Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Her Mother's Secret - Natasha Lester - Release Blitz & Review

A sweeping story of love and ambition from England to the Manhattan of the 1920s and 1940s by the author of A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD
1918, England. Armistice Day should bring peace into Leonora's life. Rather than secretly making cosmetics in her father's chemist shop to sell to army nurses such as Joan, her adventurous Australian friend, Leo hopes to now display her wares openly. Instead, Spanish flu arrives in the village, claiming her father's life. Determined to start over, she boards a ship to New York City. On the way she meets debonair department store heir Everett Forsyth . . . In Manhattan, Leo works hard to make her cosmetics dream come true, but she's a woman alone with a small salary and a society that deems make-up scandalous.
1939, New York City. Everett's daughter, Alice, a promising ballerina, receives a mysterious letter inviting her to star in a series of advertisements for a cosmetics line. If she accepts she will be immortalized like dancers such as Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Ginger Rogers. Why, then, are her parents so quick to forbid it?
HER MOTHER'S SECRET is the story of a brave young woman chasing a dream in the face of society's disapproval.

4.5 Stars

It has been quite awhile since I've picked up a historical romance, and Her Mother's Secret did not dissapoint. Natasha Lester has created a beautiful and emotional tale of sacrifice, heartbreak and love. Underlying this story of perseverance and following your dreams, is an engaging and captivating tale with details of this era interwoven and wonderfully and vividly described.

Leonora 'Leo' is an incredibly endearing, resilient, tenacious, and determined character. She faces many hardships and heartbreak throughout this story and her strength of character, kept me completely enthralled. I read this book in one sitting and look forward to reading more of Ms. Lester's work in the future. 

Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for cosmetic company L'Oréal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald in 2016. The Age described Natasha as "a remarkable Australian talent" and her work been published in numerous anthologies and journals.

In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-ups with her three children. She lives in Perth. For all the latest news from Natasha, visit www.natashalester.com.au, follow her on Twitter @Natasha_Lester, or Instagram (natashalesterauthor), or join the readers who have become Natasha's friend on Facebook.

I Just Want You - Kaylee Ryan - Release Blitz & Review

Title: I Just Want You
Author: Kaylee Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 28, 2017

“Go to college,” they said. “Get a good job,” they said. “It will be a piece of cake.” Well, whoever they are, they lied. Sure, college was a blast, but after college, not so much. The finding a job to go with my expensive education, that part was not so easy. At least not until I was offered a position at the new club in town.

Life is defined by the little moments that have the power to change it completely. I never thought getting a cup of coffee would change mine, but it did. She did. She’s one of those moments.

He’s my boss.

She’s my employee. 

I want him.

I can’t resist her.

Special release price of $2.99


4 Stars 

Kaylee Ryan has done it again with I Just Want You, a sweet, sexy, well written and captivating romance.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story, a slightly taboo romance between the boss and his employee. 

Crew and Berklee are complex, endearing and dynamic characters.  Crew is your perfect alpha, focused, driven, determined, possessive, protective, caring and loving.   Berklee is sweet, flirty, stubborn, smart and passionate.  

I was drawn into their story from the get go, and read this book in one sitting.  I found it to be very entertaining and engaging. I loved the slow build up of tension, and the connection and chemistry shared between the hero and heroine.  Their dialogue and banter was a great blend of fun, flirty and dirty.  I loved the friendships and family connections with the side characters, and hop we see some of their stories in the future. 

Although not my favorite of Ms Ryan's books it is still a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a contemporary romance. 

Kaylee Ryan has had a passion for reading since she was a little girl. That passion has slowly led to spinning romantic tales, and a one-click addiction. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in her kindle or fingers glued to the keyboard, you can find Kaylee hanging out with friends and family. She loves all genres of music, and enjoys scrapbooking. She lives in Ohio with her husband (her real life happily ever after) and their rambunctious little boy.

Bossed - Sloane Howell - Release Blitz


He’s the boss. But she’s ready to take charge.

In this provocative and sexy* office romance, a cheeky new hire tempts a hotshot sports agent to mix business with pleasure.

Jenny: Job interviews are a bitch under the best of circumstances, but when your potential boss is the world’s biggest prick, that’s when you should simply walk away. It’s just that I need this job so badly—and I’m mesmerized by Ethan Mason’s piercing gaze. Men like him aren’t supposed to exist in real life. But under the tailored suits and GQ looks, Ethan simmers with barely restrained ambition. And no matter how hard I work to fight the attraction, I’m going to get burned.

