Friday, June 22, 2018

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Because I'm Worth It

About Because I'm Worth It


• Paperback: 346 pages
• Publisher: TouchPoint Press (March 1, 2018)

An impressive contract combined with lavish perks influence Skye Topple to marry the boss’ daughter, Delaney Mae Anne Covington, a self-centered and spoiled southern belle. The “perfect” wedding is threatened when an alarming secret refuses to stay hidden. With no regard for anyone other than herself and her daughter, Delaney’s alcoholic mother takes control, inserting irrational solutions that leave mother and daughter looking foolish while a baby’s life, a grandmother’s love, and a man’s career hang in the balance. This is certainly not a North meets South story—more like South moves North and meets West, where what works for one family may not work for another. Choices must be made. Lives will be changed. One thing is for sure… Skye is smack dab in the middle when Big Sur life meets country club values.

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Review: I'm really not sure what to say about this book. Its not often than books leave me speechless, and I'm not 100 % sure its in a good way.

In the beginning of the book we are introduce to the young Melissa and the young Terrie Sue Ellen. There is no time frame mentioned in the book so it was hard at first to figure out when things were taking place.

Terri Sue Ellen and her whole family...OMG what a hateful, despicable, spoiled, rich bunch of PIGS. I had to keep reminding myself these were characters in a book and not real people. If they were, they would be the 1% that most of us peons can't stand, and for good reason.  Terri Sue Ellen is a drunk, a racist and a clueless hot mess and her dialogue makes you want to slap her silly. And dear lord her obsession with boobs and penises at 13 was a little bit scary. And her enabling father and husband needed to have some sense knocked into them. I can't imagine any "real" men putting up with the behavior. Seriously, was she that good in bed?

Oh and the southern dialogue with "Mah and Ah" made me wonder if these characters where satirical. All the other characters knew how awful they were. But then I wondered, how they let Terri Sue and Delaney get away with all there malarkey. 

Then there's Melissa and Harm's son Skye. Here's another piece of work. He has loving parents (about the only characters in the book you don't want to toss off a cliff) and he has no appreciation for them. He's a materialistic SCUMBAG, from the time he is a teenager and he doesn't get much better as he ages.

Truth be told, Delaney, who is almost as big a hot mess as her mother, (except she's not a drunk) is really the perfect match for Skye. They could be rich idiots together. 

I desperately wanted Melissa to tell Delaney off. No, I wanted her to hit her upside the head with a cast iron skillet, not as much as I wanted her to tell her son off though.

GAH!

And then the secret that comes out at the end that really proves how detestable Skye is..

The book was more than 2/3's through when Melissa finally started to give Skye, what for. I literally cheered. That was actually when I started to enjoy the book a bit more and not want to toss it at a wall.

In the last 50 or so pages, Skye becomes less of a jerk, however that didn't change Delaney or her family.

The ending made me want to scream just a little bit too.


Reading this has left me emotionally exhausted, much like watching the news does these days.

Rating: 3 flowers









About Linda Nielsen


Linda's first book, Lasso the Stars, was published in 2011 under L.L. Nielsen. Her newest novel, Because I’m Worth It, is scheduled for release by TouchPoint Press in early 2018.

Find out more about Linda at her website, and find all her books at Author Central page.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Paris Wedding

About The Paris Wedding


• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 12, 2018)

In Australian bestselling author Charlotte Nash's U.S. debut, a young woman attends her ex-boyfriend's Paris wedding and discovers more than she ever dreamed in the ultimate city of love.

Imagine you are invited to Paris, the City of Love, to witness the wedding of your first love to a woman you’ve never met. Would you go?

It’s been ages since Rachael West has seen the man she once believed she couldn’t live without. Receiving his wedding invitation was bittersweet—she was oddly touched he’s asked her, but knows that facing him on this day would be the hardest thing she’s ever done.

But her friends and family convince her to attend. After all, it’s an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris! Surely she can get through that one day, and discover all the delights of that magical city the remainder of the time.

