Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Small Town Scandle ~ Daisy Prescott ~ New Release and Review


Today we are sharing the release for SMALL TOWN SCANDAL by Daisy Prescott. This book is a standalone, romantic comedy, and it is the 5th book in the Wingmen series. Check out the buy links for the book below and for the previous books in the series!

 

SMALL TOWN SCANDAL by Daisy Prescott (Wingmen, #5)

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Another wingmen meets his match and this time it's scandalous.

Carter Kelso is a man with a plan. And goats.

Ashley Kingston is a woman with a reputation.

Can he earn back her love before their past catches up with them and destroys everything?

On the island, my last name is synonymous with scandal. With a notorious father and a famous brother, I've been on the sidelines of our small town's gossip circle for years. Nothing to see here. Just a man and his goats, happily going through life. Not a care in the world. Too bad it's all lies.

I'm tired of trying not to be in love with Ashley Kingston, our very own island jezebel. Some people think she's a slut. They think they know her. They're wrong. Screw them.

Reputations can be deceiving. I should know.

Small Town Scandal is a second chance romance standalone novel and the fifth book in the Wingmen series. You do not have to read the other novels first.

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EXCERPT:
“Worried about history repeating itself?” Ashley meets my eyes.
“With you?” Yes, please.
She gives a slight nod in response.
“Never. I’m not some dumb eighteen-year-old kid with his head up his ass. I’m not my father. You’re not your parents. We’re adults now.”
She gazes out over the water for a moment. “I don’t see any, do you?”
“Any what?” I scan the sky.
“Flying pigs.” Her smile is shy and more vulnerable than I’ve seen in years.
I bump her shoulder again with mine. “Stranger things have happened.”
“Says you.” She returns the pressure with her arm against mine with a brief nudge.
“You mentioned dinner? Were you serious?” I circle back to her comment before my random business idea.
“We both gotta eat. Plus, the baristas can close up for me. It’s good responsibility for them to have.”
“You trust them?”
“I do. If they mess up, then it’s a learning lesson for all of us.”
“When did you get to be so wise?” I almost say smart, but she’s always been smart. Definitely has the brains along with the body and the looks. She’s the trifecta. With a cherry on top.
I pick up the stem and then toss it over to the other bench.
“Hey! I thought that was my present,” she protests.
“You want a cherry stem that I’ve tongued into a knot?”
“Your tongue’s been in my mouth, so it’s kind of the same thing.”
We both stare at the stem laying on the concrete in who knows what combination of fluids and dirt.
“I’ll make you another one.”
“I have a better use for your tongue.” She surprises me with a small hop to peck my lips.
We’re going to need some rules of engagement. A SWOT of our own.
First, we need to stick to well lit, public places.
Second, we shouldn’t be alone.
Ten minutes of sitting on a bench together and certain parts of my body are coiled and ready to spring into action, not caring it’s daylight and a few hundred bored people are sitting in their cars with nothing better to do than watch us.
Nah, they’re all on their phones. She could probably straddle me on this bench and no one would pay any attention.
Damn, if I’m not tempted to test this theory.
“Are you coming?” She’s halfway back to the coffee hut.
“I wish,” I mumble, dipping my head and mentally cursing myself for setting limits.
Ashley’s smile says she probably heard me and agrees.

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PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES

READY TO FALL (Wingmen #1)

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CONFESSIONS OF A REFORMED TOM CAT (Wingmen, #2)

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ANYTHING BUT LOVE (Wingmen, #3)

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BETTER LOVE (Wingmen, #4)

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 

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USA Today Bestselling Author Daisy Prescott writes romantic comedies with heart.

 

Her Modern Love Stories feature characters in their thirties and forties finding and rediscovering love in unexpected and humorous ways. Her Wingmen books star regular guys who often have beards, drive trucks, and love deeply once they fall. Look for her new Rom Com series, Love with Altitude, in 2017.

Born and raised in San Diego, Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband, their rescue dog, and an indeterminate number of imaginary house goats. When not writing about herself in the third person, Daisy can be found traveling, gardening, baking, or lost in a good book.

