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Putting Out Old Flames (Pineville) by Allyson Charles

Posted by [email protected] on August 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

Jane Willoughby has a temper. Sure, in her day job answering calls for 911, she can keep her head no matter what the emergency. But when her ex appears on her doorstep on her first sick day in years, expecting her to act happy he’s her co-chair for the annual fireman’s ball, she feels a little righteous wrath is justified.

Chance McGovern broke up with her with a greeting card, for crying out loud. He doesn’t get to just sprout some washboard abs and put on a uniform and behave like any other tasty firefighter.

Jane has no idea what’s happened to Chance in the last nine years—and no interest in finding out. Not even a teeny-tiny spark. No matter how hot he is. Or how well he remembers the little things that make her laugh, and cry, and spontaneously combust.

And she’s going to be working with him one-on-one. At least there’s a fireman on call . . .


Janet's 4 Star Review:

This was a very pleasant surprise. It has a nice writing style, a brisk pace and was funny.

 

Jane and Chance were high school sweethearts but it all ended abruptly when Chance left town for college and ended it with Jane by postcard! Ten years later they meet again when Chance takes a job as assistant Fire Chief and Jane works as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Seeing Chance brings back the feelings of hurt and rage for Jane and she is not eager to forgive and forget (even if she is still attracted to him). Chance also feels the sparks, but he has a little boy and (almost) ex-wife to deal with.

 

As they are both organizing the charity ball for the Pineville Fire Department in one month they are stuck with each other.

 

This is a second-chance story and it was well executed. There are some interesting secondary characters and there was no over-the-top drama. Nicely done!


Married by Contract by Noelle Adams

Posted by [email protected] on July 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

Three years into a five-year marriage of convenience, Jenn finds herself wanting something she never thought she'd want from her laid-back, ex-military husband. Sex--as a much-needed release of tension from her high-stress job. But weekly sex with Nick, despite their careful parameters, is likely to get messy eventually.

Ever since her father walked out on her as a child, Jenn knows never to assume the people she loves will stick around, so she's not about to trust Nick with her heart. She vows to stay strong, no matter how much intimacy develops between them in bed.

But what starts as a tension-reliever soon becomes so much more, until it threatens both their practical arrangement and the heart Jenn has worked so hard to keep safe.

 Four Star Review:

Jenn and Nick have been married for 3 years. But they don't have an ordinary marriage; they made a deal to be married for 5 years. Both stood to gain from it. Jenn is sort of an workaholic and Nick is a PI, after being in the military.

Because Jenn is having stress headaches, Nick starts to give her massages and one thing leads to an amendment of their contract: sex once a week is now allowed.

As ridiculous as it sounds, the story is actually told in a very plausible way. Jenn and Nick are likeable characters, even when Jenn is so unbending and always working. She has her reasons to keep her heart guarded. And Nick is a great, caring man. He also has reasons to keep his life uncomplicated and easy. But will they still keep to the five-year plan? Are they still married friends having sex or will it evolve into something so much more?

Married by Contract can be read in a couple of hours and has steamy scenes that are not too explicit.


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H9GEDKK

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940153228846

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1125827527

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/married-by-contract


Hook & Ladder 69: Eighteen Authors...One Sexy Firehouse

Posted by [email protected] on June 30, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Synopsis:

18 Authors. One SEXY Firehouse. All for Charity.

Meet the brave men and women of Station 69, serving the citizens of St. Louis while igniting hearts along the way. Eighteen authors have joined forces to bring you their sizzling stories--some sweet, some five alarm hot--but all for a great cause. Follow the antics and adventures of these sexy firefighters in what promises to be one of the hottest summers yet! This delectable book begs the question: Can anyone resist a hero in uniform?

 

Multiple authors have come together to give you one firehouse where all proceeds from this collaboration go to the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. The Burned Children Recovery Foundation is a national recovery agency that has provided Emotional Support and Financial Aid to Burned Children and their Families since 1989. For more information about this foundation: burnedchildrenrecovery.org

 

Contributing Authors:

Emme Burton, M.C. Cerny, Sarah M. Cradit

Michelle Dare, Jami Denise, L.B. Dunbar

Lisa Edward, Lia Fairchild, Mary Catherine Gebhard

Z.B. Heller, Glenna Maynard, Kristen Hope Mazzola

Morgan Jane Mitchell, Emerson Shaw, Kacey Shea

M. Stratton, Madison Street, Felicia Tatum




Shannon's 4 Star Review:

Maybe I need to set my kitchen on fire!! These short stories were great. There was one really big cliffhanger (the reason for the 4 stars) and the author doesn't have a follow up book, at least not that has been published yet. Hopefully, she has it in the works.

If you want funny, sweet, loving, and smoking hot, you definitely need to read this anthology!

