Friday, March 29, 2013

Resisting The Bad Boy- Violet Duke

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself.  His sage advice?  Try something wild and fast.

Preferably him.                                                   

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation.  But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all.  To avoid that misery—and repel the drama—Connor always makes his one and only rule crystal clear right from the start.  Absolutely nothing more than a month.

Turns out, a whole lot can happen in one month.


“Why you little—”
Connor launched at Abby as she shrieked out in laughter and tried ducking around him to make for the door.  Snatching her around the waist, he hoisted her cackling body over his shoulder and upended her back onto the bed.  “You set me up.”
Now unliddable, her giggles effervesced, giving zero credence to her perfectly scandalized denials.  He trapped her under him and buried his grin against the curve of her neck, feeling disproportionately victorious at the gasp she couldn’t contain when he skimmed his lips over her collarbone. 
The woman was getting to him.  This time, when his lips found her soft skin again, it was with purpose.  “You planted that wicked little bag-o-fun there for me to find, admit it.” 
She gave an Oscar-worthy gasp at the accusation. “What?  What possible reason would I have had to do that?”
“To drive me up the wall?  Send me bursting through my zipper?”  He nipped at her earlobe playfully.  “Though I guess I should be flattered to be the reason you bought all that stuff.”
The cutest derisive snort he’d ever heard shot out of her like a torpedo with impeccable aim.  “Breaking news, Connor: scientists have in fact discovered that the earth doesn’t revolve around you.  Women buy toys for themselves all the time.”
He nearly bit off his tongue to avoid even thinking about Abby having any sort of toy-based fun.  “I still call foul.  When you and I agreed to this who’ll-beg-first stint, you didn’t say you’d be weaponizing your attacks.” 
“Weapons?”  She blinked innocently.  “You make them sound so sinister.  I’d say they’re more like…private tools.  Survival tools, if you will.  For my time here.  Naturally, you were never meant to see them.” 
Bull.  Next, you’ll tell me the snowflake masquerading as underwear in that bag is worn strictly for comfort.  Hell, I’ve seen more fabric on the teeny doilies in Skylar’s toy tea sets—”
“Aw, I remember those,” she cut in softly with a smile.  “She used to go on and on about how her ‘bestest Uncle Connor’ hosted the fanciest dress-up tea parties.”
“I wore suits,” he clarified gruffly, “and don’t change the subject.  Why buy sexy lingerie if not to have them be seen?” 
By me.  He didn’t have to say it out loud, they were both thinking it.  And his ego was celebrating it. 
“Easy access,” she eventually answered, straight-faced.
His imagination went nuts.  Picturing Abby wearing the microscopic scrap of white lace he saw earlier for private ‘easy access’ unhinged him.  He shackled her wrists above her head with one hand and began tickling her ribs.  “Another foul.”
“Stop!” she screeched and dissolved into a breathless puddle of mirth.  “Okay, I admit it!  It was a dirty, dirty foul on my part.  You should definitely take a free throw shot.”
He paused, wondering where she was going with this.
She pointed to the trash can.  “There’s the basket; my new panties can be the ball…since yours are clearly in a twist.”
Incredulous, he dialed up the tickle torture to merciless.
Her squealing ‘I-take-it-backs’ became unintelligible as she wriggled and squirmed and bucked until soon, he was fairly certain he was suffering more than she was. 
Breathing hard, he released her wrists and rolled onto his back beside her.  “You’re planning to drive me completely crazy these next few weeks, aren’t you?”
Limbs all akimbo, head dangling off the bed, she heaved between breaths, “Like you wouldn’t believe.”

Author Bio:
VIOLET DUKE is the pen name for Nina Nakayama, former professor of English Education turned author who now spends her days on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance.  When she’s not catering to the whims of her story characters or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she enjoys randomly rearranging the furniture in her house, tackling reno projects with her power tools, cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes, and trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first.  Nina lives in Hawai‘i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.  Learn more about her and her books at

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Connected by Kim Karr

What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?

Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.

When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.

Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia's grief begins to lift--but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.

But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?

That is the 4- letter word I would use to describe Connected by Kim Karr. I can't tell you how great this book is- actually I would describe it as MAGNIFICENT!  If is easily in my top three books of 2013 and I have read 75 books so far this year. Let me compose myself before I finish this review. This book makes me wish I knew how to create video reviews.

Connected has it all- love, angst, steam, sizzle, heartbreak, passion, and mystery. Unlike most other Rock Star novels, Kim Karr has introduced a sense of mystery in her book that is completely refreshing. This is a true love story that makes even the hardest  of hearts melt. The level of emotions present in this writing style is so moving that the reader can actually jump into the story and wrap themselves up. I was so engrossed in the story of Dahlia and River and I cried when the last word was read. I did not want this beautiful story to end.

What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?

In a chance encounter, Dahlia meets River Wilde one night in college. Even though there is a mutual attraction, Dahlia is in love with her boyfriend Ben. She walks  runs away fron River and never looks back. 

Fast forward a few years and Dahlia and Ben are living together, engaged, and ready to start their life. Then tragedy hits- BOOM!  Dahlia is faced with the death of Ben and the demise of the life she thinks she was supposed to live. Her loss and journey of recovery is heartbreaking.  I could actually feel her grieving process all the way to my sole. Her love, commitment, and loyalty to Ben is amazing and emotionally,I was right with her the whole time. You see, Ben wasn't just her fiance and best friend, he was her rock when tragedy struck her family throughout her life. These two grew up together and their love story was written from a young age. Dahlia has to learn to live a life without her other half.
 When Dahlia's best friend forces her to take an assignment in Las Vegas to cover an interview, forces collide and she comes face to face with River again after 5 years. The chemistry is still evident and this time, she cannot walk run away from him. Thus begins a love story with such velocity and intensity that even the most critical audience is cheering for.

Kim wrote most of this story from Dahlia's point of view and this allowed Ben to stay a main character in the book. Throughout multiple flashbacks and side visions, Ben and Dahlia's relationship is explained further and it is easy to understand her confusion about her overwhelming feelings for River. To me, this was written so that I could feel her guilt when she discovers that her soulmate may not be whom she thought he was.

I could spend all day just fantasizing about River Wilde. Honestly he makes Jake, Travis, Kellan, and most others look like amateurs. His immediate connection to Dahlia is so powerful that I am now a firm believer in Soulmates. He carried this love affair to a level I felt to my own soul. His love and adoration for Dahlia was classic. He is so sexy, thoughtful, charming, caring etc, etc, etc..... I am telling you honestly- he is topping above the others right now in the book boyfriend category. Oh, and when we finally get to his POV- it is well worth the wait!!!!
I need to advise anyone who reads this book to PAY ATTENTION to EVERYTHING. Don't skip ahead, don't overlook the conversations, don't even blink if you can. At the end there is a side storyline that comes together that hits you - SMACK- and you start to weave all the clues together. I think I started to figure out there was something odd going on at about the 50% mark, but I didn't piece it together. As I started to delve into the secondary characters, I started to feel a since of discomfort and realized there are secrets everywhere and something important has happened in the past that involves everyone.

Let me just say that I was completely shocked at the end. Kim Karr brings a whole new level to the term cliffhanger. I am not sure if I am furious or elated. Those are serious the two emotions I felt. When I mentioned before that I cried at the end- you have to read this story to understand why. The ending is epic and lays the trail for book two.

I am not exaggerating when I tell you that this ending blows away anything out there right now. It is so powerful that it  is on the same emotional level as Callie & Kayden. The next book in this series will be as anticipated as Collide, RIY, All In, Ella & Micha, TMS etc.......

