Monthly Archives:: June 2013

Jun 17
Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway-Sally Smith O’Rourke’s Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway-Sally Smith O’Rourke’s Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen

Sally Smith O’Rourke’s Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is the second book in her The Man Who Loved Jane Austen series. I haven’t read the first book, which takes the name of her series, and although I didn’t feel lost reading Yours Affectionately, I do feel I would have been better prepared had I read it. At the time I wasn’t aware it was a second book and it wasn’t until I read it that I felt certain events were missing. I do recommend you read the first book and then proceed to Yours Affectionately. Yours Affectionately picks up where The Man Who Loved Jane Austen left off. Eliza Knight has made contact with Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms in Virginia and brought him the letters written by Jane Austen herself…. Read more »

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Jun 17
Blog Tour: Review-Christina Thompson’s Chemical Attraction

Blog Tour: Review-Christina Thompson’s Chemical Attraction

Madeline Pierce’s only option is to contact the FBI when she notices mysterious items on shipping invoices. As she begins to question those at her lab, she’s told it was a billing mistake, but she knows something isn’t right. Most of the items can be used for making meth and she knows a large quality of supplies can be a dangerous combination. Nervous, but determined, she meets with FBI agent, Joe Roberts. Joe and Madeline establish a ruse to get him access to her laboratory; the two begin to pose as a couple and an attraction begins to develop. Joe never mixes business with pleasure, and yet he can’t keep his hands off Madeline. When strange animal attacks begin to take place Joe and Madeline know time is working against… Read more »

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Jun 14
Blog Tour: Review-Anne Whitney’s The Art of Love + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Anne Whitney’s The Art of Love + Giveaway

Once in a while a book falls into your lap that blows you away. When Megan from Book Brats announced the opportunity to be part of Anne Whitney’s blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance especially after reading the synopsis. Anne Whitney’s debut, The Art of Love, is what all New Adult books should emulate. Character development is strong and we get to know each one to the point that they become personal friends. I really liked the personal journey Marina makes. When we first meet her, she’s a bit shy and uneasy and then she grows into her confidence. I adored Fitz! I was bit unsure how to react to him, but he’s kind and knows how to help someone in need. Your heart will break for him… Read more »

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Jun 14
Cover Reveal: Angela Carlie’s Jenny’s Blue Velvet

Cover Reveal: Angela Carlie’s Jenny’s Blue Velvet

This is such a gorgeous cover and I’m sure you’ll agree especially with the use of the color blue. The synopsis is really interesting too and I’m adding it to my TBR pile. * * * Title: Jenny’s Blue Velvet Author: Angela Carlie Publication date: August 22, 2013 Genre: Adult Romantic Thriller Synopsis: Jenny’s stuck. She’s tried just about every occupation she can think of and will be digging out of student debt for a very long time, but has nothing to show for it. Her everyday routine feels like a prison. And her marriage? Well, let’s just say it’s been a little one-sided lately and the money she threw down on the toys from Lover’s Erotic Store was well worth it and then some. Jenny decides her next big… Read more »

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Jun 13
Blog Tour: Review-Daisy Prescott’s Geoduck’s Are For Lovers + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Daisy Prescott’s Geoduck’s Are For Lovers + Giveaway

I’m a big fan of lovers reunited and when I read the synopsis for Daisy Prescott’s Geoducks Are for Lovers, I couldn’t pass it up! Plus look at the cover-the colors are beautiful and I love the use of wishing rocks because they a role in the book. Maggie Marrion is excited to see her old university friends and is happy to play host to their visit to Whidbey Island where she’s been living and working remotely as a food writer. The new addition to their inner circle is Quinn’s husband and Selah announces she’s bringing someone, but Maggie gets some shocking news. Gil Morrow, her best friend from university will be coming with Selah. Maggie hasn’t spoken to Gil in several years and she’s not sure how to face… Read more »

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Jun 13
Excerpt: Daisy Prescott’s Geoducks Are for Lovers

Excerpt: Daisy Prescott’s Geoducks Are for Lovers

Woo-hoo! I have an excerpt of Daisy Prescott’s Geoducks Are for Lovers! Enjoy! Synopsis: Food writer Maggie Marrion is just getting back on her feet after a horrible year, or two, or three. With their twentieth reunion approaching, she invites four of her closest friends from college for a weekend at her beach cabin. What she doesn’t expect is her best friends, artist Quinn Dayton and part-time erotica novelist, Selah Elmore, to play matchmaker. The two plot a surprise that will make the weekend, and her life, a lot more interesting. Gil Morrow, former grunge musician turned history professor, joins them as Selah’s date for the weekend. After coming face to face with the one who got away, he decides he’s waited long enough to get the girl. With the… Read more »

