Friday, February 22, 2019

Stalk Her by Ker Dukey Release Blitz

Ever get that feeling you’re being watched?
You probably are

Her sad eyes.
Her thick lips.
Her long dark hair.
Her quickening of breath.
Her hurried footsteps.
Her undiluted fear.

The anxiety a woman has when she knows she’s being followed does something to the sadistic animal inside me.
We all have issues, mine just run a little deeper than most.
My sister and I had our childhood tarnished by an abusive parent. We grew up two very different breeds of our mothers’ creation.

When I discover the beautiful, yet broken, Alice Young. She’s seeking advice, a place to unburden her thoughts.
What she gets is a dangerous, callous predator who wants to quench his thirst with her tears.
My precious, Alice, feels so alone, but she’s not alone. I’m watching her.

Erik Ross feeds on the fear of others.
Alice Young may prove to be too damaged, for even his appetite.

~ A Dukey’s Dark Delights Novella ~

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I love when Ker Dukey goes dark. A little stalking, some death, and sex… what more could you ask for!

Erik and his sister were treated horribly as children. They were locked in closets, given to their mother’s new boyfriends. For Erik, he craved the dark and sorrow. The more upset a woman was, the more Erik thrived. After seeing an email meant for Ebony, his sister, Erik knew he had met the next object of his obsession. Alice was in a difficult situation living with her dying mother and step-dad. She would make the perfect woman to stalk. She needed him… or did she?

I loved the plot twist, it worked perfectly with the storyline! I'm sad it wasn't a longer book just because it was written so well, but the quick read fit perfect in the time frame I had available. I can't wait to see what Ker Dukey comes up with next!

My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up. My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

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Reunited by Andrew Grey

Back in high school, nobody noticed quiet nerd Kevin Howard.

But everybody noticed handsome, athletic, and ultrapopular jock Clay Northrup.

They had nothing in common and lived in different worlds.

But a lot can change in fifteen years, and when they meet again at their high school reunion, Clay is no longer the big man on campus, and Kevin isn’t hiding in a corner anymore.

Can they put aside who they were? Can one night really lead to forever?

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If you were the unpopular kid at school who was bullied or generally not treated well by your classmates and you’ve dreamed about returning to your high school reunion as a success, this story is for you. It was so satisfying to see Kevin go to his high school reunion as a successful, confident man and seeing that his high school crush Clay was interested in him was even better.

Reunited is a good story and easily read in an hour or so. It is set over one night and we are left with the possibility of a future between Kevin and Clay. I hope that the author writes more of their story because I’d like to see where they go from here.

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now writes full time.

Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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If I Ever by SE Jakes

Some ghosts refuse to stay buried...

Prophet and Tom have been through the wringer more times than they can count, both as partners in the field and in life. Yet despite it all, they’ve built something great together. But now they need to protect it again: Prophet’s old nemesis, John Morse, is back and threatening everything he loves.

Prophet is driven enough to take John down alone, and with a chance to do exactly that on the table, he runs with it, risking himself in the process. But trusting Tom to help him is so much more than mission critical.

It’s the final stand, and with Tom and his team behind him, Prophet’s in for the fight of his life. Then a figure from his past goes missing, and the consequence of an old mission rears its head. As complications and destruction mount all around them, getting out alive becomes the most important mission of their lives.

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I probably should have gone back and re-read the first three books in this series before starting this one. It’s been five years since book three was published and my recall was a bit fuzzy. It doesn’t help that readers are plunged back into Tom and Prophet’s world without the assistance of any reintroduction or recap. It took me the first fifty pages to recall the characters and series events, but this book starts fast and the pace never slows.

I realised at the halfway point that I wasn’t actually supposed to understand everything that was happening in the story. Readers understand as much as Tom does about the plans and actions of Prophet and his CIA/Special Forces teammates – and Tom isn’t privy to much. Add in the constant fear of double agents and the characters with multiple identities and I feel like I muddled through the story in a state of slightly bewildered anxiety. The action is exciting, but I was never quite sure who was doing what where.

