Blog Tour – Ready to Run by Lauren Layne

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Calling all Lauren Layne fans! She’s back with yet another new exciting series – I don’t know how she does it! The I do, I don’t series starts with Ready to Run and you’re going to love it!

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Series: I do, I don’t #1

Author: Lauren Layne

Release date: 22 August 2017

Main characters: Jordan Carpenter,  TV producer hoping to convince Luke Elliott to contribute to her firm’s new project. Luke Elliott, bachelor (not by choice) who seems to have an unfortunate habit of leaving his bride at the altar.

Plot: Jordan Carpenter lives a fabulous NY life. She’s successful and has a good head for her business: showbusiness. She’s trying to land the perfect guy to star in the upcoming reality show of the season, Jilted. She thinks she’s found the perfect candidate: one Luke Elliott. Something about his story intrigues the heck out of her. He’s backed out of not one wedding, but three in recent years, and somehow the town seems to still adore him. She wants her man and won’t take no for an answer…

Luke Elliott, local fireman and all-round good guy keeps his cards close to his chest. That’s why when Jordan crosses his path, he has no interest in being part of her crazy plan. His private life is his and he has no intention of becoming public property. He’s rude and surly to her, but Jordan has thicker skin that he gave her credit for. Nothing he does seems to deter her. She may well succeed in wearing him down, and the whole town of Lucky Hollow seems to love her too. Will Luke?

Why you should read it: This book was so good! It had banter, it had substance and was a real page turner. The chemistry between Jordan and Luke was undeniable and it built steadily. I loved how Jordan got under Luke’s skin. She’s sunny but not a walkover – and she’s the perfect balance to Luke’s acerbic tendencies. I could feel Lauren Layne’s enthusiasm for this new series – it’s inspired and I’m really excited to be meeting some new characters in a completely different setting.

What you may not like: Luke takes grouch to a whole new level. He’s so keen to protect himself that he really treats Jordan badly at times. She can take care of herself, but there really are some oh-no-he-didn’t-say-that moments that made me gape.

Rating: 4/5 for an exciting start to a new series, which is imaginative and has all the hallmarks of a Lauren Layne book that you’ll love!

Ready to Run is out today!

Sneak peek – Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

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Calling all Penelope Ward fans – whether you love her collaborations with partner in crime Vi Keeland, or prefer her solo books, you won’t be able to resist Drunk Dial

DRUNK DIAL (A standalone)

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Release date: 21 August 2017
A Contemporary Romance Novel
New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Penelope Ward 

Synopsis:
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget – even though he so easily forgot about me – and call him.
Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him – unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions.
I didn’t think he’d call me back.
I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become.
Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets.
Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake.

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Excerpt:

After that evening, I hadn’t heard back from him for a few days.
Then, one night, a text came in from the same phone number I recognized as Landon’s. It was the first time he’d texted me.
I looked down to find he’d sent a photo.
I gasped.
It was a heavily tatted man set against the backdrop of the ocean at sunset. Oh, my. It was him – a selfie.
Fuck. Me. He was beautiful.
I wouldn’t have even known it was Landon were it not for the blue eyes I recognized instantly. The shaggy, caramel hair I remembered from the past was now a darker shade of brown and shorter, cropped closer to his head. His arms and his chest were inked, his body so perfect that if I squinted, it almost resembled carved stone.
I couldn’t stop looking at him. My eyes wanted nothing more than to explore the ridges and valleys of his stunning body.
Was this a cruel joke?
This was not Landon!
But, it was.
With my thumb and middle finger, I kept zooming in and out, examining the details of the ink across his chest and on his arms. There was really nothing sexier than a guy with perfect arms and a full sleeve tattoo.
Even though his lips seemed fuller than I recalled, they still curved into a familiar grin that oozed confidence. The eyes and that smile were the only traces of the boy I remembered. I wished I could’ve leapt through the screen to smell him, touch him.
“Hi, Landon,” I whispered, for a brief moment talking to the boy inside, not the man in front of me.
This Landon was the polar opposite of the Ivy League yuppie image previously in my head. The only thing the man pictured might have majored in was badassery. He looked like a rockstar, a rule breaker, displaying a sense of arousing danger–someone who must have had women from all walks of life drooling over him for the sheer fact that either they couldn’t have him or shouldn’t have him. It suddenly became clear why, as he’d alluded to, a woman might have been begging him for sex. That made me wonder if he had any secret tattoos in spots I wasn’t allowed to see. God.
A fire was burning inside of me, and I knew it was my crush exploding into a full-blown obsession.
A self-conscious feeling came over me. If I was scared to show him a picture of myself before, now I was really hesitant.
The message that went along with the photo simply read:
Now show me you.