Ethan: You don’t become a top agent without learning how to close deal. I always get what—or who—I want, by staying cool and in command. Then Jenny Jackson walks into my office with her lush curves and “screw you” attitude and blows away my intentions of keeping things professional. All I can think about is exploring the perfect body hidden beneath those conservative clothes or shutting her saucy mouth with one hot kiss. Jenny’s worth breaking the rules over—if I can convince her to break the rules for me.

*By sexy, we mean sexy. Like, 18+ sexy.

Sloane Howell lives in the Midwest United States and writes dirty stories. When not reading or writing he enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, playing with the dogs, traveling, and engaging his readers on social media. You can almost always catch him on Twitter posting something goofy.

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Holding Fire - April Hunt - Release Blitz & Review

Author: April Hunt
Series: Alpha Security, #2

On Sale: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD

The second book in April Hunt's romantic suspense series, perfect for fans of Julie Ann Walker, Lora Leigh, and Rebecca Zanetti.

Alpha Security operative Trey Hanson is ready to settle down. When he meets a gorgeous blonde in a bar, and the connection between them is off the charts, he thinks he's finally found the one. But after their night together ends in a hail of gunfire and she disappears in the chaos, Trey's reasons for tracking her down are personal . . . until he learns she's his next assignment.

Elle Monroe never expected to see Trey again. The night they shared was incredible, but the last thing she's looking for is a relationship. Now that it's clear she's being targeted, though, she has no choice but to trust this man she barely knows with her life. And Trey's not just determined to keep her safe . . . he's determined to win her heart.


4 stars 

Holding Fire is the second title in the Alpha Security Series, and is a fast paced romantic suspense with elements of action, intrigue, suspense and drama. Although this title can be read as a standalone the characters that feature in the first title appear throughout this book, and it's nice to understand their backstory. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Holding Fire, and found the characters to be complex, dynamic and endearing.   Holding Fire has everything I look for in a romantic suspense, heat, steam and a strong alpha, and just as strong feisty and sassy heroine.  This story line is sexy, fun and suspenseful. 

Trey is the hero an alpha through and through, former military, strong, handsome and used to having his directives followed.  Elle is strong, sassy and feisty and desperate for her independence.  I loved the strong chemistry and connection between this pair, it's quite believable and the love scenes are quite hot and steamy. 

I enjoyed the first book in this series, but in my mind the author has developed and this book is better, whilst still not a completely unique story line, it is fun and entertaining and the twists and turns kept me engaged and turning the pages until the very end. 

The secondary characters are fabulous, not only adding depth to the story line, but also elements of humor that had me laughing out loud.  I really look forward to the next additional titles in this series, to see the other members of Alpha Security find their happy ever after. 


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April blames her incurable chocolate addiction on growing up in rural Pennsylvania, way too close to America's chocolate capital, Hershey. She now lives in Virginia with her college sweetheart husband, two young children, and a cat who thinks she's a human-dog hybrid. On those rare occasions she's not donning the cape of her children's personal chauffer, April's either planning, plotting, or writing about her next alpha hero and the woman he never knew he needed, but now can't live without.


Monday, 27 March 2017

The Wingman - Natasha Anders - Review

The Wingman 
Natasha Anders 

She was supposed to be his one-night distraction. But their attraction is undeniable.
Introverted Daisy McGregor is used to being a wallflower, but what she lacks in style, she makes up for with an acerbic wit, a passion for life, and a deep devotion to her family. So she’ll suffer through her sister Dahlia’s bachelorette party and accept the cloud of pity for going stag to the wedding.
Out at the pub, sexy bad boy Mason Carlisle is a reluctant wingman tasked with entertaining Daisy while his brother flirts with her oldest sister, Daffodil. When the plan fails and Mason’s true intent is revealed, he feels intense guilt—and a sensual spark of desire for the unlikeliest of women.
Daisy decides to use this unfortunate encounter to her advantage: to make it up to her, Mason will be another kind of wingman, playing the role of her boyfriend and wedding date. Will their ruse unravel completely—or will Mason and Daisy’s undeniable attraction ignite a scorching love affair that knows no rules?

3.5 Stars 

The Wingman was my first time reading anything written by Natasha Anders and I quite enjoyed it. 

Daisy lacks self confidence, always being compared to her older sister and being found lacking.  Although lacking in coincidence she is quite self aware and very endearing. 