While the relationship between Prophet and Tom has always been complicated, I really don’t remember there being quite so much violent anger between them in earlier books. I know they’ve both got issues but there are too many scenes in this book which feel more like domestic violence than rough sex. I really didn’t enjoy the mix of sex and violence. I found it difficult to believe in Prophet and Tom as partners and parents when they were unable to communicate without using their fists.

This is an action story. It’s an exciting read but some of the violence is pretty graphic and there’s a rape scene near the end which I found really disturbing. I requested this book because I remember really enjoying the first few books in this series but I’m not sure I’d read another after this one. I didn’t do well with the violence in this story, especially the sexual violence. It was difficult for me to like either Tom or Prophet by the end of the book and I don’t feel very invested in their future.

SE Jakes writes m/m romance. She believes in happy endings and fighting for what you want in both fiction and real life. She lives in New York with her family, and most days, she can be found happily writing (in bed). No really...

SE Jakes is the alter ego of New York Times bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Stephanie Tyler.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hard-Riding Cowboy by Stacey Kennedy

Megan Harrison is the owner of Kinky Spurs. She’s mortgaged up to her eyeballs and works long days and nights, but she’s living life on her terms, not on her wealthy father’s. She’s done being in the cattle rancher’s shadow. She’s got it all figured out, except for the part that involves Nash Blackshaw. He’s a sexy as hell cowboy whose smile can easily charm her out of her tight jeans. The only problem is—their fathers were business rivals, and Megan and Nash have been taught to hate each other since birth.

Nash Blackshaw, a retired professional bull rider, has responsibilities on top of responsibilities. With his PBR career over due to back injury, and his focus narrowed on heading up the Blackshaw Cattle Company’s Guest Ranch, he shouldn’t have time to think about all the ways he wants Megan. But it’s all he thinks of around the sassy and sweet woman. She might be forbidden to him, but Nash wants to take her for a hard, kinky ride.

But small towns have a way of spreading gossip like wildfire, and not everyone is happy about their relationship. Especially when Megan drops a bombshell on Nash after one heated night between them. As much as Megan and Nash want to forget the old feud between their fathers and lose each other in explosive passion, they can’t escape reality. They are meant to be enemies, and Nash’s sizzling, dominant touch might not be enough to keep them together.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance

Nash is the hard-headed, somewhat off-kilter brother. However, he would die before letting his family down and knows that his ranch is the only thing that's keeping his family land in their hands. He knows that he has to make it work, but his hatred runs deep. When things start to go wrong at the ranch, he knows exactly who is responsible – proving it may be the end of his relationship though.

Megan has always had a thing for Nash. He was the bad boy of the group and she loved him despite his hatred for her family. When she has a hot and heavy encounter with Nash, what she doesn't expect is to fall even more for him. Megan knows that her father would have a fit if he knew that she had fallen for Nash, but she can't help what her heart feels.

Megan and Nash have to figure out a way to love and have their own family, all while juggling the issues that surround their love.

I like that Nash and Megan complement each other personality wise. I wished that more was resolved when it came to Megan and her dad. I thought that it was somewhat left undone, especially given the animosity between the families. Otherwise, it was a sweet ending to this series. I loved all of the characters and am sad to see this series end.

This is the third book in the series and I would definitely recommend that you read these in order, so that you understand the background to the feud. You will also get to meet the Blackshaw family and enjoy the development of the previous relationships.

Nash is lost, no longer a World champion, invalided out and with no goals in life – but he never stopped having a thing for Megan Harrison, daughter of the family nemesis, Clint. At Chase's wedding, the two of them agree to one night of passion, which has an unintended consequence. Slowly we see Nash learn what is truly important, and how his future finally has some shape.

The journey is not smooth, with some pretty difficult events affecting the Blackshaw ranch, but Megan is offering Nash a life which suddenly has meaning, so he will do all he can to make her happy.

