Friday, April 9, 2021

The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris

Can Gunnie Rose rescue Prince Eli from the Holy Russian Empire?

#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Charlaine Harris is at her best in this alternate history of the United States where magic is an acknowledged but despised power in this third installment of the Gunnie Rose series.

Picking up right where A Longer Fall left off, this thrilling third installment follows Lizbeth Rose as she takes on one of her most dangerous missions yet: rescuing her estranged partner, Prince Eli, from the Holy Russian Empire. Once in San Diego, Lizbeth is going to have to rely upon her sister Felicia, and her growing Grigori powers to navigate her way through this strange new world of royalty and deception in order to get Eli freed from jail where he’s being held for murder.

Russian Cage continues to ramp up the momentum with more of everything Harris’ readers adore her for with romance, intrigue, and a deep dive into the mysterious Holy Russian Empire.

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The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris

Book 3
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Erica☆☆☆☆☆
The Russian Cage is the third (probably final) installment in the Gunnie Rose series. Not a standalone, must be read in series order.

In a mix of dry narration, intriguing world-building, and an exciting political conspiracy, the Gunnie Rose series has been one of the most original series I've read to date. Set in what I assume is an alternate version of the depression era, the United States have been dissolved, California now under the control of the Holy Russian Empire.

Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie, offering paid protection to escort precious cargo across the continent, which is how she met Eli and was pulled into his life, where she found a little sister she never knew existed.

Said little sister has secrets of her own, sequestered in an academy where she learns how to handle her magic, while also providing the life-saving blood transfusions for the tsar, Alexei Romanov. The sisters share correspondence, writing in code as the letters are read by the professors, where Felicia warns Lisbeth how Eli has been imprisoned.

Lizbeth is on the cold side emotionally, her narration beyond dry and stilted. This is by design, as this truly is a facet of her personality. This makes for a difficult read, where I had a hard time connecting with Lizbeth. At the same time, it also means when Lizbeth feels something, it hits the reader hard. Her connection to her sister and Eli is strong, the emotions ringing true to impact the reader. Her selflessness, her need to sacrifice to protect them, and her unconditional love and desire to make sure they're happy.

Lizbeth, along with Eli's best friend, Felix (who doesn't particularly like Lizbeth out of jealousy, as his draw to his best friend is more romantic in nature, I suspect), put animosity aside and do everything in their power to save Eli, which draws them into a political conspiracy, a plot to protect the current tsar from his own uncle and cousin, as well as protecting Eli's family from his older half-brothers.

Intriguing and fast-paced, the conspiracy is complex, the romance is an undercurrent, more befitting a classic novel, the emotions more sedate.

One issue I've had with then entire series is the way information is delivered in a stilted fashion, but I do understand that it is Lizbeth's way. Her daily events are catalogued in a laundry list of point A to point B to point C to point J with everything in between. Example: I took a bath, washed my hair, redressed, took a nap, sought out something to eat. I found a hotel restaurant and ate. Then I hit the street. Even when these events take place with other characters, it's a laundry list with no dialogue, nothing that connects the characters within the scene. I may understand why it's written this way, but it doesn't make it more engaging having that understanding. It's still jarring yet dry, filled with inane activities that usually are glossed over for the more important details in the plot.

I do highly recommend, but it's hard to pinpoint which genre of readers to recommend the series. I do believe that Charlaine Harris' fans will enjoy the series for the most part. However, those who enjoyed Sookie's humor, light-heartedness, warmth, and quirky every-woman vibe, they may be disappointed in Lizbeth. Lizbeth Rose is a strong heroine, but that strength also makes her seem cold, the emotions buried beneath logic and a hard mentality due to how she was raised. Two highly different heroines written by Charlaine Harris, drawing in different types of readers.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
For the third time, Charlaine Harris plays with time, place, and historical accuracy in her Gunnie Rose series. This time, Lizbeth is fighting to save Eli from a political plot she doesn’t fully understand.