Mason is genuinely a nice guy and when he inadvertently hurts Daisy he will do anything to redeem himself to the shy and quirky daisy.  

The Wingman is a sweet, fun and entertaining story of opposites attracting.  

I loved how Mason saw past Daisy's exterior and stood up for her when it was most important. 

I look forward to reading more of Natasha Anders work in the future. 

Since making her publishing debut in 2012, Natasha Anders has been drawing praise and attention as a new voice in romance. The Unwanted Wife, which became a self-published bestseller, is the first title in Anders’s forthcoming Unwanted series. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Anders spent nine years as an associate English teacher in Niigata, Japan, where she became a legendary karaoke diva. Anders currently lives in Cape Town.

River's Edge Box Set - Lacey Black - Release Blitz

Today is the release day of Lacey Black’s River’s Edge Box Set! Check out the release festivities and be sure to grab this amazing contemporary romance series today!

Family is everything.

That’s the motto of the Stevens family, where nothing is secret and everything is fair game. From Jake, Nate, Will, Travis, and Avery, each Stevens sibling has one big shot at finding love in their small town, Rivers Edge.

Follow the five siblings on their quest for love in the Rivers Edge boxed set. This set contains five full length novels, as well as two novellas and a never before released short story featuring Brooklyn.

Trust Me

Fight Me

Expect Me

Promise Me: A Novella

Protect Me

Boss Me

Trust Us: A Christmas Novella

Trust Me: A Brooklyn Short Story

*Each story can be read as a standalone. For mature audiences only due to graphic sexual content and language.

I drive home in comfortable silence. I don’t think I’ve ever been content with comfortable silence with a woman before, which is just another reminder of how Avery is different from everyone else. She doesn’t feel the need to talk all the time for the sake of talking.
As we start to approach the city limits of Rivers Edge, I start to wonder what I should do next. If this were any other girl, I’d drive back to her house with no hesitation whatsoever and take her inside. But this is Avery, and like I said, she’s different.
So, I thought maybe we’d stop by my house for a bit if that’s okay with you. This way, someone like Jake doesn’t see my truck parked in your drive and make trouble.” Even to my own ears, I sounded a little nervous as I said it. What the hell? It’s not like it’s my first time taking a girl home.
Then it hits me.
It is the first time I’m taking a girl home, to my house. I always go to their place. But the thought of Avery in my house, my bed, just feels right.
That sounds good,” she says with another shy smile. I love that smile; it’s filled with happiness and innocence. I turn off Main Street and head down Lincoln towards my place. When I reach my house, I pull into the drive and kill the engine. Quickly, I hop out and walk around to her door. When I open it, she seems slightly hesitant, maybe even nervous.
I can take you home if you want.”
No,” she quickly throws out there. “I want to be here…with you.” There’s that damn smile again. I extend my hand to her and help her down from the truck and head inside.
When we step inside the dark recesses of my living room, I start to walk towards the lamp but she catches me by the arm, stopping me. I turn to look at her. The only light in the room is what moonlight is filtering through the window. Standing there in my darkened living room, light glowing off her blond hair, she looks stunning. She extends her hand up to cradle my cheek, her other hand runs up my abdomen from my stomach to rest on my chest. I step closer to her, looking deep into her eyes. She must have realized she was holding her breath because she lets out a big breath, which comes out a little shaky. I look deep into her crystal blue eyes, and that’s when I see it. Lust. Desire. Trust.
My resolve shatters like a glass vase with that one look as I push her back against my front door. Our lips are urging each other on as our desire for each other completely takes over. She runs her tongue down my neck, and I almost come completely undone in my pants like a teenage boy by that one simple move. I cradle her ass in my hands and lift her up. She threads her legs around my waist, her hands diving into my hair. I lean against her, pushing her back into the door, and she moans. It’s the sexiest fucking sound I’ve ever heard and all I can think about is being deep inside her, making her moan over and over and over again.
I press hot kisses along her chin, down her delectable neck and lick the spot where her pulse is rapidly beating. “Tell me to stop, Avery. Tell me to stop right now and I will. But if you say nothing, I’m taking you back to my room and burying myself deep inside you. I’m going to make you come and scream my name. All. Night. Long. Tell me you want this as much as I do.”
I want this,” she whispers without hesitation and that’s all I need to hear.