I am begging Kim Karr to finish up #2 in record time so I can hole up and finish one of the most dynamic love stories I have ever read!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BLOG TOUR STOP! VACANT by Evelyn Baldwin

Ethan Parker gets up every day, surviving the only way he knows how—alone.

Orphaned as a child and forced into the child welfare system, he knows better than to depend on anyone but himself. He’s learned trust is a word used all too often, but rarely earned.

Ethan believes that his best chance for maintaining a simple and solitary existence is to live by a simple mantra: Don’t get involved. Keep things simple.

Take care of yourself!

When a young woman moves in next door, Ethan is forced to reevaluate his beliefs. He tries to keep his distance, but his new neighbor’s infectious smile and outlook on life leave him struggling with the decision of living the life he knows, or taking a chance on the unexpected.

As Ethan develops a relationship with his new neighbor, Emily, he realizes nothing is simple and learns that life is about more than just surviving… it’s about living.


I can honestly say that I LOVED this book. Even though it was a novella, it was packed with emotion, romance, sadness, joy, and true love. Throughout the 100 + pages the reader is taken through a journey that lasts 15 years. Even though this seems like a large timeline to fit into such a short story, Evelyn Baldwin does an excellent job with the flow of the book.

From the first few pages, I was gripped with sadness for this wonderful character named Ethan Parker. As I learned his hardships and his drive & determination to make a life for himself, I felt a sense of longing for him to find his HEA. Ethan doesn't have much, but he has worked hard for everything he has and he lives his life as a loner because he doesn't want any complications.

When his new neighbor, Emily, knocks on his door. I felt the immediate connection. Even though this was  not a "fly by night" romance, Ethan and Emily have created a beautiful love story that jumps off the pages. They both grow into such wonderful characters that you can't help but cheer them on as they navigate into a future together with no foundation at all.

This is a novella like no other out there right now. There are no best friends to rely on, no parents for guidance or advice, no novelties of todays' acceptance (cell phones, Flat Screens, DVDs, Laptops, etc). Instead this is just a story about two young adults that overcome terrible tragedies and find each other. I followed their voyage with happy and sad tears in my eyes because I was so proud of these characters. To me this was really a feel good story that I highly recommend.  

I read a lot of books and I have my share of emotions that I expect with a contemporary romance. Evelyn Baldwin hit them all with Vacant !

Evelyn R. Baldwin was born in the Midwest and spent her childhood on a horse ranch. As an only child, Evelyn was often forced to entertain herself with the family's horses as companions, and her imagination the only limitation.

After moving to St. Louis to attend college, she earned a degree in Education. During her Master’s program, Evelyn discovered her fascination with behavior and psychology.

Her first professional job experience was as a juvenile counselor, which led her to venture into other human sciences, eventually making a career with Behavior Analysis. While writing is a hobby for Evelyn, she often uses her experiences with human behavior to guide her characters.

She’s written short stories since childhood but only recently began exercising her real writing muscles. While she does not consider herself a professional writer in any sense of the word, she continues to polish her craft and hopes for success in her writing ventures, even if they are just as a hobby.
Twitter: EvelynRBaldwin
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Unbroken- Melody Grace

"Mom always told me there are two kinds of love in this world: the steady breeze, and the hurricane. Emerson Ray was my hurricane…"

Juliet McKenzie was an innocent eighteen-year old when she spent the summer in Cedar Cove—and fell head over heels in love with Emerson. Complicated, intense Emerson, the local bad boy. His blue eyes hid dark secrets, and just one touch could set Juliet ablaze. Their love was demanding and all-consuming, but when summer ended, tragedy tore them apart. Juliet swore she’d never go back, and she’s kept that promise… Until now.

Four years later, Juliet’s done her best to rebuild the wreckage of her shattered life. She’s got a great boyfriend, and a steady job planned after she graduates. Returning to Cedar Cove to pack up her family’s beach house to prepare it for sale, Juliet is determined that nothing will stand in the way of her future. But one look from Emerson, and all her old desire comes flooding back. He let her go once, but this time, he’s not giving up without a fight. And Emerson fights dirty.