This is the book that made me fully engage with this series. During the first two books, I found myself constantly distracted by unreliable historic details. This time, I was too engrossed in the characters and the wonderfully complicated plot to question anything. This story is an exciting adventure and I love the characters who join Lizbeth in her efforts to save Eli and his family.

This book is fun in a way that the first two books weren’t. Lizbeth’s sister is wonderful and I’m already hoping we see more from her at some point. I love Eli’s world. The mix of Russian and American elements in this story create an unusual sense of drama. This isn’t my favourite of Charlaine Harris’ series but after book three, I’m enjoying it much more than I expected to at the start of book one. In some ways, this feels like a natural trilogy – but after finally settling into the unique world Harris has created, I find myself hoping for more.


BLOG NOTE: Per a Goodreads’ entry, there is currently a fourth book planned in the Gunnie Rose series. So this may not be the last we see of Lizbeth Rose after all.

 

 

Author Bio

CHARLAINE HARRIS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Wild Beauty by Audrey Carlan Blog Tour

Wild Beauty by Audrey Carlan Blog Tour

The newest sizzling romance from Audrey Carlan, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Calendar Girl series.

My life has never been easy. Not from the day I took my first breath until now. Only days old, I was placed in a laundry basket and left in front of a firehouse. I never knew who my parents were before being shuffled around from one bad foster home to another. Until the day I arrived at Kerrighan House.

My safe haven.

My home.

I was welcomed with open arms into a world where love and sisterhood were the rule, not the exception. From that moment on, I believed I was safe. That nothing bad could touch me.

I was so wrong.

Neither my success as a full-figured lingerie and fashion model nor my street smarts as a born and bred Chicago native, safeguarded me against walking into the clutches of a monster.

As I try to pull my life back together, I’m brought face to face with a man whose wounds mirror my own. Under his protection, I’m gifted the opportunity to find beauty where there has only ever been pain. And yet, danger lurks, as a new evil threatens to bring me to my knees.

Can my savior protect me, or has my fate been sealed?

Note: Each book in the Soul Sister series can be read as a standalone.

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Wild Beauty by Audrey Carlan

Book 2
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Excerpt



Killian came over to me and stopped a couple feet away. “You doin’ okay?”

I nodded and pushed a lock of hair behind my ear suddenly feeling shy. “Everything is a little awkward but I’m rolling with it. Thank you for sharing your space and willingly shooting in your home. This can’t be fun for you.”

He smiled softly. “Why wouldn’t having something unearthly beautiful to photograph in my home not be fun for me?”

I bit down on my bottom lip and looked at the floor, trying to hide how much his compliment lifted my confidence.

“I’m still scared.”

“Of the guy who hurt that girl?” He clarified.

I shook my head. “No… actually, yeah, that too. It’s just… This is my first shoot back after the other thing and now it’s blowing up again. I just want to apologize in advance if I randomly I stare off into space or have one of my moments.”

He stepped so close I could almost feel the heat of his larger frame cocooning mine, reminding me that there was someone perfectly capable of protecting me. Him.

“Last time when you paused during the shoot, you went somewhere. What happened then?” he asked.

“I… uh, went back to that horrible place where I was kept. The guy, he took pictures and video of me. Sometimes the sound of the flash or a picture being taken can send me back there.”

He lifted up a finger. “I’ve got an idea. What if we drown out the sound?”

I tilted my head. “How so?”

“Music, of course. What do you like?”

I shrugged. “Most everything, but I’m really into Lana Del Rey right now.”

“She’s awesome. Why don’t you go get your hair and makeup done while I set up and get some music on? I need to choose the first outfit and props to see what we’re working with.”

Without any preamble, I closed the space between us and wrapped my arms around his neck. I lifted up onto my toes so I could whisper against his ear while hugging him. “Thank you. For making me feel safe. For giving me a private space. For understanding my issues…”

He wrapped his arms around my body, bringing me flush against his hard frame. I relaxed into his return hug.

“When I say it’s my pleasure, I really mean it, Addy. There’s something about you. About your beauty. About your body. About your entire package that calls to me, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. I have to capture your beauty on film. It feels… important somehow.”