So Rachael leaves her small town, setting off for the City of Lights with her best friend, two feuding neighbors, and a suitcase full of home-sewn couture in tow. She’s determined to let Paris work its magic—and it does by way of a handsome photojournalist. And before her adventure is over, Rachael will be faced with yet another choice. But this time, hers isn’t the only happiness at risk . . . .

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Review: The Paris Wedding is the story of a woman who had given up 10 years of her life to take care of her mother, who had a rare form of MS. The book opens with the passing of her mother. I can totally feel for Rachael, as I've spent that much of my life taking care of my parents. I only wish I had an ex that would be sending me to Paris all expenses paid to witness his nuptials.

This was an enjoyable weekend read about a woman finding herself.  The cast of characters that surround Rachael are fabulous. I love Sammy and Bev and Bernie. They were so quirky and wonderful.  Sammy has some life decisions to make while she's in Paris as well.

Also, her ex, Matthew was just a jerk. But that's all I'll say on that. Suffice to say this guy was just not all that he was cracked up to be.

This was a fantasy type romance, set in Australia and Paris. I mean, whose ex invites them to their wedding and pays for them to come? Then Rachael gets caught up in her old feelings for Matt. I loved Rachael, but when she finally talks to Matt in Paris, I wanted to shake the hell out of her. The sexy photographer is interested, and she's ready to wreck so much for a guy that ditched her once and now is trying to screw up more lives.

ARGH!

Again, I won't say too much because this really is a sweet book, and you really have to read the book to appreciate what happens here.

 Seeing Paris through Rachael's eyes is fabulous. Also, Bonnie grandmother Yvette is super sweet. I love how she helps Rachael to see there are other things that she could do with her life.

The trip ends with a lot of drama on Rachael's part and Sammy's and returning home means they both have some decisions to make with their lives.

Because this is a romance, all works out well for most everyone, heck even Bernie and Beverly the two feuding neighbors seem to settle things.

This was a wonderful read!

Rating: 5 flowers.



About Charlotte Nash



Charlotte Nash began stealing her mother’s Jilly Cooper novels at the age of thirteen and has been enthusiastic about romance ever since. She started writing after graduating from medical school, and her romantic stories set in amazing places are now published around the world. She lives with her family and chickens in a cozy cottage on the east coast of Australia.

Find out more about Charlotte at her website, and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Book Review: Ghost Gifts

Author: Lisa Spinella
Title: Ghost Gifts
Publisher: Montlake
Publish Date: March 1, 2016
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.

Rocked by the discovery of a young woman’s skeletal remains, the New England town of Surrey wants answers. Hard-nosed investigative reporter Levi St John is determined to get them. Aubrey has no choice but to get involved, even at the terrifying risk of stirring spirits connected to a dead woman’s demise and piquing her new reporting partner’s suspicions.

As Aubrey and Levi delve further into the mystery, secrets are revealed and passion ignites. It seems that Aubrey’s ghost gifts are poised to deliver everything but a normal life.

Review: Ghost Gifts is one of those books that's just about perfect. Its a mystery and it involves a woman that has an ability to speak to the dead. Think of it as Ghost Whisperer but with a little more grit.

Aubrey works for a small newspaper writing a realty column. She also has a gift of talking to the dead. When this mystery she's now working on with reporter Levis St. John, I expected there to be some communication between Missy and Aubrey, but there wasn't, at least not in the way I expected.

I loved how the mystery of who killed Missy really was the focus. Sure there were a lot of subplots, including Aubrey and her soon to be, maybe ex husband, Owen. The best parts of the book involve Aubrey's interactions with the spirits.  Between Frank and Levi's messages from beyond, it is pretty hard not to shed a tear  or ten for these characters.

Everyone in the story has serious flaws, but not the kind that make you dislike them. Their flaws make them more human, more likable.

But I have to stress, it is Missy's story that makes this such a great read. She's the victim but her life is so sad and there's so much more to her.

When you reach the end of the story, the killer is not who you will expect it to be. It definitely wasn't who I was expecting. I was blown away by that.

The Levi situation was the part that through me off at the end. She leaves us hanging and then the epilogue comes along and suddenly so much has changed. I would have liked a little more between them, because even though there was a spark, it didn't totally justify the stuff we learned in the epilogue.