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Jun 12
Cover Reveal: Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Giveaway

Cover Reveal: Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Giveaway

What does Jennifer L. Armentrout have to say about Lisa Desrochers’s A Little Too Far?  “More than a ridiculously sexy, HOT read, Desrochers takes you on a wild ride of self-discovery and bittersweet romance.”—Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn), New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You. Wait till you read the synopsis! This is one book you’ll want to read and ah I NEED it NOW! Before we get to the synopsis, we have a cover reveal! There’s also a giveaway, open international. Excited to see the cover? Here it is! Ready? * * * Synopsis: Have you ever gone just a little too far? Lexie Banks has. Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother.In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son… Read more »

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Jun 11
The Round Table: A Peek Into My Review Process

The Round Table: A Peek Into My Review Process

About two weeks ago, I received an email from author asking if I’d change my review rating for a book she wrote because she fixed several of the issues I pointed out. This was for a review written months ago and while I’m glad the problems I brought up were addressed, I feel as if I’d be cheating by changing the rating. First of all, I’d have to reread the book to see what changes were made and second of all, I’m not in the same mindset when I first read the book. How many times have you read a book and thought it was brilliant, but reread it later only to change your mind? I don’t consider myself a difficult / picky reviewer. I do have an academic background… Read more »

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Jun 10
Destination Wedding Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

Destination Wedding Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

Title: Destination Wedding Author: Robyn Neeley Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 10, 2013 Publisher: Crimson Romance Synopsis: Wedding planner Kate Ashby’s fear of flying is eased by a sexy stranger and one slow lip lock that rockets her into another obit. CEO Luke Cannon has just traded seats with his identical twin. Little did he know that an innocent kiss while pretending he was his brother would soon create havoc. What happens in the air doesn’t stay up there. Once on tropical land, Kate believes that the handsome stranger who gave her the best kiss of her life is now her new client, Drew Cannon, fiancé to the beautiful and wealthy Lauren Kincaid. While Kate struggles with the intense feelings she thinks she has for Drew, Luke discovers Kate’s… Read more »

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Jun 10
Book Review: Kate Karyus Quinn’s Another Little Piece

Book Review: Kate Karyus Quinn’s Another Little Piece

How many times have we coveted something we can’t have? While reading Another Little Piece, I couldn’t help but think of the old saying, “be careful for what you wish for.” A year ago, Annaliese Rose Gordon was at a party and it’s the last night anyone saw her alive. Most believe she’s dead, but when she shows up miles away from her hometown, her parents are overjoyed. Annaliese has no recollection about what happened to her the night she disappeared or what she was doing before she woke up. Little by little she tries to piece everything together only to come to a terrifying conclusion, she may not be Annaliese. If she’s not her, then who is she and why does she have this craving for blood? Another Little… Read more »

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Jun 09
Book Review: Nikki Worrell’s The Enforcer

Book Review: Nikki Worrell’s The Enforcer

The Enforcer is Nikki Worrell’s debut and holy smokes, she can write a smoking hockey player! Lacey Benoit’s life hasn’t been the best lately. Her brother’s death and finding out her fiancé cheated has taken a toll and she’s contemplating moving. When her best friend, Zoe Millis, mentions the San Diego Scorpions are hiring she recommends Lacey apply. Lacey accepts the challenge and moves to San Diego where her world is turned upside down. Jody LaGrange is the Scorpions newest enforcer and he has no reason to see a sports psychologist, but it’s required by the Scorpions. Reluctantly he agrees to meet with Zoe Millis, but when he spots Lacey, she’s all he can think about. Jody is disappointed when Lacey announces she’s not interested in dating, but he realizes… Read more »

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Jun 07

Postscript: May 2013

The big news for May was participating in Armchair BEA. I had a lot of fun and learned a few things plus I had a great time meeting new bloggers. I’m really looking forward to applying some of the tips I’ve picked up along the way. What else is new? Well, I’ve been talking to Lauren on and off and we are introducing a new aspect to Lit, etc regarding reviews especially those that fall in the 4/5 line rating. Some 5 star books just go beyond a rating and I want to distinguish those that stand out. The same goes for a 4 star rating. You’ll see a few reviews tagged as “excellence” or “recommended.” This basically means: this book, in our own opinion, is one you have to… Read more »

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