I trembled in his hold, not because I was afraid, but because the things he said turned my insides to mush and my body to nothing but liquid desire.

I wanted him.

Badly.

“We’re going to break all the rules about models and photographers getting mixed up with one another, aren’t we?” I whispered against his thick, manly neck where I scented a light cologne mixed with a heady, earthy musk that had to be all Killian.

“I sure as hell hope so.” He ran his hand up my back and cupped my cheek, his thumb tracing my bottom lip in a feather-light caress. His gaze seared straight through to the heart of me.

 

 

Addy, haven’t you figured it out yet? There is no place I’d rather be than sitting next to you?

 

Reviews


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars of intense and exciting storytelling

This is the second book in the series, and I absolutely think you need to read them in order. This story follows on directly from the last book and elements of the story follow it. You will get some sense of what happened, but the real importance of what happened will be lost to you. Audrey Carlan writes really well, and this is a good example of her work. I am going to assume that you have read it in my review.

We are back with the soul sisters in Kerrigan House, trying to put their lives back together after the terrible ending of the previous book. Then, just as they think that they can get back to as normal as normal is, there is news of danger to Addy, which forces them all to regroup and be under guard for their safety. The news is delivered whilst Addy is at her first photoshoot after the kidnapping and injuries that she sustained. The shoot photographer, Killian, steps in to support her, and the electricity between them is definitely an unexpected bonus.

As the plot unfolds, we get to learn more about Killian's background, how he can protect her, and how determined he is to look after her heart as well as her body. He is absolutely dreamy, and Addy totally deserves such adoration.

Be ready to catch a tear or two as things do get emotional – the soul sisters are such a close bunch that they laugh together and support each other through the tough times too. I am really looking forward to the next installment.

 

 

Author Bio



AUDREY CARLAN is a #1 New York Times and International bestselling author. Her titles have appeared on USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Audrey writes wicked hot love stories that have been translated in over thirty different languages across the globe. She is best known for the world-wide bestselling series Calendar Girl and Trinity.

She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she's not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her "soul sisters," or with her nose stuck in a steamy romance novel.


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You’re the one, Addy. The woman meant for me. Tell me you feel it.

 

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Wilde Child by Eloisa James

He wants a prim and proper duchess, not the Wildest of the Wildes! Wilde Child by Eloisa James.

Eloisa James returns to the Wildes of Lindow Castle series with the next Wilde child who runs and joins a theatre troupe – and the duke who tries to save her reputation.

He wants a prim and proper duchess, not the Wildest of the Wildes!

Already notorious for the golden hair that proves her mother’s infidelity, Lady Joan can’t seem to avoid scandals, but her latest escapade may finally ruin her: she’s determined to perform the title role of a prince—in breeches, naturally.

She has the perfect model for an aristocratic male in mind: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, a man who scorned the very idea of marrying her.

Not that Joan would want such a dubious honor, of course.

For years, Thaddeus has avoided the one Wilde who shakes his composure, but he’s horrified when he grasps the danger Joan’s putting herself in. Staring into her defiant eyes, he makes the grim vow that he’ll keep her safe.

He strikes a bargain: after one performance, the lady must return to her father’s castle and marry one of three gentlemen whom he deems acceptable.

Not including him, of course.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of The Wildes of Lindow Castle series!
For book one, Wilde in Love, click HERE.
For book two, Too Wilde to Wed, click HERE.
For book three, Born to Be Wilde, click HERE.
For book four, Say No to the Duke, click HERE.
For book five, Say Yes to the Duke, click HERE.
For the prequel, My Last Duchess, click HERE.

 

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Wilde Child by Eloisa James.

Book 6
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Erica☆☆☆☆☆
Wilde Child is the sixth installment of The Wildes of Lindow Castle series. While it is possible to read the novel as a standalone or out of series order, I strongly suggest against doing so. The couplings of all of the Wilde children, along with events from past books are brought up on the pages. If a new reader found this as delightful to read as I did, they would end up spoiling the previous installments for themselves.