A heartbreaking history. An unstoppable passion. Torn between her past and future, Juliet struggles to separate love from desire. But will they find a way to overcome their tragic secrets—together? And after so much damage has been done, can a love remain unbroken?

I found this book by accident as I was perusing my favorite blogs this week. Since it looked like a story that is right up my alley, I immediately purchased the book and sent the author a message. I wasn't sure what I was expecting, but I was very pleased with Melody Grace's debut as a New Adult author.

First let me say that Melody Grace has excellent writing style. I enjoyed the flow of the book and the character development. This really was a beautiful story. There was heartbreak from the first page but there was also an incredible love that I couldn't wait to learn more about.

I am not going to break down the plot of this story because I think the book description says it all. But what I will tell you is that there is passion that jumps off the pages that made me think back to my first love and wonder "what if."

Juliet and Emerson are another magnificent book couple that the bloggers will be talking about for a while. This is how I would break down the storyline for those who want to know what to expect:
Angst: B+
Passion: A+++
Steam: A+
Chemistry: A+
Atmosphere: A
Secondary Characters: B+
Alpha Male- A+++

You will not regret buying this book and reading cover to cover. It is short enough to read in one day and still feel fulfilled.

I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes- It sort of reminds you of a KA line:)

“You’re mine,” he says again fiercely. “Not his, not anyone else’s. You can try and pretend you don’t feel it, but you do. You’ll always be mine.”  Emerson Ray

Thursday, March 14, 2013


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A smart, sexy entrepreneur. A wealthy, arrogant ladies’ man set on purchasing her company. And a hotbed of chemistry neither one of them anticipated.

Aiden Stewart is just going through the motions of running the family business, a mega communications company snapping up all the competition. His trip to a tiny New England town to negotiate the purchase of ChatDotCom is nothing more than an interruption in his plans for his next female conquest. The last thing he expects is for Chat’s CEO M. Jordan Fitzgerald to be a woman who takes his breath away.

Jordan is focused on business, not romance. She’s got too much at stake, working to protect Chat’s employees, as well as making sure her family is taken care of. Falling in love is not part of the business plan, but resisting the man she really should not want is proving impossible.

When a rival wants to take over Chat too, Jordan struggles to keep her personal life from affecting the business deal. With secrets that could ruin everything, she has to decide if she can balance business with pleasure.


"In the end, I can just flat out offer more cash. Money talks. It’s about the only thing that does.
Besides, I plan to maneuver Miss Fitzgerald into a position of, how shall I say, submission.”
Aiden was lifting his glass to his lips and stopped. This was very nearly a threat. It sounded
sinister. Was his imagination running away with him?
“And how do you propose to accomplish that?”
Aiden heard Christopher Fenton give a nasty little laugh. “That is something that’s just going to
have to remain a corporate secret. Suffice it to say, I’ve used it before to fire people, to get
information, to turn the situation for the benefit of Fenton Industries. Works every time.”
Aiden was boiling over with impotent rage. He had to finish his beer and get out of there. What
was that his mother had said? Eavesdroppers always hear unpleasant things. Well, he had heard
some unpleasant things.
To read more how Christopher Fenton will get Jordan to ‘submit’, read CORPORATE AFFAIR by Linda Cunningham.
Find more information on Corporate Affairs at

Linda has written steadily throughout the years, but usually other people’s papers, speeches, or articles for agricultural trade magazines. Her only published work of fiction was a children’s book, “The Copper Angel of Piper’s Mill”, written in 1988 when her children were still small. Now that the kids are out of the house, Linda is writing fiction again, and this time it’s personal! She writes full time and it’s Romance!
Linda lives in a romantic stone house in the green mountains of Vermont surrounded by her gardens and her animals who include horses, sheep, cats, dogs, chickens, a parakeet and various wildlife visitors who wander in and out at will. When time permits, she also enjoys sketching and painting.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Reckless-S.C. Stephens

Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other survive the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they've formed, the new family they've found, and the history they've forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band's exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price-but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

Okay, where should I start? The release of Reckless was probably the most anticipated book of this year so far. Between the snippets, excerpts, interviews,  & endless promotions, Reckless by S.C. Stephens had everyone begging for midnight to hit on 3/4/13. There were even some lucky readers that picked up the book in a secret location and had the chance to read the book before the 3/5/13 release date. Well, I was one of those readers that hit "confirm' at 12:01am on March 5th and read straight through.
I have to say- Well Done Ms. Stephens, Well Done! 

S.C.Stephens brought us a beautiful story that ended one of my favorite trilogies ever. Her ability to continue to showcase Kiera and Kellan's strength's & weaknesses was impeccable. Even though the D-bags were on the road to stardom and Kiera finally had the option to write her novel and be with her love, you could see the insecurities and doubt that continue to plague this young couple.

I fell more in love with Kellan in this book than I ever thought possible. He lived through such a troubled and dark childhood and has so many demons, but you can really feel his ability to love through the pages. The reader really gets to see his love for Kiera, his band, his new family, and his music. He is torn in so many directions trying to follow his dream and remain grounded to his love of writing and performing. And of course, who wouldn't swoon with his dirty talk and bedroom antics? As he is faced with the price of stardom and fame, I think he followed the best path and finally followed his heart.

Keira still has insecurity issues that are blinding but she really pulls through as a strong partner for Kellan. She takes time to divide her personal feelings and find a way to encourage Kellan to follow this dream. Even though she is raked over the coals and must hide her engagement and love for Kellan- she is encouraging and open- minded. Even when she must face the fact that her fiance' is now pictured in another woman's arms and in her bed, Kiera shows tremendous growth.

This is a beautiful love story from start to finish. I know they had to overcome so many obstacles and the angst at times was agonizing, but it was well worth it.  The whole book was well written and completely engrossing. I am so happy yo have a conclusion but I will miss this crazy group that I spent hours enjoying!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Raid- Kristen Ashley

Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow all her life. She’s sweet, cute and quiet.
Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.
Raiden Miller is the town’s local hero. A former Marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while, but eventually Hanna catches his eye.
After all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she’s sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?
When I saw this early release on Wednesday night, I jumped on B&N and bought it immediately!  Within hours I had devoured this addition to the Unfinished Heroes Series. Once again, WELL DONE KA!  This was a beautiful story about a war hero and town sweetheart searching for something from one another.
We know right away that Hanna has watched Raiden for years and is in love with him and waiting to be recognized. One day as she watches him with another woman she realizes she may have been wasting her time on a dream that will never come true. She decides to "shake things up" and makes some changes in her life. She is ready to move forward and enjoy her life and not dwell on her obsession with Raiden.
Raiden has returned to Willow as a war hero. There are rumors swirling around town about his experience in the war and the horrors he faced, but Raid keeps his privacy and discusses nothing. As months pass, he finally starts to notice the town sweetheart and he cute disposition. He decides he must get to know her better. But as the story progresses, the reader has to wonder- is he looking for love or is there something else?
This is a really sweet story that covers all elements of Kit's typical work-
Alpha- Male- YES!
Beautiful/Sweet Heroine- YES!
Excellent Secondary Characters- YES!
Steamy, Sexy, Scenes- YES!
Recurring roles with other UH Characters- YES!
Element of Angst- YES!
It was a fun read that has dominance and darkness and proves that KA can create a story from almost any thought that comes up in her creative mind.
Without giving any thing away, this third installment in this series is very different from Creed. There is really no comparison, but it is very clever how Sylvie and Tucker show up in this story.
I am once again blown away by another KA series that leaves me wanting more..........