About the Author

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a sixteen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up

in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 11-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

Along Came Love by Tracey Livesay

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Series: Shades of Love #2

Author: Tracey Livesay

Release date: 25 October 2016

Main characters: India Shaw, free spirit who’s landed in some big trouble. Michael Black, a mutual friend and the one to bail her out.

Blurb:

When a silly, impulsive decision lands free-spirited India Shaw behind bars in San Francisco, she has no choice but to call the only person she knows in the unfamiliar city—the very man she abandoned after a steamy two-day fling. The fact that she’s pregnant with his child is something she’d rather not divulge.
Tech executive Michael Black never thought he’d hear from the quirky beauty after she left his bed four months ago, much less be called upon to post bail. He’s got his hands full with a corporate merger that could make or break his career, but his honorable nature—and an overwhelming need to see her again—means he can’t just leave her in jail. And when India reveals the truth about her pregnancy, Mike insists she stay with him until the baby is born.

India doesn’t want to depend on him for anything, but their constant proximity stirs up feelings she can’t ignore. She’s never desired a family before and she knows a future with Mike isn’t possible . . . but then along came love to shake up all her plans.

Why you should read it: I think Tracey is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I read Love On My Mind and adored it, and to have more books in the series to delve into is even better! I liked India for her free spirit and felt bad for her when it became clear why she was so reluctant to stick in one place for too long, never outstaying her welcome. She’s very much alone in the world and her self-reliance is admirable but extremely lonely. Mike was a good hero – he was very focused and decisive. He didn’t swerve once in his emotions and that made him attractive but also created a delicious amount of conflict between he and India. Their chemistry is off-the-charts hot!

What you may not like: I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the pace was near perfect. There was no repetitive dialogue or shoehorned angst for the sake of it.

Rating: 4/5 for an engaging and romantic story that was hot as all get out!

Cover reveal – Play On by Samantha Young

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Nora O’Brien chased a dream from Indiana to Scotland, so sure it was the right thing to do. Three years later she was left in her adopted country with nothing to her name but guilt and regret.

Until Aidan Lennox entered her life.

Older, worldlier, a music producer and composer, the sexy Scot should never have made sense for Nora. But somehow in each other they found the light they were looking for, the laughter and the passion—the strength to play on despite their past losses.

But when life dealt Aidan another unlucky hand, instead of reaching for her he disappeared. The agonizing loss of him inspired something within Nora. It fired her spirit— the anger and hurt pushing her forward to take control and reach for her dreams.

Finally pursuing a career on stage while she put herself through college, everything is how Nora wants it. She’s avoiding heartbreak and concentrating on her goals.

Sounds easy but it’s not. Because Aidan is back. And for some reason he hates Nora.

He’s determined to be at war with her.

And she has absolutely no idea why.

Out September 12th 2017 in digital and paperback edition!

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Spite Club by Julie Kriss

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Author: Julie Kriss

Series: A standalone

Release date: 7th June 2017

Main characters: Evie Bates, heroine stuck in a rut, trying to be ‘respectable’. Nick Mason, the complete opposite, brash and honest to a fault.

Plot: The night Evie Bates receives a call telling her that her boyfriend Josh has been cheating on her – she doesn’t know how to react. She’s shocked, but can’t believe that the good guy Josh, whom she thought was so steady would be a cheater. The caller is the boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend) of the woman Josh has been cheating with. And he is not happy.

Nick is surly, his pride is obviously hurt that his girlfriend cheated, and he’s bad news. Evie has been around enough Nicks in her time to know she should avoid this one at all costs. However, turnabout is fair play. The pair decide to put the rumour out there that they’ve started dating – just to mess with their exes. And it works…a litttle too well. Before long,  Evie’s questioning her life choices and whether being ‘respectable’ is really all that important and whether underneath all the smoke and mirrors, there could actually be anything real with Nick.