FINALLY.

We hear from Jane.

Born within a marriage, Lady Jane is seen as the daughter of a duke. However, all know her mother left her in the cradle, abandoning her as she ran off with her lover, Lady Jane's true father. With two curses hanging over her head, in a society built on stringent rules, Lady Jane is neither biologically related to anyone in her household/family, while not truly illegitimate as she was born within the marriage, but she is also the daughter of an unfaithful, abandoning mother who divorced a duke.

Lady Jane is a stunning beauty, whispered about in ballrooms. Those with titles see her as a mark against their reputation should they fall for her. While others see her dowry and title as a way to climb up in polite society.

Having heard it all since her birth, those fair features of her birth father signifying how she is most certainly no Wilde, Jane lets it all wash off her back. Since she will not be welcome into polite society anyway, why not do as she wishes, tossing the rules and living life as she sees fit. In the true chaotic, zany fashion of the rest of the Wildes.

Thaddeus is a stickler for rules, never welcoming even an air of impropriety. The son of a duke, acting as the duke for the majority of his life. His father leaving him and his mother behind to cohabitate with his mistress and chosen children. Thaddeus must live by the letter of the law, trying to outrun his father's reputation. He must marry a woman who will help not hinder his reputation.

Having gone through two of the Wilde daughters on the marriage mart, the third is not a proper lady, but that doesn't mean Thaddeus isn't drawn to the Wilde family, wishing for the family structure and love he missed out on as a child, but it is Lady Jane Thaddeus cannot seem to ignore.

A budding actress in britches, Lady Jane is trying her hand at being Hamlet, putting the production on for her family to enjoy. Jane dressed as a bloke, her best friend, Otis, dressed as Ophelia. These zany elements bring levity, a delight to read. While not too over the top, it is a pleasant escape for everyday stressors.

Jane and Thaddeus are polar opposites, bringing out the best parts of one another. Thaddeus forces Jane to see that she has a future, if only she'd reached out to grasp it. While Jane shows Thaddeus the adventure, the laughter, the light and love, and the hope that it doesn't have to be lonely at the top.

Partnership and joy are at their fingertips, if only they don't get in their own way.

Lighthearted and warm, dry wit and zany humor, well-meaning and villainous relatives, sharp-tongued society mavens and strong support systems. Wilde Child displays polar opposite themes, just like the Hero and Heroine of the tale.

Highly recommend to fans of Historical Romance. Eloisa James is at the top of my favorites list in this genre. Broody and happy characters, a menagerie of animals, the plight of being at the top, romance mixed with dry wit, all of Eloisa James' series have been a delight to read.

 

 

Author Bio



ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Hideaway by Rachel Lacey Blog Tour

One woman’s hiding place is another woman’s refuge... Hideaway by Rachel Lacey.

One woman’s hiding place is another woman’s refuge...

After becoming an inadvertent viral sensation—and losing her job and her girlfriend as a result— Phoebe Shaw retreats to Vermont. Renovating her late grandmother’s cabin into a vacation rental seems like the perfect way to lie low for a while. But the last person she expects to encounter on the property is the woman whose kiss was her teenage sexual awakening... and whom she’s never quite forgotten.

Taylor Donovan has been hiking on the trails behind the Shaw family’s cabin her whole life. As children, Taylor and Phoebe were best friends before sharing a secret summer romance when they were sixteen, which left Taylor brokenhearted when Phoebe fled at the end of the summer. Now the property has become Taylor’s home away from home, and she wants nothing more than to convince the Shaws to sell it to her. But Phoebe’s return puts a crimp in those plans—and brings back old feelings she thought she’d overcome.

Of all the things Phoebe regrets, leaving Taylor is at the top of the list, but Taylor is determined to protect her heart. Yet the pull between them is stronger than ever. This time around, will love stay hidden... or finally see the light of day?