I can't wait to move on to the next book.

Rating: 4 flowers

Book Review: The Last Mrs Parrish

Author: Liv Constantine
Title: The Last Mrs Parrish
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Publish Date: Oct 17, 2017
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Amber Patterson is fed up. She’s tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background. She deserves more—a life of money and power like the one blond-haired, blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne—a socialite and philanthropist—and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber’s envy could eat her alive . . . if she didn't have a plan. Amber uses Daphne’s compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family’s life—the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her. Before long, Amber is Daphne’s closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson. But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well-laid plan may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end, The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

Review: I am never ever ever going to jump into a book that everyone says I must read. This book, I don't really know what to say about it. It was addictive. It wasn't bad, but if I didn't find myself becoming invested in the story, I would have tossed it. (OK return it to the library)

Amber was just too nasty and the author made sure we knew about it. How she was jealous and didn't feel Daphne was undeserving of her wealth and social class, and her kids were brats. The first part of the book read like "I hate you but I want what you have." There was no subtlety here. That's why the first half of the book is so plodding. At every turn you get snide mental remarks from Amber.

Midway through the book we have a change in point of view and you get a different picture of how things are. Halfway through that point of view change you get an idea of what's going to happen.

I found things way too predictable for my liking especially since Amber's motives are spelled out in detail in the first half.

However there is one character that is not what they seem in the first half the book and that is the only reason that I kept on reading, but even for all the abusiveness you learn about, there is nothing there that really gives you a wow.

I actually found this book to be dull, and I was really looking forward to a good thriller, or a good evil chick steals the nice chicks husband and KARMA.

Actually Karma is the only thing that makes this book worth reading. Let's just say the one's that deserve having karma come up and bite them on the butt, gets it.

I think what bothered me was though we knew who was bad, obviously, we didn't know why? So it made things so one dimensional and in a story like this there needed to be some depth that was really lacking here.

I just wish I could have put the book down, because it really wasn't worth the time it took to read it.

Rating: 2 flowers



Barclay Book Tours Book Tour: Back To The Start



Morgan Kelley has left Boston and is settling in Philadelphia…to a city that harbors her most painful secrets. Will these secrets destroy Morgan’s new beginning or will coming clean give her the second chance she’s longing to have? Find out in Elle Keating’s BACK TO THE START!


Title: Back to the Start
Author: Elle Keating
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Dangerous Love
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Format: Digital eBook
ISBN: TBD

Synopsis:

Jake McGinnis has the life he has dreamed of since childhood: a professional football career with adoring fans, financial security, and the unwavering support of his family. From the outside looking in, he has everything. But nothing could be further from the truth. Because there isn’t a day that goes by that Jake doesn’t think about his first love... and what his world would look like if she was still by his side. When he hears that she is relocating to start a new job less than a mile from him, the pain of their breakup feels fresher than ever. For eight years, he has wondered why their relationship ended and now she's settling in his city. A city that isn't big enough for the two of them.
For Morgan Kelley, moving to Philadelphia means living closer to her family and practicing veterinary medicine with two of her closest friends. It’s also her chance to start over and move on from her failed marriage. There’s only one con: the close proximity to Jake McGinnis. Once upon a time being near him was all she wanted, but now he is practically a stranger... and it's all her fault. Faced with awful memories and the possibility of bumping into him at her favorite coffee shop, Morgan is haunted by the real reason she once broke both of their hearts. Deep down, she knows she won’t be able to embrace this new chapter of her life without finally telling Jake the whole truth.  
But how will he react when she shares her secret? Their love story once felt inevitable, unshakable. Is this where it ends for good, or is it the beginning of a second chance

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About Elle:

Elle Keating is the author of romance novels with sexy heroes and fierce females. Her first book, Thrill of the Chase (Dangerous Love, #1), was published by Forever Romance’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in 2015. Cut to the Chase (Dangerous Love, #2) soon followed. Most recently, Elle self-published Wanting More (Dangerous Love, #3) and a standalone novel, Keeping His Commandments.