Why you should read it: This story was refreshing and so much fun! I loved Evie and her internal monologue. She was sweet, trying to do the ‘right thing’ and she suffered from many of the hangups other women do. These hangups didn’t hold her back though – she was brave. Nick was seriously hot. He was so straightforward and cheeky and rude – but it made a very entertaining character. He has depth too – it wasn’t all bravado and cockiness with him. His backstory was an interesting one that drew me in and I wanted to know more.

What you may not like: Not sure – I loved it! Short, sweet, sexy and funny. It had it all.

Rating: 5/5 – my first book by Julie Kriss – won’t be my last!

Siren by Jaimie Roberts

Book: Siren

Author: Jaimie Roberts

Series: a standalone

Main character: Scarlet – aka the Siren. Men fall at her feet, and she takes pleasure in destroying them…

Blurb:
I’m not a good person. In fact, I’m a real bitch. If the opportunity arises, I will take your husband, give him the best sex he’s ever had, and laugh behind your back once I’m done with him. I do not put on airs and graces. I just take what I want whenever I want it.
I am the abused who has become the abuser. I live for power because all power had been stripped from me for years. Now that I have it back, I feed off of it like it’s my primary sustenance, and I don’t care who I hurt in the process.

Every woman hates me, but do you know what? I don’t give a shit.

You won’t like me. I’m not here to be liked. You want to know my story? I won’t stop you from observing. Just know that once I’m done with you, no shower—no matter how scalding—will ever get me out from under your skin.

Warning: If you’re looking for pink, fluffy clouds, rainbows, and HEA’s, then this book is not for you. These pages contain flashback scenes of child abuse in all forms (physical, sexual, and emotional) as well as BDSM and other taboo themes.

Love does not live in this book. Only dark, twisted, and sick obsessions thrive here.

You. Have. Been. Warned!

Why you should read it: I’m not 100% sure you should! It’s completely messed up! It has some themes that may really unsettle and upset, so I would heed the warnings about this book, if themes of abuse etc. are not something you can handle. Because the author doesn’t hold back. At all! However… if you’re the kind of person who laughs in the face of warnings, well you’ll find something completely deranged yet absolutely compelling. The story is simple and is told in such an engaging way, that despite Scarlet’s path in life, you can’t help rooting for her. She’s an anti-heroine with a vendetta and I really kinda wanted her to succeed. Why is she out for revenge? Well, I can’t tell you that. Read the book. If you dare.

What you may not like: Covered it in the blurb and above – but to reiterate – this book isn’t romance and it isn’t fluffy. It’s freaky with a capital F. Think CJ Roberts and double it…(Although, even CJ gave her characters a happy ending!)

Rating: 4/5 for a daring, mind-altering read. It was brace, enthralling and definitely does not follow any traditional tropes!

Fractured Love by Ella James

Book: Fractured Love

Author: Ella James

Series: standalone

Release date: 19 July 2017

Main characters: Evie Rutherford and Landon Jones, star crossed lovers who could never quite let the other go.

Blurb:

I was sixteen when he came to our house. Landon Jones, a boy with nothing, from nowhere. He had cinnamon hair and grey eyes – light blue, just like mine. When we went out as a family with my foster brother, people asked if Landon was my twin. He wasn’t. That year, we found out how much he wasn’t. When my parents caught us, they threw Landon out like trash.
Now I’m twenty-seven, a soon-to-be surgeon, like my mom and dad. I know residency is going to kick my ass, but I had no idea that it would rip my heart out, too. Not until I see him – Dr. Jones.

Why you should read it: Holy moley – want a story with angst, heartbreak, yet stoic optimism? This one could be it! The story of Evie and Landon (or should I say ballad) is a 10-year memoir of lost opportunities and external factors keeping them apart. Their connection was palpable and it jumps out at you from the page. Both Evie and Landon are well-drawn, soulful characters and I loved them both. The physical side of things actually took a backseat to the story – their love for each other was the story’s focus.