Hideaway is a stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Vino & Veritas series!
For book one, Featherbed, click HERE.
For book two, Heartscape, click HERE.
For book three, Headstrong, click HERE.
For book four, Undercover, click HERE.
For book five, Aftermath, click HERE.
For book six, Booklover, click HERE.
For book seven, Flipcup, click HERE.

 

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Hideaway by Rachel Lacey

Book 8
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I sipped my cider, savoring its tangy, refreshing flavor. Over the hum of conversation, I could hear a woman singing, accompanied by the tinkling notes of the piano. I stared into the amber depths of my cider while I enjoyed the soulful quality of the singer’s voice. Whoever this was must be new, because I didn’t recognize her voice or her style.

I picked up my glass and spun my stool toward the stage, only to find myself facing Phoebe. I inhaled, and my glass tipped dangerously in my hand. Of all the people I’d expected to see on that stage…

Phoebe’s hair was pulled back in a loose bun , but a few dark curls had escaped, spilling down her back. She wore a slinky black dress that highlighted her curves and stood out in stark contrast against her pale skin. Her voice was low and smoky, hitting me somewhere in the vicinity of my solar plexus, a jolt that warmed my stomach and radiated outward, flushing my skin.

As I watched, Phoebe looked up, and our eyes met. I lifted my glass and took another sip of my cider, feigning indifference, because it was just unfair that she could still affect me like this after so many years. Phoebe dropped her gaze to the piano in front of her as her fingers danced across the keys.

I remembered sitting beside her on the bench at Margery’s piano, my arm wrapped around her as Phoebe sang. Her voice had been different then, lighter and sweeter, or maybe it just seemed that way, filtered through the blinds of my memory. Margery told me Phoebe had given up the piano—and singing—after she graduated from high school.

Maybe she was feeling nostalgic now that she was back in Vermont. Or maybe she was just trying to torture me with the allure of her voice. I gulped from my cider.

“Hi,” a female voice said.

I spun to find myself facing an unfamiliar blonde. “Hi.”

“I’m Rebecca,” she said. “Are you from around here?”

“Taylor, and yes. You?”

“Just in town for the weekend,” Rebecca told me.

“Ah.” I sipped my cider. Rebecca was pretty, although not exactly my type with her trendy dress and long, red-painted nails. She looked like she’d never hiked a day in her life. But when I glanced to the left, I saw Phoebe watching me from the stage, and it gave me an absurd thrill to let her watch me flirt with someone else. “Where are you from, Rebecca?”

 

 

Tonight, I didn’t have to leave her all hot and bothered the way I had at sixteen. Tonight, I wanted to blow her mind.

 

Reviews


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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the eighth book in a series of stories written by a collection of talented authors and set in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. I am really enjoying the connections, and yet the variety of styles offered by the different writers. This is a lovely story of second chances and a super cute rescue dog side-story!

Phoebe escapes her successful New York life and girlfriend after everything goes wrong. She seeks comfort and refuge in her grandmother's cabin where she spent her summer holidays. Her memories come flooding back and then Taylor also appears in the garden – throwing everything in her mind and heart into even more confusion. But as she plans on recovering her previous life, this is again a temporary visit, she refuses to get involved. Then she finds herself fostering a very pregnant dog from Taylor's rescue centre and the rest... well, it unfolds in a very satisfying manner!

A good story of reconciliation with one's past and bringing hope for a much happier and more loving future – and if you want to know how Vino & Veritas comes into the story, well it turns out that Phoebe is a talented musician and plays some evening sets there, so we get to catch up with some old friends as well.

 

 

I felt like she was staring straight into my soul, and for a long time, I’d thought she belonged there. Soulmates. As it turned out, I’d been wrong.

 

Author Bio

RACHEL LACEY is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She’s been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her family and a variety of rescue pets.

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Her kiss was a homecoming.

 

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Butterfly Effect by Kelly Elliott Release Blitz

The Butterfly Effect by Kelly Elliott

The butterfly effect — one small change, one moment in time that impacts the future.