Hurry and grab your copy as it's limited time and the proceeds go to charity!

You absolutely won't be disappointed overall.


Sex Hell by Joe Canzano

Posted by [email protected] on June 30, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Synopsis:

When Debbie de La Fontaine tries to spice up her love life by supernaturally tampering with her sex life, she is cursed to spend every future encounter in a magical place called “Sex Hell,” where the sex is ludicrous and amazing but the romance is scarce.

 

Her only chance for escape is through the stingy clues supplied by an obnoxious demon, and the only way to obtain the clues is by returning to Sex Hell again and again to have outrageous sexcapades with the man she most wants to avoid—or does she?

 

Sex Hell is an absurd comic fantasy about the confusion of relationships. How is love related to sex, and how is sex related to love—and do love and sex need to be related at all?

 

If you’re a fan of authors like Christopher Moore, Douglas Adams, Tom Robbins, Robert Rankin, or Terry Pratchett, give Sex Hell a try!

 

*This book contains profanity and adult situations*




Shannon's 4 Star Review:

You've read the synopsis and you know who the author is, so I'll tell that this book starts out really funny, then becomes entertaining rather than funny. I liked the concept but it was a bit hard to keep track of the characters in the beginning as out was jumping POVs and dry. After about a dozen chapters, it gets a lot better and overall I enjoyed it. If you want an eccentric take off love and sex, then definitely read this book.

Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles (A Working Stiffs Mystery Book 2) by Wendy Delany

Posted by [email protected] on June 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Synopsis:

Secrets, lies, and a dead guy!

"Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles is more than just a yummy title, it's also a fabulous mystery."

 

Everybody’s got a secret. A secret crush. A secret liaison. A secret recipe. And for a deadly few, a secret murder.

 

Port Merritt’s favorite bad boy, Russell Falco, was a seasoned veteran of secret liaisons. But after his body washes up on the shore of Merritt Bay, Deputy Coroner and human lie detector, Charmaine Digby, suspects one of those liaisons got Russell killed.

 

Secrets. Lies. Cookie-baking rivals. And a dead guy. Char’s on the case and is determined to find the killer . . . if the killer doesn’t find her first!

 

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Look for all the books in Wendy Delaney's Working Stiffs Mystery series:

Trudy, Madly, Deeply (#1)

 

Sex, Lies, and Snickerdoodles (#2)

 

There's Something About Marty (#3)

 

 

Note: Rated PG-13 for mild language.




Shannon's 4 Star Review:

Charmaine Digby is curious by nature, even when she tries to to leave things alone her brain keeps trying to figure out the puzzle. When she gets the file for the Deputy Coroner's Office, she just needs to talk to the witnesses and get their stories, nothing else. Well, if you read the first book, Trudy, Madly, Deeply, you know if something strikes Charmaine as odd, she will investigate it until she's satisfied with the answers. Sometimes she goes too far and ticks a lot of people off, but oh well.

This book is funny and entertaining. It keeps you going around in circles as you accompany Charmaine on her adventure to piece together the truth of the latest death to hit her desk.


Get Lucky by Lila Monroe

Posted by [email protected] on June 28, 2016 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

What happens when you wake up in a hotel suite next to a gorgeous naked man with absolutely no memory of the past twelve hours?

I guess it's true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I'm stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He's arrogant, infuriating, and I can't keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.

Janet's 4 Star Review

Get Lucky is the first Lila Monroe book I have read. And what a fun ride it was!

Julia and Nate wake up together after what must have been a wild night.

With a massive hangover, they both have trouble remembering the night before. Only yesterday they bumped into each other in Vegas, with a mutual instant dislike.

Julia is a newly-divorced romance author, in Vegas for a convention. Nate is a divorce lawyer and he is there for a wedding. Shocked they both try to move on as if nothing has happened, but when the manager of the hotel confronts them with a certain video, they have no choice. They must try to piece together what they know about last night.

The story is told from dual POV and with flashbacks to the day and night before. And wow, was that some night!! While Julia and Nate trace their own tracks they are bickering and bantering and they slowly realize that maybe opposites indeed attract.

I had so much fun with this story. The chemistry betweenJulia/Nate was sizzling. And all the things they did in just one night! Nice epilogue.


Get  your copy here: http://amzn.to/25idbgm


Undiscovered (Treasure Hunter Security #1) by Anna Hackett

Posted by [email protected] on June 27, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Perfect for the men of Treasure Hunter Security. Former Navy SEAL Declan Ward is haunted by the demons of his past and throws everything he has into his security business--Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs - no problem. Daring expeditions - sure thing. Museum security for invaluable exhibits - easy. But on a simple dig in the Egyptian desert, he collides with a stubborn, smart archeologist, Dr. Layne Rush, and together they get swept into a deadly treasure hunt for a mythical lost oasis. When an evil from his past reappears, Declan vows to do anything to protect Layne.

