Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Release Day Blitz | CLOSE TO YOU by Kristen Proby

I totally missed the ball and forgot to post this yesterday!!  I will have a review coming soon, though.  I am about halfway though the book and I am LOVING it so far!!

XOXO,
Shelly

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Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion. In her brand new Fusion Series from William Morrow, she seduces readers’ senses with the sexy, contemporary romance in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together. Today, we are thrilled to bring you CLOSE TO YOU, the second book in the Fusion Series! CLOSE TO YOU brings readers the next story in this amazing cast of characters. Grab your copy of CLOSE TO YOU today and check out the special offer below! 


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the second novel in her sizzling Fusion series.


Camilla, “Cami,” LaRue was five-years-old when she first fell in love with Landon Palazzo. Everyone told her the puppy love would fade—they clearly never met Landon. When he left after graduation without a backward glance, she was heartbroken. But Cami grew up, moved on, and became part-owner of wildly popular restaurant Seduction. She has everything she could want…or so she thinks.

After spending the last twelve years as a Navy fighter pilot, Landon returns to Portland to take over the family construction business. When he catches a glimpse of little Cami LaRue, he realizes she’s not so little any more. He always had a soft spot for his little sister’s best friend, but nothing is soft now when he’s around the gorgeous restauranteur.

Landon isn’t going to pass up the chance to make the girl-next-door his. She’s never been one for romance, but he’s just the one to change her mind. Will seduction be just the name of her restaurant or will Cami let him get close enough to fulfill all her fantasies?







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About Kristen Proby:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.
 

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Review | WICKED SEXY by J.T. Geissinger

Published by Jack's House Publishing
July 17, 2016
Adult Romance

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Summary:
A badass ex-Special Ops officer and a smartass hacker fight a dangerous enemy…and a blistering attraction to each other.

Connor Hughes is an ex-special ops officer, CEO of Metrix Security, and bonafide badass. His private security firm is renowned for its effectiveness. He’s renowned for his lethal precision and iron self-control. But when the former Marine meets a gorgeous young hacker with a mouth as smart as her brain, his control unravels in ways he never could have predicted.

Tabitha West is a genius MIT dropout with a bad attitude, an obsession with Hello Kitty and piercings in unmentionable places. Tabby amuses herself by outwitting the most secure technology systems on the planet. Known in hacker circles as Polaroid due to her photographic memory, she’s as secretive as she is accustomed to working alone. So when Connor decides she’s the only one who can help him catch a cyber criminal intent on taking down one of his clients, she tells him exactly where he can stick it.

But when the cyber criminal turns out to be the Hannibal Lecter of computer crime—and a dark presence from Tabby’s past—Tabby and Connor are drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. They quickly find themselves fighting not only their common enemy, but also an explosive desire that threatens to consume them.

When the stakes are this high and the game this deadly, will falling in love be the most dangerous move of all?
 
My thoughts... 
I think that I liked this book even better than the first one.  This one centers on Tabby, Victoria's assistant and Parker's security guy Connor.  They met in book 1, but this book takes place 3 years later.

There isn't much I can say about the plot of this book without spoiling things so I am going to keep my comments pretty short.  Connor contacts Tabby to help him with a case and it turns out she is connected to the target they are investigating.  Connor and Tabby have a pretty volatile relationship that gets pretty intense at times.  This definitely makes for interesting reading and their chemistry is off the charts hot!

This story does have a lot more suspense than the last one and the action is what moves the story along at a good pace.  There were elements, as with the last one, that are somewhat unbelievable, but no less interesting to read.  There is a lot about computers and hacking and the damage that can truly be done by someone who knows what they are doing and that was interesting to me for sure.  I also really liked getting to know Tabby and Connor better.  They have a decent set up in book one, but this one really digs deep into who they are.

I am anxious to see if she does another installment in this series.  This time I have no idea who the leads will be.

XOXO, 
Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.* 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Review | WICKED BEAUTIFUL by J.T. Geissinger

Published by Jack's House Publishing
July 12, 2016
Adult Romance

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Summary:
A ruthless businesswoman and the playboy who dumped her long ago find themselves embroiled in a high stakes game of love, lies and revenge.

Life coach and best-selling author Victoria Price has it all: a successful career, fabulous friends, a fantastic penthouse in Manhattan. What she doesn’t have—and doesn’t want—is a husband. Fifteen years ago her high school flame broke her heart so badly she swore she’d never love again. Now she makes millions teaching other women how to be just like her: a ruthless bitch.