Several years ago, I stumbled upon the debut title Trust Me, by Lacey Black.  Thus began my love for the community of Rivers Edge and the Stevens Family.  The Rivers Edge series features each of the Stevens siblings finding their other half.  Each of these books features lovable and endearing characters.  I was completely drawn in by the strong familial bond the Stevens siblings share, the loving and at times over protective nature of the males of the family and the strength and sweetness of the women they each end up with. Each book is incredibly well written, entertaining and very engaging.  I loved each and every story in this book and love how much they are interconnected and their stories continue with each additional title. 

Trust Me: 

Trust Me is Avery Stevens story, she is the youngest Stevens sibling, and a single mother to four year old Brooklyn, otherwise known as Bean.  Maddox Jackson is Avery's older brother's best friend and colleage.  Their romance is a friends to lovers romance, and is quite forbidden, it's also an incredibly sweet story. Maddox is a swoon worthy hero he's incredibly sweet, sexy, loving and caring, whilst Avery is sweet, strong and at times funny.  Their story has its share of twists and turns, before this pair can find a happy ever after.  Their chemistry is strong, the heat between this pair both steamy and sweet, and their story is well paced and told from a dual point of view. 

Fight Me: 

Fight Me is Jake and Erin's story.  This pair have a history, as children Jake made Erin's life hell, as an adult he's determined to prove he is a changed man.  Jake is nothing if not persistent, when it comes to going after what he wants.  

I loved that this title is told from a dual point of view, and we gain an insight into both the hero and heroine's inner most thoughts.  I really loved the connection, chemistry and heat between this pair, but above all the friendship and bond this pair formed. 

A sweet and sexy story line with twists and turns, and humor that kept me thoroughly enthralled. 

Expect Me: 

Expect Me is Travis and Josselyn's story.  A one night stand changes the rest of their lives.  Although incredibly attracted to each other, Travis and Joss are basically strangers who begin to build a life together.  Travis is the youngest of the Stevens brothers, loving, kind, loyal and above all hardworking and supportive.  Joss is kind, sweet and hardworking.   Their story is quite emotional and has a few ups and downs, I particularly loved that they worked for their relationship. 

Promise Me: 

Promise Me, is a River's Edge novella featuring Holly Jenkins and Jase Bentley.  

Holly is Avery's best friend and an honorary member of the Steven's family.  She is sweet, sassy, endearing and an engaging character.  

Jace is a sweet, tattooed rock star with a heart of gold.   

I loved the connection and chemistry this pair shared.

A sweet, sexy and heartfelt read. 

Protect Me: 

Protect Me features Nate and Lia.  Nate just adores women.  He's a firefighter, a player and confirmed bachelor.  The second eldest Stephens brother, was hurt in his past and can't fathom a future with one woman.  He's incredibly protective, caring, sweet, sexy and funny and very strong willed. 

Lia is desperate to belong after running from her past, but knows she can't put down roots.  She's strong, sweet and caring.  

Their story is one of instant attraction, and filled with emotion, drama, suspense and heat, with moments of both laughter and tears. 

Boss Me: 

I eagerly anticipated reading Will's story having fallen in love with his sibling's stories and reading of them finding their happy ever after. 

Will is a paramedic, he's dedicated and hardworking and loves his job.  He is also sweet, loving, caring and has a heart of gold.  He's a complex character with a friendly demure facade, that hides a man who likes control in the bedroom. 

Carmen is Will's boss, she's an endearing character, who's been hurt in the past and being a single parent has more than herself to consider when it comes to forming a relationship. 

Their romance is forbidden, but they have this amazing chemistry and connection.  Overall a sweet, sexy and emotion filled read that I didn't want to put down.  

I loved the cameos of the Steven's siblings throughout this book. It's quite sad to see the end of this series, after growing to love the members of this family. 

Trust Us: A Christmas Novella 

A quick, sweet, and steamy Christmas novella featuring Avery and Maddox, four years on from their original story.  A fun and engaging read with a wonderful glimpse into this delightful pair's future.

Trust Me: A Brooklyn Short Story 

A short glimpse into the future as Brooklyn nears her High School graduation.  More an extended epilogue it was wonderful to see the members of the Stevens family several years in the future.  Hopefully we will see more of this family in the stories of the next generation in the future. 

Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races, shooting guns, and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.

Lacey’s debut novel, Trust Me, was released in August 2014 and has been an Amazon Bestseller twice for Free e-books, as well as #1 for Contemporary Romance. All of the Rivers Edge books have been bestsellers in the Romance and Contemporary Romance categories.