What you may not like: The ‘obstacle’ that stood in the way of Evie and Landon being together seemed a bit trivial in the grand scheme of things. Evie just wasn’t brave enough to tell the truth and it seemed a bit daft to be honest. However, this was one element in a very engaging and compelling story that kept me reading. I wanted to know what was going to happen and I was invested in knowing the outcome.

Rating: 4/5 for a heart wrenching, rollercoaster of a story that will make you gasp, make you swoon and sigh.

Tease me Tonight by Jules Court 

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Series: Hot in the City #3

Author: Jules Court

Release date: 31 July 2017

Main characters: Elizabeth Owen, nurse who’s ready to have some fun. Will MacGregor, fireman who is tired of hookups and ready for a meaningful relationship.

Plot: Elizabeth was on the world’s most sedate bachelorette party when she meets Will. Handsome and attentive, he looks like the perfect guy to rock her world for a night. No strings attached.

The only crimp in her plan is that Will isn’t doing one night stands anymore. They’ve left him empty and he finally wants something real. Elizabeth intrigues him and she makes him want to throw away his rule about not jumping into bed with a stranger. She pushes all the right buttons and he may have found his special someone.

Will the pair be able to find some common ground when clearly their goals are diametrically opposed?

Why you should read it: This was a very fun, well written novella. The dialogue was sparky and had me smiling. I really like Will – he was refreshing and a fun character, with deeper facets. Elizabeth was a tough cookie, and although she had the fleeing from love thing going on, she didn’t take it to ridiculous lengths. The passion and heat between these two was also hot hot hot! It’s titillating and enormous fun. I heartily recommend it.

What you may not like: It’s quite a short read so I don’t think there was time to actively dislike anything in the story.

Rating: 4/5 for a fun, sexy and feel-good read.

Love on my Mind by Tracey Livesay

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Author: Tracey Livesay

Series: Shades of Love #1

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Main characters: Chelsea Grant, successful PR guru about to be given the assignment to end all assignments. Adam Bennett, surly Tech CEO in need of help to turn around his public image.

Plot: Chelsea Grant has worked hard all her life and is finally about to get the recognition she deserves. Or so she thinks. It seems that in order for her to be made partner in her firm, she needs to jump through one more hoop. A hoop in the shape of Adam Bennett – media-hostile tech genius. If she can get him presentation ready, and playing nice with intrusive and banal media questions, all her dreams will be made a reality. The clincher: she has to do this without him knowing that his own company hired her. Piece of cake right?

Adam is focused, confident and knows that his product will change modern computing forever. So why does he have to answer gossip magazine questions about himself – it’s absurd and he’d rather not reward idiocy. But…he also knows how others perceive him, so when he meets Chelsea unexpectedly, he enlists her help. It soon becomes obvious that she doesn’t annoy him as many other people do. In fact, he finds himself having trouble focusing on the task at hand. Perhaps they can mix business with pleasure after all…

Why you should read it: It’s not that often that you get a combination of sexy and intelligent characters in a book. That may be harsh, but I’ve read enough books in the genre to know when one truly stands out from the others. Chelsea and Adam were great characters – both complex and fiercely intelligent. Chelsea has the mother of all dilemmas and you can see how it will all blow up in her face, but there’s nothing she can do! Adam was great too. He’s exacting and precise and once we delve into his story it becomes clear why he’s as structured as he is. I truly enjoyed this story and the heat the pair generated was INSANE!

What you may not like: I can’t think of anything – usually I prefer standalone books rather than series, but as there were plenty of interesting peripheral characters, I’ll be happy to delve into them too!

Rating: 4/5 for a truly enjoyable read.

Release blitz – Fractured Love by Ella James

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Title: Fractured Love
An Off-Limits Romance Standalone
Author: Ella James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 19, 2017

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She was my foster sister, her luxurious house the only home I’d ever known.

I fell in love with Evie before her doctor parents signed my adoption papers.

They threw me out the day they caught us.

Now I’m Dr. Jones, so far removed from who I used to be, it seems like a bad dream. I tell myself nothing can touch me.

Until I see the residency roster at Rockies University Hospital.

There’s only two incoming neurosurgery residents each year. This year it’s Landon Jones – and Evie Rutherford.

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