An avid reader of gritty, dark romances, her favorite authors include Pepper Winters, Penelope Ward, and Anna Zaires.

When she isn’t torturing her heroes and heroines (don’t worry, there’s always a happily ever after), Elle is a public school administrator and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children in New Jersey.
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Excerpt: I’m sorry,” she said. Her eyes didn’t well with tears. Those long-awaited tears just pooled and flowed over.
Jake raked his fingers through his hair and paced the spare bedroom. “Sorry for what, Morgan? What exactly are you sorry about?” he yelled. He walked over and dropped to his knees and sifted through the letters. When he found the one he wanted he stood and stared at her. The pain in his eyes shattered her and she knew what was going to happen next. He ripped open the envelope and withdrew the letter. “Read it,” he demanded, waving it in her face. She wanted to hold her hands over her ears and sing like a four-year-old, anything to take her away. Her hand trembled as she took the letter. “Out loud,” he said through gritted teeth.
Although her vision was blurry and her throat felt like it was closing up, she read the last letter he had written her, dated exactly one year after she had lost the other half of her soul…
Morgan,
I know I have to let you go. Your silence tells me that. My head tells me that. I just wish my heart would follow their lead. Because I don’t want to love you anymore. Or dream about you. Or remember the night I made love to you under the stars. I want to stop thinking about you every fucking second of the day. I want to move on like you have and not feel a goddamn thing. But in order for that to happen, I have to say goodbye. So this will be my last letter and my last attempt. If you love me at all, if there is any part of you that wishes to come back to me, you know where to find me. I love you, Morgan.
Jake
She couldn’t look at him. She didn’t want to imagine how he had felt as he put that pen to paper the day he wrote those words.
Say something,” he said. She didn’t need to look in his eyes to know that he was crying. She could hear it in his voice, the way his breathing stuttered as he exhaled.


Barclay Book Tour: Stand & Deliver



Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He’s given her time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in on claiming what’s his. When someone attacks Gia's character and career they'll need to find a balance between her independence and his fierce desire to protect. Return to Rhenna Morgan's sexy Men of Haven series available 2018 from Carina Press!


About Stand & Deliver:
Title: Stand & Deliver
Author: Rhenna Morgan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 11th, 2018
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Men of Haven
Format: Digital eBook / Print
Digital ISBN: B076ZV47MC
Print ISBN: 9781335948304

Synopsis:

Live hard, f*ck harder and make their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six Men of Haven bleed by, taking what they want, always watching each other’s backs and loving the women they claim with unyielding tenderness and fierce.

Security expert Beckett Tate has met his match in colleague Gia Sinclair. He longs to run his hands over each and every one of her lush curves. She’s wicked smart and wicked hot. He’s given her time to get used to the idea of “them,” but her time is up and he’s ready to go all in on claiming what’s his.

Despite her love of all things girlie, Gia’s no typical Southern belle. She’s built her skills and reputation in a field normally dominated by men, and now she has a kick-ass career she loves. She certainly doesn’t need a man to take care of her—especially not one who’s pure alpha. Still, Beckett’s the one man who can satisfy the desires she’s hidden under her tough exterior, and she’s hooked.

Letting Beckett take the lead in the bedroom comes naturally to Gia—not constantly proving herself to him professionally is more of a struggle. And when someone attacks her character and career, Gia and Beckett will have to find a balance: her willingness to let go just a little, with his trust in her abilities and his deep, primal need to protect his woman.

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About Rhenna Morgan:

A native Oklahoman, Rhenna Morgan is a certified romance junkie. Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape full of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who fight to keep the women they want. For advance release news and exclusive content, sign up for her newsletter at http://RhennaMorgan.com. You'll also find all of her social links there, along with her smoking hot inspiration boards.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Barclay Book Tours Excerpt: In My Skin






NYTimes and USA Today bestselling author Shannon McKenna releases the third, standalone installment of The Obsidian Files! IN MY SKIN, features Luke, a renegade supersoldier with blocked memories that only the fiery beauty Dani can help him restore. Fans of JUST ONE TOUCH by Maya Banks, JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Cynthia Eden’s Lazarus Rising Series will devour this thrilling tale of deadly danger and burning desire.


