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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

BISHOP by Sawyer Bennett ★★★★★ AVAILABLE NOW!

Bishop: An Arizona Vengeance Novel
Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: August 14, 2018
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Bishop: An Arizona Vengeance Novel
Sawyer Bennett

Release Date: August 14, 2018

Meet the Arizona Vengeance, hockey’s hottest new team. They’re burning up the ice—until a one-night-stand with the coach’s daughter freezes one player in his skates.

Bishop Scott, co-captain. Not too shabby, huh? It’s all part of my fresh start with the NHL’s latest expansion team, and that means new teammates, a new coach, a new city, and a big new contract. Basically, I cannot f***ing wait to show my old squad what they’re missing.

But first, I decide to check out the town before the grind begins. Turns out Arizona chicks are totally smokin’, and I’m fortunate enough to meet one who’s looking for the same thing I am: a night of anonymous, unforgettable, no-strings-attached sex.

Fast forward to the Vengeance arena. It’s the last place I expect to see her again—let alone in her own office. Then bells go off and I finally realize who this girl is: Brooke Perron. My new coach’s daughter. All of a sudden, we’re picking up right where we left off, which means our hands are all over each other. That’s when her dad—my boss—walks in. And before I can get a word out, Brooke’s introducing me as her fiancĂ©.

Sure, she just saved my ass. So why do I get the feeling Brooke’s going to turn my world upside down? Maybe it’s because this fake relationship feels way too real. . . .




BISHOP by Sawyer Bennett.  I'll start by saying that Ms. Bennett has rocked my world with this one!  Being a HUGE fan of her Cold Fury series, I was a bit nervous about venturing to another team's crew but there there was no need to worry.  Ms. Bennett totally knocked this one out of the park (oops - wrong sport but you get the idea!).  Bishop and Brooke are smokin' hot together.  I loved Brooke's dedication and love for her father.  And Bishop, despite his emotional upheavals, certainly stepped up to the plate (sorry - again, wrong sport LOL) and offered Brooke the support she needed.  Their love story moved fast, yet slow - it was, for me, a joy to follow their journey with them as discoveries are made and life is lived.  There's fun times, sad times, a bit of heartache and lots of steamy lovin' that make this story one I couldn't put down and want to read again.   Despite my tendency to refer to the wrong sport, I enjoy a hockey tale almost more then any other sport and Ms. Bennett is skilled and crafty when writing her hunky hockey heroes.  Her characters are true enough and her plots are believable.  Her writing style is fluid and I never feel lost or confused.  Overall, Ms. Bennett is truly a wonderful writer that brings her characters to life and gives her readers a feel good love story that warms the heart and rocks the soul.  (received ARC for honest review)


Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

BAYSIDE HEAT by Melissa Foster ★★★★★ Blog Tour with GIVEAWAY!!

Bayside is bring the HEAT in this sexy, fun and
oh-so romantic friends-to-lovers romance!

Bayside Summers #3
Melissa Foster
Releasing Aug 8, 2018
World Literary Press

Drake Savage has always done the right thing, especially where beautiful and fiercely determined Serena Mallery is concerned—even when it means keeping his feelings for her to himself. Serena has always wanted more than what their small town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts has to offer, and Drake’s roots are so deeply entrenched in the Cape, it’s all he can do to watch her pack up her life and move away.

Serena has always had big dreams. As a teenager she dreamed of becoming an interior designer and marrying smart, musically inclined, sexy-as-sin Drake Savage. Now she’s finally landed a killer job with a top interior design firm, but though she has spent the last four years working side by side with Drake, he’s never made a move. Four years is long enough for her to accept reality, and her new job in Boston is the perfect way to move on.

A weak moment leads to sizzling, sensual kisses, opening a door through which they’ve both been aching to walk. But Serena’s determined not to give up her shot at the career she’s always dreamed of, and Drake has loved her for too many years to stand in her way. With true love at their fingertips and a world of unstoppable passion igniting between them, can the two star-crossed lovers find their way to their happily ever after?


