Saturday, 21 January 2017

ENTICE ME by J.Kenner Review & Excerpt Tour #bookreview #excerpt #teasers

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From New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner comes a sensually seductive novella starring fan favorites Damien Stark and his wife, Nikki Fairchild.

Includes a special preview of Anchor Me, the highly anticipated fourth full-length novel featuring Nikki & Damien as they begin the next chapter in their life together.

I didn’t understand passion until I met Damien, the man who turned my world upside down and swept me off my feet.

And though our life together feels perfect, we can’t escape our secrets--and the danger that continually threatens to surface.

But for one night, I seek a respite. A birthday wish for my husband, my lover, my friend—one absolutely perfect night.

It is my most ardent wish.

And I only hope that it will come true…

 

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He bends down so that his lips graze my ear. “Dance for me, baby. Right now.”

”Is that what you want?” I ask. “To watch me dance? Because I have something else in mind.”

His brow rises. “Do you?”

“Mmm,” I say, then start humming as I pull out my phone and find my current favorite song on my workout playlist. A little fast. A little raunchy. A lot fun. I click the button to send it through our sound system, and when the music starts, I press my hand to Damien’s chest and jauntily strut forward, forcing him backward to the padded bench that is intended as a place to sit and wait for the elevator. Right now, I have a different purpose in mind.

“I’ll dance,” I say, doing a shimmy and pulling off my T-shirt in the process. “I’ll even do a stripper dance,” I add. “But I don’t do solo shows. I require full participation.”

“Do you?”

“Absolutely,” I say, turning around so that my back is to him as I shake and shimmy in time with the music and very, very slowly ease my skirt off.

When I turn around, I’m dressed only in my bra and panties, and though I should feel silly, I don’t. Maybe it’s the alcohol. Maybe it’s the lingering high from fucking him in the limo. Maybe it’s the heated way that he’s watching my every move.

Maybe it’s the simple fact that I love my husband.

Whatever the reason, I’m enjoying showing off, turning him on and getting turned on in the process. And as I think that, I slide one hand over my bra and the other down my abdomen to cup myself over my panties.

I have my eyes closed, and the music’s loud, but I still hear Damien’s sharp intake of breath. I figure that’s as good a cue as any, and I open my eyes and strut toward him, then reach out a hand to pull him up.

He complies, amused, and I do my own version of a pole dance, with Damien playing the role of my pole. Up and down, stroking and teasing, shimmying and shaking. It’s a little erotic and a little silly, and by the time I have my bra off and am about to step out of my panties, I’m both desperately wet and giggling furiously.

I bend over to untangle my panties from around my ankle, and when I do, my giggles turn to squeals as Damien scoops me up and tosses me over his shoulder. I pound uselessly on his back, then cry out when he pitches me unceremoniously onto the bed.

“What are you--?”

“Shhh.” He puts his finger over his mouth, then strips off his own clothes. And though he doesn’t add any dance moves, I can’t deny that I enjoy the show.

Slowly, he eases onto the bed and straddles me. “I liked your dance,” he says. “I like even more that you did it because I told you I wanted it.”

“Anything you want,” I whisper, my voice throaty. “You know that.”

“I want you,” he says, then brushes a kiss over my lips. “That’s all I’ve ever

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J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy,  and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million  copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas.  She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.



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Source:  eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Author and Inkslinger Pr
Genre: Erotic Romance Novella
Part #3.1.1 out of a series


My Entice Me Review . . . 

The Stark series is the first I ever read of J. Kenner's work and I fell quite hard for Nikki and Damien so, I was looking quite forward to reading more from this couple.  And I did like this little novella but I also have to admit I don't know if it was necessary to the series.  I think it is more of a pivot story to get us ready for Anchor Me which will be the fourth full length novel in this series. 

My fingers are crossed that Anchor Me will be an equally good story and doesn't end up being an overdrawn redundant story for these two.  In Entice Me, Nikki is trying to find the perfect present for Damien and at the same time she plots to help negate another potential blackmailer that could hurt them once again.   Plus as per Damien and Nikki style the heat up the sheets, or cars, or kitchens or whatever is available whenever they can.   It seems that Nikki and Damien are becoming predictable or the story is becoming predictable with these two.   Throughout this series, they indulge each other.  They also have sex a lot plus there is always some sort of drama or blackmail going on.  In Entice Me, the same thing happens just on a much smaller scale.

This was a sweet look into the now very married couple and how they're handling life being married and where their next step in life will take them.  Even though it was sweet I'm a bit bittersweet with this novella.  Due to the fact that it was nice to see but it was a teeny bit of overkill to the series.  Which for me made it unnecessary to the series but like I said previously I think this novella is supposed to bridge us over to Anchor Me seamlessly.   I'm not sure if Anchor Me is going to be more of the same or will be different but either way I will be reading it to find out more from Damien and Nikki.