Title: In My Skin
Author: Shannon McKenna
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Self-published
Series: The Obsidian Files #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Format: Print & Digital
Synopsis:

Come back to me …

Luke remembers a few things. Just not his last name, or anyone he ever knew. He knows that he’s a supersoldier, genetically enhanced and loaded up with brain implants. He just escaped from a year-long hell of captivity, and to protect his family and friends from his tormentors, he blocked his memories. Now he needs those memories back, fast … or he and those he loves will die agonizing deaths.

Luke’s dangerous plan to reconnect with his past—and stay alive in the present—has drawn his enemies’ attention to the tough and sexy Dani LaSalle. He’s duty bound to protect the luscious beauty from the evil pursuing them, but he can’t control the scorching desire she awakens in him.

Dani’s strict routine has been trashed by Luke’s explosive arrival. This rock-hard slab of valiant, smoldering manhood appears out of nowhere, saves her life, spirits her away to his mountain lair and bewilders her with tales of sadistic researchers, enhanced assassins. Is this gorgeous, problematic sex god just plain crazy—or is she? But Luke can do things with his mind that are just as wild as what he can do with that body … and she can’t say no.

And there’s no time to wonder. As their passion burns hotter, Obsidian moves closer ... and Luke and Dani must place their lives and their hearts on the line just to survive …

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IN MY SKIN Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Shannon McKenna

The room had one queen-sized bed. If he was lying next to her on it, no way was she leaving that guy alone. Not even after violent trauma and the wound still throbbing painfully in her thigh. Crazy, but so what. She was alive and kicking and in one piece, thanks to him.
She wanted to feel something good and true and excellent. Luke fit the bill.
Bye-bye, cartoon kittens. They could wait for a Netflix and popcorn and sex-with-socks-on night. She was going with the hot red stretch lace. Just as she was. Unretouched.
And in the mood for some intense sexual healing.
Dani wriggled into the outfit. Hoisted her boobs up for maximum lift. Hiked the panties up extra high. She pushed the door open, stepped out and struck a pose.
For nothing. Luke was in a digital trance. One hand manipulated a tablet, the other was tapping madly over the laptop’s keyboard. He’d looped his devices into a chain and his brain was the connector. No attention to spare for sexy lingerie.
But she wasn’t giving up. By no means. “How’s it going?”
So far so good,” he said. “I’ve pinpointed the location of the second shipment, and the combination for retrieving it. All the backup equipment needed to activate the slave soldier and make it function. Coordinates for the pickup of the wetware are included.”
She tugged at the lacy shoulder strap, adjusting it. Luke still hadn’t noticed what she was wearing. “What the hell is wetware?”
It’s a Manticore term. It refers to the slave soldier. He could be dormant, possibly suspended in fluid. There’s a file on him. I89VY262. I haven’t gone through that one yet. C drive on the laptop, if you’re interested.”
I am interested,” she said. “But later.”
The equipment is in a self-storage unit at an E-Z-U-Store in Serrati Flats, California,” he said. “About a hundred and fifty miles north of here.”
I suppose you want to get going right away?”
No, we’ll wait.”
She was startled. “Why? Aren’t we in a hurry?”
You went through hell today. You need a decent night’s sleep. In a real bed.”
Well, bless his heart. How sweet. The bed part he’d gotten right.
She walked toward him slowly. Swaying her hips. Still nothing. He was locked and loaded in data processing mode. His eyes reflected squares of blue from the screen. A stream of files rolled constantly down it. Like she was peering directly into the data churn in his brain.
He was about to get forcibly reminded that he was not a robot.
She stepped between him and the desk and sat down on his lap.
Luke went rigid. “Holy fuck, Dani.”
She leaned in so her tits were right below the level of his nose. Nipples on red alert from being so close to him. She put her arms around his neck, running her fingers slowly through his hair. Inhaling his hot male scent. “I like the red outfit the best,” she said, her voice low and husky. “Do you?”’
About Shannon McKenna:

Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of seventeen action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series and the brand new romantic suspense series, The Obsidian Files. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she'd ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments. She loves to hear from her readers.




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