“Enough guilt tripping. This is great news,” Rick said with a genuine smile, which faded as his gaze shifted to Drake. “It’s what you’ve always wanted.” He seemed to direct his comment at Drake instead of her, as if reminding him of her plans.
“I know. Ever since I was a little girl. Isn’t it fantastic? I’ll miss you guys so much, but I couldn’t turn down an interior design job with Kline, Heinan, and Bruce, or rather, KHB. They’re one of the most sought-after design firms around.”
“You’ve wanted a career in the big city for as long as I’ve known you,” Desiree said. “So even though I’m going to miss you, I’m happy you found something so amazing.”
“Boston?” Violet said. “Our small-town girl’s growing up.”
“Congrats, Serena,” Dean said as he draped an arm around Emery’s shoulder. “I appreciate all you’ve done for us.”
It wasn’t lost on Serena that Drake hadn’t said a word. “Thank you. I still can’t believe they called. I had almost given up.” She’d interviewed with KHB last winter and had thought they’d written her off. The resort had only a few winter clients, which had freed her up to get back into the industry by working part-time for Shift Home Interiors. Although she loved the work she’d done for Shift because it included space planning and helping to set up offices from scratch, and not just decorating work, the owner had recently had a baby and cut back to working only part-time. She couldn’t afford to hire Serena full-time. But even with a degree and several years of design experience prior to her current job, most of the bigger firms had turned her down.
Cosmos ran into the yard and leapt into Desiree’s lap. He began licking her face, making them all laugh. Except Drake, who remained stoic and still beside Serena, save for the muscles bunching in his jaw. She might as well get the worst part of it over with.
“There’s one tiny hitch,” Serena said, finally meeting Drake’s gaze. “They want me to start next week.”
Drake dropped his fork with a clank, a scowl twisting his handsome face into a mask of frustration. “Next week?”
“Hard to lose your fuck buddy, huh?” Violet mumbled.
Emery choked on her drink. Dean patted her back, chuckling along with Rick. Mira went wide-eyed, and Drake turned a scowl on Violet.
Serena rolled her eyes. She was used to Violet’s insinuations. There was no doubt that she and Drake were close. He’d always looked out for her, but that didn’t mean they were sleeping together—despite the fact that Serena had spent too many nights thinking about what it might be like to have his strong arms wrapped around her and those piercing eyes boring into her…
Drake’s dark gaze slid to Serena, and her stomach skidded to a halt. Yeah. She needed to get out of town all right.

BAYSIDE HEAT by Melissa Foster.  Well, Ms. Foster had me swooning yet again!  Drake and Serena - how I adored these two.  I loved Serena's independence and desire to prove herself, yet her vulnerability was sweet and made me love her more.  Drake is yummy and sexy and might possibly be up there on my book boyfriend list.  Together they sizzle!  Ms. Foster's stories and characters always warm my heart and make me smile and laugh.  Yet, they are also so touching that I find tears in my eyes - both happy and sad.  If you haven't had a chance to read Ms. Foster's work yet, what are you waiting for?  While this is a part of a series, Ms. Foster writes so that you can read it as a standalone, although, once you do, I be you'll be hooked and will want to read them all!  (received ARC for honest review)


Don't miss the other Bayside Summers titles

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

TOO BAD SO SAD by Lani Lynn Vale ★★★★★ RELEASE BLITZ!

Too Bad So Sad
The Simple Man Series #5
Lani Lynn Vale
Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Tyler Cree has never been good at the whole look and don’t touch thing.
From the moment he was old enough to walk on his own two feet, he’s been looking for trouble.
Trouble comes in many forms…quite a few of those forms being the female persuasion.
Tyler knows what girls want—a bad boy. And he has the bad boy image down pat.
Hot cop—double check.
A bike between his legs and a devil may care attitude—oh, yeah.
All the girls want him, yet none of them will have him—at least not all of him, anyway. A certain appendage they can have all they want. His heart, however, is not up for grabs. The useless organ inside his chest was broken and battered, mutilated by the one woman he thought would keep it safe.
Spoiler alert: she ripped it to shreds and set fire to the pieces.
To protect himself, Tyler keeps everyone at arm’s length, and never lets anyone get too close.
Then Reagan Rose Alvarez barrels into his life, and trespasses on not only his property, but straight into his abused heart. One glance is all it takes, and he’s suddenly thinking about things he hasn’t thought for quite some time—thoughts that a man like him should never have about a woman like her.
One moment of weakness is all it takes, and suddenly he has no other choice but to go on the offensive.
Keeping her is the only other option now.
Turns out, his heart isn’t as broken as he thought it was.
The only problem is, now the little she-devil holds it in the palm of her hands, and she has no clue just how much power she holds.