To learn more about Daisy and her writing, sign up for her mailing list here. Send her an email at: daisyauthor AT gmail DOT com Or chat with her on Twitter (@daisy_prescott) and Facebook: /daisyprescottauthorpage, and follow her on Instagram: /daisyprescott

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Elizabeth's Review

 

3.25 stars - Slightly better than average


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This is a cute book and I appreciated the fact that is was told from Carter, the hero's point-of-view. He had a self-depreciating sense of humor that made him easy to like.
Unfortunately, even though I liked Carter, I had a hard time connecting to him or to his love interest, Ashley. This is my first read by Ms. Prescott, so I hope that some of that missed connection has to do with the fact that this is book #5 in a series. From the way other couples were woven into the story, I have a feeling there is a lot of back story that I missed by starting the series here.
Even with the missing connection, this was still a story that I enjoyed reading and found myself laughing with and rooting for the characters. There were parts of Ashley's story line that felt a little unresolved, but since her brother is a prominent secondary character here, I'm guessing some of those issues may appear in his book since they impact him too.
If you have read Ms. Prescott and this series in the past, this is one that you will probably enjoy. If you are new to her work like I was, you might want to find one of the earlier books in the series to start with.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

#MOMFAIL Anthology - Cover Reveal

Cover Design: MadHat Books
Release Date: July 25, 2017
 

Synopsis

Everyone just stop for one bleeping minute so we can all get real with each other. Being a mom is some tough $#!†. You're constantly wearing questionable substances that make you ask, "is this chocolate or ... oh, crap ..." and your purse is merely a receptacle for three-week-old snacks and broken crayons. Let's be honest ... even when we're doing this “mom” thing right, we're somehow doing it completely wrong. Pardon us while we dust off our collective Mother of the Year trophy and proudly present you with an epic anthology of #MOMFAILS. *Stories inspired by real life (unless you’re a cop, then it’s all complete fiction). Names and situations have been changed to protect the guilty (and by guilty, we mean the moms). Because motherhood is a battlefield and we're all just trying to survive by any means necessary. Featuring this amazing lineup: Alissa York, A.M. Willard, BL Berry, Carina Adams, Claudia Burgoa, Crystal Burnette, Dylan Allen, Faith Andrews, Gia Riley, J.A. DeRouen, Kate Anslinger, Leddy Harper, LK Collins, LL Collins, Marie James, Piper Rayne, Riann C. Miller, Shari J. Ryan, Stephanie Rose, Stephie Walls, SM West, TL Swan, Teresa Michaels, and foreword written by: Nicole Kane Knepper.    

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Sergeant’s Protection (Brothers in Blue #3) ~ K.Langston ~ New Release

SIX BROTHERS
EACH HOLDING A DIFFERENT BADGE OF THE LAW
EACH SWORN TO SERVE AND PROTECT 



protection: a person or thing that prevents someone or something from suffering harm or injury 

Sergeant Justin Cunningham just completed one of the most dangerous missions of his life, facing off with a notorious drug cartel. Blood was shed and sacrifices were made, but the risk had been worth it because there he found Selena Del Marco, the drug lord’s daughter, who possessed an endearing innocence that could not be tainted.

Not even by the corruptive world she lived in.

Trapped beneath her father's iron fist for most of her life, Selena often dreamed of escape but would never attempt it for fear of his deadly wrath. After all, watching how her mother died would forever haunt her.

However, her prayers were answered one fateful night and with it came freedom and protection. Now she can finally start building a life of her own, and as the days pass she longs for Justin to be a part of it. But right when things begin looking up, a new danger lurks, exposing a secret that will turn her newfound life upside down.