3 Same Same but still sweet thumbs up!

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Lauren











Friday, 20 January 2017

Not A Game by Cardeno C Audio Book Tour #giveaway #audio #bookreview #MMromance #audiosample

Not a Game: A Contemporary Gay Romance Novel

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second's hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.
Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn't lacking friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there's an emptiness in Jaime's heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.
When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little understanding.
©2016 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

 

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Enter to win an audio copy of Not a Game by Cardeno C !!


Source:  eARC & Audible Copy for Honest Review Courtesy of Author & WLK Book Promotions
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance
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My Not A Game Review . . . 

When I want a sweet MM romance Cardeno C. is ALWAYS my go to for that.  And with Not A Game C.C.  has delivered another super sweet story.

Oliver Barnaby is an overweight, and a bit insecure man whom has just moved to a new city for his job.  Which is one of the things he's great at.  However, with this new start Oliver is determined to learn how to win over a man.

Now committed to this new choice to learn, Oliver finds himself at a bar waiting for his 'teacher'.  At the same bar Jaime Snow sees a super attractive bigger man whom right away makes his heart swell and even more when he finds this stranger reading his book.

Jaime and Oliver immediately click, which is strange for Oliver since he never can talk to men properly.   The reason for this is a mixed identity.  For Jaime, he knows Oliver thinks he's someone else but he won't lose this change to get to know Oliver better.

As Oliver starts to come into himself you get to see the fun loving man that he is.

" . . . I have a personal rule that my cell doesn't come into the gym with me."
"That's a coincidence.  I have that rule too."  Oliver paused and his lip twitched.  "I also have a rule where  I don't go anywhere without my phone.  I don't violate either of them."

At first Oliver doesn't trust that someone like Jaime could like someone like him, but the more time he spends with Jaime the easier it is for him to believe.  Especially when Jaime treats him like gold.  I absolutely adored this story.  It was super sweet and filled with love and happiness.

I liked the fact that this book didn't have over the top drama filled with angst and miscommunications.  Instead when the truth finally came out they both handled it like adults.  Took a deep breath and talked it out.  Viola!  No unnecessary angst to fill up the pages instead Oliver and Jaime had enough on their own without all the drama that is included in many other romance novels.
Now as for the Audio part of this review.   I have to admit that I liked the written version better than the audio version this time around.  I think voices can make or break a story and this narrator just didn't quite do it for me.  The more I listened the more Michael's narration grew on me but he didn't end up completely winning me over.

If I was reviewing the written version I would give it a 4 out of 5 but with the Audio version I have to only give it a 3.  I loved the story but didn't love the narration.  Sorry. :(

3 Super Sweet Thumbs up!

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Lauren













Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Cover Reveal!!! Singe by Aly Martinez #cantwait

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SINGE is the first book in an ALL NEW smokin-hot standalone series by Aly Martinez releasing February 6th!

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Blurb
She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.
I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.
Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.
And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.
But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.

About the Author
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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five- including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.






Monday, 16 January 2017

Finding Kyle by Sawyer Bennett #bookrevew #contemporaryromance

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Finding Kyle


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When you’ve lived your life as a criminal…
When you’ve done unspeakable things …
When your soul has become dark and stained…

The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.

Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.

Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.

When Kyle’s terrible past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?





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Source:  eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Standalone yet kind of a spinoff


My Finding Kyle Review . . . 

Kyle Sommerville was once deep undercover and now he's hiding waiting for the trial to be over.  Now in a small quaint town the last thing he needs is to be attracted to his gorgeous and quirky neighbor, Jane Cresson. 

Jane's instantly drawn to her mysterious handsome neighbor and she's determined to win him over.  Even with her rock like muffins.  

"Well, you're a very interesting guy.  You're dark and mysterious.  Reclusive yet very intriguing.  I'd say you've got a haunted past, and I'm kind of drawn to that."
Kyle's eyes burned into mine.  "Why would you ever be drawn to that?"
I shrug.  "Because I want good things for good people, I guess."

Kyle tries to fight his attraction to Jane since he knows this is not a permanent situation but Jane and her quirky persistent ways burrow under his skin causing Kyle to cave into everything that is Jane.  However, he's adamant that all that it can be between them is a fling.


The more their fling goes on the more they both fall so when what he's hiding from comes knocking at his door, he realizes that Jane can be hurt.  With this realization he knows he needs to leave sooner than later but it may be too late for them and their hearts.

I knew Kyle seemed familiar but I completely forgot that we already met him in two other series.   Once I figured it out it all made so much more sense to me.  However, the other stories aren't needed to read this book as it is considered a standalone.

I originally thought this book was going to be a bit more of a romantic suspense with Kyle being an undercover officer but it was a pure love story with a dash of suspense and it completely filled me up with warmth and love.   I absolutely adored it and loved everything about Kyle and Jane.   Sawyer Bennett has once again written a great story that you can't put down and fall in love with the characters. 
4 Finding Each Other Thumbs up!

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Lauren