Drop-dead sexy restaurateur and infamous playboy Parker Maxwell has only three rules for the women he dates: no questions about his past, no expectations for the future, and no spending the night. When he meets Victoria, however, he’s willing to break his own rules if it means sating the explosive desire she arouses in him. What he doesn’t know is that the alluring Victoria Price used to be the mousy Isabel Diaz, the girl he deflowered and dumped long ago.

Presented with a perfect opportunity for revenge, Victoria decides the game is on. But when her connection with Parker proves more than just skin deep, she has to make a choice: continue with her plan for payback, or risk her career, her reputation, and her heart by taking a second chance on love?
My thoughts... 
This was the first book by J.T. Geissinger that I have read, but I did really enjoy it.  It reminded me a little of that last book that I reviewed but only because of how the main characters are semi-reunited after a long time apart.  Victoria has become someone that Parker literally doesn't know over the past 15 years.  She has not only changed her name but the way she looks as well.  Victoria Price is a very successful woman and she's used the money she's made over the years to change herself, but has that change been for the better?

Parker has also become well-known over the years.  He's owns restaurants across the country and is a well known playboy.  When he meets Victoria he has no idea that she is the girl he loved all those years ago.  He feels a connection to her but he isn't sure what it is or why he feels so strongly for her so soon.  Victoria knows exactly who Parker is and he's the reason she's become the ruthless woman she is and she's determined to ruin him the way he ruined her.  However, she doesn't expect to fall for him all over again.

I really did enjoy this story.  There are times that the plot was a little over the top and somewhat unbelievable, but that's no different from many romance novels.  The whole plot is built on deception which builds in a small layer of mystery that is slowly unraveling as the story progresses.  I really liked Parker, so much more than Victoria.  There were times that I did like her, but I felt like, for the most part, she was a little to vindictive.  

There is another book in this series, but it's built around Victoria's assistant Tabby and it takes place several years later.  When this story is over, it's over.

XOXO, 
Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.* 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

New Release Review | Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole

Title: Deep Redemption
Series: The Hades Hangmen
Author: Tillie Cole
Release Date: July 12th, 2016


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Synopsis from Goodreads

ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.

Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear… But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

Contemporary Dark Romance. Contains explicit sexual situations, violence, sensitive and taboo subjects, offensive language, and mature topics. Recommended for age 18 years and up. 

What I Thought: 

"It is easy to ignore someone's sins when love blinds you." 

I feel like the quote above sums up Deep Redemption. With this novel came a large cry for justice, which I believe Cole did deliver, just not in a way most would expect. Focusing on Rider, better known as "The Prophet Cain" and Harmony, a newly announced Daughter of Eve, Deep Redemption was supposed answer all of our burning questions accumulated from the other books of the series. And in a way, Deep Redemption did. Just, not in a way maybe all would have liked. 

If I could sum up my experience with Deep Redemption, I'd say emotional. Cain had never been my favorite, even when he was Rider, so I had some trepidation even before I started reading. However, as I flipped through the pages, I soon found myself a fourth of the way done, then a half, and finally finished, all within the time span of 2 hours. And at the end, I couldn't quite put my thumb on how I felt about the novel. It wasn't until this morning, some time after finishing, that I figure out what I was feeling. I wanted MORE. 

Not only did Cain have trouble brewing with The Hades Hangmen, he also had hit a hard wall with the only other family member he had, his twin brother Judah. Forced into confinement, Cain no longer held any type of power. His title had been stripped away from his, along with everything he had worked for during his 24 years of life. It wasn't that his life had been taken away, his entire life course had been altered. 

Harmony, while new to the New Zion compound, was not new to the lifestyle. Recently deemed a "Daughter of Eve" because of her beauty, it was her duty to marry the high prophet and fulfill the prophecy for the New Age.  By coming together, Rider {Cain} and Harmony create a unique story. Their journey to know real love is a hard one. There are tears, tragedies, and tests. Only a love blessed by God could endure such hardships. 

Again, Cole astounds me with her writing skills. Each chapter of Deep Redemption corresponded to information found in the previous novels, taking their stories even further into the mix. My only complaint was that because of the nature of the story, I didn't feel like Cain & Harmony's story was over. Even at the end of the novel, waiting for the curtain call, it just didn't seem done. I felt like there was so much more to say, to do, and to achieve through their characters, that I was a little disappointed with how it ended. I wanted MORE. I just didn't personally think they achieved all that they could. I hope that with Damnable Grace {Hades Hangmen #5}, their story might continue. 

As always, if you haven't read the series, READ IT NOW! Tillie Cole is probably the best contemporary novelist I've ever had the pleasuring of reading, so it will be well worth your time. 

Victoria ♥

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