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EXCERPT #1 


 My shoulder hurts like hell but it’s worth the throbbing pain to finally hold her this close. I’ve been dying to do it since I found her in that filthy basement. I can’t explain it. The way she makes me feel inside. Something has shifted. Something that wasn’t there before. I’d been born with an instinct to protect but I’d never had a feeling quite like this. The irrefutable need to not only protect this beautiful, lost creature but claiming her seems almost as peril. It’s what had me leaping in front of that bullet to save her. It’s what has me desperate to hold her right now. Because if I look at those supple lips for another fucking minute, I’m going to possess them in a way that already scares the shit out of me. Selena pulls away to meet my gaze once more. “Oh, I’m sorry, did I hurt you?” she asks, dragging her fingers beneath her wet eyes. “I’m good,” I tell her and she smiles shyly. That tug in my chest grows stronger, my cock twitching with the curl of her lips. The greedy bastard hasn’t let up either. Not since she was bent over me in a pool of my own blood, begging for me to hang on. She thought I was dying, I thought I’d died and gone straight to heaven. Now she’s sitting here in front of me, looking broken and lost and the only thing I can think of is burying myself so deep inside of her nothing bad can ever touch her again. “The nurse brought me some clean clothes earlier. Would it be okay if I took a shower?” “Yeah, do whatever you need to do. I’m not going anywhere.” She giggles and the sound trickles down my spine in a wave of heat. “I won’t be long,” she reassures me. “Do you need anything before I go?” I shake my head and, almost reluctantly, she eases from the bed. She retrieves the small plastic bag on the couch then walks into the bathroom, shutting the door quietly behind her. When I hear the water switch on, I sink down farther into the bed, exhaling loudly. Closing my eyes, I do my best not to think about Selena naked in the shower or the fact that she’ll be staying with me at the ranch. A knock sounds before Reid pokes his head inside. “Hey, I was hoping you would be awake. How’re you feeling?” “Sore as fuck.” He walks closer to the bed, taking a seat next to me, looking tired and haggard. “How’s Cassidy?” He blows out a long breath, relaxing back in the chair. “She’s going to be okay. They’ll release her in a few days. Bodie came by to talk to her.” Bodie is Cassidy’s brother and Reid’s former best friend. They thought he was murdered six years ago but turns out he’d been hiding out in Mexico, working for the DEA and infiltrating Del Marco’s cartel. “How’d that go?” “I’m still pissed but I gotta find a way to make peace with this shit, for Cassidy at least.” “You’ll find a way.” “When are they letting you out?” “Sometime in the morning,” I answer. “You call Mom and Dad?” “Not yet. I’ll wait until I get home. If I call now she’ll be on the first flight out here.” He nods. “She’ll be pissed when she finds out later.” “I’ll deal with it. I got other shit to worry about. I’m taking her back to Pop’s with me.” “You think that’s a good idea?” he asks, eyeing me. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?” “Well, for starters, she’s the drug lord’s stolen daughter.” “Dead drug lord.” “You really want to get technical right now? Not to mention, she’s only nineteen.” “What does her age have to do with it?” “Nothing. Listen, I just think you need to take a step back and look at this. You really have no idea the trauma she has been through and how much help she will need. Hell, you need all the help you can get right now, too. I just think you should tread carefully.” “You think I don’t know that?” I snap, my patience wearing thin. I see his point but I don’t care either. She needs help, and I want to be the one to give it to her. Reid stands up. “I’m just looking out for you, brother. Let me know when they release you.” I nod then he turns to leave. Once the door shuts, the bathroom door opens. “Is everything okay?” she asks. Her dark hair hangs loosely around her shoulders, damp from the shower. “Yeah, why?” “I thought I heard someone in here and you sounded upset.” “Reid stopped by, brother shit.” She nods. “I always wanted a brother or a sister,” she says sadly, sitting down in the chair next to me. “Is he your only sibling?” I shake my head. “Hardly, I have five brothers and a pain in the ass sister.” Selena beams, her smile making the room brighter. “I would love to hear about them.” She tucks her feet into the chair next to me, leaning in closer. Goddamn, that voice, soft and sweet, her sexy Spanish accent curling around every word. Her eyes are locked firmly on mine, and I suck back a shot of air, clenching the sheet covering me. I know I should listen to my brother. I should be careful with her, not only because of what she’s been through but because she’s so young and vulnerable, and far too pure for the likes of me, but I can’t let her go. And something in my chest tells me I never will.


