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e-ARC Review: BOUND TO THE BACHELOR by Sarah Mayberry

 

bound to the bachelorTitle: Bound to the Bachelor (Montana Born Bachelor Auction #1)
Author: Sarah Mayberry
Publishing Date: February 20, 2015 (from Tule Publishing)
Source: e-ARC from publisher via Netgalley
Buy Links: AmazonB & N | Kobo | Tule Publishing

Your date with Marietta local Beau Bennett includes a day on the slopes at Big Sky Resort, complete with a sumptuous meal in the Resort’s fanciest fine dining restaurant and door-to-door transport. Dig deep to secure the attentions of one of Montana’s most eligible – and elusive – bachelors.

Lily Taylor knows Beau Bennett dislikes her, but that won’t stop her from asking him to volunteer for the Bachelor Auction she’s organized to help her friend Molly provide for her tragically injured son, Josh. If Beau’s gorgeous face, piercing blue eyes and chiseled body inspires the women of Marietta to dig into their pockets for a good cause, then Lily will do whatever it takes to secure his participation.

Beau Bennett isn’t sure how he wound up on the auction block being eyed up by hundreds of eager women, but he knows who to blame for it – Lily Taylor, the sexy, distracting, off-limits best friend of his kid sister. As far as he’s concerned, the sooner this nightmare is over, the better.

The last thing either of them expects is for Lily to wind up bidding on – and winning – Beau, or that their date will lead to Beau stepping in to save Lily when her past comes back to haunt her. As Beau does his best to keep Lily safe, they discover that maybe they don’t dislike each other quite as much as they thought.

In fact, maybe it’s just the opposite…

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e-ARC Review: THE REALITY O by Lisa Burstein

the reality OTitle: The Reality O
Author: Lisa Burstein
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Erotic Comedy
Publication Date: February 23, 2015
Source: eARC via Wordsmith Publicity
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N 

Fifteen Contestants, Twelve Episodes & One Very Big O

When my best friend Allie posted about my need for an inaugural O on a prominent dating website it was meant to be a joke.

A joke she was supposed to delete.

But her post started an internet and media frenzy and, when I was offered fifty thousand dollars to star in my own reality competition show, I had no choice but to say yes.

The Orgasm Virgin was supposed to help me meet a carnal companion who could finally bring me to climax.

Unfortunately, the one person I want to win the undying allegiance of my, well, you know, can’t be in the running at all.

Now in an L.A. mansion with fifteen very persuasive contestants vying for my attention and one undeniably sexy Production Assistant secretly getting it all the word ACTION has a whole new meaning…

Candy Sloane is an erotica author and the fictional creation of Lisa Burstein from the New Adult novel Sneaking Candy. The Orgasm Virgin is her debut novel.

Author’s Note: This book is about sex. There are men kissing women, women kissing women, and men kissing lady parts. It is not meant for readers under eighteen, or my mother.

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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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Review & Quote-tastic (28): TEMPTING HER FAKE FIANCE by Julie Particka

 

tempting her fake fianceTitle: Tempting Her Fake Fiancé (Gone Hollywood #1)
Author: Julie Particka
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Source: eARC via Publisiher
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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

A proposition leads to compromising positions…

Journalist Stasia Grant needs a hero. Specifically one who will help her humiliate her ex-husband after he publicly left her for another woman. In Vegas for the biggest interview of her career, Stasia is grappling with a broken heart, her cheating ex (and the other woman), and a serious need for revenge. Her salvation comes from the most unlikely place― charming and sexy-as-all-get-out action star Evan Stone.

After spending his life playing a superhero, Evan has a plan for delicious satisfaction: a fake, week-long engagement. He’ll not only show Stasia’s ex what he’s missing but gain some sympathetic publicity to turn around his image as a player. It’s win-win for them both. But neither expected the sizzling chemistry that erupts whenever they’re together. Stepping out for the paparazzi, Stasia and Evan are about to pull off the performance of a lifetime…but will they fall for their own con?
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Review: YOU OWN ME by Shiloh Walker

you own meTitle: You Own Me
Author: Shiloh Walker
Release Date: August 4, 2014
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It had always been her…

Ten years had passed since the doors slammed shut behind Decker Calhoun, taking away his freedom, but more importantly, locking him away from Elizabeth Waters, the only woman he’d ever loved—the woman he’d given up everything for.

The day he was sentenced, he’d looked at her and said, No regrets, Lizzie. But he lied, because he did have one. Although he’s been out of jail for three years now, he was a year too late. Lizzie never knew how he felt and just months before he was released, she found somebody else and it’s too late.

Or maybe not. It seems that Lizzie’s boyfriend wants an open relationship and two can play at that game. Now all Decker has to do is convince Lizzie that he’s the better man…and has been all along.

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance.
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Review: LEGAL BRIEFS by N.M. Silber

LegalBriefseBook new silver FINALTitle: Legal Briefs
Author: N.M. Silber
Publication Date: April 2014
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Smart and sassy lawyer, Lily Adler, has been waging an epic battle with handsome and cocky Assistant District Attorney, Adam Roth since “the glitter incident” in preschool when they were four. Their friends’ marriage, a mysterious neighbor, a federal trial, and some bossy big sisters guarantee they’ll be spending plenty of time together. When they try to learn to play nicely, will they discover that their reaction to each other is even more volatile when they aren’t fighting? Can they avoid the mobsters trying to kill them and figure out a way to be together without killing each other?