Kinda Don’t Care (The Simple Man #1) - Available Now

Maybe Don’t Wanna (The Simple Man #2) - Available Now

Get You Some (The Simple Man #3) - Available Now

Ain’t Doin It (The Simple Man Series #4) - Available Now

TOO BAD SO SAD by Lani Lynn Vale.  This is one tale that I thoroughly enjoyed!  I liked our main couple - Tyler and Reagan.  I liked the secondary characters (well, at least the ones I was supposed to like!) and I loved the story itself.  Tyler is an alpha male that has closed himself off to the possibility of a relationship after being burned.  He's super sexy, grumbly and in charge.  Just a typical hunk that makes the reader swoon and wish he were real!   Reagan, a botanist, despite having had some rough relationship history in her past, is upbeat and lively and a bit quirky.  She was often described as shy, yet I didn't really see that often.  Despite her past and the scars it left, she was a fun person to know.   She made me smile and chuckle more then once.  The burn between these two starts slow and sizzles and grows throughout the tale.  There's danger and suspense, smiles and tears, a bit of heartbreak and, of course, heartwarming love throughout.  Having read previous tales by Lani Lynn Vale, this is the first of the series that I have had the pleasure of perusing.  Despite being Book 5, I found I had no trouble keeping up and understanding.  It's a true standalone.  And, with that being said, I now look forward to catching up with books 1-4, having enjoyed this one as much as I did.  So, take my advice - don't be sad, read TOO BAD SO SAD today!  (received ARC for honest review)


I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 9, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.

Monday, August 6, 2018

DEFENDING ALLYE by Susan Stoker ★★★★★ with GIVEAWAY!!


Ever since his rescue op off the Pacific Coast, Mountain Mercenary Gray Rogers hasn’t been able to forget his latest “job”—Allye Martin. Any other woman would have panicked during a rescue, but the wily dancer kept her cool—even after being kidnapped by an elusive human trafficker. And Gray couldn’t be happier when a grateful Allye follows him home to Colorado Springs…

For Allye, finding sanctuary in the arms—and bed—of the former Navy SEAL is only temporary. People are disappearing off the streets of San Francisco, victims of the same underground trade that targeted her, and Allye could be the key to dismantling the entire operation. She’s willing to do anything to bring them down. Gray isn’t—for good reason. But you don’t say no to a tough girl like Allye who refuses to play it safe.

Now Gray is risking more than ever before. The Mountain Mercenaries have his back. But is it enough to keep the woman he loves out of harm’s way?




Cat's Review

DEFENDING ALLYE by Susan Stoker.  This is book one of a new series by Ms. Stoker.  Having read many of her previous books, I was looking forward to this one.  Well, Ms. Stoker did not disappoint!  This story tells the tale of Allye and Gray.  I adored Allye.  She's sweet and a bit quirky and a touch naive, despite having a bit of a rough life thus far.  She made me laugh and smile throughout.  Gray is tough and rough and uber sexy!  He's all about protecting his woman and I LOVE IT!  Since this is a book about a mercenary, yes, there is danger and suspense.  And, I tell you, Ms. Stoker knows how to write a bad guy.  Her villains are often the devil himself and this one was no exception.  I found I was often anxious, not knowing when or if the villain would strike.  This story encompasses a lot - love, family and friends, danger and even a bit of heartbreak.  Ms. Stoker,  you have hit this one out of the park!  I cannot wait for book two!  (received ARC for honest review)



New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She's married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in. 


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