Elizabeth's Review


My rating: 3 of 5 stars - Average Read


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I really debated how to rate this book. It falls under the category of "I liked it, but... " for me.
I like Selina and Justine, they make a great couple. But, having not read the prior two books of the series, I felt as if I was missing information.
I overall had a feeling of being tossed into the story and having to figure things out a little bit as I went along. Which probably would not have been the case had I read the other two books first.
There was also a detail/inconsistency issue that kept bugging me - and it didn't have to do with our main characters! It had to do with Justin's grandparents and how long they'd been married. There was a reference to 56 years, but also a reference to 1942, and one to Pop's being deployed to Vietnam before they married. It's a small thing, but it kind of followed me through the story every time I saw Pop's. I think part of the issue is that I see my own Dad as the Pop's character (similar personality, Vietnam era veteran)
It's a little thing, but it did pull me away from the story.
If you are looking for a fast paced story with a great couple and a heart stealing alpha male, then this is definitely one for you. It's a great quick read. I really want to go back and read books 1 and 2 to get to know this family better.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Beach House for Rent ~ Mary Alice Monroe ~ New Release


Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of the Lowcountry Summer series, returns to her beloved Beach House series with the highly anticipated follow-up to Beach House Memories and The Beach House!

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Elizabeth's Review


3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time


Review Copy provided by Publisher via Net Galley


Wonderful story of two women in very different stages of life and how one very special house and community bring them through their struggles and through to the other side.
I really liked both Heather and Cara. Life had not been easy for either of them in various ways. Heather's journey was on of blossoming; she's 26 and semi independent for the first time. We see her come into her own as she conquers fears, tries new things, accomplishes what she set out to do and even falls in love.
For Cara, at 50, her journey is one of being knocked down and picking herself back up again.
These two come together and end up helping each other find the right path for themselves. There are a lot of life lessons for everyone and it was a wonderful sojourn to the Beach House.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

What I've been reading

The Hard Truth About SunshineThe Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars - One of the Best

Review Copy received via a group read

What a way to break a book funk! I've had about 2 weeks where nothing I've read has really hit the spot, but with this perfect Memorial Day read, Ms. Bennett squashed the book funk.
Four captivating characters, and unlikely companions, head on a cross country trip to complete the bucket list of a dying teenage cancer patient.
Along the way, Christopher (an injured veteran) gets a new lease on life as some of his own issues are put in a new perspective.
This is a well written and challenging read that made me think about several different issues. While a big departure from Ms. Bennett's typical work, this does have her hallmark excellence and is one I'd very much recommend.

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Abe: Four In Hand (Ties of Steel, #1)Abe: Four In Hand by M.J. Fields

3.25 stars - Slightly Better than Average

Free on Amazon!

I stumbled on this as a free read recently and enjoyed it.
This is the beginning of a new series, but also a spin off, so there are there is a lot of back story to the secondary characters that we don't see here.
This is a pure fun, sexy time read- there is some character development and relationship building but not a ton - so keep that in mind as you go in. Also, remember these characters are 22 and 26 and they do act like it act times.

The Manny (Locked & Loaded, #1)The Manny by Susan Ward

My rating: 2 of 5 stars - Below Average read

Free on Amazon

This is book where I think how you feel about it really depends on what you are looking for.
I found this to be a sex fest that teased at character, plot, and relationship development, but never really dived in to deliver on any of those things.
I found the principal characters to be shallow and the main love interest of the story wasn't even introduced until more than halfway through the book.
The sheer amount of sexy time involved had me skimming several times because it became over the top. This might be the right book for someone, but it wasn't for me.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Lynnette Austin Book Blast and Reviews



The question begs to be asked. Is there anything sexier than a cowboy?



SOMEBODY LIKE YOU
Maverick Junction #1
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours


WHEN A COWBOY MEETS AN HEIRESS…

Cash Hardeman thinks he’ll have all the time in the world to find the right woman...until he discovers he might lose the family ranch if he’s not married by his 30th birthday. So when Boston beauty Annelise blows into town on her Harley, Cash can't help wondering if she's the sexy, leather-clad answer to all his problems.

Giving her bodyguards and the paparazzi the slip, heiress Annelise Montjoy comes to Maverick Junction on a mission to help her ailing grandfather. But keeping her identity hidden in the small Texas town is harder than she expected—especially around a tempting cowboy like Cash. He’s the kind of man who makes her want to spill all her secrets. Soon Annelise starts to wonder if she’s finally found the man who can love her for herself rather than her money. But will the secrets they both keep ruin their plans to ride off into the sunset together?