There are also some wonderfully humorous and happy moments. I loved Megan training Gus, and the food table moment. The kittens added both fun and cuteness, and the horses gave Nash a view to his possible working purpose. All in all, a lovely read, and I was really sad when I reached the end.

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USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy has written more than forty romances, including titles in her wildly hot Kinky Spurs, Club Sin, and Filthy Dirty Love series. Her books are about real people with real-life problems, searching for that special thing we call love… in a very sexy way. When she’s not burning up the pages and setting e-readers ablaze, she’s living her happily ever after with her husband and two young children in southwestern Ontario. She’s a firm believer that wine, chocolate, and sinfully sexy books can cure all of life’s problems.

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Not Dead Yet by Jenn Burke

Dying isn’t what it used to be.

Wes Cooper was dead. Then he wasn’t—though he’s not exactly alive, either. As an immortal not-ghost, he can transition between this world and the otherplane, which makes him the perfect thief for hire. For seventy years he’s made a “living” returning items to their rightful owners, seeing his fair share of the bizarre in the process. But he’s never witnessed murder. Until now.

His latest mission brings him more than he bargained for: a very-dead actor who is definitely going to stay that way. It’s just Wes’s luck that his ex-boyfriend, Detective Hudson Rojas, is assigned to the case. Hudson broke Wes’s heart years ago—and could again, given he’s rocking a hot silver-fox look that shouldn’t be legal.

As they work together to track down the murderer before anyone else gets hurt, it becomes clear Wes and Hudson have unfinished business. And when a secret Hudson’s been keeping threatens more than just their happiness, it might mean the end of their not-life together—permanently.

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3.5 stars

This book starts with Wes’ story. The 110-year-old isn’t completely a ghost and he’s not exactly a thief. When he witnesses a murder in his ghostly form, he gives his witness statement to Hudson, an ex-boyfriend police detective. What starts as an awkward situation quickly turns into a nightmare involving all sorts of supernatural beings.

I have to admit that it took me quite a while to get into this story. There are some holes in the supernatural worldbuilding that I found distracting and the characters are fairly simplistic for the first half of the story. I feel like the murder investigation goes around in circles for a while before it actually gets exciting. Thankfully, the book gets better. By the halfway point, I was enjoying the story and by the end I couldn’t put it down.

Wes is funny and sweet and he’s somehow managed to avoid adulting for more than 100 years. At the start of the book he is almost irritatingly clueless, but he becomes more likeable once he starts helping Hudson with his investigation. Hudson is pretty awful at the start. He plays hot and cold with Wes and he is completely emotionally closed off for the first half of the book. I still have a lot of unanswered questions about his age and his appearance and I didn’t like him at all until he thaws and reveals a few key secrets at the half-way point. There is definitely some unresolved relationship angst between Wes and Hudson but I’m not sure there’s ever any real romance.

I actually think the story gets more enjoyable when Hudson and Wes’ friends get more involved. I loved Wes’ witchy best friend Lexi and I enjoyed Evan the baby vamp. This story works best when it’s a fun Buffy/Bitten gang of supernatural friends caper.

I have to admit that I really struggled to follow parts of the storyline in this book. At the start of a urban fantasy series I need a bit more structure and explanation before I can fully get into the altered world and understand what’s going on. Without revealing spoilers, I feel like there are a few continuity gaps in the world building. I’m also not sure how much of the world building in this book is original. Parts of this feel like fanfic and some scenes were a bit too close to moments in popular UF writing/television. Wes is a refreshingly original character but much of the rest of the book feels a little bit tired.

Jenn Burke has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking butt and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, she couldn’t be happier to bring adventure, romance, and sexy times to her readers.

She’s been called a pocket-size and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside of Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband and two kids, plus two dogs named after video game characters... because her geekiness knows no bounds.

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Oil and Water by BA Tortuga

Oilman Max inherits a passel of trouble when his boss passes away, leaving him a house in England and a heck of a lot of money. He’s thinking London is the worst place on earth… until he meets Morgan.

