No Weddings by Kat and Stone Bastion

noweddingsBook: No Weddings

Author: Kat & Stone Bastion

Series: (No Weddings #1)

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Cade Michaelson is a hotshot entrepreneur and Business major. Together with his sisters, they want to create an event-planning business called Invitation Only. They’ll provide top-notch parties for the privileged class they grew up with – but with one stipulation: they don’t do weddings. Cade has his own reasons for this – a past hurt that even two years later, he can’t seem to shake. For the business to fully take shape, they need a partner who will provide the desserts for each event.

Hannah Martin has recently opened her bakery and dreams of growing the business. After several careful negotiations with Cade, she’s tempted by more than the opportunity. After spending more and more time together, the pair realise just how much they’re drawn to each other, but are both aware of the implications and the impact it could have on business. Hannah is also nursing scars of her own and doesn’t want to be another notch on Cade’s bedpost. Just friends it is…

Why you should read this: This is book one in what is set to be a fun series. The attraction between Cade and Hannah is palpable and it gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘slow burn’. The dialogue is pithy and the husband and wife writing team made both the male and female main characters realistic.

What you might hate: For me, I’m used to a little bit more action in my books – even if it is the first in a series. We find out the character’s secrets and why they feel unable to move forward, but other than that…there’s not a whole lot that happens. Which is fine, if you want a break from machinating exes and villains but, it fell a bit flat for me.

Rating: I give No Weddings 3/5 – it was fun, sexy and very sweet in parts. Am I curious about the rest of the series? Not sure yet.

No Weddings is out on 8 September.

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No Weddings – Sep 8th
One Funeral – Sep 29th
Two Bar Mitzvahs – Oct 20th
Three Christmases – Nov 17th

Release Day Blitz – InTENse Anthology

I know some of you adore your alphas and so, where better to find not one, not two, but 10 all in the same place?

Intense coverToday sees the release of inTENse – an anthology of alpha maleness, featuring the talents of Aleatha Romig, Sandi Lynn, Liv Morris, S.E. Lund, Kailin Gow, J.L. Mac, Julie Richman, Penelope Ward, Kahlen Aymes, and Vi Keeland.

Some will be sweet, others will be downright ruthless – there will be something for everyone. Having read two out of the ten, I can tell you that this anthology covers the range from slightly-protective-but-lovable alpha, to the downright nasty, vindictive, will-he-ever-be-redeemed anti-hero.

Here’s a peek at the books included:

Consequences by Aleatha Romig

Every action has consequences: Claire doesn’t understand how she ended up in the cruel hands of her abductor, Anthony Rawlings, but it’s been made abundantly clear—she is now his acquisition and every action has consequences. Captivate the captor: Will Claire follow his rules, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?

Forever Black by Sandi Lynn

When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space.”

With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black. After finding Ellery in his kitchen the next morning and assuming she broke his #1 rule about sleepovers, he becomes intrigued, not only by her stubbornness and defiance, but by her kindness.

Connor Black, emotionally dead and damaged, made a vow to never fall in love. After Ellery shares her world, Connor starts to feel things he never knew existed. Despite the rumors and warnings regarding Connor Black, Ellery finds herself being drawn into his world, but she is harboring a deep secret that could destroy him emotionally forever. 

 Join Connor and Ellery as they embark on a journey of courage, love and strength. Will it be enough to save them?

Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris

Adam Kingsley reigns as the prince of Manhattan. His looks and money let him get away with all types of sins. It’s been an intoxicating ride until he meets Kathryn Delcour, an alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes.

Adam finds this complex woman too tempting to resist and will stop at nothing to have her, yet she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. But will she be strong enough to hold the charismatic Adam Kingsley at bay? The passionate lure of ancient sexual practices and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for an erotic love story. All told in Adam’s point of view.