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Elizabeth's Review ~ Somebody Like You by Lynnette Austin


3.5 stars - Worth a Reader's Time


Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley


This is a sweet story of two people who on paper don't belong together finding exactly what they need when they weren't looking.
I like both Annie and Cash and really liked them together. The fact that they both made jumping to conclusions an Olympic sport was my one big complaint and the thing that kept this from being a 4 star read for me.
Overall, this is well written and a unique take on the city girl/cowboy theme. All of the characters are well developed and the potential stars of future books are woven into the story in such a way that getting to know them does not detract from the main couple.
While Annie and Cash's romance takes center stage, they each have an interesting sub plot to add flavor.
I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the Maverick Junction series.




NEAREST THING TO HEAVEN
Maverick Junction #2
Lynnette Austin
Forever Yours




THE COWBOY AND THE CITY GIRL

Sophie London hates Texas. The longhorns freak her out and the wide-open spaces are more unnerving than a Chicago alleyway at night. But Sophie wouldn’t miss her cousin’s wedding for the world—even if it means returning to Maverick Junction . . . and to the dangerously irresistible Ty Rawlins.

A single father of rambunctious triplet boys, Ty knows trouble when he sees it—and Sophie’s got it written all over her. Yet he’s never been able to stop thinking about her, after their one brief meeting. Maybe fate is giving him a second chance. But if Ty wants Sophie to swap her stilettos for cowgirl boots, they’ll each have to face the past—together.


Elizabeth's Review Nearest Thing to Heaven by Lynnette Austin


My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend


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Normally when I read a series, I get super exited about book 1 then struggle a little bit with book 2. That was so not the case with Nearest Thing to Heaven. I think I may have enjoyed this book a little bit more than the first because this book dives right in almost immediately after then end of Book 1 and you get more story vs world building. That said, if you haven't read the first book, I would not recommend starting here.
Nearest Thing to Heaven is a sweet story about a second chance at love (for the hero) and self discovery (for the heroine). We meet Ty and Sophie in the first Maverick Junction book and meet up with them again when they are together for Cash and Annie's wedding. Fate definitely plays a part in shoving these two together and the results are sweet and a little steamy.
This is a well written series continuation. Ty and Sophie are both very easy to like and the secondary cast is active and equally fun. Ty's the boys are scene (and heart) stealers! There is a mild suspense element, but no big surprises. This has definitely left me hungry for the series conclusion!

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Lynnette Austin, a recovering middle school teacher, loves long rides with the top down and the music cranked up, the Gulf of Mexico when a storm is brewing, chocolate frozen custard, anything by Blake Shelton, Chris Young, and Thomas Rhett, and sitting in her local coffee shop reading and enjoying an iced coffee. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida's beaches and Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Having grown up in a small town, that's where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse. Writing for Grand Central and Sourcebooks, she’s published twelve novels and is at work on a new series.





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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Knew You Were Trouble ~ Lauren Lane ~ New Release and Review

 


A feisty beauty must choose between winning back Mr. Right 
or giving in to Mr. Wrong.
 

I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
Oxford Series #4
Lauren Layne
Releasing June 13, 2017
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New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.



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Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books. 




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Elizabeth's Review


My rating: 4 of 5 stars - Would Recommend to a Friend


Review Copy Provided by Publisher via Net Galley


I definitely enjoyed this slightly different entry in the Oxford series. Taylor and Nick are one of those couples that you just know should be together from their first meeting, but life keeps them apart.
Taylor is a heroine that honestly made me a little uncomfortable even while I wanted to cuddle her. Her upbringing stunted her emotional growth and it shows in how she looks at love.
Nick isn't the classic hero, but is perfect for Taylor. Their banter and barbs are fun to watch - as is their evolution from fren-enemies, to roommates, to coupledom.
My only complaint is that the tenacity in which Taylor held on to a failed relationship. It didn't seem to fit with the strong persona she portrayed in other places.

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