Friday, 18 August 2017

Swept Into Love - Melissa Foster - Blog Tour & Review






One night changes everything, putting their friendship 
— and their love — on the line.









SWEPT INTO LOVE

The Ryders #5

Melissa Foster

Releasing Aug 16, 2017

World Literary Press






It’s been years since Sally Tuft’s husband died and she was left to raise her teenage son alone. And almost as long since she told the only other man she’d ever wanted that they should be just friends. Now her son has left for college and Sally has no distractions to keep her from thinking about her best friend and coworker, Gage Ryder, and what could have been.

Gage always believed that one day Sally would move past the death of her husband and they would finally explore the passion that’s simmered between them since the day they met. Tasked with opening a new youth center in Oak Falls, Virginia, Gage hopes the trip away is just what they need to finally come together.



Before Gage and Sally ever reach Oak Falls, one night at a conference changes everything, putting their friendship—and their love—on the line, and the two must decide if getting swept up in love is the beginning of forever, or the end of their friendship as they know it.



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Sally Tuft awoke to a freight train running through her head and the worst cotton mouth she’d ever experienced. She lay on her back, eyes closed, trying to remember what happened last night after the conference she’d attended. Thank God what happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas, because she didn’t need her boss finding out she got rip-roaring drunk. She rolled onto her side, coming face-to-face with hot whiskey breath. Her eyes flew open and she bolted upright, clutching the sheet to her chest. Her heart pounded wildly as she took in the gorgeous sandy-haired man lying next to her. Oh shit! Shit, shit, shit!
No. This can’t be happening.  
She slammed her eyes shut, trying to calm her mounting panic by breathing deeply, but that made her head hurt even worse.
Her eyes opened slowly, roving over Gage Ryder’s scruffy jaw and the full lips she’d fantasized about so many times she should be arrested. This was bad. Very bad. Gage had been her best friend and co-worker since her husband was killed in a skiing accident several years ago. And worse, he was her son’s confidant. The man whom Rusty went to with problems his father was no longer there to help him with.
Her gaze trailed over his broad shoulders and muscular chest as realization set in. She bit her lower lip, holding her breath as she lifted the sheet. Please let me have something on. At least underwear. The pit of her stomach twisted at the sight of her closer-to-forty-than-thirty, less-than-perky bare breasts, and stomach that had never quite regained its elasticity after having her now twenty-year-old son. Oh God!
Gage rolled onto his back, and her eyes were drawn to the formidable bulge lifting the sheets. Look away. Look away.
She couldn’t look away. He’d made his feelings for her clear without ever actually spelling them out. Would he mind if she looked? Oh God! I should mind! She needed to force those desires back into Ignore mode. Closing her eyes and gritting her teeth, she tried to do just that. But the urge to look was too strong, and they popped open again, drinking in every hard inch of him.
His left arm stretched over his head, coming to rest on the pillow. The other reached beneath the sheet and adjusted himself. Her nipples prickled to tight points. Now was not the time to get turned on, but she couldn’t stop staring as he sleepily pushed the sheet down his chest, revealing solid abs she’d seen a million times—but never once in bed. They were sexier than when he was playing basketball or chopping wood to heat his home. Oh God, she loved to watch him chop wood.
Her eyes moved to the other wood in sight. She heard a whimpering sound and realized it came from her. She snapped her mouth shut. She had to get out of there before he woke up and realized what they’d done.
What if he remembered what happened—or didn’t—last night? She was never going to drink again. Not in this lifetime, and definitely not with Gage Ryder.
She clutched the sheet and slid to the edge of the bed, struggling to dredge up memories of last night from the muddled recesses of her mind, but her head was spinning. At least her hangover had taken a backseat to the reality of having slept with Gage. He rolled toward her as she stepped quietly from the bed. The sheet caught beneath him and pulled from around her.  She gasped, her hands darting to cover all her private parts as Gage’s amused blue eyes opened and followed her frantic hands. A slow smile crept across his gorgeous face. She needed more hands! She yanked the sheet from the bed and turned around.
Don’t look!” she yelled as she tried to wrap it around her. “Oh my God. Gage!”
Sally…?”
Don’t say a word. Wait. Please tell me we didn’t have sex. Just…” She shook her head and spun around, bringing Gage and all his naked glory into full view. For a second she was struck mute, her jaw hanging open. His thick arousal lay nestled between powerful thighs, on a manicured tuft of dirty-blond hair.
See something you want?” Gage said with a chuckle, snapping her brain into gear.
You’re naked!” She spun around again, breathing so hard she feared she might pass out.
You whipped the sheet off me,” he said far too casually.
I’m naked!”
I see that, and I prefer you without the sheet.”
Gage!” She huffed. “Put a pillow over yourself! Cover that thing up.”
He sighed loudly and she heard the rustling of the pillow.
Okay, Salbird. I’m covered, but given that we’re both naked, I’m pretty sure you got more than an eyeful last night.” 