The Agreement by S.E. Lund

Kate McDermott is a Journalism graduate student writing an article about BDSM in popular culture. It’s just research & nothing personal. Really. Drake Morgan, MD, is a Neurosurgeon, bass player, philanthropist & Dominant. He doesn’t do girlfriends, sleepovers, & he certainly doesn’t do breakfast in bed the morning after. Ever.

When the two meet for an interview, Kate hopes the carefully worded agreement she draws up will keep their relationship strictly professional. Big mistake…

Devour Me by Kailin Gow

Taryn Cummings could not believe she was accepted into the prestigious International Institute of Culinary Arts culinary institute she dreamed of studying at in beautiful Paris, France. It was a far cry from her unglamorous life back home in New York where she helped her mother run their small family-owned restaurant called Sam’s. The Institute churned out the top chefs in the world, including the wildly sexy and eccentric Master Chef, Errol King, whose celebrity personality was larger than life.

She wanted excitement in a city of romance and thrills, but arrived to find her apartment barely livable and herself in need of a suitable place to stay. A chance meeting at the Institute brings her face-to-face with her new roommate…the devilishly charming Errol King, who would be guest teaching her class this term.

The attraction is as hot as the fire they cook with, and while Errol King, the notorious bad boy chef with an attitude, can get anyone he wanted into his bed, he wanted this woman more than anything. Something about her sweet innocence and sad eyes reach into his harden heart, but is it enough for him to forget his past?

Vital Sign by J.L. Mac

My world was perfect, until it wasn’t. I fell fast and hard straight into the fiery pits of hell, my past a bittersweet torture that never went away; the sadness, eating away at my soul. My life is empty. No meaning. No hope. No vital sign.

Despite her general indifference to organ donation, Sadie sets out to heal by finding those who benefited from her husband’s tragic death, but instead of peace, finds only jealousy and rage.

Though Sadie hates Alexander McBride for his health, he soothes her grief in ways that are intoxicating; addictive even. Can she learn to love the man who now owns the heart that used to beat just for her?  If she has any hope of overcoming her all consuming grief, he must convince her that it still does.

Searching for Moore by Julie Richman

I lost the love of my life when she disappeared without even a goodbye.

It was the 80’s – there was no internet, no Google, no cell phones. If you wanted to disappear, you could.  And she did. She crushed my soul.

A friend just told me he saw her on Facebook. And now I’m a keystroke away from asking her the question that’s haunted me for two decades.  “Why did you leave me?”

Sexy entrepreneur Schooner Moore receives the birthday bombshell of a lifetime – his true love, college girlfriend Mia Silver, the girl who broke his heart when she fled without even a goodbye at the end of their freshman year, has been seen on Facebook. Now 24 years later, Schooner discovers the truth behind what drove Mia from him as he tries to once again win her love.

Gemini by Penelope Ward

Diner waitress Allison had no idea her mundane life was about to dramatically change the day she serves a devastatingly handsome customer. After he abruptly leaves the restaurant, she can’t get him out of her head. She has no idea that he had actually come on a mission to find her. Cedric wasn’t expecting to fall in love at first sight with the pretty waitress he’d set out to find. In fact, she was the last woman on Earth he should be having feelings for. Before revealing himself, he makes her believe their meetings are coincidental. Cedric’s lies and secrets are finally revealed, changing both of their lives forever.

Angel After Dark by Kahlen Aymes

Gorgeous, hotshot executive, Alexander Avery, is all business and doesn’t believe in love. He bases his relationships on mutual convenience and makes no apologies for his lifestyle or his choices. When his on-the-way-out girlfriend calls into a late night radio program to whine about his treatment of her, he is angrier at the host’s advice, than the inconsequential woman’s bitch-fest.

Psychologist Angeline Hemming has little tolerance for bullshit, so when Alex calls into her show a week later to give his side of the story, she calls him out on his excuses, and um…habits.  

When they finally meet, their sexual chemistry and mental connection leaves them both reeling, as they take their fight… to the mattresses!

