eARC Review: ROCK SOLID by Samantha Hunter

rock solidTitle: Rock Solid
Author: Samantha Hunter
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 20, 2015 (from Harlequin Blaze)
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Opposites ignite…

Champion stock car driver Brody Palmer’s bad-boy reputation has forced him into early retirement. What no one knows is that his “retirement” is actually a publicity stunt. All Brody has to do is clean up his act and settle down. Unfortunately, every single woman with a pulse is now gunning to become the new Mrs. Palmer.

Hannah Morgan needs to shake things up, and Brody is the best way to do just that. So they strike a deal—a fake relationship…with all of the sexy strings included! Brody gets his improved image, and Hannah gets a whole lot more of Brody’s unpredictable wildness. Hot days, hotter nights—it’s the perfect plan! Provided, of course, they don’t do something to wreck it, like fall for each other…

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Excerpt & Giveaway: CARTEL by Lili St. Germain

 

cartel cover useTitle: Cartel (Cartel #1)
Author: Lili St. Germain
Publishing Date: January 27, 2015 (from HarperCollins)
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pre-order Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | Google Play | iTunes

My name is Mariana Rodriguez.

I used to be just like you – a regular girl, with a regular life.

But it was all a lie.

Nothing about my life was normal.

It was all make believe.

It was good, while it lasted.

But now?

Reality’s caught up to my family.

It was always just a matter of time.

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Cover Reveal: NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry

West Side Story meets Sons of Anarchy?? Yes, please!

Katie McGarry’s newest novel, NOWHERE BUT HERE, has a cover and we are thrilled to get to help reveal it to you today. The first novel in her upcoming The Thunder Road Series, NOWHERE BUT HERE is a young adult contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. We have no doubt that when you get done, you’re going to wish you were on a motorcycle and had your own cut of leather across your back!

Follow along today as pieces of the cover are revealed, and then stop by the HarlequinTeen Page to see the full cover at 7pm EST! And that’s not all, of course! We have a few Behind-The-Scenes pictures from the photo shoot itself for you to enjoy as well! Check out the Behind-The-Scenes pictures and then scroll down for our puzzle piece!

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Guest Post & Giveaway: RISE by Karina Bliss

 

Rise-KarinaBliss-1600x2400Title: Rise
Author: Karina Bliss
Publishing Date: January 28, 2015
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo

“You have the ability to make controversial characters sympathetic. Maybe I just want to be understood.”

Acclaimed literary biographer Elizabeth Winston writes about long-dead heroes. So bad boy rock icon Zander Freedman couldn’t possibly tempt her to write his memoir. Except the man is a mass of fascinating contradictions – manipulative, honest, gifted, charismatic, morally ambiguous.

In short, everything she sought in a biography subject. When in her life will she get another chance to work with a living legend? But saying yes to one temptation soon leads to another.

Suddenly she’s having heated fantasies about her subject, fantasies this blue-eyed-devil is only too willing to stoke. She’d thought self-control was in her DNA, after all she grew up a minister’s daughter. She thought wrong.

Outside your comfort zone is the only place worth living…

Zander Freedman has been an outlier – many would say an outcast – for most of his life. But there’s no disaster he can’t overcome, from the break-up of his band to the fall-out on his reputation. His Resurrection Tour is shaping up to be his greatest triumph – if his golden voice holds out. Contracting a respected biographer is simply about creating more buzz; Elizabeth’s integrity the key to consolidating his legacy as one of rock’s greats.

All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her. Not make him think.

Or encourage the good guy struggling to get out. And certainly not to fall in love for the first time in his life.

Turns out he is scared of something – being known.

Rise – a redemption story of a rock star going straight(er) through the love of a good(ish) woman.

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ARC Review: I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman

 

i was hereTitle: I Was Here
Author: Gayle Forman
Publishing Date: January 27, 2015 (from Simon & Schuster UK)
Source: ARC from publisher via Pinoy Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Indiebound | BAM | Waterstones

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday (64): VISION IN SILVER by Anne Bishop

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

vision in silverVISION IN SILVER (The Others #3)

by Anne Bishop

Release Date: March 3, 2015

The Others freed the  cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

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Excerpt & Giveaway: THROB by Vi Keeland

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00072]Title: Throb
Author: Vi Keeland
Publishing Date: January 26, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | B & N | iTunes | Kobo

The rules:

No dating.

No sex outside of the game.

No disclosing the terms of the contract.

Rules were made to be broken, right?

Eight weeks ago I signed a contract. One that seemed like a good idea at the time. A handsome bachelor, luxury accommodations, and a chance to win a prize my family desperately needed.

There were some rules though. Lots of them actually. Follow the script, no dating, sex, or disclosing the terms of the deal. After my self-imposed moratorium on men the last year, it wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain…so I thought.

Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil…and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.

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Excerpt & Giveaway: A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd

 

A Cold LegacyTitle: A Cold Legacy (The Madman’s Daughter #3)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publishing Date: January 27, 2015 (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins)
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA, Fantasy, retelling
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

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Interview, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway: HOT AND BOTHERED by Kate Meader

 

hot and botheredTitle: Hot and Bothered (Hot in the Kitchen #3)
Author: Kate Meader
Publishing Date: January 27, 2015 (Print)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | BAMiBooks | Indiebound

A Fire They Can’t Put Out . . .


Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who is fueling her hormones with a generous serving of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . .

After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come and go, and he’s had his share, but friendships like theirs last forever. Still, ever since he tasted her luscious lips, he can’t stop fantasizing about what could be. Then she joins an online dating site-and the thought of his Jules with another man makes Tad’s blood boil. Even if he gets burned, Tad can’t stop himself from turning up the heat this time.

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Quote-tastic Monday (35): ONE NIGHT OF TROUBLE by Elle Kennedy

 

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QUOTE-TASTIC is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Join us every Monday and share a favorite quote that’s grabbed ya for one reason or another.

Everyone’s welcome to join in. Authors, bloggers, readers. The more the merrier! Just grab the button and toss up your post 🙂 Don’t have a blog? No worries, just leave your favorites in the comment section.

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One Month of Elle Kennedy continues with this Quote-tastic from Book 3 of her After Hours series, ONE NIGHT OF TROUBLE. The resident Mr. Nice Guy finally gets his turn at being bad and wild.

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