4 Stars 

Swept Into Love is the fifth title in the Ryders series, a friends to lovers romance, that I have been eagerly anticipating.  Anyone familiar with Ms Fosters work will be aware of this pair of characters and their close knit friendship.  Readers will not be disappointed in this emotion driven and swoon worthy romance.  Ms Foster writes so prolifically, but so well.  Although I haven't read every title in the Love in Bloom series, being that forty have been written, I have read quite a few and I loved that several of my favorite past characters appeared within this story line. For anyone who has not read any of the previous title, you need not worry as this book can be read as a standalone. 

Gage is determined and loyal, and despite being an alpha, he's incredibly sensitive, sweet and romantic.  He loves fiercely and with his whole heart.

Sally is stubborn, and has a past that haunts her, she fears letting love in, after already loosing one man she loved. But she's met her match in her long time friend, confidante and co-worker Gage.  

Their story is a heartwarming and engaging contemporary romance, full of heart, heat, sweetness and angst told in a dual point of view. 


I thoroughly recommend this title to anyone who loves a contemporary romance, or who is a fan of the previous forty titles in the love in bloom series. 





Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.








Havoc - Laramie Briscoe - Release Blitz & Review





Title: Havoc
Series: Moonshine Task Force #3
Author: Laramie Briscoe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 18, 2017






When a marriage of convenience turns into the passion of a lifetime…



Holden “Havoc” Thompson



My job as the leader of the Moonshine Task Force is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep it. The men under my command mean the world to me. Knowing they count on my guidance has kept my demons at bay for longer than I care to admit.



The control I have over myself is an iron fist that sometimes threatens to squeeze the life out of me. What I want more than anything is to live again – let go of the hurt smothering every bit of light I have in this darkness.



I don’t expect it to come in the form of a Moonshiner’s daughter needing my protection.



Leighton Strather



My whole life has been defined by who my family is. In the state of Alabama, we’re number one with a target on our backs. The danger and prestige isn’t for me. I don’t care about the money, and I care too much about the families we’ve ruined.



My brother and my dad are proud of it. They wear their arrest records like a badge of honor. Me? I want as far away from the lifestyle as I can get.



It’s the only reason I ask Holden to marry me. At least that's
what I tell myself.



I never expect his whispered yes to cause such upheaval in my life. Even though I resist, I learn some havoc is good – and this one? It’s a whirlwind of lust, hope, and love and all I can do is let it sweep me away.









AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU






4.5 Stars 

Havoc is the third title in the Moonshine Task Force series and features Havoc aka Holden the man in charge of the task force.  This has got to be my favorite of the titles in the Moonshine Task Force.  Although you could read this title as a standalone, Havoc and Leighton's story really starts in the previous title. 

The characters are strong, complex and endearing.   Holden epitomizes an officer of the law.  He is protective, loving, loyal, honorable and tough.  His appeal doesn't end there he is one intelligent, dedicated, determined, sexy, tattooed, bad-ass alpha. 

Leighton Strather grew up on the wrong side of the law, her family being notorious moonshine distributors.  Leighton is damaged, she's endured so much in her life, and she's relatively young compared to Holden.  She's kind, understanding, considerate, empathetic and intelligent. I loved seeing her character grow, and develop and gain confidence over the course of this book.  

What starts as a marriage of convenience ends up being so much more evolving into a hot, steamy, sweet and passionate story of romance and making choices between loyalty and love.  This story is a slow burn romance, but its completely engaging and captivated my attention, and I couldn't put it down. 

I love that the previous characters appeared so frequently within the story line and played an integral part in Leighton's development as a character.  I will be eagerly anticipating Ace and Menace's stories and cannot wait for more of the Moonshine Task Force. 




AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited





AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU



Free in Kindle Unlimited








Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin' Country Series.



Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She's appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She's been called "a very young Maya Banks" (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being "sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart".



When she's not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.





Beard In Mind - Penny Reid - Blog Tour & Review

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Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is available NOW!

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.
Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.
Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.
The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.



She’d taken the sofa, in her own house, and given me the bed. That didn’t make a lick of sense.

I crouched next to her, threading my fingers into the silky hair at her temples. “Honey.”

“Mmm.”

I bent to whisper, “Shelly.”

“Hmm?”

“I’m going to carry you to your bed. I’ll take the sofa.”

“Mmm.”

I grinned at her soft noises, at the untroubled expression on her face, and how her brow—even in sleep—still looked regal and stern.

Sliding my arms under her legs and shoulder, I picked her up. And, unfortunately, that woke her up.

She jerked in my arms. “What are you doing?”

“I’m taking you to the bed.”

“Don’t do that.”

“I don’t mind, I’ll take the sofa.” Our mouths were just inches apart, and hers was distracting.

She squirmed. “Put me down.”

Sighing unhappily, I did. I set her on her feet next to the couch. The blanket pooled at her feet and I stepped back to give her some space. It was dark, but I could see her just fine, and that meant I had to force my eyes to remain above her neck. The woman was wearing two pathetic scraps of fabric as pajamas. A thin little tank top and shorts. That’s it.