At twenty-six years old I never dreamed I’d walk in on my husband in bed with my best friend. At twenty-seven years old I found myself divorced, and the mother of a one-year-old son. Never mind I was learning to take the reins of my family’s apple orchard business. There was no way my life could be any more complicated… or so I thought.

Can a woman who’s lost all trust in men help a man who can’t even trust himself?

Aiden O’Hara was my brother’s best friend, and I would be remiss if I said I hadn’t always found him utterly attractive—and the passing of time or circumstances didn’t change that. But when he moves back to Boggy Creek Valley after serving his time as a Navy SEAL, I cannot deny the pull I feel between us.

Aiden is haunted by his own demons—demons that seem bigger than the both of us—and my heart warns me to stay away. I’d been burned already and didn’t need that added complication in my life, or so I thought. But one moment in time changes everything between us, and neither one of us can deny the hidden feelings we share.

Our pasts want to keep us apart… our future will be up to the wings of fate.

The Butterfly Effect is book one in the Boggy Creek Valley series and is a stand-alone novel.

 

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The Butterfly Effect by Kelly Elliott

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No other woman had ever made me feel this way. None. My heart beat hard against my chest, and a rush like no other came over me.

 

Reviews


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Shannan☆☆☆☆☆
The Butterfly Effect is the first book in a brand new Kelly Elliott series, Boggy Creek Valley.

Willa Turner has been in love with Aiden O'Hara since she was little. Aiden was her brother's best friend and three years older than her. Willa was crushed when Aiden went off to the Navy and even more so when he was home on leave, kissed her in her daddy's barn, and told her he couldn't be with her. Willa has always had dreams to take over her family's apple orchard. Aiden's dream was to be the best Navy SEAL he could. Him being a SEAL prevented him from following his heart and making Willa his. He didn't want that life for her or for her to wait for him. There is so much emotion to work through on both sides.

When Aiden leaves the SEALs and comes back to Boggy Creek Valley, he knows Willa has just gotten a divorce and has a child. Can he expect her to deal with the baggage he's brought home with him? Will she even want him? Can Willa expect Aiden to love a child that isn't his?

I love this new town Kelly Elliott has brought to life. I honestly think she can't write a place I wouldn't love to live.

Aiden and Willa have such a deep love for each other and to watch them come together was so beautifully written. I was brought to tears more than once while reading.

I can't wait for more from this new series!

 

 

Author Bio



KELLY ELLIOTT is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Her bestselling works include Wanted, Broken, Lost Love, and Never Enough, to name just a few.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, Gus, her chocolate lab, four cats, and endless wildlife creatures. When she's not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.

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I knew in the very depths of my soul – he was worth the jump.

 

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Flipcup by Kim Hartfield Blog Tour

Could swearing off men lead Chelsea to the perfect woman? Flipcup by Kim Hartfield.

Could swearing off men lead Chelsea to the perfect woman?

After being rejected one too many times, Chelsea makes a bold vow: No more men. Her friends doubt a boy-crazy party girl can handle not dating for a year, but that only makes Chelsea more determined.

Tara has made a vow, too. After growing up in foster care and suppressing herself to please others, she's going to live her truth. When she sees a beautiful woman, she'll make her attraction known.

Chelsea appreciates Tara's flirtatious compliments, not to mention her androgynous beauty. There's a loophole in Chelsea's vow, and it's more tempting every day...

Flipcup is a stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s World of True North.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Vino & Veritas series!
For book one, Featherbed, click HERE.
For book two, Heartscape, click HERE.
For book three, Headstrong, click HERE.
For book four, Undercover, click HERE.
For book five, Aftermath, click HERE.
For book six, Booklover, click HERE.

 

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Flipcup by Kim Hartfield.

Book 7
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Excerpt



I put the barrel under the bar and went back for the second one.

“I’m impressed by the fact that you do that all day, every day,” Tara said.

I shrugged, standing up straight. “It was hard at first, but you get used to it.”

“You don’t even break a sweat.” She gazed at the neckline of my shirt, then back at my face. “You’re amazing.”

Heat rose to my cheeks. “Flattery gets you nowhere.”