Belong to You by Vi Keeland

My honeymoon was almost everything I dreamed it would be; a tropical paradise, turquoise water, romantic walks on the beach, and loads and loads of mind shattering sex. The only thing missing was the groom.

After seven years of coasting through a relationship with Michael, my senses were numb. A week of passion with a stranger was just what I needed to clear my head and take back control of my life. But how do you move on when the man that was only supposed to be a fling somehow seeps into your soul and steals your heart?

InTENse is out today for the bargain price of $0.99/£0.77!

Buy Links

Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/inTENse-Collection-Length-Romance-Bestsellers-ebook/dp/B00N04YXF6/

Amazon UK: 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/inTENse-Collection-Length-Romance-Bestsellers-ebook/dp/B00N04YXF6/

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/intense-vi-keeland/1120195709?ean=2940150678477&itm=1&usri=intense+vi+keeland

Kobo:

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/books/inTENse/xWknJGKGCkKq4f32VfWIXQ

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/intense-anthology-ten-bestselling/id911545316

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/468975

Yours to Keep by Serena Bell

yours to keepBook: Yours to Keep

Author: Serena Bell

Publisher: Loveswept (Contemporary romance)

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Ana Travares has spend the majority of her life trying to fly under the radar. Having come to the US as a child on a visa, the sudden death of her mother left her, her brother and sister alone and with illegal immigrant status. She makes her living as a Spanish tutor and teaches ESL at the local school. The changes in the law are making it more and more difficult for her to make a living as she has no social security, no bank account, no identity.

Her brother Ricky, who’s more like a father, warns her to trust no-one. Advice she follows until she meets her new student Theo and his father Ethan Hansen. She feels an immediate kinship with Theo, who lost his mother around the same age she did. Ethan makes an impact on her too. He seems to see into the deepest parts of her. The parts she has to keep hidden to ensure her survival and that of her family.

For years Ethan has been raising his son alone, with no time for anything other than work. The day he meets Ana changes all of that. He’s desperate to get to know her better, but he doesn’t want to jeopardise the connection his son has with her. She’s the only thing that makes Theo smile lately. The more time she spends with them, the more Ethan falls – and the feeling is mutual. Ana knows she has to tell him the truth before they fall too far, but the truth is grim. What if she can’t be his to keep?

Why you should read this: You know how even as much as you may love romance, you can get a little tired of re-reading essentially the same story over and over? Well this book was a welcome surprise. It deals with a storyline I haven’t come across very often with well-rounded characters who weren’t social stereotypes. The tension between Ana and Ethan was off the charts hot and I liked that Ethan was a bit older than your average hero. I had a lot of sympathy for the characters and it dealt with some emotional matters, yet it was balanced with banter and humour.

What you might hate: The premise is a little heavier than perhaps other Loveswept novels but I think it’s dealt with well – you won’t feel depressed by the subject matter, it’s a well-told story with a very satisfying ending.

Rating: I give Yours to Keep a solid 4/5 – it was original, emotional and heartwarming.

Blog Tour: Only With You by Lauren Layne

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We’re so happy to be one of the stops on Lauren Layne’s blog tour. If you haven’t read Only With You yet, below is our review, a teaser and you could win a copy in our competition. Click here to enter.

COVER-Only with You

Book: Only With You

Author: Lauren Layne

Series: The Best Mistake #1

Format: Kindle ARC

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

 

Basic story: Sophie Dalton is drifting, or in the words of her loser ex-boyfriend, she’s floating aimlessly through life. Despite having two degrees under her belt, neither careers were what she wanted to do, so she’s a waitress until she figures things out. Her family treats her like the disappointment of the family – she’s nothing like her perfect big sister Brynne and her parents take every opportunity to hammer that point home. Things can’t get much worse for Sophie. Or so she thinks.

At a particularly tacky bachelorette party in Vegas, Sophie decides to channel her inner party girl and dress up. The plan backfires when a sexy, tall and brooding man in the elevator mistakes her for a hooker. Her already low opinion of herself plummets further. It’s time to re-evaluate her priorities and get her life back on track.