I set my jaw and turned to the side, waiting for her to walk past.

“Where are you?”

I glanced at her and realized she couldn’t see at all. She didn’t have a hand out, but the way her eyes were moving about the room gave away her blindness.

“I’m here.” I didn’t touch her, because if I did, I wouldn’t want to stop.

Shelly turned her head in my direction and took a deep breath. Still she didn’t reach for me. I didn’t know the specifics of what to expect after her Friday session, but I recalled Dr. West saying something about Shelly doing self-guided ERP exercises over this week.

“Can you see?” She licked her lips, her voice sandpapery. “Because I can’t see at all. It’s so dark.”

“I can see.” Unbidden, my eyes dropped to her body, to the swell of her breasts, the panel of bare stomach, the curve of her hips. Pinpricks of heat raised over my skin and I curled my hands into fists.

She shuffled forward and I caught her before she bumped into me, setting my hands gently at her waist.

“Let me take you to your room.” My voice was rough, for obvious reasons.

Saying nothing, she brought her hand to my forearm, her body gently colliding with mine. And then her hand on my arm slid up my bicep to my shoulder.

“Shelly.” I was running out of breath.

“I like this.”

“What?”

“Touching you.”

Oh fuck.

I held still and endured her hands moving over my body, down the front of my shirt, stopping at the hem, then pushing it up.

“Take this off.”

I did. I pulled the T-shirt over my head and let it drop to the floor.

We stood there, facing each other in the dark, not touching. Despite the session on Friday and the progress that had been made, I realized she wasn’t quite there yet. Dr. West was right, Friday was just a step, the first step. Shelly wasn’t able to initiate contact. Not yet.

Her hands balled into fists and she swayed forward, her breath struggling little puffs.

If anything was going to happen tonight, I had to initiate it. I had to be the one to touch first.

God, how I wanted her. How I wanted her above me, beneath me, surrounding me. But how could I?

“I know why I hesitate,” her voice was breathless, “but why do you hesitate?”

“Lots of reasons.”

“Give me one.”

“I don’t want to you use you.”

“I wish you would.”

That pulled a laugh from me, just a small relief from the mounting tension. My eyes moved over her body, an undeniable impulse to devour the sight of her, her legs, stomach, chest, then up her neck to her lips.

“You asked me on Saturday if sex was a big deal for me, or if it was you. The answer is both.”

She held very still, and I got the sense she was holding her breath, straining to listen.

“You are a big deal to me. I don’t want a fling. I don’t want a flirtation. I want promises.”

“What can I promise you?”

That you’ll love me. That I’ll be your priority.

She shifted her weight from foot to foot. A spike of anxiety that she might leave me like this had me acting without forethought. I lifted my hands to her waist again and immediately, her fingertips skimmed over skin of my lower stomach in response, making my muscles tense in hot anticipation. She grew more assertive as she caressed my sides, abdomen, ribs, chest, shoulders, and then back down.

Shelly stepped closer, a hint of thrilling contact between her breasts and my torso, and all the words and worries melted from my mind, died on my tongue, suffocated by the feel of her body, and the possibility of this moment.

Her finger hooked in the waistband of my jeans. “Take these off.” Her hand turned, her fingers and palm cupping me over my zipper.

Instinctively, I pressed myself into her touch even as I grabbed her wrist.

“Beau, I promise—”

She didn’t get to speak, because I kissed her, hard and wild, unbuttoning and unzipping my fly with one hand and bringing her palm inside my boxers with the other.


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5 Stars

Beard in Mind is the fourth title in the Winston Brothers series.  For quite a bit of this title the story line runs concurrently to the Cletus' story in Beard science but from a different point of view.  Although this is an enemies to lovers romance it's also a story of self discovery, supporting those you love, and overcoming fears and insecurities.  

I know when I pick up a Penny Reid title that there is going to be an element of humor and that it will be incredibly well written.  At various points whilst reading Beard In Mind, I found myself smiling, snickering or flat out laughing out loud.  On the flip side the emotions of this story, also nearly had me in tears.  

Beau is a sweet, sexy, charming, kind, loyal and captivating.  Even with everything going for him he has insecurities, which make him all the more love-able and relate-able.  Beau has a deep connection with his twin, which being a twin myself I can totally relate to.  He loves with his whole heart, and is devoted to those he cares about most.  

Shelly is a fascination character.  Prickly, socially awkward, quirky and unique are just a few ways in which I would describe her.  She is also incredibly brave, resilient, smart, creative and determined.  Shelly is an intense character with so much going on beneath the surface.

Both these character are incredibly complex, multifaceted and endearing.  I loved their banter that is fun, flirty and full of sass and humor.  The emotions in this story are quite raw, but the chemistry and connection between Shelly and Beau is intense and realistic.  

This book has so much drama, with secrets and truths revealed that change everything that they think of themselves.  The twists and turns kept me completely captivated and enthralled to this emotion filled story.  

I thoroughly recommend this title to anyone who has enjoyed the previous books in the series, or who enjoys a book with characters that are unique and on the quirky side. 




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Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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