Colorful, carefree, and a little crazy, Morgan is just what Max needs, and the two set out on the adventure of a lifetime, chasing pleasure wherever it takes them, learning that together they can make anything fun… and sexy.

Too bad reality has to set in, and Morgan’s multimillionaire father has a lot to say about what reality looks like. Will their different worlds conspire to separate them like oil and water?

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First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2006.

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This was a fun, fast read. Max and Morgan hit it off instantly and go on what seems like one huge non-stop vacation. Money was no object and sex filled the pages. While the story was enjoyable and I liked Max and Morgan, I couldn't connect or relate to them because everything was outlandish to me. If you enjoy this author, you'll enjoy this book.

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing Pinterest in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her wife, Julia, her best friend, Sean, and coffee. Lots of good coffee.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of a beautiful, young widow who finds passion with the one man she shouldn't...

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself... as none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire... not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn't bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She's the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

Only the devil's daughter knows...

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Devil's Daughter is the fifth installment of The Ravenels series. While I advocate reading the series in order for optimal enjoyment, I don't believe there would be much confusion if read out of order or as a standalone. With that being said, the hero and heroine are direct relatives of past narrators, where I believe reading in order will forge an emotional connection between the characters and the reader. Not to mention the fact that this book blends two series by Kleypas – The Wallflowers and The Ravenels.

From the book Devil in Winter, Phoebe is the daughter of the narrators, Sebastian and Evie, and she is also the sister to the narrator in Devil in Spring, Gabriel. For me, this was a much-anticipated novel.

As a widow with two small children, Phoebe is a strong heroine that resonated with me. Selfless and caring, someone who deserved a happily ever after. She's cautious, refusing to jump into anything, which feeds into the slow-burn romance that always tugs at my heartstrings. Mature adult, instead of simpering damsel in distress that is so often found in this genre.

West is the type of man where women see the wounded little boy beneath the surface. He's flawed, insecure, yet equally addictive. Phoebe is the moth to West's flame, because she is a natural fixer/healer.

Their dynamic was original, simply because of the fact it was slow-burn but a juxtaposition to the relationship Phoebe shared with her deceased husband. Passionate, fiery, yet realistic. Their undeniable connection kept me clicking the pages to see what happened next. My heartstrings tugged as West tried to assimilate into their family unit, in the father figure role, creating a perfect balance.

Warm and fuzzy meets highly emotional, I was addicted from the start. My only issue is how the conflict is West and Phoebe getting in their own way, which is realistic in a sense.

The past few books I've read, the main thing the novels accomplished was sparking my need to reread, to start at the beginning now that I have a firm grasp of the ending. It's been years since I read The Wallflower series. Believe it or not, Lisa Kleypas was the first historical romance author I ever read, The Wallflowers the first series, and I was hooked on the genre. I see a major Kleypas binge-reading session in my future.

Highly recommend to fans of historical romance and the author. I can attest how Kleypas is the perfect author to read when dipping your toe into the genre, testing the waters to see if historical romance is a good fit.

I am not necessarily a huge historical romance fan, but if it’s written by Lisa Kleypas I guarantee I won’t be able to put it down. I fell in love with her Wallflower series and I can’t get over how much I have enjoyed reading the Ravenels series. The Devil’s Daughter by Kleypas might be my new favorite. It’s hard to choose honestly this whole series has been so perfect. Plus, there was the added bonus of getting glimpses of my favorite Wallflower characters!

When attending a family wedding, the young widowed Phoebe, Lady Clare, finds herself instantly drawn to charming stranger who turns out to be West Ravenel. The same man who made her late husband’s boarding school life a complete misery.

West is immediately captivated by Phoebe, but he knows that for a man with a tarnished past a woman like her is out of his reach.

This book has me all kinds of excited because I just loved Devil in Winter and it was so great to read about Sebastian’s daughter, Phoebe. I just can’t get enough of these characters and I enjoy being able to delve back into London society. Kleypas just has such a way with words! I was instantly smitten with West Ravenel all over again after reading the Devil’s Daughter and I was so happy to finally read his story! I couldn’t help but easily fall in love with West and root for him and Phoebe. The Devil’s Daughter was charming, heartwarming, and an all-around delightful read! Kleypas will not disappoint.