That horrible night comes back to haunt Sophie when her sister Brynne invites her new boyfriend to dinner. Grayson Wyatt is stunned to see her again, minus her hooker gear. Sophie cannot believe her bad luck. When she is inveigled into working for the jerk, things go from bad, to worse, to interesting.

Why you should read this: I’m a huge fan of Lauren Layne – she always nails the balance between light and fun reads but always brings an element of pathos to her characters. Sophie is a really fun character – she’s a people-pleaser with the ability to diffuse tense situations. She also has a very low opinion of herself. I felt for her at times – Grayson is really hard work and definitely not a people-person. I liked Grayson because he was different. He’s not a perfect character. He’s not an alpha with all the answers. He’s a bit of a disaster area really. No social skills and unsure of how to handle his attraction to Sophie. The tension between the two of them is off the charts. Prepare for a looooong wait before they sort themselves out though!

What you might hate: At times Grayson’s mixed signals gave me whiplash – one minute he wants Sophie, then he hates Sophie and thinks her sister is more his speed. He’s a completely hopeless character, but once he shows his vulnerability, you can’t help but root for him a little bit.

Rating: 3.5/5 for a fun, quick read with plenty of mind-games, banter and it also has some likable peripheral characters who we’ll see more of in Made For You, book two in the series.

Only With You is out on July 29th.

 Excerpt:

They grabbed their wineglasses and headed toward the

sound of Brynn’s smooth alto voice and the sharper squawk

that generally meant Marnie was in full-out “impress” mode.

Sophie hoped her sister’s new man-friend was adept at

flattery and pleasant niceties, because he was going to need

a hefty dose of social skills to maneuver his new girlfriend’s

overprotective father and eager-for-grand-babies mother.

She shuffled after Will into the “drawing room,” mentally

preparing herself for mind-numbing conversation with one

of Brynn’s adoring drones.

 Sophie halted to a stop so suddenly that some of her wine

sloshed over the edge of her glass and onto Marnie’s pristine

white carpet.

 Her mother made an exasperated sound, but a little

spilled Chardonnay was the least of Sophie’s worries.

 It was him.

 The man from the Las Vegas elevator standing in front

of her like some sort of icy-eyed ghost. And he had an arm

around her sister’s waist.

Oh, holy crap.

The aged gouda she’d just swallowed began churning in

the wine tsunami of her stomach.

Will pinched her upper arm none too gently, and Sophie

belatedly realized that her sister had finished introductions.

Everybody was staring at her, including Mr. I’m Not

Looking for an Escort Service. She had so not missed that

deadly sexy gaze. Emphasis on the “deadly” part. Still, it

was reassuring that he too looked a bit shell-shocked. He

didn’t say a word, but based on what she knew of him, she

didn’t really expect him to.

 The ball was clearly in her court.

Buying links: AmazonB&NiTunesBAM!Indiebound

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne writes contemporary romance for Grand Central Publishing (Forever) and Random House (Loveswept).

After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Lauren moved to New York City where she now writes full time.

Lauren graduated from Santa Clara University with B.S. in Political Science that she has yet to put to good use. She lives with her husband and plus-sized pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

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Blog Tour: Addicted by Tracy Wolff

Addicted Blog Tour BannerBook: ADDICTED (An Ethan Frost Novel #2)

A Loveswept New Adult Romance

Author: Tracy Wolff

On sale: July 15, 2014

Find ADDICTED on Goodreads

“I’m allowed to be sorry that the woman I love has been through hell, I’m allowed to be fucking furious that my brother is the one who hurt you. And I’m damn sure allowed to want to make things better for you.” – Ethan Frost.

Blurb:

As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.

Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

But that’s not why I’m with him.

I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?