Dr. Layne Rush is dedicated to building a successful career--a promise to the parents she lost far too young. But when her dig is plagued by strange accidents, targeted by a lethal black market antiquities ring, and artifacts are stolen, she is forced to turn to Treasure Hunter Security, and to the tough, sexy, and too-used-to-giving-orders Declan. Soon her organized dig morphs into a wild treasure hunt across the desert dunes. Danger is hunting them every step of the way, and Layne and Declan must find a way to work together...to not only find the treasure but to survive.


Janet's 4 Star Review:

This is the first in a new series. Set in present time we meet archeologist Layne Rush as she is attacked on her dig site in Egypt. Valuable items are stolen and Treasure Hunter Security is hired to provide protection and retrieve the items. Declan Ward takes the case as he suspects the culprit is an old enemy. He does not expect to fall for the beautiful Layne.

 

Anna Hackett usually writes rather short novels and this one is short as well. But it feels like a full story as it is well plotted and the pace is fast. Layne and Declan have great chemistry even if their romance is swift due to the time constraint. The adventure is thrilling. Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider combined as an one hour tv episode.

 

I always enjoy Anna's stories but they do have a certain formula. I also like the Phoenix Adventures she writes, they are set in the future. Undiscovered has some interesting secondary characters. Personally I was intrigued by sister Darcy and the FBI Agent but the next 2 installments (one already published and one slated for a July publication) are about brother Callum and team mate Logan.


https://amzn.com/B01G2645OW

Into The Tommorows (Bleeding Hearts Book 1) By Whitney Barbetti

Posted by [email protected] on June 23, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Synopsis:

I was born in sadness, which was just the beginning of a solemn and desolate life. I'm no stranger to pain—none of us are. The night I held my best friend's hand as she died, I understood true agony. And I never thought I'd feel happiness again.

 

But that was so long ago...

 

Moving to Colorado to be with Colin, my high school sweetheart, was the perfect way to start over and rekindle what had begun to fizzle. I wanted that spark to ignite, to burn in passion and desire. Instead, I found myself falling for Jude, my boyfriend's roommate. He’s the only person who understands my soul, who can breach the walls I’ve built. But I can't have him.

 

Because I'm Trista Kohl, and my destiny is sorrow.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Into the Tomorrows is not a standalone. It is the first book in a series. The sequel, Back to Yesterday, will be published late summer or early fall.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1tpmIVA

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1UchrJk

Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/1XgriS0

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/1WJXVrk

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1Rj82jg


Shannon's 4 Star Review:

 

 

This was the first book I read by Whitney Barbetti and I have to say, I wasn't totally disappointed. I really enjoyed her writing style and the way she flowed the story. I however kept waiting for something unpredictable to happen, a big plot twist or reveal, but it never came. I did like the story and am looking forward to the sencond book to get more of the story and find out what happens to/for Trista.

 

I am a voraciously avid reader and that being so, there aren't many plots and plot twists that surprise me, unfortunately. There was only one small change in the plot I didn't expect. I'm not going to tell you here because that would be rude of me to give away something significant to the story.

 

I do recommend you to read this book. You won't be disappointed, in fact, you'll probably like it more than I did!!


The Rule Book (The Rule Breakers #1) by Jennifer Blackwood

Posted by [email protected] on June 22, 2016 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

1. Don't call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.

2. Don't stare at hot boss's, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)

3. Don't get on the malicious first assistant's bad side.

4. Don't forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.

5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.

6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.

7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.

8. Don't break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.

9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.

10. Never forget the rules.


Joy's Four Star Review:

I really fancied this book, it made me gleeful and sorrowful. I found myself snicking out loud while read this story at work and I caught more than one funny look from my coworkers. I really thought I had this book completely figured but boy was I wrong! I adore being pleasently surprised by a book like I was by this one. I can't wait to read more work by Jennifer!

I found a few issues with the time line in the beginning, which is why I had to kick it down one star.


Jazzy Jeopardy (A Piece of Cake Mystery) by AR Winters

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Synopsis:

Catching a killer is a piece of cake... Or is it?

 

A jazz-themed restuarant, a dangerous poisoning...

 

Mindy and Beth hurry to uncover a dangerous murderer, before it's too late. Too bad Mindy's nemesis Neve insists on "helping"...

 



Shannon's Four Star Review:

Mindy and Beth are hired to look into the possible poisoning case. What they find out is tragic. There's rumors of ghosts, a stalker who likes to leave red roses, and possibly bad ceviche.

 

This book seemed a little slower and dragged a little with an overabundance of users details in some places. Overall the book was good and you wavered back and forth as to who the culprit would be.

 

It wasn't a cliffhanger but does seem to be left open for another story.

It's worth reading and enjoying.