5 Stars for Lisa Kleypas’ Devil’s Daughter

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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The (half) Truth by Leddy Harper

From bestselling author Leddy Harper comes a sizzling romance about an aspiring young chef who may discover that the perfect recipe for love involves all accidental ingredients…

Tatum Alexander is so close to realizing her dream of becoming a sous chef she can taste it, but working at her ex-fiancé’s restaurant with his new girlfriend was never in her career plan. To save face and prove she’s moved on, Tatum cooks up a lie that she’s in a relationship with her best friend’s superhot cousin. There’s just one problem: Jason only recently moved to town, and he has no idea they’re already “dating.”

Jason’s a recovering ladies’ man who shouldn’t be on the menu, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to Tatum’s quirky charm. Giving her lie a kernel of truth, they decide some no-strings-attached fun between the sheets can’t hurt. But as Tatum’s forced to keep making up stories to cover her original fib, she has a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fake—including her feelings for Jason.

With too many tales spun, Tatum can only watch in horror as her collection of yarns begins to unravel, leaving everyone she cares about feeling betrayed. After so many lies, will it be too late to set the record straight? And more importantly, will she be able to convince Jason there’s truth in their love?

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I’m on the fence about my feelings for this book. I really loved the characters and for the most part, the storyline, but I hated that Tatum, the main character, couldn’t just spit out the truth and it takes her most of the story before she finally does. Tatum is working towards her dreams of one day becoming a chef at a restaurant owned by her ex-fiancé... in a kitchen with his new girlfriend, who was given Tatum’s dream job – sous chef. To make an already awkward situation worse, Tatum winds up telling her co-worker she’s dating her roommate’s cousin, Jason, and that white lie spirals quickly.

Jason has just recently moved back home leaving behind an ex who doesn’t want to let go. He meets his cousin’s roommate, Tatum, and the attraction is immediate, but Tatum is a bit quirky. Plus, his cousin has vehemently warned the two from getting involved not wanting her friendship to be jeopardized. Tatum and Jason wind up having a bit of a secret fling but Tatum hasn’t spilled the beans about the fact that her coworkers think they’re dating – and things go from bad to messy when Jason shows up with another woman, making everyone at the restaurant believe he’s a cheater.

I will say that though I found Tatum’s “lies” a bit immature, the awkward situations she kept finding herself in were laugh out loud funny. I all-around loved Jason’s character – he was a playboy in his younger years, but his family doesn’t know he’s changed and him proving to them that he has made me a major Jason fan. I’m new to this author but I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to checking out more from her!

4.5 stars of fabulous humour-laced romance

Tatum and Jason have provided me with two days of absolute laugh out loud moments – at times a little embarrassing as I was travelling around London, but then I decided I might make someone else laugh at me, and happiness is worth sharing!

I am not always sure about how fake/lying can be turned around without ruining trust, but here Tatum managed to be selective with the truth to such an extent that if she hadn't been able to sort it out, the repercussions would have been endless! She gets in such a pickle with everyone, that both the living with the consequences and unravelling it is seriously funny.

Jason and Tatum together benefit from strong sexual chemistry, but they also clearly have the makings of good friends – and whilst they both expend energy denying that they have feelings for each other, they do take the time to just be comfortable in each other's company. It makes the story all the richer and makes their future a little more certain for the reader, as things start to fall apart.

I highly recommend this book as a really fun, sweet, and sexy read.

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child: she grew up the only girl in a family full of boys. At fourteen, she decided to use that imagination to write her first book, and she never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

Harper is now a mother of three girls, making her husband the only man in a house full of females. She published her first book to encourage her children to go after whatever they want, to inspire them to love what they do and do it well, and to teach them what it means to overcome their fears. You can learn more about Harper on her website or find her on Facebook.

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