.

RRG:What song can you not get out of your head?

TM: Running Around In My Dreams by Tyrone Wells. I just wrote an amazing part of book two listening to it on repeat.

TM PIcRRG: What was the last movie you saw?

TM: The Green Mile and I was bawling like a baby. I always do. I’m a very emotional person and when something grips my heart it takes over.

RRG: What do you like to read?

TM: I’m open to pretty much anything, but the whole paranormal, zombie, dystopian thing is not for me. I don’t shock easily when it comes to books, but shy away from books with domestic and extreme violence toward women.

Rapid Fire Round:
Flips Flops or Shoes ~ Flip Flops
Lake or Ocean ~ Ocean
Sweet or Salty ~ Salty
Coffee or Tea ~ Coffee
Football or Baseball ~ Football

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Thank you Tori for stopping by today. Your book is amazing and I hope more readers will take the time to read it.

-Romance Reader Girl