“Is that right?”

My heart hammered, and I lowered my voice. “Not if you’re already where you want to be.”

We had a date on Friday. It was pretty much guaranteed that we were going to rip each other’s clothes off and have our fill of each other. That was only two days from now. Fifty-three, maybe fifty-four hours. There was no reason for us to be standing here staring at each other with unrestrained lust, the air between us thick with sexual tension.

But Tara stepped toward me, close enough that I could feel her body heat. “Where do you think I want to be, exactly?”

I gulped. Men weren’t this straightforward with me unless we were both wasted. Even then, we quickly established that we were both on the same page, and then we went and did it. There were none of this complexity, this need to pursue as well as be pursued. Tara claimed she was a relationship person, and that she was going outside of her norm to do this with me. If I said the wrong thing, I might spook her and make her lose interest altogether. And that was the last thing I wanted to do.

I decided to be direct—but not too direct. “I think you want me,” I told her.

“You know what?” She leaned in, and the heat of her breath tickled my ear. “You’re right.”

“Friday?” I breathed.

She stepped back, leaving me gasping. The moment was over—or was it? She was still giving me that lustful look, her eyes dark and heavy-lidded. “Meet me in the restroom.”

Was she serious? My pulse was skyrocketing. I stared at her, looking for some sign that she was joking.

She gave me a tiny smile, then the smallest, subtlest nod toward the restrooms. Then she was gone, and I found myself unable to breathe.

Were we really doing this? I’d been dreaming of it for weeks, and now it was actually happening. I practically ran into the restroom, where Tara was waiting. “So here we are. The benefit of same-sex relationships.” She locked the door with a key from her pocket. “Works extra well when you’re dating an employee.”

Dating. Oh my God. My knees were ready to buckle, and my mind was barely functioning.

Before I could think of words to respond, she’d pushed me up against the sink. Her lips were on mine, hard and aggressive, and I responded with equal fervor. My body had been longing for hers ever since the last time we’d kissed. It’d only been a few days, but it was far, far, too long.

The space between my legs tingled in a whole different way. My panties were drenched, and my nipples cried for attention. Tara swept back my hair so she could go for my neck, her teeth digging in painfully. This was going to leave a mark, but it felt so—damn—good. I couldn’t have stopped her even if I’d wanted to.

“What have you done to me?” she murmured under her breath.

“Me? I should be asking you the same question.”

 

 

Even if this went no further than this, I needed to leave her with the most amazing night she’d ever had.

 

Reviews


Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team


Ruthie☆☆☆
3.5 stars

This is the seventh book in a series of stories written by a collection of talented authors and set in Sarina Bowen’s True North world. I am really enjoying the connections, and yet the variety of styles offered by the different writers. Another employee of Vino & Veritas finds romance in this book, thanks to the regular beer delivery to the wine bar.

Tara is making a new life for herself in the bookshop – she is not really sure how she has been able to start a new life after moving away from her friends, but she is solvent, has her own place, and a job in a welcoming group of employees at the store. She flirts with Chelsea as she brings in the beer barrels. She never really expected that to go anywhere, it was just her way, but she happens to catch Chelsea after another bad hookup, which starts an unexpected friendship. It was good to see Tara recognise that she deserved happiness and loyalty beyond her ex-foster friends.

I took a bit of time to warm up to Chelsea as she is portrayed in the role of player from the beginning. She has the security of living with her parents, good friends, and a secure job – little does she expect a woman to derail her plans. I did, however, really enjoy the game that she invented and the effort that she went to creating it for real – it showed a more serious side to her nature, which was appealing.

As the story develops, they both mature and grow into their relationship in a satisfying way. Thank you, Kim Hartfield, for a good addition to this series.

 

 

Author Bio

KIM HARTFIELD is a queer woman who's been writing since she could pick up a pen. Her novels are sweet and steamy, and while they may tackle serious issues, they always end with a happily-ever-after. She lives in a beachside city with her partner and their dogs, Chelsea and Rodent.

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