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Review: TURNED by Virna DePaul

turnedTitle: Turned
Series: The Belladonna Agency #1
Author: Virna DePaul
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Dell
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Format: eARC via Netgalley
Buy Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble | TBD

Perfect for fans of J. R. Ward, Nalini Singh, and Lara Adrian, bestselling author Virna DePaul’s new series of paranormal romances introduces readers to a thrilling world where vampires secretly co-exist with humans, seduction rules the night, and the stakes are nothing less than life and undeath.

Welcome to a mesmerizing world where vampires hide among humans. This centuries-old species has its own rules, code of conduct, and taboos. Only the FBI knows that vampires exist—and although the Bureau agrees to keep their secret, it also plots to give humans the upper hand.

Turning mortals into vampires is forbidden.

But there are creatures who refuse to play by the rules.

Ever since he was turned, FBI special agent Ty Duncan has had one mission: bring rogue vampires to justice. As a recruiter for Belladonna, a shadow agency formed to keep vampires in check, Ty must tap Ana Martin, a troubled ex–gang member and one of the few mortals who can infiltrate places that his kind and the law cannot. From their first encounter, Ty fights a hunger to make Ana his own.

When Ty claims to have information about Ana’s missing sister, Ana has no choice but to trust this captivating stranger who awakens her deepest desires. But as she and Ty climb the heights of pleasure and passion, an enemy is conspiring to destroy them both.

Can Ana help Ty find his humanity in a love that could heal them both, or will their passion lead them into a darkness impossible to escape?

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Review: Kisses, She Wrote by Katharine Ashe

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Title: Kisses, She Wrote

Author: Katharine Ashe

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Release Date: December 3, 2013

Source: Purchased eBook from Kobo

From Goodreads:

Christmas in town has never been so steamy . . .

Handsome as sin and scandalously rakish, Cam Westfall, the Earl of Bedwyr, is every young lady’s wickedest dream. Shy wallflower Princess Jacqueline of Sensaire knows this better than anyone, because her dreams are full of the breathtaking earl’s kisses. And not only her dreams—her diary, too.

But when Cam discovers the maiden’s not-so-maidenly diary, will her wildest Christmas wishes be fulfilled in its pages . . . or in his arms?

I would have loved to spend more time with Cam and Jacqueline. It seemed a shame to have only a novella-length story for them because they’re such interesting characters. Nevertheless, Katharine Ashe gives us their charming road to happily-ever-after filled with not-so-innocent diary entries, a man driven to lust and love by the written words, and poetry as a gift of affection and love.

I haven’t read the first book in the Prince Catchers series and this novella is set in a parallel timeline with that first book. Cam, the Earl of Bedwyr, is staying as a guest at the Comte de Rallis’ Chateau in France where he discovers the diary that belongs to the Princess of Sensaire, Jacqueline. He is intrigued, to say the least, as he reads on and discover that he is much what the diary is about. The Princess not only writes her impressions of him in reality but her fantasies that involved him as well. And let’s just say that they are far from innocent fantasies and this has Cam addicted to reading the diary every time he can.

Jacqueline is the poster child for a woman who lives to fulfill the responsibility of her position in society. As the Princess of Sensaire, she must marry well and help secure allies for her country and her family. She never counted on the dashing Earl of Bedwyr but once she saw him, she could not help herself nor the feelings that are drawn out from her by his presence. She started writing her diary entries with him as the topic and her thoughts slowly turned from reality to what-might-be’s as she pens her fantasies in her diary.

I like that the diary is only the vehicle and not the actual precipitous thing that brings them together. Cam, when he read the entries in the diary began to see another side of Jacqueline. Reading the diary helped him see behind the outside veneer that Jacqueline shows to the rest of the world. Jacqueline, on the other hand, considers herself plain and uninteresting especially when compared with the other women in her social orbit. But her writing her thoughts and fantasies in her diary worked as a kind of therapeutic and healing exercise from which she gains more confidence to show other people, especially Cam, how she truly is as a person. I think the diary was liberating for the both of them.

Plus, I do love that both our hero and heroine are writers. Cam, surprisingly, turns out to be a poet and it was so sweet that his Muse returns to him after he was inspired reading Jacqueline’s description of him in her diary entries. I enjoyed the ending. It consists of the unconventional and I love unconventionality in books especially historical romances.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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About the author:

katharine asheIn 2012 Amazon chose Katharine’s How To Be a Proper Lady as one of the Ten Best Romances of the Year. Upon the publication of her debut in 2010, the American Library Association named Katharine among its “New Stars of Historical Romance”. She is a two-time nominee and 2011 winner of the Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Historical Romantic Adventure, and her novella A Lady’s Wish launched HarperCollins Publishers’ Avon Impulse imprint in 2011. Her books have been recommended by Woman’s World MagazineBooklistLibrary Journal, Barnes & Noble, theSan Francisco & Sacramento Book Review, Durham County Libraries, and the Library of Virginia

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She adores hearing from readers.

Learn more about Katherine Ashe via her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.