Get your copy of ADDICTED

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Review

I have been waiting to see what happened between Chloe and Ethan for months. If you’ve read Ruined, you’ll know that it ended on one hell of a cliffhanger and making us wait for months was just plain mean! Chloe and Ethan have an awful lot of baggage to work through and even though they love each other so completely, will that be enough to overcome the odds stacked against them?

Why you should read it: Addicted gives the reader the chance to get to know both Ethan and Chloe a lot better. I’ll be honest, I was not a huge fan of Chloe’s in Ruined, but in this conclusion to the story, she’s stronger, more open and she really comes into her own as a heroine. She is no longer in awe of the powerful Ethan Frost – he’s human, he’s vulnerable and he has a habit of keeping secrets from Chloe. The way she faces up to her problems, when before she would have just run away, really shows how she’s grown during their time together. I found I had a lot more patience with her this time around.

Ethan is the ultimate hero – he’s a philanthropist, he’s kind, patient and would do anything for Chloe. All you could want in a hero and buckets more. He’s tested in this book as his family is responsible for a lot of the past traumas Chloe has suffered. He’s determined to make it right, but doesn’t always go about it the right way!

What you might hate: I enjoyed this story more than Ruined, but you may be left exasperated by the back and forth between the couple. This is natural and I like that the characters even made reference to how much they keep breaking up and making up! The sex is off the charts hot in this book – normally I dislike that amount if I feel that it gets in the way of the story. I don’t feel that this was the case here, but some plot lines were left hanging and I felt like the author ran out of time to tie up loose ends. What happened to Brandon? Did Chloe continue with law school? It was a bit rushed in the end, which was a pity.

Rating: 3.5/5 for a satisfyingly hot conclusion and a pair of troubled yet loveable characters. And also kudos to Tracy for ending the series after two books and not feeling that pressure to trilogise! (Is that a word? It is now.)

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 ABOUT TRACY WOLFF

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff lives inTracy_Wolff Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.

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The Second Time I Saw You by Pippa Croft

pippa-croft-series-2-002Book: The Second Time I Saw You

Series: The Oxford Blue series #2

Author: Pippa Croft

Review by: Onnica

Basic Story: Lauren is back in Oxford after the Christmas break and determined to put all the drama and anguish caused by Alexander behind her. She needs to buckle down and do the work on her Masters and she’s not deviating from her ambitions. That’s the plan anyway, until Alexander appears on her doorstep, distressed by family issues and with no-one else to turn to. What can she do? She can’t dismiss him into the night, can she?

The pair continue their turbulent and passionate relationship, under the glare of Rupert, Alexander’s delicious, pantomime villain of a cousin and of course Valentina, a woman scorned, who has no intention of letting Alexander get away from her again. With so many forces at work against them, can Lauren ever expect to be a part of Alexander’s world? Does she want to be?

Why you should read this: Book two continues seamlessly from the end of The First Time we Met, and poor old Lauren doesn’t know whether she’s coming or going. I feel her pain – she’s trying to knuckle down to her studies, but the stress of an on-again-off-again relationship with Alexander is taking its toll. No sooner has she formed a plan of action, Alexander pops back into a life with reasons she can’t refuse him. The heat is twice as hot between the pair and there’s a nice bit of intrigue bubbling in the background too. It’s not just a bonk fest, which I’m relieved about. The added pressure of other people wanting them apart added to the drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

What you might hate: It’s all so posh! The surprise visits to Rome for dinner etc. If that’s not your bag, then you may dislike the immense displays of wealth – but you should already know that we’re not dealing with mere mortals here! These are the monied, upper echelons of society. Aside from that, you have some real baddies in this story – which heightened it for me. It was so Colby’s or Dynasty, (or if you’re in the UK – so Made in Chelsea) brought bang up-to-date. I love it and I can’t wait to see love triumph in their faces!

Rating: 4/5 – I’m thoroughly enjoying the ride and think this series has the potential to be super-popular this year!

The Second Time I Saw You is out in October (in the US) and is currently out now in the UK.